THOUSANDS of orienteers will be navigating their way to Staffordshire for the British Sprint and Middle Championships in September.
On September, Saturday 6, Potteries Orienteering Club (POTOC) will be hosting the British Sprint Championships at Keele University.
The event promises fast running around the unusual campus buildings providing the UKs top orienteers with a challenging course that will crown worthy British Champions.
On September, Sunday 7, Walton Chasers Orienteering Club (WCH) will be hosting the British Middle Championships on Cannock Chase.
Cannock Chase is an area of outstanding natural beauty and will attract orienteers from across the UK who will take advantage of the opportunity to run through the scenic terrain.
Sally Pygott, Event Manager, from British Orienteering, said: “Our aim is to raise the profile of the sport of orienteering by working with local organisations to promote this event.
“We also hope to generate a real boost to the local economy as many of the competitors take the opportunity to explore the area and extend their stay beyond the competition weekend.
“We welcome spectators at the event and we will be providing taster courses at the Middle Championships so that local people can try the sport for themselves. As a beginner you need no navigation experience and we have courses to suit all fitness levels."
The weekend will provide a great economic boost to the area with the recent participants at the British Long and Relay Championships spending over £150,000 in the North East over the weekend.
The event attracts between 1,000 and 1,500 orienteers from across the UK and consists of a Sprint distance course on the Saturday and a Middle distance course on the Sunday held in Cannock Chase.
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