Guildford Orienteers at Heyshott Common

Orienteering club members and organisers. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE
Orienteering club members and organisers. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE

AN orienteering event on Heyshott Common proved to be a resounding success, with people of all ages and abilities donning their running shoes to get outside.

Guildford Orienteers staged the regional event on Amberley and Heyshott Commons.

It was open to everyone, from elite runners to families walking with the dog.

Organisers Alastair Doyle and Jeremy Wilde pulled off the event, which was a massive success with more than 200 people turning up on the day to get involved, and get active.

Clive Murray and Canine Partners kindly allowed the event to use their parking field and toilet facilities.

Mr Windle of Cowdray Estates and Nigel Hiscoke of Natural England also allowed the orienteering organisers to use their commons.

Organiser Marion Bird said: “We had a great event, with 260 runners aged from eight to 75.

“There were seven courses ranging in length from 8.5km with 29 controls to 1.5 km with ten controls.

“The longest course was won by Dane Blomqvuist of the Bristish Army Orienteers in 51 minutes.”

Guildford Orienteers was formed in 1964, and was one of the founding clubs in UK orienteering.

Members range from casual fun runners through to serious athletes.