Elite orienteers to tackle 12 routes around Whitby

Orienteers will be competing in Whitby on Saturday 16 April.
Orienteers will be competing in Whitby on Saturday 16 April.

An orienteering race will be held in Whitby next week.

The race, organised by Cleveland Orienteering Club, will take place between 1.30pm and 5pm on Saturday 16 April.

The runners will be in the Whitby Town area, where competitors will experience the tricky urban landscape using detailed maps produced by local cartographer Paul Taylor and his daughter, Cat Taylor, who also orienteers at the top level for Great Britain.

Competitors will come from all over the country for this event, which is based at the Whitby Leisure Centre.

The elite runners will be taking part in selection races for national teams over courses taking about 15 minutes, while other runners will have longer courses taking about an hour. The 12 different courses cater for people of all ages from 10 to 80!

Runners set off at one minute intervals and have to find up to 30 controls in the right order.

On Sunday the races move to Mulgrave Woods, near Sandsend, where the terrain is a classical orienteering area of woods, steep valleys, undergrowth and some paths. The runners there will be competing in the Northern Championships on courses lasting up to 90 minutes over anywhere from five to 15 kilometres.