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This Sunday CUOC decided the optimum orienteering race was the King's Lynn Urban, as opposed to any other races that may be being held in the Lakes. While everyone else was busy revising in many libraries, the dissertation crew of Rowan, Jeremy and Fiona LB decided that their write ups were going sufficiently badly that a morning out in King's Lynn was a good idea to relieve their distress and boredom. A few DRONGOs who hadn't made the trip to the Lakes were also spotted scuttling around the city.
Jeremy and Rowan arrived disappointingly early at Cambridge Station, so didn't have to run to catch their train and instead had a 5 minute wait. They were then once again amazed by the anti-mountainousness of the Fens, before arriving at the event centre early, another first for Jeremy. Jeremy then realised he'd forgotten his control description holder, which was definitely not a first, but thankfully learnt how to create an excellent improvised holder from Rowan.
On the Men's Open, Jeremy was first starter with Rowan just 2 minutes behind. This gap continued to remain at approximately 2 minutes for the remaining 10km of the course, with both taking the relative lead at different points, before Rowan put in a strong final kilometer to win the grudge match by 16 seconds, and giving Rowan 6th and Jeremy 7th. Meanwhile Fiona put in an excellent performance, winning the Women’s Open, ahead of DRONGO Miranda in 3rd!
The courses were reasonably well planned, making the most of some interesting alley way systems, although involved too many dog legs for Jeremy's liking, as it meant running back past Rowan. There was also a novel control on a ship's anchor, for which nobody recognised the control description.
It was a very muggy and warmish day, so Jeremy and Rowan were very pleased to hear that the finish was close to The Wash. Unfortunately there was insufficient time to investigate it before Rowan and Jeremy had to leave to catch their train back to their misery.
On the walk back to the station Rowan found a statue of another notorious John, King John. As a proud Nottingham Outlaw, Rowan took offence at a grumpy John being displayed so prominently, but despite taunts and threatening to play Helen's playlist of musicals, the statue seemingly ignored Rowan, so instead Rowan settled for a mocking photo.
This weekend, 4 CUOCers decided to leave behind exam revision to take on the premier national mixed sprint relay of the year, and 1 went to Ireland.
An early train journey was the only option for travel to #boc2019, but the morning flew by as Helen and Luke embarked on a compelling earth-sciences commentary on triangles - presumably a devastating blow to the few remaining globularists.
At Leeds, we were ambushed by a LUOCer, but reassured by his choice of McDonalds as a pre-race snack. Safe in the knowledge that the country's finest sporting university has no better nutrionist support than CUOC, the team arrived at the official #boc2019 arena in Bradford University in high spirits.
Fiona was on first leg, and coped well with the abrupt routechoice start. By virtue of guessing correctly on the world's most questionable control description, and also by virtue of being very very good at orienteering, she returned with what can only be described as a formidable lead.
James, fearing this lead, skillfully avoided taking it on by losing loads of time, and returning just ahead of the pack.
Luke was third, and in what he claimed was his 'first sprint race, unless you count that time at the science park' pulled off a frankly outrageous run to hold on to the pack in a stacked field.
Helen is very good at running in areas where you can't, so opinion was divided as to how she would fare in a technical sprint. EUOC came in to win by miles, but noone cared much because behind them was unfolding a spectacular race for second and third. FVO looked a shoo-in for silver, until GB athlete and soon to be OUOCer Grace Molloy - in the words of her brother - 'totally bottled it', failing to see the end of the run-in. Hilarity followed, closely trailed by Cecilie and Helen, who finished fourth, after coming in to take second out of two in the sprint finish for third at #boc2019
The next day was a long at Kilnsey, famous for being the site of 'that' JK Long. Fortunately, there wasn't a hailstorm to be seen, and the open fell provided fast and relatively easy orienteering. Fiona won W20E, Helen came in for 9th on W21E and James was 5th on M20E. In Alumni news, Ben Windsor finished 5th on M21E, beating Scott Fraser, Peter Hodkinson, and a variety of other Very Big Names.
Meanwhile, this way that way forwards and backwards, Paul O'Pruzina took the win at the Irish champs (#ioc2019?) middle, which we assume he is very happy with, but all we really know is that the weather is better there than it was at Friday circuits.
(all CUOC communications regarding #boc2019 will be in line with the official #boc2019 social media policy)
Many Cambridge athletes headed for Lammas Land and Coe Fen for Cuppers 2019. This was one of the most well organised Cuppers ever, with a registration tent, start boxes and marshals, because it was held alongside a WAOC ParkO race. Caroline had impressively managed to plan a 4km course for the men using all the area without any loops, whilst the women used the 3km long course from the ParkO also without any loops. The competition was intense, with most runners being too focused to notice Jeremy in high vis marshalling at a road corner, although Jeremy missed one or two CUOCers because he was too focused on his revision. Thankfully no one attempted to cross the road, so it was all okay.
Congratulations to Fiona Llewellyn-Beard (Queens’) and Aidan Rigby (Selwyn) for winning their courses, and to Newnham for taking the overall victory.
Cuppers specific results can be found here.
Thank you to WAOC for their help.
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