a-z of sport: orienteering

Orienteering is a challenging outdoor adventure sport.

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Orienteering is enjoyed by people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, which tests navigational skill and fitness in order to complete a course in the fastest possible time.

Orienteering can take place anywhere from remote forest and countryside to urban parks and school playgrounds. It's a great sport for runners, joggers and walkers who want to improve their navigation skills or for anyone who loves the outdoors.

Orienteering is an ideal family sport because you can go at your own pace and it caters for toddlers, pensioners and people with disabilities.

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) is the National Governing Body of orienteering in the UK, visit their website for information on how you can get started and find a local club.

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Rob Adie