CorkO Relay Teams

posted 29 Feb 2020, 13:29 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 29 Feb 2020, 13:30 ]

Orienteering is mostly an individual sport but there are events throughout the year were orienteers get to pool their navigational skills and combine their all terrain fitness levels to compete as a team. We've identified three unique and challenging relay races taking place in 2020 which are

- Irish Orienteering Relay Championships
- Wicklow Way Relay
- Beara Way Relay

We would love to have CorkO teams on the start line for these three relay races. You can find some further details on each of the races below.

If you are interested in ANY or ALL of these awesome relay races please let us know and if we have enough interest we will enter CorkO teams in all these events. 

Hope you can join team CorkO!

Monday May 4th
Knockreer House, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Remember CHEAPER ENTRY DEADLINE for the individual races is today FEBRUARY 29TH so if you are planning to attend this year's championships why not save yourself some money and get your entry in today!

CorkO 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 around Knockreer House on Monday May 4th.

Saturday May 16th

The Wicklow Way relay is a race from Kilmashogue to Shillelagh along the Wicklow Way.

Teams consisting of between 2 and 8 runners will run the Wicklow Way in Relay. There are eight stages, between 8km and 21km long. 

Saturday June 13th

The Beara Way Relay is a race for mixed teams of up to 8 people. Starting and finishing in Glengarriff, your team will race clockwise around the way-marked route, covering a total of 130km with 4000m climb.

The route itself is steeped in history and natural beauty. Athletes will pass through many of the beautiful towns and villages of Beara, and will experience a variety of terrain from quiet country roads to woodlands and open mountain.

This is a stunning new race on the Beara peninsula and could team CorkO be the inaugural winners of the Beara Way Relay?

CorkO Training Day: Tir na Spideoige, Inchigeela SATURDAY 7TH MARCH

posted 25 Feb 2020, 14:16 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 25 Feb 2020, 14:17 ]

For anybody looking to progress or, improve their open-mountain orienteering, CorkO will be hosting a technical training day on Saturday March 7th. This is especially relevant for those who hope to attend the upcoming Irish Orienteering Championships! 

The technical training event will take place at Tir na Spideoige near Inchigeela. This is an excellent technical area and was last used for Day 3 of the 2018 Shamrock O-Ringen. 

The training will help people get to grips with contours which will be a benefit to their orienteering in general and especially for the Irish championships and provincial championships. The training will be tailored for the participants and is sure to be fun for all.

Check out the following link to see the type of exercises that took place our last training day in Tir na Spideoige back in March 2019.  

The training will start at 11am and will last 60-90 minutes.

Bring trail shoes (they will likely get wet), a compass, open mind and clothes appropriate for the weather.

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.

If you would like to join us this Saturday March 7th please register by e-mailing us as
corko(at) orienteering (dot) ie
by Thursday March 5th so we can ensure we've enough maps printed.

Munster League #3: Glengarra Wood, Tipperary SUNDAY FEBRUARY 23RD Event Info

posted 18 Feb 2020, 15:34 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 18 Feb 2020, 15:35 ]

The third event in the 2020 Munster League will take place on Sunday February 23rd 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 orienteering ability.

Brown            8.4km     27 controls, 230m climb
Blue               7.5km     21  controls, 200m climb
Green             5.3km     18  controls, 150m climb
Light Green    4.1km     14  controls, 130m climb
Red                3.5km      12  controls, 80m climb
Orange           3.0km     10  controls, 75m climb
Yellow             2.2km      7  controls, 60m climb

Planers Notes:
  • Routes through the forest are quite runnable (minimal brashings or brambles) and there is an extensive road and path network.
  • Tarmaced road on the map is bounded by unmapped wire fence (easy to pass through).
  • There are a few areas on the map surrounded by mapped high wire fences, these have been in place for 20 years and the timber supports are rotting and they are unsafe to attempt to cross. Entry and exit should be by paths to gateways.
  • Depending on weather conditions it may be unsafe to cross the main stream except at the permanent bridges.

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!

Orienteering Curragh Wood, Midleton Sunday January 26th Event Info

posted 21 Jan 2020, 14:18 by Elaine Sheridan

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

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

Course Info

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

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

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

Competitors can start any time between 11am and 1pm

Curragh Wood is just 3km from Midleton on the road to Lisgoold. Coming from the city take the first exit for Midleton off the N25 dual carriageway and then turn left at the first set of traffic lights. This takes you around the northern relief road to the main Midleton - Lisgoold road.

The start will be at the car park. Please note there is limited space in the car park and once this fills parking will be on a busy road. So please park on the left side only and keep close to the wood, take care while walking on the road and also be attentive when leaving after the event. As always, we'd encourage you to car pool if you can.

Hope you can join us. 

Club News and Dates for your 2020 Orienteering Diaries

posted 19 Jan 2020, 13:56 by Elaine Sheridan

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

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

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

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

Here’s to another successful orienteering year! 


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

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

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

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

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

The meal will be partially subsided by the club.

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


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

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

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


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

Day 1: Muckross House Estate Sprint Championship

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

CorkO Strength and Conditioning

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

Hi All,

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

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

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

Christmas Event Results

posted 30 Dec 2019, 10:51 by Elaine Sheridan

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

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

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

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

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

Christmas Orienteering at Fota House and Gardens FRIDAY 27TH DECEMBER

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

Hi All,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Controls will be collected 1:30pm .

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

Happy Christmas!

Form all at CorkO!

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

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

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

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


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

11am - 12:30pm

Courses will close at 2pm 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hope you can join us on the day.

Blackrock Urban Race Route Analysis

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

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

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

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

Leg 9 - 10

                                Leg 10 - 11

Leg 11 - 12
                          Leg 16 - 17

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