A teacher at secondary school introduced me to orienteering, a sport which combines cross country running with navigation skills. In the intervening years I’ve dabbled with it a few times, but have never been seriously involved with the sport. However, after taking part in a “Try Orienteering” event recently I’ve remembered just how much I enjoyed it all those years ago! It’s a great way to get outdoors, and as there are courses available for all abilities it’s a sport the whole family can take part in.
Courses are often set in woodland areas, although you’ll also find them in parks and around towns. My event, organised by Thames Valley Orienteering Club, took part at a location used for outdoor laser quest so there were some interesting additions to the usual woodland scenery, namely helicopters, rockets and old jeeps!