Munster Orienteering Championships 2017

posted 18 Nov 2017, 14:51 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 18 Nov 2017, 14:51 ]

It's a big day for Cork Orienteering Club tomorrow as we host the 2017 Munster Orienteering Championships! Safe journeying to all our 169 competitors and see you in the morning at King's Yard.

Best of luck to all!

Night-O #3: Curragh Wood Midleton Friday November 17th

posted 17 Nov 2017, 02:41 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 17 Nov 2017, 02:42 ]

Our third Night-O adventure takes place at Curragh Woods again this Friday, November 17th. The event will start in the far car park on the NW side of the woo. Registration and starts available 1900-1930. €5 entry. Courses close at 2030.

Night-O #2 this Friday

posted 9 Nov 2017, 14:11 by Rob McEvoy   [ updated 9 Nov 2017, 14:13 ]

Our second Night-O adventure takes place at Curragh Woods again this Friday. Note this time we will be using the MAIN car park (in the south-east corner of the woods) for registration. Registration and starts available 1900-1930. €5 entry. Courses close at 2030.

Night O #1: Curragh Wood, Midleton FRIDAY NOVEMBER 3RD Results and Report

posted 4 Nov 2017, 17:15 by Elaine Sheridan

Well done to all who ventured to Curragh Wood on Friday night to take part in the first event in our NightO series.

We had 28 entries on the night with some participants opting for safety in numbers and chose to stick together on the course. Special mention must go the two families who competed on the night. They seemed very enthusiastic and certainly weren't afraid of the dark. So well done to all of them.

There was a little drizzle on the night but in general the fine fresh evening was ideal for our evening orienteering adventure. There were two technical courses on offer on the night with only minor difference between them. 

The flashing light on the start kite may have fooled some into thinking there would be similar flashing lights on all the controls. Sadly, all other controls weren't as obvious to spot in the forest in the dark. The courses began with a steep ascent to the first control.
With restricted visibility competitors needed to pay careful attention to the map detail to keep on track. In some instances the longer routes via paths proved quicker than the straight line options. It was difficult to relocate in the dark.

The sounds in the forest are more pronounced in the dark and the gentle flowing of the Leamlara river was at times a reassuring reminder of ones location on the map. Furthermore, the sound of cracking branches and occasional flashes of fellow competitors head torches was a comforting sign that you weren't alone in the woods!

Control 139 proved the most difficult on the night and many competitors spend a lot of time traversing this hill top in search of the boundary between the 
forest and the rough open terrain. Following the event the controller elected to eliminate this leg from the courses by treating it as a road crossing so all time spent in this area was eliminate from the final results.

On Course A the event winner was Zak O'Sullivan Hourihan. He didn't let the darkness impede his progress and he completed the 3.3km course in a time of 32:30. There was some fierce competition for the runner up honor on the night with two Midleton natives battling it out for the title. Cathal Lane narrowly piped Dan McDonnell on the night. Cathal finished in a time of 44:34 and Dan was a mere 53 seconds behind him.

On Course B Mike Hallahan was first home finishing in a time of 47:51. The runner up was Darragh Hoare who completed the testing course in a time of 50:54. Third place went to Elaine Sheridan who finished in a time of 59:47.

Well done to everyone who participated on the night especially those who competed in their first ever night orienteering event. We hope everyone enjoyed the challenge of Night Orienteering and will join us again next week. Full individual results are available here and amended splits can be viewed here.

Our NightO series continues next Friday November 10th when we return to Curragh Wood for another night time orienteering adventure. So charge up those head torches and join us on the night.

Night-O this Friday at Curragh Woods

posted 1 Nov 2017, 14:18 by Rob McEvoy   [ updated 1 Nov 2017, 14:19 ]

We're really looking forward to hosting some night orienteering at Curragh Woods during November - it is a good many years since we last hosted a night-O event and our head-torches are in need of some exercise!

This first week we will be meeting on Friday at the NW car park (NOT the main car park) from 19:00. See the pin on the attached image. The last available start will be at 19:30 and courses close at 20:30. If you are travelling with friends, please car pool if possible as the car park is small. Please park responsibly. Entry €5 and restricted to over 16s only. Juniors under 16 may take part if accompanied by a parent or designated guardian.

Jens has some challenging courses planned for us and we're looking forward to the challenge! O'Neill's bar on Mill Road Midleton will be the location for post-race analysis and refreshments!

Hope to see you there.

Munster League #6: Toureen, Tipperary Sunday October 8th Event Info

posted 4 Oct 2017, 16:23 by Elaine Sheridan

The 6th event in the 2017 Munster League will take place on Sunday October 8th at Toureen, Co. Tipperary.

Toureen Wood is located on the Northern slopes of the Galtees. This is a mature coniferous forest with good visibility and is free of brambles except for parts where long grass and stones will impede running. The forest has a good road track network with steep sided ravines and dry gulleys which run down the slopes which are characteristic of Galtee maps and an abundance of point features. Recent map updates reflect recent felling and additional extraction rides.

With six courses on offer, there is something to suit everyone, including beginners and those returning to the sport. Come along for a body-brain work-out.

Orange 2.3km, 120m climb, 8 controls
Red 3km, 125m climb, 10 controls
Light Green 3.2km, 200m climb, 10 controls
Green 4.3km, 250m climb, 14 controls
Blue, 5.2km, 300m climb, 17 controls
Brown, 5.9km, 360m climb, 22 controls

The lengths might seem short but what they lack in distance they make up in climb and physicality underfoot! Unfortunately there has been a lot of felling in the forest (both natural and man-made) so the going is slow in most places.

Start anytime from 11am - 1pm

Control collection will begin at 2.30pm or 90 minutes after the last person has started.

Motorists approaching from the south should use the M8 and exit at Junction 11 (signposted Cahir). Follow the R639 north-east to the Tipperary Road Roundabout.

Motorists approaching from the north should use the M8 and exit at Junction 10 (signposted Limerick/Waterford/Cahir N24). At the first roundabout, take the first exit (Limerick/Tipperary/Cahir/New Inn). At the second roundabout, take the third exit (signposted Limerick/Tipperary/Cahir). Continue along the N24 for approximately 2km to reach the Tipperary Road Roundabout.

Event will be signposted from the Tipperary Road roundabout on the R639. The turn-off for the wood is 4km from the Tipperary Road Roundabout. I am confident that we can arrange parking on the forest road but if this is not possible, parking and registration will be at The Lady Gregory pub, which is 1km from the start. Keep an eye out for the parking marshal (Bobby) and follow his instructions.

Hope you can join us!

Winter Strength and Conditioning Class

posted 23 Sep 2017, 04:02 by Elaine Sheridan

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 25th September
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 limited places so email Danny NOW at dannyohare (at) gmail (dot) com to reserve a place.

Autumn League #5: Cork Showgrounds, Curraheen September 19th Results and Report

posted 21 Sep 2017, 16:49 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 22 Sep 2017, 01:52 ]

Another successful Autumn League drew to a close on Tuesday night at the Cork Showgrounds in Curraheen. We were delighted to conclude the league at a brand new orienteering destination. The Cork Showgrounds area was recently mapped by Liam O'Brien for the Cork School Orienteering Association. The students had been testing out the terrain during the day and on Tuesday evening it was our turn to experience this new map.

Many competitors arriving at the event remarked how they'd never orienteered in fields before. The Cork Showgrounds area is very open and is comprised of several large fields divided by roads, hedges, earth banks and a river so it is quite different to our regular forested areas. The openness meant there was no shelter from the elements at this event but thankfully the evening remained largely dry with just a few spells of light drizzle at times. This week we were delighted to welcome the local Ballinora scout group to the event. We hope you all enjoyed your orienteering adventure.

To add to the challenge on the night the planner began both courses with a maze training exercise which was made up of 36 controls split into four grids of 9 controls. This exercise was designed to test competitors ability to orientate their maps correctly. Only when you had punched all the controls on your maze did you get your map to begin your chosen course.

The Short course was a nice route around the terrain while the 5.2km Long course had competitors traverse the fields multiple times. The course began by taking participants across the river to the familiar Showgrounds barn and outhouses that are visible from the adjacent N40 dual carriageway. As commuters journey home on this busy road they may have spotted orienteers venturing around these prominent landmarks. From here there was a series of short control legs before some longer legs across the vast open fields. Initially identifying the gaps in the hedges was key to navigating in this area. 

The open terrain provided great visibility which meant fellow competitors were easy to identify in the distance and one could see where the latter part of the course would take you. The flat nature of the terrain meant the going was fast and this would have suited the faster runners in the field. Some folks managed to overtake their fellow competitors but for others the gap between them and their rivals simply widened as they progressed along the course. The faster runners stretching further and further ahead until they were merely a dot in the distance. Control 11 at the thicket in the marshy undergrowth proved the trickiest control on the night. Those that opted to take the shorter route here struggled a little as they scrambled through the marsh.

All orienteering maps need regular re-surveying to keep them up to date. However, we don't usual have features on the map disappear during the event but on Tuesday a portacabin marked as a building on the map was removed during the event and another one had been removed earlier in the day during the schools event. Luckily there was no controls attached to either of these buildings!

The new map meant the terrain was new to all competitors so no one in the filed had the edge at Tuesday's event. However, on the Long course Conrad Daly made it a hat trick of wins in the Autumn League when he punched the finish at the Showgrounds in a time of 28:21. Runner up on the night was Matteo Sottocornola who punched all 30 controls in a time of 30:47. Aidan Kelleher bagged himself another Autumn League podium finish this week when he completed the Long course in a time of 31:11.

The fastest lady around the Showgrounds was Elizabeth Murphy she punched all 30 controls in a time of 36:24. Runner-up on the night was Fiona Power she completed the course in a time of 38:15. The final podium spot went to Aoife O'Sullivan who finished in a time of 42:54.

On the Short course Fiona O'Driscoll claimed the event win when she punched all 17 controls in a super fast time of 16:50. There was a very close contest for the runner up spot and the two orienteers in contention for this position have been doing battle with one another right throughout the Summer and Autumn Leagues. Chiara Bosonnet and Liam Twomey are regular Short course podium finishers and this week just two seconds separated them at the finish control. Chiara Bosonnet just edged out Liam to claim the Short course runner up spot. She completed the course in a time of 19:53. Liam Twomey was hot on her heels throughout the course and finished in a time of 19:55.

Well done to all who participated. Unfortunately a number of competitors (included some of our more experienced orienteers!) mispunched some of the controls in the maze. Full individual results with splits are available here.

Hugh thanks this week to Liam O'Brien and Cork Schools Orienteering Association for creating a new map, allowing us to use it for our event and planning create courses and a testing training event. Thanks also to Willie Fitzgerald, Dave O'Donovan and Brendan Wall for explaining the training exercise and getting folks started on the night. Thanks to Dan McDonnell and Sean Kelleher for handling registration. All funds raised at this event will go toward the Midleton CBS Calcutta Immersion Programme. Both Dan and Sean will be heading to Calcutta early next year as part of this program.

Special thanks also to the Munster Agricultural Society and UCC for permission to use the area for our event.

Thanks to all who supported our Summer and Autumn League events. We'll be taking a break from event organisation for a while but our Winter Circuit Training program will kick off next Monday September 25th at 8pm at Fitnessworx Gym on Tramore Road. If anyone is interested in joining us for this class please do get in touch.

Also a few key dates and nice events for your orienteering diaries:

Munster League #6: Toureen, Co. Tipperary Sunday October 8th
Munster Orienteering Championships: Knocknagalty, Limerick Sunday November 17th
Munster League #7: Kilworth Camp, Cork Sunday December 10th

A full list of all orienteering fixtures taking place throughout the country can be found at the following link:

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

posted 19 Sep 2017, 14:21 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 19 Sep 2017, 14:26 ]

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.

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