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An Introduction to Orienteering presented by Graham Gristwood

South London Orienteering Club (SLOW) has produced a video to help inform and guide beginners on what to expect at their first orienteering race. The film, which covers the orienteering map, courses, controls, equipment and what to wear, will be released at 5 pm on South London Orienteers' YouTube channel at 5 pm on 9th January. Graham's video

The film starts with an example of an orienteering map showing what the different colours and symbols mean, and then goes on to explain how courses are represented and examples of what might be on offer. The next section shows what orienteers mean by 'controls' with map inserts relating to features in the forest and then there is some information on equipment and kit so anyone can be ready to start a race.

SLOW were delighted that Graham Gristwood agreed to host the video as his enthusiasm and expertise add greatly to the presentation. The filming took place in Barr Wood near Stirling with the woods looking very tempting bathed in winter sunshine.

The film ends with Graham linking to the series of Skills Videos (also on South London's Youtube Channel) so that once beginners have the guide they can easily see explanations of techniques to help them improve.

South London Orienteers hope that clubs and affiliated groups will use this video to promote the sport to new participants and increase awareness of our sport.

For more information, please contact South London Orienteers, Sarah Brown: sarah@slow.org.uk

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