NIOA Championships

Enter Now! Entries close on Sunday 7th October, see here. Before that, this Saturday 6th October is a NI Colour Series at Gortin Glen, see here.

Junior Inter Regional Orienteering Championship 2018

Expectations for JIRC Hannah McMullen (w14 @ 1st JIRCs): ‘Extremely hard and I would struggle.’  Meadow McCauley (w16 @ 3rd JIRC): ‘I felt I had improved over the year and wanted to demonstrate this.’  Rachel Collins (w18 @ 4th JIRC): ‘I was excited for the super friendly competition and wanted to have a clean and injury free enjoyable race.’ Day 1 – Chatsworth House Thoughts Hannah ‘The place was pretty and the weather was fab. The race was challenging but not ridiculous and I was pleased with my run! Dinner was good and breakfast was perfect.’ Hannah finished a fantastic 18th place-keep Read More …

Final Details are Available for Autumn Trophy 2 at Slieve Garron

Final details are available on the LVO website for Autumn Trophy 2 at Slieve Garron. There have been some changes from the provisional details. There is an important note in the “fences” section for the green course. Final course lengths, climb and control numbers are up. Parking and social information has been added. Hope to see you there – one of the most beautiful spots in County Down. Geoffrey (planner), Aileen (organiser), Michael (controller)

Event Publicity Posters

Attention: event organisers/controllers/planners please help yourself to orienteering event publicity posters, aiming to publicise events. Pick up A number of copies printed on ‘fancy’ paper can be collected from the MOO from the 9th September. Alternatively, you may wish to print your own by downloading a copy here. If printing at home it may be an idea to use poly pockets or laminate the posters if placing outside. Write up Fill in the blank boxes. Location: Name of venue. Date/Time: e.g. Include date, registration opening time, start window and course closure time. Further Information: This could include a variety of things e.g. car-park Read More …

Whatever Happened to “dib”?

Three to four years ago I built a couple of smartphone apps for orienteering. Since then I’ve gone quiet about them. What happened next? I had thought “not much” but it turns out something happened. First a bit of background. Background What’s dib? My apps “dib” and “dib HQ” were an experiment. The motivation was to reduce the cost of entry to orienteering for small clubs and schools and simplify the process for organisers. Instead of controls at £100 each dib uses “NFC” tags at 50p each (or “QR” codes – those square bar codes you see from time to time). Read More …


Put the hummus aside and treat yourself this weekend. There will cake and soup at the colour event at Garvagh courtesy of the NIOA Junior’s “popup café”. Note to juniors + their families – all donations from juniors and their families will be welcome!

Five Days in the Lakes

Imagine the NI Colour Series wrapped into a single week but with 2,000-4,000 competitors and you get an idea of what it’s like to attend one of the big summer orienteering festivals in the UK. In odd numbered years Scotland hosts the “Scottish Six Days” and even numbered years alternate between Wales hosting “Creoso” and the Lake District hosting the “Lakes 5 Days”. This year LVO members attended the “Lakes 5 Days”. Centred around Ambleside this year’s event provided a super combination of orienteering plus holiday destination. You can see the locations here. The strength of competition is deep and Read More …

LVO Championship + changes to event schedule, announced 13-Aug-2018

The following changes, announced 13-Aug-2018, have been made to event schedules. The forthcoming NIOA Colour Series at Garvagh on Sat 25th Aug will double as the LVO Club Championship (this replaces the tentative club championship date of 24th Nov). The Autumn Trophy at Rostrevor has been moved from Sat 8th to Sun 9th September.