NWOC go to Garvagh Forest School!

Weather no problem for pupils getting to grips with Orienteering in Garvagh Forest!

Garvagh Peoples Forest is a 5 year project to connect local people to the 500 acre Garvagh Forest through the development of Garvagh Forest School.  A major part of the project is introducing Year 5 children to the forest and relevant activities.  As part of the spring sessions, I was asked to introduce orienteering to the schools involved.  Before the forest days, I was able to visit each school to use different activities to introduce map reading and the whole idea of what our sport is all about. Continue reading


Drum Manor Forest Park NI CS1 – Postponed to 7th April

Hoping for weather like this for the 7th April!

Drum Manor Forest Park has been closed today owing to the build-up of drifting snow and a number of fallen trees. It is unlikely to re-open tomorrow. In addition there may still be travel difficulty in some areas tomorrow. Therefore the decision has been taken to postpone the event until Saturday 7th April. Please put this date in your diary.

See you then

Rachel Reid / Helen Baxter / Charlie Reid


UKCC L2 coach qualifications

Want to improve your orienteering? As part of the UKCC L2 coach qualifications our trainee coaches need to be assessed. This is taking place at Drum Manor on 10th March. Coaching will be at Lt Green and above and these will be good sessions. We need volunteers to be coached so if you are interested please let me know asp. There are roughly 8 – 10 places available so book early to avoid disappointment!

Please email rdonioa@btinternet.com to book a place.


2018 Colour Series kicks off at Drum Manor – (Postponed)

This photograph of the frozen lake in Drum Manor was taken (I think) in 2006 during a NI Colour Series event. Wintry weather looks set to visit Colour Series 1 again this year.

Another from the archive – can you guess who?

It is now (Monday 26th Feb) looking like jack frost might put in an appearance again and may cause problems. See the event page for the latest information re any changes – or in worse case, event postponement.

Saturday 3rd March sees the first of the 2018 Colour Series at Drum Manor Forest Park. This event will be the first to feature the new Short Green course – aimed at the technical runner seeking quality over quantity!

Full details on the Event page

Update Friday 2nd March – The the event has been postponed until the 7th April