The newly launched CHIG training will be kicking off this Saturday at Loughton Athletics club with some park race practice. Park races demand rapid decision-making, forward planning and good route choice. These are all skills used in Orienteering but during a park race, they are laid bare.
We will be meeting at the Athletics club at 10:15 to start at 10:30.
Directions can be found here (Green arrow)
The club hut has space to store bags and get changed.
The training will consist of the following:
- Warm up
- Individual skills practice
- Park race course (short course with controls)
- Team competition
Refreshments – tea, coffee, cake.
We will aim to finish for 12pm
The map for a Park race is usually fairly simple and there isn’t much technical navigation required. Instead, you want to try and eliminate any simple mistakes by proper planning and clean execution. When deciding the route to the next control, you need to glance at the map and know how to get there in as fewer stages as possible. This will reduce the need to stop at each control and save vital seconds. To make quick decisions, you need to plan ahead and have an idea of optimum routes between controls.
Although there is a focus on certain skills, you can take part in as much or as little as you want and is suitable for all abilities. Come along and meet CHIG members and catch up afterwards over refreshments.
See you there,
CHIG club coach
Follow up your training with …
The London Park Race series runs midweek throughout the summer, including one race hosted by CHIG at Wanstead Flats & Bush Woods in July.