Basic Orienteering Skills Day - SATURDAY APRIL 28TH

posted 9 Apr 2018, 08:37 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 9 Apr 2018, 08:39 ]

CorkO, in partnership with Kinsale Outdoor Education Centre, will be holding a training day for beginners and those wishing to learn or improve on basic orienteering skills.

Thinking of introducing some friends to the sport? Maybe you've only been to a couple of events yourself, and feel like you are missing out on some key orienteering skills; or maybe you're returning to the sport after a long break and want to brush up on the basics? If so, then this day could be of interest to you.

This course is open to everybody. It will be free of charge for CorkO members and there will be a likely charge, pending exact numbers, of €20 for non-members.

This training day is taking place on Saturday 28th April. We will be meeting at 9.30am at Kinsale OEC, St John's Hill, Kinsale (near The White Lady). First there will be some classroom-based learning, followed by a shuttle bus over to James' Fort, where you will try out your newly learned skills. Things should wrap up at about 4pm. It is advised to bring a packed lunch with you.

There are limited places available. Please reserve a place by emailing your name, contact details and a very brief description of your experience level (e.g. Have never been orienteering before, or have been to 2 or 3 summer league events, etc).

If any attendees are juniors, please give their ages. It is recommended that children be 8 years of age or over to gain maximum benefit from the course. Obviously this is not binding if they are being accompanied by a guardian.

After this course, I'm sure you will feel fully prepared to take on your next orienteering event with confidence.


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Club Training Day - Crohane Lake, Co Kerry SATURDAY APRIL 7TH

posted 23 Mar 2018, 02:37 by Elaine Sheridan

Hi All,

For anybody looking to progress to, improve upon or practice their open-mountain orienteering, CorkO will be hosting a training day on Saturday 7th April. This is especially relevant for those who hope to attend the upcoming Irish Orienteering Championships. The training will be held at Crohane Lake in County Kerry. This is an excellent technical area that has been used for a 1998 World Cup Qualification Race and the 2013 Shamrock O-Ringen.

Skills we plan on covering include contour reading, attack points and relocation.

All are welcome to join us. Attendance is free of charge to CorkO members and there will be a €5 fee to non-members, payable on the morning.

We will be meeting at 11am at Rossacroo Forest near Kilgarvan. Don't forget to bring a compass.

If you would like to join us please contact me by 1st April so I'll have enough maps printed.
conro1179 (at) gmail (dot) com


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2018 Irish Orienteering Championships

posted 22 Mar 2018, 03:47 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 22 Mar 2018, 06:15 ]

The 2018 Irish Orienteering Championships will take place on the May bank holiday weekend in Donegal and Sligo. Fingal will be hosting this year's event and with assistance from Sligo orienteers have planned four days of championship action on challenging terrain for us all to enjoy.

The full orienteering program for those who venture north for the May Bank holiday weekend includes:

Day 1 Fri 4th May Starts 1800hrs – 1930hrs Irish Sprint Championships –   Clayton Hotel and Institute of Technology Sligo -
Day 2 Sat 5th May Starts 1330hrs – 1530hrs Middle Distance Event –  BarnsmoreWest -
Day 3 Sun 6th May Starts (TBD) Long Distance Event –  Tawnawully, Lough Eske  -
Day 4 Mon 7th May Mass Starts from 1000hrs Team Relay Event – Finner Army Camp -

Further details on each day and the other social events being organised in conjunction with the technical orienteering can be found at the following link:

There are already 20+ CorkO members on the start list. So if you are planning on joining your club mates at this championship event be sure to get your entry in soon as the final closing date is fast approaching.

You can enter online at Fabian4 ( Final closing date for individual races is SUNDAY APRIL 15TH 2018.

We will also be looking to recruit members for some CorkO relay teams so please let me know if you are interested in a run.

Your club needs you!

2018 Leinster Championships Results

posted 20 Mar 2018, 13:05 by Elaine Sheridan

Well done to all our members who participated at the 2018 Leinster Orienteering Championships in the Vale of Clara Nature Reserve and Ballinastraw forest on Sunday February 25th.

Great to see so many members taking part at this regional Championships and special congratulations to all those who achieved podium finishes on the day.

Particular mention must be given to the following class winners:

Dan McDonnell M18 Winner
Agris Kramins M21L Winner
Colm O'Halloran M35 Winner
John Scannell M45 Winner
Brian Corbett M55 Winner
Elizabeth Deane W55 Winner

Well done guys! It seems our Winter Strength and Conditioning Training has already paid dividends for some! Roll on the Irish Championships.

Full individual results with split times are available here.

Huge thanks to Ajax Orienteers for staging a great event.

Photos Credits: Eileen and Debbie

2018 Leinster Orienteering Championships

posted 22 Feb 2018, 02:30 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 22 Feb 2018, 02:30 ]

The 2018 Leinster Orienteering Championships, hosted by Ajax Orienteering Club, takes place this Sunday February 25th, in the Vale of Clara Nature Reserve and Ballinastraw forest near Rathdrum, County Wicklow.

Entries for this event were limited but it seems CorkO members registered early and our club is well represented in the start list with close to 30 members listed. So best of luck to all those travelling to compete. Enjoy the orienteering.

Further information on the event is available here:

(Photo: Paul Smyth)

Glengarra Results

posted 19 Feb 2018, 14:09 by Rob McEvoy   [ updated 19 Feb 2018, 14:10 ]

Yesterday saw the 2nd event in the 2018 Munster League take place at Glengarra. It was a damp, murky morning, but that didn't deter the 65 orienteers who travelled from near and far to compete. The weather improved as the morning progressed, with many commenting that it was one of the mildest mornings for a run so far in 2018.

Glengarra Woods is an area where straight-line orienteering generally is not an option, so the published course lengths fell predictably short of the distances people actually ended up running. The course winners on the day were:

Darren Burke (53:31)
Niamh Corbett (70:26)

John Scannell (76:44)
Aoife O'Sullivan (102:00)

Conrad Daly (56:11)
Liz Deane (92:10)

Light Green
Bob O'Connor (45:06)
Zane Kramina (51:14)

Treasa O'Donovan (26:44)
Daniel O'Riordan (29:34)

Hugh Whelan (20:50)
Clodagh O'Sullivan (27:54)

Full results, including splits and RouteGadget, are available at
On the day, SI unit 215 did not function, and this affected competitors on the Green, Blue and Brown courses. I have manually edited the splits file to give competitors a time for control 215; it is the mid-point of the time taken between the previous control and the next control.

Thanks to Agris Kramins for planning the courses, and for both putting out and taking in the controls. Agris was helped by his daughter Zane, and Bob O'Connor also helped with equipment set-up.

The next Munster League race will be hosted by Kerry-O at Upper Torc (Muckross) on March 11th. This race will double as the Irish Orienteering Student Championships, so we look forward to seeing a good attendance.

Best regards,
Rob McEvoy

Munster League #2: Glengarra Wood, Tipperary SUNDAY FEBRUARY 18TH Event Info

posted 14 Feb 2018, 05:21 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 14 Feb 2018, 05:22 ]

The second event in the 2018 Munster League will take place on Sunday February 18th at Glengarra Wood, Tipperary. This a very scenic forest with two areas of Millennium Forest planting! Mixed forestry, good road/track network and open moorland. There will be courses to suit all levels of orineteering ability.

Brown           7.0km
Blue              6.2km
Green           4.8km
Light Green   3.4km
Red               2.7km
Orange          2.3km

Competitors can start anytime from 11am to 1pm.

Please let us know if you are bringing a group.

Glengarra Wood is very accessible from Cork and Dublin via the M8 motorway. Parking is in the first car park on the right hand side, after you enter the woods.

* From Cork city, take the M8 northbound as far as Junction 12, signposted Mitchelstown/Kilbeheny. Take the R639 through the villages of Kilbeheny and Skeheenarinky. Glengarra Wood is on the left hand side of the road, approx. 3km from Skeheenarinky, and 500m after passing under a wide bridge.
* From Dublin/Waterford, take the M8 southbound and exit at Junction 11, signposted Kilbeheny/Skeheenarinky. Follow the R639 south, passing Kilcoran Lodge on your right. Once you pass a turn for Burncourt and Mitchelstown Caves on your left, the entrance to the woods is 500m on the right hand side of the road.

Prices: Senior €7; Student, over-65 €5; Junior €4; Family €16; Groups by request.

Hope you can join us.

CorkO club hike this Sunday

posted 26 Jan 2018, 12:54 by Rob McEvoy   [ updated 26 Jan 2018, 12:54 ]

Join us for a sociable hike up Galtymore on Sunday morning. Meeting in the King's Yard at 10.00am sharp. The hike will be led by John Scannell and will be an approximately 12km loop taking in the summit of Galtymore. Relaxed pace. Please bring appropriate gear (i.e. no jeans or runners!) and bring a packed lunch. All welcome.

CorkO winter circuit training

posted 6 Jan 2018, 08:44 by Rob McEvoy   [ updated 6 Jan 2018, 08:44 ]


Hope you had a great Christmas and best wishes for 2018.

There's an exciting year of orienteering fixtures ahead: an Irish champs in Sligo and Donegal; the Shamrock O-ringen around the Cork - Kerry border.

If you'd like to be in good condition to enjoy the orienteering why not join our winter circuit training group. There are 5 spaces remaining.
All fitness levels and all ages 16-70+ are welcome.. 
Details are below.


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 8th January
Duration:-   12 weeks
Cost:-         CorkO members €60 non-members €70

All fitness levels welcome, everyone can do the exercises at their own pace.

Non-CorkO members welcome.

We have 5 places remaining so email Danny NOW at dannyohare (at) gmail (dot) com to reserve a place.

Ballincollig Christmas Fun event Results and Report

posted 29 Dec 2017, 02:46 by Rob McEvoy   [ updated 29 Dec 2017, 02:49 ]

We were delighted to welcome orienteers from near and far to Ballincollig Regional Park last Wednesday for our annual Christmas fun event. As usual we saw many familiar faces who were home for Christmas, and there was a very sociable atmosphere at the registration tent as old friends and old orienteering rivals caught up with one another.

It was a cold but sunny winter's morning and our orienteers were keen to get running and warm up as soon as possible! We had 51 entries on our "Simple Score" course which was suitable for beginners and juniors. The aim on the Simple course was to punch as many controls as possible within 30 minutes. Although there were 16 controls up for grabs, competitors had to be tactical in order to maximise their points, as visiting all of them within 30 minutes would have been a tall order. There was a tie for first place on this course, with Ciara O'Brien, Lucy O'Brien and Julien Beuken all scoring 12 points. Just one control behind in second place were Joseph Lawlor, Katie Meldrum and Ciara Meldrum on 11 points. Many more people managed 10 controls and tied for 3rd place: Ber O'Sullivan, Conor Lande, Lily Meldrum, John Murphy, Jill Murphy, Laura Cox and Jana Cox.

The mass start "Snooker Score" course got underway at 12:03pm, and competitors had until 12:53pm to score as many points as possible. For some, it was their first game of snooker and they only had a few minutes to wrap their heads around the rules! For others, it was clear that they were familiar with the format and already had a strategy worked out to maximise their points tally.

Planner's observation:
Courses like this can be considered in two parts: firstly the red-colour-red-colour part (where competitors have a choice in which colours to punch in between the mandatory reds) and secondly the "colour sprint" part (where competitors have no choice, and just have to sprint around the six colours to get to the finish). Those that did the best seemed to work their way across the map from west to east, so that they finished the red-colour-red-colour section right beside the Yellow control, and had no delay in starting the "colour sprint" section. There were 27 points up for grabs from the "colour sprint" section, so the people that did best seemed not to waste too much time getting high-scoring colours in the first section, thereby allowing time for them to complete the second section fully.

We had 37 people on the Snooker Score, and after the points were tallied it was a tie for first place, with Darren Burke and Andy Simpson both scoring 88 points within the time limit of 50 minutes. Andy managed it with just 39 seconds to spare! Next placed was Brian Corbett (75), followed by Toni O'Donovan (72) and Conrad Daly (70). Totting up these points was a bit of a Christmas nightmare! For those who are interested in splits etc., see the spreadsheet attached below. Controls punched after the 50-minute time limit scored zero points. Some people punched two consecutive Red controls on the first section of the course, and I applied a 2-point penalty every time someone did this.

Thanks to all who took part and donated their entry fees - this was a charity event in aid of Straight Ahead Ireland, who provide surgery, support and medical equipment for children with orthopaedic conditions. Regular Summer League orienteers will know Sean Bosonnet, whose story was recently featured in the Irish Examiner and inspired us to donate this year's proceeds to this worthy charity. €478 was raised in total.

Thanks also to those who helped out on the day: Bobby O'Connor, David and Francis O'Donovan, Conrad Daly and Darren Burke.

Finally we had two competitors who didn't check back in with us after their runs - so if Rory Duggan and Sharon Duggan are reading this (or somebody knows how to contact them), could they please get in touch with us so that we can retrieve their SI cards.

Happy New Year,

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