Orienteering Curragh Wood, Midleton Sunday January 26th Event Info

posted 21 Jan 2020, 14:18 by Elaine Sheridan

Our first orienteering event of 2020 will take place at Curragh Wood near Midleton this Sunday January 26th.

The art of contouring might help eliminate some unnecessary climb on this steep terrain. The area will surely present its own unique challenges to all who partake. For directions and some woodland trivia check out the following link:

Course Info

Short course: 2.3km, 155m climb, 7 controls
Medium course: 4.3km, 240m climb, 13 controls
Long course: 6.7km, 470m climb, 18 controls

Map: A4, scale 1:7500, 5m contours

Some of the tracks are slightly mucky but there is good runnability as the verges have been trimmed and the briars are low.
Keep an eye out and you might spot Red Squirrel.
As the wood is popular with mountain bikers, please be careful as you cross or emerge onto paths.

Competitors can start any time between 11am and 1pm

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. 

Club News and Dates for your 2020 Orienteering Diaries

posted 19 Jan 2020, 13:56 by Elaine Sheridan

Hope your new year has got off to a great start.

Here at CorkO we’ve been looking toward the year ahead and have identified some key dates for your 2020 orienteering diaries.

We all very much enjoy participating at orienteering races and we are always thrilled to see members sporting our club colours at national and international events. Many members are aware of the amount of voluntary work that clubs put into hosting these events with planning, organising and promotion. 

Last year our club hosted over 20 events throughout the year and we plan to stage a similar number again this year. We would appeal to all our members to get involved and help out when they can. Remember it is the members who make up the club!

Here’s to another successful orienteering year! 


Reminder our winter Strength and Conditioning Class with a professional trainer in Fitnessworx gym on the Tramore Road continues every Monday until the end of March.

When:-       8pm on Monday evenings
Start-date:- Monday 6th January
Duration:-   12 weeks
Cost:-         CorkO members €75 non-members €90 

Our social committee has decided we are overdue a meetup so to kick off the new year we're planning to dine out in Cork city on Friday 24th of January

All members are welcome to attend and full details are as follows:

Date: Friday 24th January 7:30pm
Venue: Amicus, Paul Street Cork

The meal will be partially subsided by the club.

If you haven’t already signed up please do let me know if you can make it as we will need to confirm numbers with the restaurant.


We know our members take great pride in wearing our club colours at local, national and international events. Our new CorkO tops and jackets have proved so popular that our stocks are already depleted.

To keep up with demand we are planning on placing another order with Bryzos in the coming weeks. So, if you would like to invest in one of our snazzy new CorkO-tops or a comfy club jacket so that you look smart where ever you orienteer then please let me know. You can check out the design and sizing at the following link on our website:

Curragh Wood Sunday January 26th
Munster League #2 Glengarra Wood Sunday February 23rd
Training Event Saturday March 7th TBC
Blackrock Urban Race Sunday March 29th
Leinster Championships Sunday April 5th
Munster Championships Sunday April 26th


The club enjoyed a very successful trip to Fermanagh and surrounding counties for last years Irish Champs and we are already looking forward to this year’s championships which will be held in Co Kerry from Friday May 1st to Monday May 4th

Day 1: Muckross House Estate Sprint Championship

Day 2: Cappanalea Middle Distance
Day 3: An Cruachan Classic Distance
Day 4: Knockeer House Estate Relay Championships

CorkO will be hosting the Classic Distance race on our challenging Crohane Lake map.

We hope to have a big representation from CorkO at this year’s championships in both the individual and relay races.

We will also be looking for volunteers to assist with the logistics involved in planning and organising the Classic Distance event. We would be delighted to hear from anyone who is willing to lend a hand on the day.


As usual our Summer League will run from Tuesday May 12th to Tuesday July 21st.

Please do encourage your friends, family and work colleagues to take advantage of the long summer evenings and enjoy an orienteering adventure with us.

With 11 events to plan and organise we are keen to recruit volunteers to help with these tasks. If you are willing to get involved and would consider planning or organising one of these events we would be thrilled to hear from you!

CorkO Strength and Conditioning

posted 4 Jan 2020, 02:34 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 4 Jan 2020, 02:35 ]

Hi All,

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

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

When:-       8pm on Monday evenings
Start-date:- Monday 6th January
Duration:-   12 weeks
Cost:-         CorkO members €75 non-members €90  

Christmas Event Results

posted 30 Dec 2019, 10:51 by Elaine Sheridan

Huge thanks to all who supported our Christmas Orienteering event in Fota House and Gardens on Friday December 27th we hope you enjoyed the day.

Thanks to Pat Cadogan for planning and organising the fun event.

The winner on the day was Josh O'Sullivan Hourihan who managed to visit all controls comfortably within the time allowed and earned some bonus points as a result.

Well done to all who participated on the day. Full individual results are detailed below:

Name Club  Class Time Score Gross Penalty Bonus
Josh O'Sullivan-Hourihan CORKO M21 22:51 405 320 0 85
Darren Burke CORKO M35 23:34 400 320 0 80
Andy Simpson     25:25 390 320 0 70
Joshua Hoare BOC M14 30:45 365 320 0 45
Toni O'Donovan CORKO W21 31:18 360 320 0 40
Caroline Murray BOC W45 33:11 350 320 0 30
Brid Casey WATO   34:38 345 320 0 25
Cathal Lane CSOA M18 34:07 345 320 0 25
Sean Murphy CORKO M35 34:48 340 320 0 20
Colm O Halloran CORKO   35:01 340 320 0 20
Paul O'Sullivan-Hourihan BOC   33:19 330 310 0 20
Conrad Daly CORKO M21 24:11 305 302 0 0
Liz Deane CORKO W55 41:07 300 320 20 0
John Casey WATO   42:16 290 320 30 0
Sarah Hoare BOC W20 36:00 285 285 0 0
Donal Burke CORKO M70 38:42 250 250 0 0
Jim O' Donovan CORKO M70 39:47 250 250 0 0
Jamie Lawlor     40:36 240 250 10 0
Liam Casey WATO   35:21 230 230 0 0
Hutchinsons     41:26 230 250 20 0
Bob O'Connor CORKO M70 39:41 230 230 0 0
Donagh Nagle     35:19 230 230 0 0
Eoin O Donovan CORKO   39:22 220 220 0 0
Collins Family     40:41 220 230 10 0
Marie Smith     38:52 210 210 0 0
Alan Simpson 3ROC M70 44:29 210 260 50 0
Ellie Simpson CORKO   35:58 190 190 0 0
Scoighe Lucey     38:34 170 170 0 0
Maol Lucey     38:44 160 160 0 0
Kai and Isla CORKO   39:08 155 155 0 0
Luke Murphy     44:16 155 205 50 0
Mike Murphy     44:17 155 205 50 0
Terence T J Hoare BOC M45 52:05 145 275 130 0
Kellett     51:50 145 265 120 0
John Power     41:21 135 155 20 0
Deidre Duncan     40:14 125 135 10 0
Marcus Cahill     49:13 120 220 100 0
Evan Noel     42:19 115 145 30 0
The Noel Family     41:54 105 125 20 0
Eimaer Casey WATO W40 27:19 105 105 0 0
Tobin Team     48:39 105 195 90 0
David Collins SET   35:15 95 95 0 0
Sean Hoare BOC M18 41:57 50 70 20 0
Ben Eady     66:40 50 320 270 0
Eady Lauren     66:40 50 320 270 0
Scanell Ruby & Issac     60:51 30 240 210 0
STEPHEN CORKO   50:05 25 135 110 0
Nagle Family     44:25 15 65 50 0
Naill and Martin Fitzgerald     68:44 15 305 290 0
Shanahan     62:07 -160 70 230 0
Kevin O'Riordan SET M21 1473:23 -14020 320 14340 0

Christmas Orienteering at Fota House and Gardens FRIDAY 27TH DECEMBER

posted 23 Dec 2019, 14:23 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 23 Dec 2019, 14:23 ]

Hi All,

Why not join us next Friday 27th December at Fota House and Gardens for some festive orienteering fun!

The event will be "score" format - where competitors will have to punch as many controls as possible within the time limit.

There will be 25 controls located in and around Fota House and Gardens and competitors will have 40 minutes to visit as many of these as they can.

There will be a 5 points bonus for each minute under the 40 minutes provided you have got all of the 25 controls. 

A penalty of 10 points will apply for every minute over the 40 minutes no matter how many controls you get.

There will be a Mass Start at 12 noon at the upper car park in Fota.

Registration will be open from 11:30am so please arrive in good time to register ahead of the group start. All proceeds from this years event will go to Marymount Hospice. 

Controls will be collected 1:30pm .

Hope you can join us and don't forget your stopwatch!

Happy Christmas!

Form all at CorkO!

Munster League #9 - Kilworth Ranges - Sunday 15th December '19

posted 10 Dec 2019, 15:16 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 10 Dec 2019, 15:17 ]

The 9th and final event in the 2019 Munster League will take place on Sunday December 15th at Kilworth Military Ranges

The terrain is made up of exposed open moorland surrounding Kilworth army camp, interspersed with many networks of earthwalls, gullies & depressions.  The terrain ranges from sheep cropped pasture, rough open fields, gorse & tussocky moorland.  There are some wet areas of bog on some of the longer courses but even after all the rain, the going is still fast with good visibility.   


Yellow: 7 controls, 2.8k, 35m
Orange: 9 controls, 3.2k, 35m
Red: 13 controls, 4.2k, 45m
Light Green : 13 controls, 5.3k, 70m
Green : 15 controls, 6.2k, 105m
Blue : 19 controls, 8.2k, 150m
Brown: 23 controls, 9.7k, 165m

11am - 12:30pm

Courses will close at 2pm 

The event will be signposted from the Kilworth Military Camp on the R639.

Kilworth ("Lynch") army camp is adjacent to the M8 motorway. If travelling from the South, take the exit off the M8 at junction 14 and follow signs (R639) for Kilworth and Lynch army camp.

If travelling from the North, take the exit off the M8 at junction 13 and follow signs for Kilworth and Lynch army camp (R639). Parking approximately 6km from junction 13.

The registration is at the Range area (Green shed) and there is ample parking and there will be toilet facilities.

Prices: Senior €7; Student, over-65 €5; Junior €4; Family €16; Groups by request.
If bringing a group, please notify us in advance (by Friday) to ensure we have enough maps.

Kilworth Ranges in mid December can be a very exposed location - depending on weather conditions on the day - the organisers may insist on wearing rainjacket/cagoule & headwear. Be prepared for all weather conditions.

This event takes place on a military training facility. Along with all the normal safety precautions extra care is necessary in this area. If during the course of your run you encounter any suspicious item – please do not pick it up. Report the details back to the registration and it will be dealt with accordingly.  CorkO are grateful to the Army & Ministry of Defence for allowing us permission to hold this event.

Munster League prizegiving will take place after the event at the registration building at approx 1.30pm.

Hope you can join us on the day.

Blackrock Urban Race Route Analysis

posted 14 Nov 2019, 02:06 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 14 Nov 2019, 02:07 ]

The Blackrock Urban Race planner Josh O'Sullivan Hourihan has kindly put together the following route analysis from some of the legs from Sunday's Long course. Some of these legs were also common on the Medium course.

Check out the distance comparisons to see if you took the optimum routes on Sunday. 

 Start to 1
 Leg 1-2
Leg 2 -3
Leg 4 - 5
Leg 5 - 6
Leg 7 - 8

Leg 9 - 10

                                Leg 10 - 11

Leg 11 - 12
                          Leg 16 - 17

Blackrock Urban O Sunday November 10th Results and Report

posted 12 Nov 2019, 15:03 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 13 Nov 2019, 02:14 ]

Many orienteers were spotted racing around the Blackrock area of Cork city on Sunday morning as over 77 orienteers participated in our Blackrock Urban Orienteering Race. The opportunity to race on a brand-new map attracted competitors from near and far to the event.

With a number of participants living on the map it was great to see many folks walking or cycling to the event. We were also delighted to welcome a number of Waterford orienteers to the event. WATO are presently running an urban orienteering league and have visited a number of towns to date. Their members experience at street navigation was evident in Sunday’s results. For those that enjoyed their experience of urban racing on Sunday then why not consider attending WATO’s next urban event on Sunday November 17th at Fethard in Co. Tipperary. It was great to see a group of girls from the Bishopstown Brownies participating at the event. We hope you all had fun on the day.

The bright sunny morning accentuated the picturesque nature of this part of the city on the banks of the river Lee. This area is always a hive of activity with rowers, runners, walkers and cyclist and on Sunday morning orienteers added to this mix. The crisp dry morning was perfect for an urban orienteering adventure.

Some of the course lengths were a little deceptive on the day. As with most urban races the straight-line route is rarely an option on many legs. Competitors have to read the map and determine the best route to a control avoiding cul de sacs and uncrossable terrain in the process. All courses began on the steps on the northern side of the Atlantic pond and for most competitors their first leg led directly south of the start kite across the pond so their first decision was which way to round the Atlantic pond clockwise or anti-clockwise. From here the courses ventured further south into the streets, estates and parks in the Blackrock area. The Long course taking competitors as far afield as Beaumount Park. There were several long legs on all the courses were competitors had to navigate their way around the network of estates and roads to reach their control sites. The later stages of the course took competitors to the Marina park and along the Blackrock greenway. The narrow lane leading down to the old rail way line seemed to cause difficult for some on the day. Careful map reading was required to spot this lane which led down to the old Blackrock railway platform.

For many competitors on the day this was their first exposure to urban orienteering. So we hope you all enjoyed the challenge and had fun.

If you missed the event then why not check out the results page as the event has been added to Route Gadget so you can check out the new map and courses that were on offer on the day. Some folks have already added their routes so you can compare their route choices with your own.

There was a close battle for the Long course event winner honour on the day with a mere 14 seconds differentiating the top two finishers over the 5.7km course. Zach Harrington narrowly edged out Darren Burke to claim the top spot when he finished in a time of 40:32. Darren Burke was hot on his heels and completed the testing course in a time of 40:46. Jens Waechter punched all 18 controls in a time of 43:35 to take the final podium spot.

On the 3.7km medium course Rob McEvoy was the course winner. He completed the course in a superb time of 33:34 and had a comfortable winning margin. There was however a very close contest for the runner up honour and Brid Casey from WATO took the spot when she punched all 10 controls in a time of 38:31. David Bosonnet finished third in a time of 39:52.

On the Short A course, it was WATO’s Liam Casey who led the field when he completed the 2.6km in an incredibly fast time of 21:47. Runner up was Billy Cabal who punched all 11 controls in a time of 27:01. The final podium spot went to Deirdre Mannix who punched the finish in a time of 32:12.

The 1.9km Short B course proved the most popular on the day and it was Chiara Bosonnet who emerged as the course winner when she finished the course in a time of 13:51. There was another close battle for the runner up spot with a meagre 3 seconds separating the next two finishers. Danny, Oisin & Fionn O’Hare were the Short B course runners up. They pooled their navigation skills and punched all 11 controls in exactly twenty minutes to edge passed WATO’s Eimer Casey. Eimer took third place finishing in a time of 20:03.

Well done to all who participated on the day. Full individual results including route gadget for the event are available at the following link:

Huge thanks to Josh O’Sullivan Hourihan for planning four testing course. Unfortunately, Josh couldn’t attend on the day but we are hugely grateful to him for all the work he put into this event. Massive thanks also to Conrad Daly for organising the event. Thanks too,to John Scannell and Robert O’Connor for assisting with registration, data entry and refreshments and to Danny O’Hare for assisting with control collection.

We are also very thankful to Pat Healy for generating a lovely new map for us to enjoy and also to Cork City Council for giving us permission to stage the event in this area.

Our next orienteering event will take place at Kilworth Camp on Sunday December 15th so be sure to add this date to your orienteering diaries.

Blackrock Urban-O, Cork City, SUNDAY NOVEMBER 10TH Event Info

posted 28 Oct 2019, 14:30 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 5 Nov 2019, 15:32 ]

Cork Orienteering Club invite you to join us on SUNDAY NOVEMBER 10th at our Blackrock Urban Orienteering Race. We are very excited as this will be the first race on our brand new map of the Blackrock area of Cork city. So be sure to add this date to your orienteering diaries.

In a change from our usual events which typically take place in forests, parks or on open mountain terrain, at this event competitors will be navigating their way around the streets, parks and estates in the Blackrock area of Cork City. There will be courses to suit all levels of orienteering experience as well as all ages and fitness levels.

Urban orienteering has its own set of unique challenges for orienteers to master. In particular the map will have a few different features to be aware of. The new map is drawn to ISSOM 2007 standards so it will be forbidden to cross any of the following features on the map:

    - Dark green: impassable vegetation
    - Thick black line: impassable wall or fence
    - Olive green: area with forbidden access
    - Hatched purple: out-of-bounds area
    - Water features outlined in black: uncrossable body of water

We would also ask all participants to refrain from entering private property or water channels, or hopping any walls higher than waist-height.


There will be four courses on offer on the day:

Long Course 5.7km, 18 controls, A3 map
Medium Course 3.6km, 10 controls, A3 map
Short A Course 2.6km, 11 controls, A4 map
Short B Course 1.9km, 11 controls, A4 map (no road crossings)

There will be no road closures for the event so participants should take care near moving traffic and exercise caution when crossing roads on the Long, Medium and Short A courses. As a result all competitors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult on these courses. For these courses distances above are based on straight line between controls. Real course length is likely to be at least 40% more based on optimal route choice and longer again based on non-optimal route choices! 

As the Short B course has no road crossing it is suitable for all ages young and old.


Competitors can start anytime from 10am to 11am.


Registration and parking for the event will be at the Shandon Boat club end of the Marina as illustrated on the map below. Competitors will then have a short 600m walk to the start which will be adjacent to The Atlantic Pond.

All participants will be asked to sign a form at registration to acknowledge the risks associated with racing on public streets.

Please let us know by Friday November 8th if you are bringing a group to this event as we wish to ensure we have enough maps.

Entry Fees

Senior €7
Student and Over-65 €5
Juniors €4
Family €16

Electronic punching will be used for this event and SI-Card Hire is €2.

Groups rates by request.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Blackrock area.

If you've any questions do get in touch.

Munster League #7: Knocknagalty Sunday October 6th Results and Report

posted 8 Oct 2019, 16:09 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 9 Oct 2019, 01:51 ]

Knocknagalty Wood in Limerick was the destination for the seventh event in the Munster League. Although the weather on Saturday in the Munster region was pretty miserable and wet thankfully Sunday turned out to be a much more enjoyable day. Those that made the journey to Knocknagalty got to enjoy orienteering on technical terrain with some wonderful scenery and picturesque forest.

The planner set out six challenging courses with lots of route choices for competitors. If you missed the event you can check out the courses on route gadget. For those that attended on the day why not up load your route to compare your choices to those of your fellow competitors.

There was some fierce competition on all the courses on the day. On the 6.8km Brown course it was Darren Burke who led the field. He completed the course in a time of 59:01 to claim first place. Hot on his heel was runner up Jens Waechter who finished in a time of 61:53. While Dan McDonnell took third place when he finished in a time of 68:24.

On the 5.3km Blue course Mikey Alvarez was the convincing course winner. He punched all 13 controls in a time of 53:44 which gave him a comfortable winning margin over runner up John Scannell. John punched the finish in a time of 62:32 and had a mere five seconds to spare over third place finisher Joshua Hoare.

On the Green course Pat Cadogan topped the leader board when he finished in a time of 70:49. The runner up spot went to Maya Buckley who punched all 12 controls in a time of 77:25. Third place went to Natsuko Cotter who finished in a time of 83:02.

On the Light Green Ted Feehan set the pace when he finished in an incredibly fast time of 44:08. The runner up honour went to Zane Kramina who punched all 10 controls in a time of 52:48. The final podium spot on the Light Green course when to Jim O’Donovan when he finished in a time of 67:23.

Mary McGrath was the winner on the Orange course when she completed it in a time of 29:05. Josephine O’Keeffe won the Yellow course finishing in a time of 44:10.

Well done to all who participated on the day. Full individual results with splits times are available at the link below. Don’t forget that route gadget is also available so why not add your route to the mix.

A thumb compass was found at the event so if you attended and are missing your thumb compass please do get in touch and we can re-unite you in time for your next event.

Huge thanks to Brian Corbett for planning and organising the event. Thanks also to Niamh Corbett for assisting on the day and to all those who assisted with control collection.

Our next event will see a return to some Urban orienteering as we take to the streets and terrain around Blackrock in the city for the Blackrock Urban Race. The event will take place on Sunday November 10th. A brand-new map has been developed for the event which should present some interesting challenges to all those who take part. If you enjoyed our Urban race in Kinsale town last year than be sure to mark this date in your orienteering diary. It should be an exciting event.

Hope you can join us on the day.

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