Orienteering: Keyne-O 1: Shenley Wood 9th March 2014

The boys and I went to Shenley wood today to begin the orienteering season. Glorious spring sunshine. Muddy, very muddy, but we just completed the amble course given a very late start.

Orienteering has the potential to be a fun get fit for all the family. We started in 2011, but lost the plot in 2012 and 2013 due to weather and dad passing away. Isn’t weird that good habits take 7 goes to make them stick and collapse the moment you “fall of the wagon”. Bad habits are easier. They take one go to become a vice and 7 attempts to break them.

The Keyne-O series are a highly accessible way to get to see out of the way green-spaces and parks around Milton Keynes, which is a providential when thinking up new places to get the kids out of the house. Depending on how many course the kids complete they may get certificates and medals. One out of one so far, but eight in total. Watch this space


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Just on the finish line we bumped into a colleague from Toastmaster’s John Schell. It is a shame my boys were still straggling as I never really had chance to introduce them

Course description

9th March 2014

“The first event in a series of informal Orienteering events to run throughout 2014 suitable for beginners, more experienced orienteers and runners.

If you haven’t tried orienteering before someone will be available to explain the basics and point you in the right direction. Entry is on the day so no need to pre-enter. No special equipment is needed, just wear whatever you would for a walk or run in the park


Amble: 2.8km: Very straightforward, suitable for complete novices whatever their level of fitness. Does not cross any roads.

Trot: 4.2km: Still straightforward, suitable for adult beginners and those with a little experience who want to go a bit further. Also good for more experienced orienteers who want a run or walk that isn’t too demanding. Does not cross any roads. Double-sided map.

Run: 6.5km: A longer course that is an extensive tour of the area, only suitable for fit and reasonably experienced orienteers. All competitors on this course must be aged 16 or over (unless accompanied by an adult), as the course will include crossings of minor estate roads. Double-sided map”


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