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Sunday, November 30, 2014

SE short course league final standings.

After 5 short course events, the league placings are now calculated here
Conal Whelan pipped John Casey on the long course by just 1 point. Robert Pim edged out uncle Andrew, Agris Kramnis and Tom Callery by small margins. Brid Casey was the best female finisher.
Medium results are awaiting correction as Liisa has two variations on her name spelling.
Aislinn Callery won the short course ahead of Finlay McHardy and the Casey duo of Liam and Eimear.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

First urban sprint race in Ireland?

Waterford Viking Quarter was the venue for a close fought urban race. The Beach Tower on the old Norman walls was the start, the course took in both Cathedrals, Reginald's Tower, the Adephi Qauy, the People's park, the Bishop's Palace and finished in John Robert's Square.
A huge thanks to everyone who made this event possible@ the City Council; St Patrick's Gateway centre (who allowed us use their hall for registration and download, and supplied stewards for the road crossings);  Wato club members (especially Andrew Pim chief logistics organiser on the day and Elizabeth Storey on registration); and DUO members (who looked after download and all computer matters on both days, and supplied loads of pix). Click here to see more pictures.
The long course was won by Conor Short (DUO) who pipped 4 runners from UCD. Robert Pim was the best Wato runner, just 5 minutes behind the winner. Ciaran Kearns from Fingal won the Medium course from Niamh Corbett (UCDO) and Eadoin McKavanagh (GEN). There was local interest in the short course with Jana Cox and Laoise Doyle both in the top 4 places.

Unique event at the Castlecomer quarries

October 26th was a unique event in the IOA calendar as Wato hosted the first ever combined Munster and Leinster league event. 185 competitors navigated the intricate contours of the Castlecomer brick quarry by kind permission of Errol Delaney.
On the brown course, Aonghus O'Clerigh from Ajax continued to show the youngsters who is boss with a fine win. He was followed home by Cillin Corbett (UCD) and Angus Tyner (Setanta). Gints Plaudis from Wato was a credible 4th.

John Casey (Wato) won the blue course with Richard Latimer (BOC) 2nd and Roisin Long (UCD) 3rd.
Niamh Corbett (UCD) won Green course from Aoife McCavanagh (GEN) and Regina Kelly (DUO).
There was another Wato winner as Brid Casey beat off the challenge of Aaron Prohaska from Austria and Tim Ryan (DUO) on the light green course.
The red course was dominated by Queens University with Denise O'Connor the best Wato runner in 5th place.
The orange course was won easily by Vaiva Redmond from Kilkenny. Full results on the IOA website here.
A huge thanks to all Wato members for their help on the day. Special thanks to Norman Storey who organised the parking and the signs. Thanks also to Pat Healy who controlled the event, mapped the area and took these photos. More pictures here.

Cub scouts invade Cariganore

The 4th round of the SE short course league took place at the WIT sports campus at Carriganore, Waterford. Almost 250 participated in a day of variable weather. The morning was beautifully sunny but from 12.30 until 2 there were torrential wintry downpours. It was so heavy that some abandoned half way round their course. I don't blame them.
A huge thanks to Norman and Elizabeth, Nigel, Jeni and Jordan, and Angela who all helped order the chaos of so many scouts, cubs and beavers in a short space of time.
The results are posted on the IOA website here.
Andrew Pim pipped his nephew Robert on the long course. Jordan Pim won the medium course ahead of Paloma Balado from Newtown, Denise O'Connor from St Pauls and Molly O'Shea from Newtown. Aislinn Callery had 15 seconds to spare over Zane Kramina (CorkO) on the short course.
Nigel and Norman giving instruction at the start

Before the storm

Apres le Deluge

Pressure at the start

Friday, October 31, 2014

Carriganore event

Waterford Orienteering club will host the next round of the SE short course orienteering series at Carriganore, WIT in Waterford City on Sunday 9th November. Grid reference S 559 116.
Start times from 11 to 1. Please let me know well in advance if you are bringing a group.
There will be extra maps on the day but participants are encouraged to register online. Here is the link to Google Docs
There is no pre payment and there is no worry if you cannot make it on the day. It just helps with planning numbers of maps.

Huge numbers participated at the Deise Days weekend.
Over 185 competed at Castlecomer Discovery Park with the newly mapped quarry section proving a big hit. Thank you to: Norman Storey who organised the parking with the able assistance of Linda; to Elizabeth and Angela for manning registration; Laura who looked after download; Pat Healy Controller; POC, Nigel and Andrew P on starts.

The Waterford Viking 1100 urban sprint race attracted 130 enthusiastic runners and walkers. Thanks to all those who manned the mandatory crossings including Jerry, Hugh and Alan; to Andrew as chief organiser on the day; Angela, Liisa, Jeni and Liz on the start; Laura and Jana on the computer; Elizabeth on registration. Apologies to anyone I forgot.
A fuller report of the weekend and pictures will be found on the blog shortly.
Huge thanks to John and Ian for organising the nightO at Tramore on saturday and to Jeni, Jeni's mum and dad and Nigel for all their catering efforts over the full weekend for the Junior squad and hangers on.
Thanks to Daniel, Julien, Pat H for their camerawork and to Laura for putting them all together. Click here for the link.

Monday, September 15, 2014

SE league event postponed

Please note that the SE league event proposed for October 5th at the Towers in Lismore is postponed until a later date. This is due to the clash with the Northern Ireland championships weekend on November 4th and the forthcoming Deise Days weekend planning and mapping.
Other events:
28th September: event organised by CorkO at Doneraile Park in County Cork as the Cliona Callanan Memorial Event (All proceeds to Cork Children's Leukaemia Association)
12th October: Munster league at Glengarra wood, County Tipperary organised by CorkO

Deise Days Weekend

Details about the Deise Days weekend are now posted on the pages section to the left of the blog. Online entry and payment is now open on Fabian here
Maps go to print on October 18th so please register by then if possible.
Thanks to Jana Cox for doing the flyer.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

SE league 2 at Woodstock

Thanks to Ann Marie and Ted Lucey who delivered the new display boards funded by CSOA and the Irish schools group. Thanks to Willie Fitzgerald for his initiative in putting the information together.

Orienteers abroad

Just a selection...
Conall on training camp in Norway
Robert representing Ireland at EYOC in Macedonia
Andrew at Swiss 6 day

Slight cloud cover at the Matterhorn

Permanent Orienteering course launched at Kennedy Park

Displaying the maps
August 24th marked the launch of 4 permanent orienteering courses at Kennedy park, New Ross, County Wexford  as part of National Heritage week.
Maps and courses were planned by Pat Healy and Andrew Cox. This was a joint venture between Waterford Orienteering club and the Office of Public Works.
Anybody who is interested in orienteering will be able to download maps from the OPW website for Kennedy Park. There are 4 courses: long, medium, short and wheelO. The latter is suitable for both wheelchairs and buggies.
Support from OPW and Wexford Sports Active

a captivated audience in the rain!
Prize winners Spring 2014

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Woodstock event

The 2nd round of the SE league will take place at Woodstock gardens, County Kilkenny on Sunday 7th September. Signposted from Inistioge village with starts from 11 to 1.
Course: long (4.1km, 22 controls), medium (3.2 km, 19 controls) and short (1.9km, 10 controls)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

New season starts

Waterford Orienteers will host the first Southeast league event of the 2014-15 season at Kennedy Park, County Wexford  on Sunday 24th August. This will be part of National Heritage week and starts will be between 11 and 1. Short, medium and long courses on offer.

A new Permanent Orienteering course will be launched at 1.
Some club member starred in the County Matters clip on Irish TV. Check out the link here

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Precision Orienteering at Tollymore

Interesting PreO (Precision orienteering event) hosted by LVO at their club weekend. Map and clues below plus results which show Wato members to the fore.

Monday, May 26, 2014

SE league results

Blue course: Andrew Pim
Green course: Norman Storey
Light green course: Jordan Pim
Red/orange course: Kyle Sullivan
Yellow course: Louis Sullivan

 Tramore results now up. 
Thanks to John Casey for organising the event.