Orienteering is for families

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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

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It’s rocket-fuel!

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.

Come and see!

What is orienteering?

No need to book; just turn up (times are below and in the fixtures list).  No special equipment needed.  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.

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. No need to join the club, but if you do, benefits include free runs for kids!  You can take children of any age round with you.

On Tuesday evenings throughout the 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.  Street-O  is a great way to get into orienteering as part of your overall fitness programme.  See the What is Street-O? page for more details.

The sky’s the limit!

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Take a look at our junior activities, and the regional and national opportunities.

And here’s what top-flight national and international orienteering looks like.

Further Information

Manchester & District Orienteering Club (MDOC) has just launched a series of four short films called ‘Get Out & Go’. Available now on the club’s YouTube channel and at, the films show how families, runners and walkers can enjoy learning the adventure sport of orienteering using permanent orienteering courses in local parks.

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
Join Us
Skills & Techniques
Permanent Courses
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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