Orienteering is an exciting outdoor adventure sport which involves navigating around a course using a detailed map and sometimes a compass. The aim is to navigate between a set of control points and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. It does not matter how young, old or fit you are, and you can run, walk or jog round the course and progress at your own pace.
We have a selection of locations where you can go orienteering at any time that suits you. Permanent courses have marker posts, whilst Virtual courses have nothing visible but your phone beeps when you are in the right spot.
Most of our Permanent courses can be used with the MapRun app as well.
I was extremely lucky to have been selected for the Lagganlia 2022 tour which includes 6 days of Orienteering training. Being in the Scottish highlands, all 6 days were in physically demanding and technically challenging areas (Very different to the terrain in the South East!).
Twelve orienteers turned up to this month's activity evening at Joydens Wood. The session this time was to be a MapRun Course with three to choose from: a Short Line course of 2.7km, a Long Line course of 4.5km and a Score course with 26 controls to try and get in an hour. MapRun is a form of orienteering where Smartphones are used for punching and timing, avoiding the need to put out flags and SI units, saving time and effort for organisers or in this case coaches!
The new site is designed to be viewed on all devices and screen sizes, from small phone screens up to large screen TV's. You can see examples of how it should look in the photo. If you have any issues with it not working on your device send a message to the developer.
The 26 event Kent Night Cup series reached a conclusion for 2021/22 in late March. Joel Hallberg finished in top place in the men's league and Rachel Collins was top of the women's league giving DFOK the highest ranked competitors for several years. Also of note was that DFOK members occupied 5 of the top 10 places with a tussle between Neil Speers and Andrew Pitcher for 5th place going to the last two events. Congratulations to the 22 club members who participated in at least one event in the series and thanks to the club members and David Float who volunteered to organise and plan one or two events in the series.
The season finale is to be held at Shorne Woods Country Park on Saturday 18th June. Several club members are in with a good chance of finishing in the top 3 men or women of their course although there is strong competition from several Saxons club members seeking to improve their standings in the League. The latest league standings for each course are here https://www.saxons-oc.org Good luck everyone at the final event!
We have four juniors currently in the South East Junior squad, one of the highest number of members of any club in the South East. The club is delighted to hear that Luke Bennett has been selected to attend the junior development training camp at Lagganlia near Aviemore in July. This is a great achievement recognising the progress in his orienteering that Luke has achieved in the last few years. Luke is here on the right with father Keith and brother Jake.