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What is Orienteering?
Orienteering is enjoyed by people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, that tests navigational skill and fitness in order to complete a course in the fastest possible time.
Orienteering can take place anywhere from remote forest and countryside to urban parks and school playgrounds. It's a great sport for runners, joggers and walkers who want to improve their navigation skills or for anyone who loves the outdoors. Orienteering - The adventure sport for all.
- Increases fitness levels but also improves special awareness, decision making and navigation skills.
- Running and walking over uneven terrain also works the whole of your body and improves balance.
- Most importantly it gets you out in the great outdoors exploring our amazing countryside, giving you the feel-good factor and reducing stress levels.
If attending an event for the first time it's best to search for a 'Level D' event, which will be most suitable for beginners and will have experienced orienteers available to help you get started.
To get started you just need a pair of trainers, or comfortable shoes if you're not running, and outdoor clothes suitable for the weather conditions. Everything else will be provided at the event.
- Orienteering began in Scandinavia in the 19th Century and was primarily a military training event.
- It was not until 1919 that the modern version of orienteering was created in Sweden by Ernst Killander as a competitive sport.