Summer League #7: Corrin Hill Wood, Fermoy TUESDAY JUNE 19TH Event Info

posted 15 Jun 2018, 13:02 by Elaine Sheridan

The seventh event in the CorkO Summer League will take place at
 Corrin Hill Wood on Tuesday June 19th.

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 4.5km 13 controls 
Long Course  2km 13 controls

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: Regional Park Ballincollig Tuesday June 12th Results and Report

posted 14 Jun 2018, 06:18 by Elaine Sheridan

The Regional Park Ballincollig was the sun-soaked destination for the sixth event in the CorkO summer orienteering league. Tuesday’s event saw a variation from our usual Summer League format with the introduction of a Score race. There were 30 controls positioned throughout the park and competitors had just 45 minutes to locate and punch as many of these controls as possible in any order. With varying points assigned to controls it was all about getting the maximum number of points and finishing within the time allotted as penalties applied for every minute you exceeded the allowed time. To make things even more exciting on the night the start was constrained to two group starts. With over 40 competitors taking part in each start there was a lot of head to head racing on the score course.

It was great to see so many embrace the Score format and we hope the group starts gave you an opportunity to meet fellow competitors and discuss pre and post-race strategies. This week we were delighted to welcome the Blarney Beavers and the Ballinora Scouts to the event. We hope you all enjoyed your orienteering adventure in Ballincollig. It was also lovely to see so many families in action on the night.

Score strategy was the hot topic for much of the pre-race discussions. The experienced and faster competitors were focussed on punching all the controls while others decided to give precedence to punching the higher valued controls. The risk with this approach was that these controls would most likely be the furthest from the start and be slightly more technical. Many of the beginners in the field opted to stick to the paths and keep close to the start/finish area.

As competitors lined up for the group start watches were synchronised and maps were distributed then the starter announced GO and the racing commenced. With the event starting from the middle car park there was the immediate decision to head East or West. However, given the spell of fine weather a number of the canals were exceptionally dry which meant heading directly North through the canal to control 29 was a option that some elected on the night.

There was probably a bit of congestion at the first control in either direction and some might have lost precious seconds waiting to punch. With controls positioned at both extremes of the park there was a lot of distance to cover in a short space of time. So, careful route planning was required to try and visit as many of these control sites as possible in the most efficient manner. Competitors had to pay close attention to the map to ensure they didn’t miss a control in their vicinity that would be difficult to revisit at a later stage.

Some of the controls were more technical than others and with the time ticking down participants couldn’t afford to waste valuable time searching for the control if they didn’t immediately spot it. It was simply a case of forgetting it and moving on to the next one. No doubt controls 2 and 28 proved costly for some on the night. Furthermore, the popular nature of this location often means that curious passers-by think it funny to lift and recollect our control kites. Thankfully, our SI units were discretely placed and safely secured to their locations but unfortunately some of the colourful kites got displaced on the night. I hope this didn’t cost anyone too much time.

While navigating around the park competitors would no doubt have crossed paths on several occasions which would have encouraged some to up their pace and outsmart their rivals. Those that observed the locations of the dry canal crossings would have shorten the distance on some legs. As the time on the course approached the 45 limit entrants had to alter their plan and skip over some controls to ensure they didn’t incur any penalties by arriving late at the finish. For those that left the Western end controls till the end this might have meant cutting across the pitches. The soccer training taking place on one of these pitches meant the most direct and fastest route wasn’t possible here.

This event was all about smart route choice, efficient navigation and fast running.  A number of competitors managed to punch all 30 controls and obtain 550 points which was the maximum number of points on offer. They also finished well inside the 45 minute time allocation. Others pushed right to the 45 minute limit. It was such a glorious evening that others ignored the time limit (or perhaps they didn’t have a watch!) and elected to suffer the penalties imposed as they savoured the charming sights and wonderful amenities (including the playground!) in this tranquil park. This resulted in hefty penalties for some. Nevertheless, we hope you all enjoyed the Score format and the social atmosphere at the event.

Unfortunately, we had some technical problems with our computer on the night which delayed download for some of our early finishers. These issues were eventually resolved thanks to Conrad. However, amongst all the excitement at the finish it seems that the following competitors forgot to download at the event.

Eric Curry
John Chandler
Adrian O'Sullivan
Cathy Kennedy
Liam Twomey
William Curry
Ciara Fitzgerald
Leah O'Sullivan
Willie Fitzgerald
If your name is listed above you can download before you run at next week’s event.

After all the exhilaration and novelty of the group starts, the Regional Park Ballincollig provisional score event winner was Dan McDonnell. He achieved the maximum points on offer scoring 550 points and finished with plenty of time to spare having punched all 30 controls in a time of 33:58. Dan’s speed and navigational prowess meant he had nearly 6 minutes to spare over his nearest rival on the night. Brian Corbett was the lead chaser and was runner up in Ballincollig. He also visited all the controls and took the maximum 550 points on offer. He completed the score course in a time of 39:49. Third place went to Eric O'Connor who again finished the full score course and his points tally was 550 but took a little longer to do so when he punched the finish in a time of 40:48.

The fastest lady around the score course was Elizabeth Jakobsson she attained 510 points and avoided any penalties as she finished with time to spare when she punched the finish in a time of 43:38. Runner up on the night was Una Buckley who had a score of 480 points and finished in a time of 45:49 and incurred just one 10 point penalty. The final podium spot went to Elaine Sheridan who scored 410 points following a 20 point deduction due to poor time keeping. She punched the finish 1 minute and 5 second over the time allowed.

Of the 40 competitors classed on the Short course it was Chiara Bosonnet who took the event winner honour. She scored a total of 350 and incurred no penalties when she finished in a time of 44:36 inside the time limit. Runner up on the night was Matthew O'Shea who was just 10 points behind Chiara. However, he finished in a time of 41:56 so perhaps he might just have had enough time to punch just one more control! Third place went to Aisling O'Mahony who also achieved a score of 340 points but took a little longer than Matthew to do so and finished just over the time allowed when she punched the finish 46:40 minutes after the group start.

Well done to all who participated in the racing action on the night. Full individual results of the group starts are available at the following link:

The overall results based on combining the results from the two group starts can be viewed at the following link:

Huge thanks this week to Ben Gearey and Sinead O’Donoghue for planning and organising the event. There were a lot of controls to put out! Thanks also to Andrew Turner for assisting with starts and to Conrad Daly for the IT support and Una Buckley for her assistance with control collection. Thanks also to the two Karen’s for providing substance to our planners on the night!

Thanks, are also due to Cork County Council for granting us permission to stage our event in the park.

The next event in the Summer League will take us to Corrin Hill Wood near Fermoy. The hill of Corrin is a prominent landmark south of Fermoy and a very historical site. The mound at the summit dates back over 3000 years to the Bronze Age so I'm sure there will be some interesting features for all to see as you navigate around this hill next week. Further directions and location trivia are available here:

Hope you can join us.

Summer League #6: Regional Park Ballincollig TUESDAY JUNE 12TH Event Info

posted 8 Jun 2018, 11:31 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 8 Jun 2018, 12:48 by Cork Orienteering ]

The sixth event in the Cork Orienteering Club 
Summer League will take place on Tuesday June 12th 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 30 control sites and the aim is to punch as many of these controls as possible within the time allocated (45 MINUTES). Points will be rewarded for each control punched and there will be different points allotted to the various control sites. Controls can be punched in any order.

The points will be awarded as follows for each control:
  - Controls numbered 1 to 15 are worth ten points each.
  - Controls numbered 16 to 20 are worth twenty points each.
  - Controls numbered 21 to 30 are worth thirty points each.

  (The harder the control is to find, or the further away it is, the higher the points for it).

There is a 45 minute time limit, ten points will be DEDUCTED for each minute (or part of a minute) you are over the 45 minutes!

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

For those with small children or buggies who don't want to get all the controls, controls numbered below 17 will be less distant from the start finish.

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.


(you can help reduce queues at registration by filling in your name and SI card number on a registration slip - VOLUNTEERS TO HELP WITH REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT would be most appreciated.)

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 #5: Tramore Valley Park Tuesday June 5th Results and Report

posted 7 Jun 2018, 06:36 by Elaine Sheridan

Tramore Valley Park was the destination for the fifth event in the CorkO Summer League. This convenient city centre location is very accessible and always proves a popular stop on our Summer League tour. Despite a strenuous long weekend for some having participated in the club’s 20th Shamrock O-Ringen (3 tough days of orienteering) or the Cork City marathon or the Carrauntoohill hill run many opted to enjoy yet another fine evening in the outdoors and mustered up the energy to orienteer on Tuesday night. Of the 88 entrants on the night at least one participant was spotted proudly wearing his brand-new marathon relay finisher t-shirt!

As the evening rush hour traffic resonated all around this site it was fabulous to escape the mayhem and enjoy a challenging run around this park. The dominant mound at this location offers great views of Cork city and its suburbs. Unfortunately, the council have only just begun the process of cutting the grass on this dome hill so I’m sure its presence influenced some route choices on Tuesday night. The long grass was also home to a pheasant who may have been startled on a few occasions as orienteers bounded down this hill.

Anyone expecting a gentle stroll around this renowned site was in for a surprise. The planner took no mercy on participants and set out a gruesome Long course which had competitors traversing the infamous landfill mound multiple times and in almost all directions.

Although the course was advertised as 5.5km this measurement was based on how the crow files. It would have been energy sapping to take the straight-line route to all controls particularly on the legs that went up and down the hill so participants probably covered approximately 2km more than this by the time they punched the finished.

Both courses began and finished with a sprint across the playing pitch. From the goal posts at the Northern end of the pitch Long course participants had several routes options to control two. From here competitors began their first ascent of the mound. Noting the position of the bridges was important when selecting routes on this and several other legs. Control four was on the Southern side of the mound so it was a case of up and over. This was entrants first experience of the rather long grass. The early starters laid out the tracks and although some of these may not have been the straightest of routes it was certainly easier to follow this zig-zag tracks that to create new ones. The faster runners in the field would have enjoyed the fast running on the wide track from four to five.

Following five there was another steep climb up the mound thankfully, the minor trail on most of this route made things a little easier. Having punched control six there was fast descent though the long grass to the bottom of the mound before another sprint across the pitch to control 7. There was a bit of route choice on the long leg from seven to eight before competitors had to scale the mound yet again! A bit of contouring on the leg from nine to ten would have helped eliminate needless climb here. Once again, the fast runners in the field would have gained some time along the track on route to control 11. This was followed by two short legs in the rough open. Arms needed to be raised in the vicinity of these controls to avoid the nettles.

Following 13 there was one final climb up the mound to 14 before another descent towards control 15. There was a long run in from here to the finish and the bragging rights for the fastest finish go to Conrad Daly. Despite the taxing course he still had a superior finishing kick!

Of the 53 competitors on the Long course it was Conrad Daly who emerged top of the heap! He took the event win having completed the exhausting Long course in a time of 33.28. Conrad is the reigning Summer League champion and this is his second event win of the league. It seems he won’t be relinquishing the title without a fight. Runner up on the night was Joe Bosonnet who finished in a time of 35:43. Third place went to Zac O’Sullivan Hourihan who crossed the finish line in a time of 38.18. Incredibly this was Zac’s fifth consecutive day of orienteering. He competed in the Urban Orienteering Race in Killarney on Friday evening before participating in three taxing days of orienteering at CorkO’s 20th Shamrock O-Ringen. He certainly showed no signs of tiredness when traversing the hills in Tramore Valley Park.

The fastest lady around the terrain in Tramore Valley Park was Una Buckley. She completed the punishing 5.5km course in a time of 53.16. Runner up on the night was Elaine Sheridan who punched all 15 controls in a time of 54:56. Third place went to Fiona Power who punched the finish in a time of 57:19. Fiona got to experience the technical open terrain on Crohane Mountain during day 2 of the Shamrock O-Ringen. Navigating around Tramore Valley Park on Tuesday night was an absolute breeze for her compared to that.

The competition was fierce amongst the 35 competitors on the 2.6km Short course and it was Conor O’Keeffe who led the field and claimed the event winner honour. Conor completed the course in a time of 18:26. Hot on Conor’s heels was Willie Fitzgerald who punched the finish a meagre 21 second behind Conor to take the runner up spot. The final podium spot went to Brian Scannell who finished in a time of 19:35.

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

Huge thanks this week to Liam O’Brien for planning and organising the event and to Brendan Wall and Willie Fitzgerald who assisted on the night. Thanks also to Bobby O’Connor for providing the welcome refreshments at the finish

Thanks also to Cork City Council for giving us permission to stage the event and granting us evening access to Tramore Valley Park.

Next week our Summer League roadshow moved 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.

This flat terrain will be a welcome change after the endurance climbing this week. Furthermore, in a slight change of format next will be a score event. There will be two group starts on the night. The first group start will be at 5:45pm and the second group start will be at 6:40pm. So, don’t forget your watch.

Finally, best wishes to all our regular followers who are under taking state exams at present. We hope they go well and look forward to seeing you out orienteering again soon.

Shamrock O-Ringen 2018 - Prize Giving

posted 5 Jun 2018, 05:39 by Cork Orienteering   [ updated 5 Jun 2018, 05:51 ]

Just some of the team of CorkO volunteers behind the 2018 Shamrock O-Ringen!

Huge thanks to all who participated in Cork Orienteering Club's 20th Shamrock O-Ringen. We hope you all enjoyed the challenging terrain in the South West and got home safely. 

Click the link below to view some photo's from yesterday's prize giving.

Shamrock O-Ringen Day 3 Start Times

posted 3 Jun 2018, 15:32 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 3 Jun 2018, 15:34 ]

The final results for Day 2 are in and have been combined with Day 1 so we can now reveal the starting order for Day 3.

The course leaders will start at 10am and the chasers will be in hot pursuit.

Best of luck to all.

Summer League #5: Tramore Valley Park, Cork City TUESDAY JUNE 5TH Event Info

posted 1 Jun 2018, 10:06 by Elaine Sheridan

The fifth event in the CorkO Summer League will take place on Tuesday June 5th at Tramore Valley Park.

The Park is located at the old Kinsale Road landfill site and is enclosed by the Tramore river, the Trabeg river and the South Ring road.

Long Course -   5.5km 75m climb  
Short Course  - 2.6km 25m climb

The Short Course is buggy friendly. Long Course competitors might note that the grass on the large dome hill (old landfill) has not been cut for some time - somewhat high!. This might be a factor in route choice for a few legs.

Starts will be from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. 

Competitors should note that there will be no access to the Park before 5pm. After the event  gates will close at 8:00pm. In order for the organisers to also comply with the gate closure controls will be collected at 7:30pm sharp. 

Tramore Valley Park is located at the old Kinsale Road Landfill Site on the eastern side of the South Link Road (N27). 
  1. If you are coming out of Cork City on the South Link Road, just turn left into the park. 
  2. If you are coming from the direction of the Kinsale Road Roundabout then please note there is NO RIGHT TURN OFF THE SOUTH LINK DUAL CARRIAGEWAY into the park. Instead at the Kinsale Road Roundabout take the exit signed ‘Turners Cross’ which will take you down passed Harvey Normans, then turn right at the next junction and drive passed the entrance to the Black Ash Park and Ride. At the junction with the South Link drive straight through the traffic lights (once they turn green!) and into the park. Note: If you miss the Turner Cross exit and find yourself on the N27 heading into the city centre Do not under any circumstances attempt to turn right at the traffic lights. Proceed through the lights towards the city and take the next exit marked Turners Cross Douglas. Turn right at the top of the slip road pass over the N27 and turn right immediately to get back on the N27 you will now be able to turn left into the Park.
A location map is available here:

Competitors should use the main car park adjacent to the administration buildings (which are strictly out of bounds).

Hope you can join us.

Summer League #4: Glenbower Wood Tuesday May 29th Results and Report

posted 31 May 2018, 02:01 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 31 May 2018, 02:05 ]

This year World Orienteering Week ran from May 23rd to May 29th and this weeks Summer League event in Glenbower Wood in Killeagh was our contribution to World Orienteering Week and the celebration of the sport of orienteering. So far, World Orienteering Week has seen 226,482 orienteers participate at 1,394 orienteering events around the world. The 79 competitors who made the journey to Glenbower Wood on Tuesday night will further boost this total.

Furthermore, to celebrate world orienteering day there was an extra incentive for orienteers to par take at the event in Glenbower as we had some fabulous World Orienteering Day prizes on offer for the course winners on the night. The fastest male and female on the Long course were awarded official World Orienteering Day running tops while the fastest male and female on the Short course won official World Orienteering Day buffs. Additionally, all those in attendance received World Orienteering Day Diplomas in recognition of their participation in World Orienteering Day and were entered into a draw for some great spot prizes.

It was all very exciting on the night and we couldn’t have gotten a nicer evening to promote our sport and enjoy a summer evening in the outdoors. The short course was a little longer than normal but the beautiful summer evening meant no one was going to complain about being out for a little longer than usual. This course took competitors on a pleasant loop around the river Dissour and across it’s bridges. It also took a little excursion into the picturesque trails through the rhododendron.

The Long course was a more challenging affair and on what was possibly the hottest day of the year to date it made for difficult running on this hilly terrain. However, I’m sure the possibility of winning a stylish new O-top help motivated some competitors to power up the hills. The course began with a sequence of short legs in the forest adjacent to the entrance and parking area before entering the steeper sections of the wood.

Storm Ophelia left a substantial mark on Glenbower Wood and this was most evident at the first river crossing where the once scenic summer gazebo was left ruined in it’s wake and the quarry adjacent to control 5 was full of fallen trees. There were lots of other trees strewn across various trails it the wood so some ducking and weaving was required on the night.

There was a taxing climb from control 5 through to control 8 at the north western corner of the map before competitors began a fast descent into the valley and across the river. The deluge of rain at the weekend meant some of the trails were a little slippery under foot so some care was required here. Control 10 located along the series of crags proved costly for some on the night. There were two obvious routes to the control the high road and the low road. However, the control was a little easier to spot when approaching it from the low road as the series of crags were easy to observe.

From here there was another tough climb to control 11 were competitors got to bound along the soft trails through the rhododendron. Some participants may have passed the Fainin Well on the ascent to 11 or on the descent to 12. This is a Bullaun stone were rain water collects in its hollow and it is known for its curative properties but I’m not sure if anyone tried to avail of these on Tuesday night.

The sight of control 13 from control 12 meant that several competitors opted to take the direct route through the undergrowth to reach it. From here there was yet another climb required back to control 14 in the depression and control 15. Then began the fast descent to control 16 before a final series of controls taking in the very impressive Metal Bridge and some nice runnable forest on the route to the finish. A powerful smell of wild garlic greeted competitors as they punched the finish control.

So, after the grueling course in the evening sun who was going to be cooling off in a colourful and trendy new running top. The Bookies favourites for donning the stylish WOD running tops were our three previous Summer League event winners Darragh Hoare, Conrad Daly and Andrew Turner but could a summer league debut by some of the locals distort the odd?

Of the 48 competitors who participate on the 4.2km Long course a mere 44 seconds was all that differentiated the top three at the finish line. Darragh Hoare took the early lead on the Long course when he finished it in a time of 34:18. He then had an anxious wait as fellow competitors returned to download to see if he remained as the front-runner. Zac O’Sullivan Hourihan made his 2018 Summer League debut on Tuesday night and was one of the last competitors to start at the event. Zac pace would definitely have him in the top ten at the event and Darragh had a particularly nervous wait for his return. However, despite an excellent run he failed to deny Darragh the Glenbower event winner honour. So, Darragh Hoare was the worthy winner of the WOD running top. Zac was runner up on the night having punched all 19 controls in a time of 34:42 just 22 seconds behind Darragh. Hot of both these guys heels was Andrew Turner who completed the course in a time of 35:02.

Proving that orienteering is a sport for all the family the fastest Lady around Glenbower Wood was Darragh’s mum Caroline Murray. She completed the course in a time of 47:04 and in the process bagged herself a classy new running top. Runner-up on the night was Elaine Sheridan, she punched all the controls in a time of 49:31. Elizabeth Jakobsson manged to hold off a strong challenge from Sarah Hoare to take third place in a time of precisely 50 minutes.

Of the 31 competitors on the Short course it was Liam Twomey who took the title of Short course event winner. He completed the 2.6km course in a time of 24:21. Liam will get a WOD buff for his efforts. Runner up on the night was David Moylan he finished in a time of 27:26. The final podium spot went to Erin O’Brien who punched all 11 controls in a time of 30:52 and as she was the fastest female on the Short course she was also awarded a WOD buff.

Congratulations to all our WOD winners I’m sure you will spot them wearing their new gear in the woods in the coming weeks. Well done to all who participated on the night. Full individual results with splits times are available here:
Following the event all the participants names were placed in a hat and we had a draw for our fabulous spot prizes and the four lucky winners were:
Cathy Kennedy
Aaron Coughlan
Sarah Hoare
Shane Murray          

These prizes can be collected at any of our upcoming events.

Huge thanks this week to Brendan Wall and Liam O’Brien for planning and organising the event. Thanks also to the Dan McDonnell, Cathal Lane, Aaron Coughlan and Darragh Hoare for taking care of starts and assisting with control collection.

Next week we won’t be venturing too far from the city centre when we gather in Tramore Valley Park. The area is comprised of open grass land and the going will surely be fast. As the location is so centreal please do encourage your family and friends to attend. Further location information and important instructions regarding entry to the park are available at the following link:

Finally, best of luck to all those participating in the 20th Shamrock O-Ringen, Cork City Marathon, Carrauntoohil Hill run, Cork Harbour Festival and any other adventure activities this long weekend. Remember a nice run at Tramore Valley Park offers an ideal chance to loosen out after a strenuous weekend of activities or alternatively a nice workout after a very laid-back long weekend.

So hope you will join us next week in Tramore Valley Park.

Summer League #4: Glenbower Wood, Killeagh TUESDAY MAY 29TH Event Info

posted 26 May 2018, 16:37 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 26 May 2018, 16:42 ]

The 4th event in the CorkO Summer League will take place in Glenbower Wood, Killeagh on TUESDAY MAY 29TH.

This event is also a registered World Orienteering Day event and the numbers in attendance on Tuesday will count towards the total World Orienteering Day participation rate.

Last year saw 288,000 orienteers worldwide participate in World Orienteering Day and this year the organisers hope to exceed this target. Check out the following link to find out more about World Orienteering Day

Furthermore, we'll have a special World Orienteering Day prize for this weeks Long Course event winners and all those who participate on the day will be entered into a draw for some spot prizes. So be sure to join us in Glenbower on Tuesday night.

Glenbower is a long narrow wood stretching along the Dissour river. The bed rock in the area is a form of easily eroded sandstone which explains why this relatively small river has cut such a steep ravine. Glenbower gets it's name of "gleann-bodhar" or "Deafening Glen" from the roaring of the Dissour river in flood when it is rushing headlong through the valley. 

The deep gorge of the Dissour River means the terrain is quite physical in places. There is a good network of large paths throughout the forest and to ensure you don’t get your feet wet there are numerous bridges crossing the river – the Metal Bridge, White Bridge, Black Bridge and Green Bridge.


Long: 4.2km 135m Climb 19 Controls
Short: 2.6km 50m Climb 11 Controls


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

Coming from Cork City:
Take the Midleton/Carrigtwohill dual carriageway eastbound and continue past Midleton, and through Castlemartyr to Killeagh village. At the end of the main street in Killeagh, the road bends right, turn left here. Orienteering signs will be in place here. The wood is up a narrow road behind "The Old Thatch" pub.

Please take care when parking and be mindful that there is access to a dwelling house through the forest. Also watch for runners on the road as you drive in. 
Please do not park in the play ground car park, there is additional parking at the back of the "The Thatch" pub which will be a short walk from the start.

Hope you can join us and be a part of World Orienteering Day!

Summer League #3: Doneraile Pak Tuesday May 22nd Results and Report

posted 24 May 2018, 02:12 by Elaine Sheridan

Event Winner Andrew Turner (third from left) with Curran and Larsson family following their post race picnic in Doneraile Park.

The third event in the 2018 Summer League took orienteers on an adventure to North Cork and to the majestic surrounds of Doneraile Park. There were close to ninety orienteers in action on the night and all in attendance got a very warm welcome both from our North Cork crew and the fabulous sunshine. The glorious evening accentuated the splendour of this picturesque location.

It was great to see the Fermoy Cubs back for yet another orienteering challenge. With eight teams of cubs in action on the night they had plenty of internal rivalry on the Short course. All who made the journey to Doneraile were rewarded with some intricate orienteering in charming environs.

This year the planners took competitors to areas of the park which they hadn’t gotten to experience at previous events at this location. The Long course commenced with a series of Short fast legs in the northern section of the map before taking competitors on a loop around the meadow. Control nine proved troublesome for some due to it’s discrete positioning in the pit in the rough terrain.

Controls ten to fourteen took competitors across a big meadow. The legs from 10 to 12 allowed for some fast running down the meadow. However, participants had to be careful not to get too carried away on these legs with the controls positioned in a shallow depression and a deep pit they weren’t easy to spot in the long grass and could readily have been overshot. The cautious orienteer navigated off the distinctive trees in the meadow to ensure they didn’t veer off track. Orienteers may not have been as light footed as the deer that pranced around the meadow below so the later starters may have benefited from the trail of trampled grass which led to these control sites.

On exiting the meadow participants crossed the river before turning back toward Doneraile house. Control 18 was another that proved costly for some on the night. Those that tried to approach it too early got caught in the impenetrable vegetation. The terrain in the vicinity of this control was carpeted with wild garlic which no doubt left competitors runners reeking of this aroma on the journey home.

The course concluded with another burst of short fast legs from controls 19 to 23. Unfortunately, some folks got distracted by the sight of the finish control and were drawn to it only to realise that one more control needed to be punched first.

There was some ferocious competition on the 5.2km Long course this week and at the finish control a mere 29 seconds was the time difference between the top three competitors. Andrew Turner emerged as the event winner when he completed the course in a time of 30:10. Just 24 seconds behind him was Conrad Daly who took the runner up spot on the night. Conrad has a meagre 5 seconds lead over third place finisher Dan McDonnell.

The fastest lady around the Long course in Doneraile Park was Sinead O’Donoghue she punched all 23 controls in a time of 44:52. Runner up on the night was Sharon Lucey who covered the course in a time of 45:54. The final podium spot went to Elaine Sheridan who completed the course in 46 minutes and nineteen seconds.

There was also some fierce competition on the 2.4km Short course. The Short course event winner honour went to Clare Nuttall who proved fastest on the night. Clare finished in a time of 26:17 just 23 seconds clear of Liam Twomey. Liam was runner up on the night having punched all 14 controls in a time of 26:40. There was quite a battle for the final podium spot with only 13 seconds differentiating the next two competitors at the finish line. However, Jack O’Shea held off a strong challenge from Nedas Norutis to take third place. Jack finished the course in a time of 27:31.

Well done to all who competed on the night. Full individual results with split times are available here:

Huge thanks this week to all of our North Cork crew for staging the event in such as stunning location. Thanks to Jim Callanan for planning the courses, Denis Power for taking care of entries on the night and Siomha and Ailbhe Callanan for registration and download.

Thanks also to Ted Lucey, Brendan Wall and the Midleton CBS students for taking care of control collection.

Once again, this event wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the Cork Schools Orienteering Association (CSOA) who gave us the use of their map and the Office of Public Works (OPW) who granted us access to this wonderful amenity.

Today marks the start of World Orienteering Week and our next Summer League event will give our followers an opportunity to participate in this worldwide affair.

Last year saw 288,000 orienteers participate in World Orienteering Day and this year the organisers hope to exceed this target. Glenbower Wood in Killeagh will be the destination for our contribution to World Orienteering Day and the participation of all those in attendance will be registered in the worldwide total. Check out the following link to find out more about World Orienteering Day

Glenbower Wood surrounds part of the Dissour River and has a variety of unique features from a Fainin’s Well with alleged curative properties to a mass rock as well as an impressive assortment of bridges and of course a cave! Further forest trivia and a location map are available here:

Hope you can join us for World Orienteering Day!

Anne Marie Lucey and Susan O'Donovan at download.

Nagle Ricers...Jim, Sandra and Anne
Podium finishers Elaine Sheridan and Sharon Lucey.
O'Cinneide Family and Fermoy Cubs enjoying refreshments after their run.
Nick and Martha with the youngest member of the our North Cork crew Aoibhin.
Control collectors Ted Lucey, Dan McDonnell (also third place finisher) and Cathal Lane.

Thanks to Jim Callanan for all the great photos.

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