Good Morning UBOC!
It has been a while since the last of these emails! In the meantime we have been to Scotland (and won BUCS points!), elected our new committee (not yet got rid of the old one!), been to the JK (with plane spotting!) and finally hosted an event down at Stoke Bishop. So in turn…
It seems like it has been ages since BUCS, but once again well done to everyone who went and I hope you all enjoyed the brilliant terrain and anomalous weather.
Thanks to everyone who came to the AGM (and the Balloon Bar afterwards) and volunteered for the committee (or didn't), I would like to confirm that our committee for next year is:
Our New Committee:
Captain: Peter Dobra
Vice Captain: Abi Bateman
Treasurer: Luke Fieldhouse
Secretary: Dan Weaver
Social Sec: Eleanor Davey
Fell Running Rep: Tom Dixon
Well done to everyone who went to the JK, and particularly to Abi who ran a brilliant 3rd place in the Sprint!
Finally well done to Dan and Peter who were organiser and planner of the first of BOK urban league for the year. Brilliant courses and a fantastic turn out, a good start to the summer orienteering season!
JK 2019 - Peter Dobra
The yearly Jan Kjellström Orienteering Festival took place over the Easter weekend in the heart of the south of England. Britain’s largest orienteering event was four days of action-packed racing (and fun!).
Day 1 was a fast-paced sprint and a TempO around the army barracks in Aldershot. The area wasn’t too technical and produced lots of fast running where slight mistakes were very costly. This race provided a nasty experience for the organisers with a high rate of false misspunches due to the Mighty EMIT which have taken days to fix. By my count, six current UBOCers raced: the most notable performance was Abi who came 3rd in Women’s Open-should have done the Elite course. Also of interest was Megan Carter-Davies who asserted her dominance by winning the Women’s Elite course.
Day 2 ratcheted up the technical difficulty with a middle-distance race around Old Windmill Hill- a woodland recently closed from the public filled with gentle wibbly-wobbly contour detail. The planner ominously proclaimed non-runnable brashings, but it was nothing compared to dirty Forest of Dean maps so was mostly good for hard running. This was our best turn out with eight current UBOCers. The notable performance was Lawrence this time. He came 5th on M21L-middles really are his awesome cup of tea. Also, well done to Meredith for beating Sophie for the first time. Megan was on the podium once again. At the sharp end of the men’s race Adam managed to beat Ben for a change. Tom Dobra cemented his British number one ranking at the nearby PreO event.
Day 3 had the final individual race – the long – in a banana-shaped woodland near Newbury. Once again the running was fast but this proved a hazard in the “heat” over the classic distance courses. Tom Dobra was witnessed downing four cups of water at the water station. Dan broke out his inner biologist and had a rather too close inspection of a tree branch. Use a hand lens next time! This topped off a Dan adventure with more tumbles than a washing machine and directional errors caused by getting his compass too close to his EMIT Tag. Despite this, he still beat me by 17 minutes. Six current UBOCers this time. The notable performance came from Matt who finished 6th on M21L. Megan completed a successful weekend with another win.
Day 4 was the relay at Minley Manor. This had fast running yet again and was the day of the trains, although I had little train action myself. It was in a mixture of varied forest and open fields which provided some lower technical difficulty for weary minds. However, there was no such rest for weary legs with the last minute of the course in full view of the event centre. The aptly named UBOC Ridge of Death had a solid run to 27th place in the JK Trophy against very strong opposition.
We would like to thank the Jones for providing accommodation and vast quantities of fish and meat for most of the UBOC runners over the weekend. The customary swimming trip and UNO games took place and were well enjoyed, as was plane and bad driver spotting on the M25. Well done to all the runners, I think we did quite well. I have only found one misspuncher among us, which means we have a lower than average misspunch rate. Hype for JK 2020!!
BOK Urban, University Halls - Lawrence Jones
This wednesday saw the the event planned and organised by Peter and Dan over in Stoke Bishop. Spontaneous start supplies and my own home made start clock did nothing to dent the calm composure of the organising team who put together a brilliant event with some interesting courses. As may be expected UBOCcers did fairly well, Matt ran a solid 4th place, I came 14th, Abi 29th (all on the Blue). Newcomer Diego Lascurain had a good run around the orange and came 4th.