A day in the dunes

An event report from Cornwall Orienteering Club

Speeding through the sand

Speeding through the sand

Seventy competitors from across Devon and Cornwall traveled to the National Trust’s Polly Joke near Cubert on Sunday 23 March. They had come to take part in Cornwall Orienteering Club’s latest Winter League event. 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.

Orienteering truly is a sport for all ages and abilities. Seven different courses of varying length and difficulty were on offer to challenge the competitors who ranged from 5 to 75 years old! The courses which ranged from 1 mile long and entirely on path to 7 miles long and fully cross country in the dunes and clifftop terrain challenged competitor’s navigational and running ability.

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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 day at the seaside, even those who had a “headless chicken” experience in the sandunes!” 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 and Trelissick.

For further details see the club’s website http://www.cornwallorienteering.org.uk. The club is planning a special Summer Series of events aimed at newcomers between May and September. So get active and try something new in the summer Sun (hopefully)!

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