Well done to all who competed at BUCS this weekend, a month later than planned - but at least it wasn’t snowing! Some brilliant results by Megan (winning the Women’s A individual race with a legendary winning margin) and Adam (podiuming on Men’s A).
BUCS relay race report - Matt Pickering
Two cars left Bristol carrying the remaining 6, their destination: a forest in close proximity to Oxford. We use the word forest loosely, but there were trees, and in fact Lawrence said it would be a forest that NGOC would be proud of. The atmosphere in the arena was electric, universities had traveled long distances from across the country to be at the relay at Shotover Country Park. Despite the tension, we still found time to admire a few (unpixelated) flags before the relays started. It was Adam potter and Lawrence on the start line for Bristol, striking fear in those to the left, behind, to the right and in front. Before we knew it they were off into the woods, the pace was fast and furious, there were many paths but the terrain was quite rough going. Lawrence took an early lead but was quickly by Adam potter who returned home in a time of 30:41 (maybe). Just behind was Lawrence and then the second leg runners, Michael and Abi, were on their way. Finally the third leg runners, Matt and Angus, were on their way chasing the BUCS championships. Teams did fairly well, coming 8th and ‘not last’. We even had time to make friends with Loughborough and Matthew Leitch: EUOC JK 2018 tempO champion. Matt was defeated by the intricate download arrangement. Safely returned from the forest our only desire was warm showers and food in our bellies. So we headed to the sports hall floor and then onto Tesco's where we dawdled so much Angus though we'd left him there. The UBOC train evenly reformed at Keble bar and then were eventually fed (Lawrence sat diagonally opposite little Perks) before heading back and swiftly fell asleep.
BUCS individual race report - Lawrence Jones, Magnus Ross and Matt Pickering
Magnus had lots of fun. We suspect the sun rose on the second day but we couldn't see it because we were in a room with no windows. Our team of six grew to nine with various members arriving on trains. We all arrived at the map area, mildly put as rather green. While Matt's car acted creepy looking a random cars on the street. Race connoisseurs, Lawrence, Michael and Adam headed to the pub for a quick pre race breakfast. Magnus had breakfast at the best Western hotel while Megan and Ben flew from the deepest depths of scandinavia (Stockholm). Angus and Magnus were nervous about having to use emit, and to be honest so were us all. Out in the terrain all runners did exceptionally well - not at all put off by the ground rumblings of the UBOC train (heading to the wrong control). BUCS is always a time for smokings and this year was no exception: Michael (who smoked Lawrence by 4 seconds) and Angus (who smoked Magnus by 30 seconds). Unfortunately the best kind of smoking, beating Dobra, was rendered impossible as he was too fearful to attend (we suspect scared off by the smoking threat). Megan won the women's by an insane 9 minutes. Adam potter proved Bristol is the best university for training after finally winning bronze (never managed in three years at Sheffield). A good weekend of racing complete, we headed home to write the race reports.
European TrailO Championships - Tom Dobra
This year's European TrailO Championships PreO was this weekend in hot, sunny Slovakia. The two days were tough with lots of pure map reading on contoured hillsides with plenty of cliffs. On Saturday, I made a few mistakes, scoring 20/24 (44th), but still top Brit by 5.5s. Today, I was clean, except for a stupid miscall on the final timed control, earning me 15th today, 35th overall and clear top Brit. In a field of the best, there's no room for error!