BOK Blast urban races
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
click/tap photos for a larger version