Our initial Summer Evening Event schedule is now available. Please contact new SEE coordinator Andy White if you can help fill one of the gaps.
Three new permanent courses will open this spring/summer More about HOC POCs.
27 Apr Level C (HOC and WM leagues) event at Breackneck Bank Details
01 May Summer Evening Event at Himley Hall
08 May Summer Evening Event at Worcester Woods Details
29 Mar Level D (SMILE) event at Arrow Valley Country Park Results
Open Adventure adventure racing. There's one on Cannock Chase on Sun 02 Mar.
parkrun - regular Saturday morning 5km runs. In HOC's area, parkrun takes place at Edgbaston (Cannon Hill Park), Redditch (Arrow Valley), Walsall and Worcester.
Open Street Map - free mapping, surveyed and maintained by volunteers. Orienteering's Ollie O'Brien is a contributer and has developed the Open O-Map version which allows anyone to get map extracts in a format suitable for urban and street events.
Harlequins Orienteering Club is based in the West Midlands of England. Our 'catchment' covers Birmingham, the Black Country, Worcestershire and parts of Shropshire and Herefordshire. We have a membership of over 200 and put on around 40-50 events a year.
Orienteering is an activity/sport (depending how competitive you want to be) which involves navigating from point to point using a map. Most orienteering takes place in areas such as forests and country parks, but more urban-based events are becoming increasingly popular.
For free-range kids
Orienteering is very family-friendly and suitable for almost all ages. For children in particular it promotes self-reliance and independent decision-making, besides getting them out into the fresh air to burn off some energy. For teachers interested in introducing orienteering to your pupils, we can provide advice and support. We are Sport England Clubmark accredited for supporting junior members.
Fancy a go?
You don't need to be a member of any club to go orienteering. Most small-scale local events are open to all, don't require pre-booking, don't cost much to enter and will have suitable courses for beginners. You don't need to be super-fit and you don't need much in the way of equipment. Go to our events page for dates and locations of events.
Actually, you don't even need to go to an event - try orienteering on one of our permanent courses.
Come and join us
Harlequins is an open club - we welcome new members. Membership gives you a copy of the award-winning club journal every month, access to our club forum, the opportunity to run relay events, and more. Go to our contacts page for details of our Membership Secretary.
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