New to the sport of urban orienteering? 


The main difference to a regular 10K run is that you have to navigate around the course - visiting the control points in order and choosing your own route between them. Age class courses are between 3km and 6km in length


The Map

At the start you pick up the map for the course you've entered. The map doesn't have street names on it, but shows features to help you navigate, such as crossable walls, distinctive trees and buildings.

The map is drawn to the international standard for sprint orienteering maps. However, due to the 3D nature of the City, there are additional special symbols for this race, to denote walls you can pass underneath, statues, and stairwells. Full details of these will be included in the final details, emailed to entrants and available on this website nearer to race-day. 


Competitors carry a lightweight plastic key on their finger, known as an SI card, and "punch" each control to record their split time. At the end, the results printer gives an instant read-out of the total time and the splits between each control. 


The event closes after 2 hours. If you have not completed the course in this time you should return to the start/finish and the number of controls visited in the correct order will be counted for the results sheet. 

The Race

At 6.30pm there will be a mass start for all four courses. Competitors will then be able to open their maps and look at their route. The 

start control flag will be in front of you and shown with a purple triangle on the map. You do not need to punch the start control as the system has been programmed for a 6.30pm start. However, all other controls and the finish will need to be punched. 


On there is a line leading from the start triangle to your first control - the circle numbered '1'. Visit 

each of your controls in the correct order, choosing your own route between each. Make sure you don't go out-of-bounds. Some people carry a compass so they know which way to orient the map - but precision bearings aren't needed for a city race! 

At the end, punch the final control at the finish line to complete your race! Then go to the download area to get your splits and be counted in. 




The results will be published on this web site. The winner of each course will be the competitor who has visited each control in the correct sequence in the quickest time. 

Any Questions?

Event helpers will be available on the day to answer your queries, but the best way to get familiar with orienteering is to orienteer! A list of events happening this autumn in Sussex can be found here.



Southdowns Orienteers

The orienteering club for Sussex

The club organises regular training and events which are open to all. See the club website for more information.


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