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Friday, December 21, 2012

Final event of 2012

The final event of 2012 took place at Tower Hill on Sunday 9th December. The results from SE league 7 are posted on this blog and the IOA website.
Huge thanks to Norman and Elizabeth who checked the map for changes before the event. Without this I could not have run the event due to other commitments.
one of our newest and youngest members
Thanks to Jana for doing upload and download.
not one of our youngest members....!
Thanks to Jeni for providing ginger bread men for finishers.
one of our tastiest competitors on the day

Current standings in the SE League at the half way point can be found here, excluding Castlemorris which will be added later.

Happy Christmas and see you in the New Year.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Tower Hill event

the 7th round of the SE league takes place at Tower Hill, Portlaw on Sunday 9th December with starts between 11 and 12.30. Signposts from the village of Portlaw.
Results from Castlemorris posted to the left side of this blog.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

End of Halloween holiday events

At the end of Halloween, we welcome the Irish Junior Squad to Waterford for training.
On Friday 2nd November, Tramore sand dunes will be the venue at 1.00. Any club members aged 12 to 18 who can get around at least a light green course on their own are welcome to join the squad if they notify Andrew Cox before then.
On Saturday 3rd November, the squad will do relay training at Woodstock, Inistioge from 11 to 1. The courses will be open at 1.00 for those who would like to do a sprint/short course run. there will be a 4km run for adults and 2.5 for younger club members.
On Sunday 4th November, round 5 of the SE league will take place at Brandon Hill, Graiguenamanagh with a range of colour coded courses from yellow to Brown on the day. Usual start times from 11 to 1.

Halloween update

A big thank you to Norman Storey, Thomas Keegan and Hugh Dobbs who organised the recent SE league event at Jenkinstown wood, Co Kilkenny. Full results are posted here.

We look forward to hearing the latest on Night Orienteering from Jeni and Nigel who competed in an event in Disneyland Paris recently.

Congratulations to Robert Pim who represented club and country at the recent Junior Home Internationals in England.

The third basic instructors course took place in Mulcahy Park in are some pix

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Award for Neil Dobbs

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Neil Dobbs (HVO)

For the past 18 months, Neil Dobbs has been a key member of HVO’s somewhat-stretched volunteer corps. Neil’s work visa will expire shortly, and he must return to his native Ireland. However, during a relatively short period, Neil has accomplished much -- all on a completely voluntary basis.
He was Course Setter for the 2011 Team Trials -- Neil was much more than the course setter for the Sprint, Middle and Long Distance races, by which the Team representing the USA at the World Orienteering Championships was selected. When the proposed Sprint venue backed out, Neil was instrumental in not only finding a replacement in Purchase College of the State University of New York (SUNY), but in negotiating its use and overseeing the fast-track production of a new ISSOM-standard map. Besides the Team Trials courses – Red and Blue, which were OUSA-sanctioned races – Neil also designed a complete set of spectator/recreational courses (White through Green) for each day.
He has organized courses designed to involve new people with the sport, and was the “savior” of the 2012 Northeast Junior Training Camp when the planned housing suddenly was not available. Many, many other things were instituted by Neil and he was exceedingly valuable to the club while he was here in the U.S.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Tramore results

The 3rd Southeast league event took place on Sunday 23rd in Tramore as part of the Surf and Sea festival. Thanks to Andrew and Liisa for organising the event and to Nigel and Robert for help with download. Cleaning up the contours was worth the effort.

The first of the schools training events took place at Woodstock on 17th September. Thanks to Hugh, Laura and Kim for their help on the day. Results and pictures are posted on the IOSG blog.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Greenane results

Thank you to Laura Cox for her work on computer upload and download. Full results from the SE league 2 are posted here. For those on the red course: following linear features = handrailing Even if it were pitch dark, you would be able to easily negotiate a winding staircase if you just put your hand on the handrail and followed where it led. Handrails in orienteering are features that are you can follow just as easily. Trails and roads are the most obvious, but you can follow fences, streams, ditches, the edges of fields, and other long, narrow features just as easily. Following a “handrail” takes much less concentration than following a compass bearing. In the case of Greenane, the planner sought to use the edge of the forest as the handrail on the red course.

Monday, September 3, 2012

SE league 2

The next event will take place at Greenane (Colligan wood) near Dungarvan on Sunday 9th September. Start times from 11 until 1.
Blue course 6.7 km, 190 m climb, 19 controls
Green course 5.3 km, 180m climb, 20 controls
Light green 4.1 km, 140m climb, 18 controls
Red course 3.2 km, 120m climb, 19 controls
Yellow course 1.7 km, 70m climb, 6 controls
Some comments I came across in the St Kierans College yearbook:
On our geography trip we went to Inistioge to a place called Woodstock House and Gardens. In my opinion it was one of the best days of First Year. We went to Woodstock to go orienteering, we had to follow a map and locate sixteen flags. We were all divided into different groups and had to compete against each other as well as all the other schools. There were schools there from all over Leinster and Munster. It was a great way of revising our map work because you had to read the map properly to find the flags

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Instructors course

4 of our club members took part in an Instructors course run by the IOA at the RSC and the nearby Kilbarry Amenity park. These are some pictures of the the training sessions.
Another course will be run at the RSC on September 10th and 17th. Anybody interested please contact me for more details.
Members of Oceanic Manoeuvres in Tramore also took part and completed a training session  in rather sunnier weather.

JFK results

 Results for today's event at Kennedy park are posted. Well done to all the first timers, the old timers and all the rest. Thanks to Jana and Angela for their help on registration and download.
Apologies to anyone who was put out by control 212 on the end of a thicket near a pond, it was put out by 50 metres. As it did not affect punters too much, we have left it in the results.
Thank you to the Arboretum for pulling my car out of the mud on Saturday and for hosting us.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

JFK on Sunday 26th, Heritage week

If you are doing nothing on Sunday 26th, come and join us for the end of Heritage week when Waterford Orienteers host a Come and Try it event plus our first SE league event at Kennedy park.
Start times from 11 to 1.30. Follow orienteering signs from the entrance of the park. The park is signposted from New Ross. Family friendly. Cafe will be open (please support), plenty of parking space. There is a craft fair and an exhibition of wood turning at the park on this day as well. We might even organise some sun!

Courses on offer:
Blue 7.5 km, 22 controls
Green 5.5 km, 18 controls
Light green 4.4 km, 15 controls
Red 3.4 km, 16 controls
Yellow 2.9 km, 12 controls
Sport ident will be used.
Just let me know if you are bringing a group so I cna ensure there are enough maps printed.
Free to first timers.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Training event this evening

Following on from an earlier email notification, there will be a training event at Kilbarry amenity park this evening (Thursday 12th July) from 6 to 7. Entrance is off the Tramore road at the Kingfisher club.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Opening of Kilbarry Amenity site

Thanks to those who helped at the opening of the Kilbarry Amenity site when we were asked to provide some orienteering. The President opened the amenity park in all his finery. Thanks to Laura and Norman for the pix.