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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

Southern Night Champs

12-08-2020

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Hello UBOC!

It was great to see so many of you out orienteering and fell running this weekend, which you can read about below. This week, we will be doing a Christmassy trip to Bath for Wednesday training and another packed weekend of races. See you there!

Race reports
  • Mallards’ Pike Middle Distance race, Saturday 30th November - Peter Dobra

    As a warm-up to the double lot of Southern Champs, Tom and I did a middle distance orienteering race on some slightly unusual Forest of Dean terrain. The brashings were familiar, but the ditches, lack of hills and lack of brambles were not. On the way to the start, I provided some inaccurate directional information so we sauntered up some random track into the forest before making a u-turn. We both did the Black course, which was 6km long with 21 controls. The lack of brambles made matters very fast, but the flatness meant sloppiness crept in. In fact, I was accused of slacking by Tom and Lawrence because I was almost immobile due to struggling to find a control when they both passed me. Out of 27 runners, I finished in 20th in 62:51 and Tom came 11th in 45:39 just in front of Megan even though he was being careful to not get his feet too wet all the way around the course. An extra morsel of excitement came when attempting to depart for the next race: Gwen’s car failed to start due to a flat battery so we did the good old-fashioned push start. All in all, it was an excellent warm-up for the much longer races to come.
  • Southern Night Champs-Rob Elston

    On the earth, even in the darkest night, the light never wholly abandons his rule. It is diffused and subtle, but little as may remain, the retina of the eye is sensible of it. And none more so than on the final night of autumn. A full UBOC squad past and present assembled to take on the southern night champs. The course was set in a disused ammunition storage facility. Parts of it looking like the Nevada test site in the 1950s but, somehow, more eerie. There where rows and rows of identical cuboid buildings and each one had its own driveway and protective earth wall. Some of the buildings had warning signs and symbols of gas masks. It was like an urban, but it was possible to get lost. The earth walls were my favourite part. A good 6m tall, and many coated in brambles that looked okay, but once you put a foot into them, you were dragged down like quicksand and suddenly up to your neck in gorse. If you ever go back to Caerwent, always go round on the road rather than trying to be James Bond. It was all fun and games up to that bit...

    Anyway the rest of the area was mostly fast, flat, and open - much of it with roads. The sheep, glowed up under head torch, looked like they had eaten something radioactive - probably what happens if you spend too much time in a place like this.

    After getting back to the start hut, there was a shortish prize giving (well done Dan on winning M20). Dan and I then waited for David to come back - we were worried that he had got lost as the prize giving had ended and he said he wanted to get back early to please the wife - before he triumphantly appeared in the doorway. Turns out David's run was quite eventful (as all the best are). He told us about it on the way home, as well as reminiscing on his army days. I'd like to thank David for driving Dan and me, and well done to everyone who ran.

    Dan finished the Brown in 71:23, Peter took 87:51 finishing 2nd in M20. I finished in 31st on the Blue in 75:52.