Sprint orienteering is a great, fun way to give orienteering a go, without having to have very much time available.
They are usually easy to get to as they are often within city or town areas.
The courses range from about 1 to 3 kilometres and are very often on hard surfaces around buildings or even...
Sprint orienteering is a great, fun way to give orienteering a go, without having to have very much time available. They are usually easy to get to as they are often within city or town areas. The courses range from about 1 to 3 kilometres and are very often on hard surfaces around buildings or even intricate street areas. The map is printed at a larger scale than for other events – often 1:4000, containing lots of detail, and even showing things like canopies and stairs. There are often features such as fences, gardens or water mapped with special symbols showing un-crossable obstacles – which mean you are not allowed to cross them even if you can.
Route choice is the key with Sprint orienteering. On many legs you have to decide which way to go around the obstacles, such as buildings, often down small alley ways. You have to read the map VERY carefully or you will find yourself with something like an un-crossable wall or garden in your way, meaning you have to go backwards and re-trace your steps, losing valuable time. This makes Sprint orienteering a great mental challenge – you have to decide which way to go while running fast.
For the recreational orienteer – walking is fine in Sprint orienteering. You can stroll around and still be back within 30 minutes. Sprint orienteering is great for all the family (pushchairs included). Go around together or challenge your friends and family to see who can be fastest.
For competitive Sprint orienteering – SECONDS COUNT! Who can run the fastest and still keep thinking – one small bad decision can take you from first to last.
Below are the most recent News/Blog posts that have been tagged "Sprint". To view all news or blog posts start at the homepage.
North Island Secondary School Orienteering Champs 2020 Sprint Video-What a great weekend for the North Island Secondary School (NISS) Orienteering Championships 2020 hosted by Counties Manukau Orienteering Club. Catch some of the highlights and sprint action from Tuakau – here’s a little glimpse from the day. Video work by The Stream Shop has been uploaded to to Sky Sport Next YouTube and is […]
ONZ Controllers Newsletter – April 2020-Welcome to the first issue of what I hope will be a regular newsletter keeping you all informed about changes and advancements in the world of orienteering.
Compass Point – November 2019-News updates including View from the Chair; Legends of Orienteering; High Performance; NZ MTBO Championships; Junior Camp - How it works; Newly Confirmed Events; PAPO's Yr 5-8 Camp;
Lonely Mountain Sprints – 24-27 January 2020 – Entries Open-Entries now open. Orienteering Taranaki invites you to a festival of sprint orienteering - the "Lonely Mountain Sprints" featuring the NZ World Orienteering Championships (WOC) trials alongside the very best 4-day sprint orienteering from Orienteering Taranaki.
Oh so close – JWOC Sprint silver for Tommy-Tommy Hayes has won NZL’s 4th JWOC sprint medal in 5 years with a wonderful run in today’s race in Tampere. For a long time it looked as if Tommy was going to follow Matt Ogden and Tim Robertson as a JWOC champion, only to be pipped almost at the very end by Oli Ojanaho […]
WOC Report #3 – the Sprint-The sprint – a long, long, hot day that started at 6am so we could get the specially laid on ferry to Burano Island for the qualifying heats. Sadly these were not exactly a great success from the NZ point of view, with only Lizzie running to form and cruising into the final in 6th […]
Gene Beveridge Blog: Tour De Peninsula-Gene Beveridge (NZL) posted about orienteering on his personal blog: Tour De Peninsula marks the build up to the 2015 orienteering season in NZ with its series of 8 races over 3 days with the cycle tour inspired concepts used by Sprint the Bay in previous years. This year I was open to compete for as many of the leaders’ singlets as I could.
WUOC 2014 Update 2 – Long, Sprint, Middle-Long – The long was a physical, steep race with two main route choice legs for the girls and three for the boys. The route choices were either very steep and straight or very far around and it was difficult to weigh up the options. We all found the physical terrain difficult and were impressed […]
Sprint Debrief – The Best Of Both Worlds (Updated)-Well what can I say, this was my first ever JWOC race and I’ve been caught out unlucky. Mixed emotions flow through my body and trying to encapsulate this experience is hard. I feel frustrated at the “would’ve” situations that lie right in front of me yet what a hell of a race. Technically I […]
Follow NZ Team at JWOC 2014-The 2014 Junior World Orienteering Championship races start Tuesday night (Tues 22nd July, 7pm NZST) with the Sprint. JWOC2014 is being held in Borovets, Bulgaria. New Zealand has a team of 6 women and 6 men plus coach and team manager. In addition, several kiwis have travelled to support the team. The New Zealand JWOC 2014 […]
WOC Report #3-The sprint – a long, long, hot day that started at 6am so we could get the specially laid on ferry to Burano Island for the qualifying heats. Sadly these were not exactly a great success from the NZ point of view, with only Lizzie running to form and cruising into the final in 6th place in her heat. Greta was right up with the pace in heat 3, but a 1 minute mistake was the death knell for her qualifying chances, and Imogene was steady but always just off the necessary pace.
WOC Report #1-Image - Middle Podium (Photo Credit: Andrea Cardosi) Another year, another WOC, and here we are in sunny (but also very thundery) Italy on the Altopiano of Asiago in the foothills of the Dolomites. Wh
Sprint training-The College Sport Wellington Prize-giving and Sprint event, held at Victoria University, was an opportunity to fine tune some sprint skills for 3 of the local Wellington JWOCers before they head to Eu