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Bowline CC - Going, going, gone!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Sunday, 8th November 2015 @ 11:32pm

Hey Bowliners,

Yet again our ever popular Charnwood Hills Race has sold out incredibly quickly. Last year was our first for online entry with all 350 places going in 22 hours. This year we had a set date and time for ticket sales opening which was well publicised in advance. And as a result all the places were gone in just over 1 hour, amazing!

So if you are not running the race on Sunday 7th Feb do come along and help out. The race is a big source of income for the club which helps to us to keep the costs to our members, such as membership fees and hut fees, to a minimum.

The club annual dinner is coming up this Saturday. But before that we have 
 bouldering on Tuesday and climbing on Thursday!

Have a great week everyone!

Charnwood Hills Race 2016

  • Sunday, 7th February 2016 at 10am
    Location: Martin School, Link Road, Anstey, Leicester. OS sheet 140, grid ref 547093
    Entries for the race have now sold out!
    Race numbers for those with places are now available…

Bowline CC - Your hills race needs YOU!!!

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 2nd November 2015 @ 2:26pm

Hi Everybody,

Well who'd of thought the best days climbing I've had in The Peak District this year would be on the 1st November. Absolutely beautiful conditions for climbing, warm sun, great friction, gentle breeze and NO MIDGES!! Hope you all managed to get out and enjoy the nice day too!

 Wednesday 4th November at 7pm tickets for the Charnwood Hills Race will be available to purchase via our website. Last year the tickets sold out within 24 hours, and this year we expect they may even sell out the same evening as the race is very popular. We would like to be cheering on lots of Bowliners this year so if you want to enter make sure you get your ticket on Wednesday evening. And if you don't want to run the race we always need lots of help on the day so you can still get involved (and we'd really appreciate as much help as possible).

Don't forget
 bouldering on Tuesday and climbing on Thursday!

Bowline CC - Found - Black dry bag

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 26th October 2015 @ 11:05pm

Hi All,

Apologies for the group email but during sorting out my kit this evening I've discovered that I have inherited an extra black dry bag with Montane written on it. If this is yours please let me know and I'll return it to you.



Bowline CC - Pedal power

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 26th October 2015 @ 12:59pm

Hi Bowliners,

We had a super weekends mountain biking in North Wales. Despite the wet start on the Saturday we headed out into the forests and moorland around Llyn Brenig for a fantastic off road ride. We had a bit of everything with single track, fire roads, muddy bridleways and narrow forest paths. A well earned rest was needed after our 45Km, and the BBQ
 house dinner proved to be a unique and very enjoyable way to refuel and relax. Then on Sunday we headed to the awesome trails at Llangela with all the thrills of fast, twisty riding through the forest with plenty of 'features' to keep everyone on there toes. I expect they'll be some more MTB opportunities through the winter season so you can all come out and join us!

Our next get together is for the club Annual Dinner, for which the tickets are nearly sold out so if you want to join us book ASAP via the website it is going to be great fun!

And now we are into the winter lecture season why not check out the BMC's Winter Skills Lecture series which is coming to Leicester University on Tuesday 24th November. See the website for more details and to book tickets.

As always we will be
 bouldering on Tuesday and climbing on Thursday!

Have a great week everyone!

BMC Winter Skills Lecture - Leicester

  • Tuesday, 24th November 2015 at 7:30pm
    Location: University of Leicester, Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 3, Ken Edwards Building, Leicester, LE1 7RH

    Sharpen your…

Chairmans Walk and lunch

  • Sunday, 6th December 2015 at 10am
    Location: Manifold Valley, Staffordshire

    This years Chairman's Walk will be around the Manifold Valley, starting at Waterhouses and…

Bowline CC - Is it dinner time yet?

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Sunday, 18th October 2015 @ 11:29pm

Not quite. But if you want to join us for the annual dinner on Saturday 14th November then you should head on over to our website and book now as places are going very fast!

And while you've got your diaries out make sure you've got Sunday 6th December blocked out to come and join our annual Chairmans walk. Details of which will be coming out soon. Also, there is our annual club slideshow on Wednesday 9th December at the Blackhorse pub. And this year we will have lots of great trips and memories to share with you but more on that in due course. Last but not least we have our annual Christmas bouldering competition on Tuesday 15th December at The Climbing Station!

So we're going to have a fab time in the run up to Christmas. Who knows we might be able to sneak in a couple more trips to the Peak if the weather is good to us. And if not there is always good mountain biking and walking to be enjoyed. And of course we will be bouldering on Tuesday and climbing on Thursday!

Bowline CC - Super times in the Welsh Wonderland

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 12th October 2015 @ 2:05pm

Hey Everybody,

Hope you all had a great weekend!

We had a lovely time North Wales for our 'Love the hut weekend'. The 'civil engineering' crew were back in action and our car park is now even bigger. Dave 'The Strimmer' Toach single handly dealt with the bracken and other undergrowth that was trying to take over our land. The hut has been tidied, cleaned, de-cluttered, and generally given a good dose of love to see it through the winter. And in amongst all this Tony, Rachel and I managed to pop over to Milestone Butress and climb Super Direct (HVS 5a), a great lead by Tony (see picture)! A big thanks to Bob, Stella, Dave T, Paul P, Kath P, Pete B, Andy R, Tony H, Rachel, Tim, and Kuldip for all your hard work.

We've still got places available on the Mountain Biking Meet which is coming up in a couple of weeks. Last chance to book is this week!

Also check out the list below of meets for the remainder of this year and make sure you've got them in your diary. As always bouldering on Tuesday and climbing on Thursday so hopefully see you all soon!

Bowline CC - Lets go ride our bikes

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 6th October 2015 @ 10:01pm

Hello Bowliners,

This is the third year in a row now where the weekend nearest the end of Sept has had fantastic weather and I've climbed on both days. I enjoyed a great day at Robin Hood Stride on Saturday with lots of excellent bouldering including my first two 6b problems. Then on Sunday it was lovely to see so many Bowliners out enjoying Bamford Edge. I'm hoping it's not the last climbing weekend with good weather for 2015, but if it is then at least we finished on a high!

You should all have received an email from me about the clubs Annual Dinner which will be on Saturday 14th November at 'Le Bistrot Pierre' in Leicester. Book your places now via the website it's going to be a great evening!

And now it is getting towards your last chance to book onto the Mountain Biking meet. I need to confirm numbers with the bunk house by the end of next week so if you'd like to join us please book now (and if you want to bring a partner/friend with you that is fine to).

Hope you all had a great time at the Climbing Station this evening. I'm looking forward to our Love the hut weekend. Have a great week and weekend everyone!


E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Tuesday, 6th October 2015 @ 5:12pm

Hi Folks,

The 30th Charnwood Hills race will start at 10am on Sunday 7th Feburary 2016 from Martins High School in Anstey. Entry will be £15 and places can be booked online via the Bowline Climbing Club website (Charnwood Hills Race) from 7pm on Wednesday 4th November. Looking forward to seeing everyone next year in February.


Andy Railton

Bowline CC - Annual Dinner on Saturday 14th November

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 5th October 2015 @ 5:30pm

Hi All,

Sorry just a slight correction to clarify from my email inviting you all to our annual dinner. The date for the dinner is Saturday 14th November.

Thanks, Andy

Peak District Double

  • Saturday, 3rd October 2015 at TBD
    Location: Wildcat @ Matlock Bath (Sat) & Bamford Edge (Sun)

    A double whammy of peak district climbing for your to enjoy this weekend. 


Annual Dinner

  • Saturday, 14th November 2015 at 7:30pm
    Location: Le Bistrot Pierre, 8-10 Millstone Lane, Leicester, LE1 5JN

    This year our club annual dinner will be at the lovely 'Le Bistrot Pierre' in central Leicester…

Bowline CC - Result of voting on the changes to the clubs Rules of Association

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 30th September 2015 @ 9:30pm

Hi All,

Thanks to everyone that returned their voting forms for the changes to the clubs rules of association. The result of the votes on all five motions was that they were approved by an overwhelming majority. The following table gives a breakdown of the results (all percentages are rounded down).








% Members

% Voting








































The changes to the rules of association will be applied and updated on the website in due course.

Kind regads,


Bowline CC - What a wonderful weekend

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 28th September 2015 @ 4:20pm

Hello Bowliners,

Well it was a wonderful weekend in North Wales with probably the best weather I've seen all year, in North Wales at least. Fingers crossed that it holds for when we return in a couple of weeks for our Love the hut weekend. Hope you all were out enjoying yourselves in good weather!

We've got only three places left on our REC Level 2 Emergency First Aid course at the club hut in November. If we don't get these places filled by club members by the 30th Sept then we will let them go to non-club members. So if you want to come book your place now via the website!

Our intrepid adventurer Suzie Imber has got here Andean expedition back on track after some vehicular issues. Check out the latest on the expedition over at Suzies Blog

Look out for an email from us shortly regarding the club Annual Dinner on the 14th November and also we will be posting details on the Chairmans (6th Dec) walk soon. Make sure you've got these dates in your diary.

As always bouldering at the Climbing Station on Tuesday and climbing on Thursday this week. Hopefully see you there!

Sunday climbing in the Peak

  • Sunday, 27th September 2015 (all day)
    Location: The Peak District

    Roll up, roll up, it's another great opportunity to head to the Peak District for a day of…

Bowline CC - Who's up for climbing in the Peak this weekend

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 23rd September 2015 @ 12:38am

Hey Everybody,

I'm afraid I won't be around to climb in the Peak District this weekend. But if the weather is good then we should definitely have a get together on at least one, or better both, days!

If you let me know if you're interested and which days your free I'll try and find a willing volunteer to be our point person for each day.

Happy climbing,


Club Slideshow

  • Wednesday, 9th December 2015 at 7:30pm
    Location: The Blackhorse Pub, Aylestone, Leicester

    Come and share your adventures with fellow Bowliners at this years annual Slideshow. We will…

Bowline CC - So many great adventures

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 14th September 2015 @ 2:22pm

Hello Bowliners,

Apologies for the interruption of communications. My feeble excuse is that I have been too busy having lots of great adventures. And from these adventures with my fellow Bowliners I could easily fill pages telling you all about the excitement on and off the crag. But I have far too many things to cram into this email so if you want to hear all about it I will gladly tell all next we meet.

I'm very pleased to have a variety of great meets lined for the next few months and hopefully you've all received invitations via email already. Next weekend (26th/27th sept) we hope to have a day (or two if we are lucky) in the Peak District for which I will send out more info nearer the time once the weather forecast is known.

This years Mountain Biking meet is now available for you to book onto via the website on the weekend of 24th October. We've got a lovely place to stay where we can enjoy a big ride-out on the Saturday followed by the Llandegla trails on the Sunday. Dinner and breakfast is included for only £36 so get your place booked now!

Thanks to our Treasurer,
 Dave Toach, the club are very pleased to be able to offer the REC Level 2 Emergency First Aid course at the club hut on the weekend of the 21st November. At only £80 for the two day course including accommodation at the hut on Friday and Saturday nights this is a very good deal and  places are already going fast so if you'd like to join us you can book via the website right now!

We are also busy making plans for our Annual Dinner (14th Nov) and the Chairmans Walk (6th Dec) so watch-out for more info on these but you can get the dates in your diary now. And looking even further ahead we are already planning the meets calendar for next year and we are very excited to share this with you soon!

Finally we are now heading into the darker evenings sadly. So our weekday meets will be the bouldering at the climbing station on Tuesdays, and indoor climbing at The Tower on Thursdays.

Hope you all have a great week!


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