O during lock-down

Real orienteering is cancelled, but there are still quite a number of O-based activities available to keep you going till we get back to normal. Here are some suggestions.


DIY Street-O  Street-O is back, but on a do-it-anytime basis.  We are reusing courses from last year with the additional options of uploading to Routegadget to compare your run and using MapRun to track your virtual O course.  More info..

Post-O HH’s weekly Post-O challenges.   Details…

Permanent Orienteering Courses  We have POCs in Highfield Park, St Albans and Stanborough Lakes, Welwyn Garden City.  Details...

Virtual Orienteering Courses – under consideration and testing, so watch this space. If you want to know more about VOCs, BOF have a short video and an explanation.  Click here..


Catching Features  This is a PC-based orienteering game where you steer your runner around courses of all types of terrain and levels of difficulty. Surprisingly challenging!  Details..

Lockdown Orienteering Events  Each of these events is comprised of a series of different stages that are a mixture of both O-based online games and Catching Features courses. They are extremely popular with 200-300 people taking part.


Post-O – 8 weeks of activities

Post-O has now concluded after 8 weeks – many thanks to all who participated.  I hope it provided some exercise inspiration during the initial lockdown.

A lockdown-friendly exercise idea

Week 1 (up to 28 Apr): Visit as many postboxes as you can in 45 mins
Week 2: (up to 5 May): Improve on week 1 – time or number of boxes.
Week 3: (up to 12 May): Run without repeating any post-box legs from the last run.
Week 4: (up to 19 May): Alternate between a central box and other boxes.
Week 5: (up to 26 May): As many postboxes, as large an area circumscribed.
Week 6: (up to 2 June): Best GPS trace, no postboxes.
Week 7: (up to 9 June): As per week 1, but without using a map.
Week 8: (up to 16 June): More GPS art. (more…)

Update from British Orienteering

British Orienteering will continue to support clubs through each transitional phase to a full return to activity as per government guidelines.

The recent webinars on Routegadget, MapRunF & OpenOrienteeingMap can be watched again at www.britishorienteering.org.uk/webinars.

Over the next couple of weeks I will be doing additional bitesize sessions on key topics, sharing the expertise, wisdom and experience we have in our Orienteering community. There will be 15-20 min Youtube clips or FAQ documents placed on our webinar webpage – so if you have anything you would like demonstrated and explained, or anything you are able to contribute that you think would help other clubs at this time I would love to hear from you.

We also have a little video for Virtual Orienteering Courses (VOCs) that you may want to view: The Great Outdoors is open – Virtual Orienteering video

Natalie Weir, England Development Office