Sunday, 10 January 2010
In Ireland in 2010 we can look forward to the continuation of the Dublin by Night series (next event at Massey's Estate on Saturday16th January, weather permitting), and to some major events but all on existing or updated maps: the Leinster Championships in Carlingford on May 9th, the Irish Championships at Magilligan, Co. Derry on April 24-25 (with a sprint race at the University of Ulster in Coleraine on the 23rd), the Irish 3-Day at Lough Eske near Donegal on June 5-6-7, the Munster Championships at Rossbeigh sand dunes, Co. Kerry on October 31st. Schools orienteering is growing, with regional events and Championships at both primary and secondary level (details on the IOA fixtures list here).
In Britain we have two major attractions in 2010: the Jan Kjellstrom O-Festival in Devon at Easter and the Lake District 5-Day at the end of August. On top of this, the Junior Home International at Perth in Scotland in September will coincide with a Park World Tour urban sprint race. If night relays are your thing - and you can't manage a trip to the Jukola in Finland - the 7-person Harvester Trophy (8-9 May) might fit the bill.
Internationally, the World Masters Orienteering Championships in Switzerland, the Junior World Championships in Denmark and the World Championships in Norway all have open events associated with them, while there are more than twenty races in the North American O-Festival in June and July.
Lots of fixtures information is at the World of O here.To read the CompassSport list, subscribe at www.CompassSport.co.uk. The list below is not comprehansive: it ignores Australia and New Zealand, for example. To find out about events in a particular country, go to their national federation's web site: you can usually find these via the International O-Federation's web site www.orienteering.org.
May 8-9 Harvester Trophy overnight relay at Eridge Park, scene of the blizzard-struck JK relays of 2008. Saxons OC - see here. Clashes with the Leinster Championships, though. The weekend also includes a sprint on Saturday and an open event on Sunday. Close to Gatwick airport.
September 10-12 Park World Tour, Perth, & JHI. The Junior Home International teams will be taking time out to watch the PWT Sprint at Scone Palace. There's an open event on the Sunday at Devilla in Fife. Details here.
The major British events are also listed here.
here. Includes a night sprint and races of different lengths. The Irish Junior Squad have a tour to this event.
26-28 Spring Cup, Denmark - the start of the Scandinavian season after the winter Details here.
3-4 France. 3 Jours du Sud Ouest at Easter. Details here. Three races plus a sprint in Agen, but no sand dunes this year!
1-2 Tio Mila, a 100 km overnight relay for teams of 10 in Sweden on the May Bank Holiday weekend. Near Skavsta airport (Ryanair). Leg length from 6 to 17 km - not for the faint-hearted! Details here.
22-24 Belgian 3-Day - see here.St Vith is the event centre; uses EMIT electronic punching.
30 - 4 July Greenland. Midnight orienteering in Greenland, anyone? Typically courses from 5 to 20 km, plus two other events Details here.
1-4 EYOC, Soria, Spain. European Youth O-Champs for M/W 16 and 18 classes. Details here. There is no mention on the event web site of open events for spectators.
here. There are five open events in association with JWOC: details here.
5-10 Kainuu orienteering week, Suomussalmi, Finland. Four races over a week. Details here.
9-19 World Mountain Bike Orienteering Champs and Junior MTB WOC, Montalegre, Portugal. Details here.
12-17 FIN5, 5 days competition in SE Finland. Details here.
14-18 Nordvestgaloppen, NW Norway. See here.
13-19 Croatia Open, Delnice. Details here.
19-23 World University O-Champs, Borlange, Sweden. Details here.
23-25 3 Jours de Franche-Compté, Besancon, France, close to WMOC in Switzerland and the weekend before.Details here.
24-30 O-Ringen, Orebro, southern Sweden. The biggest of them all: more than 20,000 runners over 5 days. Close to Vasteras airport (Ryanair). www.oringen.se
24-31 3rd Swiss O-tour. Four contrasting events with a cheese-flavour, leading up to the World Masters. Details here.
31-7 Aug World Masters O-Championships (WMOC), La Chaux-de-Fonds, western Switzerland. Age classes 35 and up - individual entry, you don't have to be selected. Open events associated with WMOC too. Details here.
4-8 Czech 5-Days. Details here.
8-15 World Championships, Trondheim, Norway. Go and support the Irish team and take part in the open events. Open event (WOC O-tour) and WOC details here.
26-29 Transylvanian Open, Romania. 4 days orienteering in beech forests around Cluj. Sprint, Long, Middle and Relay. Details here.
October 4-8 Puglia, southern Italy. A combination of forest and city races.Details here.
13 Venice street-O, Italy. read Sarah Ni Ruairc's account of the 2009 event on 23rd November TIO Blog. Event details here. (Check the date).
www.NAOC2010.com. If you can stick around you could take in the Canadian Championships at Ottawa from August 15-22nd on the way home.
... and finally, something to look forward to in 2011: the JK comes to Northern Ireland at Easter and the Irish Championships are in Leinster a week later. There will be events spanning the days in between to make it an Irish 10-day.