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Past posts

Scottish Championships
27.05.2018

Brislington Urban
14.05.2018

BOK Trot
06.05.2018

BUCS success!
29.04.2018

New committee!
27.04.2018

Crawling up Cribyn
27.04.2018

Sugarloaf saga
27.04.2018

UBOC at the JK
19.04.2018

Double sprint weekend
26.03.2018

The grand finale of the Western Night League
19.03.2018

Snow can't stop us orienteering....
05.03.2018

Success at the British Night Championships
26.02.2018

2 Weeks Run up to BUCS
19.02.2018

Battling the elements (and steep muddy slopes)
12.02.2018

Triple Gloucester weekend
05.02.2018

The run-up to BUCS begins...
29.01.2018

Fog and contour fun at Yoxter
21.01.2018

Keeping a cool head at Headless Hill
15.01.2018

Blorenge fell race and Southern Night Orienteering Championships
03.12.2017

Wild weather in the Lake District
26.11.2017

UoB Orienteering Club News 26/11/2017
26.11.2017

Choosing Bristol as an Orienteering University
20.11.2017

UoB Orienteering Club News 19/11/2017
20.11.2017

UoB Orienteering Club News 12/11/2017
13.11.2017

UoB Orienteering Club News 05/11/2017
06.11.2017

UoB Orienteering Club News 29/10/2017
29.10.2017

UoB Orienteering Club News 22/10/2017
22.10.2017

UoB Orienteering Club News 15/10/2017
15.10.2017

UoB Orienteering Club News 08/10/2017
09.10.2017

UoB Orienteering Club News 01/10/2017
02.10.2017

Ashton Court Give it a Go results
01.10.2017

Downs Give It a Go results
29.09.2017

UoB Orienteering Club Welcome Email 2017
22.09.2017

Welcome Fair Maze Results
22.09.2017

UoB Orienteering Club News 18/09/2017
22.09.2017

10th Anniversary Celebrations
10.09.2017

Race Reports Round-up 2016-17
28.07.2017

Stoke Bishop urban race 3/5/17
29.04.2017

A busy summer of orienteering!
15.09.2016

Stoke Bishop Urban Race
19.04.2016

BUCS 2016
22.02.2016

BUCS Orienteering 2016 Overall Results
22.02.2016

BUCS 2016 Relay Results
21.02.2016

BUCS Results after Individual
20.02.2016

Tom prepares to represent GB
09.02.2016

BUCS 2016
24.01.2016

New year!
16.09.2015

BUCS 2015
22.03.2015

November Classic
02.11.2014

End of Year Review!
19.06.2014

Tough racing at the JK Festival of Orienteering
22.04.2014

UBOC is crowned Club of the Year!
22.04.2014

New Spring/Summer 2014 Collection now in (Race tops)
05.04.2014

Men's relay sneak 4th at BUCS
21.03.2014

Bristol has a Southern Champ
20.03.2014

Merry Christmas!
20.03.2014

Stretching Sessions @ The Breakfast Roll
05.12.2013

BUOT Bristol in pictures
13.11.2013

El Classico
07.11.2013

Training, Racing & Treasure Hunting
14.11.2013

Sweeping the board in Ashton Court
05.10.2013

Fantastic first week for UBOC
01.10.2013

Old City Sprint Race Results
01.10.2013

Freshers!
12.09.2013

Bristol Old City Sprint Race - Sunday 29th September
12.09.2013

Aviemore 2013
12.09.2013

New Website
17.07.2013

Fog and contour fun at Yoxter

21-01-2018

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This weekend we found ourselves (or lost ourselves) at Yoxter in the Mendips, with a 7-strong team taking part in the day race and Michael, Matt and Tom staying to brave the night race.

Yoxter day race report - by Sophie Gordon

T'was a beautiful sunny morning (we wish)... it was a damp and foggy morning when Lawrence, Sophie, Tracy, Meredith, Michael, Matt and Tom Dobra set off towards the Mendips. Mike entertained some of us on the way there with a story of the last time he ran on this area, when at the mass start of a mens' relay everyone ran off enthusiastically, saw the vast maze of depressions on the map and immediately stopped dead to have a good think. As you can imagine this filled us with confidence for our runs. Compulsory waterproofs donned to ward off the stealthy drizzle, we ventured out into the fog. It was an interesting experience which made an open area much more challenging when you can't see the fence you're heading towards! My general race tactic ended up being follow the compass and hope you hit the control bang on, then when you don't, wander around until you see someone popping down into a depression and back up again in meerkat fashion. Lawrence made the right call of being fast (5th on the Blue course) and finishing before the heavy rain started; meanwhile I dripped along an earthbank hoping to find my last two controls as quickly as possible. Tracy accidentally retired due to what must be an unprecedented technical problem: the end of the dibber broke off and got stuck in the control box, so she went to punch the finish and found she only had two thirds of a dibber! Well done to Tom for being unfazed by the technical terrain and finishing second on the Brown course.

Yoxter night race report - by Matt Pickering

Three lads, now soaked to the bone recalled the teachings of society as to what men their age should be doing on a Saturday, retreated to the nearest pub for the afternoon. The pub, warm and homely served cool chips, blackcurrant & lemonades and coffees, a roaring fire dried the dripping gloves, buffs and coats. This time the temptation of a cool beverage was resisted. As we waited for darkness to fall, we finished our race preparation by trying to guess control sites for the evening race but little difference that would make. The darkness fell, the fog fell, the rain lifted for the climb back up to event hq. Visibility down now to less than 5m in places, accuracy was going to be crucial. Steep, sticky contours drew us all into the centre of the map. Dobra escaped with both 122 and 123 on his way to a great result just behind Big Purks :clap:, but Michael and Matt have a lot to learn and left something of themselves behind in the gulleys and pits of Yoxter.