Compass Point to sponsor junior table quiz

Compass Point to sponsor junior table quiz
The kind people in Compass Point have donated vouchers worth £120stg to the junior squad.   This will be the first prize in the quiz.   Compass Point is the UK’s largest online orienteering & outdoor equipment shop and have a website where you can shop till you drop at  Thanks also to the Great Outdoors in Dublin for providing many of the spot prizes for the raffle.

EastWest Mapping produce new Dublin Mountains map

Barry Dalby of East West Mapping has produced an excellent new map of the Dublin and North Wicklow Mountains at 1:30,000 scale. The map, published in March, extends from around Sandyford to Ballinastoe on the east side and from Rathcoole to Valleymount on the west, covering the uplands in between. The map, printed on Pretex waterproof paper (now used for many O-maps) has a wealth of detail which would interest outdoors people. In addition to forests, walking routes and parking places, the map is worth buying just for the heritage and historical information. Barry and his brother Clive have walked, cycled and driven over the whole area in 2008 to survey the map.
The 1:30,000 scale would appeal particularly to the likes of walkers, hill runners and mountain bikers who want to explore off-road, and the 20-metre contours with shading for altitude show the land shapes clearly. Mountain marathoners and those looking for an interesting destination for a hike will also find it useful, as will anyone looking for a new orienteering area to map.
Speaking of orienteering maps, Barry is a professional surveyor who previously worked as an instructor at Tiglin Adventure Centre, and has been an active orienteer for many years.
Three further maps are planned in the same series: Wicklow Mountains West, Wicklow Mountains East and Lugnaquilla.
The map costs €9.95 in the shops or €11.45 including Irish postage from from EastWest Mapping. Visit EastWest Mapping here.

TRIMTEX to Supply Irish Senior Team Gear

The Irish Senior Orienteering Squad has entered into a three-year contract with Trimtex to supply them with new orienteering gear in advance of August’s World Orienteering Championships in Hungary.

After some discussion among team members at the last World Orienteering Championships, it was decided to obtain new O-gear. A primary goal was to ensure that each team member would have a set of top-quality gear. Brendan O’Brien, Director of High Performance at the Irish Orienteering Association, was contacted about the plan, and gave the go-ahead.
During the Swedish O-Ringen 2008 (the week following WOC in the Czech Republic) many O-gear suppliers had stalls promoting their collections. After speaking to some of the suppliers, Trimtex was chosen. Pär Olofsson, at Trimtex Sweden, became our contact-man. After many initial ideas and trial runs, Pär Olofsson and squad members Andrew Quin and Neil Dobbs came up with the final design for the squad gear. The idea behind the final design was to have a competition top that would be instantantly recognisable as the Irish top, and yet not be too blatant. The designers hope that they’ve achieved that!

The new squad gear includes the O-top, O-pants, a trainer jacket and trainer pants for warm-ups/cool-downs, and a singlet top for sprint races.
Trimtex can produces top quality gear for clubs, and can print complex designs that can be developed to the clubs’ wishes. They currently supply several Irish clubs, including Cork O, 3ROC, GEN and CNOC, with their O-suits. Laser-printing ensures that the O-top doesn’t lose its print-pattern, despite rough treatment. For a more complete picture of Trimtex’s collection visit their website here.

If you have any further queries, contact Pär Olofsson Tel: +46 26 249892, Email:
Here are the designs:

South East Schools Relays 2009

Details for the SE schools relays are as follows:

Date and Venue: May 7th at JFK Arboretum, County Wexford. Take standard signs from Rosslare to Wexford road.

Format: Relays….teams of 3 individuals except for Primary which will be teams of 4 (two pairs)
All legs will be of approximately the same length. Estimated winning time per course is 60 minutes.

Age groups:

  • Senior Boys (Forms 4, 5,6)
  • Senior Girls (Forms 4,5,6)
  • Junior Boys (Forms2,3)
  • Junior Girls (Forms 2,3)
  • Minor Boys (Form 1)
  • Minor Girls (Form 1)
  • Primary Boys
  • Primary Girls

Start times: Mass start for leg 1 runners at 11.45 for Secondary Schools and 10.30 for Primary Schools

Cost: €2 per person

For more details and to make entries in advance, please contact Andrew Cox on 087-2229677 or email: wato2 (at)

Leinster Schools Championships 2009

The following message was posted by Stephen Doorly from Rockbrook Park school on the egroup.

With 230 pupils from 15 Leinster schools the event was a great success. Thanks to Mary Healy and helpers who organised the Leinster schools champs last Wednesday. The whole thing was presented very well. Certainly the students I brought found it very enjoyable and are already looking forward to next year. More schools and more helpers next year?

Results posted on the IOA website.

Any pictures anyone?

Munster Secondary Schools Provisional Results Summary

The mystery of the moving control. A local landowner appears to have taken it upon himself to relocate 220 into his garden. He then proceded to yell at anyone who tried to go near it. Thanks to Laura Cox for relocating the control. I also relocated 216 which was causing a few problems. It had been placed on the crag instead of the boulder field some 80 metres away. I have made the following provisional changes to times based on detailed analysis of the split times and using a time slightly slower than the fastest 3 times on that course. I hope to put up splits and full corrected list of results shortly (without corrections). Check out the IOA website

nice location for lunch!



Senior Boys (21 competitors) : 4 minutes for 216 (Alan Lane, Conor O’Donovan, Brendan Wall)
Senior Girls (17 competitors): no change.
Senior B (4 pairs) no change
Junior Boys (40 competitors) : 3 minutes 30 for control 220 and 5 minutes for control 216 (Eoin Casey, Daniel Warrington, Colm O’Donovan, Leslie Coughlan, Peter O’Brien). There were 6 pairs of non competitive also.
Junior Girls (30 competitors) : no change. There were 3 pairs of non-competitive.
Minor Girls (27 competitors) : 5 minutes for control 220 (Evelyn Farrell, Shona Murray, Elisabeth Kinsella Kent, Rachel Moore, Colleen O’Sullivan, Saoirse Walsh. There were 3 pairs of non-competitive also.
Minor Boys (35 competitors) : no change Note the Scoil Chroist Ri (6th class) were entered as non-competitive. Most of the non finishers missed the last control. You must look more carefully at the map.
Junior Boys
1st place: Midleton College
Alex Simonin 25.52; Oliver Kane 29.37 ; Oliver Ind 31.00 ; Owen Monaghan 32.14…..Total=118.43
2nd place: Colaiste Chroist Ri, Cork
David Barry 32.47 ; Jack Horgan 35.02 ; Chris Mintern 37.19 ; John Barry 40.04 …..Total: 145.12
3rd place: Midleton CBS
Leslie Coughlan 31.50 ; Peter O’Brien 36.05 ; Eoin Casey 37.08 ; Colm O’Donovan 43.14…….Total: 148.17
4th place : Nagle Rice (172.23)
5th place : Newtown (192.12)
6th place: Dungarvan CBS (196.19)

Individual: first 10 places
1. Alex Simonin 25.52
2. Oliver Kane 29.37
3. Oliver Ind 31.00
4. Leslie Coughlan 31.50
5. Owen Monaghan 32.14
6. David Barry 32.47
7. David O’Hanlon 34.04
8. Jack Horgan 35.02
9. Peter O’Brien 36.05
10. Eoin Casey 37.08

Junior Girls
1st place: Nagle Rice, Doneraile
Kate O’Donovan 39.04 ; Siomha Callanan 41.30 ; Taylor Hunter 48.00 ; Robyn Hamilton 58.21….Total: 186.55
2nd place: Ursuline, Waterford
Jana Cox 54.05 ; Ella O’Nuallain 57.18 ; Ciara Walsh 64.53 ; Orna Murray 68.13 …Total: 244.29
3rd place : Newtown, Waterford
Becky Barr 48.54 ; Georgia Doorley 71.16 ; Andrea Harvey 71.55 ; Isabel English 72.08 …Total: 263.33
1. Kate O’Donovan 39.04
2. Siomha Callanan 41.30
3. Taylor Hunter 48.00
4. Becky Barr 48.54
5. Jana Cox 54.05
6. Ella O’Nuallain 57.18
7. Robyn Hamilton 58.21
8. Mary Ellen Twomey 63.10
9. Ciara Walsh 64.53
10. Orna Murray 68.13
Minor Boys
1st place: Newtown, Waterford
Liam Landy 37.38 ; Neil Dunne 38.31 ; Barog Kennedy 38.36 ; David Hatton 39.23 …..Total: 154.08

2 of the winning team from Newtown

who is thaaat coach?

1. Sean O’Callaghan 36.34
2. Liam Landy 37.38
3. Neil Dunne 38.31
4. Barog Kennedy 38.36
5. David Hatton 39.23
6. Conor O’Sullivan 48.52
7. Michael Shine 60.22
8. Shane Nugent 61.43
9. Jeffrey Swanton 76.31
10. Ben O’Neill 105.35
Minor Girls
1st Place: Ursuline, Waterford
Evelyn Farrell 38.26 ; Shona Murray 40.21 ; Rachel Moore 41.13 ; Elisabeth Kinsella Grant 41.19 ……Total: 161.29

2nd place : Newtown, Waterford
Mia Falkanthal 48.24

Ruth Cusack 50.35 ; Charlotte Hackett 50.02 ; Jean Ann Mulligan 52.04 …..Total: 201.05
1. Evelyn Farrell 38.26
2. Hattie Durant 39.04
3. Shona Murray 40.21
4. Rachel Moore 41.13
5. Elisabeth Kinsella Kent 41.19
6. Maggie Doolan 42.11
7. Mia Falkanthal 48.24
8. Caroline Herbert 48.47
9. Charlotte Hackett 50.02
10. Ruth Cusack 50.35
Senior Girls
1st place: Ursuline, Waterford
Laura Cox 74.57 ; Laura Cullen 79.44 ; Shirley Fan 82.57 ; Nicola Power 86.25 ….Total: 324.03
1. Laura Cox 74.57
2. Jennifer Preston 77.42
3. Laura Cullen 79.44
4. Laura McPadden 80.22
5. Shirley Fan 82.57
6. Nicola Power 86.25
7. Niamh Walsh 99.39
8. Lois Power 101.58
9. Alison Greene 113.04
Senior Boys
1st place: Midleton CBS
Alan Lane 42.54 ; Paul Lane 49.09 ; Kieran Curtin 52.39 ; Conor O’Donovan 55.37 ……Total: 200.19
2nd place: Midleton College
Josh O’Sullivan Hourihan 44.26 ; Andrew Power 51.11 ; Criostoir Humphreys 56.13 ; Daniel James 60.25 ……Total: 212.15

pipped at the post!
3rd place: Newtown, Waterford Callum Chambers ; Peter Keogh ; Joe Dixon ; Mark Richardson …..Total: 236.08

1. Alan Lane 42.54
2. Josh O’Sullivan Hourihan 44.26
3. Paul Lane 49.09
4. Andrew Power 51.11
5. Kieran Curtin 52.39
6. Callum Chambers 55.08
7. Conor O’Donovan 55.37
8. Criostoir Humphreys 56.13
9. Peter Keogh 56.38
10. Daniel James 60.25

2009 Controllers’ Course Report

The 2009 Controllers’ Course was held in Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Cahir, on 21st March, with the practical session in the nearby Glengarra Wood. It was attended by nine orienteers and run by Mike Richardson (Deeside OC and 3ROC) and Harold White, Controller of Technical Standards was in attendance.
(The Controller is one of the key people in running a competition: he or she represents the interests of the competitors, ensuring that the courses are fair, that the map is accurate, the controls are correctly sited etc, and that the rules are adhered to. Being an event Controller is a serious job and a responsible, despite the picture above – Ed)
The course covered the responsibilities of the Controller, the principles of good planning, and included several practical exercises. Continuous reference was made to the IOA Rules and Guidelines which highlighted the need for their revision and upgrade. Under Rule 4.2.2 the Controller appears to have ultimate responsibility for an event where he may require the Organiser to cancel it if necessary. This is in contrast to both the International and British Orienteering Federations’ rules where the Organiser has the ultimate responsibility, albeit taking advice from the Controller and/or IOF Event Advisor.
The Controller should be involved from an early stage and agreeing the assembly/start/finish areas, and for major events should be agreeing the competition area and map. Also to be considered are the environmental impact and safety provisions. A lively discussion took place on the requirements for colour courses. The important point for the Controller is to ensure that the course lengths and times are right with times being the over-riding influence, and provided the courses meet the correct technical standards.
Mike Richardson produced a graph plotting the class winners’ time in minutes per km against the age classes for the British Championships in 1991 and in 2008. The resulting smoothed J-shaped curve was similar in both cases but the latest version showed a distinct improvement in running speeds across all of the classes. Predictably the Elites had the fastest speed with the winner in 2008 averaging 4.2 mins/km. This is the important benchmark for scaling all other course lengths from. (Harold White intends to do a similar exercise for the Irish Championships).
Using the planning principles, an exercise was carried out to assess from a series of event maps what colour standard they were planned for. Another exercise involved checking control sites in the adjacent wood where in some cases the marking canes were placed in the wrong location.
It was pointed out that decisions by the controller are based in many cases on a subjective assessment, and therefore are open to discussion with the Organiser and Planner.
The maps for the exercise in Glengarra Wood were supplied by CorkO who also marked some of the control sites from their recent event.
It proved to be a well received course with positive feedback from those involved. Our special thanks are due to Mike Richardson. Slides from his presentation will be posted soon on the IOA website. To maintain the momentum, it was suggested that say yearly, a meeting should be held for the Certified Event Controllers to discuss current topics such as the standards for colour events, and to share experiences.
Harold White
Controller of Technical Standards
24 April 2009

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