Beat Your Way to Linda’s Kitchen

Beating the Street again this Sunday afternoon 15 October? Meet at Linda’s Kitchen, 26 Woodvale Road, Belfast, BT13 3BS at 2pm.

Bring your Beat the Street card or fob and map if you have one, but if not we will have a supply available. Under 16s to be accompanied by an adult please.

Meanwhile check out the Beat the Street leaderboard. Lagan Valley Orienteers still holding out in 2nd place, but Belmont Walkers are stealing a march into 3rd place just ahead of Black Mountain PS but both are advancing! Keep on Beating the Street team LVO!

Beat the Street – Sunday Afternoon Session 3

We are Beating the Street again this Sunday afternoon 1 October. Meet at Wholly Ground Coffee House, 143 Northumberland St, Belfast BT13 2JF.

Turn up 13:30 reading for a 13:45 mass start score training; time limit 45 minutes. Bring your Beat the Street map plus your card or fob if you have them – but if you don’t have them, then we’ve got plenty to give out as well!

Due to insurance all under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. Everyone is welcome; the training is nice & informal and a great way to explore a part of the city that might not be so familiar to some.

This training is FREE. Bring a few ££ for coffee & cake afterwards.

Beat the Street is Coming!

You may have heard of Beat the Street which came to the greater Belfast area last autumn. It’s coming back again this year and LVO have formed a partnership with Beat the Street to encourage active participation with a grant from Active Belfast.

So what exactly is Beat the Street? It could be best described to an orienteer as a gigantic semi-permanent urban score course with electronic punching.

  • Gigantic and Urban – The game area covers most of Belfast and stretches out to Lisburn, Newtownabbey and Holywood.
  • Semi-permanent – As the controls are out for a 7 week period between Wednesday 13 September and Wednesday 1 November.
  • Score course – With around 400 controls to be placed in the urban environment. You can start and finish at any control. That first control does not count, but every control you visit thereafter is worth 10 points.
  • Electronic punching –Not using SI or Emit, but a credit card sized Beat the Street cards which are freely available from leisure centres, libraries and Tesco along with free Beat the Street maps. These will also be distributed to schools in the area and LVO will have a stock. The controls are about the size of a shoe box, mounted mostly on lampposts. When the card is touched against the control is beeps, or burps or makes another rude noise which kids love. The boxes are linked to the internet so that the visit is recorded on-line within seconds.

So how are LVO linking with Beat the Street?

  • Beat the Street can of course be used for individual training. Last year Olivia and Susan set themselves a challenge to visit every control. They didn’t quite succeed however they only got started about half way through the game time last year.
  • When you register your Beat the Street card you can select your school or organisation. LVO will be an organisation you can chose so your score is added to the club total to see how we fare in the league table.
  • Beat the Street will promote the WEE Series and in turn as the WEE Series progresses we will promote Beat the Street.
  • During the game time we will have informal score activities on Sunday afternoons from 17 September to 28 October starting at 3.00pm. These will start from a suitable point such as a café. We need organisers for these activities. This is a really simple role which requires hardly any orienteering experience. Simply chose a café in an area surrounded by controls, make sure the management are happy to host us, then give a friendly briefing before everyone sets off in a mass start. Initially we will use the Beat the Street maps, but towards the end of the time we would like to use orienteering maps with the Beat the Street controls marked.
  • Then from Sunday 5 November we plan to continue with the momentum built up. We hope to use urban orienteering maps with a similar score format. At Lisburn on 26 July, Graeme Francis has demonstrated an easy way to have an urban score activity without using SI, but having a simple multiple choice answer at each control site. Eg what is the number on the lamppost: 12, 16 or 24? We have been awarded a grant for additional urban mapping and coaching to supplement our existing map of Belfast with a team currently working on an area of North Belfast, soon to move to cover an area of East Belfast.

The Beat the Street website is which will go live closer to the time.






WEE 2 Barnett’s Park + More!

WEE 2 takes place at Barnett’s Demense this week. Details here. In the spirit of Graeme’s introduction of some new training elements I have homework for you! Have you ever done this? I’m a bit of an expert in doing this!

I’ve added an article this morning to the Junior Orienteering Tips page, written from the pain of doing this many times, with a cunning plan on how to avoid it (from the menu choose “Juniors”, then “Orienteering Tips” and then click the link “Distance Judgement & Relocation in the Control Circle”, or just click here). It’s your homework – or you can just have a laugh at my recollections of meandering round the control circle!

Also, on the night of the WEE Alison and I plan to have a control circle laid out on the ground so you can appreciate its size. Look forward to seeing you there.


Score Training – Barnetts Demesne – Sun 29th Jan

Last chance to get your head around Score events before the LVO Champs on the 5th Feb and then the NI Champs on the 11th.

13:30 for a 14:00 start.  Same set up as last time.  A few minutes to plan your route with the map before a mass start, then 45 minutes to get as many as you can.

Remember some controls are worth more points than others, but if you’re late back we take some of those hard earned points back.  See you all on Sunday.

See Planners report here