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The IOA sub committee who are developing guidelines for the Return to Orienteering, met last night (virtually) and have the following recommendations/requirements for  clubs and individuals. We are focusing on providing diyO options (Permanent Orienteering Courses, MapRunF courses and Pre-Marked Courses). Have a look at the links below; https://www.orienteering.ie/fixture/diy-orienteering https://www.orienteering.ie/about-us/covid-19-return-to-orienteering Clubs have been asked to submit courses and maps for parks and urban areas. There are some individuals working on […]
Sport Ireland has informed the IOA that orienteering is considered as an outdoor pursuit which meets the roadmap definition for return to sport in phase 1 due to commence on May 18th. This is a small step but good news, it requires us to adhere strictly to public health advice including social distancing and the 5km limits. It is in everyone’s interest that we stick to the guidelines and ensure […]
This week World Orienteering Day event was supposed to be arrange all over the world. Due to the outbreak of the Corona virus (Covid-19) it was unfortunately cancelled. But in cooperation with Lockdown Orienteering WOD will organise a free virtual event this week between Wednesday 13th and Saturday 16th May. It will be 5 challenges/games for all of you to have a go at! Street View Orienteering Race in Laby […]
In the absence of the IOC202O relay and with the hope that you will enjoy a little competition all be it from a distance and sadly without a map, we have decided to run a virtual relay. You run your leg of your relay with your household or on your own, observing social distancing and your own local rules. You submit your time via google form and we collate them […]
I’m sure we’re all feeling nostalgic as we spend what should be our annual weekend get together and Irish orienteering Championships in our various 2km zones. So I set about taking a look through some of the archives and found this beautiful piece of writing which follows. I hope you enjoy this piece by Aubrey Flegg. Decade The owls of the Devil’s Glen looked in, no doubt, on Emlyn Jones […]
Thanks to the O’Brien clan we are still going to be able to host the annual Table Quiz normally held at the IOC – we will just host it virtually.  The quiz will take place on Saturday, 2nd May at 8:30pm and will be hosted on Zoom and Kahoot. The fee per household is €10 and registration is taken as participants donate via the following link:  http://www.idonate.ie/JuniorOrienteeringTableQuiz2020.  The link to […]
Events all cancelled: nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.This is the first Easter since 2005, that we haven’t packed our CNOC tops, compasses and trail shoes to head overseas for ‘a festival of orienteering’. What to do on this ‘Not so Good Friday’? My attention was drawn to “Lockdown Orienteering” and without much thought or due recognition of the fact that I’m not a ‘Gamer’, I signed up! What […]
I have had my eye on this app for a while and with the current restrictions in place and my access to a brilliant local map within my 2km zone (thanks to Pat and Conall) I decided to put a bit of work into trialing the Australian orienteering app MaprunF. The MaprunF app claims to make it easier to try GPS-Orienteering Yourself, as well as quick to start an event […]
“Are you going to the JK?”.“Sorry? The what?”It is spring 1976. Martin Mulligan, one of the founder members of UCDO, asked me this in the college library. I had only really started orienteering the previous year and I had never heard of Jan Kjellstrom or the JK, the big British event named in his honour. Of course I’d have loved to go to the Lake District but, sadly, you had […]