Sunday 30 August 2009
Since the last instalment, we've had lots of high quality orienteering and some excellent results. Over the summer Irish teams have run at the European Youth Championships in Serbia, the Junior World Championships in Italy, and the World Championships (& Trail-O Championships) in Hungary. We've also had runners in the big summer races like the Swedish 5-Day and the Scottish 6-Day. At home we had the Setanta Rogaine and the Shamrock O-Ringen.
The autumn kicks off at home with some great events like the Northern Ireland Championships on the Cavan/Fermanagh border (details here), and lots of local events such as Fingal's scatter series. The NIOA are hosting both the Senior Home International (at the NI Champs at the beginning of October) and the BOF Inter-regional competition for more than 200 juniors from all the British O-Federation regions on September 12-13. For fans of mountain marathons, the Mournes MM is on September 19-20th: details here.
Highlights of the summer must include Ruth Lynam's performance at the Scottish 6-Day, winning 6 days on the trot in a very competitive W55 class. Other podium places in Scotland went to Aine McCann (3rd W16A), Niamh Corbett (3rd W14A), Ruth's son Ruairí Short (3rd M20L), Nuala Callery (2nd W35S), and James Logue (1st M40L). Full results, routes etc can be found here.
I hope to have reports on several of these races soon ... I know that the WOC reports are in preparation. A report on the washed-out Swiss O-Week would be interesting too ...
Results and information on these events can be found using the following links, and there is more to see on the Junior Team blog here and Senior Team blog here.