Christmas Orienteering at Ballincollig next Wednesday

Post date: Dec 20, 2017 10:16:10 PM

Join us next Wednesday 27th December at Ballincollig Regional Park for some festive orienteering fun!

We'll be using the usual "score" format that we use each Christmas - where competitors will have to punch as many controls as possible within the time limit.

There will be two courses available - including a simple "score" course for beginners or less experienced orienteers. For the more experienced we have a "Snooker Score" format, where competitors will have to score points in a specified order, as explained below!

Entry €5 each (€3 for juniors) and all proceeds will go to Straight Ahead, a charity that provides surgery, support and medical equipment for children with orthopaedic conditions.

Registration will be at the MIDDLE car park by the allotments.

Start times 11:00am - 12:00pm for the simple course and there will be a GROUP START for the Snooker Score at 12:00pm sharp. Please arrive in good time to register for the Snooker Score! Courses close 12:45pm.

Prizes for the course winners and spot prizes on the day!

Bring a stopwatch!

Hope to see you there,


Cork Orienteers

(with thanks to Cork County Council for the use of the Park)



For the Snooker Score course, there will be 16 controls in the park: ten "red" controls (worth 1 point each), and six colour controls (yellow = 2; green = 3; brown = 4; blue = 5; pink = 6; black = 7). Competitors will need to punch a "red" control, then punch a colour, then punch a different "red" control, followed by a colour; etc., until they have punched all 10 red controls, and 10 colours of their choice. They should then complete the course by visiting the six colours yellow-green-brown-blue-pink-black in order. Just like a game of snooker!

The maximum number of points available is 107 (i.e. if someone punched the "black" control after every red control) - but this will of course involve running a little further and quite a bit faster :-)

The overall winner will be the person who completes the course with the most points, in the fastest time, and within the time limit.