Last weekend 29 orienteers from Bristol, Bath, Loughborough and Durham universities travelled to Ilkley in West Yorkshire for a joint training weekend.
The orienteering was non-stop with five training sessions planned for the two days with a combination of moorland, parkland and forest, there was plenty of variety on offer. From the head-high bracken on Ilkley Moor to the runnable slopes of Danefield, there were enough exercises to keep even the strongest runners busy.
The weekend was a great success in bringing together young orienteers from different universities. The majority of people on the trip had started orienteering at university and so lack the social network of people who have been orienteering since their childhood. Many lessons were learnt on the trip including practical aspects of organising orienteering trips, areas to avoid at the end of October and that the correct technique for cooking rice involves turning the hob on. The catering was much more challenging than the orienteering.
All in all, we hope that the trip can lay the foundations for a more robust collaboration between different university clubs and more intense rivalries when it comes to the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) next term.
Thanks to AIRE for their help in organising the weekend and for providing all the maps and permissions support for the weekend.
British Universities & Colleges Sport is the governing body for university sport in the United Kingdom. BUCS were in June 2008 following a merger of the British Universities Sports Association and University College Sport organisations. BUCS is responsible for organising more than 50 inter-university sports within the UK and representative teams for the World University Championships and the World University Games. Find out more here.