Ireland’s top Orienteering experts set for Northern Ireland event:

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Alternative running event set for Derry/Londonderry on St Patrick’s weekend:

NI Orienteering will welcomed Ireland’s best orienteers to the City centre to compete for selection for this summer’s World Orienteering Championships in Italy. Orienteering is a sport where competitors use a map to complete a pre-set course in the fastest possible time.

Normally orienteering takes place in forests or mountain sides however there is a relatively new discipline called Sprint Orienteering that uses park or urban terrain. Courses are a lot shorter than regular orienteering taking only about 15minutes to complete- however this means athletes need to be running at full speed and they can’t afford to make any navigational mistakes at all as competitors can be separated by fractions of seconds in the final results. Sunday’s event is a part of a full weekend of orienteering in the North West. On Saturday races will be held on Binevenagh mountain close to Limavady and on St. Patrick’s Day there will be an event in St. Columb’s Park.

It is not only elite orienteers that will enjoy this weekend’s events. Throughout the weekend over 100 competitors will take part to see how close their times are to the country’s top orienteering stars. There were also non-competitive participants who were just there to enjoy a nice walk around our historic city. Ages ranged from 0 – 75! Orienteering is a sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. The NI Orienteering organises events throughout the year and newcomers all always welcome. More information can be found atwww.niorienteering.org.uk