Just two days ago, I got stuck somewhere in East London and used my phone and satnav simultaneously to find an alternative route which took me home via the North Circular, but what would I have done if I’d had no signal or no sat nav? I even managed to find an old magazine under the seat where the atlas used to be. In an age where we rely on technology for finding our way anywhere, the Ray Boxshall Orienteering event caught my eye and we very nearly signed up. Unfortunately, I have offered to lend a hand elsewhere (if I can navigate myself to it), so we’ll miss it, but how much fun would it be to run through the woods, relying on a compass and deciphering clues for directions?
All you need is a team of no more than six adults, as many children as you want and a clipboard!
The event takes place annually on the first Sunday in October and guides participants on beautiful scenic routes around Kintbury. Sadly Ray is no longer with us, but his event still raises money every year for local good causes. This year, it’s the Air Ambulance and 1st Inkpen & Kintbury Scout group.
See you there next year I hope!