March Special - Orienteering Feature
Orienteering – not your average walk in the woods!
Your chance to be part of an exciting year for orienteering in Scotland: local events in the Perthshire area, beginners welcome
Sun 1st and Sat 21st March and Sun 10th May – local events
Sun 29th March – family coaching day
2015 is an exciting year for orienteering in Scotland, with the World Orienteering Championships coming to the Inverness area in August. Local club Tayside Orienteers are putting on a series of events that will offer both complete beginners as well as more experienced orienteers a chance to take part in this family-friendly sport.
First off, there will be an event on Kinnoull Hill, Perth on Sunday 1st March, followed by one at Black Spout Wood, Pitlochry on Saturday 21st March. Then we return to Perth on Sunday 10th May for an event on Moncrieffe Hill.
All these events will be suitable for complete beginners, though experienced orienteers will also be catered for with blue-standard courses. For first-timers, club members will be on hand to talk you through everything you need to know to have a go. You don’t need any special kit other than what you would normally wear for a walk in the woods, taking into account the weather - which will of course be glorious!
You can take part as an individual or go around as a family or other group, sharing a map. You participate at your own pace - from a fast run to a comfortable jog or leisurely walk. The choice is yours. Either way, it’s a new way to explore the woods!
For the Kinnoull event – please arrive at 1030 for a beginners’ briefing/coaching talk, or from 1045 to 1230 otherwise (start times from 1100-1300). Car parking will be at the Quarry Car Park, Corsiehill Road, Perth.
For the Black Spout event – please arrive between 1300 and 1445. Turn right up a track as you come into Pitlochry, after the Aldour Industrial Estate but before you reach the distillery/BP garage. There will be a sign.
More details about the Moncrieffe event will be on the Tayside Orienteers webpage shortly.
Cost for these events is £4 for adults (£5 for non-members of British Orienteering), and £2 for juniors (£2.50 for non members of British Orienteering). (If you share a map and go round as a group you only pay for one map).
Later in March there will also be a family coaching day on Sunday 29th March so if we’ve managed to whet your appetite we hope to see you there! For more details contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about Tayside Orienteers, orienteering and other events planned for this year on the Tayside Orienteers website www.taysideorienteers.org.uk or our Facebook page. Or please call local orienteers Mel or Grahame Nicoll on 01350 727695 email email@example.com
Orienteering – why you should give it a go
Orienteering is a sport that combines running or walking and navigating on a specially-produced map drawn at a scale which shows a high level of detail. You visit predesignated places (“controls”) in a particular order. The winner of the course is the person who has visited all the controls on their particular course in the shortest time. This means thinking carefully about your route. Sometimes it will be quickest to go round paths, sometimes the faster route is a more direct one across rougher ground. The old-style “clips” that you used to use have now been replaced with sophisticated electronic timing chips – in themselves a great draw for kids who will enjoy hearing them bleep when they successfully locate their control. And when you get home there is the chance to analyse your results in detail and compare with others, through the data and software that you will find online.
Orienteering can be a highly competitive sport, and elite class athletes compete at the very top level in world competition. This year is an exciting year for orienteering in Scotland as the World Orienteering Championships will take place in August in the Inverness area. But many people participate in the sport for fun and the challenge of learning to navigate or sharpening up their navigation, and there are events throughout the year catering for the very widest possible range of ages and ability levels.
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