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Wednesday, 03 June 2015

Plotting a course through Tynedale

THOUSANDS of orienteering enthusiasts are set to navigate to the heart of rural Tynedale as West Woodburn has been chosen to host the National British Championships.

The event, hosted by British Orienteering in conjunction with the North East Orienteering Association, will attract the UK’s top orienteers as they aim to become the 2014 British champion.

The event will take place over two days, with a long distance, individual event being held on May 31 in Thrunton Woods and Callaly, near Alnwick.

It will then head to the remote Woodburn on Sunday, June 1, for the relay races for clubs from across the country, with the winners of the UK Relay O-League announced too.

The event will take place on the Cragg Estate and Chesterhope Common, near West Woodburn by the A68.

Former Great Britain athlete Pippa Archer who lives in Durham said: “I love orienteering in Northumberland – the unspoiled scenery plays host to some fantastic orienteering terrain.

“Adaptation will be the name of the game at this year’s championships as you race through open moorland, natural woodland, and plantation forest, taking on tricky contour details and exciting rock features.”

Sally Pygott, from British Orienteering, said: “By working with the local council and businesses we hope to generate a real boost to the local economy as many of the competitors take the opportunity to explore the area and extend their stay beyond the competition weekend.”

For further information about the event, visit the event website. www.boc2014.org.uk