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One intrepid CUOCer roamed somewhat farther afield than usual this weekend, making it all the way to the Lake District to a 'very nice' event planned by Matthew. Joe reports:
'At a mere 500 miles round trip from Cambridge, Sunday's race may have been a little far from Cambridge which is why no-one else from CUOC managed to make it. On arrival at Greta Gorge near Keswick, the skies were blue,the snow was white, the sun shining and the planner was wearing 7 layers and jumping up and down to try and keep warm. After a longish walk to the start, it was off into the forest. Thankfully, the course was planned for such cold weather, as legs 2-3 and 4-5 both involved a lot of climb, mostly up steep, slippery slopes leading to high up on Latrigg. After a nice long leg, the legs became shorter and the map more intricate, but no less steep with a number of competitors resorting to bum-sliding, both intentional and unintentional. The last two controls were in fast open land and forest leading to a speedy finish, except I got lost. Overall, a very nice change from Thetford forest though!
'After downloading and putting on every layer in the car, all that remained was to eat an egg mayo sandwich containing whole peppercorns and start the long journey home.'
We are excited to announce that CUOC have won the 2015 Schlumberger Pizza Cutter Award. The award was presented to the club at a high profile awards ceremony in Chesterton on Wednesday night. Club captain Helen Pružina formally received the award on behalf of the club with the following acceptance speech:
"It's a great honour to accept this award on behalf of CUOC. Ever since our previous pizza-cutter went missing in 2014 we've had to make do with such rudimentary implements. This is a great asset for the club to have and will make a huge difference to many of our lives. I'd like to thank my family, my friends, CUOC & DrongO members, potatoes and #EAOA for their part in getting me to such an excited point in my life."
Speaking to the press after the ceremony, one club member commented: "It's great for the club to have this prestigous award. I'm really glad we made the cut".
Rumours have been spreading that the current CUOC women's captain, Helen Pružina, attended an EAOA committee meeting on Friday. This is almost unheard of, as while these meetings may have tea, coffee, and biscuits, they certainly don't have MicrO, potatoes, or an end. The last time this is known to have happened was back in 2011 when David Maliphant, the king of EAOA meeting attendance, was captain. We think he is still there. It is clear that being in the meeting prepared David well for his role as volunteer coordinator for WOC 2015, which he did during the tea breaks. We are pleased to report that Helen has, however, returned home safely. So perhaps in 2019 we will see Helen organising the DrongO world championships?
The contents of these meetings are, of course, highly confidential, but current intelligence suggests that the highlights of the meeting were Helen singing EAOA to the tune of YMCA, somebody going for a midway toilet break at 2am, #everybody saying how great the Cambridge City Race was, and the end.
Helen has already put the date of the next meeting into her diary and looking forward to it is all that is keeping her going through the tears of 5th week.