Thame Urban Race - courses for young children and families!

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tvoclub Sat 11-Aug-18 23:35:57

Thame Urban Race 2018
Sunday 9th September 2018

If you fancy an outdoor adventure with courses for families and children, why not try some urban orienteering! It's a race with a difference - around the streets, alleys and parks of Thame (filmed as “Causton” in Midsomer Murders and you’ll see plenty of the filming locations). Organised by Thames Valley Orienteering Club and supported by Thame Town Council.

If you’ve never tried orienteering before, it’s a bit like a treasure hunt to find a series of checkpoints around your chosen course. They’re marked by flags on the ground and you register each one with an electronic timing chip to record your progress, and prove you’ve been to them. The challenge arises by there being no set route between the checkpoints and you have to choose your own way, using a detailed orienteering map of the streets, alleys and parks of Thame.

Children love the buzz of finding the checkpoints! There will be courses for all ages and abilities, including young children and families (and longer ones for runners, or mums and dads wanting a longer course). The junior courses will be safely contained around Cuttlebrook Nature Reserve (no road crossings!).

It's great fun and the little ones won't even notice they're getting lots of healthy outdoor exercise! No experience is necessary to have a go. There will be plenty of help on hand for newcomers from our friendly Welcome Team. There will be seven courses to choose from, from 1km up to 8km, taking around 30-90 mins to complete.

Just come along on the day, no need to book, to Thame Town Hall - any time between 9.30am to 11.30am. You can start a course up to midday and courses close at 2pm. You can also pre-enter via our website or Facebook event page (it's a bit cheaper!). Just don’t forget your sense of adventure!

Website:, or why not say you're going on the Facebook event page:

(To admin: I would post this as a new event, but that feature has seemingly disappeared... or it's impossible to find any more!)

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