The previous large event held by Thames Valley Orienteering Club (TVOC) was at Culden Faw in February 2020. This was a weekend of orienteering, featuring the British Night Orienteering Championships. Shortly afterwards, all orienteering in the UK got shut down, with only a brief recovery in the autumn.
TVOC are keen to get their events programme restarted, and are being welcomed back to the Hambleden Estate on Sunday the 23rd May. This will be their (normally) annual flagship event, the Chiltern Challenge. Upwards of 600 orienteers will descend on the estate, using only a map and compass (no GPS allowed!) to race around pre-prepared courses marked by control flags hung on a variety of features across the estate.
Organiser of the event, John Dalton, said “Hambleden is without doubt the best orienteering area TVOC has access to. It is actually one of the best areas in the south of England. The terrain is Classic Chiltern woodland, with undulating slopes covered in mature beech or mixed deciduous and conifer trees. Brashings and undergrowth are limited, so race times are typically fast. The vast car park area is a bonus, and the staff at Hambleden have always been incredibly accommodating of us.”
See https://tvoc.org.uk/events/chiltern-challenge-2021/ for more details.