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Event 11: Lady Dixon Park

DateWed 10th Aug Online entries closed at midnight Mon 8th August
Registration from18:30
  
OrganiserFred Hamond (e-mail)
PlannerJan Smicka (e-mail)

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Post-Event Report

Thank you everyone for turning up on what threatened to be a wet evening (but which turned out not to be). It was encouraging to see so many (unsuspecting) newcomers. Indeed, we were rather overwhelmed at times! If you enjoyed the event, tell your friends; if you didn't, tell us why and what we could have done better. Remember, there's another WEE next week at Botanic Gardens (beside the Ulster Museum) - things can only get better (in your d:reams).

Dolly Parton once said "It costs a lot of money to look this cheap". And so it is with the WEEs - outwardly simple and straightforward, but requiring a lot of preparation beforehand and a massive amount of effort on the night behind the scenes. I'd like to thank the following for volunteering and putting themselves forward on the night (in no particular order): Alan (maps), Anne, Belfast City Council, Billy, Daphne, Dee, Gavin, Harry, Helen, Jack, Jan (planner), Katarina, Olivia, Philip, Shaun, and Susan.

It's invidious, I know, to single out individuals in such a team effort, but Harry Bell deserves special mention for co-ordinating the August WEE series and making it as straightforward as possible for the planners.

Instructions

The 11th event of the 2016 WEE series is at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, Belfast. Covering more than 128 acres, the park is made up of rolling meadows, woods and gardens and is home to a wide range of plants and animals.

The park was originally developed in the mid-1700s by the Stewarts, a farming family from Scotland; their house was where the Lower Carpark now stands. In the mid-1800s, the estate was bought by the Bristow family and they commissioned Thomas Jackson to design Wilmont House (1859). It was eventually taken over by the Dixon family in 1919.

During World War II, American troops were stationed there. Lady Dixon was well-known for her work with the troops and was created Dame of the British Empire as a result. Before she died in 1959, she donated the estate to the city of Belfast in memory of her late husband, a former High Sheriff of Belfast. The estate was re-opened as Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park later that year.

As usual, two courses will be available on the night, both planned by Jonny Smicka: Short - 2.0km and Long - 3.7km. They combine technical areas with flowerbeds, open meadows, woods and hills.

It is advisable to wear leg cover and appropriate footwear, as there may be undergrowth and some steep grassy banks on the course. Please stay out of the flower beds (especially the rose beds), and take particular care along the river and in the vicinity of the open pond (especially those running with small children). Please also respect the right of others to use this public park as well.

We will be using the Upper Car Park which is just off the Upper Malone Road beyond the turning onto Upper Dunmurry Lane (if you are driving from Belfast); see the attached map. Course registration is from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, and the course closes at 8.30pm. The start is very close to this carpark.

Directions

Use Top Carpark, the entrance to which is the first open entrance on the right-hand side after Dunmurry Lane if you are coming from Belfast along the Upper Malone Road.

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