DUOC went into the British University Orienteering Championships on the 18th and 19th March full of optimism and enthusiasm for the individual event on Saturday and the relay on Sunday. The championships this year was held by Sheffield University, the second biggest university club in the country, so the courses and social were hotly anticipated.
The individual event took place at Wharncliffe, where the terrain was technical, varying between forested and open moorland. Andrew and Michael both had good runs, coming 48th and 50th out of 102, whilst Cameron, Matthew and Sam took places 66-68. The weather varied throughout the course, turning from low cloud and rain to bright sunshine in under 20 minutes. This didn't stop some of the team from slipping over on their way to the finish and emerging from the forest completely drenched. Julie had the most successful run for the team, coming fourth in the Women's A class, with Hannah, Mariama and Harriet 32nd, 33rd and 36th respectively. Joe unfortunately had to retire from his course.
Following the race, the Club ate with the other universities at a buffet before heading to the student's union for a night out. Daniel and Andrew had some stunning outfits to suit our fancy dress theme of Peter Pan, with the poorest outfit being Luke's who turned up with just a hat.
The relay was held in Hugset, which could not have been more different to Wharncliffe. There were few hills, but running across much of it was impossible due to the chest-high brambles! The women's team came 9th, Mariama making the unusual decision to run the second half of the course first. The first men's team came 14th, Andrew putting in a decent first leg. Unfortunately, Sam had to retire from his run in the second team, so they didn't finish. The Ad Hoc team came second in their smaller event.
Overall the team did well, coming 7th in the final standings. It was the fresher's first taste of BUCS, who will take what they've learnt from this weekend into future orienteering events.
Report by Cameron Davies
Two races in the lakes were competed at by
A Sunday morning saw 4 members of DUOC even farther north than Durham, which started off looking promising with a hint of sun and an unusual lack of rain. So, despite the extensive brown course length (which seemed to be longer due to the lack of a black course) morale was high. The area was called Shaftoe Crags, and was mostly a compilation of farmers fields and the odd row of crags. The courses were very runnable, with grassy terrain, even if the damp crags remained treacherous, lending to fast times and manageable navigation. It was very much a runners race, even if some controls were hid in depressions and could only be found if ran right into.
Andrew, Michael and Hannah were chauffeured there by Adam, with the boys running the brown and Hannah on the blue. The brown proved to be physically demanding, with a double sided map and a course that apparently seemed never-ending. Meanwhile, Hannah decided a trip off the map would be a good idea which taught her not to follow
Everyone ran very well considering the length (and off the map ventures) with a top performance from Michael, who finished 4th on the brown, resulting in a fairly successful day overall.
Written by Hannah Goldswain
The weekend of the 22nd/23rd saw the club take eleven members to Edinburgh to compete two races organised by EUOC. The Urban race saw us navigate through the intricacies of Edinburghs streets and alleyways, passing famous attractions such as Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, and Holyrood Palace, on tricky and surprisingly lengthy courses. Notable performances came from Julie Emmerson who came 6th in the open Womens race and Michael Hallett who placed 23rd in a very competitive open mens race.
Following Saturdays race the Club ate out in the city at an Italian restaurant before attending a lively haggis-filled ceilidh alongside fellow competitors: a new and memorable experience for many members!
On Sunday, we competed in the second event on the rugged yet picturesque terrain of Holyrood Park. The courses attempted by members proved to be innovative, including a climbing frame and an embedded micro-course, whilst remaining technically difficult and physically challenging. The top performance in DUOC came from Andrew Stemp who came 29th in the brown course.
Overall it was a highly successful weekend with lots of experience gained for newer members preparing us well for BUCS at the end of march.
Written by Sam New
Sam, Will and Matthew all competed in this local event
Cameron, Sam, Hannah, Will, Luke, Joe and Lizzy all competed in this local event with an amazing 5 of them in the top ten :-) Well done in particular to those of youfor whom it was the event and also for Cameron who won!
Cameron, Andrew, Michael, Daniel and Matthew all competed on both days at the LOC/SROC weekend. The first day was on the sanddunes at Roanhead which required a lot of looking at the cotours! The second day was in the more mountainous terrain at Torver High Common which provided more of a physical challenge although there were still some navigational challenges too. A special shout out to Michael who came 4th on the short brown course - less than 1 minute off the winner!
Mariama competed in the Original Mountain Marathon which is a "2 day test of endurance, teamwork and mountain skills". She completed 47.2km over two days in a combined total of just under 17 hours which included a massive 2790m climb!
Wern, Joe, Matthew, Daniel and Andrew all competed in the York Indoor Cup. It was a great course which required quick decisions and map reading as well as agility to avoid obstacles(such as doors and other competitors!). The location was a school with the controls spread over 4 levels and involving butterfly loops. Unlike many who took part, all off us correctly punched each control and Andrew finished an impressive 6th with Daniel not far behind in 10th. A special shout out to Joe for getting the fastest sprint finish split and him and Wern for doing their first events :-)
Adam Poole and Andrew Stemp competed in both days of October Odyssey run by Newcastle Orienteers with Mariama Dryak and Matthew Foskett joining them on the Saturday. The long distance on the Saturday was tough going with lots of heather and a couple of steep sections but the area was very picturesque nonetheless. Adam had a difficult afternoon on the black course but Matthew, Andrew and Mariama had reasonable success on the short brown coming 4th, 5th and 12th overall for that course. The Sunday course was runnanble woodland with interesting features which proved better for Adam with him coming 8th and Andrew in 6th.
Reults and report here
The taster session starting at the science site and providing an introduction to orienteering was really well attended - 24 people in fact! Hopefully this will mean a good year for DUOC ahead :-)
Michael Halett, Cameron Davies and Adam Poole all took part in some of the Croeso2016 events with Michael finishing first for course 2 on Day 4
Reults and report here
Andrew Stemp and Matthew Foskett took part in the 9th London City Race in Rotherhithe, both in the mens open category.
Reults and report here
Julie Emmerson took part in WOLF in Scotland.
Reults and report here
Congratulations to the exec for 2016-2017 elected at last nights AGM.
Club Captain: Cameron Davies
Vice Captain: Mariama Dryak
Treasurer: Andrew Stemp
Social Sec: Fran Brown and Harriet Lawson
Kit: Michael Hallett
Webmaster: Matthew Foskett
Our 2014-2015 Captain Lucy Butt won her first senior title, coming top of the podium at the British middle distance championships. Mariama Dryak, Andrew Stemp and Matthew Foskett also ran.
Reults and report here
7 DUOC members made an appearance at the 2016 JK in Yorkshire.
See the results here
A team of 15 DUOC members went down to Bristol to compete in BUCS. There were two great events - the individual at Moseley Green in the Forest of Dean on Saturday and the relay at Coopers Hill in Cranham. Both were great areas, despite the abundance of hills! There were lots of fantastic runs both days and as a result we were 4th in the individual and 5th in the relays to secure 4th place overall.
More info and full results here
Normally Im a very prepared person. I like turning up to the Scottish Six Days knowing my start times and sometimes whos starting near me. Ive read through all the final details and roughly know which days will be early starts. Ive got a mental picture of the geographical location of the areas in relation to where Im staying, and I will undoubtedly have geeked the maps beforehand. But a combination of uni work, friends from uni staying over, and holidays (mostly holidays!) meant that I pretty much just rocked up to Scotland and hoped for the best.
But this wasnt any ordinary Six Days, for I was down for helping for a couple of days, and I was doing the IOF Livecentre commentary for the World Orienteering Championships (WOC) races too. I knew it was going to be a hectic week, but I hadnt quite appreciated how much time it would take up! Im very involved in the student radio at Durham University, and wanted to do something relating to commentary or media when I heard Scotland had got the Champs. But it wasnt until quite last minute that I found out that I would be working with Hugh Dan MacLennan (a professional shinty commentator) and Clive Allen (my grandpa, but also an experienced orienteering commentator!) on the IOF Livecentre online video coverage. I also found out when I arrived in Scotland that I was the standby expert for BBC Alba, should Lorna Eades be unavailable for whatever reason (which didnt happen)!
Initially, my job was to spot athletes, which involved looking for new radio control split times that came up on the screen. We also had a screen that displayed the images we were talking over, which were sometimes difficult to keep up with. Therefore, there was less to say at our first event, the sprint relay, as it was generally pretty obvious who was in the lead and there was less technical information to comment on. However, as the races moved into the forest and I became more confident with the setup and procedures, I began to say more and interact with the other presenters. I managed to interview Annika Billstam (the winner of the middle race), as well as Graham Gristwood after he came in second on the second leg of the relay and Cat Taylor after her run at the Long on Glen Affric. Despite being fairly unprepared, I was able to learn on the job, and by the end I think I managed to make some insightful comments about runners.
One of the best things about the job was that it put me at the heart of the action. Our gazebo was right at the finish line, and it was clear to see the range of emotions that runners felt after finishing. It was also perfect to see the run-throughs and I could keep track of the progress of the likes of Ruth Homes and Alice Leake, as I had all the radio information at my fingertips. One of the most exciting times was silently cheering on the mens relay team who ended up just out of the medals, whilst attempting to maintain neutrality on air! I also got to cheer Ruth and Alice on in the heart of the action.
Therefore, the Scottish Six Days was not really my priority. I managed to hold runs together (even after 5 hours of carparking duty at Glen Strathfarrar), and especially enjoyed the beautiful runnable forests at Darnaway.
Despite feeling unprepared, everything went smoothly (despite many queues in and out of carpark fields)! Overall, I learned loads, worked with some great people, and was able to feel the thrill of watching world-class orienteering. Heres to more commentary in the future watch this space!
More about WOC 2015 on the official website .
This urban evening score event, was one of a worldwide series of events for the UNESCO International Year of Light 2015, and saw a strong DUOC turn out on a warm summer evening. The club took the first three positions with Peter Bray collecting all 30 controls in just over 30 minutes, closely followed by Nicholas Beyls and Adam Poole. Katherine Bett also did a great job, being the only woman to collect all the controls. See the race report and full results. There were also illuminated stick man hoodies which some people opted for wearing. Despite odd looks from people around town, these looked pretty cool as it got dark, see photos here. All in all a dash around Durham in the dark, darting in and out of alleyways and trying to avoid the Saturday night crowds, was an excellent way to end the year! So thankyou to NN for organising a fantastic event. I hope everyone has a great summer, best of luck to those who are graduating and I look forward to seeing everyone else again in October!