Couch To Green

Do you want to start running but find the prospect a bit boring?

Do you already love running and want a new challenge?

Do you want to try Adventure racing or Fell running, but really need to learn to navigate?

Do you enjoy hiking, but want to build your confidence in reading maps?

If your answer to any of these questions is “yes”, we’d suggest that you learn Orienteering – a sport for your mind and your body – in 8 weeks on our adult beginners course, Couch2Green.

In orienteering, the aim is to navigate between checkpoints (or “controls”) marked on a special orienteering map. There is no set route, so the skill and fun come from trying to find the best way to go. The aim of the Couch2Green course is to get you up to a standard where you can complete a ‘Green’ (intermediate level) course at an orienteering event.

The course involves two four-week blocks. Each week there’s a one-hour virtual session on Wednesday evening followed by a two-hour coached session on Saturday afternoon. Each week, the course also offers you the opportunity of completing up to 3 optional training sessions. In the fourth and eighth weeks you’ll participate in an orienteering event.

The course is designed to cater for all levels of fitness and enthusiasm – from non-runners to those wanting to go orienteering a couple of times per week. You’ll learn how to read an orienteering map and the techniques – including how to use a compass – that will enable you to find controls quickly and effectively. You’ll also gain the confidence you need to make your navigation fast and accurate.

Cleveland Orienteering Klub (CLOK) is a welcoming club, and orienteering attracts friendly, adventurous people. It’s a sport that offers boundless opportunities to meet like-minded people and travel to new places

Courses on offer

Our first Couch2Green course ran in autumn 2021 based around Darlington, with part 1 based at South Park, and part 2 based at South Burden.

Our second Couch2Green course is now running in Spring 2022. Part 1 is based at Preston Park, near Stockton, and part 2 at Flatts Lane, near Middlesbrough. Part 1 is already underway, but it is not too late to register for part 2 for those with a basic understanding of orienteering. To find out more head over to C2G Spring 2022.


  • This is an adult beginners course for ages 16+.
  • If childcare or transport would be a barrier to you participating, or if you have any other questions about this course, please contact our Club Development Officer, Mary Fleming, via
  • We are aware that the coronavirus pandemic is not yet over, and will are running courses in a way that minimises the chances of transmission of Covid-19. Relevant factors are:
    • Orienteering is a naturally social distanced sport.
    • The Wednesday evening coaching sessions are held via a Microsoft Teams rather than “in person”.
    • The Saturday sessions are held outdoors, where there is much less risk of transmission of Covid-19.
    • We minimise the use of shared equipment, and any equipment that is lent to course participants will be cleaned beforehand.
  • To help us to run the course in a Covid secure way, please:
    • Do not attend any “in person” session if you have any of the main symptoms of Covid-19, you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, you are waiting for a test result or you should be self-isolating in accordance with Government guidance.
    • During “in person” sessions, give other participants space and avoid unnecessary close contact.