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Urban or street orienteering takes place in town centres and is a test of how quickly you can run round the town visiting designated checkpoints.
Each runner has an electronic tag fastened to their finger and at the start of the race you put the tag (or 'dibber') into the start control and your time has started. You then pick up the map for your course and the course is printed on the map. A triangle on the map shows you where you are and you then choose the quickest way to the first control. A list of control descriptions together with a number is also printed on map (eg top of footbridge(201), wall corner(147) when you get to No 1 there is a red & white marker with a numbered control box on top if it's the correct number you insert the dibber into the box (which will bleep and flash to denote your time has been registered) you proceed round the course until you get to the finish then there is a computer with a download box and when you put your dibber in here it will print out your total time and the individual splits between controls.

Urban orienteering requires total concentration the whole way round the course but you become so focussed that time seems to pass very quickly.

2010 season is almost over but here are a few links for events before Christmas
Hope you're sufficiently interested to give it a go - it makes a refreshing change from the normal 'pavement pounding'!

9/10 Oct Haworth/Thornton/Otley
http://www.orienteering.ilkley.org/events/archiveresults/2010/Bronte_2010/Bronte_home.htm
23 Oct Sleaford http://www.logonline.org.uk/log2/index.php
7 Nov Chester http://www.deeside-orienteering-club.org.uk/events/club+events.htm
 

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Sounds interesting! The two events coming up are quite local to me, as I live in Oakworth and work in Ilkley. I think I'm working this weekend though.
 
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