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Based in the Leicester area we welcome new members, with or without experience. For more information contact: Zoe Pickering on 07709 337976 or via email.


E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Wednesday, 14th February 2018 @ 10:10pm

Hi Folks,

We are looking to put in the clothing order for Bowline Base layers and Fleeces as soon as possible. With Xmas now over and hopefully healthier finances can we ask you to put in your orders as soon as possible. There is an order form attached for you to fill in or you can just put what you want direct in an Email. Pictures of the Base layers and Fleeces are on the website with costs shown. The Base layers are particularly good quality and value being the Subzero Brand; the club's head honcho (aka Zoe) has had one for 10 years and it's still going strong apparently. We haven't had many orders for the Base layers, originally we were only going to supply these in Black, which is available in across the full size range. However, we can also get some in Aqua Blue but only in the sizes S and M. The colour is slightly darker than the Sky Blue colour women's hoodies we ordered a couple of years ago.

Please can you send your order forms/emails to within the next two weeks. Remember to state sizes and quantities.

Lost at Charnwood Hills Race

E-mail sent by Dave Toach, Thursday, 8th February 2018 @ 2:06pm

A Garmin watch was lost at the race.  If you found it please let me know so it can be returned to the owner.

Kind regards


Bowline CC - Another great Charnwood Hills Race

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 5th February 2018 @ 12:12am

Hi Everyone,

After a lot of hard work and preparation, our race organisers and their team have pulled off another great Charnwood Hills Race. This is an important event for our club so a big thanks to everyone who was involved in the preparation and on the day.

It was great to see Bowliners taking part in the race again. Congratulations to Zoe Proctor who was 1st place Bowline Woman and to Rob Pullen who was 1st placed Bowline Man. You can check-out their times along with all the other results over on the club website.

Peter Fryer has kindly shared his pictures of today's race. You can view the pictures here -

We did have some lost property left behind after the race, including some car/house keys. If anyone is looking to reclaim their lost items or hears of anyone who lost something please get in touch with the race administrator -

Next years race will be on Sunday 3rd February 2019 so get the date in your diary now and we hope to see you there.

Kind regards,

BCC Meets Secretary

Bowline CC - A Bowline History: the first 25 years

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 31st January 2018 @ 12:34pm

Hi Bowliners,

Back in July 2017 the former secretary and Chair of the Bowline, Peter Thompson, discovered a treasure trove of records in an old suitcase in his attic relating to the foundation of the club in 1951 and its early years through to around 1960. Dave Unwin has taken up the mammouth task of shifting through these records and combining them with later records, which we already had, to compile a brand new history of the first 25 years of our club.

The result is 'A Bowline History: the first 25 years' which runs to just shy of 50 pages and presents a fascinating insight into how the club began and how it developed throughout it's formative years and onwards into the late 1970's. We've updated our club history page on the website to include this new work and we hope that maybe in the future we can extend this to cover the remaining years up until today with the same detail and quality.

Having read the history myself I am very grateful to Dave for what must have amounted to a huge amount of work. I would strongly encourage you all to grab a moment in your comfy chair, with a cup of tea/coffee, and immerse yourself in an excellent account of the first 25 years of our club. Visit the history page on the website and download the PDF using the link (be patient when you click the link as the PDF is around 3.5MB and may take a little while to download).

A big thanks to Dave for putting this together. If you have any comments please let me know.

Kind regards,

BCC Meets Secretary

Charnwood Hills Race – Emergency Contact Details Required

E-mail sent by Dave Toach, Tuesday, 30th January 2018 @ 11:19pm

Your emergency contact details are still required for the race on Sunday:  You will not be given your race number until we have this information.

To prevent any undue delay in collection of your race number we would appreciate receiving this information prior to the day of the race.

The following information required is:

                                             Emergency Contact:  

                                             Telephone Number:  

Registration of vehicle you will be travelling in:  

If you have transferred your entry, please forward this email onto the person who has taken your place.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday 4thFebruary 2018.

Kind regards

Bowline CC - The 2018 Meets List

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Thursday, 25th January 2018 @ 4:12pm

Hi All,

After going through a fair few revisions I am pleased to announce that the 2018 Meets List is complete. A big thanks to Tony Bishopp, Simon Perry, Paul Parker, Andy Railton and Zoe Pickering who have all volunteered to organise meets this year which is a big help to me and means that we have a really good range of meets for you join in with. 

The following list gives you the dates planned for all the meets. As you can see some already have event pages on the website giving you all the details. I aim to get at least the outline details for the remaining meets on the website in the next few weeks so that the Meets & Events page becomes the goto place for finding out what is going on. When we have each meet ready for you to book places we'll send out an invitation email for you to book places as normal.

Please pop these dates in your diary now and we hope to see as many of you as possible at whichever meets take your fancy!

Also I'll be rebooting the regular update emails, these will be sent out once every two weeks with the latest club news, meets, etc. In the next email look out for details of the recent improvements to the hut and a big update of the club history.

Don't forget we are still meeting every Tuesday night for bouldering at The Climbing Station (Loughborough) and Thursday nights for roped climbing at The Tower (Beaumont Leys).

  • Wednesday 7th February (evening) - BMC Midlands area meeting and Suzie Imber talk. [Andy Potter]
  • February 17th-20th - Climbing on the Jurassic Coast. [Tony Bishopp]
  • Wednesday 14th March (evening) - The Club AGM and Quiz. [Andy Potter]
  • Saturday 3rd March - BANFF film festival. [Zoe]
  • March 17th/18th - Spring love the hut weekend [Paul Parker]
  • March 31st-7th April - Fountainebleau bouldering. [Andy Potter]
  • Wednesday 18th April (evening) - BMC Midlands area meeting [Andy Potter]
  • April 21st/22nd - Club hut weekend.
  • May 5th-7th (May Day bank hol) - South Devon and Dartmoor [Andy Potter]
  • May 19th/20th - Meet secs birthday bash (North Wales) [Andy Potter]
  • May 26th-28th (Whitsun bank hol) - Lake District (family friendly) [Andy Potter]
  • Wednesday 6th June (evening) - BMC Midlands area meeting [Andy Potter]
  • June 16th/17th - Club hut weekend.
  • June 23rd/24th - Family meet (club hut) [Andy Potter]
  • June 30th/July 1st - Saunders Mountain Marathon [Andy Potter]
  • July 14th/15th - Summer meal (Peak District) [Andy Potter]
  • July 21st/22nd - Family meet [Andy Potter]
  • July 28th/29th - Club hut weekend.
  • August 12th/13th - Dorset [Andy Potter/Tony Bishopp]
  • August 26th-September 8th - Dolomites [Andy Railton]
  • September 1st/2nd - Club hut weekend
  • Wednesday 5th September (evening) - BMC Midlands area meeting [Andy Potter]
  • September 15th/16th - Lake district (Barrow hut) [Andy Railton]
  • September 15th/16th - Family meet (club hut) [Andy Potter]
  • September 22nd-29th - Croatia [Simon Perry]
  • September 29th/30th - Club hut weekend.
  • October 6th/7th or 13th/14th - Mountain Biking Meet (Brecon Beacons) [Paul Parker]
  • Saturday 10th November - Annual Dinner and slideshow [Zoe]
  • November 17th/18th - Kendal mountain film festival [Zoe]
  • Wednesday 21st November (evening) - BMC Midlands AGM [Andy Potter]
  • Sunday 2nd December - Chairmans Walk [Zoe]
  • January 22nd 2019 (Tuesday evening) - Bouldering competition [Andy Potter]
  • Sunday 3rd February (2019) - Charnwood Hills Race.
  • Late February (2019) - Skiing trip [Andy Potter]
  • Wednesday 13th March (2019) - AGM [Zoe]

BMC Midlands Area meeting and Suzie Imber talk

  • Wednesday, 7th February 2018 at 8pm
    Location: Old Edwardians Sports Club, Streetsbrook Road (junction with Olton Lane), Solihull, West Midlands, B90 3PE

    Come along to Solihull for our next gathering of Midlands climbers and walkers and get involved…

    • 4 people attended


E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Monday, 15th January 2018 @ 12:29pm

Hi Folks,

The Charnwood Hills Race is coming up in just less than 3 weeks time. Our means of recording the results now uses chipped timing, though we back this with good old paper and pencil records as well. The electronic timing people use a laptop with a big battery back-up. Although not strictly necessary it would useful to have a generator available just in case. Does anyone have a small generator that they are willing to lend out? We almost certainly wouldn't need to use it. If you do can you drop me an Email.


Andy Railton (

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