NI Middle Championships (Date TBC)

Venue Whitespots Country Park
Date Sat, 5th Jun 27
Starts 11:00 to 13:00
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Event Description

🖐LVO are hosting both the NI Sprint Championships and the NI Middle Championships. Any one can take part, but you need to be a current member to be eligible for a NIOA prize

There will be a planned intermission between the two events.

Date Saturday 5 June 2027
Venue Whitespots Country Park
Event Format Northern Ireland Middle Championships
Online Entry .
SI Entries
Online Entry closes Midnight, Monday 31 May 2027
Registration, Start and Finish TBC
Price (TBC) Each event can be entered individually, or a discount for both.

Member Member Non-Member Non-Member
One Event Two Events One Event Two Events
Senior (aged 21 or over) £10 £16 £12 £18
Junior or Student £5 £8 £6 £9
Maximum charge for a family* £25 £40 £30 £45
Terrain Summary Whitespots is a former lead mining area on the edge of the Clandeboye Estate. Mining ended around 1910 but reminders of the industry can still be seen today in the form of chimneys, mine shafts – which are all fenced off – and spoil heaps.

The area consists of forest and open areas with a lot of gorse. The area has an extensive path network due to bike trials being held here. Speed will not be your friend! This area was previously a dumping site so be aware of any pieces of metal / scrap material in the forested area.  Further to the north is the Clandeboye Estate which is mostly forested with varying levels of runnability.

The area was newly mapped in March 2023.  Please note that large areas of ferns have been marked as “open area with scattered trees”.  Crags are not large features but have been mapped and are consistent throughout the area.  It is very muddy underfoot and, even if there is a dry spell before the event, wear appropriate footwear for slippery conditions.

Previous Maps/Routegadget This area was used for NI Colour Series event in November 2023. Routegadget map and courses can be found here: https://www.lvo.routegadget.co.uk/rg2/#524
Course Notes If you wish to run competitively you must:

  • be a current member of a NI Orienteering club
  • run unaccompanied
  • enter the course relating to your age class

The NI Middle Championships has the following classes (TBC):

M Open W Open Course details
M Vet 40+ W Vet 40+ Course details
M Super Vet 55+ W Super Vet 55+ Course details
M Ultra Vet 65+ W Ultra Vet 65+ Course details
M Junior 16- W Junior 16- Course details
M Junior 12- W Junior 12- Course details
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 3pm 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 The parking will be in the Whitespots Country Park which is signposted from the Newtownards / Bangor dual carriageway – A21. This park is beside the Somme Centre BT23 7PH. Please park responsibly.
Toilets Unfortunately there will be no toilets at the park. There are public toilets in Mill St, Newtownards and Abbey St, Bangor.

Location

Whitespots Country Park
Bangor Road
Newtownards
BT23 7PH

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Volunteers

To volunteer at this event please email volunteer@lvo.org.uk. You can find information on each role here as well as the current list of volunteers.

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