The British Sprint Championships Weekend
21 August & 22 August 2021
Update July 20th 2021
With the Government lifting of the majority of restrictions, we have now received permissions from West Lancashire Borough Council for the Sprint Championships Weekend to proceed in full.
The entry closing date for both the Relay and Individual events is midnight on Sunday 8 August, the end of the Scottish Six Day week. Entries online only at Fabian4.
The Organising and Planning teams have continued with their work during this uncertain time and are now on the final push to have everything in place for a great weekend of technical urban sprint orienteering.
Some social distancing measures may still be in place for the event and we would ask everyone competing to follow the current British Orienteering Guidelines during the weekend.
The British Sprint Championships website is here and will continue to be updated as and when further information is available.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Update report by Colin Matheson, Assistant Coordinator
Scottish 6 Days, Lochaber 2021
The announcement by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that Scotland would move to Level 0 from the 19th July was great news but it wasn't carte blanche for the organisers of Lochaber 2021 to press ahead with a complete lifting of restrictions. Factoring in the possibility that we could yet see a return to Level 1 and various other risk factors, the decision to stick with the 2 x 3 Day format with a maximum of 1,000 competitors a day was confirmed. Sportscotland, the conduit into the Scottish Government, were supportive of this plan as were the various other parties involved including Local Authorities, PoliceScotland and NHS Highland. Needless to say lots of things have been happening behind the scenes, including traffic management plans, equipment inventories, liaison with third party suppliers, keeping landowners in the loop and most important of all buy-in from the many volunteers who have put in so many hours to make this happen.
The Scottish 6 Days is first and foremost a holiday event, but we will still retain that competitive element with UK Orienteering League (UKOL) events on Day 2, Day 3 and Days 4 and 5 "combined".
Day 5 at Creag Dhubh will also include a World Ranking Event and thanks go to our International Orienteering Federation (IOF) Advisor Ted Finch for his approval of some slight deviations from the usual protocols.
Thanks to funding from EventScotland we will be pleased to bring you a daily video diary under their "Scotland the Perfect Stage" flag. Look out for Jason of Poppycock Films out in the forest or open hillside but don't worry about tripping over cables! No live feeds, GPS tracking or live broadcast this time around.
British Sprint Championships Weekend 21st/22nd August - Update
Early Entry Fee Period Extended
We have the formal permissions, but this has taken longer than expected due to the prolonged Covid lockdown period. Due to this we are extending the early entry fee period for both the Sprint Relays and the Individual Sprints until 23:59 July 31st.
Get your cheaper rate entry in now before the Scottish Six Day week.
Entries finally close at 23:59 Sunday August 8th.
Enter now on Fabian4.
We look forward to seeing you there.
British Sprint Championships event team.
October Outdoors with Lagan Valley Orienteers and The Outdoor Partnership NI
Four weeks of adventurous orienteering challenges across three boroughs supported by The Outdoor Partnership NI.
October Outdoors is a FREE exciting adventure challenge across three of Lagan Valley Orienteer’s council areas. This is DIY Orienteering thanks to MapRunF. All you need is your mobile phone, an orienteering map and a sense of adventure! There will be a new challenge and a new place to explore every week for the month of October!
This challenge is suitable for all levels – families, runners, cyclists, dog walkers, youth groups – you name it! This is the perfect socially distanced activity with no touch points and plenty of fresh air.
Simply email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and postcode, you will then be sent further details on how to get started. M
More information can be found on Lagan Valley Orienteers website here.
Keep up to date on all the “October Outdoors” news on our club Facebook page – Lagan Valley Orienteers and our hub pages – Orchard County Orienteers and Tollymore Orienteers.
Caoimhe Conor, Outdoor Activities Development Officer for The Outdoor Partnership NI, says:
“The Outdoor Partnership NI are excited to be working with Lagan Valley Orienteers. It is great to get people outside, running and navigating in a safe way in these strange times. I am excited to see what great opportunities we can open up for local people and communities.”
Special thanks must go to the following councils for their ongoing support Ards & North Down Borough Council, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and Newry Mourne and Down District Council.