On Tuesday 3 May NLFR will be holding an open introductory orienteering session in Adel Woods under the guidance of one of our AIRE members RIchard Foster. All welcome.

On its own orienteering is a lot of fun, but also the skills gained in running and navigating a course with a map in your hand, transfer to fell running. So whether you need to learn some map skills, brush up generally, or just have a good evening competing in Adel woods, this is for you. My Black Combe navigation debacle passports me to the front of the queue for this.

Richard has insurance, all the permissions from the Council and will be setting out the controls on the Tuesday afternoon. The plan is to have a basic intro session for those new to orienteering as well as something to test those who know (think they know) what they are doing, followed by a 40 minute score event with a mix of hard and easier controls and prizes at the end.

No special kit is needed, aside from running gear. A compass might be useful, but not essential and it may be worth putting in a head torch, although we hope to finish before it gets dark. The plan is to meet at Adel War Memorial car park at about 6.45 and at 7pm jog down to Stairfoot Lane car park to get started by 7.15. Prizes and a drink after in the AWMA bar.

All welcome, whether NLFR members or not, just come along for a good evening. We will be asking for a contribution of £1 to cover the costs of having the maps printed. So that we have a rough idea of how many to print, if you know you are definitely coming please let Richard know by emailing him on foster.richardjohn@gmail.com, or reply to this post, by Tuesday 26 April. We will print plenty of spares as well, so that we can cater for those who just turn up on the day.

It should be a good leg stretch after the 3 Peaks..

If you enjoy the event there will be a further orienteering event Richard is organising for AIRE the following evening (wed 4th May) around Adel village and a free one on the 11 May in Hawksworth Woods to celebrate World Orienteering Day.