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Skelmersdale set to host two national orienteering races!

Skelmersdale set to host two national orienteering races!

by Henry James (August 2021)

ORIENTEERING comes to Skelmersdale, when not one but two British Championships take place this weekend!

Orienteering is a sport that combines running and navigation.

Competitors navigate between checkpoints using a specially-made, detailed map.

There is no set route so the skill and fun come from trying to find the best way to go.

Competitors are timed out and back and the winner is the person to complete the course in the fastest time.

This Saturday (August 21) a Relay event will take place, starting and finishing at the Amphitheatre off Yewdale.

Runners will be finding their way up into Yewdale and adjacent estates as teams from across the country go head to head in a bid to become British Champions. Races will start at 1pm until around 4pm.

There will also be a chance for anyone wishing to come and try this absorbing sport, with some courses tailored to beginners on offer.

That’s also from 1pm at the Amphitheatre. Competitors over the weekend, both male and female, will be aged from 10 to 85.

The Sunday (August 22) sees the Individual races where runners compete in their age classes to be British Champions.

Centred at Delph Side Community Primary School, courses will take competitors around the Eskdale, Tanhouse and Elmers Green estates.

Weekend coordinator Norman Hall said: “As locals will know full well, it’s very easy to get lost in Skem!

“The intricate housing layouts will provide a superb technical map reading challenge for even the most experienced orienteers.

“But as they’ll start at minute intervals on each course to prevent them just following, there won’t be any big packs.

“All most residents will notice is a heavier than usual stream of runners, and maybe a few of the red and white markers we use to identify the checkpoints.

“We are grateful to West Lancashire Borough Council who have given their permission for the weekend’s events to take place.”

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