NICS 1 25th Feb 17 Details


NICS 1 Saturday 25th February 2017  

Venue: Castle Saunderson Demesne, Co Cavan   NIOS Sheet 27 GR H 417200

Castle Saunderson can be approached from Belturbet, Newtownbutler, Clones or Cavan town. It is a national Scout Centre and is signposted from major roads – entrance is off the main Clones to Butlers Bridge Road – N54.

The assembly and car parking will be adjacent to this splendid Scouting Ireland facility. A charge of £1 will be levied on all competitors. This will cover parking and access to toilets and showers and will be collected at registration.


Follow a taped route to the Start 100m from the car park. Finish will be close to Assembly/car parking.

Terrain notes

The map was surveyed by Pat Healy in November 2012 and updated in 2014, 2015 and January 2017. This one-time grand demesne consists of some rough grazing parkland near the old castle and large areas of mainly Sitka Spruce plantation with mixed runnability. Recent forest operations have created many new extraction tracks, only some of which are approximately mapped. Some areas of older deciduous and coniferous trees are badly invaded by rhododendron. Courses have been planned to make best use of the runnable areas of woodland and route choice options around the plentiful forest roads and tracks.


White                    1.5km                    50m       1:7500

Yellow                   1.7km                    60m       1:7500

Orange                 2.6km                    85m       1:10000

Lg Orange            3.2km                    90m       1:10000

Lt Green              3.1km                    75m       1:10000

Green                   4.3km                    90m       1:10000

Blue                       6.0km                    140m     1:10000

Brown                   7.6km                    150m     1:10000

Entry Fees


Senior £8             Junior £4              Unwaged £6       Family £20


Senior £10           Junior £5              Unwaged £8       Family £25

Please note: £1 access fee for all competitors (showers included).


There will be light refreshments available in aid of the Junior Squad.

Fixtures List Update for 2017

Get those diaries back out.  After a couple of months of trying to master WordPress I think I have all this years NI events up on the fixtures list – along with some other major events in Ireland and UK.

In the past there has been some criticism of inconsistencies in event details between various websites.  For this reason I have kept the detail on the LVO website to a minimum for non LVO events, but I have included a link to the originating website within the event details (just click on event in fixture list to see the link).  Please use this to confirm the final details including date.  I’ll try to pick up any changes by other clubs but can’t guarantee to spot everything.

There are also many more events available which members might want to try (too many for my typing skills), so thanks to Jeff we have also added a range of links within the Fixtures drop down menu to allow quick access to other club and association websites, so that you can browse and decide for yourselves.  I have found the BOF interactive map particularly useful for spotting evening events when travelling with work in the UK.  If anyone has any suggestions for other links just let me know.  Cheers, Colin S.

LVO AGM at Woodburn

Annual General Meeting

This year’s annual general meeting will be on 11th March at 2.30 pm, after the NI Colour Series 2 event in Woodburn. It will be held in Woodburn Presbyterian Church Hall, Woodburn, Carrickfergus adjacent to the car park where registration will take place. Following the event, tea, coffee and biscuits will be available in the Church Hall.

The agenda for the meeting is available here. If you would like to add any items to the agenda please contact the Secretary Cecil Armstrong at or 078 1587 2010.

Please come along and hear about what’s been happening in the club and some of the achievements of club members in the last year.

The Committee would especially like to welcome those of you who have contributed to the club by volunteering to help run events in the last year. Your contribution is vital and much appreciated.

The minutes of last year’s meeting are here

Steve McGibbon Trophy

The Steve McGibbon Trophy is named in memory of a hugely respected orienteer and stalwart of the club, who was taken from us due to illness at an early age. Nominations are invited for this, the club’s most prestigious award, which is presented annually at the AGM. The trophy is not focussed on competition performance, rather the award is considered as recognition of the person or group thought to have provided the most outstanding contribution to the club’s affairs in the previous year.

Nominations should be sent to the Secretary, Cecil Armstrong, or 078 1587 2010, in advance of the meeting. Voting will take place at the AGM.

Election of Committee and Office Bearers

If you enjoy your orienteering and would like to see the sport grow and develop, why not consider joining the committee? It needn’t be onerous – there are a significant number of club members who contribute more to the club than most committee members, but it is an opportunity to contribute to the future of the sport. Please feel free to talk to any Committee member, without obligation, if this is of interest.

Adoption of Revised Constitution

One technical item of business is that we need to update our constitution so that we satisfy HMRC requirements for registration as a Community Amateur Sports Club, and to comply with the British Orienteering O-Safe Policy. A draft of the proposed constitution, with some explanatory notes, is given here. The Secretary would appreciate any comments or clarification, especially from those with expertise in such matters! Please provide any input by 4th March 2017.

JROS Coaching Course

Keith Marsden of JROS (Joint Regional Orienteering Squads) has announced that JROS will be hosting a Coaching Course at Lagganlia Outdoor Education Centre, Aviemore, from 17th to 21st July. Attendees have to be aged 17 at the time of the course – but there is no upper age limit. JROS will be subsidising the cost of the course. Contact keith “at” if interested. Geoffrey C.