Nick Barr

Name and age class
Nick Barr (M55)

Tell us about when/where/how you started orienteering.

Probably about 15 years ago, Mike Rodgers was encouraging me to try orienteering. I resisted for ages, but eventually he convinced me to bring my son along and have a go. I think it would have been a schools' event and it was probably in Culbin. We both enjoyed it and went on to do many more events. Thanks Mike!

Why do you like it?

Ah, well.... I enjoy the challenge, I enjoy finding the solution to the leg that works for me and a love the satisfaction of the (occasional) clean run. I also love running in the Great Outdoors.

Your best orienteering memory?

Apart from watching my son (Andrew) and daughter (Kathryn) improve and do well at events, my best orienteering memory has got to be the World Orienteering Championships at Darnaway in 2015. What a day! 2500+ cars parked, great courses, great area and... I was able to run home!

Your worst (and/or funniest?) orienteering memory?

That has to be a recent JK event above Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales. It was a dark, damp day and the courses took you up onto the featureless moorland with controls in small pits. The weather closed in, it was misty and then there was thunder and lightning. It became a survival exercise! There was a certain amount of satisfaction in finishing though, as so many people pulled out early.
Your favourite O area?

My 2 favourite areas have to be Culbin and Darnaway. Culbin is 6 mins run away from the house and Darnaway 12! Both are great for running off and on tracks and both are quite different from each other. Moravian is blessed with some awesome countryside!

A top O tip for others/favourite piece of kit?

My top O tip has to be one that I learnt from Andrew and Kathryn....the most simplest of all....the one EVERYONE needs to do. Before you leave the control.... have a plan as to how you're going to get to the next one. Simple, but so, so easy not to do (with catastrophic results).

In your other life... what do you like doing when you're not orienteering?

Running, cycling, mountains, enjoying the Great Outdoors, cooking, baking bread and eating, lots of eating. Oh, and mending things.
What's your orienteering ambition for the next year?

I'd like to do some 'proper' orienteering training and improve. All this is in order to beat Ade Chapman, who's been lucky so far this year... !

Anything else you would like us to know?

I've been so impressed with orienteering for being a true sport for all. I think it's fantastic that you can go to an event and find primary school pupils, mums and dads, and more senior people, all having a go and being included in the sport. Isn't that fantastic? And so healthy too....