Looking at the messages in the Irish orienteering e-group and elsewhere on the IOA web site, there are some interesting plans and ideas out there. David Healy is trying to put together a team for the 100 km overnight relay, the Tio Mila, in Sweden at the beginning of May; the Irish Juniors are on tour next week to the Portugal O-Meet; Marcus Geoghegan has scored people running in the Saturday night/Sunday morning races in Dublin; the JK closing date is approaching; the Leinster Championships date has been confirmed for 9th May at Carlingford (online entries opening soon); there's a downhill race at Trooperstown, Co. Wicklow on 21st February; the Irish and Northern Irish Trail Orienteering Championships have been announced for the 17th/18th April, the week before the Irish Championships; the Northern Ireland Championships departs from its usual September slot and will be on Saturday 19th June. There is also a range of both Primary and Secondary schools events and Championships in the spring - details on the IOA web site.
Elsewhere, the Welsh Championships will be on over two days on 6th/7th March near Aberystwyth, closing date 20th February: reasonably accessible from Holyhead or Pembroke. Details here.
Browsing idly around the internet, I came up with a couple of things which might amuse you: one was a description of the prizes at the 2009 Polish Orienteering Championships - you won't believe it! read about them here; another was the Ultimate String Course in the USA where World Champion Daniel Hubmann (Switzerland) took on all comers in this gruelling discipline and came in to win in a time of 49 seconds at his 5th attempt! Read about it here.
this is what the paper had to say ...
To prove that TIO has a wide focus and to broaden your cultural horizons, here's an orienteering Limerick in Norwegian - don't ask what it means, but it's about ski-O:
Fikk orientering og ski til å gli,
Fem sekunder totalt,
Det er slett ikke galt,
Hun kan si "det driter jeg i".
Note: The award is for Thierry Gueorgiou, not his countryman Thierry Henry!