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BOK Blast urban races

10/11 June

Having a Blast: Andrew, Pete & Sam in Queen's Square

Having a Blast: Andrew, Pete & Sam in Queen's Square

Last edited: Mon 12 Jun 2017

Bristol harbourside and city centre provided a fabulous setting for a weekend of urban races. Entrants came from throughout England and Wales and even from Scandanavia and Italy. Several members made the trip and Andrew Page won his class on both days.

The terrain featured garden squares, terraced parks, underpasses and plenty of bridges in addition to all the usual urban favourites such as steps and alleyways.

On Day 2, there were many river crossings over the ubiquitous Bristol waterways. On Pete Shirvington's course (veteran men), there were no fewer than nine such crossings. All courses started at Castle Gardens, sandwiched between the river and the shopping quarter at Broadmead and finished at the suitably grand setting of Queen's Square in Bristol's business district.

Results and more on Bristol OC's website

Bristol summer urban series

Although he didn't attend the BOK Blast this weekend, Graham Hartley continues to perform consistently in the Bristol midweek urban league. He moved up to third on the Green league after the latest race at Bradley Stoke on Wednesday (7 June). He hasn't finished below 5th in any of his five races so far, which usually have 30 to 40 people competing.

Pete S traversing yet another square

Pete S traversing yet another square
Credit: Steve Rush

Next up

This week Bristol, next week Poole... this coming Sunday (18 June), Wessex are organising more urban races on fast and technical terrain. They are promising an intricate network of alleyways (in the old town), streets and parkland. Poole Quay will feature too. See the flier. Entries on Fabian.

Link to event page

Flier

  • As ever, for a full listing of all events in the region over the next two months, see the bottom half of our events page.
Andrew in action, Bristol harbourside

Andrew in action, Bristol harbourside

Part of Pete S's course, Day 2

Part of Pete S's course, Day 2
Credit: BOK Routegadget

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Mural- Bristol city races

Mural- Bristol city races
Credit: Bristol OC

At the start

At the start

Pete S negotiates urban 'furniture'

Pete S negotiates urban 'furniture'
Credit: Steve Rush

Andrew's course started in Castle Park

Andrew's course started in Castle Park
Credit: BOK Routegadget

Vikki P on veteran womens' course

Vikki P on veteran womens' course

Andrew & Sam discuss route choice

Andrew & Sam discuss route choice

Winners Bok Blast

Winners Bok Blast

Andrew's haul of medals

Andrew's haul of medals

Andrew and Vikki

Andrew and Vikki