Come orienteering with UBOC

Orienteering is an exciting sport for people who enjoy challenge and adventure. The aim is to navigate between checkpoints using a map and compass as fast as possible.

The club meets regularly for training, socials and competitions. We have members ranging from beginners, to athletes representing Great Britain. Everyone is welcome!

We travel all over the country and even Europe; orienteering in forests, over moors and through cities. We have got lots of trips lined up this autumn, so why don’t you come and join us?

Email Duncan, the Captain, at for more information and to be added to our mailing list.

If you have just found our website and are curious to know what orienteering is, check out the “What is Orienteering” page and if you want to give it a go  email one of the Committee and we’ll put you on the e-mailing list for future events!

News reel;


Ashton Court: Memory Map Results:  Thank you for those of you who turned up in the drizzle on Wednesday for some mapless running around Ashton Court.  Everyone coped very well with the exercise and even remembered the way back to the start, ideal!


  1. Matt Whipple 0:42
  2. Duncan Birtwhistle 0:55
  3. Abi Kerr 0:57
  4. Chris Beasant 1:00
  5. Charlotte Bermingham 1:05

City Sprint – Wednesday 19th Oct 2011, 4pm - It’s time to dust off your compasses and get back to training, we warm up with an informal event in and around the city, meet at the Water Tower at 4 but don’t forget to bring a camera phone or digital camera.  Newcomers welcome!

Thank you for those who took part, Sandy’s arty shot of Clifton Suspension Bridge was the winner for me!


  1. Matt Whipple 0:40
  2. Sandy Hetherington 0:43
  3. Charlotte  Bermingham 0:46
  4. Abigail Kerr 0:51
  5. Duncan Birtwhistle 0:52
  6. Chris Beasant 0:53
  7. Ellie Nelson 1:01


Freshers taster session 8th Oct 2011 – It was great to see everyone who turned up today on the Downs for the first taster session! Don’t worry if you missed out there’s another one next weekend around the Stoke Bishop halls on Sunday 16th Oct, details to follow.

The Downs 4.2km
Duncan Birtwistle. 25mins
Tom Mowbray. 32mins
Chris Stafford. 33mins
Chris Beasant. 34mins
Catherine Osbourne 35mins
Charlotte Birmingham 39mins
Caitlan Lloyd. 52mins


UBOC at the JK April 2011

A few UBOC members took a break from ‘revising’ over Easter to make the ferry trip to Northern Ireland for the JK Orienteering Festival 2011 with a couple returning with silver medals*.

The JK is the UK’s largest orienteering competition with 2000 runners taking part with some travelling from as far away as New Zealand!  We started off on Good Friday with a city sprint race around the Belfast University campus – 20 minutes of testing navigation weaving between buildings. The main competition is made up of two individual races over the Easter weekend with your times from the Saturday and Sunday races added up to rank you overall.

The big UBOC rivalry was between Tim Longley and Richard Cronin in the M21S class. Tim had a great run on the Saturday winning the class with a slender 2 minute advantage to take into Day 2. On Sunday competitors tackled the open slopes of Slieve Croobe in the Mourne Mountains. It felt more like fell race with steep climbs and rocky descents to controls hidden amongst the heather. Tim managed to hold off Richard again but let his lead slip and had to settle second overall. Samantha Vincent also had a successful weekend claiming second place in the W20S class, her winning run on Sunday not quite enough to leapfrog into the gold medal spot. Good work guys!

Rollcall: Alice Butt, Richard Cronin, Samantha Vincent, Alex Roberts, Tim Longley, Duncan Birtwistle.


New Committee elected at the AGM

We have also held the AGM at the end of last term and elected the new
committee for 2011/12!
Chris Beasant                    Club Captain        cb8866
Charlotte Bermingham Secretary              cb8678
Duncan Birtwistle           Treasurer
Alice Butt                           Training officer   ab8640

We are going to have an end of year meal and hand over this term ( all
UBOC members invited) so watch this space….

After UBOC’s most successful year to date which included the hosting of BUCS 2010 the club is going from strength to strength.

Last year once again saw UBOC represented at all the major events of  the year: the JK in Easter, the British Champs in May and not to forget the Lakes 5 last Summer.  As well as having the opportunity to attend these major events club members have also been competing in local events in the Bristol area almost every weekend.

The club is predominantly filled by relative newcomers to the sport and we have a laid back attitude to competitions. That said, some club individuals have brought home trophies with the captain winning the woman’s junior elite title at the British Champs!

BUOT (inter -uni series) continues to be a major part of the UBOC calender with a record number of members taking part in the BUOT weekend.   UBOC members have also taken part in the BUOT tour to the Spring Cup in Denmark in previous years.