2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the start of Irish orienteering: why not mark the occasion by spreading your wings a bit?
A strong Euro, weak dollar, weak pound, recession: whatever the economic climate, now is the time to start planning or fantasising about your orienteering year. If you have never taken an orienteering trip abroad, it’s something every active orienteer should do at some stage and it may become part of your annual orienteering plan. It will bring you to interesting places, allow you to do something you enjoy and provide enough free time for non-orienteers in the party to do things they enjoy too.
Even if you don’t stray from Irish shores, you can take in multi-day events like the Irish Championships in Donegal or the Shamrock O-Ringen in Killarney. Without travelling too far, you could take in the Jan Kjellstrom in
Every year the excellent CompassSport magazine (http://www.blogger.com/www.compasssport.co.uk) publishes a review of many of the events to feature in the coming twelve months and you are referred to this for a more comprehensive list.
Another good place to look for international orienteering information is the website "World of O".
If you have been to any interesting events abroad that you would recommend, please send in details and I’ll include them.
Now read on …
The Irish Championships on open mountain in south Donegal on May 2-4 at Lough Eske. Closing date (cd) 18/3, 1/4. There is a proposal to run a Northern Ireland Sprint Championships on Friday 1st May, so you could maybe manage 4 days orienteering on the trot. Later that month, the Shamrock O-Ringen is based at Killarney on May 30-June 1 with events at the
If Trail Orienteering is your speciality, the Irish Trail-O 2-Day Championships are listed on the IOA fixtures list as being at Castleward near Strangford, Co. Down on April 25-26, run – of course – by LVO. For information on Trail Orienteering, see here.
The Setanta Rogaine, a 6 and 24 hour score event for pairs, moves back from midsummer to 18th July in Wicklow.
On September 12-13, the NIOA hosts the BOF Junior Inter-Regional Championships which may be tied in with open events for the rest of us: if not, you could offer to help, or at least go along to see some of the future stars in action, while the Senior Home International comes to Fermanagh on October 3-4.
The October Bank Holiday weekend sees the Munster Championships at Ballydavid, in the Glen of Aherlow, Co. Tipperary on the 25th, staged by Cork O and the major events of the year finish with the Connacht Championships on 29th November, venue to be confirmed.
The big events in
April 10 -13: JK in the Northumbrian Hills. Sprint in
2-8; Scottish 6-days, Tayside with event centre at
The major British events for 2009 can be found at www.bof.org.uk:
Jan 24 British Night Championships:
Feb 14-15 Regional Event & Welsh Championships:
Feb 21 Scottish Night Orienteering Championship: Aboyne
Feb 22 National event & Southern Championships & Interland: nr
Feb 28-Mar 1BRITISH ORIENTEERING CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Apr 10-13 JAN KJELLSTROM ORIENTEERING FESTIVAL:
Apr 19 National event & Northern Championships: Ulverston
May 3 British Elite Championships – Long:
May 3 The "Mike Nelson BOKTrot" National event:
May 9 British Elite Sprint Championships:
May 10 British Elite Championships – Middle: Loughborough
May 23 National event & Scottish Championships: Kingussie
Aug 2-8 Scottish 6 Days Regional Events: Tayside
Sep 5-6 Junior Home International: Newborough, Anglesea
Sep 12-13 Junior Inter Regional Championships:
Sep 12 National event: Skipton
Oct 3-4 Senior Home International: Fermanagh area
Nov 14-15 Veterans Home International: Longshaw/Eyam
Dec 13 National event & Midlands Championships:
On July 11-13 there’s a 3-day in the sandy, rocky forests of
The longest running and best attended multi-day events tend to be in
The 61st Jukola overnight 7-person relay in
On July 18-24, the O-Ringen (Swedish 5-Day) is based at Eksjo in Smaland, southern Sweden.
The week before, you could squeeze in the Finnish 5-Day at Hameenlinna (July 12-17), not too far from Ryanair's Tampere.
This is a busy year in
Mid-November attracts hundreds of orienteers to a street-O in
Some of the most memorable events I have run in have been in
2-8: Swiss O-week, Muotatal, south of
At the end of May there’s a 3-Day at
If you want warmer weather, try the 23 - 30: Portugal O summer 6 day in July, Cantanhede,
August 11 -16: The 5 Days of
August - 9:
You might like to tie this in with the World Orienteering Championships at
August : 2008 Canadian Orienteering Championships in
April 10-13: Australian 3 days.
In September the World Masters O Champs 2009 is at
The World Mountain BikeO-Championships are at Belt
One of the most unusual events this year will be the Istanbul 5-Day on November 4-8. It includes a night sprint event in the Grand Bazaar, with a map on two levels: green control circles on the upper floor, red on the ground floor! Last year the 5th event had more than 600 runners.
After that, you're on your own! Good luck with your plans and please write about it for TIO when you come home.
Please send any recommendations of events to firstname.lastname@example.org
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