Lagan Valley Orienteers

Lagan Valley OrienteersHave a look at our main website for lots of information on our club & what we’re up to.

www.lvo.org.uk

Join our Facebook Group to get regular reminders of upcoming events and keep in touch with the rest of the club. We are a very active club with plenty going on. If you have questions – just ask!

Our popular WEE Series runs every Wednesday evening during May, June & August. Like our club page and WEE Series Orienteering page to keep up to date.

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Some brill LVO results from the Irish Champs in Galway. Lots of new middle distance champions & podium places. Pick of the day is Paul Pruzina, winning M20E with a convincing margin, in a time that would also put him 5th in the M21E class. Photos anyone????

www.orienteering.ie/result2?oaction=moreResult&id=2933
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Hi all, just thought I would let you know that anyone who is going to the Irish Orienteering Championships in Galway this weekend will need to print of their own loose control descriptions (if they want them) from the IOC WordPress page. Just thought I would let you know as this may be an easy one to miss! Hope to see you all there!

ioc2017.wordpress.com/
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WEE Series 2017

As I’m sure you are all aware, we are now only 1 week away from the start of May ( where has the year gone?! ) and consequently the start of this year’s WEE Series! This year some of you may notice a few changes to the WEE from previous years: I have been granted permission to tinker at a few events...
For the whole month of June, but starting in May at Craigavon, there will be an additional course for the more experienced to try their hand at. The aim of this is to give members, who wish, more of a challenge by providing them with a course offering a little more technical practice / training, mixed with a little fun. The courses offered may be a mix of corridor, window, sprint, score of some sort, and map memory, or just plain fun, depending on the area being used, but all will be designed to either give members a little more practice in refining already used skills or will help some to progress to the next level if they so wish.
For those who love the WEE as it is: Don’t worry!! You can carry on as normal!
But for those who might want to try something a little different please note the extra course ( Course 3 ) when entering in advance online.
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Hi all, Sorry for the last minute request but I'm trying to get from Belfast to the Irish Champs next weekend (flying into Belfast City on Saturday at 9.30). Any help appreciated. Thanks.Toni ... See MoreSee Less

Wilbert HollingerHi Toni. Yvonne and I are heading over Sat morning and could offer you a lift.5 days ago
Toni O'DonovanThanks Wilbert Hollinger. I don't arrive in until 9.50 in Belfast city. Is that a bit late for you. I've found a hire car if it is so no worries. Thanks.4 days ago

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Hello! Just wanted to let you know, Queens Orienteering Club are hosting a small training event this Tuesday 25th April at the lovely Lagan Meadows, all welcome to come along!
Meeting point is at Cutters Wharf car park at 6.30pm. There will be two courses available, short 1.6km and long 2.5km (but Long is trickier and longer than it sounds!), planned by Frazer Howe. And it's all free! Would be great to see you there!
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Jeff JohnstonThanks for this QUBOC. I enjoyed Frazer's course.5 days ago   ·  1

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You gotta be in to win.. congratulations to all our club members who went to the JK. I think everyone there moved up the BOF ranking board, including an impressive entry onto the system by Mark Earnshaw,still claiming he doesn't understand what the kites in the forest are for! ... See MoreSee Less

Some snaps from today's relay. Just walking up and down the hill from tent to starts to toilets was about 5km and 500m climb. ... See MoreSee Less

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JK2017- it's not all just running about in the forest. ... See MoreSee Less

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Declan McGrellisToo much energy ....2 weeks ago

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**Volunteer update**
Hi everyone, I'm heading away for a few days (yay!) and would love to get the WEE roster mostly filled before I go. Can you help? Course you can! The May & June series are below.
Not sure what the volunteer roles mean? Check em all out at this link.
Email volunteer@lvo.org.uk Your club thanks you!!

lvo.org.uk/volunteers/
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Clearly I don't have enough to do....
Population NI 1.8 million,
Population RoI 4.76 million
Number of RoI runners going to JK 100.
Number of NI runners going to JK 22

Proportionally we should have 38.5!

Where is everybody? Can everybody bring a friend (or a friend and a half) to the next event at Hillsborough!
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Graeme FrancisHi Steph. We only got 24 to Armagh, so to only lose 2 on route to sussex seems pretty successful to me. ( I am jesting ). The problem is the JK wasn't included in this year's WEE schedule. 🙂3 weeks ago
Colin SmithMany a true word in jest. My first JK I went from 5-6k on local blue to 12k on a Lake District M21L. Quite a shock!! Imagine if I had only been doing WEEs!!!! Need development of skills and interest for folk to make the leap. Btw that JK was one of the best trips I ever went on even if I couldn't walk for two days afterwards, and had to sit in a cafe while the rest climbed Scafell Pike!!!3 weeks ago   ·  2
Graeme FrancisOn a less whimsical note, the great thing about our sport is that Orienteering IS a Sport for ALL, whether you just want to toddle around a park or wish to compete at elite level and this should never be discouraged. The JK, like many other Championships, is also a little expensive to attend in that entry fees are a lot higher than usual, and then there is the added cost of travel. It's not for everyone. Our role as a club should almost be to act like a travel bureau. To promote our sport to all, and to help and encourage our participants to progress through our sport as far as they wish, whether this is moving from a yellow course to an orange, from an orange to a green, or from a brown to elite level. And then to show everyone that there is a world of orienteering out there for them to try so that some may one day feel brave enough to take on the O-Ringen or to compete at the World Championships if they wish.2 weeks ago

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WEE Series 2017 is coming 🙂 Right now we're filling the volunteer roster. Why not give volunteering a go. Be part of the team! Here are the gaps for May & June, and check out all the roles here lvo.org.uk/volunteers/
Email volunteer@lvo.org.uk
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3 months till the 2017 WEE Series. Can't wait? Then you're in luck! Armagh 17th-19th Feb is the place for you; 3 days of urban orienteering. If you can do a WEE Series this is perfect for you. Similar distances Fri & Sat; Sun is a bit longer. Sunday you can turn up on the day; Friday & Saturday you must pre-enter online by tomorrow evening. Check out the link. We look forward to seeing you there.
Please LIKE & SHARE to help us spread the word 🙂
www.niorienteering.org.uk/armagh-sprint-weekend-2017-press-release/
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One for the ladies 🚺🚺🚺 ... See MoreSee Less

We want to hear from women about orienteering. Whether you are currently taking part or haven't been for a run in a few years we want your views. www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MNHCFWG This initial survey is part of a wider piece of research to explore the reasons why women's' time in orienteering is typically shorter than men's.

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WEE 14 Results published. That's it for another year. Keep an eye on the LVO Website for upcoming events.

www.lvo.org.uk/wee/2016/index.php?act=result&id=14
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WEE 14 - Crawfordsburn Country Park

Course information: Long 4km Short 2km

All juniors must use bridges to cross the river. Due to construction work on the path to the waterfall this area will be out-of-bounds on both sides of the river and will be marked with tape. Courses have been planned to avoid this area.

There is quite a lot of undergrowth and nettles in places. Runners are advised to wear leg protection.

If you have not pre-entered, registration will be at the MOO (large white trailer) from 6.15 p.m. with first starts from 6.30 p.m. Last starts 7.30 p.m.and courses close at 8.00 p.m. sharp due to falling light. Control descriptions will be available at Registration. If you are a newcomer, please make yourself known and there will be someone who will be only too happy to offer some tuition and advice. If you pre-enter you will be able to go straight to the “priority” start lane and avoid queues. You will also be entered in the weekly prize draw.

***Remember as this is our last WEE of 2016 there will also be a BBQ and prizegiving after the event***
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And we have prizes! Check out these lovely fleeces! And then check out each month's league to see if your eyes are indeed on the prize. Remember August isn't over yet............
www.lvo.org.uk/wee/2016/index.php?act=league&set=1

As an added bonus, t-shirts will be ordered for everyone who has completed (or officiated at) 9 or more WEEs this year. If you're on #8, well there's an added incentive to head out to Crawfordsburn - as well as the free hot dogs of course.
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Post-WEE barbecue at Crawfordsburn this week - yes it's the 2016 WEE Finale already. With the nights drawing in, you might want to start as early as you can - with the added bonus that you'll be near the start of the hot dog queue. I know some of us get light-headed at the thought of leaving the Belfast Parks, and Crawfordsburn is a little further afield. Not too much though and it is a beautiful spot. Come along for some fine orienteering, tasty food and of course some post-race banter too 🙂
There's an (as-yet unconfirmed) rumour of a prizegiving too............
www.lvo.org.uk/wee/2016/index.php?act=view_event&id=14
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