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Orienteering! Overview PDF Print E-mail

Orienteering was invented by a Swede, Major Ernst Killander, in 1918. Sometimes called ‘cunning running’, it combines the physical skills of cross-country running or skiing with the mental skills of route finding. Competitors set off at timed intervals and find their way around a course, using a map and compass, via a number of checkpoints. It is an excellent aerobic activity for the whole family and caters for a wide range of abilities. At the recreational level, mothers and fathers can be seen at local events carrying their infants in backpacks. However, orienteering can be extremely competitive. World championships have been staged since 1966. These demand very high levels of stamina and map reading. Elite orienteers are usually outstanding distance runners. Training and competing regularly over rough terrain tends to reduce flexibility and muscle strength, and reduce maximum running speed. Hence, elite orienteers often incorporate circuit training and interval running into their training schedules.

 
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