NI Orienteering exists as an Association to provide leadership, support and technical supervision to individuals and orienteering clubs in Northern Ireland in order to maximize the quantity and quality of orienteering performance and participation in Northern Ireland.
Well everyone, hope you are all having a great summer and not missing orienteering too much! Here are the latest standings for the 2019 NI Series. Click on the link below to access details of the standings:
“Mister blue sky please tell us why You had to hide away for so long, so long. Where did we go wrong?”
The summer finally appeared just a day after the summer solstice for blue sky orienteering on Slieve Croob. With tricky courses planned by Susan Lambe with controlling by Richard Williamson and organisation by Andrew and Alan Elwood, some competitors did have reasonably clean runs but others had to ask themselves “Where did we go wrong”.
An excellent event was followed by a post event BBQ at Tollymore and the chance to spot the Red Arrows flying by, so it certainly was a beautiful new day, hey hey!
This Saturday 22 June sees the third NI Colour Series of the year on Slieve Croob, Co Down which is followed by a BBQ at Tollymore. Importantly bookings for the BBQ must be made by midnight today Wednesday 19 June. All competitors, family and friends are very welcome to the BBQ.
You can optionally also enter on-line for the Colour Series event and also an urban event in Newry on the previous evening, but entry on the day is still available as normal for these events. Note that if you do enter on line that no start times are issued; simply pick up control descriptions and go directly to the start at your convenience. The Colour Series event as always offers 8 colour coded courses to choose from. For those who have recently started orienteering, the White or Yellow course will be an excellent choice for new juniors or the Orange or Light Green for inexperienced adults. You can find out about what the colours mean here but if you are not sure, then please ask as there is definitely a course suitable for all abilities!
The agenda for the 2019 AGM of NI Orienteering which will be held on Saturday 1 June at 12:30pm in the Pavillion, Ulster University, Coleraine are available at Meeting Notes>AGM 2019 Agenda. The minutes of the 2018 AGM are available at Meeting Notes>AGM 2018.
Members of all clubs in Northern Ireland are encouraged to attend. The meeting will take place between the Sprint and Middle Distance events and goodies from junior kitchen will be available to enjoy. Details of the two events are available on the NWOC website .
NWOC are organising the NI Sprint and Middle Distance Championship day at Coleraine on Saturday 1 June and are keen to gauge numbers who plan to attend. This looks like a great day out with 2 different maps of the campus for the two events, with the NIOA AGM in between.
The details for the event are here, where there are reply boxes to indicate you intend to come.
What a fantastic weekend at the Irish Orienteering Championships coordinated by Fermanagh Orienteers with Raymond and Teresa Finlay at the helm. Four excellent events of quality orienteering were enjoyed by over 300 competitors, in varying testing terrain at Florencecourt, Castle Archdale, The Burren and Parkanaur Forest. Although the weather forecast was suggesting cold, even the temperatures were perfect for running with the sun shining though most of the time. Thanks are also due to LVO for staging the relays and to visiting controllers.
Notice is given that the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Northern Ireland Orienteering Association will take place on 1 June. The venue is The Pavilion at the Ulster University Coleraine Campus, commencing at approximately 12:30. Directions to the venue and the start time will be confirmed in due course, as will the availability of refreshments. All members are warmly invited to attend. Any member who wishes to present an item of business should please notify the secretary firstname.lastname@example.org before 24 May.
The meeting will take place between the NI Sprint Championships and NI Middle Distance Championships hosted by North West Orienteering Club.
The recent light nights have meant that we are now officially in full orienteering mode, and there are plenty of events planned over the coming weeks, to keep everyone entertained and exercised!
The very popular WEE (Wednesday Event Events) hosted by Lagan Valley Orienteers are back with an introductory session, this Wednesday night at Ormeau Park, from 6.30 pm. Newcomers (including families) are very welcome to come and see what the WEE events are all about. You can find more information here (more details will be added as summer progresses): http://lvo.org.uk/wee/2019/
North West Orienteering Club are holding their Thursday evening series in May and newcomers and families are welcome to these friendly events. There are two courses; one for complete beginners and one for those with a bit more experience. All for a bit of fun! Details are available on their Facebook page: https://en-gb.facebook.com/nworienteering/
Urban-O Explorers are small, sociable and family favourite hub of Lagan Valley Orienteers. Urban-O are also planning mini adventures on a Wednesday evening around Belfast, and no doubt we will see them at the WEE events. Newcomers are especially welcome! Check out their Facebook page here: https://en-gb.facebook.com/urbanoexplorersbelfast/
Similar to Urban-O Explorers, Tollymore Orienteers are also a sociable and family focused hub, who are based in the Mourne Mountains and meet at Tollymore Outdoor Centre. They are beginning a new orienteering ‘GO WILD’ series, which starts on 13 May. All the details are on their Facebook Page: https://en-gb.facebook.com/tollymoreorienteers/
Another hub, Orchard County Orienteers, are based in Armagh and their focus is on fun, unique events that are open to everyone.They have recently hosted a friendly challenge Sunday series and there will be plenty more to come! Their Facebook page has their hub details: https://www.facebook.com/orchardcountyorienteers/
Last, but not least – kicking off this Friday evening – we have the 2019 Irish Orienteering Championships! Hosted by Ferm O, this promises to be a great weekend of orienteering! A large number of orienteers from different clubs, are making their way to Fermanagh this weekend, for some great orienteering opportunities and a get-together. If you haven’t entered yet, there are limited course entries on the day. More details can be found here: https://ioc2019.com/
Perhaps you don’t think you are up to a “championship” course at the Irish Orienteering Championships next weekend 3-6 May? You can still enter on the day for a colour coded course with yellow, orange and light green courses on offer. There are also short courses and other non-championship options. All the details of what can be entered on the day is available at the IOC website.
The weather looks to be improving as the May Bank holiday weekend approaches, so do head down to Fermanagh and experience at least part of Ireland’s premier orienteering event, which is only held in Northern Ireland once in every 4 years!
After a wet and dismal week, it was a day of perfect spring sunshine with Hare’s Gap and Meelmore in glorious view, for Northern Ireland Series League 2 at Meelmore and Luke’s Mountain. Even in almost perfect conditions, clean runs were a rarity with many being caught out on the technical terrain with great courses planned by Mark Stephens. Thanks also to controller Helen Baxter, organiser Harry Bell and LVO helpers.