Orienteering is for families
Try it with your kids. Soon each of you will be on your own courses and comparing with your own friends. It’s healthy exercise in varied locations. Kids love meeting and taking part. They will drag you back.
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Orienteering is for runners
You’ll work harder because you’re distracted by the navigation, even the easy stuff. As you progress, this trick gives you the best workout of your training programme. Swap variety for those endless reps.
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What is orienteering?
We’ll give you a map showing a series of checkpoints for you to visit as fast as you can. People walk, jog, or run, but the shortest route may not be the quickest! With experience you’ll go off-trail and use a compass, on the run. We’ll hire you a timing chip (£1) which registers each checkpoint.
South London Orienteers (SLOW) have recently released a new video aimed at informing and guiding beginners on what to expect at their first orienteering race. SLOW decided to fund this and we were delighted that Graham Gristwood (the 2017 British champion) agreed to host – his enthusiasm and expertise add a lot. Filming took place near Stirling and we were very lucky with the weather for the time of year, with sunshine complicating and permitting some of the shots.
The film covers the orienteering map, courses, controls, equipment and what to wear, and ends with Graham linking to a series of Skills Videos so that once beginners have the guide they can easily see explanations of techniques to help them improve.
Our newcomer events around Hertfordshire are are held monthly, on a Saturday; start any time 10:00-11:30. There is a range of courses, so you can progress. Adult (or family going as a group) £6, Juniors £3. If you join the club, kids run free!
On midweek evenings in summer we stage “Street-O” events for over 16s. It’s the same principle: add navigation to your exercise, for variety and a better workout.
The sky’s the limit!
Take a look at our junior activities, and the regional and national opportunities.
Here’s why orienteering is the best sport ever.
And here’s what top-flight national and international orienteering looks like.
If you would like to know more, the links below will give you further details..
More information about Orienteering
Events for Newcomers
About Our Club
Junior Activities at Herts Orienteering
The Hertfordshire Youth League
Skills & Techniques
For more information about map symbols and control descriptions you may like to access the ‘Maprunner’ web site which has downloadable reference sheets.
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