Autumn Trophy 1, Divis Mountain

Event details and links to online entry are now up at Blow away the cobwebs next Saturday on Divis Mountain with beautiful views over Belfast and Belfast Lough. The National Trust coffee barn will be open for takeaway drinks and snacks after the event.

Additional Nominations for the Steve McGibbon Trophy

The full list is now: – Geoffrey Collins, not just for his excellent work with the club website but in particular for developing a fixtures calendar that is – for the first time – clear, reliable and easy to use.– Sharon Dickenson, a relative newcomer to the club who immediately embraced the concept of volunteering and has quickly become a club stalwart and an adept organiser.Richard McCourt, for resolving the delicate access issues for the 2019 JHI and NIOC at Cassy Water. It is entirely down to Richard’s skilled and persuasive negotiation that we were not faced with an expensive Read More …

Nominations for Steve McGibbon Trophy

This is just a reminder to send me any nominations for the Steve McGibbon Trophy, details here. For this award, the club membership votes for the person or group who provided the most outstanding contribution to the club’s affairs in the previous year. I have a couple of nominations from March, but please email any additional suggestions to by Wednesday 30th September. I will then publish a list where you can vote by email before the AGM on Zoom on Wednesday 7th October at 7:30pm. Best, Cecil

LVO OneDrive password

I received an alert about a suspicious signin to this account from Paris, France. I have therefore changed the password. If you need to get access please contact me ( or another member of the committee.BestCecil

LVO AGM 2020

We cancelled our AGM in March as COVID-19 restrictions were about to be imposed. We hoped that we would soon be able to have an alternative but unfortunately that hasn’t been the case, so we’re going ahead with an abbreviated Virtual AGM on Zoom on Wednesday 7th October at 7:30pm. The NIOA Virtual AGM recently worked pretty well – we promise ours will be brief, informative and you might even end up winning an award! New this year are awards + vouchers for novice and expert Planner and Controller of the year 2019. This was an excellent suggestion by Philip Read More …


Given that NI COVID cases are creeping up, everybody is pretty tired of the restrictions and I personally am vulnerable, please take a few moments to download this. Nobody should have any privacy or data protection concerns. This app is also being promoted by SportNI.

Meelmore entry

I had a flush of enthusiasm to get out orienteering again at Meelmore. However, having entered, when I read the details I can’t do the event as I am still shielding. If anybody would like an entry, please send your name and BOF number to and I’ll substitute you for me.Enjoy.Cecil

Webinars for online planning of virtual orienteering

Folks For those who had your appetites whetted by Sunday’s IOC virtual relay, here is some detail on webinars that promise to allow you to set up “innovative virtual races”. Cecil Hi Chairs, Secretaries & POC Managers If you missed it you can now access last weeks Routegadget webinar with Simon Errington, HH.  There was some very useful content in there, I particularly enjoyed the adaptations you can make with the system to create innovative virtual races – setting up simple 5km courses for example and postbox Orienteering courses. I am very much looking forward to this evenings webinar on Read More …

The Steve McGibbon Trophy

The Steve McGibbon Trophy is named in memory of a hugely respected orienteer and stalwart of Lagan Valley Orienteers, who unfortunately died in 2006 aged only 51. The trophy is not focused on competition performance, rather the award is considered as recognition of the person or group thought to have provided the most outstanding contribution to the club’s affairs in the previous year. Nominations should be sent to the Secretary, Cecil Armstrong, or 078 1587 2010, in advance of the Annual General Meeting at Tollymore National Outdoor Centre on 23rd March 2020. Voting will take place at the AGM. Read More …

An Introduction to Course Planning

Philip and Helen Baxter have kindly agreed to run this course on the evening of Thursday 19th March. It is primarily designed for WEE Course Planners, but anybody needing an update or revision is welcome. You will get help on installing the Condes course planning software (available to any club member, contact me for the licence info), but the primary aim is to gain an appreciation of what makes a decent course. The venue depends on numbers – ranging from the Baxters’ kitchen table to somewhere larger. If you’d like to join in, either email or leave a comment Read More …