LVO Club Score Championships (Date TBC)

Venue Belfast Castle
Date Sat, 24th Jan 26
Starts 11:30 to 12:30
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Event Description

Date Saturday 24 January 2026 (TBC)
Venue Belfast Castle
Event Format Club Score Championship

Anyone can enter and enjoy a run but only current LVO members can be classified as eligible/competitive for the title of Club Score Champion. Note: membership renewal is due on the 1st January!

If you are fairly new to orienteering, don’t let the sound of club championship put you off – there are 3 different courses to choose from and you are welcome to run round as a pair or family/friendship group (although to be deemed competitive you need to enter as an individual).

⏰ A score event is different to a normal cross country orienteering event in that, there are a number of controls which you can visit in any order you wish within a set time. Controls may be worth different values and it is very unlikely that you will be able to visit them all. So, you will need to plan your best route to get back before the set time. Lateness back will bring point penalties.

Online Entry .
SI Entries
Online Entry closes Midnight, Monday 19 January 2026
Registration, Start and Finish TBC

Registration open from 10:45 – 11:30am. There will be an event briefing for everyone in the car park at 11:30am sharp.

Race Prices Member* Non-Member
Senior (aged 21 or over) 8 10
Junior or Student 4 5
Maximum charge for a family** 20 25

Sociable group / family fee where all are going round a course together – entry fee is per required number of maps – one entry = one map.

*Member of BOF Clubs only. Get Annual Membership today and experience the membership benefits including the member rate!

There is no fee to hire an SI card if required, but lost cards are charged at £30.

Terrain Summary The park is situated on the lower slopes of the Cavehill.  It incorporates mixed parkland around Belfast Castle at the lower end, with wood land and open hillside above.  The slopes can be very steep particularly higher up, and can be very slippy particularly after heavy rain.  Please take care especially on steep descents.

There is a good path network traversing the slopes.  Off the paths there is a mixture of open woodland and some dense undergrowth with old windblown.

There will be plenty of other users around, including mountain bikers.  We will advertise that there are ‘runners’ around, but please be careful, especially on the inclines and smaller paths.

Previous Maps/Routegadget This area was last used for a LVO Score Championships in February 2023. Routegadget map and courses can be found here:
Course Notes TBC

1️⃣ Young Junior Course 1 is suitable for Primary School Children – courses stick close to paths, and the use of a compass is not necessary (technical difficulty 2). This is the MW8/10 Championship course and has a time limit of 30 minutes.

2️⃣ Junior/Novice Senior Course 2 is suitable for improving Juniors and novice adults – the ability to use compass and navigate away from paths is needed (technical difficulty 3/4). This is the MW12/14 Championship Course and also has a time limit of 45 minutes.

3️⃣ Senior Course 3 is suitable for competent orienteers (technical difficulty 4/5). Some controls will be placed far away and in physically and technically challenging terrain. This is the Senior Championship course for MW16s and over only. This course has a time limit of 60 minutes.

Time penalties – for every minute/part minute you are late you will be deducted 10 points on Course 1 and 20 points for courses 2 and 3.

First Aid and Safety There will be a first aid and a qualified first aider available at registration. Registration is also a safe place for lost children to wait.

Please do not come to the event if you are unwell.

Please bring and carry any medication you might need, especially inhalers and EpiPen’s.

If you come across an injured or ill person, please stop, help and get further help. There will likely be qualified first aiders on the course who can stop to provide support.

All participants must return to download, whether they complete the course or not. This is to account for all competitors, ensuring everyone’s safe return.

Courses will close and controls collected in at 12.30pm sharp. If you are still out on the course at this time return to finish and download immediately.

Kit requirements Full body cover is mandatory.

A whistle (emergency alert is 6 loud blasts per minute) is mandatory.

A waterproof jacket may also be mandatory if the organisers decide the weather requires one, so bring one along just in case.

Parking Enter the park from the Antrim Road, there is a narrow entrance signposted for ‘Cavehill Country Park and Adventure Playground’.  Look out for the orienteering flag.

Registration will be at the MOO trailer in the lower carpark beside the playground, park where you can in any of the carparks.  Start and finish will be close to registration.

Toilets Toilets are located in the castle.


Belfast Castle
Antrim Road
BT15 5GR

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