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Friday, November 29, 2013

Last Short course series event

The last Autumn short course series event takes place on December 8th at Kilkenny Castle. We will use the side entrance on Castle road. Please note that Registration will take place outside the grounds.
Current league standings can be found to the left of this blog under results.

On the Long course, it is a straight shoot out between the Pims. Andrew currently leads the way with 4816 points from best 4 events, followed by Jonathan Pim  (4725), Robert Pim (4687) and Nigel Pim (4324)  . Ian McHardy has 3741 points but needs to complete one more event. Brid Casey has the Ladies section sown up.
The Medium course is more variable as people switch between course lengths. Currently, Sue Pim leads with3267 points from 3 events. Liisa Honkasaari (2899), Jeni Pim (2615) and Frank Fogarty (2523)  have only 2 events completed so all to play for.

Jordan Pim (5783 points) has already won the Short course but who will be second? It is battle between Finlay McHardy (2817), Emma Pim (2778) and Aislinn Callery (2295)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Kilkenny Castle Permanent course launch

The grounds of Kilkenny Castle will be the venue on December 8th when a new permanent orienteering course will be launched by kind permission of the OPW.
The map has been surveyed by Pat Healy at 1;5,000.
The official launch by the Mayor will take place at 12 and will be followed by the final autumn short series race organised by WATO. 4 courses will be on offer: Long course 5.3 km and 25 controls; Medium course 4.0 km and 20 controls; Short course 2.6 km and 18 controls; and an additional Short/tracks only, for those with reduced mobility, which will be 1.7 km and 11 controls. All are welcome, young or old to come and try out this inclusive sporting activity. Anyone who is bringing a group should contact to ensure there are enough maps. Maps will be printed by Print 5.
Only a 10 minute walk from the rail station and close to MacDonagh junction shopping centre, combine shopping with your day out. Parking on the Castle road side of the grounds.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Overwhelmed at JFK

Not the assassin's bullet (that was November 22nd, 1963) but over 400 assorted beavers, cubs and scouts from all over County Wexford who descended on the Kennedy Arboretum where the  ancestors of the former President of the USA came from.
A range of courses were on offer. Control 201 which was the first one on the long course proved particularly confusing for many who punched 204 instead by the pond. Apologies to those who had to wait for si cards as we had not expected such a huge turnout. Results are posted on the left side of this blog.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Short course race 5 at Kilbarry

Results for the short course race 5 at Kilbarry are now posted. I have tidied up the results section on the blog so that you can see league results for last 5 years alongside recent race results.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Short O league

The current standings of the short course series after 4 events can be found here. Best 4 of 7 to count.
The recent sprint race results for Carriganore have been updated due to errors in control times. Only minor changes.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Autumn review

The next short course event will be held at at Kilbarry Amenity park on Sunday 10th November with starts from 11 to 12.30.Parking and registration from the RSC side/football stand side NOT Kingfisher as there is not enough parking the
The event down for November 24th at Tower Hill has been changed for a variety of reasons, to facilitate Wexford scouts and to avoid issues with Coillte licences until after they are sorted by the IOA. There will instead be an event at Kennedy Park on November 17th with start times between 12 and 1.30. There will also be an event at Kilkenny Castle on a new map on December 8th.

A one-day Controllers Course is being held on Saturday 16 November in Newbridge, Kildare, and will run from 9.30am to 5.00pm. It is being led by Graham Nilsen who was the author of the British Orienteering Course Planning book that was first published in 1995 and updated in 2006. Graham was Controller for Day 3 of JK 2011 at Slieve Croob, and was the leader of the IOA Planning Workshop in 2012. If anyone is interested, contact Aine Joyce in the IOA.

We are hosting a First Aid course run by Denise Kelly on 11th and 12th November at Pims Business centre from 6.30 to 9.30 each evening. If you are interested, I must have confirmation by Friday at the latest to 0872229677.
Congratulations to Wato members who competed at the Connacht Championships at Newcastle Demesne, Ballymahon, County Longford.
M16: Robert Pim 1st, Jonathan Pim 2nd; M45 Andrew Pim 2nd; M55 Andrew Cox 2nd; W21s Laura Cox 2nd; W45 Liisa Honkasaari 1st
Also at the Munster Championships held at Toureen wood, County Tipperary
M16 Conall Whelan 3rd; M40 Ian McHardy 3rd; W10 Aislinn Callery 2nd; w45 Liisa Honkasaari 2nd; W21N Brigid Coffey 2nd