Summer League #2: Currabinny Wood Tuesday May 16th Results and Report

Post date: May 18, 2017 6:32:46 AM

Currabinny Wood was the destination for the second event in the CorkO Summer League and another fine evening helped draw a crowd of over 90 participants to this historic location for an orienteering adventure. Once again, we were delighted to welcome so many novices to the event and we hope you all enjoyed the experience. The conditions were ideal on the night but the steep terrain and technical courses presented their own challenge.Unfortunately, the clear evening with the blue sunny sky also had the resident midge population out in force. These annoying critters certainly make things very uncomfortable for our volunteers on the night and with these guys ready to feast on orienteers at the finish there wasn’t much opportunity for post route analysis with fellow competitors.The Short course on the night took a nice steady route around this charming hillock while the Long course was an altogether more demanding affair. The first part of the course had competitors traverse the top the hill. This was followed by short descent to the mid-section of the south side of the hill. Controls 5 to 7 proved tricky for some as they took competitors into an area of slow run. Those more familiar with this map would have exercised caution in this area to prevent getting pushed off their intended route and getting disoriented in this problematic area. The leg from 9 to 10 was a tough ascent to the picturesque gazebo. I hope some took the time to appreciate the views from here before beginning the fast descent to controls 11 and 12. Controls 13 to 16 involved a long gentle run along one of the wider tracks in the wood toward the finish. After an exhausting course, anyone hoping for a strong finishing kick had one last steep climb before punching the finish control. The competitor who demonstrated the fastest finish on the night was Dermot Murphy who had a final split of 1:27.

The title of Currabinny event winner went to last week’s event organiser Conrad Daly. He completed the 4.4km course in a time of 27:25 giving himself a fairly comfortable winning margin over our club chairman Robert McEvoy. Rob was runner up on the night having punched all 16 controls in a time of 29:14. Jens Waechter followed up his win last week with another podium finish this week. Jens finished the taxing Long course in a time of 31:38.For the second week running the fastest lady on the Long course was Sinead O'Donoghue. Another impressive run from Sinead saw her traverse the hilly terrain and finish in a time of 37:22. A little under a minute behind Sinead was Fiona Burke who was runner up on the night finishing in a time of 38:14. A meagre 7 seconds behind Fiona was third place finisher Trishia O'Mahony.On the Short course, Denise Hallahan claimed the event winners title when she punched the finish in a time of 20:55. The combined efforts from the Black Family earned them the runner-up honour on the night when they finished the 2.7km course in a time of 22:44. Another orienteering team comprising of Sarah and Patrick O’Sullivan where hot on their heels and finished a mere 2 seconds behind them to take third place.Well done to all who competed. Full individual results with split times are available at the link below and this week we've also added route gadget data. So, if you traced your route on Tuesday night using a GPS device then why not upload your data and share your route choices with fellow competitors. Alternatively, if you’ve no GPS data then you can also share your route by manually tracing out your route.

Huge thanks to May Curran for planning and organising the event. Thanks also to Cathal Turner for taking care of registration, Dave O'Donovan for handling starts on the night and to Cathal, Conrad Daly and Gerald Duffy for assisting with control collection.

Next week the Summer League will move on to the beautiful and majestic surrounds of Doneraile Park in North Cork. This park with its resident deer herds has an extensive network of paths, fine meadows and some unique water features. No doubt our north Cork crew will have some interesting and challenging courses in store for us next week. Further directions and park info can be found here.

Hope you can join us on our northern adventure.