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Past posts

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

Sugarloaf Fell Race and BOK Oldbury Court

12-11-2018

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What, another brilliant week? And another to come? Sounds pretty normal…

Just a reminder about buying membership for the club. I like to be relaxed about these things, however memberships are vital to keep the club going allowing us to invest in new club equipment, subsidise weekends away and also help us convince the SU that we can continue existing. Membership is currently £15 and can be obtained from here. On a more exciting note we are putting in our order for this years batch of lovely red and white race tops (that you have probably already admired) in early December so that they arrive before the University Champs in March. If you are interested please send us a message or email indicating your likely size (the manufacturer Bryzos makes their shirts small) - it is looking like the price will be £25. 

At a glance: Get your UBOC membership and race top!

Sugarloaf Fell Race - Meredith Moody

On Saturday morning Sam and I had the pleasure of using the Temple Meads to Parkway rail replacement bus service, on our journey to Newport where we got a lift from Richard Cronin to the Sugar Loaf fell race. It was worth it. The race was almost entirely trail with 500m of climb over 9.5km; this was my first proper fell race and it was hard! Near the top I was climbing with my hands.

We were blessed by the weather and there were some fantastic views. I crossed the line in around an hour five minutes; Sam had already finished by then (he forgot to wear his watch so wasn’t sure what time…). We then went to the pub for a well earned pint.

Oldbury Court Extravaganza (Night … and Day) - Peter Dobra

Oldbury Court in north Bristol played host to two events this weekend-a night Score event on Saturday followed by a race on Sunday. Some of the terrain was lovely easy parkland, the rest was full of steep slippery slopes and crags-stone stairs were especially slippery and required care. Navigation was mostly easy and provided a nice introduction to night orienteering for those of us doing it for the first time.

There were three UBOCers at the event on Saturday and it was just me on Sunday as far as I know. It was going quite well for Matt and I but tailed off with some mistakes including Matt ending up near the bottom of someone’s garden. Luke had a painful run-in with a fence. On Sunday, I visited 12 of the controls I had already been to the day before-as a result I slashed 27 minutes of my PB for a Blue course for a time of 62:26. (although it probably had more to do with the ease of the terrain compared with NGOC dirty forest)

Fell Running Mendip Muddle

14-10-2018

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What a weekend of drama! With not one but two events postponed due to the weather the tumbleweeds are rolling through our report section this week, luckily staved off by some of our intrepid members who made it to the Mendip Muddle. I would like to point out that weather related cancellations are a rather rare occurrence, generally done due to serious safety concerns, bad weather usually jest ends up with the organisers asking everyone to wear cagoules or raincoats. Luckily we have another week of training to look forward to, our Monday night run will be to its pub-run form and Wednesday brings the opportunity to dash madly around the university campus.

Mendip Muddle – by Meredith Moody

Our Mendip Muddle adventure began with Matt Pickering generously giving Oliver Feighan and I a lift, in the pouring rain of Storm Callum, to the Mendips for the 20km trail extravaganza. It was very wet. It was very muddy. It was fantastic. With approx. 400m of elevation, the height gain was not too bad for a fell race, but my legs weren't all that happy during the long slow ascents. To make up for this, the views were simply gorgeous (despite the lashing rain) and we got to run through the midst of a bunch of super cute ponies.

The race had a slightly disappointing finish with a road section for about 1.5km and just when I thought it was over we were diverted left by some marshals over some more field. I clocked in at 2:10, whilst Oliver just beat me to it with a time of 2:07, despite wearing road shoes and sliding all over the place! Definitely a race to recommend.

BOK Blaise Estate

07-10-2018

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What a brilliant week, it has been awesome to see so many of you at our various events and especially to see so many coming to the Blaise Estate event last Saturday despite the weather. The coming week holds more fun and adventure, with our first Pasta Party of the year after the normal Monday night run. Additionally next weekend we have two orienteering races on offer, an NGOC event up near Gloucester in a classic NGOC ‘dirty forest’, and the truly awesome looking Welsh League up near Merthyr Tydfil. On the Fell Running front we have the Mendip Muddle on Sunday which is always a lot of fun. Like normal please reply to this email if you would like a lift to any of the weekends events.

BOK Blaise Estate Report – by Snorence Brones

With the wind and rain lashing the windows, icebergs floating up the Avon and polar bears roaming the streets no fewer than 15 brave UBOCcers headed out to Blaise Estate for the first race of the year. For those that did make it BOK had planned a solid set of courses with plenty of river crossing action, muddy slope climbing adventure and, unfortunately, dog chasing action. We had a fantastic set of results, with a special mention for Benjamin Mann and Dan Sherwood who managed to come first and second twice on two different courses! Other Solid performances included Angus Currie’s 3rd on the Short Green Dan Weaver’s 5th on the Green, and some good times posted by Luke Fieldhouse and Emma Rhodes in their first races with the club. 

UoB Orienteering Club - Welcome Back 2018

30-09-2018

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Hello UBOC!

Welcome back for another term of fun, adventure and the mandatory smattering of academics. It has been brilliant to see so many of our current and incoming members at the Welcome Fair and Downs give it a go this week. We have plenty to do over the next week as our introductory events continue with our Run of Discovery on Monday evening, starting and ending at the outside the main entrance of the SU, and Feats of Skill on Brandon Hill on Wednesday afternoon. Next week holds a highlight of the UBOC social calendar with our first Pasta Party on Monday evening, save the date! In the longer term there are several opportunities for weekends away developing including Matt Pickering’s inter-University Ilkley Training Weekend, a visit to the November Classic and of course our traditional Lakes trip.

Activities at a glance:
This week:

  • Monday evening - Run of Discovery
  • Wednesday afternoon - Feats of Skill on Brandon Hill

Next week:

  • Monday evening - Pasta Party
  • Wednesday afternoon - training

Upcoming (more details coming):

  • Inter-University Ilkley Training Weekend
  • November Classic
  • Lakes Weekend Trip

Scottish Championships

27-05-2018

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Hello UBOC!

I hope you are all doing well! Summer approaches with thunderstorms, blazing sunshine and the end of UBOC emails for the academic year. Over the summer there is plenty of opportunity to get your fell running/orienteering fix, British Orienteering keep a comprehensive calendar of events in the UK and the Fell Running association keeps a similar list. This weeks email includes two such events that UBOC will definitely be going to, the Midsummer of the Gower weekend run by SBOC and the Harvester Night Relays in West Sussex.

Scottish Individual Champs and Relays – by Tom Dobra

The Scottish Individual Orienteering Championships were another test of endurance, like the British, only rougher under foot but with a drinks station this time. My 12.7km course started in low visibility forest crossing deep vehicle ruts before heading out across boggy heather, through gorse bushes with amazing yellow flowers, then some lovely runnable pine forest. On exiting, I discovered an unmapped man-eating marsh, ending up chest deep unable to feel the bottom but too muddy to swim either; I only managed to get out by lying on bits of semi-floating grass! After another heather and gorse round, I finished in 15th place with a time of 145:39.

The relay on Sunday at Roseisle was superb! Running for one of BOK’s two teams, I set off first in a mass start of over 100 teams for a high-paced race on forested sand dunes. Except for a leg along the beach, wiggly contours was the order of the day – orienteering at its purest! After my respectable men’s open leg of 51:25, my team was unfortunately last in our handicap class, but a fun day nonetheless.