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World Orienteering Day 2019 – Snapshot of Orienteering Activity in the UK

World Orienteering Day events were held this year across the week of 15 May and 21 May 2019. 

This fourth year proved to be a great success and the biggest number of participants ever recorded taking part in orienteering across the year!

Here is a snapshot of some of the orienteering events and activities orienteering clubs put on across the UK for World Orienteering Day.

Nottinghamshire Orienteering Club

Teaming up with Nottinghamshire Orienteering club, Rushcliffe Arena and Lex Leisure celebrated World Orienteering day with a time challenge trail
around the centre and local area.  The aim of the event was to Increase the visibility and accessibility of orienteering to young people and local
residents and to get more new people involved in orienteering.  Starting off at the Centre local residents and competitors worked their way through the streets of West Bridgford finding their way to various landmarks and points, finding as many as possible in a 45 minute period.

Hilary Palmer from Nottinghamshire Orienteering club said: "Linking up and working with Rushcliffe Arena was fantastic, our club members thought it was a superb venue to be able to use as our start/finish point, especially the ones from other areas of the city/county!"

Robert Linthwaite, Centre Manager at Rushcliffe Arena, said: "Helping Communities to be happier and healthier is our purpose and working with local sports clubs provides Lex Leisure with the opportunity to achieve this and invite new people to come and experience what we can offer at our centre in the heart of the local community."

During the course of the event, 34 people took part with the eventual winner being the quickest person finding all 25 checkpoints and everyone having fun finding their way with the map.

Various club events took place across the World Orienteering Week including:

Bristol Orienteering Klub held an Orienteering Urban Series 4 event in Trowbridge on the first day of World Orienteering week (15 May).  

Guildford Orienteers put on a World Orienteering Day local orienteering event at Puttenham Potter on 15 May.

Walton Chasers welcomed  local people to their beginners event in Birches Valley on the 18 May.

Southdowns Orienteers held a two day Sunny Sussex Weekend event over the weekend of 18-19 May.

Devon Orienteering Club held South West Middle Distance Championships Orienteering event on the Sunday of 19 May.

What did you do for World Orienteering Day & Week?
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Have you remembered to upload your participation figures on the IOF world map?