WHAT IS ORIENTEERING?
Orienteering is a sport that combines map reading and running. You have to find your way between a series of checkpoints, called controls, as quickly as possible. There’s no set route between the controls, so you have to decide which way to go and then find your way there without getting lost.
At each control point is an orange and white control flag as well as an electronic punch which records that you have visited the control. When you finish you get an immediate computer printout which tells you your overall time, and your time between each control.
Orienteering is a sport for all ages and abilities.
A great way to get started in orienteering is to attend your local Community Orienteering Club that provides weekly training and activities that will enable you to develop your orienteering skills in a non-competitive and social environment. If you have never orienteered before this is the ideal place to learn the basic skills and meet people from the local club. To find your local Orienteering Club visit: www.britishorienteering.org.uk/find_a_club
To get started all you need is a pair of trainers and comfortable sports clothes. At the event, you will be given a map and a mechanism for recording your visits to the control points marked on the map. The majority of events now use electronic punching cards (dibbers) to prove you have visited the controls in the correct order.
Permanent Orienteering Courses are also great fun. To find your nearest course visit: www.britishorienteering.org.uk/pocs
To experience the full excitement of orienteering you can attend an orienteering event. An event will have courses that are run according to age class and sex or courses that are classified by length and difficulty. Winning requires running speed and stamina, as well as the ability to find the quickest route between controls. To find an orienteering event visit: www.britishorienteering.org.uk/events
To find out more or to find orienteering activities and events in your area visit: www.britishorienteering.org.uk/event and search for activities.
Are you interested in orienteering, but don’t know enough about the sport?
This set of Frequently Asked Questions will help you find out more.
Xplorer is a family-friendly fun navigation challenge that is educational and gives children a sense of adventure as they explore the park to find the markers.
It involves a healthy mix of physical activity and decision making that the whole family can enjoy together.
Using a simple map, the aim is to find a number of markers that are located around the park. At each marker, children need to identify what is pictured and enjoy learning a fun fact to tell their friends. Older children will have fun competing against their friends or other family members whilst younger children will enjoy the excitement of successfully finding the markers.
No previous experience of map reading is needed, and parents are encouraged to join in the fun!
Find Xplorer events happening this February Half Term – here.
Find all Xplorer activities are listed here.
Friday saw a packed programme end in style with the Relay event. The first 2 competitors in each team were to select 10 controls each from the 30 on offer (leaving the poor "third man with no choice!) before proceeding to a TempO station. The 3rd competitor, however, had to go into quarantine before proceeding in reverse order of standing to a spectator TempO station. Any mistakes were converted into time penalties. (The spectator control was clearly a tough one, as no competitor made 4 correct answers).
Nick Barrable got Team GB off to a good start with a steady 1st leg, putting Team GB 4th. By the end of Leg 2, the team was still handily placed, lying 6th after a good PreO stint from Ian Ditchfield. By the time Tom Dobra approached the TempO station the team was in 9th place, but by the end of the contest had moved up to 7th, just outside the prizes but a very creditable result. We were pleased to see our Latvian hosts achieve a medal position, coming 2nd to Norway. There was no GB Paralympic team this year, so no anxiety for Dick Keighley as he watched Sweden climb to the top of the table!
Now only the closing ceremony of an excellent WTOC to go.