Report by Ben Bardsley (Hertfordshire Orienteering Club)
Hertfordshire Orienteering Club (HH) were delighted to run its first face-to-face, on-the-night Street-O event since 2019.
Pre-lockdown, HH ran weekly Street-O events throughout Summer but when this became impossible in 2020, the Club started using the MapRun app to provide new Street-O events to members (if they could run locally): “DIY Street-O”. These were very successful with thirty one new courses provided all around the county to cater for the desire to navigate whilst running.
The recent easing of lockdown gave us the opportunity to try an on-the-night event with all runners completing the same course on the same evening. The big advantage of on-the-night orienteering (as well as the chance to catch up with friends) was the ability to withhold the map until timing start, as opposed to DIY Street-O where the map is printed at home and pre-planning the optimum route is possible. By protecting the map in MapRun with a PIN, competitors didn’t see the map until they received the physical map from the Organiser meaning they had to plan their route with the clock running, re-introducing the skill of planning on-the-run back into the event.
For this first event, in Harpenden South, we had eighteen competitors – a good first turnout at short notice – and a nice dry evening made for an enjoyable run, along with an opportunity for some welcome post-race route comparison and conversation.
Future events are already arranged for the upcoming weeks and an (almost) normal, very welcome Summer of Tuesday evening Street-O beckons.
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Celebrating the re-start of orienteering across all nations!
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Any plans for Father's Day this Sunday?
If you just want to enjoy being at home or in the garden this Father’s Day, then British Orienteering has a wide range of FREE Orienteering resources and activities for you to download and enjoy some fun family challenges together.
If you fancy getting out in the outdoors this Sunday then a Permanent Orienteering Course is a perfect way of spending a fun and challenging time with family anytime of day.
There are over 500 Permanent and Virtual Orienteering Courses across the UK to select from. The family challenge is to discover checkpoints in the form of posts or plaques, in forests, heathlands, parks and green spaces across the UK. The combination of physical and mental exercise often in stunning locations is like no other, and what is also great about these courses is that they can be done at your own pace.
Orienteering is very well placed to offer individual or family-friendly adventurous challenges for all ages and abilities. From courses with permanent markers to discover, to virtual courses that you can complete with your smartphone or GPS watch, there has never been a better time to start your next outdoor adventure with orienteering.
Make a day of it! All you need to do is choose the area you would like to go to, local or further afield and find a Permanent and/or Virtual Orienteering Course using the search facility. Download your map and then go! Find out more here.
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It is with deepest regrets that we announce the passing away of Brian Johnson from Wimborne Orienteers.
Brian was an active member of the club and was in the Lake District, combining his loves of orienteering and walking, when he passed away.
Further information can be found here.
Mental Health Awareness Week: 10 - 16 May 2021
This year's theme is nature and the environment. The evidence is clear that access to nature is crucial for our mental health, and millions of people discovered that during lockdowns in 2020.
Did you know?
Orienteering is a sport that challenges both the mind and the body.
Orienteering is an outdoor sport that involves participants following a course marked on a map and finding their way to a series of checkpoints. It is up to participants to decide which way to go, which is all part of the fun and sets it apart from just a walk or run.
With current guidelines such as social distancing and restrictions on numbers limiting some sports, orienteering is very well placed to offer a family-friendly adventurous challenge for all ages and abilities. From courses with permanent markers to discover, to virtual courses that you can complete with your smartphone or GPS watch, there has never been a better time to start your next outdoor adventure with orienteering.
Permanent and Virtual Orienteering Courses are a great way to get outside and go orienteering with family and friends (in line with Government restrictions). They are a great way to explore outdoors at a time and place that suits you.
Permanent Orienteering Courses
Permanent Orienteering Courses are exactly that - permanent. Checkpoints to discover are in the form of posts or plaques, in forests, heathland, parks and green spaces across the UK. A Permanent Orienteering Course is the perfect opportunity right now for getting active, enjoying the scenery and stunning locations with your family. You can also try a course as part of your training routine. Courses can be completed at any time, and at your own pace. You just need to download a map either from the British Orienteering website or your local orienteering club and away you go!
Virtual Orienteering Courses
Some clubs have also developed these virtually, so you can simply complete courses with your smartphone or GPS watch. Check out our virtual orienteering page for more information.
Orienteering Courses are great for…
British Orienteering and orienteering clubs around the UK are working together to promote Permanent and Virtual Orienteering Courses as a way of discovering and enjoying the outdoors in a socially distanced way.
For more information and how to find a course click here.
A video has just been released by the Orienteering Foundation, a charity supporting orienteering in the UK, explaining how to get started on a Permanent Orienteering Course.
If you want to talk about how you can experience orienteering or how you can get involved, click here to find your local club.
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