Anyone who has known me for any length of time will be aware of my general unsportiness. And yet I am really enjoying our orienteering afternoons, sporadic though they may be! Something to do with the individuality of the effort, and the challenge of decoding the map.
This afternoon we were at the Domain, following roads and tracks and rabbit-paths around the reserve, past the tennis courts, football ground, athletics stadium, reservoirs and above the suburb known as The Glebe. For this winter course, you grab a map, and set yourself the goal of 12, 15, 18 or 20 checkpoints in whatever order you choose – as a result there are people running all over the place, in every direction, some as fresh as daisies and some looking as red-faced and sweaty as I feel! It’s a very inclusive activity – there are individuals, families, kids, grandparents, and fantastically fit 70+ looking people, running, jogging, and walking around enjoying the chance to do something a little different out in the fresh air.