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We're intending to hold a full series of Winter Evening and Night Street events this winter, plus an event on 15 Nov subject to permissions and lockdown rules. Watch this space!
Most of our Virtual Orienteering Events using the MapRun smartphone app are still available. Details and results so far on our Summer Event page
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.
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.
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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