The Coastal Warrior Weekend – 2 Days of Orienteering in Derry

Who would have thought there were orienteering maps of in and around Derry? But on Saturday, I was treated to a fast sprint series around Gransha Estate. And then on Sunday, a technically difficult stint around Magilligan's sand dune system. The sprint was staged to select the Irish junior team for the European Sprint Orienteering … Continue reading The Coastal Warrior Weekend – 2 Days of Orienteering in Derry

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Bad weather blocks Weekend’s Racing

I was all ready to help out at the weekend's Causeway Coast Adventure Race. It was to take place in Derry, my hometown, and I'd signed up as a marshall. I woke up, bright and early on Saturday morning, ready to head to the start. Just before leaving, I checked my Facebook page. "Event cancelled. … Continue reading Bad weather blocks Weekend’s Racing

Orienteered out – 3 Races in 24 Hours

It was billed as “The Big Weekend”, a veritable feast of Orienteering to be held in Northern Ireland’s County Fermanagh on 23-24 February. To begin, the organisers promised a midday kick-off on Saturday with the Northern Ireland Score Championships. Then six hours later, the Northern Ireland Night Championships, once it got dark enough to run. … Continue reading Orienteered out – 3 Races in 24 Hours

Northern Ireland’s Derry lays on LegenDerry Selection of Sports

When I was growing up in Derry, there was a limited selection of sporting things to do. Sure, I was part of the school netball and athletics teams, but that was all that was really available. Since moving back to the North of Ireland this year however I’ve noticed an explosion of sports and associated … Continue reading Northern Ireland’s Derry lays on LegenDerry Selection of Sports

Orienteering goes back in time

North West Orienteering Club (NWOC) celebrated its 40th birthday in December. To celebrate, it laid on a score orienteering event in Limavady’s Roe Valley Country Park. Little did I know that it was going to be a “Back to the Future” experience. We had 45 minutes to visit as many controls as possible, with scores … Continue reading Orienteering goes back in time

Chasing after the Danes in The Sperrin Mountains’ Raid

“We have to go out fast”, our team leader said. We all agreed. Looking around the room, there was some serious competition. Not only had Irish team “Get No Sleep” turned up, but there was a group of foreigners in our midst. They had to be good if they were sponsored by Salomon and had … Continue reading Chasing after the Danes in The Sperrin Mountains’ Raid