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Thanks to Harry for permission to publish his poem (Shilo is his dog) Me, Mum and leggy Shilo arm-in-arm off-lead listening to Mahon Falls booming. Cold air, wind rushing through me ~ every time we found orange and white we lurched forward to find the next. We burst back. Shilo slips, falls ten feet into the river, is dragged, heaved, tossed and turned by the rushing rapids. I live in
Fine runs by Ruth Lynam (2nd W55), Ann Savage (5th W50), Bridget Lawlor (6th W35) and Brian Corbett (6th M45) weren’t enough to save Ireland from the wooden spoon at last weekend’s Veteran Home International in Derbyshire, hosted by Derwent Valley Orienteers (DVO). The strength in depth of the English and Scottish showed, with both countries clear of the Irish and Welsh in both Saturday’s relay and Sunday’s individual races.
Training for M/W 16 and older potential EYOC and JWOC squads – Sat 28 November, the day before the Connacht Champs.  Some light training on the Burren but the emphasis will be on preparation for the big international races
The Connacht Champs are the last major event of 2009, and the last of the Junior Cup series. Entries are open til Fri 20 November. Current standings in the Junior Cup, including Munster Champs results, will be up here very soon…
Munster Championships What a novelty – orienteering in a forest! Toureen Wood, location of the Munster Championships on November 1st, is a largely runnable forest near Cahir, Co. Tipperary, on the northern slopes of the Galtees. Recent rain made the going slippy underfoot, but the map was mostly white (indicating runnable forest) with a network of roads and tracks. Starting high and finishing low, Jim O’Donovan’s courses made the most
O-La-La! If you go down in the woods today, you’d better be prepared – if they’re French woods, that is. Legislation passed originally in March 1999 and adopted by the French Orienteering Federation (FFCO) in March 2008 requires that anyone taking part in an orienteering competition in France must have either a competition licence issued by your O-Federation or a medical certificate to prove you’re fit and are not taking
The Junior Cup.  There are only 2 events left in the Junior Cup league, Munster and Connacht Champs.  The closing date for The Munster Champs is Saturday 17 Oct. The best 4 out of the 7 events count for the league, the events are Leinster, Northern Ireland, Munster, Connacht Champs, IOC Long & Middle, and Shamrock day 2. Training weekend 10-11 October – John McCullough has a brief report here
Fingal Orienteers take Leinster Inter-Club trophy competition. A surprise result saw north county Dublin club Fingal Orienteers snatch the Leinster inter-club trophy from under the noses of CNOC and GEN at Corkagh Park, Clondalkin, on September 20th. The event format has changed from year to year, ranging from a full-scale event, through score formats to this year’s sprint, with equal points being awarded in every age class. The club scores
Ireland defeated Wales in the Senior Home International run by Fermanagh Orienteers this weekend. The competition was on the limestone hills on the Cavan/Fermanagh border, in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Championships. Read all about it on the Senior Squad blog here. See maps, courses and Routegadget here.
This year’s Swiss 6 Days were characterised by a lot of changes, be it the weather or the orienteering plans themselves. Our arrival in Muotathal – South of Zug – coincided with the Swiss National Day and from the campsite we were gratified with major fireworks. The mountains created some spectacular sound effects and the lights from the fireworks made a beautiful show. This festival feeling was soon to subside