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Finding out about events

Finding the event

What to bring

What to wear


Choosing a course

Getting ready to go


After your run

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Getting ready to go

Go back to your car to get changed and get yourself sorted out and ready to go.

If you have a conventional control card then fill in the information on the stub at the right hand end of the card.  You'll be handing that stub in at the start, and the event organiser will use the stubs as a safety check to make sure that everyone who goes off into the forest comes back out again.

One of the difficulties for beginners is co-ordinating all the things that you need to carry - map, compass, control card and control descriptions.

It can be useful to pin your control descriptions to your sleeve or tee-shirt (or whatever).  At an event using conventional punching, experienced orienteers usually copy the control descriptions into the relevant boxes on the control card, because this gives you one less piece of paper to carry around.

A dibber is easy to carry, because it goes on your finger.   A conventional control card is more difficult.  You can pin it to your sleeve or to the bottom of your tee-shirt.  If you do this, make sure that you can get at it to use the pin punches to mark the boxes. &nsp;Alternatively, you can use a loop of string (or a short length of shoe lace) to attach your control card to your wrist.

If you're copying your control descriptions on to your (conventional) control card you'll need to experiment to find out which way up to write them so that you can read them easily when you're out on your course.

If you already have a map, put it into your map case or plastic bag.

Make sure that you have:

  • compass
  • whistle
  • control card or dibber
  • map and red pen (if the event is using a master map system).
Walk to the start.  The route is usually marked by tape streamers.  If in doubt, ask!

Unless the weather is really foul, aim to arrive at the start at least 4 - 5 minutes before your start time.  This gives you a chance to have a look at the start arrangements, do some last minute stretching, and get yourself into a composed frame of mind.  Orienteering is often described as "the thought sport", and it won't help your performance if you dash up to the start in a last-second panic and have to go straight out on your run.

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