Welcome back after the Irish “summer” break. While things have been quiet on the orienteering front at home, we’ve had lots of activity on the international front. My invitation to you to write about your O-summer didn’t produce much yet, so here’s a selection of snippets gathered from here and there to set up the autumn competition season. (The photo is of LVO’s Paddy Higgins sprinting up the run in
The Relays provided a gripping end to the World Orienteering Championships. The Women’s race started first and heading into the final leg, Switzerland held a clear lead of over two minutes thanks to a great run by Silver Medallist in the Middle Distance Vroni Koenig-Salmi. Lea Mueller (SUI) was being chased down by a pack consisting of Helena Jansson (SWE), Tatiana Ryabkina (RUS) and all three gold medallists from earlier
More Irish teams ran in the Jukola and Venla Relays in Finland last weekend than ever before. Setanta Orienteers and Defence Forces Orienteers had entered teams while Irish runners also represented London and Finnish O-clubs. The Jukola Relay is an annual 7-person overnight relay run around midsummer in Finland. This year’s race, the 60th, was close to Tampere, accessible by Ryanair, and about 1500 teams took part: that’sover 10,000 runners.
Recently Julie Cleary asked for your help to raise money for Different Strokes, a charity which helps younger people in Britain and Ireland who suffered strokes. She was planning to run 50 km in orienteering competitions during May. Here’s how she got on … May 9th 2008 was the second anniversary of my brain haemorrhage and subsequent stroke, so I decided to try and raise some money for Different Strokes
GEN’s David Healy recently spent a week training in Sweden. This is a kind of training diary … “I decided to take a week’s training in Stockholm at the beginning of April with the aim of focusing entirely on orienteering technique. This is a report on my time eating hill and sucking marsh To navigate, simplify routes, go straight, use the marshes and the hills to make your way and
Forget Rome and the Bahamas: Inishbofin, off the west coast of Co. Galway, is the hottest spot around for weddings. Just try running an orienteering event on a weekend in June and finding accommodation for the runners and you’ll see. I was told there were 70 weddings planned for the island this year, but the small organising team from Western Eagles and CNOC managed to squeeze maybe two hundred more
When the stress of exams comes around, you know the CNOC summer series isn’t going to be to far behind to help transform the stress of the mind to the burning of the legs. The first event this year was in Donadea Forest Park in North Kildare. Eileen Loughman took the lead in planning the course, and the Shorts highly involved in org as usual. Conor took control of the
“Frankly, it’s a monster”. It’s not what you expect to hear in Ruth Lynam’s sophisticated tones, but this was a good monster. The juniors have become monstrous …. Ruth and her willing band have become so successful that demand has exceeded supply and she is sending out the call for reinforcements. It came in a brief pause in the proceedings of an IOA Annual General Meeting being driven on by
Cork Orienteers put yet another nail in the coffin of orienteering as “the forest sport” with an excellent three days of events on a treeless Bere Island at this year’s Irish Championships in west Cork. Looking back at past Irish Championships, open areas or predominantly open areas have been used for Irish Championships since the mid 1980’s and Bere Island was another good example. Moderately complex contour detail, few tracks,
While many of you will know Julie Cleary as an Irish international orienteer, many of you may not know that just days after the 2006 Irish Championships at Carlingford, Julie suffered a brain haemorrhage and stroke. Julie has been orienteering since she was a junior with Tipperary Orienteers, the club founded by her father, Frank Martindale. She was an Irish Junior Champion and went on to represent Ireland at World