Junior training Saturday 29th October Donard Forest

Junior training is planned for Saturday 29th October in Donard Forest. Meet at 10:00am in Donard Forest main car park. O training will cover relocation and distance estimation in and around the control circle. Further training will subsequently be planned (during the Christmas school holidays) building on this bite-size session – date to be agreed amongst interested Juniors. If you are planning to come along on 29th October, please reply to: lvojuno@gmail.com. Alison Collins – LVO.

Junior Home International Competition

A number of our juniors (Rachel C, Andrew E, Sophie P and Peter R) took part in the Irish Squad at the Junior Home International Competition held in Northumberland. Steph P, who along with Geoffrey C helped to lead the team, has produced a great post about their exploits that can be read at the Irish Orienteering website.

Sprint Training – Tollymore

On a beautiful Sun afternoon in late May a number of our juniors, and some not so junior, took part in sprint training at Tollymore. There were 3 x 2 km loops to be done with the pressure of having to move at top speed and take as straight a line as possible, not to mention not being allowed to stop running at any point, even if you needed to study the map. All useful skills for sprint racing.

Junior Training: Woodburn 2 Apr 16

There will be junior compass and pacing training available at the Woodburn event on Sat 2 Apr. The course will be set out in the wood to the left of the main path that enters the forest just by the car park – all nice and close. You will be given a map with only the control circles, scale and grid lines on it. You then have to take an accurate bearings and pace the distance to get to the control kite (which will be on the ground out of sight). The course will open at about 1130 and run for 45 minutes or so. Read More …

Junior Fundraising

The NIOA Juniors are fundraising by selling tea/coffee/soup and buns at Silent Valley on Saturday. Can that parents of juniors please bring some buns/cakes for this event.

LVO’s 2015 Champions!

Full list of Winners to be added later  

Compass and Pacing Challenge

On Saturday before the score race at Crawfordsburn there will be the chance to warm up  by taking part in some compass and pacing practice. This will involve maps with only the control circles and connecting lines left on them. All other detail will have been removed. The challenge will be to stay on the right bearing and pace out the correct distance to find a small kite that will not be very visible from a distance. There could be the odd obstacle in the way to spice it up. Although this training is for our juniors it is open to anyone. Read More …

Armagh 5 Km Road Race

Two of our juniors, Rachel and Andrew, took on the Armagh city race on a cold Thur evening on the 18 Feb 16. It was a busy night with athletes from all over the country and indeed world taking part. Both our our athletes took on a hard and fast 3 km race around the Mall in Armagh city centre. With lots of people there to cheer them on and plenty of atmosphere there were some unbelievable times from the winners. Not to be outdone our own stars performed extremely well, despite being amongst the youngest to take part, with both Read More …