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Beyond Orienteering (Dorset)
The beyond Orienteering event is one that requires navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate from point to point. You will need to move at speed ( except the family event) in a mix of usually unfamiliar terrain. Participants will be given a topographical map, a specially prepared orienteering map, which you will use to find control points.
With multiple routes occurring on the same day its possible there may be two or three control points together, ensure you stamp your card with the correct one for your course.
Family course more information
The beyond family orienteering event is one that requires limited navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate from point to point. (Limited knowledge) You will need to move at an average pace in a mix of unfamiliar terrain. Participants will be given a topographical map, a specially prepared orienteering map which you will use to find control points, you are also given a control card, you use this card to stamp at each of the control points, for the family event this will be a lot more detailed and the route will be quite easy to follow, its designed to be a more leisurely event and is one to spend with your children outside having new experiences, you can walk the course if you wish.
For your entry fee you will receive one map and one control card, you can bring along more children if you wish at no additionally charge, extra control cars are charged at £2.00 per card.
The family course is a mix of stunning Dorset wide open countryside, woodland,paths and some urban areas, of course there are a few hills(only small ones) to slow you down you will need to study your map before the start and plan what you believe will be the fastest route to visit the most control points, Its set over an approx distance of 10 km squared and will be run to the following rules.
There will be 10 control points over the complete course and a strict time limit of THREE HOURS, you must be back at the finish by 13.30 or sooner if you complete the course.
Each control point has a value of one (1) point added to it, visit all the controls for 10 points (max) and return in the fastest time, when you plan your route, you need to think about route+points+time to finish.
The person or persons with the highest points, who returns in the fastest time will be declared the winner.(On count-back), over THREE hours incurs a 5 minute time penalty per minute over
The event is classed as an adventure race and participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event, always be mindful when crossing roads or when navigating unfamiliar areas.