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.
This weekend saw the launch of DFOK’s junior participation scheme at the Buckmore Park KOL. Here DFOK juniors were handed out a passport in which they can start to log the events they go to. After reaching a certain number of attendances, they will then be rewarded with prizes ranging from a whistle to a DFOK buff. These will be awarded for participation in 2, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 events.
A big thank you to everyone who participated in the Christmas Challenge. Hopefully you all had fun and enjoyed the planning/intellectual challenge that was required before starting. Thanks, must also go to Andrew Evans for updating the map and setting the event up on MapRun, Philip Craven for his patience with the various website changes, Luke Bennett for the nice snowy picture and David Lefevre for acting as adjudicator. I enjoyed the challenge too, working out what type of “fun” loops I could make, creating a bonus system that meant all four quarters of the park needed to be visited and learning how to use the “look up” function in Excel.