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Holt Park Becomes a Hive of Orienteering

February 17th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Community News

by Joel Beaumont
On Wednesday evening 16 February between 7.00 and 7.45 you may have seen a number of people running around Holt Park wearing headtorches and carrying maps.

This was the final event of Airienteers Winter Midweek Night Orienteering league. Airienteers is a club with members coming from between Skipton and Leeds.

Airienteers Logo

The orienteering competition choose to stage the final event in Holt Park’s maze of streets and footpaths.Competitors on this urban orienteering leg had to locate specific lampposts using a map from the early 1980’s.

The map was drawn up by then local resident, Rob Blore. It does not show any buildings or street names just the web of roads and footpaths that make up Holt Park.

Last night saw Ian Nixon win the men’s league and Claire Towler the women’s.

Orienteering Compass

Organiser of the Airienteers league, Chris Burden said: “We hope to return to Holt Park on the last Saturday of October 2012 for a day time event. It will use a different and more detailed map which is currently being surveyed and drawn.”

“We intend to put out proper orienteering equipment, which are red and white kites (flags) and electronic punches at about 25 or so control points. It will also be a bigger event so we would want to forewarn the local community, and be able to address any concerns, and most importantly, encourage participation.”

“We would love members of the local community to participate.” he added.

For more information about orienteering in the Aire valley visit www.aire.org.uk

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