We've done "Lockdown Orienteering" & "Virtual Bury St Edmunds" - now that we're allowed a little more freedom, albeit very carefully, why not try running a real orienteering course? We can't offer mass events with physical SI controls but we have been working on courses which you can follow on your own, or with your family group, using the GPS on your smartphone together with an app, MapRunF.
We've a handful of courses already waiting for you - mainly Street-Os at the moment, similar to some of our Summer Series events, as we need to choose areas with easy public access. There's a whole new section on the website explaining what to do, starting from here, so why not give it a go & share your results with us?
With World Orienteering Day originally scheduled for next week Lockdown Orienteering has put together a series of virtual challenges - anyone can take part, but you do need to register before 13:00 on Tuesday 12th May.
More locally, we've designed an armchair challenge for you for the following week as unfortunately all our annual Simon Peck Summer Series events have had to be cancelled, or at least postponed for some time. You can view the details here & the map & questions will be available from 29th May, with the answers published on Monday 1st June.
Could you plan virtual orienteering courses? Courses which people could try on their own while maintaining physical distancing, for when things ease a little? British Orienteering is putting on 3 webinars (free to members) during the next three weeks:
Routegadget: With Simon Errington, Happy Herts Orienteering Club (HH) on Thursday 7 May at 7.30pm
MapRun: With Pat MacLeod, North Gloucestershire Orienteering Club (NGOC) on Tuesday 12 May at 7.30pm
Along with the governing bodies of other sports, British Orienteering has issued the following statement:
Suspension of all orienteering activities
It is with great sadness that we are now in a position where all orienteering activities in the UK have to be suspended with immediate effect.
We are aware that the Coronavirus outbreak is a very fluid and rapidly changing situation. We will, therefore, continue to follow advice from Public Health England, World Health Organisation and both local and national governments on this matter and will keep the orienteering family updated as appropriate.