Update 02/05/23 - Latest version of the Event Programme. Middle Distance Course 11 has a Yellow Start, not a Pink Start, as described on a diagram in the ealier Event Program, published on 26/04/23.  

Update 26/04/23 - Event Programme released

Please find the latest version of the event programme above. 

Update 07/02/2023

Northern Ireland Orienteering Association will be staging the British Middle Championships on Sunday 7 May 2023 in Drumkeeragh Forest, Co Down.

Entries and Prices

Please note: It has been noted that a number of deadlines for major British Orienteering events have fallen within the same calendar month. To support with household budgeting, the organisers of this event have made the decision to extend the Early and Standard entry deadlines. The final deadline has remained the same - Tue 11 April


Sprint Prices

Middle-Distance Prices


Junior (MW18 and below)


Junior (MW18 and below)

Early Entry

Sun 1 January to Sun 5 March





Standard Entry

Mon 6 March to Sun 2 April





Late Entry

 Mon 3 April to Tue 11 April





The same prices apply for all participants but only members of British Orienteering are eligible for Championship prizes.


Starting times

Middle-Distance start window (tbc): 10:30-12:30

Participants can opt for the following starting options: Very Early, Early, Middle, Late, Very Late or (Parental) Split.

Those entered for MW21, 20 and 18 courses will have start times allocated depending on seeding.


Middle Distance Courses, Age Classes and Eligibility 

Male: M10, M12, M14, M16, M18, M20, M21, M35, M40, M45, M50, M55, M60, M65, M70, M75, M80, M85+

Female: W10, W12, W14, W16, W18, W20, W21, W35, W40, W45, W50, W55, W60, W65, W70, W75, W80, W85+

White, Yellow and Orange non-championship courses will also be available.

Courses will soon be assigned to age classes in keeping with the British Orienteering rules.

Participants can choose to enter and run 'up' a class/course and be competitive only in that class. For example, an M18 could enter and run the M Open class and be competitive in this class, forfeiting their competitive status in the M18 class.

Participants who run down a class/course will not be regarded as competitive. 

To be eligible in the British Championship competition you must be a British Orienteering member and either

  • be a British citizen, or
  • have been a member of British Orienteering since 2020

For Juniors under 13 who are not British citizens, please check the rules here



In the interests of fair competition, please don't visit these areas with a view to reconnaissance between now and the competition date. Click on the link to the British Orienteering embargoed areas



If coming to the island of Ireland for a longer period to take in the Emerald Isle Orineteering Festival, consider bringing your car by ferry. However if coming just for the weekend, flying and hiring a vehicle is likely to be less expensive. 

Here are the approximate travel times to both the Sprint and Middle-Distance venues from travel hubs. 

  • Fly/Drive

Belfast International Airport: 1 hour

Belfast City Airport: 1 hour

Dublin Airport: 1h 45 min

  • Ferry

Belfast Port: 1 hour

Larne Port: 1h 30 min

Dublin Port: 1h 45 min


Coronavirus Safety Measures

This event is organised within the Covid regulations laid down by the NI Government and British Orienteering.

Currently there are no restrictions around Covid and sporting events however as safety and wellbeing are core to the sport of orienteering we retain the following measures and advice:

  • Try not to touch the SI Control boxes except with the SI Card During the race
  • Please be aware of who is around you and try to maintain distance especially when approaching Controls
  • As we are using public parks please be mindful of other park users and give them space
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser after your race and before handling food
  • If car sharing with people outside of your household, we recommend keeping the vehicle well ventilat


You must not attend the event if you are unwell with a cough, fever or have had other Covid symptoms or first tested positive for Covid-19 within the last 5 days (3 days for children).

If you have a condition that makes you Clinically Vulnerable, please follow current government and medical advice before registering.