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Event 6: Ormeau Park

DateWed 5th Jun Online entries closed at midnight Mon 3rd June
OrganiserDavy Lambe (e-mail)
PlannerShaun Henry

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Post-Event Report

A number of competitors were more than alarmed when they turned up this evening for Shaun’s two great courses, only to discover they did not need a cagoule, whistle or canoe like last year’s event. The sun made for a blistering night in more ways than one with the fastest time going to Paul Pruzina, only 2 seconds ahead of Patrick & Declan.

This was Shaun’s first attempt at planning, and I think you would agree he certainly put in the maximum effort . In fact he had been setting up since 2pm and left the park with me at 9.30pm. Unfortunately Jack was unable to run, as he helped his dad with the planning, but that worked to my advantage as he covered the starts for me along with Declan and Daphne.

Helen, Alan and Fred helped out in the van when I was swamped, and Susan did her usual job of keeping me calm somewhat when the computer started misbehaving.

My thanks too for all the control collectors and to everyone involved in towing duties. If I have missed you I’m sorry but I hope you got a muffin.

And now to the facebook competition running on our page WEE Series Orienteering – predict the long course winning time. Declan (with his scientific approach) was nearest the pin – he was only one second out guessing 21:08, and Paul arrived back on 21:09. Congratulations Declan – free entry to the WEE Series of your choice!

So there you have it. Two great courses, fabulous weather and 101 orienteers made for a great night, and the best excuse of the evening went as follows, “ I missed the last control because the sun was in my eyes”, something we don’t hear too often in this country.

It’s been a long day so I’m just going for a cool down jog to the Chinese.....


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.


After sunny Ballyclare we are back to Ormeau and hoping for similar weather (could the summer be a whole week long this year!) The oldest municipal park in Belfast, 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.

Registration will be at the MOO, (chip van) from 6.30pm, starts from 7-7.45pm and courses closing at 8.30.pm

Please note that if you pre-enter, you can pick up your control descriptions and proceed directly to the start. If you pre-enter and are hiring a dibber, you can collect it from the MOO. Otherwise, complete the registration form at the MOO and then enter on the night. For safety reasons, please give your name, dibber number and course to the marshal at the Start.

There will be two courses available, called Long (4km) and Short (2km). As these distances are measured as the crow flies, and you are hardly a crow, the distances for your route will be a bit longer, especially if you tend to wander.

Please watch out for other park users. Other orienteers are fair game for knocking over if they are the same size as you, but watch out for wee ones as we want to encourage them. It's just not nice to run into other park users either. Please stay out of the flower beds as it upsets the park keeper and leads to muddy shoes. Areas will checked for footprints and moulds taken at the finish may be compared, leading to potential public shaming.

If you have a poor run or have a complaint to make, hugs can be provided back at the Moo, but please shower first. If you have any positive comments after your run/walk, I will be happy to speak to you.



Car park at Ozone recreation centre – entrance off Ormeau Embankment.

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