NI Night Championships


The area is made up of a small area of superb natural forest and scrub, and an extensive area of new native planting. The area is partly managed by the Woodland Trust and partly by a community trust. There is a good network of small paths, ponds, hills and site of historical and nature interest.

Strictly NO DOGS due to present of livestock (Sheep)


Map Scale 1:7500

Safety & Future Access

There are a number of areas marked Out of Bounds on the map. These must be strictly adhered to for safety (Deep Marshes / Livestock) and also to ensure our future access to this area.

  • The OOB marsh to the west of the map will not be marked on the ground – stay out!
  • The OOB marsh and adjacent environmental restricted area on the east will be marked with tape – this must not be crossed.
  • The OOB field in the centre of the map contains semi-feral livestock – the fence must not be crossed.


Control stakes will have a small piece of reflective tape towards the top, and the one major crossing point (NOT compulsory, but highly recommended to use) will also have reflective tape for the Night event, and red/white tape for the Score event.

All Night Orienteers will be checked for whistle, clothing with some sort of reflective capability is advisable, and weather depending, a Cagoule, while still allowing for some sort of reflectivity on clothing

3-blasts from the whistle is an Internationally Recognized Distress Signal

It is advised that Night Orienteers carry a spare set of batteries/Torch

Tree Disease

Competitors will be required to use a foot bath/spray after leaving the forest to reduce the chance of spreading tree disease.

Start Times

Race/Safety Briefing at 1720 HRS in Registration Barn

Starts from first reasonable darkness, approximately 1730 HRS

Courses close 2030 HRS (competitors must endeavour to report to the finish before this time)!


 A – Long
4.9k 120m climb Men Open
 B – Medium
3.9k 95m climb Women Open
Men 45+
 C – Short
3.2k 55m climb Women 45+
Junior Men 16+
Junior women 16+

N.B. Competitors must be 16 years or older to compete in the Night event
This means 16 years on the day, not 16 by the end of the year!

Pricing (for Score and Night)

 NIOA Members Score only Night Only Combined
 Senior  £8  £8  £12
  Student/Unwaged  £6  £6  £9
  Junior  £4  £4  £6
 NIOA Non- Members Score only Night Only Combined
 Senior £10 £10 £14
 Student/Unwaged £8 £8 £11
 Junior £5 £5 £7

Book a Map (Night Championships)

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    Additional Requests / Multiple maps

    To book a map for the NIOA Score championships – please use the form on the Score Championship event page.


    Car Parking convenient to Registration, Starts and Finish

    Toilet facility available

    The Juniors Fundraising Kitchen will be at the event.

    Warm-up available along entrance lane – beware of traffic!


    Detailed Travel Directions

    SAT NAV Info

    15 Halfgayne Road
    BT46 5PB

    N 54°52.591′ W 006°41.788′

    From Dungiven

    19 minutes from Dungiven

    Leaving Dungiven on A6 Glenshane Road towards Maghera, approximately 2 miles after the Ponderosa Restaurant, turn left onto Ranaghan Road. Follow this road for 1.7 miles then turn left onto Urbalshinney Road. After 0.8 miles travel over the crossroads to Halfgayne Road, after 0.7 miles entrance to Drumnaph is on the right, travel up this lane, car parking is on the left after 0.2 miles
    Google Maps Full Route from Dungiven Link

    From Coleraine

    36 Minutes from Drumcroone Roundabout

    Follow A29 Drumcroone Road towards Maghera, after travelling through Swatragh continue on the A29 for 2.3 miles, turn right onto Gortinure Road, Drumnaph will be signposted with a Brown Signpost at this location. Travel for 1.5 miles and then turn left at the T-Junction with Halfgayne Road and after 0.5 miles entrance to Drumnaph is on the right, travel up this lane, car parking is on the left after 0.2 miles
    Google Maps Full Route from Coleraine Link

    From Castledawson Roundabout

    52 minutes from York Street/M2

    Travel North from Castledawson Roundabout on the A6 Glenshane Road for 5.8 miles then turn right onto Mullagh Road, signposted for Maghera and Coleraine. Continue for 0.4 miles to a mini roundabout, turn left following signs to Maghera, follow A42 Main Street straight at the next mini roundabout, through a set of traffic lights, and continue along the Tirkane Road. Drive for 2.1 miles, then turn right onto Halfgayne Road, and after 0.7 miles entrance to Drumnaph is on the right, travel up this lane, car parking is on the left after 0.2 miles
    Google Maps Full Route from Castledawson Roundabout Link

    Organiser: David Blair
    Planner: Des Fletcher
    Controller: Steven Linton

    Date(s) - 11th Feb 2017
    17:00 - 19:30

    Drumnaph Wood

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