City of Bristol Races - Newcomers

Newcomers to urban orienteering are especially welcome to enter this prestigious event.

There are two courses designed just for Newcomers - Medium and Short. Completing these respective courses will involve covering approximately 5 or 3 kms respectively. These all involve using the same map as the more competitive courses to find a series of checkpoints in the right order. But the route choices and placement of checkpoints will be easier. Also descriptions of the checkpoint locations will be in English and not technical pictograms. Newcomer's courses have been designed to take in particularly interesting locations and views.

If after entering individually, you wish to team up with others that’s fine. If you wish to walk around rather than run or jog that’s also fine. The emphasis is on trying something new, getting out and about and having fun. 

In order to get the most from the experience, taking part in one or more informal urban orienteering events in advance of the City of Bristol Races is recommended. There are a series of these across the UK, and on Wednesday evenings from May through to July in and around Bristol - also organised by BOK

Have a look at the event calendar for details of these Bristol Park and Urban Summer Events.

Further information on what is involved in urban orienteering and what to do on the day are in these Newcomers Welcome guidance notes.