CorkO 2019 Autumn League Fixtures

posted by Elaine Sheridan

After a short orienteering break we will be back in action on Tuesday August 27th when our Autumn League gets under way. So not long 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 27th         Currabinny Wood, Ringaskiddy
AL #2: Tuesday September 3rd    Tramore Valley Park
AL #3: Tuesday September 10th  Cork Showgrounds, Curraheen
AL #4: Sunday September 15th    Cliona Callanan Memorial Event, Doneraile Park
AL #5: Tuesday September 18th   Regional Park Ballincollig

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.

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.


Training Day: Doneraile Forest Park Saturday August 17th

posted 8 Aug 2019, 14:29 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 13 Aug 2019, 01:18 ]

Hi All,

To celebrate Heritage Week, CorkO will be holding a training day on the beautiful grounds of Doneraile Court on Saturday 17th August. This will be suitable for those new to orienteering and those wishing to learn or improve on basic orienteering skills. The map of Doneraile Park will kindly be provided by CSOA (Cork Schools Orienteering Association).

Complete beginners are welcome. It is also a perfect opportunity to fine-tune the skills you've been using during the Summer League and learn some new techniques to try out in our upcoming Autumn League. Did you buy that shiny new compass with the best of intentions, but it's been sitting idle since? If so, then now is your chance to learn how to use it properly.

The training is open to everybody. It will be free of charge for CorkO members and the fee will be €10 for non-members payable on the day. As money cannot be collected inside the park (OPW directive), payment will be taken outside the main entrance of the park.

We will be meeting at 10.30am. There will be a number of different exercises to practice map reading skills and tuition will be provided by our experienced club members. We will be stopping for a break during the day, so it is advised to bring a packed lunch with you. Things should wrap up at about 3.30pm.

Please register your interest by emailing your name, contact details and a very brief description of your experience level (e.g. Have never been orienteering before, or have been to X summer league events, etc). 
conro1179 (at) gmail (dot) com

If any attendees are juniors, please give their ages.
Cork Orienteering


CorkO 2019 Summer League Prize Winners

posted 26 Jul 2019, 15:06 by Elaine Sheridan

Cork Orienteering Club is delighted with the success of our 
2019 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 45.3km across the various destinations while the Short courses amassed a staggering 23.5km 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 185 individual entries on the Short course and a further 149 unique entrants attempt the Long. Furthermore, it was fantastic to see so many of these individuals young and old 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 Champion titles for all courses were decided in advance of the final competitive event the remaining prize winning places went down to the wire at our last individual event in Ballyannon Wood.

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 Aoife O'Sullivan 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 8pts              
Runner-Up:         Gerald Duffy 33pts
3rd:                      Eric O'Connor 35pts  
4th:                      Dan McDonnell 38pts
5th:                      Jonathan Lucey 42pts

Long Course Women's League
WINNER:             Aoife O'Sullivan 8pts
Runner-up:          Caroline Murray 13pts
3rd:                      Trishia O'Mahony 17pts
Joint 4th:              Sinead O'Donoghue 23pts
                            Sharon Lucey 23pts
5th                       Elaine Sheridan 25pts

The title of Short course Champion went to Isaac Bosonnet. Joint runners up on the Short course was Eoin and Paul Sweeney. The final podium place was further shared by joint 3rd place finishers Erin O'Brien and Chiara Bosonnet.

Short Course League
WINNER:                Isaac Bosonnet 14pts
Joint Runner-up:     Eoin Sweeney 26pts
                                Paul Sweeney 26pts
Joint 3rd:                 Erin O'Brien 39pts
                                Chiara Bosonnet 39pts

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.

Eve Buckley
Fionn Buckley
Oisin O'Hare
Fionn O'Hare
Ruaudhai O'Brien
Alec O'Brien
Ciara O'Brien
Maeve O'Sullivan
Clodagh O'Sullivan
Tomas Desmond
Stephanie Desmond
Isabelle O'Brien
Siomha McGinn
Ferdia McGinn
Oscar McGinn
Aisling O'Mahony
Laoise O'Mahony
Abbie Collins
Ruadh Collins
Daithi Collins
Rian Moynihan
Emma Moynihan
Luke Moynihan
Max O'Shea
Matthew O'Shea
Aoife Mannix
Shane Murray
Isabelle Murray

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 23rd Relay Race, BBQ and Prizegiving Results and Report

posted 25 Jul 2019, 12:53 by Elaine Sheridan

The 2019 CorkO 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 in the majestic surrounds of Farran Forest Park on the banks of the river Lee. We been exceptionally fortunate with the weather this summer and although it was overcast in the environs of the city on Tuesday night glorious sunshine greeted competitors as they arrive in Farran for the event.

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 (~3.5km). The objective 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. As is evident in the results there were plenty of family combinations with Bosonnet, O’Connor, Murphy, O’Brien, O’Mahony and O’Shea to name but a few families who’s members team up on the night.

Once all the teams were registered our planner gave a brief explanation of the handover process, then all 35 first leg runners were called to the start line. The maps were distributed and the countdown began. Once the GO instruction was issued most competitors sprinted off in all directions while others paused to get their bearings before embarking on their course.

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 course’s contestants’ paths would no doubt have crossed several times in the park. So, it was very important for participants to pay attention to their map and their control codes. Some of our regular long course participants may have got complacent over the shorter distance but the planner set out testing courses which included gaffling and a butterfly to keep competitors alert as they visited the various controls.

All the second leg runners waited patiently in the handover area for their team mates to return. It also gave them and those watching an opportunity to cheer on their team mate and see some of the chasing that was taking place on the courses. Once tagged they needed to focus on their own controls as they set off on the second leg.

Basked in the evening sun this beautiful and tranquil park proved a fitting setting for our relay race and following a very competitive race the 2019 Summer League Relay Champions were the mother and son team of Caroline Murray and Josh Hoare. They completed both their relay legs in a combined time of 37 minutes and 36 seconds. The fast pace of this pair means they received our fabulous first prize which was sponsored by Zipit Forest Adventures. Josh and his Mum Caroline 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 Bosonnet siblings, Joe and Chiara they were less than a minute behind our Champions and finished in a time of 38:21. Chasing them down on the night were the husband and wife duo of Brian Corbett and Liz Deane. They crossed the finish line in a time of 40:33.

Following the race four teams were randomly picked for some spot prizes and the lucky winners were:
Team 32: Graham de Barra / Martin Conlon
Team 3: Gerald Duffy / Niamh Murphy
Team 24: Dave Collins / Hazel Collins & Laura Power
Team 2: Conrad Daly / Aobh Gallagher

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

This week we extend a big thank you to Danny O’Hare for planning and organising a fun and exciting relay race. Thanks also to Conrad Daly, Dave O’Donovan, Gerald Duffy and John Scannell for taking care of team registration, ticket sales, data entry, starts and control collection on the night.

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 2019 Summer League we will be taking a short break for a few weeks but will be back in action again on Tuesday August 27th for the start of our Autumn league.

Summer League #11: Farran Forest Park TUESDAY JULY 23rd Fun Relay Race, BBQ and Prize-Giving

posted 19 Jul 2019, 01:55 by Elaine Sheridan

The eleventh and final event in the 2019 CorkO Summer League will take place at Farran Forest Park on Tuesday evening July 23rd. 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 5:30pm 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 €7 - includes relay entry and BBQ ticket.
Child €5 - includes relay entry and BBQ ticket.
Family €16 - includes relay entry and 3 BBQ tickets.

Additional BBQ tickets can be purchased at a cost of €7 for adults and €5 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 8 pts              
Runner-Up:          Gerald Duffy 33pts
3rd:                      Eric O'Connor 35pts  
4th:                      Dan McDonnell 38pts
5th:                      Johnathan Lucey 42pts

Long Course Women's League
WINNER:             Aoife O'Sullivan 8pts
Runner-up:          Caroline Murray 13pts
3rd:                      Trishia O'Mahony 17pts
Joint 4th:              Sinead O'Donoghue  23pts
                             Sharon Lucey 23pts
5th                        Elaine Sheridan 25pts

Short Course League
WINNER:              Isaac Bosonnet 14pts
Joint Runner-up:   Eoin Sweeney 26pts
                              Paul Sweeney 26pts
Joint 3rd:               Erin O'Brien 39pts
                              Chiara Bosonnet 39pts
This year we had 30 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 86 summer league followers who are eligible to received our 2019 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.
Darragh Hoare
Joe Bosonnet
Terence J Hoare
Simon Forrest
Dave Collins
Fiona Buckley
Ciara Fitzgerald
Mary Anne O'Brien
Billy Cabal
Alex Cudmore
Isabelle O'Brien

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.

Ballyannon Wood Winners Route Analysis

posted 18 Jul 2019, 17:03 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 19 Jul 2019, 02:44 ]

Tuesday's night Long course event winner Jens Waecther gives us an insight into his route choices around the course in Ballyannon Wood.

Route 2-3 

I had a bit of a hesitation to control 2 as I got pulled by another control close by. I slowed down a bit and lost contact with the map briefly. So I ran on in the direction of control 3. I made the commitment and stuck to it. In hindsight, a better planning would have caused me to run the other route.
Route 4-5

I only actually saw the purple route. Fast running and being able to plan the next leg where key here.


Route 5-6

I very briefly considered the green route however decided to take the longer one. It is faster running for this type of wood. I cut in a little too early near the control circle to control 6 due to a path that isn’t on the map. It cost me about 15-20 secs

Route 6-7

Fast path running was the key here again for me. Knowing that I had a bit of a decision to make from 7-8 I took my time for planning that route.

 Route 7-8

My thoughts initially was to take the blue route but knowing the map from previous events, the area here is a bit flawed. So I opted for the cleared attackpoint at the end of the path to north of the control. I also had fresh legs so climbing 2 contour lines was quick enough.

 Route 8-9

This was an interesting one as I did not have a clear plan leaving control 8. I have a tendency to keep to the right of the control line. I also remembered passing the path leading to the control from the north, it seemed fast enough so my mind was made up.
 Route 9-10

I wanted to get out of control 9 quickly and did not really think of any alternative for going to control 10. However, some might have wanted to go around the lake so I considered that in my analysis. The path is fairly overgrown and longer so I would not consider that an option.

 Route 11-12

I took the purple route and did not really consider anything else during the race. There is a trail that isn’t on the map that I found that helped me getting to the control. Some might have seen the shortest choice here.


Route 12-13

I am not sure why I lost time here. I had the control already in the race and knew where it was. I took the shorter route also. Only after the race did I discover the green choice.

 Route 13-14

The controls 12-13-14 I consider the middle of the race. Mental and physical fatigue started to set in. I took the blue route, a direct approach to the control. I was approaching that a little too slow as I want to nail it rather then go looking for it.


Route 14-15

As I was running to control 2 earlier I discovered a trail to the south of the blue route here. So I was aiming to hit that track. I also remembered the control 14 from earlier passing it on the way to control 3.

Route 16-17

Nearly at the end of the race I need to concentrate, at this point I can feel my legs getting tired from all the highspeed running. So I need to be able to drive on hard but relax mentally to not make a mistake now. So my route choice here was the main track where I could execute this nicely. I cut in a little early on a small track that let me to control 17. On the way to control 17 I made the decision to attack control 18 from the south this time. Which I knew would be a little bit more difficult.
 Route 17-18

As planned I attacked the control from the south instead of the the safer longer route in the north. I wanted to keep my legs for the final few controls and not power out too much. It was slow and not clean so I lost about 20 secs here.

Route 18-19

I opted in to stay low and avoid the climb and small trails that would slow the progress. I found a reasonable path through the shaded green, aka brambles. Going loosely by compass direction to hit the path and follow the contours by looking up. So I saw control 13 early enough that handrailed me to control 19
 Route 19 – 20

All I wanted was to go home at this point, well finish the race.

Get out onto the main path as quickly as I can. At this point I knew the control needed to be on my right hand side and I took all my last energy to keep those tired, burned out legs moving fast to control 19 and the finish.

Thanks to Brendan for designing the course. It is only afterwards that I found other routes and more importantly I figured why I did or didn’t take some of those choices. I think everyone should at least discuss routes after an event, specially the juniors in the club should try chat to some of the more experienced orienteers in the field. Thanks again to all that helped at the events throughout the league.

Summer League #10: Ballyannon Wood, Tuesday July 16th Results and Report

posted 17 Jul 2019, 17:23 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 18 Jul 2019, 02:56 ]

The final competitive event in the 2019 Summer League saw a crowd of over 90 eager orienteers converge at Ballyannon Wood near Midleton on Tuesday night. For many the goal was to complete the event and finish the league while others were keen to have a clean run to improve their overall league standing and edge out their orienteering rivals.

We have been very fortunate to experience a lot of sun in this year’s summer league and Tuesday night was yet another glorious evening for an outdoor adventure. The temperatures were high on the night which made for tough running in this picturesque wood.

Both courses commenced in the forest which afforded all competitors a gentle warmup as they jogged from registration down to the wood. The Short course encompassed a nice loop around the wood while the Long course had competitors criss-cross this small wood several times. With 20 controls to visit in this compact area the double-sided map eased the legibility of the map. The first control on the Long course took competitors into the runnable forest. There were several meandering paths in this area and looking at the splits it seems these paths led some competitors off track as they attempted to locate the thicket with the first control. From here participants headed West and up the hill to control two. The third control took orienteers even further West with a bit of route choice added to the mix.

From the most westerly point on the map the next series of controls took competitors to the South East corner of the map with a number of controls to be punched en route at features such as pits and earth walls. The leg from 5 to 6 had numerous route choices. One route option was along the shore line and those that elected this route not having checked the tide information may have got their feet wet on the night. With the tide in there was very little dry spots to navigate along the shore line. Again, there were route options on the leg from 6 to 7 both of which offered fast running on some beautiful soft dry forest trails.

Control eight was one of two controls that was visited twice on the night and it proved troublesome for many. The depression on the southern side of the hill top in the forest run could be approached from the high or low side but the undergrowth in its vicinity pushed some folks off course. Competitors were presented with more route choice on the leg from 8 to 9. Control 9 on the earth bank corner was well hidden at the end of this trail. From here there was a short run to control 10 in the middle of a junction with numerous paths leading out from it in all directions.

Here competitors flipped the map over for the second half of the course. Competitors needed to take care to exit this control on the correct path to avoid heading off in the wrong direction. Competitors headed north for the next series of controls before returning to the first control site which doubled up as control 13. Hopefully those that struggled to locate it the first time around got in and out of it quicker the second time of asking. There was a short leg to control 14 on another impressive hide before a change in direction which took competitors West again to control 15. With all the traversing of the forest participants crossed paths on several occasions but with route options and a two-sided map it was difficult to ascertain if competitors were on the same leg, ahead or behind you on the course.

There was a short downhill sprint from 15 to 16 before a long run to 17. Control 18 saw a return to the depression that was visited on the first side of the map. There was route choice on the leg from 18 to 19 with a safe route along the path but no double some opted to go direct which required some careful navigation around a thick patch of impenetrable vegetation. This section of the wood is always tricky to navigate through and the brambles have been growing strong in recent weeks which added to the difficulty on the night. Control 19 was positioned deep in a pit and was hard to spot even when standing adjacent to it. Some folks may have spotted the final control when getting to the start and one of the routes to this control had competitors cross through the start area which gave some starters a preview of what lay ahead. Once control 20 was located there was one final sprint along the cobbled road from the forest to the finish control. With 20 controls in such a compact area and lots of changes in direction entrants needed to maintain their concentration throughout this testing course.

On the Long course local orienteer Jens Waechter made a very impressive 2019 Summer League debut in Ballyannon Wood on Tuesday night. He powered his way around the Long course and finished it in a time of 30:51 to claim the event winner title. For the second consecutive week the Long course runner up was Niamh Corbett. She punched all 20 controls in a time of 31:49. This week our 2019 Summer League Champion Conrad Daly had to be content with the honour of second fastest man in Ballyannon Wood. Conrad completed the course in a time of 33:05. The final podium spot went to another Midleton native Dan McDonnell. Dan punched the finish in a time of 33:44. Dan also attained his sixth event in the league on Tuesday night and manged to muscle his way into the Summer League Prize winners in the process.

Long course runner-up Niamh Corbett was the fastest Lady around the forest on the night. She made short work of the tricky terrain and completed the course in a time of 31:49. Over the 4.8km course there was a closely fought contest for second place and Trishia O’Mahony just edged out another Midleton native Norah O’Brien for this distinction. Trishia finished the challenging course in a time of 44:18. Norah took third place punching the finish in a time of 44:41.

Angela Murphy took the Short Course event winner title when she sped around the 2.3km course completing it in a time of 14:30. She had ample time to spare over our 2019 Summer League Short course champion Isaac Bosonnet. Isaac had to settle for second place on this occasion when he punch all 11 controls in a time of 17:06. There was an extremely tight race for the final podium spot with just 3 second separating our next two contestants at the finish control. However, summer league regulars Eva and Fionn Buckley narrowly edged out Tasia Vatehovich a visiting orienteer from OrientaNika to take third place. Eva and Fionn pooled their orienteering skills to complete the course in a time of 18:36.

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 Brendan Wall for planning and organising the event. Thanks also to Dave O’Donovan for taking care of starts. Liam O’Brien, Sean Kelleher and Dan McDonnell 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 two-person 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 #10: Ballyannon Wood, Midleton TUESDAY JULY 16TH Event Info

posted 12 Jul 2019, 05:50 by Elaine Sheridan

The final competitive event in the CorkO Summer League will take place at 
Ballyannon Wood in Midleton on Tuesday July 16th

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!

Conrad and Aoife may have the Long Course Summer League Champion titles wrapped up but the remaining podium spots are still up for grabs. To find out were you currently lie in the results tables and who you can overtake in the final competitive event in the league check out the latest league tables here:

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

Long: 4.8km 20 Controls 55m Climb - double sided map
Short: 2.3km 11 Controls 40m Climb - Buggy friendly, = but there is a big hill and a narrow gate at the entrance to the forest!

High tide is at 6:30pm please be conscious of this when making your route choices. 
A number of areas are quite overgrown with nettles and briars, full leg cover is recommended.  


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

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


From the City:
Take the first Midleton exit (5) off the N25, Continue to the first set of traffic lights (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 on the left side of the road only (closest to N25)

Coming from the East:
Go straight through the Midleton roundabout on the N25. Turn left at the Midleton flyover (Exit 5) and take the second exit from the roundabout, and almost immediately take the next left onto the private road.

Park on the left side of the road only (closest to N25)

Registration will be at the far end of this road.
The start (in the forest) will be a 5 minute walk from parking/registration. On the way to the start competitors will pass the finish control/unit. 

Hope you can join us! 

Summer League #9: Moanbaun Wood, Tuesday July 9th Results and Report

posted 11 Jul 2019, 03:15 by Elaine Sheridan

Moanbaun Wood near Watergrasshill was the destination for the ninth event in the 2019 CorkO league. This was the penultimate competitive event in the summer league and close to 90 competitors converged at the wood. Many were eager to complete the 2019 summer league and bag themselves a trendy league finisher t-shirt while others having already completed their six events were focussed on improving their overall league standing by running well around Moanbaun Wood.

Tuesday was yet another fine evening which offered entrants an excellent opportunity for an outdoor adventure in the woods. We were delighted to welcome some visiting orienteers to the event and it was also lovely to see some of our regulars bringing their visiting relations to the event. We hope you all enjoyed the experience.

The Short course at 3.3km might have been a little longer than normal but the planner designed it to take participants on a nice loop along the forest road with a few little excursions into the wood for some controls. The Long course with 19 controls was a true test of navigational skills and speed. The 5.2km course took full advantage of the nicer sections of the wood with clusters of controls positioned in these areas. Between these bunches of controls competitors speed was tested as they bounded along the forest road which connected these areas of the map.

The course commenced with a short run toward the first area of runnable forest. Here there were a series of short legs taking in a knoll, a depression and another carefully constructed hide which required several changes in direction which tested competitor’s ability to navigate through this section of forest. There was a choice of routes on the leg from 3 to 4 with the option to go straight taking a gamble on the ability to successfully get through the area of dense forest or alternately adopt the saver but slightly longer route along the forest road. Having punched control 4 some folks may have been tempted to cut through the forest to reach control 5, others may have opted to stick to the forest road which provided faster running.

From 5 there was some nice fast road running toward the next cluster of controls in and around the quarry on the northern section of the map with competitors punching two controls en route. Another series of short fast legs awaited entrants in this section of the course. The soaring heat on the night added to the difficult of traversing this open sandy area. Once control 11 was reached it was then time to exit this sector of the map. The leg from 11 to 12 may have persuaded some to risk the most direct route but the vegetation fight presented more challenges that anticipated. Others opted to exit the quarry via the route they entered and while they may have encountered fellow competitors entering this area on the narrow track it was probably the fastest route to control 12.

Another section of road running ensued before a return to the forest for the next series of short legs taking in controls 13, 14 and 15 in the runnable forest. From 15 there was a long run along the forest road to control 16 on the boundary between the forest and the new area of rough open, a result of some recent clear felling. This control seemed to catch numerous people out on the night with may entering the wood to early on the approach. Once 16 was eventually located there was one final stint of short controls in the forest to complete before hitting the home straight and sprinting to the finish.

Despite having covered close to 7km on the course there was serious competition on the night. The Long course event winner title when to Conrad Daly who utilised his speed and orienteering skills to complete the course in a time of 35:13. In the process he completed a hat trick of event wins in the 2019 summer league and furthermore has secured the 2019 Long Course Men’s Champion title as it is now impossible for any of his rivals to catch him. Chasing Conrad around Moanbaun Wood on Tuesday night was Niamh Corbett who was runner-up having completed the course in a time of 36:41. The second fastest man on Tuesday nights testing course was Dan McDonnell. He punched all 19 controls in a time of 39:09. The final podium spot in the men’s section went to John Scannell who finished in a time of 41:54.

As mentioned already Niamh Corbett was event runner-up on the night and also the fastest Lady around the wood. We would like to extend a big congratulations to Niamh not just on her win on the night but on her selection for the Irish Senior Orienteering Squad who will travel to the World Orienteering Championships in Norway in August. This is a busy time for Niamh who has just returned from the Irish team selection races in Norway and next week will depart for the European University Orienteering Championships in the Czech Republic. We were delighted to see her take in a summer league event when she is back in Cork and we wish her the best of luck in these big races over the summer. Runner-up on the night was Aoife O’Sullivan she finished in a time of 44:32. Aoife has just recently returned from EYOC where her post-race interview appeared on Belarusian TV. Well done Aoife on representing Ireland so well. Third place went to one of our visiting orienteers Olivia Larsson. Olivia didn’t let the unfamiliar terrain slow her down and she completed the course in a time of 52:12.

On the Short course two of the Bosonnet siblings battled it out for the Short course event winner honour. Isaac narrowly edged our Chiara for the victory when he completed the course in a time of 21:21. Like Conrad this win gives Isaac a hat trick of event wins in the league to date. Chiara took the runner up spot when she punched the finish just over a minute later in a time of 22:34. Third place went to Eoin Sweeney who punched all 12 controls in a time of 29:15.

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

Thanks, this week go to Dermot O’Sullivan for planning and organising the event. Thanks also to Liam O’Brien for assisting with registration and Dave O’Donovan for taking care of starts. We were also very grateful to Liam and Conrad Daly for assisting with control collection.

The final competitive event in the 2019 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: Moanbaun Wood, Watergrasshill Tuesday July 9th Event Info

posted 5 Jul 2019, 01:19 by Elaine Sheridan

The ninth and penultimate competitive event in the CorkO Summer League will take place at Moanbaun Wood near Watergrasshill on Tuesday July 9th.

The landscape in Moanbaun Wood is mixture of semi-open forest, rough undergrowth, and open forest with a good road network, many earth walls and some streams. If the last few summer league events in this area are anything to go by there are sure to be plenty of midge in attendance on the night. So midge repellent could be useful to pack when travelling to Moanbaun Wood.

Be sure to check out the latest Summer League Results table

to find out who your main orienteering rivals are and try and chase them down over the next few events.

Long 5.2km, 17 controls
Short 3.3km, 11 controls

Start anytime from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

The wood is about 3km East of Watergrasshill. If travelling from Cork city, exit the M8 Dublin motorway at Watergrasshill (at junction 17, BEFORE the toll), use the bridge to cross over the
motorway, turn left, and after 500m take the right turn for Leamlara/Kartworld. Follow this road for 3.5km.

From Fermoy/Mitchelstown/Cahir, exit the M8 just after the toll, go straight through the roundabout and take the left after 100m (signposted Leamlara/Kartworld). Follow this road for 3.5km.

The event will be signed posted from Watergrasshill.

Parking on the left side of the road only.

Hope you can join us!

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