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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

Sugarloaf saga

27-04-2018

Sugar Loaf fell race report - by Michael Lai

What I thought was a casual Saturday fell race up the Sugar Loaf turned out to be the Welsh Senior Inter Regional Mountain Running Championships. All that means is that there is an extra team category competition between West, East, South and North Wales and the presence of a few very good runners who’ve travelled over to compete. My coach Dic from Aberystwyth was very enthusiastic about this race and drove me down to Abergavenny to compete for West Wales.

The forecast of the day was heavy rain until 11am and it was accurate. The rain died down minutes before the start, but the ground was soaked through. This route took us through a steep climb through some beautiful woodland before opening up to a flat, fast section of open moorland, where the peak, shrouded in mist can be seen towards the left. The race really stretched out here, a group of 5 pulled away from the rest, disappearing into the distance. The rest of the climb came suddenly at the end of the nice flat bit. A very steep, rocky ascent took us up to the trig point. I was really struggling up this ascent when I decided that trying to keep my position was not worth it at this point and surrendered to walk up the hill, reaching the peak in the 13th position. The descent came immediately after the ascent, and it was just as steep as the up, pretty technical too. Having relatively fresh legs, I was able to overtake 4 runners on this section and kept it this way until we descended back into the woods again. At this point, the front runners were long gone and have been out of sight very a good while. The guy with the beard and buff behind me closed the gap and really put a lot of pressure on my position. This was a definite contribution to a lapse in attention towards the front, resulting in me crashing and rolling over the stile which was partially hidden behind a drop. Luckily, mud was in abundance, the fall was cushioned and I was able to hold my position until the end and came in 9th overall.

The fastest runners were 5 minutes in front of me and the top 3 finished within 10 seconds of each other/ This is quite rare in a fell race, which goes to show how strong the field at the front was. As for the inter regional, South Wales were the clear winners, East was second and West was third. Me and the Sarn Helen lads each got a Welsh Athletics bronze medal!

Went to the Honey Cafe near Talgarth for cake and coffee on the way back and Dic drove back to Aber through the scenic mountain road. All in all, a great day off from revision and the project report.

East Harptree Woods race report - by Matt Pickering

Matt Whipple, Adam Potter, Tom Dobra and Matt P dusted themselves off for a dust-up in East Harptree Woods on Saturday. A new area for the boys a week after a muddy and physical JK, a deceptively tricky area was the perfect place to settle some scores. The forestry commission presented a number of challenges from beautiful mature woodland with a bed of wild garlic to thick young trees requiring care. In the end, Adam came out on top (as always) then Matt Whipple despite some mistakes pipped Matt P (being towed by Clive Hallett) and Tom Dobra a few seconds behind. All in all a good day out and a good new area.