Welwyn Garden City wayfinding challenge a huge success

Published:
08:30 15 May 2022



Welwyn Garden City were at their best as the Hertfordshire Orienteering Club staged a hugely successful Centenary Map Challenge.

The sunny weather was just a bonus for the field of almost 300 men, some having traveled from as far away as Manchester and Southampton.


The Hertfordshire Orienteering Club’s Centenary Map Challenge on the streets of Welwyn Garden City proved a resounding success.
– Credit: DAVID DIXON’HERTFORDSHIRE ORIENTATION CLUB

The event started at Shire Park, allowing more than 40 juniors to follow urban courses, with roads practically free of traffic.

The seniors quickly made their way from Shire Park towards Knightsfield, where almost everyone faced a steep climb to the city centre.

Longer courses were laid out at a few checkpoints along Parkway and through downtown before returning to the finish at Oaklands College.


The Hertfordshire Orienteering Club's Centenary Map Challenge on the streets of Welwyn Garden City proved a resounding success.

The Hertfordshire Orienteering Club’s Centenary Map Challenge on the streets of Welwyn Garden City proved a resounding success.
– Credit: DAVID DIXON’HERTFORDSHIRE ORIENTATION CLUB

Event organizer Roger Molding said: “The Hertfordshire Orienteering support team did a fantastic job and many messages of appreciation were received from the competitors.

“The event showed our city at its best.”

Course planners David Dixon and David Hodson said: “Urban Orienteering is generally much simpler than our normal forest format, but although the WGC does not have the narrow, complex lanes found in older towns, it can still offer plenty of opportunities for a good physical and mental challenge in very pleasant surroundings.”

The club’s next event will take place at Highfield Park in St Albans on June 4, with five courses designed for all ages and abilities.

Dino J. Dotson