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Get out & go orienteering How-to videos

‘Get Out & Go‘ is a series of short films to take beginners through all the basics to confidently try orienteering. All the skills and techniques shown in the films are easy to practice using our Anytime MapRun Courses.

The four films are titled Getting Started, Getting Going, Getting Confident and Getting Faster.

  1. Getting Started gives information on orienteering maps, useful symbols to note, how courses are drawn, and what to look for at checkpoints or controls.  It also shows how to line up the map with features nearby, a key skill to help the novice orienteer set off in the right direction.
  2. Getting Going covers more detail on the map, shows how to use a compass, simple route choices, how to use features other than paths as handrails, and when to cut corners.
  3. Getting Confident gives tips on techniques that help build more confidence in navigational decisions. These include learning to take a sure route into a checkpoint, finding a safety net if you overshoot and using control descriptions to visualise the checkpoint.
  4. Getting Faster demonstrates where to plan ahead, where to speed up and slow down and gives some tips on reading the map on the run.

Thank-you to Manchester and District Orienteering Club and GMOA for creating this fantastic resource

Hailey Park, Cardiff – Saturday 31st October

Saturday morning local event for all ages and abilities – Entry in advance only

Venue: Hailey Park, Start/finish will be in the carpark at end of Radyr Road, CF14 2FU

Start times: 10 – 10.30 am

Entry: In advance at Fabian4. Limited to 29 in line with Welsh Government Guidelines. Unfortunately at present (6/10/20) this event will only be open to competitors living in the Cardiff area.

Enter Online

Entry Fees: £6 Senior, £3 Junior, Non-members + £2/£1 (you can join swoc here)

Courses: 3 courses to choose from; Short ~2.5km easy for beginners/juniors, Medium ~ 3.5km, Long ~ 5.5km. Short and medium will be entirely traffic free within the park, the long course will venture outside of the park and so is only open to over16’s.

New to Orienteering? This event is run (or walked) as a time trial format. At the start you will be given a detailed map of the park with a series of checkpoints marked on it. You will need to find the quickest route between each of the controls e.g. start-1-2-3-etc, at each checkpoint there will be a small marker and timing unit to ‘dib’. On finishing you will receive a printout of your time and results will be posted on the SWOC website so you can compare your result with others.

Safety: A detailed risk assessment has been carried out. Orienteering, an outdoor individual sport, run as a time trial is intrinsically a low risk sport. This event will be run in accordance with British Orienteering COVID guidelines. Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell or have been advised to isolate. Hailey Park is popular with dog walkers, cyclists and is also used by other groups on a Saturday morning – please be courteous and adhere to social distancing. There will be several areas of out of bounds (rugby pitches) marked on the map in purple hatching you must not cut across.

Thank-you to Cardiff Council who have given permission for this event to take place.

Insport Ribbon Award

South Wales Orienteering Club is currently working towards the InSport ribbon, a standard which reflects the Clubs commitment to broadening opportunities for those with disabilities to access orienteering.

The InSport standards are a part of the broader InSport project, which aims to support physical activity, sport and leisure organisations to deliver provision inclusively of disabled people. SWOC is working on the first stage of the InSport journey, the ribbon.

The ribbon demonstrates that a club is monitoring for equal opportunities, that it has appropriate welfare and equality policies and that it is inclusive and equitable in its communications. It also requires a statement of inclusion which should articulate the organisation’s commitment to inclusivity.

The ribbon marks the first phase of a commitment to inclusivity, with the bronze, silver and gold standards following on from that.

You can find SWOC’s welfare policy here

You can find out more about InSport here