GEN, FIN, NWOC and LVO take Trophies at JKFingal's Jean O'Neill took joint first place with multiple champion Carol McNeill in the W65 Sprint race at the JK on Good Friday, while the Great Eastern Navigators team of Laurence Quinn, Jonathan Quinn and Aoife McCavana (not Eadaoin as I had said - her time will come!) snatched the prize in the Mixed Ad Hoc class, the biggest class in the Jan Kjellstrom Relay race at Newtyle Hill near Dunkeld in Scotland on Easter Monday, following in the footsteps of the Irish Junior Squad team who won in 2008. Meanwhile, in the more cerebral Trail Orienteering competition, Declan McGrellis (LVO) followed up his runs in the conventional orienteering with a clear win over the two days of the JK Trail-O event.
2400 orienteers from around the world, though mainly from Britain, came together in Scotland for four days of varied orienteering. Starting on Good Friday with an urban sprint race (winning times of sub-15 minutes) at Livingston, near Edinburgh, the competition moved to more conventional areas for Saturday (Dunalastair, near Loch Tummel), Sunday (Craig a Barns, across the road from Birnam Wood near Dunkeld) and Monday (Newtyle, also near Dunkeld).
|Livingston, I presume?|
Dunalastair, west of Loch Tummel, is a mixture of coniferous forest, mixed semi-open birch forest, heathery bog and marsh - good quality Scottish terrain with scarcely a path to be seen, but limited a bit by fence crossings. Some dubious mapping of vegetation near the start unnerved a number of the runners and reduced their confidence in the map. Conditions were cool and breezy but the showers stayed away for most of the day. Snow on the surrounding hills, particularly Schiehallion (where Astronomer Royal Dr Nevil Maskelyne performed experiments in 1774 to establish the density of the earth and where contours were first used to show points of the same height) didn't interfere with the running. Read the Nopesport account here. See Wendy Carlyle's photos here.
|M21E Craig a Barns|
Best Irish overall performances were from James Logue, 1st M40L, Steven Linton, 3rd M45L, Aonghus O'Cléirigh, 3rd M50L, Ruth Lynam (CNOC) 4th W55L, Jean O'Neill, 4th W65L, Frank Martindale, 5th M75L, John Feehan (BVOC) 6th M40L, Conor Short (CNOC) 7th M20E, Harry Millar (LVO) 8th M18L, Áine McCann (LVO) 8th W20E,
Irish Champions Marcus Pinker (CorkO) and Ciara Largey (FermO) were our best M21E and W21E, finishing in 15th and 17th places, respectively. Wilbert Hollinger (LVO) was 1st M60S, Liam Convery (3ROC) 1st M75S, Helen Baxter (LVO) 1st W55S, 3ROC's Máire Convery and Julie Cleary finished 3rd and 4th in W45S, only 48 seconds apart over the two days, while their clubmate Nora Lee was 3rd W50S. Read Nopesport here. See Wendy's photos here.
|JK Relays, Newtyle Hill|
How did JK 2012 compare with JK2011 in Northern Ireland? I'm biased, of course, but - while the Scottish terrain and the event as a whole were excellent, I don't think the organisation was as polished as at JK2011: the A3 sheet serving as a programme was maybe a bit light on information, I saw no evidence of JK T-shirts or merchandise on sale, there was no Wilfs Café (imagine!) ... but these are small criticisms.
All the results and Routegadget are on the JK 2012 web site here.
The 2013 JK will be in the Chiltern Hills, west of London, from 29th March to 1st April, with a sprint (location to be confirmed), individuals at Hambleden and at Cold Ash and Relays at Hambleden.
Individual JK winnersM21E Scott Fraser (INT)
M20E Peter Bray (SN)
M18E Aidan Smith (SYO)
W21E Claire Ward (ESOC)
W20E Charlotte Watson (WCOC)
W18E Lucy Butt (SARUM)
Relay winnersJK Trophy, Interlopers Team Compasspoint 1
Murray Strain/Oleg Chepelin/Scott Fraser
Women’s Trophy, EUOC Ladies 1
Catherine Taylor/Hollie Orr/Rebecca Harding
Juniors Train in Scotland
Irish 3-Day entry reminder
Numbers for this event should be good as I suspect that many people who opted to give the Irish Championships a miss this year will travel to Galway instead. On the other hand, there are two attractive events in the UK the same weekend, particularly nine days in Scotland for anyone bitten by the Scottish orienteering bug at the JK, including the World Trail-O Championships on the forested dunes of Tentsmuir. Details of WTOC are here. Details of the Scottish Jubilee Five weekend (11 events in 9 days) are here. These races, including the Scottish Chmpionships, will be used for Irish World Championships team selection.
European Champs Team Announced
Men: Nicolas Simonin (Bishopstown), David Healy (GEN), Hugh Cashell (CNOC), Gerard Butler (3ROC)
Women: Niamh O'Boyle (CNOC), Rosalind Hussey (FermO), Ciara Largey (FermO).
Good luck to the team!
You can follow the team on the EOC website here.
Old Systems Die Hard
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25 Years AgoWINNERS IN B CLASSES AT CHAMPIONSHIPS The IOA Executive recommend that those in the first three placings in
M21B/W21B at National and Provincial Championships be ineligible to run in that class at those events the following year. They may compete in B class at all Championships in the one year ... SENIOR HOME INTERNATIONAL 1986: A grant of £12 has been given to each team member ... SUSPENSION REDUCED The Executive consider that the Leinster Technical Officer's suspension of Eoin Rothery from Grade I controlling for two years is too long. This penalty has now been reduced to one year ... AIDS and ORIENTEERING: ARE WE AT RISK?
"There is a cloud on the horizon. It is only a small cloud at present and it is a long way off. but it will get bigger and it could come our way. It is called AIDS." Should we as orienteers be concerned about this killer disease, asks BRIAN PARKER of Devon OC? ... Swedes fail to Turn Up ... Intervarsities in atrocious weather in Galway: Mens open: UCCO 1st, DUO 2nd. UCDO 3rd; Womens open: DUO (no other teams managed to finish) ... Interprovincial results, held at Union Wood, Sligo on March 1st: Leinster 266 points, Munster 178 points, Ulster 163 points, Connacht 52 points.
(Snippets from The Irish Orienteer No. 28, March-April 1987).
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