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Past posts

EUOC
12.08.2020

Southern Night Champs
12.08.2020

Lake District Training Weekend
12.08.2020

Dartmoor Training Weekend
12.08.2020

November Classic Weekend
12.08.2020

Fan Fawr Fell Race 2019
12.08.2020

JK 2019
12.08.2020

Icenian and EUOC 2019
12.08.2020

Sugarloaf Fell Race and BOK Oldbury Court
12.11.2018

Fell Running Mendip Muddle
14.10.2018

BOK Blaise Estate
07.10.2018

UoB Orienteering Club - Welcome Back 2018
30.09.2018

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

Dartmoor Training Weekend

12-08-2020

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Bristol, Bath and Exeter Dartmoor Weekend - Dan Weaver


After Peter missed the bus by 30 seconds, leaving Luke on his own to pick up the car,we all met at the water tower for an early start to head down to Dartmoor. Unfortunately,the M5 south junction out of Bristol was closed forcing us either to Wales or the Midlands,we chose Wales. After a quick turnaround in a different country we were finally heading
in the correct direction.

With near-perfect timing we arrived at Haldon Forest Park. We quickly split into groups and set off on a yellow course to warm up. Peter and Dan were too fast for the group
and quickly left them behind and finished the yellow course without the knowledge that everyone else had stopped at control 6 to venture deeper into the forest. This meant
that we met with Nerissa, Vincent and Luke back in the car park very confused. After a quick call to Georgia and some phone orienteering (which Dan was now well trained in
after Merthyr Mawr) we arrived at the start of the proper training.

We started on a star course and all quickly found that the forest was quite dirty (although not quite as bad as an NGOC forest). After quickly completing a few controls we set off on the route choice course. Dan had his second fall of the weekend, hitting his knee on a rock causing some complaining later (so no change there then).

We then headed back to the car for lunch and decided we would have a short walk up Bellever Tor. After arriving in the smaller than expected car park the weather came in
quickly. We decided to wait it out huddled in the car. As soon as a break came we hastily made our way up the hill. The top was very windy preparing us for later. We had some time to do a little climbing and to take some photos before the rain started again.

We then went to the scout hut we were staying in for the night. And after quite a bit of dawdling we went to Lidl to buy our food. Exeter and most of Bath swarmed the pizza aisle while the more sensible UBOC and some of Bath got the ingredients together for a classic veggie chilli. We all decided to take our items back in cardboard boxes from the vegetable aisle, which some of us used for extra padding to sleep on later.

Leaving Matt Pembery to cook us chilli and Exeter cooking their pizzas, we headed out with Bath to do some night training. We were all very reluctant to leave the cars
and get out into the elements. Dan braved the conditions first putting out controls and heading the UBOC/Bath train. After 2 controls and some cow dodging it was all going
well, the third control however caused a few problems. Luke had caught up walking and we both wandered around but couldn't quite find it. Eventually we stumbled across a
very small depression and concluded we were in the right place.

From there the group split. 3 went back for a missed flag, 4 went for a few more controls round the back of the hill and the others made their way to the top of the tor. Dan and Luke went round the back of the hill where it was very, very windy,
almost strong enough to blow Dan's head torch off while Luke decided to go with no head torch at all. Eventually the group reconvened at the top of the hill and all headed back down
at quite some pace, as we were all very hungry by this point.

We arrived back at he hut and devowered Matt Pembery's veggie chilli and cooked another apple crumble (not quite to Rob's family recipe). Not long later we went to bed.

It was an early start for most of UBOC as we had to put out controls. Taking 2 members from the Bath contingent we headed for Hone Moor. After creating another all-controls
map and playing the map cutting game we headed for the remote start of the 3rd training area. About halfway however, Dan realised that he did not have his compass, and in
the time it took him to get back to the car the others had arrived complaining about ours lowness to get going. After catching back up we put out all of the controls; some being
quite a way away. All contol setters returned promptly to start as early as possible only to see the rest of the group just leaving the car park over a kilometre away.

Once they had arrived we had a minute's silence and had a good morning of training. The terrain was technical and was very waterlogged in places, causing streams where
there shouldn't have been.

It was soon time to collect controls back in. Some newbies from Exeter picked up a control on their way back to the finish, leaving Bertie very confused.

Finally we headed back to the car, taking a very Peter Dobra route choice straight through the gorse. And after a leisurely lunch we headed to Exeter University for our final training.

After finding a parking spot, we put out controls and with what energy we had left we completed an odds and evens relay. This gave the students in the library a good distraction from their studies as about 20 orienteers ran from all directions to a control right outside their window. This was mostly uneventful and a great way to finish off the weekend.

We all headed home quite tired; dropped Peter off with more stuff than he could carry and Nerissa and Vincent were left in a dodgy back ally after Luke expertly pulled off
a 7 point turn. Eventually everyone arrived home feeling ready for the next one.