It has been less than a week since term really started but UBOC has already been busy.
The first date of the year was Freshers Fair, held by the Harbourside, on Thursday. Abi and Charlotte went down the night before to set up our lovely stall (perfectly located between UBES and Cross Country) which included a giant homemade checkpoint flag to grab students’ attention – so tall it’s out of shot!
Freshers Fair led onto our first ‘Give it a Go’ taster session. Carefully planned as a series of short courses, each one more advanced than the previous, allowing people a gentle introduction to the sport around the enclosed Stoke Bishop halls of residences.
Students came throughout the day, hailing from Gloucester to Texas, to have a go and take on the ‘Race’ at the end. Some impressive times were being set, faster than any last year – bring on BUCS!
The hectic first week didn’t end there. As part of the mayor’s Make Sundays Special initiative there was a chance to race over traffic-free roads in the Old City. We took the opportunity to organise our own sprint race, open to the public, using all our own equipment and a map made by Duncan over the summer.
After a slightly late start (we had a lot on our plates!) the little crowd around our stand began to set off one by one into the streets around Queen Square. Competitors’ courses took in the floating harbour, narrow cobbled streets and a complex 60s office complex. New BOK member Geoff Ellis completed the course the fastest in 14.40.
Despite being more than a little hectic, we really enjoyed organising while competitors showered us with positive comments. We learnt a lot about what it takes to organise and deliver an event and plans are already afoot for the next one... Results of the Old City Sprint Race are here.
Such a great first week of term for UBOC sets us up well for the coming year.
Our second Give it a Go taster session is this Sunday on the Downs by the Water Tower from 11m-1pm. Show up in your running kit and we’ll help you get started.