Saturday 7th October 2017 – Binevenagh
The car park and registration will be located at Duncrun Fishing Lakes, (approx 1/2 mile past St Aiden’s church).
This venue is courtesy of Mr George Canning. This is a particularly scenic site with lovely views over Magilligan, Lough Foyle and over to Donegal. Also, for anyone interested in maybe coming by train, Bellarena station (officially opened by The Queen in 2016) is just 1.3 miles away from the event.
Registration will operate from 11:00am.
Courses Close at 3.00pm.
Start and Finish are adjacent and are 5 minutes walk from parking/registration. NB cagoules and whistles may be required in the case of inclement weather.
- Juniors £5 (NIOA members £4)
- OAP/ Unwaged £8.00 (NIOA members £6)
- Seniors £10.00 (NIOA members £8)
- Family £25 (NIOA members £20)
All courses will run on a newly updated version of the previous 1:10,000 map.
Toilets There may be very limited facilities at the event. Please use public toilets at nearby at Downhill Beach car park or Benone Tourist Complex.
Junior Fundraiser Refreshment Stall: Please note there will NOT be a refreshment stall at this event.
Dogs Strictly no dogs are allowed in the competition area.
This colour series event returns to the core mature mixed forest and fast runnable hillside of Binevenagh. The area is now very mature and subsequently in danger of significant clear felling in the not too distant future. This may be your last chance to run it at its best!
The deciduous, largely beech, areas of the forest (which are visited by Brown, Blue and Green) are in particularly fine condition, with the low level vegetation now almost completely gone and the underlying contour detail much more visible. Some of the mature coniferous sections are a little more scrappy with light wind damage slowing progress in places.
The hillside remains as fast as ever – although in areas encroaching whin bushes will add some new route choice problems.
Stiles are provided at multiple crossing points and must be used by all competitors. All stiles are clearly marked on the map with the purple overprint symbol. Permanent stiles are untaped, but the temporary ones will be taped.
- Parents should be aware there are two small fishing lakes adjacent to the car parking and supervise their children accordingly.
- There is a short steep climb from the fishing lake to the start area. The route is not suitable for prams and care should be taken, particularly if the ground conditions are wet.
- All courses except white and yellow will go up onto the open hillside beneath the Binevenagh cliffs. Bring a cagoule (and whistle) and be prepared to carry it should the event officials make this mandatory as a result of weather conditions.
- Courses on the hillside (not white and yellow) cross a field grazed by ponies. Please do not approach these animals.
- The area contains a number of mountain bike tracks which are mostly disused. However, please be aware of the possibility of encountering mountain bikes.
- Entrances to the hillside may still display signs warning of the presence of cattle (and a bull). However, these animals will have been taken off the land before the event.
Organiser: Rachel Reid
Planner: David Blair
Controller: Charlie Reid
Date(s) - 7th Oct 2017
11:00 - 15:00