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Past posts

Victory for UBOC at the English University Championships
25.04.2022

British Champs 2022
01.04.2022

Cleeve Hill
01.04.2022

Dolebury Warren
01.04.2022

BUCS 2022
01.04.2022

BNOC 2022
01.04.2022

Birdlip WNL
01.04.2022

Burrington Ham WNL
01.04.2022

November Classic 2021
01.04.2022

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

Cleeve Hill

01-04-2022

Some say there is no higher point until the Urals. Cleeve Hill, the poster child of the cotswolds, proved itself again as a joy for orienteers. The ground was soft like a mattress. The clouds turned blue and nothing but a warm haze blocked the view of earth’s apparent curvature.

Thanks to another great turnout from UBOC, we needed to enlist the help of Owain to get us to the event. Tim and Michael, both riding with Owain, started as soon as I could deliver Tim an emergency compass. This meant I could watch Michael start and I had a good idea where I should go once I started the course.

Kate and I warmed up and had a synchronised start; Dan of course started later so he could follow me. When I had map in hand I was making good pace in Micheal’s tracks only to realise he had gone the wrong way. After a tricky encounter with an supposed crossing point, which was in fact a locked gate, I made my way into the arena with a flat route to one. By this point, the person one minute after had caught me. I outraced him only to mess up the exact thicket at one and we stayed together until four. At this point, I saw Kate again who was studying her map like one of the dead sea scrolls and walking purposefully towards her next bush. I was also making my way to that same buch which, being one of many bushes on the map, was rather a tricky find.

After a small mistake due to poor depression distinguishing on my part, I embarked on a bit of a slog down and up the biggest valley on the map. At the top, I was finally able to drop the guy following me and could make out Michael in the distance. After an easy downshill sprint along a cart path, followed by some quick knoll identification (I’m still yet to ever see a knoll in real life), I was in the lead! Or at least in front of my pack.

Next was the long leg and involved my dodging golf balls and eventually opting for another cart path despite the slight supplementary incline. I then bumped into someone carrying a 70L rucksack who was presumably really into DofE.7 I met Kate again, who had made remarkable pace given that she was walking, and spotted my next control from over a lightyear away. After a final bit of route choice through a fence, and a wickedly hilly final few controls, I finished. Given the sun, I produced a makeshift hat from my coat and laid back enjoying the view with Michael. When Dan finished, he pretended not to see us and went to talk to his “other orienteering friends”. I can put that in because I know he can’t be bothered to read my race report; he’ll only hear Kate’s if it is read out to him and mine is far less exciting.

On Brown, Dan, Rob, and Michael were 3rd, 8th, and 29th in times of 54:52, 63:09, and 85:40. Kate’s time of 58:32 put her 45 on Green which was ten places above Tim’s 69:51.

Rob