Navigating through the Dark

Holywell Bay, sunny skies and golden sand. May look slightly different on a January Night!

Holywell Bay, sunny skies and golden sand. May look slightly different on a January Night!

Holywell dunes at the height of Summer 2013. Warm weather and golden sand. A distant memory for those brave souls who ventured out for some night orienteering in the dark of a January evening! Here’s the event report from Cornwall Orienteering Club.

Night Orienteering at Holywell, Saturday 18 January

Ever wanted to experience the exhilaration of running along a headtorch illuminated Holywell Beach at night? 20 competitors of all ages, from far and wide got just that at Cornwall Orienteering Club’s recent Night Orienteering event at the National Trust’s Holywell Bay. Orienteering is navigating in sequence between control points marked on a unique orienteering map and deciding the best route to complete the course in the quickest time.

Whilst the longest course was a mere 3 km long in a straightline the challenge of navigating through the complex sand dunes meant that many runners travelled significantly further than that! Perhaps the easiest leg of the course was the nocturnal run along the beach where competitors got to study at first hand the damage caused by the recent storms! The stormy surf whipped up a spray of fog making for ethereal and atmospheric conditions!

An Orienteers Map of Holywell Dunes

An Orienteer’s map of Holywell Dunes

Cornwall Orienteering Club Vice Chair Will Hancock commented, “We are hugely indebted to the National Trust for permitting us to use such a stunning area for Orienteering. All competitors had a great evening in the dunes, rounded off by a pint in the pub afterwards!” The Club is always keen to welcome newcomers to its events which take place across Cornwall, and take in several other National Trust areas including Lanhydrock, Trelissick, Lansallos and Ethy.

For further details see the club’s website The club is planning a special Summer Series of events aimed at newcomers between June and August. So get active and try something new in the summer Sun (hopefully)!

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