NI Long Distance Champs 2023 – Slieve Croob

Venue Slieve Croob – Slievenisky
Date Sat, 2nd Mar 24
Starts 11:00 to 13:00
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Event Description

LVO welcomes you to the slopes of Slieve Croob for the 2023 NI Long Distance Champs – postponed from last autumn. On a fine day there are unrivalled views of the Mourne Mountains, but lack of access means you will meet no-one but other orienteers! Apparently, people gather on the first Sunday in August to carry stones up the mountain to bury the 12 kings whose grave is at the top – but I suggest you travel light for the event!

This event is open to all orienteers but to be eligible to be NI champ you must be a current member of a NIOA club and since this is the postponed 2023 champs you must enter the class you ran in 2023 (or run up). However, since the race is also one of the selection races for Juniors wanting to be considered for the JHI they should run their current age class – which will still be competitive for NI Champ.

Course Class Length (m) Climb (m) Map Scale
1 M21 7250 375 10000
2 M35, M40 6230 340 10000
3 M18, M20, M45,M50 6340 290 10000
3.1 W21 6340 290 10000
4 M16, M21S, M55, M60 5050 300 10000
5 W18, W20, W35, W40 3860 260 10000
6 M65,    W45, W50 3260 260 10000
7 M70,    W16, W21S, W55, W60,  Green 2460 210 10000
8 M75,    W65, W70 1940 150 10000
9 M80, M85+  W75, W80, W85+ 1260 90 5000
10 M14, W14, Light Green 2050 210 10000
11 M12, W12, Orange 1000 90 5000
12 M10, W10, Yellow 1220 65 5000

Courses 3 and 3.1 are the same.

The course lengths have been deliberately kept short because of the significant unavoidable climb on all courses. The planner has experienced snow, frost, fog, cold and wind….but refuses to go out in the rain. Please be prepared for whatever the weather decides. Whistles and waterproof coats will be compulsory as this is a mountain environment and you will not be allowed to start without the correct gear.

We are grateful to the many landowners who were willing to allow us access to their land.

There is a brand-new fence running north-south up the hill and understandably the farmer does not want us to cross it – so don’t.

It is marked with a solid red line on the map.

In the interests of maintaining excellent relationships with our land owners and farmers please report any damage to low walls and/or fences at download.

Be careful to differentiate the different levels of bogginess as mapped – or you may find yourself unexpectedly swimming.

Start times – will be allocated between 11:00 and 13:00. There is a 15-minute walk to the start so please leave time to get there for your exact start time. The finish is adjacent to the start and spare clothing can be left there.

Location – is at the ‘Equestrian Centre’ on the Slievenisky Road and will be signed from the Clonvaraghan Road.

Parking – Space is very tight so please  car share where possible and follow the marshals’ instructions.

Toilets – There will be a portaloo provided. The closest public toilets are in Ballynahinch, Castlewellan or the Outlet at Banbridge.

Entries close – Sunday 25th February. Entry on the Day for Colour Classes only.


Slieve Croob – Slievenisky
Slievenisky Road
BT31 9LL

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