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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

British Champs 2022

01-04-2022

Rob, Dan, Matt, Michael & I set off for the British Champs in Liphook. We left at 7:30, & I was running off of 2 hours of sleep. The ride was smooth for the most part, although the 2nd half took us through some pretty windy country roads, leaving Rob & Michael feeling pretty ill in the back.

Soon after arriving we were off. I had a pretty steady start, staying consistent, for the first 5 controls. 6 was my first mistake, I tried to beeline it through a steep forest, but overshot it, causing me to have to go back. I didn’t know where I was going for 7, one of my longest & most difficult legs. On the way I got smacked in the face by 2 branches, ran both shins into a log & slipped down a steep drop. At this point I blanked out mentally & just decided to hope for the best. Relying on myself to run in the general direction, I found it. I don’t know how. The next 3 were pleasant forest runs, with some small rivers running through. On my way to 11 was when I was getting tired, I slipped & slid down my side, got smacked in the face by another branch, then lost all hope & wondered what I was even doing here. Then saw Rob, who gave me a friendly wave, which gave me motivation to keep powering through. Back down the hill to 12, I slipped again & rolled my right ankle. What is happening. 13 seemed easy in my head, but I messed up – overshot it, so instead of going 1/5 of the way down the slope, I went all the way down, around & back up, which was annoying because 14 was over the hill and halfway up another one. I was right on the line to 15, my longest leg, which I was really about, although on the way I rolled my left ankle, then ran into another log, & struggled through a marsh. Smooth run to 16, but as I got to the top of a steep part of the forest, somehow I was at my last control? I had to backtrack, back down the hill to get 17, then back up the big hill to my last control, & onto the finish. I was happy to be finished & back with the boys. It was extremely painful, but not as painful as that night’s sleep, as no one could fall asleep because Michael was sleep talking.

After a surprisingly good sleep, I awoke early to the sound of birdsong on a cool spring morn. A couple of slices of toast later, we found ourselves back in the car to return to the scene of yesterday's activities - this time for the relay.

We arrived in good time, and got kitted up before watching Dan start on the first leg of the Men's Premier, carrying the hopes of a UBOC win on his back. A short fifty minutes later, it was my turn to start on the Mixed Ad Hoc. Raring to go, I sped away from the mass start, overtaking Wessex for the lead - which I then held for all of about two minutes before I messed up the first control.

From here the race continued, with my knee holding up well. A wade through thick bushes, and some fairly fast controls later I'd finished my 3.5km leg, with a couple of minor mistakes slightly dampening what was, overall, a strong run. I came in to finish in 3rd place, handing over to Kate for the second leg. As Kate and Matt toiled in the forest, Rob (who soon returned from his second leg) and I lounged in the sun, blissfully unaware of their pain. As Kate fought against being bogged down in marsh, Matt's shoe collapsed midway into the course, prompting a five minute break for a hasty repair.

Kate returned the first of the two, handing over to Peter Dobra who'd agreed to spiritually return to UBOC for the day to compete with us in the relay.

On Saturday, Rob, Michael, and Matt were 2nd, 4th, and 5th in times of 100:41, 111:31, 112:03 in MS1 short. Dan got a wrong control, along with many of the competition favourites, but his time of 164:46 would have placed him 35th on the M21 elite. On the W21 short, Kate came 2nd in a time of 140:46.
In the relays our Men's premier team, UBOCasuaurus, was 18th out of 21 and our mixed team, UBOngo, was 9th out of 39. Well done everyone! 

Michael & Kate