|Lakeland fells near Hawkshead|
Earlier in the year at the JHIs all the Irish M and W 16s received an invite from Tony Carlisle, an English orienteer who works with juniors, to go to the annual M and W 16 training camp at Hawkshead in the Lakes District of England.
|Hawkshead Youth Hostel|
|Great Tower - typical lakeland terrain|
I was second leg and had no idea what was happening as all we could see were lights as people ran here, there and everywhere looking for their controls. Jonny came back quickly and passed over to me. The map was covered with controls (35 controls over 1.5 km!) and covered several different types of terrain including forest and open. I had a great time searching for my controls in the dark (although my head torch wasn’t the best!) and achieved my fastest leg time ever- 1 second!
IOA Technical Officer Harold White and Mapping Officer Brian Power hosted a meeting to look at event organisation and the current state of mapping in Ireland. The meeting was at the Red Cow hotel in Dublin on 1st December and representatives from 10 clubs turned up.
The morning was devoted largely to the roles of the organiser, planner and controller, emphasising that the role of the organiser is a key one for any event. Marcus Geoghegan looked at lessons learned from some major events run in Ireland in the past two years, including the 2011 JK, the Irish Championships and the Leinster Championships. Fingal's Ian Murphy gave a quick tour of social media for sports promotion (that's facebook, Twitter and so on), and IOA Communications Officer gave us a preview of some of his short "10 Elements of Orienteering" videos.
In the afternoon, mapping was the issue, with Brian Power and Pat Healy holding the floor. Technology has moved on in recent years with base maps produced from LIDAR plots ( Light direction and ranging) which Pat demonstrated, showing detailed contour and vegetation information. Hand-held GPS and tablet computers allow the map to be made there and then in the field, rather than dealing with soggy notes and drafting film. Pat used the new map of Mullaghmeen to illustrate some of his points: the next event there should be something to look forward to as it's a lovely forest but the contours always left something to be desired, particularly in the flatter, more complex parts. Geo-referencing is another topic, where the orienteering map can be placed precisely on the GPS data so that everything is exactly where it should be.
The day finished up with Martin Flynn, computer suprem-O, dealing with a lot if issues which could bedevil users of SportIdent equipment and other orienteering software and hardware. Martin, the man behind the Ór software lots of Irish clubs use, had a lot of practical advice like make sure the time is right on the SI units and that their memory is cleared before an event, and recommended that the start boxes be downloaded after the start closes to verify who actually started and when.
All in all, a very well run, information-packed and worthwhile day.
Shamrock O-Ringen entries open
The event centre will again be at Killarney racecourse and the competitions will be at the Black Lakes (now hosting a wind farm) and the nearby Crohane Mountain (scene of a1998 World Cup race), between Glenflesk and Kilgarvan.
The Shamrock attracts a small but dedicated following, with many orienteers from Britain and Europe returning time after time for the unique terrain, relaxed atmosphere and hospitality for which the event is justly famous. The format is a middle distance race on the Saturday, classic distance on the Sunday and a chasing start (based on your times for the first two days) on the Monday, so the first across the line is the winner.
The event web site is here and online entries are being taken via Fabian 4 here.
Scottish 6-Day 2013
You can get details of the event here and watch a short promotional you-tube video for the event here - it looks good!
Leinster League Prizegiving
Prize giving for the Leinster Autumn League will take place at the function room in the Basecamp shop in middle Abbey Street Wednesday Evening, Dec 19th, starting at 7.00 pm.
Finn Van Gelderen is also going to show some of his recent footage, hopefully including some of Thierry Georgiou at Carlingford. All are welcome to come along.
The prize winners are as follows
Brown 1st Colm Moran, 2nd Conor Short, 3rd Angus Tyner
Blue (M45+) 1st Marcus Geoghegan, 2nd Phillip Brennan, 3rd Stephen Doorly
1st F Hazel Thompson
Green (M55+,W45+,M16-,W18-) 1st Jean O'Neill, 2nd David Dare
1st F Eileen Walsh, 2nd F Catherine King
Light Green (M65+,W55+,M14-,W16-)
1st Dara O'Cleirigh, 2nd Michael Butler
1st F Zoe Tyner
Orange 1st Sophie Walsh
Yellow 1st Oisin Wickham, 2nd Matthew Walsh, 3rd Ben Lawless
1st F Rachel Walsh, 2nd F Katya Gatova
Venice on Video: If you read the brief report on the washed-out Venice street event in the last TIO (or even if you didn't!) , you might be interested in this 40 mins+ head-cam recording of the M18 race here.
Spring treats: As well as the Dublin by Night series starting on Saturday January 12th, there is another series of events to look forward to in the New Year: The Junior Squad are running four urban sprint races on University campuses to help raise money for their travels. The events will be in Dublin at UCD (16th February), DCU (23rd February), Trinity College (2nd March) and in Cork at UCC (23rd March).
EYOC withdrawn from Israel: The European Working Group in Orienteering has decided to withdraw the 2013 European Youth Championships from Israel because of the deteriorating security situation there. They recently announced their decision and will offer the event to the three unsuccessful applicants, Poland, Hungary and Romania. This presumably means that the event will move back to its usual summer slot instead of the end of October in Israel. The latest news, however, is that Israel have appealed the decision and the IOF are now seeking views from member countries as to whether they would send a team to Israel if the event was located there.
DBN2013: Most of the venues for the "Dublin by Night" night orienteering events has been announced. The events are all on Saturday nights, starting with Three Rock Wood on January 12th, then Carrickgollogan on January 19th, Cronykeery (near Ashford) on January 26th, Killiney Hill on February 2nd and an area to be announced on February 9th (run by CNOC so maybe the Curragh?). OK, so two of them aren't going to be in Dublin, but who cares? There will be two courses each night, but for insurance reasons the events are only open to M/W16 and above. Night-O is great fun and makes even quite small or unexciting areas usable. Details of the events will be on the IOA web site.
Night-O fans might also like to note the Northern Ireland Night Championships on Saturday 23rd February at Florencecourt, Co. Fermanagh (following the NI Score Championships).
NWOC are 40: Limavady-based North West Orienteering Club are celebrating their 40th birthday with an event on December 29th at the Roe Valley Country Park near their home town. The club was a major force in Irish orienteering back in the 80's, producing multiple Irish Championship medallists (like Peter James, James Logue and Steven Linton) and multiple Irish Relay Champs wins under the stewardship of Noel Bogle and others. Based at Limavady Grammar School, their minibus was to be seen the length and breadth of Ireland and further afield, sleeping in scout dens and school halls from Howth to Dunblane. See how many faces you can recognise from the rogues gallery on the NWOC web site here. One young whippersnapper called Allan Bogle has recently been seen in the area again ...
December "Inside Orienteering" available here. Inside Orienteering is the International O-Federations newsletter.
Happy Christmas everyone! Follow the "Route to Christmas" on the World of O here: put in your chosen route and compare it with the real ones and everyone else's chosen routes.
Thanks to everyone who wrote for TIO during the year and who allowed me to borrow from them. Look forward to a good orienteering year in 2013 with lots of events of different types to temp you - the annual preview of tempting orienteering in Ireland and abroad will be published here soon.