Orienteering in the park

The Friends of Rowntrees Park and Eborienteers are running a fantastic orienteering event on Saturday 21st of July. Orienteering promotes physical wellbeing and map reading ability, and most of all it is great fun!

There will be a range of courses to suit all ages and abilities from beginners to the more experienced. There will be people on hand to help anyone who hasn’t done orienteering before, therefore it’s the perfect chance to give it a go!


To put it simply, orienteering involves using a map to navigate from point to point.  In this case, finding markers placed all over the park.  For the more competitive, you are given an electronic device to scan the points when you reach them, this records your time it takes you to get from point to point.  You get an overall time and can see who achieved the best times.

There will be 4 courses varying in distance from 1km to 2km. Two courses will be easy (and suitable for buggies/wheelchairs) and two will be a little harder. All will be entirely within the park. People can choose to run as individuals or in groups. We are also hoping to have a ‘string course’ for age 3-5-year-olds.

What you need to know:

Registration and get maps available from 10.00am
Course start time – 11am (finish 12.30pm)
Where – located near the Ping Pong/climbing frame/toilet area
Cost – £3 (includes maps/multiple courses)
Parking information – Carpark, Terry Ave, York YO23 1JQ

More details can be found at http://www.eborienteers.org.uk
Contact The Friends of Rowntree Park via Facebook or membership@rowntreepark.org.uk



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