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!
We've done it! Third year in a row the #RAFOrienteers have won the trophy Vs #PSUK 🏆
Great work to all our runners, and commiserations to our fantastic competitors #noordinaryrun https://t.co/V7B3nYP80M 2 11 The runners are beginning to reappear! They're wet and tired, but who knows who has won, out of #RAFOrienteering or #PSUK ? Keep posted here to find out!! https://t.co/8byvHTTBSL 1 4 And they're off! We are hoping to see the first runners back in around 45 minutes, but the weather and terrain might make #orienteering challenging today! #noordinaryrun https://t.co/otyTsH6Ipc 1 1 It's a bit damp! Today the #RAFOrienteering team face the #PSUK for a wet slippery muddy run in Barnsley! So far everyone is hiding in the tent, having a team talk and getting ready! Wish us luck 🤞 #noordinaryswim https://t.co/wttIJ3LuDU 2 4 This Sunday, the @RoyalAirForce take on the @PoliceSportUK in their annual #orienteering challenge match. We wish both services the very best in sporting luck - may the best team win! @HQRAFSport @RAFSportsFed @RAFNewssport @GBRorienteering #NoOrdinaryRun https://t.co/eJjPabZR4e 2 8 RT @unicarval: Hey #orienteering peeps! If you haven't already discovered @TheRunInPod you definitely should give it a listen. Just picked… 4 0 #RAFlete and @RoyalAirForce reservist Philip has been competing in national colours at the 2019 Veteran Home International - the only RAF runner to be selected this year. Well done Philip! https://t.co/FNiaoCQKbb 0 5 The latest #RAFOrienteering club newsletter has just been emailed to subscribers with news of RAF Champs, Awards Dinner, training day and AGM. If you didn't receive it, or aren't subscribed, please DM this account to get your name on the list. https://t.co/XWFoCROELy 2 1 Well done to #RAFOrienteer @PhotoByBen for bagging a men's age class podium finish at the regional championships in the South-West over the weekend! https://t.co/mRm3htvviC 0 7 CALLING ALL #RAFOrienteering members! The #RAFChampionships are fast approaching. It will be great to see as many of you as possible in attendance, and whilst you're at it - why not bring a friend and introduce them to Orienteering?
#noordinaryrun https://t.co/Pvf5ZdGEDP 1 3 RT @unicarval: Phew! Qualified for the A final for M45 at today's @GBRorienteering Sprint Champs after a fairly clean run in the heat and f… 1 0 We wish two of our #athletes luck as they have reached the final of the #BritishOrienteering #sprint championships. It's draining running in this heat, but these guys are #tough
Wish them luck! @GBRorienteering https://t.co/kdtW7fgnNE 0 3 RT @RAFOrienteering: It's the first BIG day out of the new #RAFOrienteering season (#excited much??) What a stunning late summer's day to b… 1 0 RT @GBRorienteering: Today is the 2019 British Sprint Championships!
Wishing everyone a great day of orienteering.
#orienteering @lei_oc… 4 0 It's the first BIG day out of the new #RAFOrienteering season (#excited much??) What a stunning late summer's day to be running in the #BritishOrienteering sprint championships. We have a wide range of participants from W14 to M45. Go well to all of our #athletes ! https://t.co/8d3g6qidJv 1 3 RT @GBRorienteering: An entry of nearly 800 and a good weather forecast all is set for the 2019 British Sprint Championships. Wishing all m… 5 0 RT @unicarval: #ViennaOChallenge Sprint Race 1 complete, post-race Danube dip with the swans, then some balanced sports nutrition to help w… 1 0 RT @RAFSportsFed: Travelling is a way of life for #raf sports associations. Make sure you know what travel is covered by Service MT, JSP752… 2 0 … and that’s a wrap! A busy August brings the RAF Orienteering 2018/19 to a close. This year 98 athletes from the club competed 1295 times in fixtures the length and breadth of the UK, in Cyprus and in Czechia. #NoOrdinaryRun #NoOrdinaryJob #Orienteering #RunHardThinkFast https://t.co/UDHI866Cn9 3 6 Saturday saw 2 #orienteers from #RAFO competing at an urban event in the centre of Sheffield. Courses tested competitors urban navigational skills by integrating a complex network of overpasses, underpasses and busy roads. Great runs from our competitors! #noordinaryrun #urban 1 0