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CorkO 2017 Summer League Prize Winners

posted 20 Jul 2017, 15:49 by Elaine Sheridan   [ updated 20 Jul 2017, 15:55 ]
Cork Orienteering Club is delighted with the success of our 2017 Summer Orienteering League. We very much appreciate the support from the many individuals and families who regularly made the journey every Tuesday evening to the various destinations throughout the city and county. Top marks to the follow individuals Sinead O'Donoghue, Trishia O'Mahony, Eric Curry, William Curry, Eric O'Connor, Mannix Family and Isabelle O'Brien who managed to attend all the events in this year’s league. These are all truly dedicated orienteers.

Throughout the league campaign our Long courses covered a total of 48.1km across the various destinations while the Short courses amassed a staggering 27.1km of forest tracks and trails. Not so Short when you add them all together! It was marvelous to see so many people trying the sport of orienteering for the first time. Over the 10 competitive weeks of the league we had over 139 individual entries on the Short course and a further 251 unique entrants attempt the Long. Furthermore, it was fantastic to see so many of these individuals and families getting bitten by the orienteering bug. They not only got more competitive each week but also became very determined to finish the league and claim their technical league finisher t-shirt. This year we have over 120 league finishers who are all eligible to receive these fashionable running tops which means they can orienteering in style this Autumn.

On the competitive side of things we had ten fiercely competitive events and many worthy event winners. The overall league which required competitors to complete at least six of the ten events was hugely competitive right throughout the results table. Although the Long Course League Champion titles were decided in advance of the final competitive event the Short Course title went down to the wire at our last individual event in Ballyannon Wood as did the remaining prize winning places on both courses.

On Tuesday evening following all the relay action in Farran Forest Park competitors adjourned to the National Rowing Centre which was a short 50m walk from the car park where they got to enjoy a scrumptious BBQ. When everyone was served the summer league prize-giving ceremony commenced.

Prizes were awarded to the top five men and women league finishers on the Long course, the top three Juniors on the Long course and the top three finishers on the Short course. All league finishers on the Short course were awarded medals for their great achievement.

The title of Long Course Men’s League Champion went to Conrad Daly and Niamh Corbett took the title of Long Course Ladies League Champion.

The full list of Long course prize winners is as follows:

Long Course Men's League
CHAMPION:  Conrad Daly 8 pts   
Runner-Up:          Dan McDonnell 14 pts
3rd:                      Cian O'Mahony 24 pts  
4th:                       Pat O'Donovan 27 pts
5th:                       Jens Waechter 36 pts

Long Course Ladies League
CHAMPION:   Niamh Corbett 6 pts
Runner-up:           Sinead O'Donoghue 10 pts
3rd:                       Trishia O'Mahony 15 pts
4th:                       Elaine Sheridan 19 pts
5th                        Una Buckley 36 pts

In recognition of the achievement of many junior orienteers who took on the challenge of the Long course each week and succeeded in finishing the league we awarded prizes to the top three junior finishers on the Long course

Long Course Junior Champion:  Cathal Lane 51pts
Long Course Junior Runner-up:                 Aaron Coughlan 121pts
Long Course Junior Third Place:                   Matthew Kearney 200pts

The title of Short course Champion went to siblings Chiara and Isaac Bosonnet. Chiara Bosonnet was our Short course League runner up last year and it is great to see her refining her orienteering skills and claiming a share of the Championship title this year. Runner up on the Short course by the narrowest of margins was Liam Twomey. The final podium place went to Carmel Kearney who claimed the family bragging rights when she finished ahead of her nephew James.

Short Course League
JOINT CHAMPIONS:  Chiara and Isaac Bosonnet 25 pts
Runner-up:                            Liam Twomey 26 pts
3rd:                                        Carmel Kearney 36 pts

This year we had a great number of individuals and families complete the Short course league. No doubt with all this orienteering experience there will be some future orienteering stars in the making here. All the Short course finishers listed below received medals to mark their outstanding achievement in completing the league.

4th:                                      James Condon 51 pts
5th:                                      Deirdre, Aoife, Roisin and Clodagh Mannix 56 pts
6th:                                      Isabelle O'Brien 58 pts
6th:                                      David Moylan 58 pts
7th:                                      Erin O'Brien 72 pts
8th:                                      Meldrum Family 78 pts
9th:                                      The Disorienteers - Maeve, David, Jerry and Niamh Brett 83 pts
10th:                                    Mary-Ann O'Brien 89 pts
11th:                                    Leah, Patrick, Ruairi and Sarah O'Sullivan 116 pts
12th:                                    Cronin Moynihan - Emma, Luke, Rian and Trevor 120 pts
13th:                                    Finn Larsson 149 pts

Special medals were also handed out on the night to some very enthusiastic junior orienteers that almost finished this year’s league
Hannah Larsson
Thomas Desmond
Aisling and Laoise O'Mahony 
Abbey and Ruadh Collins
Max and Matthew O'Shea
Jill Murphy
Thomas Desmond

It was tremendous to see the sheer delight of many of our junior prize winners at their wonderful achievements. Congratulations to our Champions, winners and medalists and well done to all our league finishers and participants. Some photos from the event are available here.

We would like to once again thank all the planners and event organisers for helping stage all eleven events in the league. Without them we wouldn't have a league.

Finally, we would also like to thank everyone who participated at all our league events. Without you the league wouldn't have been the success that it was. We really appreciate your support and hope you enjoyed the courses and venues we visited along the way.

Enjoy the break and hopefully see you back and refreshed at the Autumn League.