Orienteering around downtown Thame attracts families and avid runners
Supported by Thame City Council, the event is popular with families and local runners. It is also part of the UK Urban Orienteering League and has attracted riders from all over the country.
There were seven courses for all ages and skill levels for orienteering through the streets, alleys and parks of Thame.
The routes range from 2.5 km around the Cuttlebrook Nature Reserve to a longer 10 km route around the entire city.
And it’s a race with a twist; the twist being that there is no defined route. Each competitor receives a special orientation card, indicating a series of control points. All checkpoints must be visited but competitors can choose their own route.
Thame’s Holly Titchner said:
âIt was a great event. My family and I did the short course and everyone loved it! We will definitely be starting orienteering again!
Mike Shires of TVOC said:
âMany locals came to orienteering in the city. We had great feedback afterwards, with everyone enjoying the classes and appreciating the opportunity to go out for an active time with the family. Our events attract avid runners as well as many families who come for a jog or a walk on a course.
If you want to try your hand at this exciting adventure sport, the club are also hosting events at Wittenham Clumps, Waddesdon Manor and Wendover Woods this year and hope to have a similar urban event in Witney next year.