Orienteering training locally

Small numbers of experienced orienteers could arrange orienteering training courses in their local forests, many of which are accessible from towns on foot or by bike. One persons hangs controls in woods and later others use a map to go round individually, or in family groups to find them. People can arrange to go at staggered times/different days etc. There is no need for orienteers to touch the controls and they can print off their own maps at home. It is very easy to socially distance from each other in forests and it is no different from taking your dog for a walk in the park and bumping into other people. In fact as many controls are off paths they would be less likely to meet people.

Why the contribution is important

Being able to do this exercise keeps orienteers fit and active while still keeping to Government guidelines on avoiding contact with others. It will also have a positive impact on their mental health. Having an intellectual challenge too, just adds to the benefit.

by lilk on May 11, 2020 at 11:11AM

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  • Posted by eledoot May 11, 2020 at 12:47

    Definitely agree. Part of the joy of orienteering is choosing your route, so the chance of bumping into other people is extremely slim compared to even going for a walk. As an individual or family group sport, it's a great example of natural social distancing.
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