Shared documents and information. This is a section that can expand. Contributions welcome!
Guides and documents for our volunteer planners, organisers and helpers
Useful info and links
Beginners and Orienteering Jargon..
Not sure what the course colours mean? See the British Orienteering Newcomers Guide for this and other essential information.
And here's a 'must read' for anyone new to the sport (and maybe for some of us who aren't)
Orienteering Jargon - an explanation of all the common orienteering words
Map symbols and control descriptions.. and all manner of info, including articles and videos, at maprunner.co.uk.
You don't have to be new to orienteering to find this useful.
Dibbers, boxes..... eh?
Anyone who orienteers on a regular basis will be familiar with the 'control boxes' and 'dibbers' that are used during orienteering races. Those new to the sport might well wonder what the heck it's all about.
These two videos from Sportident aren't necessarily specific to our sport, but do provide a good intro to the timing system that our club uses.
How to use Sportident
Sportident school and training set
New to Orienteering?
On the day checklist for beginners (PDF)
Share Your Routes - the more the merrier!*
Did you know? If you have a number of tracks on one course, you can do a mass start replay and see who got ahead, who fell behind, and where.
Routegadget is a great way to view maps and courses from previous events - especially useful if you haven't been to a particular area before. An excellent resource for planners too.
RouteGadget home page with user guides
*If you save a route then decide you aren't happy with it (GPS routes can be especially tricky with non-georeferenced maps), you can delete it on the computer you drew it on. Or let us know and we'll delete it for you.
Permanent Orienteering Courses
There are quite a number of permanent, or fixed, orienteering courses.
These are of particular interest to beginners, but also useful for anyone wishing to practice their navigation skills - or just to make a walk or run more interesting. British Orienteering have a search facility so you can find courses in an area that interests you, together with information and location details.
British Orienteering, Permanent Orienteering Courses
Saturday and no local orienteering?
Judy Johnson recommends you give this a go... 'I thought it might be interesting for members to know about the Penrith Park Run (if they don't already).
Park Runs happen all over the country, but this is one of the more recent startups - a 5km time trial at Frenchfield Sports Ground.
9am every Saturday morning - free to enter - just register online and download a barcode to take along. A flat 2 lap course mainly on grass.'
Judy adds: 'Not nearly as enjoyable as orienteering but very good for improving speed (no pain- no gain)!!
Very informal and not really a race, but results and other interesting statistics on the internet within a couple of hours.
Facilities in the pavilion and coffee after.
It would be nice if we could get a few more Border Liners along. All ages and abilities welcome.
Lots of info here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/penrith/
Find out more...
Britain's National Orienteering Magazine
Online Orienteering Community
free UK orienteering event listing service
searchable fixtures list
A small, friendly running club based in Penrith, Cumbria
The Sport and Physical Activity Partnership
BBC Get Inspired
Discover activities for all ages across the UK run by the BBC and trusted partners including museums, galleries and nature organisations near you.
Forestry Commission home page
Lake District National Park
"England's largest National Park"
Guides and documents for our planners, organisers and volunteer helpers