Autumn League #2: Corrin Wood Results and Report

Post date: Sep 05, 2013 10:22:15 PM

Corrin Wood near Fermoy was the destination for the second event in the Cork Orienteering Club Autumn League. On yet another fabulous autumnal evening the 57 participants got to enjoy some demanding orienteering courses, on very physical terrain with some spectacular views of the surrounding country side most notably the Galtee mountains. We were delighted to welcome some local Scouts to the event we hope they all enjoyed the challenges the Explorer course had to offer in their local amenity. This week’s Explorer course introduced the idea of handrails. Handrails in orienteering are features that you can follow to reach a control site. Trails and roads are the most obvious, but you can follow fences, streams, ditches, the edges of fields and other similar features. There was another Explorer quiz on offer again this week and its focus was on understanding line symbols. If you missed it at the event you can download below. While our explorers were having fun on their course and improving their orienteering skills in the process the 4km Advanced course proved a much tougher affair. The course commenced with a taxing climb to the first control and from the splits analysis is seems control two was very costly for a number of people. Those that attempted to take the shorter forest ride route toward control two actually erroneously took the wider forest track and subsequently ended up rummaging around in impenetrable vegetation before eventually realising the error of their ways. This was a costly lesson on paying attending to map detail for many. Controls 5, 6 and 7 were located in a lovely area of forest run. Similarly controls 9 and 10 resided in the lower most section of the wood which was also very runnable. The course finished as it started with a big climb to the final control. For those that were out a little longer than anticipated at least the abundance of blackberries at various locations in the wood offered some sustenance en route! So who mastered the hill of Corrin on Tuesday night? It was two visiting WATO members who took the top spots on the Advanced course. First place went to Thomas Callery in a time of 37:21 while fellow club mate Robert Pim claimed second place. He finished in at time of 39:53. The final podium spot went to Gary O’Donovan who completed the course in a time of 42:10.

The combined navigation skills from Catherine & Irene helped them achieve the honour of being the fastest ladies around the Advanced course in Corrin. They completed the tricky course in a time of 70:37. Ailbhe Creedon took second place in a time of 72:13 and a mere 15 seconds behind Ailbhe was third place finisher Elaine Sheridan.

On the Explorer course Tom Ryan was the winner. He finished in a time of 34:48. Second place went to Mary Leneghan who completed the Explorer course in a time of 41:56 and the final podium spot went to Colm Carroll. Colm finished the 2.5km course in a time of 44:00.

Well done to all who participated on the night. Full individual results and splits are available here.

Thanks to Fiona O’Riordan and John Scannell for organising the event and Rob McEvoy and Danny O’Hare for planning the courses. Thanks also to Dave O’Donovan who assisted with starts on the night and Liam O’Brien for once again helping with control collection. 

The third event in the CorkO Autumn League will take place next Tuesday night in the Regional Park Ballincollig. This flat parkland terrain will be in stark contrast to the terrain in Corrin. Further location information is available here.

Just a reminder that our “Off the Paths Training” will take place this Saturday September 7th in Walshtown Wood. It is sure to be a fun and social day and you will improve your orienteering skills in the process. If you are interested in attending please do let our club coach Danny O’Hare know in advance.

Finally, a reminder to those who haven’t already collected their Summer League finishers t-shirt these will be available to collect in Ballincollig.

Hope to see you there