WUOC 2016

World University Orienteering Championships 2016








This competition for university students begins this weekend in Miskolc, Hungary (venue for the World Orienteering Championships in 2009) with the Sprint Race on Sunday July 31st and finishes with the Relay on Thursday August 5th. There is also a Sprint Relay, Middle Distance and Long Distance Races.

The Irish Team is being managed by John McCullough.

The team is as follows:

Aoife McAvana (University College Dublin)

Niamh Corbett (University College Dublin)

Roisin Long (University College Dublin)

Colm Moran (University College Dublin)

Eoin McCullough (Trinity College Dublin)

Conor Short (University of Edinburgh)

The competitions can be followed at: www.wuoc2016.hu


Good luck to the team,


Darren Burke

Director of High Performance Orienteering

JWOC Relay

The final race of an intensive week of competition, the JWOC relay, was held on the steep slopes of Tarasp this morning. It demanded strong legs and strong concentration with 59 teams on the startline in the men’s race and 46 teams in the women’s. The Swiss teams proved to be unbeatable once again, winning the men’s by 2 min 28 sec and the women’s by a whole 4 min 53 sec. 
The men’s team of Paul, Jonathan and Peter all had good runs to finish 27th overall. Unfortunately the women’s team had only two runners, but were in 24th place after two legs (Roisin on first and Caoimhe on second).
Results, maps and GPS here (the girls’ team were tracked): http://www.jwoc2016.ch/?tab=Friday
The team would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone for their support. We’d especially like to thank Jeni and Nigel Pim for the delicious food that they cooked all week. Thanks :-).

  • Everyone is looking forward to the party tonight and onward travel to France and Sweden tomorrow, with JWOC 2017 in Finland already on our minds (http://www.jwoc2017.fi/)! 

JWOC Middle Qualification and Final

The Junior World Championships have continued over the past two days with the middle distance. Ftan hosted the qualifiers, with the 20 best in each of three heats progressing to the middle ‘A’ final, the next 20 best to the ‘B’ final and the remainder to the ‘C’ final. Roisin and Jonathan had solid runs to qualify easily for the ‘B’ final, and Paul was unlucky to run past one of his controls as his time would also have been fast enough for the ‘B’.

Qualification (Pictures courtesy of Wendy Carlyle)
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The finals were held this morning in Susch-Lavin amidst beautiful mountainous scenery. In contrast to the sprint final (where temperatures soared to 35 degrees), we awoke to temperatures of 6 degrees and snow. Roisin had another steady performance and was pleased to finish 24th in the B final. Jonathan was going well until he hit his knee, and jogged around the rest of the course to finish in 50th. Paul and Peter were happy with their runs in the C final. The Swiss winners of the A finals, Thomas Curiger and Simona Aebersold, were amongst the only orienteers to have clean runs today and had impressive victories for the home country.
Finals (Pictures courtesy of Wendy Carlyle)
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Results, maps and GPS from middle qualification: http://www.jwoc2016.ch/?tab=Wednesday
Results, maps and GPS from middle final: http://www.jwoc2016.ch/?tab=Thursday
The Irish relay teams for tomorrow’s race are (in leg order):
Paul, Jonathan, Peter
Roisin, Caoimhe
-Niamh in Scuol

JWOC Update

The Irish team departed for JWOC in Switzerland last Friday.

The team are:
W20: Aoife Mc Cavana, Caoimhe O’Boyle, Roisin Long

M20: Jonathan Quinn, Paul Pruzina, Peter Meehan

Leaders Niamh O’Boyle and Mike Long

We wish the team the best of luck and you can follow their progress on www.jwoc2016.ch

The Junior World Orienteering Championships kicked offon Sunday morning with the sprint event around the streets of Scuol. Admist soaring temperatures and steep slopes, the Irish team delivered a solid team performance. Roisin’s 46th place was the highlight, with Jonathan 71st, Paul 81st, Caoimhe 98th and Peter 101st. Home nation Switzerland took both gold medals. 


The Irish juniors had good performances in the long distance race in the high Swiss mountains on Tuesday. The main challenges were route choice, steep slopes and high altitude. Paul had a fantastic run and was very pleased to finish 83rd in the men’s race, whilst Roisin and Caoimhe (84th and 90th) did well in the women’s. Jonathan (134th) and Peter (146th) found the conditions tough. Aoife had a great start but unfortunately hurt her ankle badly on the slopes between 4 and 5 and had to abandon – wishing her a quick recovery. Joey Hadorn (Switzerland) and Anna Haataja (Finland) won the individual titles. The men’s podium (positions 1-6) was exactly the same for the long as the sprint.

Yesterday was a rest day and today is the middle distance qualification race.

Good luck to all our runners!

All results, maps and gps here

Thanks to Wendy Carlyle for pictures.

Orienteering in Ireland
  • Orienteering Ireland
    Irish Sport HQ
    D15 DY62
  • fixtures@orienteering.ie
  • info@orienteering.ie