Prestigous challenge set to start

The British Orienteering Long and Relay Championships is taking place in Northumberland this weekend.
The British Orienteering Long and Relay Championships is taking place in Northumberland this weekend.

The British Orienteering Championships, which will attract the UK’s top competitors in the sport, is being staged in Northumberland this weekend.

The event, hosted by British Orienteering in conjunction with the North East Orienteering Association, takes place over two days.

On Saturday, there will be a long-distance, individual challenge in Thrunton Woods and Callaly. It will test the athletes’ navigation and fitness skills as they aim to navigate for up to 15km across the picturesque but challenging Northumberland terrain.

On Sunday, relay races for clubs from across the country will take place at Cragg Estate and Chesterhope Common, near West Woodburn by the A68.

The Championships will also crown the winners of the UK Relay O-League.

Regular entries for the individual and relay events are now closed.

Sally Pygott, from British Orienteering, said: “We hope to generate a boost to the local economy.

“We welcome spectators at the event and we will be providing taster courses so that local people can try the sport for themselves.”

For more details, visit www.boc2014.org.uk