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Last update 07 Jan 2021
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Covid Update 07 Jan:
The guidance issued by British Orienteering on 06 Jan states
POCs and VOCs can still be used for individual exercise... They must not be used for competitions or leagues.
Therefore we are leaving our MapRun courses open (apart from Wyre Forest, which will close at the end of January as planned) but we will not award any Winter Urban League points for runs which took place during the current lockdown.

Virtual Courses

Most of our Virtual Orienteering Events using the MapRun smartphone app will continue to be available through the winter, with more events in the pipeline. Details and downloads on our Virtual Courses page.

New event for Shire Oak Park added 30 Dec

Coming Soon

Nov 19 - ? Winter Urban Event at Hawkesley, South Birmingham Details | Map

Dec 06 - ? Winter Urban Event at Bournville Details | Map updated 10 Dec | Control Descriptions

Dec 24 - ? Winter Urban Event at Stourbridge Details | Map

Dec 12 Club Champs at Hartlebury Common We have postponed this event until restrictions permit.

Latest Results

For individual Virtual Course results see our Virtual Courses page

Final Summer Virtual League table available here: (Excel file) - last updated 19 Oct

Local event at Castlemorton Common: Results | Split times | Routegadget

11-18 Jun Socially-distant June Jaunter Results | JJ results archive up to and including 2020 (MS Excel file)

Related Activities

Citydash - billed as a fast real-world game of speed, stealth and strategy, played on the streets

Open Adventure adventure racing.

parkrun - regular Saturday morning 5km runs. In HOC's area, parkrun takes place at Droitwich, Dudley, Edgbaston (Cannon Hill Park), Evesham, Hereford, Perry Park, Redditch (Arrow Valley), Sandwell Valley, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Worcester (two locations) and Wyre Forest.

Local athletics clubs:

Halesowen Athletics & Cycling Club

Dudley Ladies Running Club

Dudley & Kingswinford Running Club

Black Pear Joggers, Worcester

Open Street Map - free mapping, surveyed and maintained by volunteers. Orienteering's Ollie O'Brien is a contributer and has developedthe Open O-Map version which allows anyone to get map extracts in a format suitable for urban and street events.


Harlequins Orienteering Club is based in the West Midlands of England. Our 'catchment' covers Birmingham, the Black Country, Worcestershire and parts of Shropshire and Herefordshire. We have a membership of around 130 and put on around 20-30 events a year.

What's Orienteering?
Orienteering is an activity/sport (depending how competitive you want to be) which involves navigating from point to point using a map. Most orienteering takes place in areas such as forests and country parks, but more urban-based events are becoming increasingly popular.

For free-range kids
Orienteering is very family-friendly and suitable for almost all ages. For children in particular it promotes self-reliance and independent decision-making, besides getting them out into the fresh air to burn off some energy. For teachers interested in introducing orienteering to your pupils, we can provide advice and support. We are Sport England Clubmark accredited for supporting junior members.

Fancy a go?
You don't need to be a member of any club to go orienteering. Most small-scale local events are open to all, don't require pre-booking, don't cost much to enter and will have suitable courses for beginners. You don't need to be super-fit and you don't need much in the way of equipment. Go to our events page for dates and locations of events.
Actually, you don't even need to go to an event - try orienteering on one of our permanent courses.

Come and join us
Harlequins is an open club - we welcome new members. Membership gives you a copy of the award-winning club journal every month, access to our club forum, the opportunity to run relay events, and more. Go to our contacts page for details of our Membership Secretary.

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