What do I need to wear and take with me when I go to an event?

You don't need special clothes to start with, but you will need trousers rather than shorts, and a long-sleeved top. Unless the weather is cold, thin clothes are advised so you don't get too hot. In poor weather or exposed areas a cagoule with hood might be insisted upon. Footwear should be suitable for rough terrain. Once you become a regular, you will probably want to buy some special orienteering kit, and some hard-wearing, grippy, O-shoes.

The only fairly expensive equipment you need is a compass, but you might be able to borrow one if you don't have one. GPS is not allowed as a navigation aid. A whistle is advisable, or even compulsory, in steep or exposed areas to call for help if you injure yourself and require help from another runner. Compass Point are suppliers of kit online and at selected events, selling a large range of orienteering kit and equipment. Clubs usually have their own running tops.

It is advisable to take a change of clothes and shoes. You may want to take a picnic and a drink for after your run. Occasionally there is squash or water available at the finish, but most clubs prefer you to bring your own supply.

Toilet provision can vary from site-toilets to chemical-in-tent according to the formality of the event. Changing in usually done in your vehicle.

Make sure you have enough cash with you to cover any parking and entry fees.

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