CorkO 2018 Autumn League Fixtures

posted by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated ]

After a short orienteering break we will be back in action on Tuesday August 28th when our Autumn League gets under way. So less than a week to go.

Similar to the Summer League there will be two courses on offer each evening. A Short (~2km) and a Long (~5km).

Complete three out of the six events to finish the league.

AL#1: Tuesday August 28th Currabinny Wood, Ringaskiddy
AL#2: Tuesday September 4th James Fort, Kinsale
AL#3: Tuesday September 11th Regional Park Ballincollig
AL#4: Sunday September 16th Cliona Callanan Memorial Event, Doneraile Park
AL#5: Tuesday September 18th Cork Showgrounds, Curraheen
AL#6: Tuesday September 23rd Kinsale Urban-O, Kinsale

For all Tuesday evening events competitors can start any time from 5:30pm to 6:30pm while for the Sunday event the start window will be 11am to 1pm in Doneraile and 10am to 11am in Kinsale.

A reminder to all our Summer League finishers that your hard earned league finishers t-shirts will be available to collect at all of the Autumn League events.

Hope you can join us next week.

CorkO 2018 Summer League Prize Winners

posted 22 Jul 2018, 13:51 by Cork Orienteering

Cork Orienteering Club is delighted with the success of our 2018 Summer Orienteering League. We very much appreciate the support from the many individuals and families who regularly made the journey every Tuesday evening to the various destinations throughout the city and county. 

Throughout the league campaign our Long courses covered a total of 51.7km across the various destinations while the Short courses amassed a staggering 24.1km of forest tracks and trails. Not so Short when you add them all together!  It was marvelous to see so many people trying the sport of orienteering for the first time. Over the 10 competitive weeks of the league we had over 146 individual entries on the Short course and a further 144 unique entrants attempt the Long. Furthermore, it was fantastic to see so many of these individuals and families getting bitten by the orienteering bug. They not only got more competitive each week but also became very determined to finish the league and claim their technical league finisher t-shirt. This year we have close to 100 league finishers who are all eligible to receive these fashionable running tops which means they can orienteering in style this Autumn. 

On the competitive side of things we had ten fiercely competitive events and many worthy event winners. The overall league which required competitors to complete at least six of the ten events was hugely competitive right throughout the results table. Although the Short Course and Long Course Men's League Champion titles were decided in advance of the final competitive event the Women's Long Course title went down to the wire at our last individual event in Ballyannon Wood as did the remaining prize winning places on both courses.

On Tuesday evening following all the relay action in Farran Forest Park competitors adjourned to the National Rowing Centre which was a short 50m walk from the car park where they got to enjoy a scrumptious BBQ. When everyone was served the summer league prize-giving ceremony commenced.

Prizes were awarded to the top five men and women league finishers on the Long course and the top three finishers on the Short course. All league finishers on the Short course were awarded medals for their great achievement.

The title of Long Course Men’s League Champion went to Conrad Daly and Elizabeth Jakobsson took the title of Long Course Ladies League Champion.

The full list of Long course prize winners is as follows:

Long Course Men's League
WINNER:             Conrad Daly 6 pts              
Runner-Up:          Dan McDonnell 12 pts
3rd:                      Darragh Hoare 21 pts  
4th:                      Eric O'Connor 27pts
5th:                      Cathal Lane 36 pts

Long Course Women's League
WINNER:             Elizabeth Jakobsson 6 pts
Runner-up:           Elaine Sheridan 13 pts
3rd:                       Sinead O'Donoghue 15 pts
4th:                       Una Buckley 19 pts
5th                        Liz Deane 36 pts

The title of Short course Champion went to David Moylan. Runner up on the Short course was Erin O'Brien. The final podium place went to Eoin Sweeney.

Short Course League
WINNER:                 David Moylan 31pts
Runner-up:              Erin O'Brien 44 pts
3rd:                          Eoin Sweeney 52 pts

This year we had a great number of individuals and families complete the Short course league. No doubt with all this orienteering experience there will be some future orienteering stars in the making here. All the Short course finishers listed below received medals to mark their outstanding achievement in completing the league.
Sarah O'Sullivan
Patrick O'Sullivan
Leah O'Sullivan
Ruairi O'Sullivan
Max O'Shea
Matthew O'Shea
Emma Moynihan
Luke Moynihan
Rian Moynihan
Emily Cronin
Trevor Moynihan
Deirdre Murphy
Aoife Mannix
Thomas Desmond
Stephanie Desmond
Isabelle O'Brien
Shane Murray
Isabelle Murray

Special medals were also handed out on the night to some very enthusiastic junior orienteers that almost finished this year’s league
MHG Whizz - Gerry Brett
MHG Whizz - David Brett
MHG Whizz - Maeve Brett
MHG Whizz - Niamh Brett
Abbey Collins
Ruadh Collins
Aisling O'Mahony
Laoise O'Mahony
Daniel O'Riordan
Matthew O'Riordan
Jens Moloney

It was tremendous to see the sheer delight of many of our junior prize winners at their wonderful achievements. Congratulations to our Champions, winners and medalists and well done to all our league finishers and participants. Some photo's from the event are available at the following link:

We would like to once again thank all the planners and event organisers for helping stage all eleven events in the league. Without them we wouldn't have a league.

Finally, we would also like to thank everyone who participated at all our league events. Without you the league wouldn't have been the success that it was. We really appreciate your support and hope you enjoyed the courses and venues we visited along the way.

Enjoy the break and hopefully see you back and refreshed at the Autumn League.



Summer League #11: Farran Forest Park July 17th Relay Race, BBQ and Prizegiving Results and Report

posted 20 Jul 2018, 04:19 by Cork Orienteering   [ updated 20 Jul 2018, 05:17 by Elaine Sheridan ]

Another Summer League series drew to a close on Tuesday night in Farran Forest Park. After ten fiercely competitive events at varied locations around the city and county the league concluded with a fun relay race. The weather has been incredibly fine throughout this year’s league and despite some localised showers in the early part of Tuesday afternoon we were fortunate once again to get to enjoy another fine evening of glorious sunshine for our Summer League finale

After ten events were individuals pitted their orienteering skills against one another in the battle to be crowned Summer league champion Tuesday’s relay race was all about team work. Each team had to complete a Short leg (~2km) and a Long leg (~3km). The target being to pair up many of our regular Long course participants with some of our habitual Short course contestants. As the event also included a group start it provided the perfect opportunity for all our summer league followers to mingle. Furthermore, to celebrate the end of another very successful and enjoyable summer of orienteering the evening concluded with a BBQ and prize-giving ceremony in the National rowing centre.

While some participants came with pre-arranged partnerships other pairings were formed on the night. We did our best to keep the teams as even and fair as possible. Orienteering really is a sport for all the family and participants of all ages can par take and this was most evident in many of the alliances formed on Tuesday night.

It was great to see so many family combinations Feehans, Murphys, O’Donovans, Moynihans, O’Sullivans and Hoare to name but a few. It is the middle of holiday season at the moment and we were especially delighted to welcome a number of visiting international orienteers to the event. The Antcliff Family from Bushflyers orienteering club in Canberra Australia took in our event on their busy trip to Ireland. Nerijus Mlsikas from Shiauliai Orienteering Sport Club (SAKAS) in Lithuania managed to squeeze in the Relay race while visiting his friend Ari who is based in Ireland. Ari choose not to compete at the event but captured some lovely action shots from the race which he has kindly shared with us. The Jansson Family also took in our orienteering event while on their hols. They were very fortunate to experience one of our most fun and social Irish orienteering event. We sincerely hope you all enjoyed the race.

Once all the teams were registered our planner gave a brief explanation of the handover process, then all 36 first leg runners were called to the start line. The maps were distributed and the countdown began. Once the GO instruction was hear runners sprinted off in all directions.

There were lots of controls to visit on all the courses. In a relay race it can be easy for competitors to get distracted by the sight of other orienteers and follow them rather than read the map. Given the relatively small area covered by the courses contestants’ paths would no doubt have crossed several times in the park. Therefore, it was very important for participants to pay attention to their map and their control codes and not to get carried away following fellow competitors. In particular the series of controls adjacent to the forest entrance and car park may have caught some orienteers out.

All the second leg runners waited patiently in the handover area for their team mates to return. This year the course planner designed all courses such that the finishing series of controls on all courses took competitors into the open area in front of the Zipit cabin. From here participants completed a final loop around the car park area before reaching the finish. This finish loop allowed our race commentator Brian Corbett to update everyone on the competition status and advice all second leg runners to prepare for a smooth transition. It also gave those waiting and watching an opportunity to cheer on their team mate and see some of the chasing that was taking place on the courses. However, for some the pressure of being watched and cheered on seemed to distract and confused them somewhat which led to some time losses for some.

Basked in the evening sun this beautiful and majestic park proved a fitting setting for our relay race and following a very competitive race the 2018 Summer League Relay Champions were Terence Hoare and Sean Kelleher. They completed both their relay legs in a combined time of 35 minutes and thirty seconds. The fast pace of this pair means they received our fabulous first prize which was sponsored by Zipit Forest Adventures. Terence and Sean will get to return to Farran Forest Park and transverse it from the tree tops and along the various zip lines as they experience the exhilarating and challenging Zipit aerial trails. All those participating in the Zipit experience on Tuesday certainly looked like they were having fun. Runners up on the night were the Conor O’Mahony and Sinead O’Donoghue they were less than minute behind our Champions and finished in a time of 36:20. Not far behind them was the mother and son partnership of Caroline Murray and Josh Hoare. They took third place when they crossed the finish line in a time of 37:09.

Following the race four teams were randomly picked for some spot prizes and the lucky winners were:
Team 8: Luke Moynihan / Cronin Moynihan
Team 18: Dan McDonnell / Mannix Family
Team 5: Jim O’Donovan / Elizabeth Jakobsson
Team 19: Josephine O’Keeffe / Ellen Feehan

Well done to all who embraced the novel relay format and participated on the night. Full team results are available at the following link:

Some photos from the event can be viewed at the following link:

This week we extend a big thank you John Scannell for planning and organising a fun and interesting relay race. Thanks also to Rob McEvoy and Gerald Duffy for taking care of team registration and entry fees on the night. Thanks too to Robert O’Connor, Liz Deane and Dave O’Donovan for distributing maps and to our race commentator Brian Corbett for the informative updates. Thanks also to Conrad Daly for assisting with control collection.

We are extremely grateful to Coillte for use of this fantastic amenity for our event and to the local park ranger Pat Malone for raising the barrier at the entrance to the park which gave us free entry on the night.

Huge thanks also to the folks at the Zipit Forest Adventures for sponsoring the fun Relay competitions and giving us a fantastic prize to award on the night.

Following all the relay excitement everyone made the short walk down to the National rowing centre to enjoy a very tasty BBQ in a stunning location which offered panoramic views across the river Lee and the Inniscarra Lake/Reservoirs. We are very thankful to Mick O’Callaghan and all the catering staff at the rowing centre for the fantastic food and friendly service. When everyone was suitably stuffed the summer league prize giving kicked off and our worthy champions and finishers received their prizes.

If you didn't manage to achieve one of the top places in the league don’t worry, as all league finishers will receive a specially designed t-shirt. Similar to last year to avoid waste and ensure that you receive a t-shirt that fits you we will order your desired size. Although our summer league boutique was open on Tuesday night we may not have fitted everyone. If you haven’t already specified your desired size please let me know ASAP as we will be placing the order this week to ensure the t-shirts arrive in time for distribution to finishers at the first of our Autumn league events.

After all the sunshine and excitement of the 2018 Summer League we will be taking a short break for a few weeks but will be back in action again on Tuesday August 28th for the start of our Autumn league.

Summer League #11: Farran Forest Park TUESDAY JULY 17TH Fun Relay Race, BBQ and Prizegiving

posted 13 Jul 2018, 06:44 by Elaine Sheridan

The eleventh and final event in the 2018 CorkO Summer League will take place at Farran Forest Park on Tuesday evening July 17th. The format will be a fun relay race and as this will be the Summer League Finale, the event will be followed by a BBQ and the league prize-giving. We really hope you can join us for some exciting orienteering, delicious food and the crowning of our league champions.

The format will be a 2-person fun relay race! All first let runners will commence their courses at the same time. When they complete their course and return to the finish they will tag their team mate who can then set off on their course.

Each team will complete a short 2km leg and a slightly longer leg 3km.

There is a good path network in Farran so the area is mostly buggy friendly.

The map scale is 1:5000

In the interest of fun and fairness we would ask that people who competed on the Long Course throughout the league partner up with those who competed on the Short course. Or failing that we would ask all those who finished in the top half of the Long course league results to find a team mate from the lower half of the Long course league results. We don't want a "packed duo" running away with the relay!!

We really would encourage everyone to come along and enjoy this fun event. If you don't have a team mate before the event don't worry as the organisers will assist with team selection/pairings on the night to ensure everyone gets a run/walk/jog or stroll.
There will be a group start of all first leg runners at 6.20pm. We will have a briefing 5 minutes beforehand to explain everything. Please allow enough time to register or find a team mate. There is a fabulous playground in the park which might provide a good warm up area for some of our competitors.

We have asked for the barrier at the entrance to the park to be opened for free entry between 5pm and 7pm. If you arrive outside this time you will most likely have to pay the €5 entrance fee.

The BBQ will start at 7:30pm in the National Rowing Centre which is also in the park (a 50m walk from the car park).

Adult €6 - includes relay entry and BBQ ticket.
Child €4 - includes relay entry and BBQ ticket.
Family €12 - includes relay entry and 3 BBQ tickets.

Additional BBQ tickets can be purchased at a cost of €6 for adults and €4 for children.

Anyone who attended our BBQ in the rowing centre last year will remember how delicious the food was.

We plan to have the prize giving for the league around ~8pm. So if your name appears among the prize winners below don't miss your moment of glory and come along to collect your hard earned prize!

Long Course Men's League
WINNER:             Conrad Daly 6 pts              
Runner-Up:          Dan McDonnell 12 pts
3rd:                      Darragh Hoare 21 pts  
4th:                      Eric O'Connor 27pts
5th:                      Cathal Lane 36 pts

Long Course Women's League
WINNER:             Elizabeth Jakobsson 6 pts
Runner-up:           Elaine Sheridan 13 pts
3rd:                       Sinead O'Donoghue 15 pts
4th:                       Una Buckley 19 pts
5th                        Liz Deane 36 pts

Short Course League
JOINT WINNERS:             David Moylan 31pts
Runner-up:                         Erin O'Brien 44 pts
3rd:                                     Eoin Sweeney 52 pts

This year we had 21 competitors completing 6 or more events on the Short course and medals will be presented to all Short course finishers in recognition of their great achievement.

Full individual results are available here:

If you didn't manage to achieve one of the top places in the league don't worry all league finishers will receive a specially designed T-shirt. Similar to last year to avoid waste and ensure that you receive a T-shirt that fits you the summer league boutique will be at Farran on Tuesday night. We will have some sample T-shirts available for you to try on. We will then order your desired size and you can collect it at any of our Autumn League events. If you can't make the event and know your t-shirt size please do let me know.

So far we have 82 summer league followers who are eligible to received our 2018 technical t-shirt, check the results file to see if you are one of the lucky few. Furthermore, the following people can still qualify for a T-shirt if they run on Tuesday, so do come out and compete.
Ann Conroy
Maria Lane
Pat O'Donovan
Ted Feehan
Mark O'Brien
Suzanne Quirke
Meldrum Family
MNG Whizz
Finbarr Scannell
Keohane Family
Daniel O'Riordan
Matthew O'Riordan

Farran forrest park is signposted from Dan Sheehan's Pub on the main Ballincollig - Macroom road as the national rowing centre.

Hope you will join us for this fun orienteering event, tasty BBQ and the crowning of our league champions. It is sure to be a very social evening.

Summer League #10: Ballyannon Wood Tuesday July 10th Results and Report

posted 12 Jul 2018, 03:22 by Elaine Sheridan

The competitive side of the 2018 CorkO Summer League drew to a close in Ballyannon Wood, Midleton on Tuesday night. This small wood can be deceptively tricky and proved a fitting test for the conclusion of our league. There were over 75 competitors in attendance and many had very clear objectives. Several were aiming to complete their sixth event and thus make their way into the league tables and at the same time earn themselves a stylish summer league finisher t-shirt. While others were looking to improve their overall league standing and were hoping to discard a poor result from an earlier event in the league. It was fabulous to see so many families and in particular juniors in action in the wood. The Short course competition saw a huge boost in league finishers following the event.

It is difficult to believe that 10 weeks have passed since the first event in the league and aside from a sprinkling of rain at Currabinny Wood we’ve enjoyed glorious sunshine at the rest of the event. In years to come when we are reeling in the Summer League years this one will be remembered as the sunny league. With soaring temperatures Ballyannon Wood basked in the evening sun on Tuesday night. Thankfully the shade in the forest kept it nice and cool in the wood and the dry paths made for fast running on many trails.

The planner set out a Short course which took competitors on a beautiful loop around this picturesque wood. The Long course was a little bit more taxing and with a double-sided map it took participants to most areas of the wood and had them traversing the wood in all directions.

From the start the Long course required competitors to make some fast route choices. There were two routes options to the first control one of which may have incurred some additional climb but the wider track may have afforded faster running. Precious time couldn’t be wasted trying to determine which route was best it was simply a case of pick one and run! The second control in the depression caused problems for some and got several mentions in the post-race analysis. Some drifted too low on the approach and were forced to re-locate. From here competitors visited another depression on the shore front which gave competitors a chance to check out the situation with the tide which would prove beneficial to know on later legs. Controls 4 and 5 were also positioned in shallow depressions on the western side of the map. The leg from 5 to 6 took entrants to the first of the two quarries on the map. Some may have been surprised to see that this quarry wasn’t as accessible as on our last visit to this wood. It seems storm Ophelia has left her mark here having knocked a huge tree straight into the middle of it.

Following control six participants had to flip over the map for the second leg. It seems the control numbering caused a little confusion here as some immediately proceed to control seven instead of the first control on part two which was positioned on the “pond” close to the shore. The recent drought conditions were particularly evident at this site as the pond has complete vanished and there wasn’t a drop of water to be seen here, all that remained was the dry cracked ground where once this water feature stood. No doubt it will be back again soon! 
Given the tide was out during the race the leg from here to the ruined boat house could be accessed along the shore line. It was a little difficult to run along the slippery stones here. Following control 8 competitors returned to the wood. There was a bit of route choice on the leg from 8 to 9. The safest option was to stick to the paths but a slightly riskier route was to take the direct line through the runnable forest. It seems this risk paid off for some as this area was clear and quite runnable.

The leg from 9 to control 10 at the pit was one of a number of legs where competitors may have crossed paths with fellow participants who were still on the first map. On the leg from 10 to 11 competitors got to bound along a charming trail in the forest. The leg from 11 to 12 offered up more route choice. However, those that exited control 10 via the small path had to negotiate a few additional obstacles on this route. Storm Ophelia took down a number of big trees in this section of the wood which were strewed across this path. Once back on the large track there was a long run to the most western section of the map to locate control 12. Having punched control 12 there was some further route choice options to get to control 13. There was the option to double back along the path just traveled to control 12 or climb further up the hill and follow the trail along the forest boundary. Both these paths were one of a number of trails in the wood that have been recently resurfaced by Coillte. These paths were exceptionally dry and the loose stones on them caused sliding in places particularly on the down hill section so some participants left a cloud of dust in their wake. Control 13 was positioned in a pit and also proved troublesome for some on the night. It was not so obvious to spot this kite from a distance.

The leg from 13 to control 14 at the hide allowed competitors to run through this beautiful forest. Following 14 competitors ran down passed the second quarry and exited the wood. There was a fast sprint along the cobbled road to the finish with control 15 having to be punched on route. Attentive orienteers would have spotted this control on the way to the start. Following exhausting laps of the wood the water on offer at the finish was most refreshing. So it's now down to the important business of results and determining who achieved their orienteering goals on the night.

On the Long course despite having the Summer League Champion title safely secured Conrad Daly showed no let up in his running form and recovered well from his mispunch last week to take yet another Summer League event winner title. He blazed his way around this small wood and completed the course in a time of 25:14. This first place finish improved his overall points tally and gives him the perfect score of 6 points from 6 events. Conrad had two minutes to spare over his nearest rival on the night. Local knowledge may have proved beneficial again this week as Midleton native Dan McDonnell narrowly edged out Agris Kramins to take the runner up honour in Ballyannon. He punched all 15 controls in a time of 25:14. Agris punched the finish 9 second after Dan to take the final podium spot on the night.

The fastest Lady around Ballyannon Wood was Elizabeth Jakobsson she completed the 4.2km course in a time of 33:36. This win gave Elizabeth her sixth event in the league and moved her to the top of the Women’s leaderboard which makes Elizabeth our 2018 Summer League Women’s Champion. Runner up on the night was Aoife O’Sullivan who finished in a time of 38:58. Third place went to Caroline Murray who completed the testing course in a time of 39:38.

Of the 29 competitors on the Short course it was the Kramina family who dominated on the night. Following on from her victory in Curragh Wood last week Zane Kramina flew around the Short course again this week and attained back to back event wins when she finished the course in a time of 23:01. Furthermore, she had over four minutes to spare over her nearest rival. Runner up on the night was Eoin Sweeney who punched all 12 controls in a time of 27:35. This runner up honour moves Eoin into third place in the overall Short course league results. Third place on the night went to Zane’s mum IIze Kramina. She narrowly edged passed Adam Murphy when she crossed the finish line in a time of 28:04 to claim third place.

Well done to all who participated. Full individual results with split times are available here:

Huge thanks this week to Mary Curran and Andrew Turner for planning and organising the event. Thanks also to Rob McEvoy, Conrad Daly, Dan McDonnell and Cathal Lane for assisting with registration and control collection.
Now that the competitive element of the Summer League is complete our next event is all about having some orienteering fun. Farran Forest Park will be the delightful destination for our Summer League finale which will encompass a fun relay race, BBQ at the national rowing centre followed by prize-giving. It is sure to be a fun and social evening and we hope you can join us as we celebrate the end of another successful Summer League.

Summer League Results

posted 9 Jul 2018, 11:08 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 9 Jul 2018, 11:08 ]

Just a reminder that the final competitive event in the CorkO Summer League will take place at Ballyannon Wood in Midleton on Tuesday July 10th.

To find out were you currently lie in the results tables and who you can overtake in the final competitive event in the leagye check out the latest league tables here:

In the Long course Mens's League Conrad Daly has the league title secured ahead of our final event and Dan McDonnell has the runner-up honour taken. However there's still some potential for movement in the rest of the league table depending on who turns up and runs well in Ballyannon Wood. Both Darragh Hoare and Martin Jakobsson need one more event to complete the league and both could squeeze their way into the top five. Eric O'Connor, Andrew Turner and Cathal Lane are presently ranked third to fifth respectively and all could be under a bit of pressure from the chasers tomorrow night

In the Women's league Elaine Sheridan is the current league leader with 13 points but she could be knocked off the top spot at the final event. Elizabeth Jakobsson needs just one more event to finish the league and with a current points tally of 10 a top three finish or better for her in Ballyannon Wood would secure her the league title or a share of the league unless Elaine improves her standing on Tuesday night. Sinead O'Donoghue is lying in second place with eighteen points followed by Una Buckley, Liz Deane and Clare and Alan. All of whom could improve their league ranking with a good run in the notoriously tricky Ballyannon Wood tomorrow night.

On the Short course David Moylan tops the leader board with 31 points followed by Erin O'Brien with 47 points and the O'Shea Family with 85 points. A number of Short course competitors need to finish one more event to complete the league and these could impact the current league rankings. Among them are Liam Twomey with 17 points. the Meldrum Family and Jill and John Murphy. Still very much all to play for on the Short course which should make for an exciting finish to the 2018 league.

Every second will definitely count in Ballyannon Wood!

Evening Echo Club Zone focus on Cork Orienteering Club

posted 8 Jul 2018, 04:24 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 8 Jul 2018, 04:25 ]

Saturday's Evening Echo Clubzone featured Cork Orienteering. It was a fantastic two page spread and included some great photos from our Summer League event in Curragh Wood on Tuesday July 3rd.

If you missed it in the print edition you can check it out below. 

Thanks to Darragh Bermingham and the Evening Echo team for a great write-up and capturing some great photos of our summer league competitors.

Orienteering truly is a sport for all the family.

Summer League #10: Ballyannon Wood, Midleton TUESDAY JULY 10TH Event Info

posted 6 Jul 2018, 17:39 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 9 Jul 2018, 11:04 ]

The next event in the CorkO Summer League will take place at Ballyannon Wood in Midleton on Tuesday July 10th

Ballyannon Wood is a beautiful mature mixed woodland located at the end of Dyers Road in Midleton on the Owenacurra Esturary. It is a relatively small wood with a very extensive network of paths. The similarity between a number of these paths often causes confusion and one junction in the centre of the wood has six such paths off it. It might be beneficial to have a compass on hand to aid navigation and relocation!

To find out were you currently lie in the results tables and who you can overtake in the final competitive event in the leagye check out the latest league tables here:

If you spot any errors or omissions please do let us know.

Short Course 2.3km
Long Course 4.3km

Short course is all on or just off paths. Long course will have a two sided map. If you choose to take the more direct routes then full leg cover is advised. 


Competitors can start any time between 5.30pm and 7.00pm.

The start will be a 5 minute walk from parking/registration.


Coming from Cork:

Take the first Midleton exit off the N25, Continue to the first set of traffic lights here (200m after the exit), turn right at the lights and cross over the flyover as if you were heading back to Cork, take the first exit at the roundabout and almost immediately take the next left onto the private road.

Park where the marshals indicate.

Coming from the East:

Go straight through the Midleton roundabout on the N25. Turn left at the Midleton flyover exit and take the second exit from the roundabout. Proceed as above.

Hope you can join us!

Summer League #9: Curragh Wood Tuesday July 3rd Results and Report

posted 5 Jul 2018, 01:20 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 5 Jul 2018, 04:01 ]

Curragh Wood in Midleton was the destination for the penultimate competitive event in the 2018 Cork Orienteering Club Summer League. As we continue to enjoy this incredible spell of fine weather the tar on nearly all roads leading to Curragh Wood was melting in the heat. Thankfully, the conditions in the forest were a lot less sticky!

It is great to see so many families regularly participating at our summer league events among them on Tuesday night were the Murray, Moynihan, O’Shea and O’Riordan families. They will certainly be sporting well deserved stylish summer league finisher t-shirts come the Autumn league! Indeed, their orienteering skills are definitely improving over the course of the league.

We are now in the middle of the holiday season and perhaps this and the continued good weather resulted in a somewhat reduced field on the night with over 55 orienteers in action in the wood. The smaller turnout was once again advantageous for those looking to improve on their overall league standing with a good run around Curragh Wood.

The considerate planner located the start on the plateau above the car park. This took a significant amount of climb off the courses and I think everyone appreciated this on the night. The tough hike to the start was exhausting but at least competitors had time to recover before commencing their course. The 3.2km Short course took competitors on a loop around the hill adjacent to the start and then dropped onto the beautiful trail that traverses the steep Northern section of the wood before a fast descent to the finish.

The Long course began with a series of short legs which may have been too short for some as several overshot the first control. Having located the first control competitors then headed up the hill to control two in an area of runnable forest. There was a bit of route choice on the leg from two to three. There was the option of the narrow trail through the forest or the wider track around the hill. It seems the latter may have been the fastest route on the night as the narrow trail was quite overgrown so it was slow going on this route. Another short and fast leg followed this to control four before a long run to control five. Those confident in their navigation skills may have opted for the straight line route from five to six while the more conservative orienteer may have chosen to stick to the path here.

Thankfully the conditions on Tuesday night were a little cooler than last week and the forest canopy provided welcome shade from the scorching sun which made for very pleasant running conditions. The trail from 6 to control 7 at the ring fort was exceptionally 
dry and lent itself to fast and enjoyable running. Some struggled a little to locate control seven which was carefully positioned between the walls of the fort and not the most obvious to see in the evening sun.

The series of controls from 8 to 12 comprised another cluster of short legs in the Western most part of the map. There were lots of changes in direction so vigilant navigation was required to avoid losing precious time on these legs. Following 12 there was a steep drop onto another beautiful trail that led to control 13. Another long leg awaited on the leg from 13 to 14 and smart navigation was required to avoid extra climb on this leg. Again, the soft dry conditions in the wood meant competitors had a spring in their step as they bounded along this trail. The location of control 14 may have brought back some bad memories for some, as the last time orienteers visited (or attempted to visit) this site was during our night orienteering series late last year. It certainly was much easier to navigate to this control site on a glorious summer’s evening compared to spending a lot of time searching for it on a dark wintry night.

The final three controls on the Long course were common with the Short course so there was a sheer descent from 14 to the wide track on the steep Northern slope towards control 15. Then a final climb up the hill to control 16 positioned in a very well-constructed hide. Then began the fast down hill run towards the finish with just control 202 having to be punched on route. This final control was discreetly tucked in out of sight at the road drain junction so it wasn’t so obvious to see while sprinting down the hill to the finish. The observant orienteers might have spotted it on the walk to start but some folks had to back track on the night. The dry fresh evening meant conditions were ideal for orienteering and there was some fierce competition on the night.

On the Long course the local lads competing on their home turf dominated in the results. Despite a busy weekend competing at the European Youth Orienteering Championships in Bulgaria. Dan McDonnell and Cathal Lane showed no signs of fatigue. Both lads needed to finish just one more Summer League event to complete the league and a good clean run in Curragh Wood would see them both muscle their way into the top five in the overall league table. This was an extra incentive for them to push hard over the hilly terrain in Curragh Wood. Furthermore, in an unexpected turn of events our current summer league leader miss-punched on the night and others capitalised on his misfortune. The Curragh Wood Long course event winner was Dan McDonnell. He showed great determination, skill and speed to complete the 5.9km course in a time of 31:48. This first place finish earns him the runner up spot in the overall summer league results with just one competitive event remaining. The runner up on the Long course was Agris Kramins he crossed the finish line in a time of 33:35. The remaining podium spot went to Cathal Lane who also demonstrated efficient navigation and speed on the night. He finished in a time of 34:49 and this third-place finish will surely move him into the top five in the overall league standings.

The fastest lady around the Long course on Tuesday night was Elaine Sheridan. She punched all 17 controls in a time of 47:44. This first place finish will strengthen her narrow lead in the overall Summer League table. However, the title race is still open as Elaine can be overtaken and the league winner will only be decided after our final competitive event in Ballyannon Wood next week. Runner up in Curragh Wood was Aoife O’Sullivan who completed the course in a time 48:50. The final podium spot went to Sinead O’Donoghue who punched the finish in a time of 50:06. This third place finish will no doubt reduce Sinead’s overall points tally.

On the Short Zane Kramina sped around the 3.2km course to take the Short course event winner title. She had a comfortable winning margin over her nearest rival when she completed the course in a time of 23:49. There was a very close contest for the runner up spot with just 25 seconds between the next two finishers. Adam Murphy managed to hold off a strong challenge from Clare Nuttall to take the honour. He punched all 10 controls in a time of 27:03. Clare was hot on his heels and crossed the finish line in a time of 27:28.

Well done to all who participated on the night. Full individual results with split times are available at the following link:

Huge thanks this week to Dermot O’Sullivan for planning and organising the event. Thanks also to Liz Deane and Gerald Duffy for helping with starts and registration. Thanks to Conrad Daly, Dan McDonnell, Cathal Lane and Liam O’Brien for assisting with control collection.

The final competitive event in the 2018 Summer League will take place at Ballyannon Wood in Midleton next Tuesday night. This ancient woodland with its ruined cottages, boathouses and sandy shore lines has challenged many at previous events on this map.  A useful tip for next week would be to check the tides! Further forest trivia and directions are available here:

The small wood with its intricate network of paths will provide a testing challenge for the conclusion of the competitive element of our summer league.

Hope you can join us.

Summer League #9: Curragh Wood, Midleton TUESDAY JULY 3RD Event Info

posted 2 Jul 2018, 01:23 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 2 Jul 2018, 01:23 ]

The ninth event in the CorkO Summer League will take place in
 Curragh Wood, Midleton on Tuesday July 3rd.

There are just two competitive events left in the 2018 Summer League so if you are looking to complete the league or improve on some previous results be sure to join us at Curragh Wood on Tuesday. 

You can find the latest league tables at the following link:

Long Course 5.9km, 140m climb, 17 controls
Short Course 3.2km, 80m, 10 controls

Competitors can start any time between 5:30pm and 7pm.

Curragh Wood is just 3km from Midleton on the road to Lisgoold. Coming from the city take the first exit for Midleton off the N25 dual carriageway and then turn left at the first set of traffic lights. This takes you around the northern relief road to the main Midleton - Lisgoold road.

The start will be at the car park. Please note there is limited space in the car park and once this fills parking will be on a busy road. So please park on the left side only and keep close to the wood, take care while walking on the road and also be attentive when leaving after the event. As always, we'd encourage you to car pool if you can.

Hope you can join us.

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