I’d like to see anyone try and deny that navigation skills aren’t important, even in the world of GPS and mobile phone mapping. I sometimes wonder why other people struggle to remember directions, seem to have absolutely no sense of direction and can’t hold a map the right way round. Well, there is an answer. I would be the first to admit it can appear a crazy sport. But the basic principle is this: you have a compass, an electronic dibber thing and a ‘map’, which to the uninitiated looks rather like an artist’s impression of the London tube map overlain with hieroglyphics. And it probably makes about as much sense.
No other sport tests body and mind in quite the same way
Stick with it. With a little patience and humour, what is at first confusing, transforms into a delightful puzzle. There is no other sport that tests both the mind and the body in quite the same way. It’s like trying to solve a level four sudoku puzzle whilst simultaneously running an obstacle course.
Get involved – we are an inclusive and growing club
RAFO is an inclusive club. We welcome regulars, reservists, air cadets, veterans and family members. We have active coaches and provide training and loan equipment to novices. Members regularly attend mid-week military league and weekend civilian events. For the more adventurous we run a subsidised annual overseas visit. So, get out there and give it go. You never know, you might just get hooked!
BZ to @britarmyO for retaining the trophy (again). Our team performed solidly and will hopefully present a stronger challenge when we three meet again, in mud, on fells or in rain! https://t.co/VrKoPiZPED 0 0 There are a good few RAF team members in this camera roll, some are even smiling or moving fast! https://t.co/pkucVv6CUY 0 1 RT @Orienteer99: Great effort yesterday from the @RAFOrienteering teams who were competing in the 2019/20 Inter Service #Orienteering Champ… 4 0 It's D-1 and @RAFOrienteering training day for the 2019 (yes!) Inter Service #Orienteering Championships in the Forest of Dean. Five #RAFletes took advantage of @ngococlub 50th anniversary Middle Distance event today for terrain familiarisation and some skills and drills https://t.co/McjNsN9qXM 2 9 On Sunday the @RoyalAirForce will take on the @BritishArmy and @RoyalNavy at the annual Inter Service #Orienteering Championships in the Forest of Dean. It might not have the draw of the Army vs Navy, but our athletes are just as committed to battle with the terrain! Good luck🍀 https://t.co/MBkeDgsarT 2 12 RT @ukOchat: What are your Res-O-lutions for the #Orienteering New Year? Performance and participation goals? New training plans? More volu… 9 0 We'll be interested to hear what performance and training objectives you come up with after speaking to the new Performance Manager, Philip! https://t.co/mXeiyUY3L7 0 0 RT @OrienteeringLOG: East Midlands Champs- Grimsthorpe Castle 🏰-8th Dec - Enter Now @Fabian4Entries - Further details https://t.co/nMmBHZEX… 3 0 Well done Philip! We have three club members in the @GBRorienteering top 400 athletes again with 2 more nipping at your heels🏃🏽& our highest placed #RAFOrienteer Geoff at #177. Will anyone catch him? Will he climb back into the top 100? Watch this season! https://t.co/pPYpayJJPlhttps://t.co/pPYpayJJPl 0 2 Well although we have all been a victim of the mispunch, the aim of the mispunch chimp award is to highlight to our #athletes that they #musttryharder 😂! Better luck next year Philip 🏃🏾♂️👊👍 https://t.co/Vdv0DtU1gs 0 1 RT @SOrienteers: So for anyone taking part in the BAOC MLS event at Brockenhurst on Wednesday, who's up for the challenge of a Hampshire /… 4 0 😯 You won't believe these numbers! At our AGM on Sat provided us with the BRILL stats from the 2018/19 season. 🏃🏾♂️🏃🏼♂️ Our big #challenge now is to grow onwards and upwards, but the way we have started we are determined to #smash 👊 these for the 19/20 season 🏆 #noordinaryrun https://t.co/4mPKBZBBDi 0 3 RT @_EstherTaylor_: So today @1082SQNATC raced in the @RAFOrienteering Champiomships. Cdt Somers came 1st out of all the @aircadets smashin… 4 0 t's a glorious bright autumn morning for the Royal Air Force Orienteering Championships in Surrey! Good luck to all competitors. @GBRorienteering @HQRAFSport @RAFSportsFed https://t.co/eBtj1s4MRs 1 4 RT @unicarval: Today's #orienteering fun with 6 other @raforienteering #RAFletes was a high speed urban race around @cuorienteering's Cambr… 2 0 The mad #RAFO weekend doesn't stop! Training, AGM and the #cambridgecityrace today. Great to see plenty of @RoyalAirForce #vets out today, and hoping to see plenty of @aircadets out tomorrow for the #RAFChampionships #noordinaryrun #whatwedo #busybusy #lotsgoingon https://t.co/e4Vz1zNQS9 1 2 Great to see Philip get awarded his colours tie for representing the @RoyalAirForce too! @HQRAFSport https://t.co/5LvB8wIkzx 1 2 For #RAFOrienteers in and near yellow belly land - the East Mids Champs by @OrienteeringLOG is on our @HQRAFSport sanctioned fixtures list 👌
If you're coming, why not volunteer to help the event organisers on the day? https://t.co/smEyQVC7hA 0 0 It's the #RAFOrienteering championships next weekend! We have a training day, our AGM and the champs over Saturday and Sunday. Entries are still open to run in the Chobham Challenge on Sunday and we want as many #athletes as possible to take part in #noordinaryrun https://t.co/CHn7L9a2UM 2 3 RT @Orienteer99: Great to see Jenny Collins nominated for the #RAFSportsAwards2019. Everyone @RAFOrienteering will be supporting you Jenny!… 1 0