Summer League #7: Corrin Hill Wood, Fermoy TUESDAY JUNE 25TH Event Info

posted 23 Jun 2019, 22:52 by Elaine Sheridan

The seventh event in the CorkO Summer League will take place at Corrin Hill Wood on Tuesday June 25th.

Corrin Hill Wood is well renowned for it's distinctive Cross at the summit and the Stations of Cross which line the road on the way to the top. There is also a large cairn at the top which was much bigger in antiquity but was much diminished in 1800s by removal of stone to build barony boundary wall. The cairn also contained a cyst burial and incorporates a second world war concrete observation bunker. This historic hill top also affords fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. So be sure to take the time to appreciate them if your course takes you to the summit on Tuesday night. This wood also contains a hill fort, an area of 7-8 acres enclosed by a dumped stone rampart. We have been informed that two of the controls on Tuesday night will be situated on the remains of this earthwork so sounds like lots of interesting features await those who make the journey to Corrin.

Short Course 
Long Course 

Map scale is 1:7500

Competitors can start any time from 5:30pm to 7pm

Directions from Cork city are as follows:
Take the N8 Dublin road northbound out of Cork city. If you wish to avoid the toll, take the Watergrasshill slip road off the dual carriageway, then follow the signposts for Fermoy along the R639. Pass through Rathcormac. The turn for Corrin is on the Rathcormac-Fermoy road, about 1km North of the Cork Mart Roundabout, follow signs for Fermoy Golf Club. The forest car park is on your right hand side after 1km.
Alternately, if you wish to pay the toll, carry on to the M8 motorway, exit the motorway at the Fermoy exit (adjacent to Corrin) and turn back south along the R639 to reach the access road and the right turn for Corrin.

A map is available at the following link:

Hope you can join us at Corrin.

Summer League #6: Warrenscourt Wood Tuesday June 18th Results and Report

posted 20 Jun 2019, 21:58 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 23 Jun 2019, 22:51 ]

Warrenscourt Wood was the orienteering destination for the sixth event in the CorkO Summer League. Almost 90 competitors headed west towards Macroom on a fine summer evening & the showers stayed away to give a very pleasant evening in the Kilmurray end of the wood. Early on it looked like we would have parking chaos when the local scout group began to arrive for an end of year BBQ with up to 25 cars to follow, thankfully they were able to change to the lower carpark & so most of the competitors arrived oblivious to the potential chaos which was averted!!

Thanks to Bobby O’Connor for his help with this.

There were lots of families and juniors in action on Tuesday night and again the picnic tables adjacent to the car park were busy for post run refreshments.

This weeks short course took a fairly easy outing along the main forest track looping back to the carpark - resulting in some very fast times.

The long course was diverted into the forest early on and had some criss-cross legs bringing competitors up, down, back up & finally down again to finish out on the same loop as the short course for the last 4 controls. An uphill start was order of the day and both courses shared the 1st control, the long course then diverted off the track to head further into the forest to pick up the lone tree in a nice white section. No.3 was back down to the road & up to the turning circle, then began a series of controls which proved tricky for some competitors on the night. The 4th control looked like an easy one head up to stone wall/forest corner keeping the block of the fight to the east & then had the option of following the ride (containing lines of full flowered foxgloves) or else stay running along the forest boundary wall to the corner before dropping down to the boulder. Downhill run to no 6 across the recently opened up ground to a tucked in wall corner no.6 with just a few brambles here making the right line of attack to the control essential.

Some road running followed on to 7 & 8 and maybe here people thought it felt long which could be explained by the 1:10 000 scale map. On to 9 uphill to a lone tree was straight forward enough before again what felt like a much longer leg through the forest to the clearing at no.10 - some ducking needed here to avoid some low branches but visibility was good and the clearing was obvious once you came to forest corner. Best way to 11 was straight down hill to the road whereas if you went direct once could have been slowed by the some rougher going. Moving on to the homeward stretch no. 12 was perched on the NW edge of the nice forest block overlooking the cleared area below & on then along the road but one needed to keep an eye out for 14 & 15 as it would have been easy enough to pass by then when motoring to the finish.

On the long course, it was an unexpected visitor on the night diverting from his Kerry base on his way home from work who took the title. Darren Burke is one of the clubs best orienteers, a regular prize-winner at Irish Champs & has competed for Ireland for many years and clocked a very impressive time of 22:30. Liam Cotter went out late & had a very quick run to take 2nd place in a time of 26:11, pipping his fellow club-mate Darragh Hoare by some 30 seconds who finished in 26:44.

Last weeks lady winner Aoife O’Sullivan had to settle for 2nd place in 35:18 as West Cork based Emer Perkins ran a stormer finishing in 30:38 which was an excellent 5th place Overall on the night. Caroline Murray took 3rd place place a little further back in 37:06.

Over the 2.3km short course - we may have seen the fastest times of this years league yet. Isaac Bosonnet raced around in just 13:52 ahead of his sister Chiara who completed the course in 15:28 and she was followed by the consistent Fionn & Eve Buckley who took 3rd place again this week in a time of 16:34.

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

Special thanks this week to John Scannell for organising the event. Thanks also to Bobby O’Connor for co-ordinating the parking, Sinead O’Donoghue as starter and our control collectors on the night – Gerald Duffy & Una Buckley.

Next week we will be heading North to Corrin Hill near Rathcormac for the seventh event in our league.

Remember you need to attend six events to complete the 2019 summer league and there are now just four more events left to improve your overall individual league standing.

Hope you can join us!

2019 Summer League Results Update

posted 16 Jun 2019, 15:29 by Elaine Sheridan

At the mid-way point in the competitive end of the 2019 Summer League it is worth taking a look at the latest Summer League Results table. So, to help motivate you on your run around Warrenscourt Wood on Tuesday evening here is a summary of the current Summer League leaderboard.

In the Long course men's section Johnathan Lucey tops the leaderboard with a total of 42 points, Eric Curry is currently in second place with 59 points and Patrick Murphy is in third place with 71 points. However, there are two orienteers who will no doubt muscle their way into the top spots very soon. Both Darragh Hoare and Conrad Daly have only completed four events each to date and presently have a very low points tally of 7 and 8 points respectively. 

In the Long course women's section Trishia O'Mahony with a current total of 20 points leads the field. Just two points behind her is Elaine Sheridan. Liz Deane sits in third place with 36 points. Similar to the men's section there are two ladies looking to knock our current leaders off their perch. Aoife O'Sullivan presently has four wins from four events and is looking like the bookies favourite for this year's Long course Women's championship title. A mere 6 points behind Aoife is Caroline Murray. Once she achieves her six events she will be vying for a podium finish.

On the Short just two people have attended all five events in the 2019 Summer League so far and presently Ciara Fitzgerald with 23 points has a commanding lead over our current runner-up Ruaudhai O'Brien who has a total of 108 points.

There are still five competitive events left in the league and with competitors 6 best events to count in the overall league tables there are lots of opportunities for everyone to finish the league and also lots of time for participants to improve their overall league standing by bettering their results over the remaining five events.

Be sure to check out the tables to see were you lie and who you can chase down over the remaining events.

Hopefully these results might help you to push yourself a little harder over the terrain in Warrenscourt Wood on Tuesday night.

Best of luck!

Irish Senior Squad Training Video

posted 16 Jun 2019, 04:12 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 16 Jun 2019, 04:12 ]

The Irish Senior guys recently went on a training weekend in Norway... check out how they got on! Can you spot the 3 guys from CorkO?!

Irish Orienteering Senior Squad Training Camp

Summer League #6: Warrenscourt Wood, Lissarda, Tuesday June 18th Event Info

posted 16 Jun 2019, 04:04 by Elaine Sheridan

The next event in the CorkO Summer League will take place in Warrenscourt Wood near Lissarda on TUESDAY JUNE 18TH.

Warrenscourt Map has been updated for the event & the courses will concentrate in the Kilmurry end of the wood. The short course will be on good tracks/forest roads while the longer course will have some route choice through the forest. Courses have been planned to avoid the worst of any undergrowth/brambles & felling!

Short course will be 2.3km
Long course will be 3.9km (but does have a good bit of climb!)

The map scale is 1:10,000

Start anytime from 5:30pm to 7pm

The event will be signposted from Lissarda on the N22 Cork-Macroom road and the start will be at the Kilmurry entrance to the forest. A location map is available here:

Please park with consideration. If you are travelling alone in a car, consider parking up in the village and walking/jogging the 500m down to the wood as parking space in the wood are limited or maybe even carpool. If parking in the wood please do not block the access road by parking on the narrow parts!

Hope you can join us next Tuesday evening.


Cork Orienteering Club

Summer League #5: Currabinny Wood, Tuesday June 11th Results and Report

posted 13 Jun 2019, 08:44 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 13 Jun 2019, 09:05 ]

Currabinny Wood was the orienteering destination for the fifth event in the CorkO Summer League. Over 100 competitors converged on this prominent hill overlooking Cork harbour on Tuesday evening. The weather has been very changeable of late but thankfully on Tuesday evening it remained dry for the night and the cool fresh conditions were ideal for orienteering and luckily for the orienteers not conducive to midge!

Once again there were lots of families and juniors in action on Tuesday night and the picnic tables adjacent to the car park proved ideal spots for many as they enjoyed some post run refreshments. There were some very elaborate picnics on display and it was great to see so many participants taking full advantage of the long evening and the picturesque setting.

This week’s planner set out two very contrasting courses. The short course comprised a charming circuit up, down and around the hillock taking in some of the charming features of the forest including the infamous giants grave. The going was fast on a number of these trails and this was reflected in some very impressive finish times.

The planner set out a punishing long course which tested competitor’s navigational skills and physical endurance. Competitors certainly got value for money in Currabinny Wood on Tuesday night. The long course was advertised at 4.3km which may have been a little deceptive as this was as the crow flies and even the crows would have difficult taking the direct route to some control sites. By the time participants punched the finish they probably covered over 6km traversing this hilly terrain.

The course offered competitors plenty of route choice on numerous legs. Starting from the car park the first control took participants to a scenic bench near the gazebo. As numerous paths traverse the hill side the first challenge was to set off on the correct one. Some participants climbed up to the correct path immediately while other may have opted to run below the control and then cut straight through the slow undergrowth up to the control site.

Control two was one of two controls which proved the most contentious on the night. Those familiar with this forest might have assumed this would be a very straight forward leg as they knew exactly where the control site was. However, sadly since our last visit to Currabinny this area of once open runnable forest has suffered extensive storm damage. Now numerous trees are strewn across the ground making it very difficult to cross. The M shaped impenetrable vegetation marking on the map indicated this but many found it difficult to traverse this terrain and locate the once obvious earth wall and the control site. Examining the splits for this leg times ranged from 1:33 to over 40 minutes!

The leg from two to three took participants to the western side of the wood and there were several ways to approach this control. From here there was a fast descent to control four situated on the lowest northern trail on the map. A fast descent on this terrain is inevitably followed by a tough climb and the leg from 4 to 5 was just that. This leg took competitors from the lowest trail on the northern side of the map to the lowest trail on the southern side of the map. With the steep hillock positioned between these two controls entrants had to decide the best route to control 5 which would avoid unnecessary climb. The clockwise option offered minimal climb but a much longer route while the counter-clockwise route was shorter but entailed some scaling.

Controls 6 and 7 required navigating through the area of runnable forest. Given the time of year there was quite a bit of growth in this area which meant it was a little slower than expected. The leg from 7 to 8 was another long one and required another traverse of the wood and a steep drop to the control site. There followed a short leg to control nine before one final crossing of the map to control 10. This long leg again offered plenty of route choice with many attempting to eliminate as much climb as they could. The control was located in a very deep depression which was surrounded on the southern side by impenetrable vegetation. As evident in the splits this control proved troublesome for many and lots of competitors must have spent a lot of time milling around this area of forest in search of the depression. Here the split times ranged from a fastest split of 5:36 to the longest split of over 27 minutes. Thankfully everyone made it out of the depression ok and there was one final short leg to a distinctive tree before a careful sprint to the finish. Definitely one of the more challenging courses of the league to date but I hope all enjoyed the body brain workout.

On the testing long course, it was Darragh Hoare who took the event winner title. His accurate navigation, great speed and stamina over the physically demanding terrain meant he completed the challenging course in a time of 32:46. Chasing him down over the hilly terrain was runner up Conrad Daly who finished in a time of 34:01. From the splits it seems that Conrad’s difficulty in getting to control two proved costly on the night. Third place went to Dermot O’Sullivan who punched all 11 controls in a time of 39:36.

The fastest lady around the hills at Currabinny was Aoife O’Sullivan. She had a fantastic run and completed the testing course in a time of 41:33 which placed her 4th in the overall Long course results. Runner up on the night was Trishia O’Mahony who punched the finish in a time of 45:54. This super run saw her finish 8th overall. There was a close contest for the final podium spot but Caroline Murray narrowly edged passed Sharon Lucey to take the honour. Caroline completed the course in a time of 49:22.

Over the 2.5km short course just 19 seconds separated our top three at the finish control. It was Eoin Sweeney who topped the field and took the Short course event winner title. He completed the course in a time of 23:20 and had just two seconds to spare over the Short course runner up Ciara Fitzgerald. Ciara herself had a meager 17 seconds lead over third place finishers Fionn and Eve Buckley. They punched all 8 controls in a time of 23:39.

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

Special thanks this week to Brian Corbett for planning the courses and huge thanks to Liz Deane for organising the event. Thanks also to Gerald Duffy for assisting with registration and all the control collectors on the night – Gerald, Conrad Daly and Liam O’Brien.

Next week we will be heading west to Warrenscourt Wood near Lissarda for the sixth event in our league. The boulders mapped in some forests can be quite understated and often tricky to spot amongst the trees. This is definitely not the case in Warrenscourt wood which has some distinctively large boulders, see if you can spot them while traversing this area next week. Further woodland trivia and directions are available here:

Remember you need to attend six events to complete the 2019 summer league and as this is the sixth event in this years’ league it will be the first opportunity for some to tick that box and they will still have four more events to improve their overall league standing.

Hope you can join us!

Summer League #5: Currabinny Wood, Ringaskiddy TUESDAY JUNE 11TH Event Info

posted 8 Jun 2019, 04:58 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 8 Jun 2019, 05:30 ]

The fifth event in the 2019 Summer League will take place on TUESDAY JUNE 11TH at CURRABINNY WOOD, Ringaskiddy.

We'd highly recommend a visit to Currabinny Wood. This wood is located on a prominent hill on a peninsula overlooking Cork Harbour. The hillock slopes down to the sea on three sides. Legend has it that it's name commemorates a giant, Binne, whose burial chamber surmounts the hill (‘Corra’) to this day. This "Giant's grave" and an octagonal gazebo tea house are just two of the distinctive features on offer in this wood.

It is sure to present new and interesting orienteering challenges to all who partake. Just a reminder that you need to attend 6 events to receive a league finishers why not get them in early!

Long: 4.3km with lots of climb!
Short: 2. 5km

Short is reasonably buggy friendly. 

For all those travelling from East Cork this weeks event is accessible via the Cross River ferry from Cobh to Passage.

The wood is located 5km from Ringaskiddy or 7km from Carrigaline. The event will be signposted from the turn off from the Carrigaline - Ringaskiddy road.

Further woodland trivia and directions are available at the link below.

Start anytime from 5:30pm to 7pm. 

The wood is always popular with the locals in the area and the car park isn't huge so parking can be tight. We would encourage you to car pool if you can. When parking please adhere to the directions of our parking marshals and park on the left side of the road. Please don't block the entrance to the one house on the way in and give some consideration for others who may wish to enter/exit the wood while you are on your run.

In previous years the midge population made their presence known in Currabinny Wood. So if you have insect repellent it would be advisable to throw it into the car just in case they are back again this year.

Summer League #4: Regional Park Ballincollig, Tuesday June 4th Results and Report

posted 5 Jun 2019, 15:04 by Elaine Sheridan

The Regional Park Ballincollig was the destination for the fourth event in the CorkO Summer League. This historic park with its wonderful heritage is always a popular location with orienteers and locals who like to enjoy the great facilities the park has to offer. Although at times the skies darkened and it threatened to rain thankfully it remained dry for the event itself and all 85 competitors got to enjoy a lovely evening orienteering in the park.

We were delighted to welcome the Ballinora Scouts to the event for an orienteering venture. It was also great to see so many new families trying the sport of orienteering for the first time. We hope you all enjoyed the evening.

This week saw a change from our usual format to a group start score event. With 25 controls distributed throughout the park competitors had just 40 minutes to locate and punch as many controls as possible. To make it even more exciting there was two group starts on the night. The first group set off a little later than expected due to some technical issues. Thanks for your patience and we hope you took the time to socialise with your fellow competitors and orienteering rivals.

With each start once the final instructions were communicated the count down began and then it was time to synchronise watches as the 40 minute time limit began. Some competitors paused at the start to do some route planning while others got carried away with the crowd and simply ran to the control nearest to the start.

The planner allocated different points to controls based on the distance from the start and difficult in navigating to them. At either extreme of the map two valuable 30 point control sites existed. Some may have taken a few moments at the start to do some mental arithmetic to determine if it was more advantageous to head East or West. Others may have relied on their speed and simply adopted a sweep strategy finding and punching whatever they passed. No doubt the cluster of controls to the East relatively closed to the start may have enticed the majority to head East rather that West.

Some controls such as 1, 2, 7, 9 and 12 were easy to spot on approach others such as 6, 14, 20 and 23 were a little more discretely positioned to avoid the attention of passers-by. On certain routes local knowledge may have been advantageous as regular visitors to the park would be aware of the dry canals and more importantly the narrow bridge to the East of control site 19 which would have shortened the route into and out of this site.

A score event is all about route planning and attempting to select the optimum route to control sites to minimise distance traveled while keeping a close eye on the clock to avoid penalties which would cancel out some punches. Around the 40 minute mark competitors began to arrive fast and furious to the finish from all directions.

On the Long course our three podium finishers all attained the maximum 500 points on offer at the score event. So, finish times were used to decide the podium rankings. The event winner title went to CorkO’s Darren Burke although resident in the Kingdom Darren crossed the county bounds and made the journey to Ballincollig to take on the score challenge. His speed and orienteering prowess came to the fore and he punched all 25 control with over eight minutes to spare. Runner up on the night was Liam Cotter he also manged to visit all the controls in a time of 34:34 with plenty of time spare in the process. Third place went to Darragh Hoare who punched the finish in a time of 38:59.

Aoife O’Sullivan demonstrated great speed and navigational skills in the Regional Park Ballincollig on Tuesday night and nearly punched all 25 controls. She scored a total of 470 points to claim the honour of the fastest lady on the night. Despite incurring a penalty for being 25 second over the time limit she had plenty of points to spare over the next two finishers. There was a very close contest for the runner up honour with Caroline Murray and Elaine Sheridan both scoring 395 points on the night. However, Caroline finished in a time of 40:56 and took the runner up spot on the count back. Third place went to Elaine Sheridan who punched 21 controls but suffered a 10 point penalty for poor time keeping.

On the Short course the experienced Mannix Family topped the leaderboard and took the Short course event winner title. They selected their controls wisely and scored 320 points. Plus their precision timing, punching the finish in a time of 39:58 meant they sustained no penalties. Again, their was a fierce contest for the runner up spot with the next two finishers achieving 315 points. However, it was Milos Mniszek who achieved them in the faster time of 38:32. The final podium place when to Erin O’Brien who got three time penalties for finishing 2:21 over the time allowed.

Well done to all who participated on the night. We hope you enjoyed the change in format and the social nature of the group starts. Full individual results with points, times and penalties are available at the following link:

Thanks, this week to John Chandler for planning and organising the event. Thanks also to Jim and Breda O’Donovan and Frances O’Donovan for handling registration and Dave O’Donovan for assisting with the mass starts. Thanks to Brendan Wall for the technical support and issuing the starters orders.

We are also very grateful to Cork City council for permitting us to stage the event in the wonderful amenity that is the Regional Park Ballincollig.

Next week sees the Summer League move on to Currabinny Wood near Ringaskiddy. Legend has it that the wood’s name commemorates a giant, Binne whose burial chamber surmounts the hill (‘Corra’) to this day. This wooded area will offer a very different challenge to the terrain at the Regional Park Ballincollig. The steep slopes will test all orienteers both mentally and physically. Further woodland trivia and directions to this legendary destination can be found here:

Hope you can join us.

Summer League #4: Regional Park Ballincollig, Tuesday June 4th Event Info

posted 1 Jun 2019, 11:49 by Elaine Sheridan

The fourth event in the Cork Orienteering Club Summer League will take place on Tuesday June 4th at the Regional Park Ballincollig. Please note this event will start from the MIDDLE CAR PARK and the race format will be different to our other Summer League events so please pay particular attention to the Course information below.

The park extends along the south bank of the river Lee and the terrain is mixed parkland, with fast grass and path sections, some forest run and some undergrowth. The land was originally part of the Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills and the eastern end of the park is where the many ruins of the old Gunpowder Factory are still visible. Interesting route choice is provided by the limited number of crossing points along the canals and millraces which run throughout the park.

We'd decided to mix things up a bit next Tuesday so there will be a change to the usual Summer League format and this event in the Regional Park Ballincollig will be a "SCORE" Event.

The pre-printed maps will NOT have a defined course and there will be NO FIXED (1,2,3,4 etc...) control punching sequence. The map will have 25 control sites and the aim is to punch as many of these controls as possible within the time allocated (40 MINUTES). Points will be rewarded for each control punched. Some of the more difficult controls are in areas with brambles and nettles so full leg cover is probably advisable.

There is a 40 minute time limit, five points will be DEDUCTED for each minute (or part of a minute) you are over the 40 minutes!

So BRING A WATCH and keep an eye on the time!

There is NO NEED TO PUNCH THE START, but please remember to "CLEAR" at registration if you bring your own SI card.

(Tip: don't all rush to the nearest control, or you will end up queuing at it, you can always get it at the end.)

All controls from the park will be removed at 8pm.


To make things more exciting on the night we plan to have TWO GROUP STARTS where competitors will all start at the same time.

The first group start will be at 5:45pm and 
the second group start will be at 6:40pm

These group starts will give everyone the opportunity to meet and socialize with fellow competitors before the racing commences. It will be a great opportunity to discuss race tactics and the optimum approach to scoring the most points. Furthermore, as everyone should finish around the same time you can also evaluate your points total and score strategy with fellow competitors.


The event will start from the MIDDLE CAR PARK of Ballincollig Regional Park, behind the church in Innishmore, 10km west of Cork city.

From the roundabout in the centre of Ballincollig main street (beside Tesco), head North down past Tesco, take the first left, then turn right after the church. The park car park is on the right.

Follow the link below for a map and other park info:

Parking is limited and is used by the allotments, so please car pool, use public transport or cycle if possible. Excess parking may be available on the public road in front of the church. Please note that the  Park gates close at 8pm. Cars still in the car park after 8pm will be locked in overnightp


Hope you can join us!

Summer League #3: James Fort, Kinsale Tuesday May 28th Results and Report

posted 29 May 2019, 05:13 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 29 May 2019, 14:09 ]

The historic setting of James Fort in Kinsale was the destination for the third event in the CorkO Summer League. This is always an interesting location with the stone fort and its earthen bastions taking centre stage on the map. The compact area and steep slopes make for fast and tough running and on Tuesday evening over 90 eager orienteers converged at the Fort to battle it out for the Long and Short course event winner honours.

We were delighted to welcome so many local Kinsale residents to the event. It was great to see so many families in action on the night and many of these were trying orienteering for the first time. We sincerely hope you enjoyed the orienteering and had some fun at the Fort and will consider joining us again for another orienteering escapade.

The Short course comprised a nice scenic loop around the Fort with lots of opportunities to appreciate the fantastic views in all directions. The Long course was an altogether more challenging affair. With a double sided map participants knew from the start they would be visiting all areas of this charming destination and would be traversing the rolling slopes multiple times. Challengers cross paths many times throughout the course which not only gave an insight into what lay ahead but also provided extra motivation to catch rivals along the way.

The Long course began with a long leg from the start at the car park to a shallow depression at the front of the pentagonal Fort. From here competitors visited the first of the spear shaped earthen Bastions on the course. One of the novel features on this map are the tunnels leading into the fort and some may have taken a moment to appreciate the stunning views across the harbour to Charles Fort before ducking down the tunnel steps towards controls 3 and 4 on the North West slopes.

From here there was a tough climb up to control 5 before a fast descent to control 6. On this terrain the downhill running is to be enjoyed as it is inevitably followed by a grueling climb up the hill side and in this instance, it was back into the fort for control 7. Another fast-downhill run followed this before traversing west to control 9 and then a return to the fort for control 10.

Here competitors flipped over the map and it was time to do it all again. Those that plan ahead would have immediately spotted that a visit to the block house was on the cards for the second lap. There were some route options on the leg to control 12 with an option to use or avoid the tunnel. Again, the down hill running to 13 was to be savoured as were the stunning views of Kinsale harbour and town. What followed was a tough climb up and over the hill before the long run down to the block house. There was a long hard leg from here back up to the fort with a visit to another of the earthen bastions this time providing picturesque views up the Bandon river.

A few short last legs around the fort followed taking entrants to a third bastion this time with fabulous views of the dock beach and Kinsale harbour. Competitors were on the home straight at this stage but the planner had one last climb in store. Following a race down to control 20 located at the building on the south west of the map there was one final ascent to the shallow depression for control 21. From here it was all about speed as competitors sprinted down to the large depression high above the Dock beach. The middle part of the run in was tricky along the sandy beach before emerging onto the path and dashing to the finish control. The course was 3.6km as the crow flies but at the finish line competitive would have logged close to 5km criss-crossing in and around James Fort.

Towards the end of the evening the sky darkened, it got a little damp and the temperatures dropped but this didn’t deter lots of locals and many orienteers from enjoying a post-race swim or a picnic on the beach to end their evening.

On the Long course over 50 competitors lined out to fight for the James Fort event winner honour and it was exceptionally close between all our podium finishers. Conrad Daly showed great speed and stamina when he completed the gruelling 3.6km course in a time of 23:28. Chasing Conrad down was runner up Darragh Hoare who punched the finish in a time of 24:38. Hot on Darragh’s heels was third place finisher Liam Cotter who visited all 21 controls in a time of 25:02.

Things were equally as competitive in the lady’s section and there was a very closely fought contest for the honour of fastest Lady around the Fort. A meager 37 seconds separated the top three ladies at the finish line. It was Aoife O’Sullivan who claimed the bragging rights when she finished in a time of 35:29. Second place went to Sinead O’Donoghue who finished in a time of 35:47. Not far behind Sinead was our final podium finisher Elaine Sheridan who completed the course in a time of 36:05.

There was another spirited race on the Short course on Tuesday night and it was the Ni Chearnaigh sibling who jostled it out for the first place. Aine narrowly edged out Eimear to take the Short course event winner title when she finished in a time of 15:29. Not far adrift of her was runner up Eimear Ni Chearnaigh she punched the finish in a time of 16:12. The final podium spot went to Ciara Fitzgerald who punched all 14 controls in a time of 16:36.

Well done to all who participated on the night. A special well done to a number of Juniors who ran the short course for the first time on their own this week. The open nature of this terrain was ideal for their first solo orienteering quest. Full individual results with split times are available here:

A big thanks this week to Una Buckley for planning and organising the event. Thanks to Rob McEvoy for controlling the event and to Emily Cronin, Conor O’Mahony and Conrad Daly for helping with starts and control collection.

Next week the Summer League roadshow moves on to the Regional Park Ballincollig. This park was once home to a major gunpowder works but has now become a very popular public amenity. Check out the link below for a map and some area trivia.

Finally, best of luck to all those participating in the Cork City Marathon, Carrauntoohil Hill run and any other adventure activities this June Bank holiday weekend. Remember the flat parkland terrain in the Regional Park Ballincollig presents an ideal place to loosen out after a strenuous weekend of activities or alternatively a nice workout after a very laid-back long weekend.

Hope you can join us.

1-10 of 552