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FAMILIES can give orienteering a go in Morpeth on Sunday.

A range of competitions for the sport, which involves completing a set course as quickly as possible with a compass and map as your only assistance, are starting in Carlisle Park.

The urban/parkland courses have the following categories: Open and Veteran Men, Open and Veteran Women, Junior Men and Junior Women and Family.

Beginners are also welcome as they can try orienteering at their own pace. All they need is clothes that will not be damaged if they take a short-cut through undergrowth and ideally a compass.

The event is being organised by John Crosby, a Northumberland resident who recently won the British Trail Orienteering Championship in the Paralympic class. He will represent Great Britain at the forthcoming European and World Trail Orienteering Championships – a modified form of the running sport which emphasises technical accuracy rather than speed over terrain.

Registration for the courses, put together by the Newcastle and Tyneside Orienteers, is from 10am at the Morpeth Bowling Club Pavilion.

Entry is £6 for senior competitors, £3 for concessions and £2 for schoolchildren. For more information, visit