University Orienteering is a great place to either continue involvement in the sport or start it from new. There are a number of Universities with clubs and groups around the UK.
Orienteering is a challenging outdoor adventure sport that exercises both the mind and the body. The aim is to navigate in sequence between control points marked on a unique orienteering map and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. It does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run, walk or jog the course and progress at your own pace.
There are many orienteering clubs already being enjoyed by many students at their Universities whilst studying across the UK.
Jennie Taylor, Communications Officer, caught up with Kerria Rowan who has now successfully graduated in Environment Science. She only started orienteering when at University and is now despairingly addicted to the sport. Kerria now a member of Southdowns Orienteers tells of why she decided to give the sport of orienteering a go.
Kerria, said: “I started orienteering in my first year at university having gone to university with an open mind to try something new. I enjoy running but like a lot of people can sometimes find running a little dull and motivating yourself to get out especially in the winter can be difficult.
It was my flatmate in my first year that introduced me to orienteering. He was often heading out to events throughout the week and I was curious to find out what it was all about. I went along to a night event and shadowed him around a course. I was absolutely amazed at how he was managing to navigate from control to control so accurately in the pitch darkness and at such a pace. From this event, I have been hooked on the sport ever since.
Joining the University Orienteering Club was one of the best things I have ever done. I have travelled to some incredible places to orienteer both in the UK and throughout Europe, my fitness has improved dramatically and I have widened my circle of friends. My map reading is still very wobbly but with each experience, I'm getting there slowly!
I took up the role of secretary of the University club hoping to inspire more students to have a go at the sport. I would definitely recommend any prospective students to get along to their Freshers Fairs and give orienteering a go.”
Here are details of these orienteering clubs with contact links for each:
More information about these clubs can be found here.
If you are interested in setting up a University Orienteering club or group and would require support and advice, please email the National Office.
Interested in orienteering, but just want to know more? Find out more here.