Munster League #2: Glengarra Wood, Tipperary SUNDAY FEBRUARY 18TH Event Info

posted 14 Feb 2018, 05:21 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 14 Feb 2018, 05:22 ]

The second event in the 2018 Munster League will take place on Sunday February 18th at Glengarra Wood, Tipperary. This a very scenic forest with two areas of Millennium Forest planting! Mixed forestry, good road/track network and open moorland. There will be courses to suit all levels of orineteering ability.

Brown           7.0km
Blue              6.2km
Green           4.8km
Light Green   3.4km
Red               2.7km
Orange          2.3km

Competitors can start anytime from 11am to 1pm.

Please let us know if you are bringing a group.

Glengarra Wood is very accessible from Cork and Dublin via the M8 motorway. Parking is in the first car park on the right hand side, after you enter the woods.

* From Cork city, take the M8 northbound as far as Junction 12, signposted Mitchelstown/Kilbeheny. Take the R639 through the villages of Kilbeheny and Skeheenarinky. Glengarra Wood is on the left hand side of the road, approx. 3km from Skeheenarinky, and 500m after passing under a wide bridge.
* From Dublin/Waterford, take the M8 southbound and exit at Junction 11, signposted Kilbeheny/Skeheenarinky. Follow the R639 south, passing Kilcoran Lodge on your right. Once you pass a turn for Burncourt and Mitchelstown Caves on your left, the entrance to the woods is 500m on the right hand side of the road.

Prices: Senior €7; Student, over-65 €5; Junior €4; Family €16; Groups by request.

Hope you can join us.

CorkO club hike this Sunday

posted 26 Jan 2018, 12:54 by Rob McEvoy   [ updated 26 Jan 2018, 12:54 ]

Join us for a sociable hike up Galtymore on Sunday morning. Meeting in the King's Yard at 10.00am sharp. The hike will be led by John Scannell and will be an approximately 12km loop taking in the summit of Galtymore. Relaxed pace. Please bring appropriate gear (i.e. no jeans or runners!) and bring a packed lunch. All welcome.

CorkO winter circuit training

posted 6 Jan 2018, 08:44 by Rob McEvoy   [ updated 6 Jan 2018, 08:44 ]


Hope you had a great Christmas and best wishes for 2018.

There's an exciting year of orienteering fixtures ahead: an Irish champs in Sligo and Donegal; the Shamrock O-ringen around the Cork - Kerry border.

If you'd like to be in good condition to enjoy the orienteering why not join our winter circuit training group. There are 5 spaces remaining.
All fitness levels and all ages 16-70+ are welcome.. 
Details are below.


Last winter CorkO organised a successful Strength and Conditioning class throughout the winter. 16 of us did a weekly session improving our flexibility and balance. The training is specially geared to running helping to avoid injuries and improve your strength and stride.

This winter we'll again be doing a class with a professional trainer  in Fitnessworx gym on the Tramore Road

When:-       8pm on Monday evenings
Start-date:- Monday 8th January
Duration:-   12 weeks
Cost:-         CorkO members €60 non-members €70

All fitness levels welcome, everyone can do the exercises at their own pace.

Non-CorkO members welcome.

We have 5 places remaining so email Danny NOW at dannyohare (at) gmail (dot) com to reserve a place.

Ballincollig Christmas Fun event Results and Report

posted 29 Dec 2017, 02:46 by Rob McEvoy   [ updated 29 Dec 2017, 02:49 ]

We were delighted to welcome orienteers from near and far to Ballincollig Regional Park last Wednesday for our annual Christmas fun event. As usual we saw many familiar faces who were home for Christmas, and there was a very sociable atmosphere at the registration tent as old friends and old orienteering rivals caught up with one another.

It was a cold but sunny winter's morning and our orienteers were keen to get running and warm up as soon as possible! We had 51 entries on our "Simple Score" course which was suitable for beginners and juniors. The aim on the Simple course was to punch as many controls as possible within 30 minutes. Although there were 16 controls up for grabs, competitors had to be tactical in order to maximise their points, as visiting all of them within 30 minutes would have been a tall order. There was a tie for first place on this course, with Ciara O'Brien, Lucy O'Brien and Julien Beuken all scoring 12 points. Just one control behind in second place were Joseph Lawlor, Katie Meldrum and Ciara Meldrum on 11 points. Many more people managed 10 controls and tied for 3rd place: Ber O'Sullivan, Conor Lande, Lily Meldrum, John Murphy, Jill Murphy, Laura Cox and Jana Cox.

The mass start "Snooker Score" course got underway at 12:03pm, and competitors had until 12:53pm to score as many points as possible. For some, it was their first game of snooker and they only had a few minutes to wrap their heads around the rules! For others, it was clear that they were familiar with the format and already had a strategy worked out to maximise their points tally.

Planner's observation:
Courses like this can be considered in two parts: firstly the red-colour-red-colour part (where competitors have a choice in which colours to punch in between the mandatory reds) and secondly the "colour sprint" part (where competitors have no choice, and just have to sprint around the six colours to get to the finish). Those that did the best seemed to work their way across the map from west to east, so that they finished the red-colour-red-colour section right beside the Yellow control, and had no delay in starting the "colour sprint" section. There were 27 points up for grabs from the "colour sprint" section, so the people that did best seemed not to waste too much time getting high-scoring colours in the first section, thereby allowing time for them to complete the second section fully.

We had 37 people on the Snooker Score, and after the points were tallied it was a tie for first place, with Darren Burke and Andy Simpson both scoring 88 points within the time limit of 50 minutes. Andy managed it with just 39 seconds to spare! Next placed was Brian Corbett (75), followed by Toni O'Donovan (72) and Conrad Daly (70). Totting up these points was a bit of a Christmas nightmare! For those who are interested in splits etc., see the spreadsheet attached below. Controls punched after the 50-minute time limit scored zero points. Some people punched two consecutive Red controls on the first section of the course, and I applied a 2-point penalty every time someone did this.

Thanks to all who took part and donated their entry fees - this was a charity event in aid of Straight Ahead Ireland, who provide surgery, support and medical equipment for children with orthopaedic conditions. Regular Summer League orienteers will know Sean Bosonnet, whose story was recently featured in the Irish Examiner and inspired us to donate this year's proceeds to this worthy charity. €478 was raised in total.

Thanks also to those who helped out on the day: Bobby O'Connor, David and Francis O'Donovan, Conrad Daly and Darren Burke.

Finally we had two competitors who didn't check back in with us after their runs - so if Rory Duggan and Sharon Duggan are reading this (or somebody knows how to contact them), could they please get in touch with us so that we can retrieve their SI cards.

Happy New Year,

Provisional results from Ballincollig Score event

posted 27 Dec 2017, 15:18 by Rob McEvoy   [ updated 27 Dec 2017, 15:18 ]

Here are the provisional results from today's event at Ballincollig. Thanks to all who took part - it was great to see so many people out orienteering on a cold winter's morning! More details on the results to follow, but here are points tallies. Points scored after 30 minutes on the Simple course and after 50 minutes on the Snooker course count as zero.

Simple Score:

Name Total
Ciara O'Brien 12
Lucy O'Brien 12
Julien Beuken 12
Joseph Lawlor 11
Katie Meldrum 11
Ciara Meldrum 11
Ber O'Sullivan 10
Conor Lande 10
Lily Meldrum 10
John Murphy 10
Jill Murphy 10
Laura Cox 10
Jana Cox 10
Amelie O'Donovan 9
Aidan Hennessy 9
Sean Hennessy 9
Abi Foley 9
Albi Morrish 9
Ursula Morrish 9
Ben Foley 9
Fiachra Morrish 9
Collins Family 8
Keegan Spillett 8
Alec O'Brien 8
Rowan Lawlor 7
Laoibhse O'Mahony 7
Niamh Hennessy 7
Ruaidhri O'Brien 7
Laoibhse O'Mahony 7
Sinead Healy 6
Aislinn Healy 6
Caoimhe Power 6
Chloe Spillett 6
Lily Boardman 6
Caitlin Boardman 6
Jennifer Foley 6
Anglea Cox 6
Senan Lawlor 6
Eoin Simpson 5
Rowan O'Byrne 5
Ellie Simpson 5
Sharon O'Mahony 5
Calum Spillett 5
Fionn Spillett 5
Emma Boardman 5
Sadhbh Gash 3
Brid O'Flynn 3
Edward Gash 3
Coran Spillett          

Snooker Score:

Name Total
Darren Burke 88
Andy Simpson 88
Brian Corbett 75
Toni O'Donovan 72
Conrad Daly 70
Colm O'Halloran 68
Andrew Murphy 65
Terence Hoare 65
Simon Murphy 64
Sean Murphy 63
Brendan Wall 62
Pat O'Donovan 62
Cillin Corbett 62
Danny O'Hare 61
Eric Curry 60
Caroline Murray 57
Noel O'Leary 57
Darragh Hoare 55
Una Buckley 54
Sarah Hoare 54
Colm O'Sullivan 51
Aoife O'Sullivan 51
Robert O'Connor 48
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William Curry 45
Donal Burke 42
Andrew Cox 42
Pat Cadogan 41
Joshua Hoare 40
Jim O' Donovan 36
Richard O'Halloran 31
Laura O'Connell 31
Ben Mahon 31
Jim Kelleher 30
Gearoid Ryan 29
Liz Deane 28
Meabh O'Connor 10

Christmas Orienteering at Ballincollig next Wednesday

posted 20 Dec 2017, 14:16 by Rob McEvoy   [ updated 20 Dec 2017, 14:16 ]

Join us next Wednesday 27th December at Ballincollig Regional Park for some festive orienteering fun!

We'll be using the usual "score" format that we use each Christmas - where competitors will have to punch as many controls as possible within the time limit.

There will be two courses available - including a simple "score" course for beginners or less experienced orienteers. For the more experienced we have a "Snooker Score" format, where competitors will have to score points in a specified order, as explained below!

Entry €5 each (€3 for juniors) and all proceeds will go to Straight Ahead, a charity that provides surgery, support and medical equipment for children with orthopaedic conditions.

Registration will be at the MIDDLE car park by the allotments.

Start times 11:00am - 12:00pm for the simple course and there will be a GROUP START for the Snooker Score at 12:00pm sharp. Please arrive in good time to register for the Snooker Score! Courses close 12:45pm.

Prizes for the course winners and spot prizes on the day!

Bring a stopwatch!

Hope to see you there,


Cork Orienteers

(with thanks to Cork County Council for the use of the Park)



For the Snooker Score course, there will be 16 controls in the park: ten "red" controls (worth 1 point each), and six colour controls (yellow = 2; green = 3; brown = 4; blue = 5; pink = 6; black = 7). Competitors will need to punch a "red" control, then punch a colour, then punch a different "red" control, followed by a colour; etc., until they have punched all 10 red controls, and 10 colours of their choice. They should then complete the course by visiting the six colours yellow-green-brown-blue-pink-black in order. Just like a game of snooker!

The maximum number of points available is 107 (i.e. if someone punched the "black" control after every red control) - but this will of course involve running a little further and quite a bit faster :-)

The overall winner will be the person who completes the course with the most points, in the fastest time, and within the time limit.

CorkO Christmas Gifts for Happy Fitness and Great New Gear

posted 19 Dec 2017, 02:46 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 19 Dec 2017, 02:47 ]

As another busy orienteering year draws to a close your O-gear might be showing the signs of a very active year. So just a reminder that if any of your family or friends have new O-gear on their Christmas list then why not avoid the queues this Christmas and purchase some of our stylist Cork O gear. These are the gifts you just can’t get in the shops!

If you would like to orienteer in style in the New Year then why not treat yourself!

The club have a stock of Cork O gear for sale at discount prices to our valued members:

Club Jacket €50
Club Jacket (with hood) €55
O-tops €30,
O-bottoms €25 and
SI cards €30.

Or how about an Orienteering Techniques Booklet, for just €3 this makes a great stocking filler for the orienteer in your life.

Visit the Merchandise page for more information.

for further information on these fabulous gift ideas. Drop me an e-mail if you'd like to make a purchase and we may even throw in some mapping paper!!

Remember if you give or receive O-gear this Christmas there is no better place to try it out then at our Christmas fun event on Wednesday December 27th at the Regional Park Ballincollig.

Finally, thanks to everyone who has assisted and participated at our events throughout 2017. Your support is much appreciated and we would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a great new year!

Munster League #8: Kilworth Military Range, Kilworth Sunday December 10th Event Info

posted 6 Dec 2017, 02:18 by Elaine Sheridan

The 8th and final event in the 2017 Munster League will take place on Sunday December 10th at Kilworth Military Ranges

Munster League Finale will have a bit of a difference this year. The Brown, Blue, Green & Light Green courses will all start at 11:30 with a mass start, these courses are all forked in a way that should lead to some interesting head to head racing.

The Orange & Yellow courses will have a punching start at times between 11:30 and 12:30.

Approx course distances:

Brown: 12.6km
Blue: 8.4km
Green: 6.5km
Light Green/Red: 5.1km
Orange: 3.0km
Yellow: 2.4km

For all courses involved in the mass start please arrive and be entered no later than 11:00am. The start pen will then close at 11:20am before the mass start at 11:30am.

There will also be the traditional fundraiser for he Junior Squad. The Munster League prize giving will take place after the event.

Munster League prize giving will take place in the feeding shed at 1.15pm after the event.

The current league standings are as follows:

On Brown Jens Waechter leads, but Darren Burke can overtake Jens.
Donal Murphy is well positioned for the final podium spot.

On Blue Liam Cotter leads but he could be overtaken by Richard Latimer or Gerald Duffy if they attend and run well on Sunday.

On Green Rory Costello leads from Liam O'Brien and Jim Callanan.
Natusko Cotter is the leading lady from Aoife O'Sullivan and Elaine Sheridan.

On Light Green Robert O'Connor leads from Donal Burke and Liz Deane

On Red Zane Kramina leads from Ted Feehan and Josephine O'Keeffe

The full league tables are available at the link below:
Hope you can join us on the day.


Munster Orienteering Championships 2017

posted 18 Nov 2017, 14:51 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 18 Nov 2017, 14:51 ]

It's a big day for Cork Orienteering Club tomorrow as we host the 2017 Munster Orienteering Championships! Safe journeying to all our 169 competitors and see you in the morning at King's Yard.

Best of luck to all!

Night-O #3: Curragh Wood Midleton Friday November 17th

posted 17 Nov 2017, 02:41 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 17 Nov 2017, 02:42 ]

Our third Night-O adventure takes place at Curragh Woods again this Friday, November 17th. The event will start in the far car park on the NW side of the woo. Registration and starts available 1900-1930. €5 entry. Courses close at 2030.

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