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 12:19PM

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  • Posted by glentruim May 11, 2020 at 14:00

    it's a great way to keep fit both physically and mentally as you try to work out how best to find all the controls within time and distance criteria. Social distancing is no problem and discussion of performance can be achieved via a ZOOM conference after the event.
  • Posted by ckem May 11, 2020 at 16:19

    This is an outdoor sport which can be done with fully social distancing - there is no need for runners to be near each other, or members of the public at any point. It can be done locally so there is no need to drive significant distances.
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