Monday 28 July 2008
Niamh O'Boyle started strongly for Ireland coming in ahead of Denmark, Portugal and Canada to hand over to Ciara Largey in 23rd. Ciara ran creditably but was passed by the stronger Danish team. Ailbhe Creedon anchored the team with a steady run keeping the team in 24th place, behind Canada but now ahead of the Japanese. Good work, girls!
Worth noting is the incredible 7th place of the Chinese women's team. They have extremely fast runners and the entire team has been training intensively in Czech terrain over the past two months and it paid off.
The Men's race was almost unreal. François Gonon (FRA) came back in the lead after the first leg to tag Damien Renard. The pecking order was only really established after the second leg though. Jon Duncan (GBR) taking over from Graham Gristwood came back with a 24 second lead over the French setting up a titanic battle between Jamie Stevenson and Thierry Gueorgiou. Behind them, Valentin Novikov (RUS) and Daniel Hubmann (SUI) were hot on their heels. Sixteen minutes in, Gueorgiou caught Stevenson and managed to get a clear lead. France now seemed unbeatable and about to claim their first Gold in relay. But... "les dieux en avaient décidé autrement", as the French put it. On the way to the 7th control Thierry swallowed a bee which stung him on the inside of the throat. He struggled on for a while but had to bail out. On reaching the finish area he collapsed, barely able to breathe. A helicopter duly arrived to take him to hospital where the word was that he was on the way to recovery.
This freakish accident left the way open for Jamie Stevenson to claim a historic Gold for the British team, despite Novikov's fastest time on the third leg which gave Russia silver. Switzerland took third, Czech Rep 4th and Latvia 5th, relegating the Nordic nations of Finland, Norway and Sweden to 6th, 7th and 8th respectively.
Andrew Quin ran first leg for the Irish. A mistake on the 8th control and some problems with dehydration hurt his race. Patrick Higgins ran better, passing Turkey, but not enough to bring us within striking distance of the teams further ahead. I anchored, and had an uneventful race, leaving us in 32nd place ahead of South Africa with three teams disqualified. For the men's team it was a disappointing end to the week as we are capable of beating several of the teams ahead of us if we run to our potential.
Some photos of the Irish team and result summaries are available at
Full results including split times at:
More photos are to be found at
Andrew and Patrick went on to Sweden with Andrew running O-ringen and Patrick the World Cup races. Patrick, Ciara and Niamh will be running the World Student Championships in Estonia and I'm going to the 6 days in France. We are all looking forward to a solid year of training and moving up the rankings.
Bring on Hungary 2009!
Friday 11 July 2008
Despite the weather, there is lots of orienteering going on this summer. First and foremost is the World Championships,now an annual event, in the Czech Republic. The event starts on 12th July and the Irish team is
Andrew Quin (3ROC)
Neil Dobbs (WATO)
Patrick Higgins (LVO)
Ailbhe Creedon (CorkO)
Niamh O'Boyle (CNOC)
Ciara Largey (QUBOC)
Trail-O: Alan Gartside (LVO) and Wilbert Hollinger (LVO).
You can follow their progress each day on line here.
The programme is
| WOC 2008 Events
|Sat 12 July 2008
Model start procedure, punching system, time keeping, refreshments
|Sun 13 July 2008
| Sprint distance qualification
|Mon 14 July 2008
| all day
| Model long distance qualification
|Tue 15 July 2008
| Long distance qualification
| Wed 16 July 2008
| all day
| Model middle distance
| IOF/VIP/media race
| Thu 17 July 2008
| Middle distance qualification
| Middle distance final
|Fri 18 July 2008
| all day
Model long distance final and relay
|Sat 19 July 2008
Long distance final
|Sun 20 July 2008
| Closing ceremony
If you are going orienteering,why not write about is for us? There's a Junior Tour to the Swedish 5-Day, there's the World Masters in Portugal, Junior World Champs, the Setanta Rogaine, the Welsh 6-Day, the World University Champs ...
CorkO's Fiona Barrett 3rd in L'Etape du Tour
John Scannell, Chairman of CorkO, writes "On behalf of CorkO I would like to congratulate club member Fiona Barrett on her super performance in the L'Etape du Tour. This is an event with nearly 7,500 cyclists competing on one of the actual stage routes of the Tour De France. This year's stage was the 165km route from Pau to Hautacam with two infamous category one climbs the - the 23km with 7.5% gradient Col du Tourmalet and the 15km with 7.2% gradient Hautacam. With inclement weather conditions, Fiona finished in 3rd place in the ladies category which is indeed a superb performance.
Our congratulation go out to you Fiona!"
Fiona finished the 165 km course in poor weather conditions in a race time of 7 hours 8 minutes 44 seconds, less than 3 minutes off 2nd place. The 16th Mondovelo Etape du Tour was on Sunday 6th July. For details see here.