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Event 1: Ormeau Park

DateWed 1st May Online entries closed at midnight Mon 29th April
Registration from18:15
OrganiserPhilip Baxter (e-mail)
PlannerHelen Baxter (e-mail)

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The opening event of the 2013 WEE series was blessed with fine spring evening sunshine, which saw Ormeau Park buzzing with activity. While the 90 or so participants (81 dibbers went round but some were escorted by 2 or even 3 orienteers!) scorched around the park, they encountered a baseball game, tennis players, cyclists, dog walkers, many joggers, a tag-rugby game and the Park Fit group.
There were the usual rivalries for leading male and female runners, on overall and handicapped time. There were also 4 father and son races to be seen, of which the fathers won 3 when race form suggested that the sons should have won at least 3; well done the Dads but watch out for revenge of the youth next week in Dixon Park.
Thanks go to Davy, Micah, Susan and Bill for helping with the starts and in the MOO, and to Lyle, Duncan, Mac and Olivia for collecting controls.
The series continues next week at Lady Dixon Park and we all look forward to seeig you there. Do not forget to pre-enter on line; not only does it save you money but it reduces the queue for registration so gets you straight to the start.


The photos which Philip took at the event can be found at

If there are any pictures that subjects want removed, please let Philip know.



Ormeau Park is ready for you - the courses are planned and the maps being printed. The Long Course is 3.9km and the Short Course 1.9km. There is hardly any undergrowth but if there is any rain, be prepared to get your shoes wet! Full leg cover is advised but not essential. Come along and help get the WEE Series off to a flying start.

This year's WEE series starts off in an old favourite, Ormeau Park, scene of last year's SwimO in the aftermath of the June deluge. The oldest municipal park in Belfast, it was officially opened to the public in 1871.It is owned and run by Belfast City Council and is one of the largest and busiest parks in the city.It contains a variety of horticulture, woodland, wildlife and sporting facilities including a 9 hole golf course.

The courses will be approximately 4.0km and 2.0 km, depending on final adjustments - keep watching here for updates. Courses are planned to make the best of the park and avoid the undergrowth, which is still reasonably low. The park is relatively flat with many mapped bushes, trees, paths, hedges and small areas of woodland.

Registration will open in the car park (indicated on the map below) from 6.15 pm, with starts from 6.45 pm until 7.30 pm. The courses will close at 8.30 pm.

On-line entries are now open at a discount. On the evening entries are more expensive at 3 for juniors, 5 for senior members, 6 for senior non-members and 13.00 for family groups.

If you are bringing a large group it would be extremely helpful if you could email the Organiser or Planner (click on links above) with a list of names of those who will be taking part and whether they will be doing the Short or Long course. It doesn't have to be 100% accurate, but would save long queues on the night and speed things up.

We look forward to seeing you on May Day!


The LVO Trailer (the MOO) will be parked in the O Zone car park, accessed off the Ormeau Embankment

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Event details last updated on 7th August at 20:24
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