Following the Nationals if you ran – or if you didn’t – in this year of the World Orienteering Championships coming to Scotland (what do you mean, you didn’t know about that?), how about doing something a little different
Max Carcas has organised a come and try it orienteering day, some clever running to refresh your endurance genes…
Can you think and run?
Event: Orienteering at Gullane Dunes, Scottish Orienteering League event 1, 2015
When: Sunday 8th March 2015, starts from 10.30 – 12.30am
Difficulty Course Length (km) Climb (m) Controls
Hardest Black 11.7 270 36
Hardest Brown 10.7 225 30
Hardest Short Brown 8.8 190 23
Hardest Blue 6.6 170 21
Hardest Short Blue 5.9 150 17
Hardest Green 4.8 155 18
Hardest Short Green 3.9 120 15
Harder Light Green 3.9 120 17
Medium Orange 3.1 80 14
Less easy Yellow 2.8 70 19
Easy White 1.6 40 13
However don’t think of the distances like XC distances – it is a race and the idea is to get round the fastest time possible – however ‘good’ in orienteering terms might be 10min/km… this is because lengths are ‘as the crow flies’ and you might end up doing quite a bit more, especially if you can’t find the control…
There are age classes for each course for scoring but you can do any one you want (or more than one if you want to try an easy one first). Generally for men the age guide is M21 – Black, M35/40 – Brown, M45/50 – Short Brown, M55/60 – Blue, M65 – Short Blue etc. However if you’ve never done orienteering before these may be a bit ambitious, I’d recommend Green or maybe even Yellow or Orange as a ‘taster’. Normally competitors run in leggings rather than shorts (because of undergrowth). You should bring a compass (Silva type), mostly so that you can make sure you orientate the map to match what’s on the ground. An electronic ‘dibber’ is needed to punch controls and record splits but this can be hired at the event. If you’re interested drop me a line or give me a call on 0131 446 0780 if you want advice – you can enter on the day (subject to map availability) or in advance online (best). Starts are staggered individually so you run against the clock.
You never know, you might find a new passion to go with your running!