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Grad Week MicrO

Today some people who hadn't left Cambridge yet decided to do a micrO. We all converged on Lammas Land sometime after 1500, and sat around eating carrot sticks and suffer-biscuits until everyone had arrived. When Emma turned up, Helen produced the maps and came up with a start list, and we all put our shorts into Racing Mode.

A vintage monochrome MicrO map

Helen had spent some time the day before crafting a new map of the area, in vintage monochrome style, not at all sticking to ISSprOM. She also disobeyed the IOF Rule 19.4, which made the race significantly more fun. Control descriptions included Climbing Frame, Top', 'Dinosaur' and 'Swimming Pool, Shallow', so everyone got high and wet. Everyone made exactly one mistake, giving them a penalty of 57.8s, but Helen decided that one of the controls had been unfair, so the people who made that mistake only had a penalty of 28.9s. The results are below:

Name Course time Penalty time Overall time
Paul 7:18 0:57.8 8:15.8
Jonathan 8:51 0:57.8 9:48.8
Rowan 9:10 0:57.8 10:07.8
Emma 9:50 0:28.9 10:18.9
Lucy 11:20 0:28.9 11:48.9
Jeremy 11:25 0:28.9 11:53.9

After that, we went to Pembroke NCR and Rowan and Paul drank tea.

May week picnic

The CUOC May week picnic was organised by Elizabeth and held on Thursday on Jesus Green. Rowan and Heather arrived on time and were confused by the lack of other people, but set up a picnic in the normal corner. Elizabeth said she would be there in the next 30 minutes and eventually over the next hour Jonathan, Helen, Paul, Jeremy, Larry and James arrived. Jeremy could only spare 30 minutes between St John’s signet ring measuring sessions, but did manage to bring a jug to make Pimms in. Sadly, he failed to bring cups but fortunately Larry saved the day by going home to get some and we didn’t have to drink from the jug after all. After the picnic, Jeremy showed off how many different ways there are to throw a Frisbee (at least 4), and Paul demonstrated many ways not to throw a Frisbee. Following this the inaugural CUOC Olympics was held, with competitions in shotput, javelin, hammer, discus, long jump, triple jump and wheelbarrow races, and improvised equipment which included James’ jumper as the hammer. We discovered that Frisbees are not the ideal size or shape for discus, and that Jesus Green is more painful to land on than a sandpit. We were also so bad at wheelbarrow races that some nearby children decided to show us how it was done. Overall, everyone enjoyed the picnic, although we were sad that Elizabeth never arrived (rumour has it that the ‘rehearsal’ she was at may in fact have been a rowing thing).

King's Lynn Urban

An innovative control description holder

This Sunday CUOC decided the optimum orienteering race was the King's Lynn Urban, as opposed to any other races that may be being held in the Lakes. While everyone else was busy revising in many libraries, the dissertation crew of Rowan, Jeremy and Fiona LB decided that their write ups were going sufficiently badly that a morning out in King's Lynn was a good idea to relieve their distress and boredom. A few DRONGOs who hadn't made the trip to the Lakes were also spotted scuttling around the city.

Jeremy and Rowan arrived disappointingly early at Cambridge Station, so didn't have to run to catch their train and instead had a 5 minute wait. They were then once again amazed by the anti-mountainousness of the Fens, before arriving at the event centre early, another first for Jeremy. Jeremy then realised he'd forgotten his control description holder, which was definitely not a first, but thankfully learnt how to create an excellent improvised holder from Rowan.

On the Men's Open, Jeremy was first starter with Rowan just 2 minutes behind. This gap continued to remain at approximately 2 minutes for the remaining 10km of the course, with both taking the relative lead at different points, before Rowan put in a strong final kilometer to win the grudge match by 16 seconds, and giving Rowan 6th and Jeremy 7th. Meanwhile Fiona put in an excellent performance, winning the Women’s Open, ahead of DRONGO Miranda in 3rd!

Rowan doesn't like King John

The courses were reasonably well planned, making the most of some interesting alley way systems, although involved too many dog legs for Jeremy's liking, as it meant running back past Rowan. There was also a novel control on a ship's anchor, for which nobody recognised the control description.

It was a very muggy and warmish day, so Jeremy and Rowan were very pleased to hear that the finish was close to The Wash. Unfortunately there was insufficient time to investigate it before Rowan and Jeremy had to leave to catch their train back to their misery.

On the walk back to the station Rowan found a statue of another notorious John, King John. As a proud Nottingham Outlaw, Rowan took offence at a grumpy John being displayed so prominently, but despite taunts and threatening to play Helen's playlist of musicals, the statue seemingly ignored Rowan, so instead Rowan settled for a mocking photo.

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