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Event 9: Ormeau Park

DateWed 27th Jun Online entries closed at midnight Mon 25th June
Registration from18:30
OrganiserDavid Lambe (e-mail)
PlannerSusan Lambe (e-mail)

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Post-Event Report

I'm not really sure where to start with tonight's event report. With the weather, with the courses, or with me having to piggy back my mother-in-law out of the back of the moo.

I'll start with the weather. As the first competitors turned up, the rain started to fall, and what rain. Playing fields became lakes, roads became rivers, and the car park disappeared under a foot of water. Thunder and lightning brought proceedings to a halt for a while, but once we got going again everyone headed off and several reported having a 'great time' - I suppose once you're wet you're wet, and you may as well carry on.

Back at the moo, the floodwaters were rising and with the plastic cups floating off towards the Lagan, we relocated to higher ground. Not for long though, as we had to move a second time later on. Thank you to the Baxters (and their 4x4) for rescuing us!

The WEE Olympics as a fundraiser for the junior squad brought out some fierce competition and much discussion of tactics. The earlier competitors definitely had an advantage as some cones were getting submerged by the end of proceedings. You can expect a re-run in somewhat drier conditions in August.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped on the night and acted above and beyond the call of duty. All the Baxters (for moo duties), Kat & Johny (for the WEE Olympics and lifting controls), Declan (for collecting controls and always making the organiser's job a lot easier), Anne (for all the soggy notes and coins), Bill (for the new map), Geoffrey (for registration) and Paul (for collecting controls).

So that's it for a month now. We're back in August, but for the meantime the moo has been put out to pasture for a well-earned rest and dry out, and will reappear in Hillsborough in August when hopefully the summer will have arrived.

Don't forget to check the website in the next few days for Philip's photos of this soggy event.

Happy holidays everyone!


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.


This week we are back to Ormeau Park after an absence of 2 years.

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.

This weeks courses,long 4.2k, and short 1.8k on a newly surveyed map,( not to be missed). Long course is do-able in shorts. Courses are planned to make the best of the park and avoid the undergrowth, though you might encounter some nettles depending on your route choice.

Also planned is a super-sprint as a fundraiser for the NI junior squad - all will become clear on the night. It will be beside the start / finish so perfect as a warm-up or cool-down. 50p a go or 1 for 3 goes - fastest junior and fastest senior will win a little prize :)

Registration will take place in the car park (indicated on the map below) from 6.30 pm, with starts from 7.00 pm until 7.30 pm. The courses will close at 8.30 pm.

Remember to use the new pre-entry feature if possible. Entry on the night will be charged at: Junior member/non-member 3 Senior member/non-member 5.

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 Wednesday night!


Car park at recreation centre entrance off Ormeau Embankment.

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