"A cross-country race in which competitors use a map and compass to find their way through unfamiliar territory"
That's a start, but there's more to it than that - Border Liners Orienteering Club runs a series of events throughout the year, suitable for all ages and abilities, in great locations, in North and East Cumbria, so come along and give it a go - you don't need to be a member.
There are always friendly club members willing to offer help and advice. Improve your fitness, enjoy the views, indulge your competitive streak!
Events that are particularly suitable for beginners and young families will be highlighted. These are usually small, informal meetings with two courses on offer. A short course of around 2 or 3k (Orange), and a longer technical course (Green) for advanced orienteers.
This is a sport the whole family can participate in.
If you haven't tried Urban Orienteering before, the map might be the first thing to surprise you, so take a look at one from a previous event in Penrith (look down the list of events and choose Penrith Urban Nopesport Final). Note that the scale on this one is 1:5,000 - normal orienteering maps are typically 1:7,500, 1:10,000 or 1:15,000. The symbols may look a little different too.
In our resources section, you can view the ISSOM 2007 Sprint Map Symbols
scottishorienteering.org have a video on youtube which was shot at Edinburgh's Big Weekend 2012
What is Urban Orienteering?
Orienteering: Skills - Techniques - Training
Crowood Sports Guides – Orienteering
By Carol McNeill
ISBN 978 – 1 – 84797 – 206 – 4
£9.99 from Crowood Press via their website, Harvey’s and other ‘O’ shops
Over 200 maps & photographs in full colour.
Carol McNeill boasts a long and successful career in orienteering, and has wide experience in coaching. Her book begins with an introduction to the sport, and has sections covering the basic skills right through to advanced techniques. Lots of practical information and advice.