NI Colour Series 2 – Woodburn

Venue Woodburn Forest – Upper Carpark
Date Sat, 18th Mar 23
Starts 11:00 to 16:00
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Event Description

Woodburn Forest is the location for the second Colour Series event of the year.


Younger, older, newcomer or experienced, whatever your age or ability there is a course for you. Everyone is welcome to attend including non-members and newcomers. Newcomers please say hello at registration, there will be someone at hand to talk you though things and give advice.

In addition to the normal full range of colour courses we are adding a Red course:

❤ The Red course is specifically aimed at runners who have little to no experience of using a map/navigation but happy to go out for a 5km on/off trail run (Straight line distance 4.4km, 45m climb – but remember you won’t always be able/want to go in a straight line). It will have a similar technical difficulty, TD3, to the shorter Orange course. Runners from a couple of local clubs have been invited. The Red course can be treated competitively but is not part of the NI Colour Series league.

🤍 The White course is for our youngest juniors – short and easy navigation (Technical Difficulty – TD1, length 2km, climb 25m). If the kids get on well they can go back to start and ask to do the Yellow.

💛 Yellow is for juniors who can read a map and able to make simple navigations at path junctions – it is a little longer (length 2.7 km, climb 25m) than the white and slightly more technical -TD2. If the kids get on well they can go back to start and ask to do the Orange.

🧡 Orange is for improving juniors and novice adults who want a shorter distance. The navigation will be on and off tracks with options of cutting corners through the forest. Some basic compass skills are advantageous but not essential. Technical Difficulty – TD3. Straight line distance 3.2 km, Climb 45m.

💚 Light Green is the next step up in distance and navigational skills, TD4. This course requires the ability to use a compass. It is best suited to intermediate orienteers. Straight line distance 3.5 km, Climb 40m.

💚 Short Green (straight line distance 3.4 km Climb 50m), along with 💚Green (straight line distance 4.4 km Climb 55m), 💙Blue (straight line distance 6.1 km Climb 105m), and 🤎 Brown (straight line distance 6.9 km Climb 120m), are all of the highest technical difficulty, TD5. The difference is the distance of the courses. Participants will choose what course best suits their level of fitness.

🚗Parking, Registration and Toilets

Please use Woodburn Presbyterian Church Carpark. The fisherman’s car park is adjacent to this and can be used as an overflow if necessary.

Registration/download will be situated in the car park and toilets will be available in the church hall – no dirty shoes please!

💻Entries and Cost

Members: Senior £10, Junior £5, Max charge for family (2 adults + n children, each with own map) £25.

Non-members: Senior £12, Junior £6, Max charge for family (2 adults + n children, each with own map) £30.

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Newcomer Non-Competitive and want to go round in a pair/group – Families, groups or pairs wishing to go round together sharing a single map will only be charged for one entry. e.g. two senior (non-members) running round together = £12. A family of two adults and a child (non-members) = £12. Just make one on-line entry. Please note, to be classified as competitive within the NI Colour Series League you need to run individually and be a current member of LVO.

Cost includes map and SI dibber (electronic timing) hire. Note: lost dibbers are charged at replacement cost £30. 

Online Entries close midnight on Monday 13th March. There may be a few more maps printed but if you enter on the day you will not be guaranteed a map for the course you wish to run, you will also be asked to run after the last booked runner to ensure they have map priority. If there is good reason you cannot pre-enter please let the organiser know beforehand (forgot to enter in time and waiting to see what the weather is like do not count as good reasons 😊).

Click to enter via SI Entries

🚦Start, finish and course closure

Starts form 1130-1300. If you have your own dibber please go straight to the start; if not, please visit registration first to collect a hire dibber.

Courses close and controls will be collected in from 1500.

After finishing your course please ensure you go and download before heading home – it is really important for us to ensure everyone gets back safely and prevent an unnecessary search party going out.

🐶Dogs allowed

👕Clothing and Terrain 

If the weather is poor it may be mandatory to wear a rain proof jacket.

All the usual recommended kit – full leg cover (no shorts), whistle and a compass if you can use one.

Shoes with good grip are recommended due to the steep, muddy, slippery paths and slopes.

White and yellow courses will stick to or close to main paths/tracks. Other courses will require participants to use smaller muddy paths and go off paths over rough ground. There are think parts of the forest which competitors are likely to wish to navigate around rather than through.

🎬 Take 2

Lyle had to take a second look when out planning – film crews were in filming a Christmas Movie – Santa says forest is generally runnable but definitely parts he would struggle to get his frame through – more suitable for his reindeer or keen orienteers.

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Woodburn Forest – Upper Carpark
190 Woodburn Road
BT38 9AB

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