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Event 3: Craigavon High School

DateWed 17th May Online entries closed at midnight Mon 15th May
Registration from18:15
OrganiserHarry Bell
PlannerGraeme Francis (e-mail)

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Post-Event Report

I just wanted to say a large thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who helped out on Wednesday evening: Aileen, Ian, Stephen, Shaun, Susan, Sophie, Steph ( any more ss?!? ), Mark, and Ben, and a special thanks and apology to Cara who manned the starts all evening without getting a run, because of a no-dog rule that I knew nothing about and take full responsibility for. While Im apologising, Id also like to apologise for the delayed start. This was due to having to move all the controls we had set out for a successful school event earlier in the afternoon. Hopefully the enjoyment of the courses made up for this!! We tried something different for this WEE, providing something a little more challenging, and hopefully you all enjoyed it, but Id love to see some comments good or bad as to whether or not this is something that youd like us to pursue for future events. And lastly, Id like to say a very special thank you to Juls, because without her help I wouldnt have got through either of the events, and youd probably still be queuing at the start now.


And so to event 3 (Thanks to the Collins family for an enjoyable WEE 2). This year's WEE summer excursion to Craigavon is to be held at Craigavon Senior High School and Edenvilla Park, Portadown, and not at Craigavon Lakes as some may have seen. A new area to most, and in keeping with this I'm going to be offering something new:
In addition to the usual, short and long courses, for those more experienced there will be an additional course (Course 3 if entering online). As we will be in the middle of our inaugural Sprint series I will be putting on an extra course to provide some additional practice / training on pictorial descriptions that will hopefully keep you on your toes and be a bit of fun as well.

Registration will be from 6:15pm at the MOO ( the white burger van ). 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. If you are bringing a group, please let us know in advance as it makes things easier on the night.

PLEASE NOTE: There are no toilets available at the venue before your run, so if necessary please make use of the ample facilities at the Craigavon Centre, Sainsburys, or Tesco stores or go before you arrive.

There will be three courses available. The short and long are more orientated towards "Come and Try It" rather than competition. The Sprint is there to provide more of a challenge for those who want it.

SHORT ( yellow ): 1.9km with 22 controls.
LONG ( orange / light green ): 3.5km with 28 controls. There will be written control descriptions on the back of the map and loose pictorial descriptions available at the MOO to help those who are looking to move up a class ( Hannah ).
SPRINT ( green ): 3.5km with 30 controls. The aim is to provide some training on pictorial descriptions and to test your concentration and consequently, sorry Philip, but BOF guidelines have gone out the window for this course, and you will need to note that there will be DUMMY controls out there. You have been warned! Hopefully we will have Routegadget up and running at the MOO afterwards so that you can see if you have taken the most direct route.

As these distances are measured as the crow flies, the distances for your route will be longer!

The start and finish are adjacent to the car park. Starts are from 6.30-7:45pm. Courses close at 8:30pm (controls are lifted from this time).


Please watch out for other park users - bikers, dog walkers, small kids, tennis and hockey players.

For safety reasons, please give your name, dibber number and course to the marshal at the start.


If it is your first time orienteering there are always plenty of people on hand to help you get started. Just ask at the MOO and someone will point you in the direction of the "newcomer Welcome" where someone will explain all you need to know.


Pictorial Descriptions - https://www.maprunner.co.uk/iof-control-descriptions/

I'd like to say thanks to all those who have provided access for the event: Craigavon Senior High School for providing the main venue, SRC for allowing their grounds to be used and especially their architects, Noel Mitchell at ABC Council for keeping the Secret Garden open in to the evening, Portadown Ladies Hockey Club, and Portadown Tennis club. If you like the look of the tennis facilities you can check them out at portadowntennisclub.com

See you all Wednesday.


Please see the link to the map below.
From the M1 take the M12 exit. Leave the M12 at junction 2 and take the third exit at the roundabout towards Seagoe. TL at the 2nd set of lights onto Church Road. Next set of lights TR. Event is then 400m on the left.

If you're coming from the south the best approach is probably from the A50 Gilford Road. Follow signs towards Craigavon Hospital.At the first set of lights, by the Seagoe Hotel, TL. Event then 400m on the left.

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On top of the three fun courses to entertain you with each Wednesday evening, we are also planning a few social activities. Consider yourself invited to meet up afterwards for a bit of a chin wag at a local coffee shop or pub.

So look out for details in this Social section. Our first social is planned for next Wednesday evening after the Stormont WEE. What better way to celebrate World Orienteering Day!

Event details last updated on 21st May at 20:32
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