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Bristol Orienteering Klub to host quality urban orienteering events

Bristol Orienteering Klub (BOK) to host two top quality urban orienteering events over the weekend of 15 and 16 of June 2019 around Bristol.

The first, a pair of Sprint races at the University of West of England (UWE) Frenchay campus. The second, on Sunday, a long urban race in the market town of Thornbury, north of Bristol.

Day 1, Saturday 15 June 2019

The University of the West of England (UWE) Frenchay Campus, near Bristol BS16 1QY

UK Urban League (UKUL) Sprint Races.

Consisting of two races, the morning race will be Sprints planned around two housing estates and surrounding parkland to the south of the University of the West of England and will finish in the Campus. Starts will be between 11.00hrs and 12.30hrs with courses closing at 13.15hrs. The afternoon race will be entirely within the University of the West of England Campus, a typical mixture of large buildings and parkland and starts will be between 14.00hrs and 15.30hrs, closing at 16.15hrs.  Junior courses, both in the morning and afternoon, will be set entirely within the confines of the University of the West of England Campus. The timings for both races will be added together to get an overall result for the day.

Since the last Bristol Orienteering Klub (BOK) event held here, the campus has been considerably enlarged and the whole area has just been remapped by Chris Johnson (BOK).

This is a National event and in order to compete, you must enter the correct age category. Last entries by midnight, Sunday 9 June 2019. Online entry fees before the deadline are £14 for Senior British Orienteering members, £16 for Senior non-members and £7 for Juniors and Students. There is a £4 discount for those entering both days of the BOK Blast online. The fees for both days of the BOK Blast are £22 for Senior British Orienteering  Members,  £26 for Senior non-members and £15 for Juniors and Students. Courses will use mixed mode, i.e. both conventional SI and SIAC contactless punching are supported.

The University of the West of England is easily accessible being just off the A4174 Bristol Ring Road, one mile from the M32 Junction 1, in walking distance of Bristol Parkway Station, and with plenty of car parking, bus routes and Metrobus stoppings. Toilets are available at the University of the West of England Centre for Sport (Event HQ) and the University of the West of England has a range of cafeterias so please support these if possible. There is a nearby retail park with the usual selection of fast food outlets and shops. Ultrasport the specialist orienteering retailer will be at this event.

No experience is necessary – help available.

Amy Curtis, Bristol Orienteering Klub's Publicity Officer, says:  "Newcomers to orienteering are warmly welcomed and should enter on the day (EOD) as we have a dedicated course for you. There will be plenty of people around to help explain and get you started. The fee for newcomers is £8 and is only available on the day and includes the hire of an SI dibber."

Day 2, Sunday 16 June 2019

The University of the West of England (UWE) Frenchay Campus, near Bristol BS16 1QY

Long Urban Race South England Orienteering League (SEOUL).

This will be the first ever time an orienteering race will be held in Thornbury Town Centre. Newly mapped by Mike Forrest (BOK), Thornbury is a fairly flat area to the north of Bristol consisting of an old market town core, modern housing estates interspersed with small parks, school grounds, and numerous connecting pathways, offering multiple routes choices. Starts are between 10.30hrs and 12.30hrs and entries are available online by age category until Sunday 9 June 2019.

Online entry fees before the deadline are £12 for Senior British Orienteering members, £14 for Senior non-members and £6 for Juniors and Students. There is a £4 discount for those entering both days of the BOK Blast online.

Courses will use mixed mode, i.e. both conventional SI and SIAC contactless punching are supported.

For experienced orienteers, this race is part of the South England Orienteering League (SEOUL) and the second day of the BOK BLAST 2019 following the race at the University of the West of England on Saturday 15 June, so there will be lots of people running as fast as they can trying to win the best in their age category.

No experience is necessary – help available.

Amy Curtis, Bristol Orienteering Klub's Publicity Officer, says:  "Newcomers to orienteering are warmly welcomed and should enter on the day (EOD) as we have a dedicated course for you which will be about 3 kilometres long and there will be plenty of people around to help explain it to you and get you started. It doesn’t matter how fit you are as you can run, walk or jog – your navigation is as important as your speed. Come to the Turnberries Community Centre between 10:00 and 12:00 to register. It will cost £6 to enter and you will get a map which you can keep, hire a device that registers your time and when you finish, a printout of how long it has taken you to visit each control on the course and your ranking. All ages are welcome, but under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult."

Thornbury has a range of cafes and pubs so please support these. Toilets at available at the Event Centre. Ultrasport the specialist orienteering retailer will also be at this event.

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