Autumn League #4: 12th Annual Cliona Callanan Memorial Orienteering Event Sunday September 17th Results and Report

posted by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated ]

The 12th Annual Cliona Callanan Memorial Orienteering Event took place in Doneraile Park on Sunday September 17th. All participants received a warm welcome from our north cork crew and all their family and friends who assisted at the event. 

The Callanan Family would like to thank everyone who competed, supported and helped with Cliona's event on Sunday in Doneraile Park. A big thank you to everyone who traveled from near and far to support and compete in the annual Clíona Callanan Memorial Event in Doneraile Park. The sunshine attracted a crowd of over 250 people who walked, jogged, and ran one of the four courses on offer (see results for some close finishes). It was a really lovely occasion, with young and old alike enjoying the beautiful surroundings of Doneraile Park, including two scout groups from Mallow and Rathcormac. Thanks to the generosity of everyone, we raised €1750 on the day, with all proceeds going to the Cork Children's Leukaemia Association (CLA). A special thank you to everyone who helped make the day such a success, namely the Sleeman-Power, O'Leary-Fitzpatrick, and Lucey familes, Liam O'Brien, and the OPW.

All donations received by CLA are used to benefit children who suffer from leukaemia, cancer and other serious blood disorders in the Munster region. The Charity provides financial support to families, counselling and support groups for patients, parents and siblings during this difficult time in their lives. They fund educational support to children who are out of school for long periods during their illness, they also provide free home-from-home accommodation for families who have to travel long distances to hospital. Donations also go to towards the purchase of essential medical equipment and further training for staff who work at the Children's Leukaemia Unit.

You can visit their website to find out more on the great work being carried out by this association.

There were four courses on offer on the day which catered for all levels from beginners to experienced orienteers looking for a long and technical run on a Sunday morning. This event was also the fourth event in the on-going CorkO Autumn League and as a result there was some fierce competition on all of the courses on the day. 

On the Short course the first to cross the finish line was James Magner who finished in a time of 21:32. Less than a minute behind James were the O'Shea siblings. Jack and Colin battled it out for the runner up honor and just two seconds separated them at the finish. Jack claiming the runner-up spot having finished in a time of 22:15. Colin took third in a time of 22:17.

On the Even Shorter course there was a lot of team work among the podium finishers. Michelle and Grainne pooled their navigational skills to win the course in a time of 14:31. The runner-up spot went to Peter and Oisin when they punched all 9 controls in a time of 15:32 while Chloe and Julianne finished third in a time of 20:36.

On the Long course there were 21 controls and it was Meabh Perkins who punched them all in the fastest time. She completed the course in a time of 45:37 and held off a strong challenge from her Mum Nora to claim the Long course event win. Runner-up was Nora Perkins who narrowly edged out Matthew Kearney for the honor. She finished in a time of 46:11. The final podium spot went to Matthew Kearney who finished in a time of 46:24.

On the Even Longer Course the winner was Zac O'Sullivan-Hourihan, he completed the course in a time of 32:59 just four seconds clear of his nearest rival Dan McDonnell. Dan had to be content with second place and he had a fairly comfortable winning margin over our third place finisher Emer Perkins. Emer finished in a time of 37:22.

Well done to all who participated on the day. Full individual results with splits are available here:

Once again thanks to everyone for their tremendous generosity and support on the day.


Autumn League #5: Cork Showgrounds, Curraheen TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 19TH Event Info

posted 17 Sep 2017, 16:21 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 17 Sep 2017, 16:30 ]

The final event in our Autumn league will take place on Tuesday September 19th at the Cork Showgrounds in Curraheen. 

With permissions from Munster Agricultural Society and UCC, Liam O'Brien has produced a band new map of the Cork Showgrounds area and next Tuesday will be the first opportunity for orienteers to run on this new map and experience the terrain. We've been told the area isn't too technical but there are enough features to keep all orienteers concentrating - no room for small errors! You'll have to come along to sample the terrain for yourself.
Calcutta Immersion Program
This week all funds collected at the event will go to the Midleton CBS Calcutta Immersion Programme headed by Dan McDonnell and Sean Kelleher.

Long: 5.2km 
Short: 2.2km

The short course is just about buggy friendly - mostly tracks and short grass. 

At this event it is hoped to start off both courses with a run through a mini orienteering exercise before the competitor heads off on the normal O course. 

Take junction 2 off the N40 and follow signs for Curraheen village (do not take the exit for Curraheen Park the greyhound track!). The entrance to the competition area is 800m from the Marymount roundabout just before Curraheen village.

Hope you can join us.

Autumn League #4: 12th Annual Cliona Callanan Memorial Orienteering Event, Doneraile Park SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 17TH Event Info

posted 15 Sep 2017, 02:15 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 15 Sep 2017, 13:37 ]

The 4th event in the CorkO Autumn League will take place on Sunday September 17th in Doneraile Park. This will be the 12th Annual Cliona Callanan Memorial Orienteering event and all proceeds on the day will go to the Cork Children's Leukaemia Association.

Hope you will come along and take advantage of the opportunity to experience this magnificent setting and sample the wonderful parkland terrain. It is sure to be a fun event and with numerous picnic tables and a large children's playground it caters well for families and offers plenty of post run entertainment. The Tea Rooms will also be open on the day.

With courses to suit all the family and no orienteering experience necessary, it's a great opportunity to encourage your family, friends or colleagues to sample this exciting sport at this very popular venue. You can run, jog or just stroll along any of the courses on offer. For our regular Autumn League followers there are two additional courses at this event for those that feel they are ready to take on a more challenging course.

Short 2.9 km,13 controls
Long 4.7 km, 21controls
Shorter 2.1 km, 9 controls
Longer 5.4 km, 22 controls

IMPORTANT NOTE: Strictly no entry to deer enclosures or cattle pastures (marked Out of Bounds on the maps), also no entering lakes or river and no climbing or crossing walls or fences in the Park.

Competitors can start anytime between 10:00am and 1pm.

As money cannot be collected inside the Park (OPW directive), registration will take place outside the park near the entrance. Park your car as usual in the car park and stroll back out to pay. Start, Finish and Download will all be located inside the park near the main car park.

Doneraile Park is a short 45 minute drive from Blackpool. Travel north to Malllow and on to NewtwopotHouse, on the main Cork - Limerick Road and turn right. Doneraile is located on the R581 regional road 8 km east of the N20. It is about 12 km north of Mallow town. Doneraile Park is situated on the Northern edge of Doneraile town. Drive straight through the pretty Georgian village, across the Awbeg river, a branch of the Blackwater and the Park entrance is located on your right (opposite the entrance to the local Golf Club and Nagle/Rice secondary school). 

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

If anyone is planning on bringing a large group, please let us know in advance to facilitate printing of maps. You can contact us at

Hope you can join us and help support a very worthy cause.

Autumn League #3: Regional Park Ballincollig Tuesday September 12th Results and Report

posted 14 Sep 2017, 02:18 by Elaine Sheridan

The Regional Park Ballincollig was the destination for the third event in the CorkO Autumn League. There has been a dramatic change in the weather over the last few days and the lovely Autumnal weather we’d been enjoying has been replaced with wet and windy conditions. Our event planners endured the worst of these conditions as they braved the elements and put out the controls in time for the event. Thankfully by early evening the rain had subsided and it remained dry but a bit blustery for the duration of the event. The ominous skies didn’t deter our dedicated followers and there were over 45 entrants on the night.

The planner set out two testing courses. The Short was a nice 3km loop around the park while the Long course took competitors to both ends of the park. Both courses started from the middle car park and from here the Long course participants ventured towards the eastern most end of the park punching several controls on route. From here competitors would eventually zig zag their way to the western end of the park to control 16. With 19 controls, there were lots of control legs and the course offered plenty of route choice from the start with several means to approach the first control.  This flat terrain lends itself to fast running which then requires fast route choices.

Competitors needed to pay close attention to the map detail on some legs in particular the leg from 17 to 18. Here competitors had to decide quickly on the optimal route around the high stone wall and the easiest approach route to control 18. This fabulous park with all its amenities is always a very popular destination so some of the pitches may have been busy on Tuesday night which forced orienteers off their optimal straight line routes in this area. The course concluded with a 380m run to the finish.

On the Long course Conrad Daly continued his winning ways and bagged another Autumn League event win when he completed the 5km course in a blistering time of 29:22. Having won the 21L class at the Northern Ireland Championships last weekend Agris Kramins continued his podium form and was runner-up on the night. He completed the testing Long course in a time of 32:37. Aidan Kelleher claimed third place when he finished in a time of 33:20.

The fastest lady around the Regional Park on Tuesday night was Niamh Morrissey she punched all 19 controls in a time of 37:22. Runner-up on the night was Una Buckley, she completed the course in a time of 39:40. Third place went to Michelle Pierce who crossed the finish line in a time of 47:12.

On the Short course the Bosonnet siblings battled it out for the event winner honour with Chiara just edging out her brother Isaac to claim the title. She completed the course in a time of 25:48. Isaac punched the finish a mere 11 seconds after Chiara and was runner-up on the night. The final podium place went to Liam Twomey who punched all 10 controls in a time of 28:56.

Unfortunately, another one of our SI units malfunctioned on the night, perhaps it made it easier to locate as it beeped continuously for the duration of the event. So, apologies to those who got a DNF when they initially downloaded. The results have been corrected to reflect this broken unit. 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 Ben Gearey and Sinead O’Donoghue for planning and organising the event. Thanks also to David O’Donovan for helping with starts and Conrad Daly and Gerald Duffy for assisting with control collection.

Thanks also to Cork County Council for granting us access to this lovely park to stage our event.

The next event in the Autumn League is the 12th Annual Cliona Callanan Memorial Orienteering Event. This event will take place on Sunday in the beautiful and majestic surrounds of Doneraile Park in North Cork. All proceeds from the event will go to The Cork Children’s Leukaemia Association. This park with its resident deer herds has an extensive network of paths, fine meadows and some unique water features. No doubt our north Cork crew will have some interesting and challenging courses in store for us. Further directions and park info can be found here:

Hope you can join us on our northern adventure.

Running with Our Summer League Champion - Episode 3

posted 11 Sep 2017, 16:13 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 11 Sep 2017, 16:33 ]

Our Summer League Champion - Conrad Daly, captured some more great footage of his orienteering adventures. So if you missed our last Autumn League event in James' Fort then why not check out the videos below to see how Conrad navigated his way around the grueling terrain. There's some fantastic views of this fabulous setting.

For those that attended this event you might even have got caught in the limelight. Our event winner certainly overtook a good number of orienteers on the night and given the level of criss-crossing of the Fort competitors paths crossed on several occasions.

Huge thanks to Conrad for sharing this great footage.

James' Fort - Map Side 1

James' Fort - Map Side 2

Autumn League #3: Regional Park Ballincollig Tuesday September 12th Event Info

posted 10 Sep 2017, 09:17 by Elaine Sheridan

The third event in the CorkO Autumn League will take place at the Regional Park Ballincollig on Tuesday September 12th.

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.

Long : 5km, 19 controls
Short:  3km, 11 controls, buggy friendly 

- The canal is to be crossed using the foot-bridges only.
- Course closes at 7.30pm.  All controls will be removed at this time.

Competitors can start any time between 5:30pm and 6.30pm from the middle car park of the park.

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.


Hope you can join us!

Autumn League #2: James' Fort Tuesday September 5th Results and Report

posted 6 Sep 2017, 16:45 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 7 Sep 2017, 02:41 ]

James’ Fort in Kinsale was the stunning destination for the second event in the CorkO Autumn League. This sea side hamlet looked particularly resplendent on this beautiful hazy autumnal evening. Over 65 competitors gathered at this historic site to battle it out for the glory of being the James’ Fort event winner. We were delighted to welcome so many locals to the event and I’m sure their local knowledge proved beneficial on the night.

This compact area with its slopes down to the water is renowned for its physicality and with a double-sided map on the Long course competitors knew they would be traversing these slopes multiple times and in all possible directions. Both courses commenced with a run towards the Dock beach before a short climb onto the open terrain. From here the criss-crossing of the terrain commenced.

With 24 controls on the Long course there were plenty of short legs which required some fast decision making regarding route choice. For instance, the legs from 10 to 11, 14 to 15 and 15 to 16 forced competitors to choose the fastest route into and out of the fort as well as the optimal route around the fort. The tunnels are a unique feature of this map and many competitors elected to use them on several legs on Tuesday night. Some careful ducking was required to ensure sufficient clearance when venturing through this feature.

Competitors not too familiar with this map may have been caught out by controls 5 and 18 on the Long course. These legs may have looked short on paper but the straight line route would have left competitors looking down or up at these controls before figuring out how to get around to them.

Conditions were a little windy on the night but this proved quite refreshing on the demanding courses. Perhaps the toughest leg of the night was the fast decent towards control 12 near the block house which was followed by a hard climb back up the hill before a long trek across the sloping terrain to control 13.

Both courses provided some spectacular clear views of Charlesfort, Kinsale harbour and the Bandon river for those who took the time to appreciate them. If you missed the event and are interested in seeing the amount of traversing of this compact terrain that was required on the night then check out the following video that our club chairman Rob McEvoy created based on his route around the Long course at James’ Fort.

Despite the challenging terrain the courses were very competitive on the night. After planning last week’s event our Summer League champion was back in competitive action this week and was back to his winning ways. He completed the grueling 4.2km course in a time of 27:12 to claim the event win with a comfortable winning margin over his nearest challenger Dan McDonnell. This weekend Conrad and our club chairman Rob will be competing in the Mourne Mountain Marathon so we wish them both the best of luck with this challenging adventure. Runner-up on the night was Dan McDonnell who completed the course in a time of 29:21. Jens Waechter finished in a time of 31 minutes and narrowly edge passed Rob McEvoy to claim third place on the night.

There was a very close battle for the honor of being crowned the fastest lady around the Long course at James’ Fort as there was just three seconds between our winner and runner-up. It was Sinead O’Donoghue who narrowly won this race when she finished the demanding course in a time of 39:56. Hot on Sinead’s heels was our runner-up Niamh Morrissey who punched the finish in a time of 39:59. Not terribly far behind these gals was our final podium finisher Elaine Sheridan who punched all 24 controls in a time of 40:27.

The Short course event winners title was fiercely contested on the night with less than a minute separating the top three finishers and a mere ten seconds differentiating the top two. It was the Meldrum Family who emerged the victors having completed the course in a time of 19:29. Perhaps it was their stylish Summer League technical t-shirts that gave them the edge on the night! Runners-up on the night were Bairbre Moynihan and Ken Walsh who pooled their navigational skills and punched all 16 controls in a time of 19:39. Third place went to Liam Twomey who punched the finish in a time of 20:26.

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

Huge thanks this week to Gerald Duffy for planning the courses, Dave O’Donovan for putting out the controls and Robert O’Connor and Niamh Murphy for assisting with starts and registration. Thanks also to Conrad Daly for helping with control collection.

Next week we’ll be visiting the Regional Park Ballincollig for the third event in the league. 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.

Hope you can join us!

Autumn League #2: James' Fort, Kinsale Tuesday September 5th Event Info

posted 1 Sep 2017, 05:22 by Elaine Sheridan

The second event in the CorkO Autumn League will take place at James Fort, Kinsale on Tuesday September 5th

This historic fort is a very unique orienteering destination. The area is comprised of open hillside surrounding the pentagonal Fort with its spear shaped earthen Bastions. The earthen moat encircling the Fort can present some navigational challenges while other novel features on the map include the sandy beach and stone tunnels but don’t forget to duck when negotiating the latter. Given the compact nature of this area participants will no doubt cross paths many times over the duration of their course as they traverse the sloping hills around the fort.

Long 4.2km 140m of climb, 24 controls. DOUBLE SIDED MAP: Controls 1 to 13 on the first side then flip the map over and controls 14 to 24 are on the second side.
Short 1.8km 50m of climb, 16 controls

Due to access at the start and end of the Short course unfortunately this course won't be buggy friendly.
Start anytime from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.

The event will be signposted from the R600, on the road from Kinsale to Ballinspittle. As you leave Kinsale, on the south side of the bridge over the River Bandon, look for an orienteering sign pointing east towards Castlepark peninsula and JamesFort. A location map is available here:

The road approaching The Dock bar, Dock beach and Castlepark marina will be very busy at this time of the evening. Please park legally and with consideration.

Hope you can join us for some fun at the Fort.

Autumn League #1: Currabinny Wood Tuesday August 29th Results and Report

posted 1 Sep 2017, 01:53 by Elaine Sheridan

The first event in the CorkO Autumn League saw a crowd of over 60 orienteers converge on Currabinny Wood in Ringaskiddy on Tuesday evening. The evenings are slowing begin to close in so many were eager to take advantage of the few remaining opportunities for evening orienteering in 2017. This was also the first chance for all our Summer League finishers to collect their hard earned league finisher t-shirts. Many of the junior orienteers were very excited to received their t-shirts and donned them immediately. We were also delighted to welcome some visiting orienteers to the event on Tuesday night and we hope you enjoyed your adventure around Currabinny Wood.

It seems many of our Tuesday evening regulars weren't resting up during our orienteering break but were busy travelling to events abroad. Refreshed and experienced from these orienteering escapades many were sporting snazzy new O-tops. The Midleton CBS lads competed at the Scottish 6 day and their colourful new team O-tops certainly stood out at Tuesday's event.

The fine bright evening meant that conditions were ideal for orienteering and the planner set out two testing courses. The Short course was a nice gentle circuit of the wood while the Long course was an altogether more taxing affair. It began with a nice easy run to the first control before the steep climb up to the second control at the elegant octagonal gazebo tea house. There was no time to appreciate the views on this occasion as competitors commenced the fast downhill descent towards control 3 in the runnable forest. From here there was several routes to control four and many participants opted for the most direct approach. The next series of short control legs in the forest proved the most testing on the night. There were lots of orienteers zig-zagging around this area looking for controls 6, 7 and 8. Although all participants did eventually locate them unfortunately some folks stumbled upon them in the wrong order first and lost valuable time retracing their steps.

The remaining legs didn't prove as eventful and took participants to the Giant's Grave before embarking on another fast downhill run to control 11. Participants got to enjoy some of the lovely trails in the wood over the closing legs on the course. One last grueling climb awaited competitors on the route from the last control near the shore line to the finish in the car park. Simon Upton must have had plenty of energy left when it came to this hill as he had the fastest split here and completed the leg in a mere 59 seconds which was 25 seconds faster than anyone else in the field.

Unfortunately, we have some technical issues with two control units on the night which impacted both the Short and Long courses. Thankfully this didn't effect the overall results but apologies to those who wasted precious seconds trying to get these units to beep.

On the 4.1km Long course Agris Kramins made short work of this hilly terrain and powered his way around the course to finish in a time of 32:25. He took the event win with a very comfortable winning margin over his nearest rival. The contest for the runner up honor was a must tighter affair with just 16 seconds differentiating the next two competitors at the finish line. It was Dan McDonnell who won this battle as he completed the course in a time of 34:06. Dermot O'Sullivan took third place in a time of 34:22.

The fastest Lady around Currabinny Wood was Aoife O'Sullivan she punched all 15 controls in a time of 44:50. Runner-up on the night was Elaine Sheridan she finished the course in a time of 49:25. The final podium spot went to Niamh Morrissey who  crossed the finish in a time of 52:41.

On the 2.6km Short course it was Elizabeth Murphy who let the field and took the event winners title when she completed the course in a time of 24:40. Hot on Niamh's heels was our Summer League Joint Short Course Champion Chiara Bosonnet. She punched all eleven controls in a time of 24:59. Third place on the Short course went to Billy Caball when he punched the finish in a time of 25:38.

Well done to all who participated. Full individual results with splits and route gadget for those brave enough to share their routes are available at the following link;

Huge thanks this week to Conrad Daly for setting out the testing courses. Jean Marsh for assisting with registration, Dave O'Donovan for handling starts and Gerald Duffy for providing refreshments and assisting with control collection.

Next week we head West to the start of the Wild Atlantic Way when we visit James Fort in Kinsale. From previous visits to this location many will recall that this pentagonal Fort with its spear shaped earthen Bastions at the corners is surrounded by open hillside. It will be tough going traversing this hilly terrain but the picturesque views and the opportunity for a post run cool down at the Dock beach will make it all worthwhile. Further information on the location and directions are available here:

Hope you can join us at this fabulous destination.

Autumn League #1: Currabinny Wood, Ringaskiddy TUESDAY AUGUST 29TH Event Info

posted 27 Aug 2017, 03:04 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 29 Aug 2017, 02:03 ]

Hope you are all well rested after our orienteering break and are now eager to get back out for some more evening orienteering.

So it is time to dust off your SI card and root out your o-shoes as the first event in the Cork Orienteering Club Autumn League will take place on Tuesday August 29th at Currabinny Wood, Ringaskiddy.

Currabinny Wood is located on a prominent hill on a peninsula overlooking Cork Harbour. Legend has it that this wood’s name commemorates a giant, Binne whose burial chamber surmounts the hill (‘Corra’) to this day. Famed for it's hills and giants the area also has other unique features such as a quaint gazebo. So no doubt there will be interesting and challenging courses on offer at Tuesday's event.

Long: 15 controls, 4.1 km, 175m climb
Short: 11 controls, 2.6 km, 95m climb

Leg cover advised for long course. Also loose control descriptions for the long course will be available for those who want them.

Map scale: 1:5000

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

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

Start anytime between 5:30pm to 6:30pm.

The wood is always popular with the locals in the area and the car park isn't huge so we would encourage you to car pool if you can. When parking please give some consideration for others who may wish to enter/exit the wood while you are on your run.

Hope to see you there!

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