Tollymore Festival of Orienteering 2021

Venue Tollymore Forest Park
Date Sat, 26th Jun 21 - Sun, 27th Jun 21
Starts 00:00 to 23:59
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Event Description

I am very pleased to say that the Tollymore Festival of Orienteering is back for 2021 after missing 2020 due the restrictions Imposed by Covid 19.

Looking forward to seeing you all as we cautiously return to some level of normality.

Gordon Stephens, Organiser

Timetable added 23 Jun 2021


  • NIOA Colour Series
    • 11:00 to 13:00 NI Colour series starts, in 15-minute start blocks
    • 15:00 NI Colour series courses close
  • 14:30 Demo of defibrillator use by Ric Gamble
  • 15:00 NIOA AGM
  • AGM to be followed by presentation of the new Colin Henderson Trophy by Joan Henderson, Jenny Dalzell and her children Matthew and Rachael (Colin’s wife, daughter and grandchildren). Jim Stevens who made the trophy and Honor, his wife will also be in attendance. All six will join us at the BBQ.
  • 17:00 BBQ by George of the Mulbery Tree.
  • Boules competition organised by Philip B


  • Junior Training 9:30 – 10:45 Philip B and Stephanie P
  • Fun Score Activity – no charge 1 hour to find as many controls as possible, penalty for late return.

Colour Series

This year we have a Colour Series orienteering event (NIOA Colour Series 2) on Saturday 26th, with a range of courses to suit all ages and abilities.

Course Details added 23 Jun 2021

  • White 1.5km 30m
  • Yellow 2.1km 30m
  • Orange 3.1km 60m
  • Light green 3.8km 95m
  • Short Green 3.4km 95m
  • Green 5.2km 160m
  • Blue 7.1km 380m
  • Brown 8.2km 400m

Note for brown and blue: South East area of map (controls 15 and 16) was not covered by recent mapping, therefore there are many new mountain bike trails and some differences in existing trails. It is advised to use these with caution.

Entries for Colour Series, Camping and Barbeque

Pre-entry is required. Entries are now open on SI entries (entries close on Wednesday 23rd June 2021 at 20:00). Enter here | Edit entries here | Entry list here.

In order to reduce the congregation of people at the start there are start windows of 15 minutes. Please indicate which start window you prefer.

Starts are from 11:00 to 13:00 and the course will close at 15:00.

Registration will be at the Mobile Orienteering Office (MOO) which will be parked in the family camping area adjacent to the toilet block (which will be open).



The Northern Ireland Orienteering Association Annual General Meeting will be held at 15:00 in the camping field (weather permitting). This will include the unveiling and presentation of the Colin Henderson Trophy for services to orienteering. This is a new trophy in honour of the late Colin Henderson MBE who played such a part in all aspects of orienteering.


The Barbeque follows at 17:00 and will be provided by The Mulberry Tree. Please indicate on SI Entries your preference for meat or vegetarian. You may wish to bring your own cups, plates and cutlery to reduce single use plastic.

Barbeque costs £12 for adult and £6 for juniors under 12.


There will be a Boules knock out tournament – if you have a set of boules please bring them with you and we can run several matches at the same time.


Camping is available for the Saturday evening. Cost is £6 per adult, again please book on SI entries. Note you do not have to enter the orienteering competition in order to book camping and BBQ.

Camping is not arranged for the Friday evening in the group campsite, it is only booked for the Saturday evening. Apologies for those who wished to stay on the Friday. There may be availability in the Tollymore main campsite.

Junior Training, Fun Score and MapRun6 Activities

Sunday morning will have Junior training, and at 11:00 there will be a fun score activity. For the Score, you have 1 hour to visit as many controls as you can, penalties for late return.

If you want even more of an orienteering fix, then there are also three MapRun6 courses available in Newcastle, two linear courses of orange standard and a Scatter Course (like a score but without a time limit), for details see:

Life saving, CPR and Defib Training/Demo

Would you like to know how to help save the life of a fellow runner or family member who is suffering a respiratory or cardiac arrest? Any of us could end up being the first on the scene, the actions of a first responder are so important before a designated first aider arrives.

Ric hopes to bring along a training dummy and defibrillator and carry out basic training/demonstration to anyone interested. Meeting in camping field, probably near MOO at 14.30.


Tollymore Forest Park
BT33 0PW

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

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