According to the British Orienteering Federation, "Orienteering is a challenging outdoor adventure sport that exercises both the mind and the body. The aim is to navigate in sequence between control points marked on a unique orienteering map and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. It does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run, walk or jog the course and progress at your own pace".
According to Rob, "Orienteering is a chance to run around getting all muddy and lost in the woods without being told off by your mum".
Several club members are also active orienteers, if you fancy giving it a go then you'll usually find someone to go along with and tell you what to do. For a list of forthcoming events, see the BOF fixtures list, or for a list limited to local events, Eborienteers.
A bit like orienteering, but on a much bigger scale! Most mountain marathons involve two days in the hills, doing a long orienteering course each day and carrying tent, camping gear, and food for Saturday night. Don't be put off by the word 'marathon', although the Elite course are the same sort of length as a traditional marathon (on each day - together with several thousand feet of ascent and descent!), most events have several classes, usually including categories for novices and walkers. Running up hills and sleeping in a tent barely enough to fit one person in let alone two, are strictly optional!
The main events
During the summer, there are Thursday evening rides meeting lasting 2-3 hours. There are generally fewer broken bones on these rides and they are normally suitable for novices.
Also, the YAC monthly trip meet usually includes a ride.
For more details about any of these, contact Andrew or Peter.