Mournes Evening Summer Series – MESS 2

Venue Tollymore National Outdoor Centre
Date Tue, 20th Jun 23
Starts 18:45 to 20:30
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Event Description

⛰️ Mournes Evening Summer Series ⛰️
Everyone welcome! Complete beginners, families, dogs, runners will all find a suitable course to enjoy.
For more experienced orienteers there will be longer and technically challenging courses on offer to help hone your fitness and map reading skills.
⏰ Starts 1845-1945 from the carpark, courses close 2045
🗺️ £4 per Map (feel free to share as a group)
To register and book a map, please use the Google Form:  Please register by 9pm the day before, there will be limited map availability on the day.

📍 Tollymore Outdoor Centre – look for the yellow camper van.  What three words: ///intro.treatment.iceberg

✌🏼 4 courses on offer:
  • Beginner course ∼2km easy navigation along paths, check points at every junction (Technical difficulty 1, similar to a ‘White’ course)
  • Improver course ∼3.5km on paths, a little more challenging navigation, 2 or 3 junctions to navigate between check points (Technical difficulty 2-3, similar to a ‘Yellow’ or easy ‘Orange’ course)
  • Advanced course ∼3.5km both on paths and off paths (but not too far), some route choice and technical navigation required (Technical difficulty 3-4, similar to a harder ‘Orange’ or a ‘Light Green’ course)
  • Expert course ∼5km mostly off path, generally a more physical course, with difficult navigation and significant route choices for experienced orienteers (Technical difficulty 5 where possible)
Not sure?  Checkout some sample courses from the Taster event:  MESS Taster Courses Facebook.pdf
There will be no SI timing or ‘dibbers’ required.
Make sure to return to registration after your run and ‘sign out’ so we don’t go looking for you!  Remember courses close 2045 – if you return after this point, I will be out collecting controls.  Please sign out using the sheet on the front windscreen of the yellow van.
Optional use of the MapRun App to record your times. Please install the app before you arrive!
Compasses will be required.  There will be a small number available at registration to hire (£1) or buy (£10 plate compass, £15 thumb compass).
If the weather looks damp, dress appropriately.  Full leg cover will be required for the Advanced / Expert courses.
Please be sure to check for Ticks after your run.  There are deer in the terrain and Ticks have been reported on dogs and humans!
Hope to see you there! 😎
A complete MESS of activities (see the Lagan Valley Orienteers website (fixtures page) for more details closer to the date):



    • MESS 1: 13 June @ Tollymore Forest Park (Cancelled, sorry)
    • MESS 2: 20 June @ Tollymore Outdoor Center
    • MESS 3: 27 June @ Donard Park
    • Not to be missed: Tollymore Orienteering Festival 23-25 June


Tollymore National Outdoor Centre
32 Hilltown Road
BT33 0PZ

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