Next Event: Ynys Las 2018
This event is organised by Mid Wales Orienteering Club with kind permission from NRW. It is open to everyone, so come and give orienteering a go!
Ideal for all ages and abilities, in search of outdoor adventure with courses from 1k to 5k, for runners, walkers and also for families with children! Loads of help is aviailble from our friendly Welcome Team and no experience is necessary.
New to orienteering? It's a trail walk/run (and often an off-trail run!) with a difference - an orienteering race doesn't follow a set route. Instead you have to visit a series of checkpoints and register each one with an electronic timing chip. The checkpoints are marked by flags on the ground and may be along paths, fences, earth banks, streams or anywhere in the woods or around the woods. The challenge is to race between each one, choosing your own route between the checkpoints, using a special orienteering map (which you get to keep too). Why not come and give it a go?
Parking on the beach at Ynyslas, registration and start on the south side of the visitor centre.
Are you up to the navigation challenge? A great path network and fantastic contour detail showing the shapes of the dunes with open sand areas marked. Fantastic views from the highest dunes along the coast and over the Dyfi estuary if you take the time to look. Great cafes and pubs in Borth or the lovely Clettwr for refuelling after you course for a great day out.
Please ask if you would like any help choosing which course to do. It is best to choose an easier course to start with if you are new to orienteering. The distance is the straight line between controls on the map but the actual distance you cover will be longer depending on your route choices.
Yellow Courses use simple linear features like paths, walls and streams with the controls visible from the linear feature. They are suitable for newcomers, under 12’s and family groups.
Orange Courses progress to basic use of the compass and route choice. There are line features to follow including paths, walls, fences and streams but with the option to cut corners. They are ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters.
Light Green Courses are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and ‘point’ features away from linear features. Learning how to use contours, compass, distance estimation and route choice. Planned with a ‘collecting linear feature’ beyond the control to help you if you overshoot and go too far.
Green, Blue and Brown Courses are more physically and technically demanding course using interpretation of contours, recognition of indistinct features, concentration over long distance.
Date of event: Sun 18th Nov 18
Level of event: Local (D)
Nearest town: Ynyslas
Hafod event is on! Water levels are down this morning controls are out and ready to be found!
14th Oct 18 Read more…
Support Megan and the British Team at the World Orienteering Championships in Latvia 4-11th Aug 2018
I am writing to ask you to help support Megan and the rest of the GB team at this year's World Championships in Latvia from 4th-11th August by sending a donation and a message of support.
The GB team get a little help from British Orienteering (entry fees and accreditation are paid for). Athletes have to fund everything else – travel and accommodation in Latvia, transport to the races and so on; in addition many have travelled in advance to Latvia to join training camps set up by other nations!
All the athletes are really proud to represent Britain and it also means a great deal to them that the wider orienteering community take an interest in their achievements so it is lovely for them to get messages of support.
We set up ontheredline.org.uk to help make it easier to follow the British Orienteering Team as we feel this is a good way to promote orienteering as the challenging sport it is. The team performed really well at the European Championships with a bronze medal (Kris Jones) and several podium places.
We have set up a mydonate page for the team with money donated going via the charity The Orienteering Foundation. This has the benefit of including gift aid (and also for those who are in the higher tax bracket, there is the added benefit of claiming 20% back). The Orienteering Foundation report annually on the distribution of their funds.
Please can you send a donation (small or large) and a message to the team at:
And of course follow the team ontheredline.org.uk
Sarah Brown (on behalf of the GB team)
-- Sarah Brown RedDragonPie@BTInternet.com
31st Jul 18 Read more…
Terry Smith was nominated by Elin Wozencraft the 5x60 Officer for an award for Contribution to P.E. and School Sport in Powys 2017.
27th Apr 18 Read more…
Megan Carter-Davies MWOC and Ben Mitchell SBOC have been enjoying the full range of weather options in Finland where they have been training and racing with their Finnish club Rajamaen Rykmentii including the beautiful Langhagaberget forest. They are both competing for the club in the famous Swedish 10mila orienteering relay race which will be held near Stockholm this year. The race was first held in 1945 – the womens race has 5 daytime legs and the mens race has 10 legs totalling over 100km including the infamous long night leg of 18km which makes it one of the most challenging relays you can take part in. They have now taken the ferry to Sweden to join Fay Walsh MWOC and are planning to train in the fantastic Lunsen forest tomorrow. Fay will also be competing in 10mila with her Swedish club OK Linne.
13th Apr 18 Read more…