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Bowline CC - This weeks news

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 29th February 2016 @ 12:02pm

Hello Bowliners and friends,

We are pleased to announce a 'provisional' date for this years Croft Hills Race which is Tuesday 17th May, 7:30pm. We will let you know when this is confirmed and you will be able to enter online via the website.

The BMC have sent us their 2016 clubs workshop programme which has some more courses recently added. These courses are subsidised by a grant the BMC receives from Sport England and are specifically designed to support members of BMC affiliated clubs. These courses really are excellent value and places will go quickly so to find out more about the courses and book your places visit the BMC website

Also the BMC are running their popular 'Training Novice Club Members Weekend' on Friday 13th - Sunday 15th May at Plas y Brenin in Snowdonia. Only £50 for the weekend (including full board accommodation and all instruction) the weekend is a great deal for club members who take novices in to the outdoors and want to develop their skills to provide the best training experience they can.  Limited places are remaining, more details and booking via the BMC website

Have a great week everyone!


Croft Hills Race 2016 - CANCELLED

  • Tuesday, 17th May 2016 at 7:30pm
    Location: Aggregates Quarry car park, next to Croft Church, Croft, Leicester

    It is with great regret that we are not able to run the Croft Hills Race this year (2016). This…

Saunders Mountain Marathon

  • Saturday, 2nd July 2016 at 9am - 4pm Sunday, 3rd July
    Location: Lake District

    Entries are now open for the 38th Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon which will be held over…

Bowline CC - Back in blighty

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 23rd February 2016 @ 4:11pm

Hey Everybody,

Yes I'm back in the country again after a return visit to the lovely Tignes for yet more skiing. Whilst I had a great time with some good friends and fellow bowliners, I did miss out on the weekend trip to Portland. It sounds like despite some damp weather a good time was had, checkout the great article about the trip written by Adam.

Looking out of the window at the blue sky here I'm itching for the weather to improve a bit more so we can start heading outside again for climbing. We've got a great year of climbing meetings to enjoy and I can't wait to get out and climb some rock with you guys! However in the meantime we go have the clubs Annual General Meeting coming up on Wednesday 16th March. This is a great opportunity to get even more involved by joining the committee and helping to shape the future of our awesome club!
If you're heading to The Climbing Station tonight for our Tuesday bouldering then I hope you all have a great time. I'll be at The Tower for our Thursday climbing session this week so hopefully see lots of you there too.


Bowline CC - Hooray for holidays

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Thursday, 11th February 2016 @ 2:55pm

Hello Bowliner,

Apologies for the lack of weekly emails recently, I've been in France enjoying ski-ing in Tignes followed by Climbing in the Cote d'Azur. And although I'm back now, I'm heading back to Tignes for another week of ski-ing this weekend so you'll probably not hear from me again until the end of the month. It's hard life, but someone's got to do it!

I'm pleased to report that we had a very successful 30th Charnwood Hills Race on Sunday just gone. Thanks to a lot of hard work by Bowliners and friends our 350 entrants got to enjoy racing through the Leicestershire countryside once again. Well done to all those that helped out and to those that entered as well!

Since I've been away it's great to hear that so many of you are signing up for our various meets this year. If you haven't already checked out what's on offer this year then you can find all the details on the website. I'm also pleased that we have lots of new prospective members coming along to our Tuesday bouldering and Thursday climbing sessions. Can't wait for the weather to improve so we can get all go climvbing outside!

Hope you all enjoy yourselves next week!


Banff Mountain Film Festival

  • Wednesday, 3rd February 2016 at 7:30pm
    Location: De Montfort Hall, Leicester

    The world’s most prestigious mountain film festival is coming to Leicester with a brand new…

Pyrenees trip

  • Saturday, 20th August 2016 at 9am - 6pm Sunday, 28th August
    Location: Lourdes/Gavernie, France

    Our planned trip to the Alps this summer has been relocated to the Lourdes/Gavernie area of the…

Bowline CC - Welcome to the New Year

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 18th January 2016 @ 1:23pm

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the New Bowline Year! I hope you've all got our meets locked into your diaries as this year we've got a super line up for you to enjoy and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on these trips. Remember you can always find the full list of meets over on our website.

I'd like to take this opportunity to highlight our trip to the Picos de Europa in June. This has been kindly organised by Michelle Aukland and already we have 15 people who are interested in going with many already having booked their flights and accommodation. I'm super excited about this trip and it will be brilliant to have loads of us their to experience what I'm told is a real hidden gem of climbing/walking destinations.

Also for those of you who can't wait to get back out climbing on real rock you should check out our Portland weekend in February which is being run by Tony Bishopp (thanks Tony). Unfortunately I can't make this myself as I will be away ski-ing, but if I was around I'd definitely be going, so hopefully you can all go along and let me know how great it was!

Right I'll stop there as otherwise I'll be excitedly telling you all about the other great trips but I'll save that for another week. Don't forget we are back at The Climbing Station on Tuesday evenings for bouldering, and we're also at The Tower on Thursday evenings for climbing!

Have a great week!


Picos de Europa

  • Saturday, 11th June 2016 at 7am - 11pm Sunday, 19th June
    Location: Picos de Europa, Northern Spain

    A fantastic opportunity to join us for what promises to be a great trip to the Picos de Europa…

Prusik knots and tricky situations

  • Sunday, 20th March 2016 at 10am
    Location: Leicestershire

    If you're reasonably new to climbing you will know how to tie on with a figure of eight (or…

Sun, sea, and down jackets

  • Friday, 12th February 2016 at 7pm - 4pm Sunday, 14th February
    Location: Isle of Portland, Dorset

    February isn't usually the best month for climbing in the UK. But for those keen to keep their…

Winter walking/scrambling (or maybe Ice climbing) in North Wales

  • Friday, 15th January 2016 at 6pm - 6pm Sunday, 17th January
    Location: Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Brynrefail, Snowdonia

    Our first club hut meet of the year! It's going to be winter in North Wales so it could be…

Peak District climbing

  • Saturday, 19th March 2016 at 8:45am
    Location: Peak District

    If the weather looks reasonable for climbing in the Peak then we'll be making the most of it.…

Annual General Meeting

  • Wednesday, 16th March 2016 at 7:30pm
    Location: The Black Horse Pub, Narrow Lane, Aylestone, Leicester LE2 8NA

    Calling all Bowliners. Please come along to The Blackhorse Pub on Wednesday 16th March at…

Love the hut weekend

  • Friday, 15th April 2016 at 6pm - 5pm Sunday, 17th April
    Location: Dinorwic Mill Cottage, Tai Felin, Brynrefail, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

    Our club hut is a fantastic asset for us all to enjoy. So come and help us show our hut some…

BMC Midlands area meeting and talk

  • Wednesday, 27th January 2016 at 8pm
    Location: Old Edwardians Sports Club, Streetsbrook Road, Solihull, B90 3PE

    All club members are invited to the next BMC area meeting, starting at 8pm on Wednesday 27th…

Bowline CC - On the 5th day of Christmas the meet sec gave to me...

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 29th December 2015 @ 11:26pm

... an awesome calendar of meets for 2016!

Yes that's right Bowliners, the gift you've all been waiting for has arrived. So grab your 2016 diary and get ready to enjoy a fantastic year with us!

  • Weekend of 16th/17th January - Winter walking/scrambling in North Wales at our cozy club hut.
  • Sunday 7th February - Charnwood Hills Race.
  • Weekend of 13th/14th February - Sport climbing in Portland, Dorset.
  • Wednesday 16th March (evening) - The Club AGM, 7:30pm at the Blackhorse Pub, Alyestone.
  • Saturday 19th March - Peak district climbing.
  • Sunday 20th March - Prusik knots and tricky situations training course for club members (Leicester).
  • Easter weekend (25th-28th March) - Scottish winter walking/ice climbing.
  • April 2nd - 9th - Fontainebleau bouldering trip.
  • Weekend of 16th/17th April - Love the hut weekend.
  • Tuesday 19th April (evening) - Spring bouldering competition at The Climbing Station.
  • May bank holiday weekend (30th April - 2nd May) - Yorkshire climbing (Brimham Rocks).
  • Weekend of 7th/8th May - Peak district climbing.
  • Weekend of 21st/22nd May - Joint meet up with Barrow MC at The Roaches.
  • Whitsun bank holiday weekend (28th - 30th May) - Lake District climbing.
  • 11th - 19th June - Picos de Europa trip.
  • Weekend of 25th/26th June - North Wales climbing at the Club hut.
  • Weekend of 2nd/3rd July - Saunders Mountain Marathon.
  • Weekend of 16th/17th July - Climbing + MTB and Summer Meal in the Forest of Dean.
  • Weekend of 30th/31st July - BBQ at the club hut.
  • August - Alpine trip, exact date TBC.
  • Summer bank holiday weekend (27th-29th August) - Pembrokeshire sea cliff climbing.
  • Weekend of 10th/11th September - Climbing in North Wales at the club hut.
  • Weekend of 24th/25th September - Peak district climbing.
  • Weekend of 8th/9th October - More climbing in North Wales at the club hut.
  • Weekend of 22nd/23rd October - Mountain Biking meet in the Dalby Forest.
  • Weekend of 29th/30th October - OMM Mountain Marathon.
  • Weekend of 5th/6th November - Fireworks at the club hut.
  • Saturday 19th November - Club annual dinner.
  • Sunday 4th December - Chairmans walk.
  • Wednesday 6th December - Club slideshow.
  • Tuesday 13th December (evening) - Christmas bouldering competition at The Climbing Station.

Bowline CC - May the force be with you

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Sunday, 20th December 2015 @ 7:28pm

Hey Everyone,

So the force was strong with us today, so strong that it chased away all that pesky rain and made the weather in the Peak appealing enough for a spot of climbing. Who'd of thought that I'd be enjoying trad climbing in the sunshine at Gardom Edge on the 20th December. Did you all get out and enjoy the unseasonably good weather, I hope so!

This will be my last weekly email for this year and so I have only remind you that we have bouldering at The Climbing
 Station on Tuesday. I'll be there for once and if you want to join me for bouldering that would be super. But if I don't see you Tuesday then I hope you have a fantastic Christmas and New Year.

Watch your inboxes over the Christmas period as my present to you will be an awesome meets calendar full of trips to make you wish that 2016 would hurry up and arrive!

Andy :)

Bowline CC - Christmas Bouldering Competition Results

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 16th December 2015 @ 2:47pm

Hi Everyone,

We had a good turn out for last nights Christmas Bouldering Competition, thanks to everyone that came along and enjoyed the evening with us. There was lots of frenetic activity in the climbing station and lots of fun had as our bouldering pairs raced to complete problems and grab points. Plus the added bonus of the time limited one handed bouldering challenge (thanks to Andy Richards). 

The coveted bouldering competition trophy was retained by last years winner, Tony Bishopp, with an excellent score of 144. And with Anni Ahonen-Bishopp taking the 1st ladies place it will be celebrations all round in the Bishopp household. 2nd place overall went to Andy Richards with a strong score of 113. The full results list is as follows:

Tony Bishopp 144
Andy Richards 113
Rob Goodman 90
Peter Clarke 77
Pete Meads 76
Anni Ahonen-Bishopp 68
Neil Partridge 63
Simon Crossley 60
Paul Barrett 47
Charlene Hurd 46
Tony Hextall 38
Rachel Singleton 30
Yvonne Alexander 29
Charlotte Jelleyman 29
Lucy Shilton 28
Graham Richmond 27
Andy Railton 27


Bowline CC - Urgent please read!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 14th December 2015 @ 7:06pm

Hello Bowliners,

So I was planning to make this weeks email all about the 
Christmas Bouldering competition which I'm sure you're all attending. However we have a rather more pressing matter which is that we are urgent need of volunteers to come forward and help with the catering (teas, coffees, cakes, etc) for the Charnwood Hills Race. The Charnwood Hills Race is a major source of income for the club and is the main reason we are able to keep the membership fee's and hut fee's for members low. Lots of club members are already involved in various capacities and we'd welcome any assistance you can give!

If you can help out please let me know and I'll put you in touch with the race organisers.

Thanks. And if I don't see you before, Merry Christmas!

Andy Potter
 Meets Secretary
07796 220055

To find out more about the Leicester area based
Bowline Climbing Club
Zoe Pickering (07709 337976)

Happening this month

November 2018
Thursday 1st
6pm Climbing @ The Tower
Tuesday 6th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Thursday 8th
6pm Climbing @ The Tower
Saturday 10th
12:30pm Saturday @ Social Climbing
7pm Annual dinner and slideshow
Tuesday 13th
6pm Bouldering @ Social Climbing
Thursday 15th
6pm Climbing @ The Tower
Tuesday 20th
6pm Bouldering @ The Climbing Station
Wednesday 21st
7:30pm BMC Midlands AGM and Alex Roddie talk
Thursday 22nd
6pm Climbing @ The Tower
Tuesday 27th
6pm Bouldering @ Social Climbing
Thursday 29th
6pm Climbing @ The Tower

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