Event 4: Gasworks
|Date||Wed 27th May|| ||Online entries closed at midnight Mon 25th May|
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|Organiser||Lyle Fleming (e-mail)|
|Planner||Jan Smicka (e-mail)|
Another good turnout for the last WEE of the May Series with 84 orienteers enjoying the 2 courses around The Markets and Gasworks. Thanks very much due to planner Jan Smicka for his courses which many described as really good fun. The weather didn't seem to dampen the enjoyment for most although some of the officials got a real drenching before the event and some of the later starts were caught in a second very heavy shower. Not sure if the weather kept a few people away or the idea of orienteering around a more urban environment felt too different but as those who did come along will vouch, urban orienteering is really enjoyable.
A big thankyou to all of you that came along to support this event. Thanks too to all the volunteers without whom these events couldn't be run – to Jan for his courses and Katarina for helping put out and collect controls, to Wendy and Gordon for doing Starts, to Harry and Bill in the MOO, to Marlene for taking over at the manned road crossing, Alan for map printing, Mark and Declan for uploading results and to anyone else who was involved in any way to make it such a success.
Next week it's off to Belfast Castle for the first of the June Series. Remember to get your online entries done to get your discount but also because it really does help with the running of these events.
For the fourth event of the WEE series we move to another newly mapped area – Registration will be at Belfast Gasworks – which, as the name suggests, was the site of Belfast's gas-making industry - it opened in 1822 and supplied gas for street lighting and domestic and industrial use. Belfast Corporation (the old name for Belfast City Council) used the profits from this gas industry to pay for the construction of Belfast City Hall, which opened in 1906.
Production finally stopped altogether in 1985. The Gasworks site was purchased by the council, together with central government and the Laganside Corporation, in the early 1990s and after a major decontamination and refurbishment programme, part-funded by the European Union, became the modern business park you see today.
Registration will be at the MOO – (the red & white LVO van) from 6.30pm, starts from 7-7.45pm and courses closing at 8.30.pm
As usual if you pre-enter, you can pick up your control descriptions and proceed directly to the start. If you pre-enter and are hiring a dibber, you can collect it from the MOO. Otherwise, complete the registration form at the MOO and then enter on the night. The marshal at the Start will take your name, dibber number and course for safety reasons, - so we can check that everyone that starts also finishes.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU DOWNLOAD EVEN IF YOU DON'T COMPLETE YOUR COURSE SO WE KNOW YOU ARE BACK.
Newcomers are welcome and if it is your first time, there are always plenty of people on hand to help you get started – don't be afraid to ask for guidance.
If you are bringing a group, please let us know in advance as it makes things easier on the night.
There will be two courses available - The long course is 2.9 km (25 controls!) and the short course is 1.6 km (13 controls!). As this is in an urban environment both courses cross some road so require care with traffic.
Looking forward to a good evenings run and chat.
DirectionsAccess to the event is via Cromac Place off Ormeau Road. after turning into the Gasworks, go straight on at the roundabout and the Car Park is on the Right.
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|Event details last updated on 30th May at 23:18|