Orienteering can be basically described as a cross-country race where the competitor has to follow a set route marked on the map. The competitor has to visit certain marked check-points, or “controls”, in the correct order to reach the finish. The one who crosses the line first in the shortest time is the winner. It does not matter how fit you are, as you can run, walk or jog the course and progress at your own pace.
The route (”course”) varies depending on the age and gender of the competitor so that it suits the skills and strength of the individual. It is also up to the competitor what level of competition they wish to compete at: whether they want to aim to be the best elite runner in Britain or whether they want a little exercise and fresh air on a Sunday afternoon.
Orienteering can take place anywhere from remote forest and moors to urban parks and cities. It’s a great sport for runners, joggers and walkers who want to improve their navigation skills or for anyone who loves the outdoors.
Events can have between 10 competitors (for local events) and 20,000 competitors (for the major international multi-day competition
Whether you are an highly expierenced Competitor or a complete novice UBOC can help you enjoy and improve your Orienteering.