ORIENTEERING: Give it a try at the Gathering

This is the 15th year that an orienteering competition has been included in the Morpeth Gathering, always based in Carlisle Park, but sometimes venturing out into the alleyways and streets across the river.

This year for the seniors, the courses will involve navigating under the Telford Bridge to Middle Greens, around Allery Banks and back to the park.

Some interesting route choices will challenge the competitors.

All the checkpoints (unmanned where the competitors electronically record their visit) will be in public areas so don’t be surprised if you see some people scratching their heads, trying to work out where to go.

The family course is within the traffic-free area of the park, making it suitable for young children. It takes an interesting route into lesser visited areas of the park and involves some navigational decisions, but not as complex as the senior courses and, involving no steps, is suitable for pushchairs.

The race headquarters is the Bowling Pavilion in the park and start times are 10am to 11am on Sunday.

Anyone can enter the course of their choice, although under 16s must be accompanied by an adult on the courses outside the park for safety reasons.

Sadly, entry is not free as shown on some publicity as the specially drawn maps and insurance levy do involve a cost.

Full details can be found on the organising club’s website at www.newcastleorienteering.org.uk/flyer/MorpethPark/MorpethPark160403.html

Adrian Barnes

Morpeth.