Training at DUOC falls into a few sections. Our technical/navigational training takes place once a week and is led by exec members and more experienced orienteers. We mainly use areas such as Houghall Woods (behind the Science Site), the hill colleges and the new map of central Durham, but we also aim to travel further afield to get experience of different terrains. We make use of training put on by local clubs, NN and CLOK. This training aims to develop and practice key skills, as well as challenging more experienced runners. A warm-up is followed by a few inventive and fun courses focusing on key techniques. Feedback is very important, and we tailor training sessions to the needs of the club members.
Physical training normally takes place individually, or in small, informal groups. Many orienteers make use of the training provided by DUAXC, and we occasionally run hill-rep sessions. Physical ability varies considerably within the club, but you can always find someone to run with!
Our elite competitors also make use of Team Durham’s performance programme, by attending the weekly Strength and Conditioning sessions.