Sprint orienteering is a great, fun way to give orienteering a go, without having to have very much time available.
Route choice is the key with Sprint orienteering. On many legs you have to decide which way to go around the obstacles, such as buildings, often down small alley ways. You have to read the map VERY carefully or you will find yourself with something like an un-crossable wall or garden in your way, meaning you have to go backwards and re-trace your steps, losing valuable time. This makes Sprint orienteering a great mental challenge – you have to decide which way to go while running fast.
For the recreational orienteer – walking is fine in Sprint orienteering. You can stroll around and still be back within 30 minutes. Sprint orienteering is great for all the family (pushchairs included). Go around together or challenge your friends and family to see who can be fastest.
For competitive Sprint orienteering – SECONDS COUNT! Who can run the fastest and still keep thinking – one small bad decision can take you from first to last.