There are lots of exciting things coming up soon: rescheduled BUCS, signing up to next year’s committee (AGM) and the annual club photo. Many of us are also starting to feel the buzz for the JK orienteering festival this weekend.
Bath Spa University race report - by Tom Dobra
On Saturday, five of us went for an extended sprint course around Bath Spa Univerisity’s Newton Park campus. The courses were superbly planned, requiring frequent changes of pace when moving from urban to farmland to woodland areas and back again. I made quite a few classic mistakes, including misreading control descriptions, not planning ahead and cutting through the green to come 5th on the green in a time of 25:29. Ben Mitchell, Adam Potter and Megan Carter-Davies all did a better job to come 1st (20:53), 2nd (21:04) and 4th (23:00). Abi Bateman produced a steady run (check Splitsbrowser) to come 27th in 33:46. See the course and our routes on Routegadget.
Lyneham race report - by Kelvin Lam
Sunday marked the start of the university's Easter holiday (and dissertation deadline over the corner!) - Tom Dobra and I celebrated this occasion on a weekend spree at MoD Lyneham (former RAF Lyneham station), hosted by MoD servicemen and North Wiltshire Orienteering Cluc (NWO). The course was an orienteering paradise (and for myself, an avid planespotter and military enthusiast), as it contains highly unusual geographical features for navigation: stripped down Lynx helicopter & tanks, runway beacon lights, air traffic control tower etc. Due to the urban nature of the course it required extensive knowledge and use of control descriptions, as some EMIT sensors were hidden behind army barracks. Tom Dobra came 1st in the Blue race and 2nd in the Urban Sprint (equivalent to Green level), and I scored 1st in Orange and honourable 25th in the Urban Sprint race. Adam Potter won the sprint, but cheated by not running another course beforehand!