On Wednesday evenings (6:30-8pm) CUOC hold a training night at various locations in and around Cambridge,in conjunction with local club WAOC. There is normally pizza afterwards. Check the calendar page or see the weekly email for more details.
The training tour is the annual highlight for the club, whereby we can all improve our map reading skills and gain some fitness at the same time. It really is a difference orienteering in terrain such as The Lakes compared to the barren Fens!
The annual training tour is organised by CUOC for the benefit of its members and friends, such as OUOC and DRONGO, and is often held in the idyllic surrounds of The Lake District. Unparalleled complexity of the region is manifested by map features such as waves of contours and a plethora of crags making this one of the best places to train.
During the sharp, frosty mornings of early December, CUOC stay at a youth hostel or similar (see right) for a week of top quality training, and plan training courses for the locality, whilst spending the evenings chilling-out and playing various games within a coal-fire setting. Various training venues have included local beauty spots owned by The National Trust, fellsides and sand dunes.
There is usually a summer trip for a week, often to a multi-day race such as the Scottish 6 Day.
In addition there may be other tours organised as and when somebody wants to organise them, for example we had a super cheap 5 day trip to Norway in June 2016, and some fabulous orienteering in Sillkeborg (the "Danish Lake district") in 2018.
Orienteering is a skill that takes time to perfect. It is always worth discussing your training/race with other club members and analysing your performance. In addition, there are a number of resources that could be useful. Some useful places to browse might be:
A long time ago, Eric Roller wrote a guide to running in Cambridge. For some useful ideas on where to go, check it out. The Hare and Hounds (Cross Country club) also have an excellent page detailing routes around Cambridge here.