STREET SMARTS: Juile Irvine (fron) with Gvain and Naomi Rayward who are bringing street orienteering to the Clarence Valley. Photo: Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner
STREET SMARTS: Juile Irvine (fron) with Gvain and Naomi Rayward who are bringing street orienteering to the Clarence Valley. Photo: Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner Adam Hourigan

Take to the streets for orienteering

THINK The Amazing Race - Grafton-style.

Armed with a map, a page of clues and your sneakers, you have just 45 minutes to navigate your way around the streets of Grafton, passing checkpoints as you go.

The idea is to get to as many checkpoints as possible in the allotted time.

Street orienteering enthusiast Julie Irvine said anyone who liked a challenge and being outdoors would love the sport being introduced to Grafton.

"It encourages people to get out in the fresh air and switch their brain on with some navigation," Mrs Irvine said.

On Friday, street orienteering hits the Valley.

"We have had discussions with the state association to get a club here, so this will be a trial."

Events will run on the second Friday of each month until March to see whether there is enough support in Grafton to start up a club.

"Anyone can do it - if you want to bring a pram or stroller you can - it's like scavenger hunt.

"Everyone gets something different out of it."

For Mrs Irvine it's the problem solving and strategy that has kept her in the game since she was 13.

"Since then I've been able to go to local, state and national levels so there is lots of opportunities in the sport too," she said.

Friday's event starts from 5pm, with 5.45pm the latest time a participant can start.

Meet at the river end of Prince St in Memorial Park. The cost is $2 for insurance and a map.

For find out more, phone Gavin on 0467819769.



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