Tuesday, June 8, 2010

NIOC 2010 - Social Weekend

Hi all
Please read the info below on the upcoming NIOC, with a whole host of additional activities to suit all the family.
The event will be based at Tollymore Forest Park, near Newcastle, Co Down. There may be a charge to enter the park.
Planner - Colin Henderson
Controller - Richard Williamson
Organiser - Wilson McAlister
Entries - Declan McGrellis
Tollymore was originally intended to be used as one of the JK2011 venues and as such as complete resurvey of the area including Meelmore Moutain was commisioned from Stirling Surveys. This newly resurveyed 1:10,000 map will now be used to host NIOC 2010 instead.
Dogs are allowed in the assembly area and also on the courses on a lead. Please be responsible for your dog's behaviour. Toilets Toilets are available near the assembly area.
All BOF classes including B, Short and Long where appropriate. Only standard long courses will be offered for all classes. A single M21s and W21s course will be available for anyone who wants to enter a shorter course. Anyone can enter the M/W21s course irrespective of their actual age. Some colour coded courses (light green, orange, yellow) will be available for entry on the day. It is also possible to pre-enter the colour coded courses. Courses may be amalgamated or withdrawn if there are insufficient numbers. Further details of provisional course lengths now available.
Electronic Punching Sport Ident will be used for the event. Remember to include your SI number on the entry form. SI cards can be hired for £1/adult and 50p/junior and picked up at registration. Start Times Starts will operate from 12:00 to 14:00. Results Results will be posted on this website.
Alan Gartside will be running a TempO event - similar to that at the IOC at the end of April. A great way to test your map reading skills while against the clock!
LVO are making a social weekend out of the NI Orienteering Championships and are encouraging people to stay over at the campsite on the Friday and Saturday night. LVO will be subsidising the cost of camping. The cost will be £4/adult/night and free for juniors who are accompanied by an adult. Camping tickets for adults should be pre-booked via the online entry system.
LVO will be hosting a BBQ on the Saturday evening. Everyone is welcome to stay for food and socialising. The cost will be £5/adult and £3/junior. BBQ tickets should be pre-booked via the online entry system.
Night Event
There will be a night event on the Saturday evening.
Pacing and Bearing Event:
Part of the entertainment for the weekend will include a Pacing and Bearing Competition.
The idea is that anyone (independent of whether you are taking part in the foot orienteering competition or not) can take part in this challenge over the weekend. The entry fee will be will be £1 / entry and there will be a small prize awarded to the winner as declared on the Sunday afternoon.

Upon payment of your registration fee you will receive a small uniquely identified wooden peg. You will also be told a specific distance and bearing (same for all entrants). The challenge will be to use only a standard compass and your own skill to pace out the given distance and bearing from a fixed location on the campsite. You then place your wooden peg in the ground to mark your estimate. Simple !

The winner will be the owner of the peg closest to the correct location as deemed by the panel of judges on Sunday. The judges decision will be final.

Register from 1pm on Saturday and the winner will be declared at 1pm on Sunday.
Some simple rules:
no GPS devises allowed
no use of orienteering maps allowed
no mapping/sighting compasses allowed
Basically, fair play and good luck to all participants for this bit of additional fun.
Adult Coaching Sessions
Helen will be leading a number of adult coaching sessions on Sunday 20th June. The adult sessions will run from 11am – 1pm and will then be followed at 2pm by the junior fun day events.

The adult sessions will be a series (3 or 4) exercises to practice/learn skills at TD 4 & 5 level (Lt Green/Green +). These are coaching sessions not races, and you take part at your own pace and hopefully develop your skills. If you have a particular skill you would like to practice let Helen know and she will try to include it – no guarantees.
Contact Helen by sending an email to rdonioa@btinternet.com