Orienteering

RACE WITH A DIFFERENCE

This weekend saw a race with a difference around the barracks and parade grounds of RAF Halton and the grounds of Halton House. On Saturday 20th January, Thames Valley Orienteering Club organised an orienteering race, which attracted around 300 runners. It was a local event for anyone who wanted to give it a go, and it was also part of a regional urban orienteering league. Orienteering is a race with a twist; the twist being that there is no set route to the courses. Each competitor receives a special orienteering map, showing a series of checkpoints. The challenge is to visit all the checkpoints, deciding the best route between each one. Each checkpoint is marked by a flag and an electronic timing chip is used to record progress at each one. The eight courses on offer at RAF Halton ranged from 1.5km to 8km. The weather was fairly wet all morning but that didn’t dampen spirits, as some fast times were achieved across the courses. If you fancy having a go at this exciting adventure sport, TVOC have another event at Brill Common on Saturday 10th February. Pictures by Derek Pelling Photography