Orienteering is a sport for people who enjoy challenge and adventure.
The aim is to navigate around a set course using a map as fast as possible.We travel all over the country and even the world, orienteering in forests, over moors and through cities. We've got lots of trips lined up this year - come join us!
A new addition to the club this year has been the element of Fell Running. As orienteers, a lot of our physical training involves running off-road and several of us regularly take part in fell races, so we thought 'Why not expand the club?'. Alongside our orienteering training weekends, we give the opportunity to go fell running in incredible places like the Lake District, and also organise trips to local fell races in the Mendips and South Wales especially.
The club meets up regularly for training, socials and competitions. We have members who only have just started to Great Britain athletes. Everyone is welcome!
There is an easy run round The Downs every Monday evening at 7 o'clock, finishing by 8, at a different pub by each week for food and drink - meet next to the Downs Water Tower near the top of Blackboy Hill. It's a great chance to have a chat with people and for you to get to know Bristol as the route changes every time. We went to a lot of pubs last year but there are still more to go to! (don't worry about going to the pub in your running kit, everyone does and they know us now).
Wednesday Training is our main orienteering navigation and running session and is at 2.30pm. This moves to a new location each week so keep checking your emails. It could be on the Downs, Brandon Hill, Ashton Court or in the city itself.
Almost every weekend we have opportunities to train or race in orienteering and fell running somewhere reasonably close. This includes the Mendips, Cotswolds, Forest of Dean and South Wales mainly, with occasional trips further afield to go training.
Our occasional weekends away are most members' highlight of the club. We meet up with students from other universities for two packed days of orienteering training and racing with a quality social on the Saturday night. Last year included weekends in the Lake District and New Forest which have now become legendary within the club - you don't want to miss out! The club organises transport and accomodation so all you have to do is turn up. We try to keep costs as low a possible and weekends normally cost around £30-50.
The club competes in competitions most weekends all year round. But the highlight of the year is the BUCS Inter-University Championships, usually held in February.
The city of Bristol itself has access to four excellent orienteering areas within a few minutes running from the city centre. We're also seeing new urban maps added every year. Regarding transport to events, we normally arrange lifts with members of Bristol Orienteering Klub (BOK) which keeps the cost down. At competitions there are courses planned for all abilities where the length gets longer and the navigation harder as you improve. Total cost is normally well under £10.
Our Social Secretary is in charge of ensuring we all have a good time when we're not running. We have pub meets, club meals and will be at the SCORE sportsnights.
** Events coming up **
There's a lot going on at the University of Bristol Orienteering Club. This Spring term we will be at BUCS, the JK (big international races held in Britain), training on the Gower, racing in the Brecon Beacons, holding some races in Bristol open to the public, and undoubtedly having much more fun every week! Check out our calendar here.
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