Orienteering - the adventure sport for all

Derbyshire is the place to be this summer to get out and active as communities across Derby City, South Derbyshire, the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales get the chance to discover a new outdoor challenge with a series of exciting events coming to various parks and pavements of the county.

There are two new types of events on offer locally that are a brilliant way to either get active with the kids, or to motivate yourself and friends to get active in the great outdoors.

Xplorer Challenges for Families

Xplorer OrienteeringAn introduction to orienteering using basic maps to complete a series of treasure hunt style courses.  A fun family challenge aimed at primary and pre-school children and their parents, grandparents and guardians, it provides young people and their families with a mix of physical and thinking challenges under the supervision of fully qualified staff.  Xplorer is a fun navigational challenge and involves a healthy mix of physical activity and decision making.  Kids will love the excitement of searching for secret animal or colour markers using a simple map of the Park to find their way.

RunChallenges for over 16s

RunChallenge man reading mapInvolving navigation around a more challenging mapped area, RunChallenge participants have 45 minutes to reach as many points and answer a question at every point. 

Aimed at individuals or groups of friends who are active and love getting outdoors, it is a low level introductory orienteering activity that provides a fun running challenge whilst exploring the local area and training the brain and body. 

Explore the Park, Find the Markers, Complete the Challenge, Have fun together!

More about Xplorer...

Xplorer Orienteering logoThe all new Xplorer events are a brilliant way for families to keep active and have fun and thanks to the enthusiasm and support of local authority partnerships we have events this summer happening in the following Parks:

Natalie Shaw from British Orienteering said:  “The Xplorer events will provide a fantastic opportunity to gets kids up and active, introduce map reading and decision making skills and most importantly not have to go far to have lots of fun with their families in the local parks!”

Come along and join in the fun and to find out more details about events happening near you please visit www.xplorer.org.uk and follow @_Xplorer on twitter or like Xplorer on facebook.

More about RunChallenge...

Run Challenge orienteering logoAnyone looking to take away the boredom of pounding the pavements and the gym can join us in our exciting new programme of RunChallenge events that will explore the local area, whilst training your brain and body.

RunChallenge is a recreational running activity combined with a fun question and answer challenge.  Using a simple map and a time limit of 45 minutes you need to get as many correct answers as possible!

Everyone starts and finishes at the same time and place, so it is a great way to socialise and make new friends. There is also the opportunity to join forces with your friends and create teams.

After taking part in her first RunChallenge in Eastwood, Notts, Jackie Ward from Ilkeston Running Club said:  “Just come back from a giant treasure hunt!  Been doing the RunChallenge event around Eastwood.  Bonus of finding a pub I'd heard of, but didn't know where it was (The Three Tuns), of doing speedwork & hillwork without it feeling like a chore, and of having a guilt free bag of chips when I got home”.

There are a series of RunChallenge events already launched in the High Peak in Chinley and New Mills and to find out more and to register to attend please visit www.runchallenge.org.uk

Natalie Shaw from British Orienteering
said:  “RunChallenge is a great way to socialise and make new friends and is a fun way to improve your fitness whilst developing your map reading and decision making skills. No experience of map reading is necessary, all you need is a sense of adventure!”

For all the latest news follow @Run_Challenge on twitter or like RunChallenge on facebook.

There are already nearly 100 events taking place in Derbyshire districts in partnership with High Peak Borough Council, Derbyshire Dales District Council, Derby City Council and South Derbyshire District Council.

High Peak Borough Councillor Anthony McKeown, executive member for community services, said: “This excellent programme is one of the first of its kind in the country and builds on our commitment to promoting sport and physical activity. It will open up a world of new activity to people that they can share and enjoy either alone or with friends and family."

“I’m particularly pleased that we’re working closely with primary schools to raise awareness of orienteering amongst young people and I hope people of all ages get involved.”

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