British Orienteering (BOF)
Orienteering is a sport involving
navigation between control points marked on a unique
orienteering map. The challenge is deciding the best route
in the quickest time. It does not matter how young, old or
fit you are, you can run, walk or jog you decide your own
pace. You are able to start Orienteering at a level, which
suits you, and progress at your own rate.
Orienteering can take place anywhere from remote forest and
countryside to urban parks and school playgrounds. The most
challenging orienteering takes place in remote areas, which
have demanding terrain and fewer paths.
To start all you need is a sense of adventure, a pair of
trainers or outdoor shoes and outdoor clothes. At major
events and some regional events it is possible to buy kit
from trade stands. Clubs also sell their club kit. A compass
is not a compulsory piece of kit when starting out.
Orienteering is a great sport to
take up with friends and family allowing you share your
adventures afterwards. To get the most out orienteering it
is recommended to join a club.
Orienteering at the elite level
is a highly competitive sport involving intense
concentration, skill and fitness running against the best in
the world at international competitions.
Orienteering events range from
local events to major national/international events. If you
are new to the sport it is recommended to try a local or
district event first.
At all events you will provided
with an orienteering map, a dibber (if electronic punching
is used), a control card (if pin punching is used) and a
control description sheet. You will need to bring a red pen
for copying your course onto a map from a master map (colour
coded courses only).
At each control point there will
be either a pin punch to mark your control card or an
electronic punch to record you have been to that control
point. The description sheet holds details of the position
of controls on the course and a code for each enabling you
to ensure that you are at the correct point.
Events usually take place on a
by clubs, ideal for newcomers offering a limited range of
colour coded courses. There are over 800 per year.
ideal for newcomers but also aimed at experienced local
orienteers offering a fuller range of colour coded courses.
Courses range from 1km to over 7.5km. There are nearly 300
events a year throughout Great Britain.
by clubs for experienced orienteers in their own and
adjoining associations. Junior classes are ability based.
Senior classes are age based. There are around 80 per year.
by associations for experienced orienteers with all classes
age based. There are a series of 6-8 held throughout the
country aimed at providing top quality competition for all
are 6 Championship events held in Great Britain each year,
hosted by associations with all classes based on age.
You can find details of events
from the British
or contact British Orienteering Federation Head Office on
01629 734042 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org