An orienteering competition is a race that does not follow a set route. Instead you just have to visit a series of checkpoints. Your challenge is first to decide what you think the quickest route will be between the checkpoints and then to find your own way along that route using a map. The checkpoints are not hidden, but they may be down small alleyways or behind trees.
Since it is a race your aim will be to visit all the checkpoints in the correct order in as fast a time as possible. To do that, you need to pick the quickest route, which may not always be the shortest. Is it quicker to go over a hill or round it?
Urban orienteering takes place in city streets and parks; the route you take will be mainly on tarmac roads and paths. There may be some sections of grass.
For Race the Castles the courses will be set around the streets and castles of central Edinburgh and Stirling, each course could take up to an hour of racing. Choose your course between 2 to 8 kilometres. (1.5 to 5 miles) But remember this course distance is measured in a straight line between the checkpoints. You will have to run round roads and avoid obstacles so you might run half as far again to complete your course.
If you are up for a challenge with a difference why not stay in one of our self-catering holiday cottages during this time and enter into one of the Race the Castles events. This series of events provides something different for all the family to enjoy.
For much more information on these and other Race the Castle events visit the website at http://www.racethecastles.com/