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How to enter:
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Select one and then select to join your university team from the list of teams shown.
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Relay teams should be ranked by institutional administrators by entering 1,1,1 etc in the rank column on the dashboard before the entry deadline. This can be confirmed by Team captains on the Individual day.
Universities can enter a non-scoring mixed team with spare runners.
Today was the last day of training tour, which meant everyone spent the morning finding easy things to clean so that we were too busy to clean the hard things. Eventually this didn't work any more, so we did the hard cleaning: scraping pans, fixing the forever-flushing toilet, and decontaminating the main room of suit-dresses. Having sterilised the area of residual sartorial crime, we went to the cars and drove out of Wales. In Harry's car, the navigator fell asleep, so they arrived in the right place at the right time. Heather's car was not so fortunate - Paul remained fully conscious and was thus able to make a subtle diversion to the wrong side of the Severn Estuary. Satisfied that Wales had not detached itself from the rest of the country since last weekend, Paul and Heather turned around, headed to the Forest of Dean, and promptly ran out of fuel. This was adjudged to be a Bad Thing, but there was a tour champs to be run, so it was forgotten about for the time being.
The tour champs proceeded thusly. Paul went first with all the kites, dropping them at allegedly non-random locations in the feature-free forest. Heather, Harry, James, Jeremy, and Ben followed, miraculously all finding all of the controls, and Zuzka collected. CUOC recommends that allowing the first starter to choose where the controls are and forcing the last starter to carry them all the way round the course is a good way to neutralise the late-start advantage. The forest was very squidgy, completely devoid of map detail, and only moderately peng in places. This was good, because we had spent too much time on the slidey, intricate, utterly pengaluscious dunes of the Gower*, and needed to be reminded that for every sandy paradise there are many more mediocre English skogs. The results in full are below, listed in order of response to Paul's question on the group chat:
|Paul||Asked the question but did not give an answer|
Therefore Ben wins for being the only person to record a time, while James also wins for naming the smallest number. Harry and Heather both win a little bit for reporting their numbers to 2 decimal places. Jeremy, Paul and Zuzka do not win.
Aidan also claimed to have "bashed out a cheeky 28min on the way back home yesterday" but we aren't sure if that refers to his course time or the amount of extra sleep he actually got by leaving a day early. If he indeed did run the course that fast just days before his BIG target race**, CUOC recommends he wear an additional pair of Vaporflys to offset any tiredness in his legs. In any case, Aidan was disqualified for not visiting any of the flags, all of which were still in the bunkhouse.
Once the tour champs was over we got changed, ate rice sandwiches, and explained to Ben how he could make the sky more rad even though its already his full time job. Then we all went our separate ways, two cars fueled by petrol and one by pure Northern grit.
*Cefn Bryn not included.
**That race is the poultry run (the dictionary definition of a 'tepid veggie's' race), a race in which fleshing out every last morsel of training can really chew away at those beefy PBs. If Aidan (tou)can have a swift run to duck across the line and finches first, that would be a pheasant surprise. It would make his larking around, fowl-ly leaving early, a less bitter pill to swallow, and we'll stop grousing about him being such a bustard.
Today CUOC awoke to a changed world. A world of getting Brexit done, a world of blue maps, and most importantly, a world of favourable rates for buying Kroner. Sadly, we discovered that Tom, Aidan and Ryan had not been reelected for staying another night, so they began the day by packing their bags to leave while everyone else had brexfast. The hangers left for Oxwich Burrows to set up the day's training, and after a short transition period, they were followed by everyone else.
James had planned the morning's courses, and Jeremy had planned the printer setup, which turned out to be a bad thing when the map scale was wrong. The area was some less complicated dunes than the rest of the week, with a fence separating the hillier, marramier bit from the hillyish, absolutely rapid bit. The rapid bit was so rapid that Paul suggested that even Hareys might not complain about running on it. After a short morning of training, we had a break while the controls were collected and Aidan hung the afternoon's training.
The afternoon's training started at 11:45 and lasted more than 15 minutes, so was technically correct. Aidan had planned something like what he planned two years ago - a mass start gaffled course where you choose which control to go to at the start of each gaffel. Ireland and Italy switched the lead for the first half, until Italy took a slightly too scenic route and had to go home DEVASTATED. Yorkshire followed behind to complete the podium.
Now all that was left to do was to get rid of Aidan, Tom and Ryan, so we did that, before heading back to the bunkhouse. Copious tea was imbibed, and Jeremy got interviewed by St Madoc TV, while this tour report was written before yesterday's. Sadly, it can't be completed before yesterday's, due to today not being complete.
The 2100 edition of the CUOC Reporter returns to bring you an important update regarding the rest of the day. Heather made a delicious Mexican Bean Chilli, to be served with a side of everything else we had.This was mixed with as much rice as we could fit in the pan, and was very nice, but this meant that there was Quite a Lot. Due to a further unexpected carbohydratal situation, pudding plans were altered from being ice cream based to a more bread dominated dish. Sadly, bread and butter pudding contains quite a lot of butter, so Paul had to perform some culinary experimentation by pouring soya milk, cocoa powder and sugar on slices of bread, sticking in the oven and hoping really really hard. In the end, the gamble paid off, and everyone was satisfied with a delicious end to the week.
Once dinner was done, all that remained was to pack up and clean the bunkhouse before an early start tomorrow. With so much food remaining, the obvious course of action was rice sandwiches for lunch tomorrow - we'll be back with an update as soon as we discover whether or not this was a terrible idea.
Update from the late Capt. F. Bunn MCSP: "also, I'm losing track of the days with all these fancy symbols you're coming up with for the tour reports...#bringbackthenumbers"
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