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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

EUOC

12-08-2020

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Hello UBOC!

We have just returned from the EUOC weekend in Sheffield. The weekend was marked by excellent terrain and some spectacularly long race times for myself and Rob. Meanwhile, the Welsh Champs were cancelled so Matt ended up smashing it around the Western Night League instead. This weekend has a selection of fell and orienteering races on offer. Bring it on!

EUOC -  Rob Elston

Just the three of us set off with an SU hire car Saturday morning: Nuhaadh still sidelined with a dancing injury... When we got to the peak district we launched straight into a "fun" relay. The fun factor was somewhat diminished by having to wait two hours in the snow and wind for my other two runners to finish before me. Essentially we were put into random teams of three and ran one after another: first team back wins. The course was an arduous 5km with lots of climb and sheep fields. Navigation however was mostly straight forward with plenty of paths in the middle section. I found the end the hardest as it was a steep descent into a river valley amongst broken ground and thistle bushes.

When we had finished we enjoyed a shower in Sheffield's sports centre, and a very useful swimming costume dryer. The SU was equally impressive (being no.1 in the country), and we had a filling meal before a celidh and, at last, a night's sleep on the floor of a village hall. Not only did we miss out on a traditional veggie curry for dinner but, since we were unsure of the facilities, we didn't buy porridge either!

On Sunday we drove back up to a similar place to Saturday where the SYO had arranged for a whole road to be closed. That road was extremely exposed being nearly 400m up. The windy and even snowy conditions demanded a compulsory cagoule and whistle. And much to Peter's annoyance it wasn't even enforced. The race itself was on a moor with heather up to the waist, 10m tall crags, decent sized rivers, and, of course, a boulder field from hell. I spent nearly 40 mins in that rocky bomb site labyrinth that was only about 300m wide. I found Peter near the end; he was looking like one who, on a lonely road, doth walk in fear and dread. Out of the 9 controls in that place, hidden behind a thousand thousand slimy things, I found one with good navigation, 3 by following a likely orienteer, and 5 by shear luck - except it wan't exactly luck since I spent so long in there I deserved to find them. By then it was getting late and I was beginning to feel like the mariner home from an epic journey. The smell of Onosh guided me in like a landing strip to a plane and once back in the car and out the wind, then, and only then, were we feeling ready for the next one!