The Westmorland GazetteOrienteering is back on the map as the 'Kendal Urban' comes to town (From The Westmorland Gazette)

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Orienteering is back on the map as the 'Kendal Urban' comes to town

The Westmorland Gazette: Rowan Capper sprints to the finish in Kendal town centre Rowan Capper sprints to the finish in Kendal town centre

Kendal put orienteering on the map by hosting a nationally renowned urban event.

More than 600 runners from across the UK descended on the town centre to complete a series of courses designed to test map-reading skills, physical fitness and to promote one of Cumbria's favourite sports to a younger generation.

The high-tech 'Kendal Urban' saw runners of all ages gather at Angel Yard before setting off on the 6km course finishing in the town centre at Market Place.

Competitors use an electronic tag, known locally as a 'dibber', which tracks their time and records how many waypoints they have reached.

Event organiser, Dick Towler, said: "Kendal is absolutely superb for this. It's a difficult course and it is now part of the national league so we have people coming from Scotland, Wales and the North East to take part.

"All the cafes and shops are full because of it so it's really good for the town."

The urban course comes after two more traditional, woodland-based orienteering events which took place at Gummers How and Summer House near Lake Windermere over the weekend.

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10:15pm Tue 6 May 14

wezzyk says...

Nearly cleaned some of these up on my way home yesterday as they dashed from alleyways across busy roads without looking up mostly older runners looking at their maps rather than lookingout for their own safety.
Nearly cleaned some of these up on my way home yesterday as they dashed from alleyways across busy roads without looking up mostly older runners looking at their maps rather than lookingout for their own safety. wezzyk
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