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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

New Orchard event

 Waterford Orienteering Club invite you to a Come and Try it orienteering event in the New Orchard area of Kilkenny City on Tuesday August 2nd.
This event is easily accessible from the ring road to parking at Kilkenny Activity Centre. Grid reference S518577.
Registration will take place at the carpark.

The area being used includes Ashfield, The Orchard, The Fairways, Pococke Lower, Rosewood and Beechlawns.
All residents who would like to take part have free entry.
Entry fee of 5€ for adults and €3 for juniors for all other entrants.

Starts are between 6.15 and 7.30. Courses close at 8.30 p.m.
There will be 3 courses: Long 5.3 km; Medium 3.7 km and short 2 km
Long and medium courses will use 1:5,000 scale and the short course will use 1;4,000 scale.

The idea of orienteering is to find your way through the housing areas to different trees and other features marked on a map in the correct order. All garden areas are out of bounds. It is more important to get all the control points than to run fast. The activity suits all ages and all standards from complete beginners to more experienced orienteers. Families can do it together or you can run/walk on your own.
We look forward to welcoming you.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Club members around Europe this summer


Eoghan at the French 5 day
Ciara running the streets of Barcelona
Rob and Jeni in the Swiss Alps


Nigel running the spectator race at EYOC

Maybe the glow means No Entry in Aalborg, Denmark

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Wato Charity event

A local orienteering event will be held at Carriganore sports campus, Waterford  S 559 116
on Wednesday June 22nd in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation.

There will be a short loop course for beginners and a score event for everyone else.
Registration at 6.30. Mass start at 7 p.m 
The aim is to get all the controls points in any order in 45 minutes. There will be a penalty for taking more than 45 minutes. Make sure you have a watch.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Massive turnout

The event on today (11th February 2016) had a massive turnout of 155 young and old at Kilkenny Castle. At least one member even came on their birthday (B.C.)
A huge thanks to all the helpers: Leonore (controls out/start), Joao (controls in), Jana (download), Julien (gofer), Angela (registration) and Thomas and  Conall (starts).
Thank you to Paul S for pointing out a potentially uncrossable wall that could have affected route choice on the long course. We will look into that site. Competitors will note that we have acted to put a dot beside the numbers to avoid confusing 6 and  on the map...we are learning all the time.
For those who did cross dangerous uncrossable walls, they are marked that way for safety reasons and myriad other reasons.
Thank you to Ja and Ju for the pix.



Sunday, January 31, 2016

Kilkenny Castle event

The next round of the Southeast league will take place at Kilkenny Castle on February 7th using the middle distance format with kind permission of the OPW.
Long course 6.2 km, medium course 3.9 km and short course 2.1km.
Starts are from 11 to 1 and registration will be at the side gate of the castle grounds.
Courses suitable for all ages.

Don't forget to support the Sprint series race on Saturday 6th hosted by Trinity College in Dublin. Starts from 12 to 2. More details on the IOA website.

Friday, January 29, 2016

On the slopes of Slievecoilltia

The 4th round of the southeast short course series took place at Slievecoilltia, near New Ross, County Wexford. Thank you to the OPW for allowing us to use Kennedy park.
Thank you to João Monteiro for helping bring in controls and to Laura and Angela Cox for looking after registration.
Full results and current SE league standings posted on the left of this blog.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Local event January 17th


The first event of 2016 will take place on the slopes of Slievecoilltia, the eastern side of Kennedy park in County Wexford on Sunday 17th January. Starts will be from 11 until 1. Car parking in the main carpark at Kennedy Park. Please walk to the gate opposite the main entrance for registration and starts. Toilets are located at the interpretative centre. The playground will be open but unfortunately no cafe. I can recommend the Dunbrody cafe in New Ross for lunch.
There will be short, medium and long courses on offer. Please let me know if you are bringing a group to ensure enough maps.
This is an excellent opportunity to continue with Operation Transformation and in preparation for the forthcoming schools events

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Munster champions 2015

Well done to all those who competed at the Munster Club Championships at Kilworth on 13th December. 
Munster champions:
Aislinn Callery (W12)
Jordan Pim (W14)
Nuala Callery (W35)
Hugh Whelan M10
Jeni Pim (W21s)
Brigid Coffey (3rd place W21s)

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Castlecomer league event 22/11/15

An Intenational flavour was evident at the Castlecomer event with Germany, Latvia and Portugal all represented. A big thank you to John Casey and Thomas Callery who stepped in at the last moment to put out and recover controls when the planner was taken ill during the week. Thank you to the registration team of Elizabeth and Angela, Julien on download and Norman on starts. Good work all.

Scouts should note that they are really welcome at all events but it would be  a better experience for all concerned if they listen to advice at the start. Those on the start have a better idea of the suitability of courses. They can however only advise. We would ask leaders in general to be more proactive in making sure that scouts take easier courses, more suited to their capability. The length of course is irrelevant but the level of technicality is paramount. It is not acceptable to have scouts taking three hours on a light green course when they should have taken an hour on an orange course.

Thank you to the observant orienteer from the now defunct BVOC who pointed out that the symbol for significant/single tree used did not differentiate between broad leaved and coniferous in the control descriptions.

The single tree symbol in column 4  needs additional information in column 5 as to whether deciduous or coniferous when using ocad. I had never noticed this before.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Castlecomer event

On Sunday November 22nd there will be a regular league event (both Southeast league and Munster league!!). 
Courses will start between 11 and 1.
There will be a full range of courses on offer.
 

Brown 8.1km; 140 m climb, 27 controls
Blue 6.9km; 125m climb, 22 controls
Green 5.6km; 100m climb, 20 controls
Light green 4.5km; 80 m climb, 16 controls
Orange (red) 2.9km; 10 controls
Yellow (buggy friendly) 2.1km; 8 controls
Brown to light green courses will visit the quarry area.


Parking at the old brickworks quarry.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Woodstock wanders

A huge thanks to all our club members who helped with the schools event at Woodstock with over 500 entrants. A full report and results can be found on the schools blog: www.irishschoolso.blogspot.com
A huge thanks to Jana, Julien, Norman and Elizabeth who helped at the club event with 120 turning out..
Thanks to Debbie for co-ordinating the big cub scout presence and to Laoise and Rebecca for the DUO contingent







Monday, October 12, 2015

Woodstock events in October

The next venue for orienteering in the southeast is Woodstock gardens in County Kilkenny. Follow signs for the gardens from Inistioge.
First it is the turn of the schools as training takes place on Thursday 15th October.  Almost 500 have signed up for what promises to be a great day.
On Sunday 18th October there is a family day with three courses on offer and starts between 11 and 1.
Long course: 7.6 km, 23 controls; Medium course 4.2 km, 18 controls; short course 2.2 km, 10 controls.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Successful September events at WIT

On September 17th, Wato organised a training event for schools at the WIT sports campus at Carriganore. This was the first time the pitch area was used. Thank you to all the helpers: Sally, Norman, Elizabeth, Laura, Brid, Liisa and TY students from Newtown.
Almost 400 took part from Fenor NS, Christchurch NS, Newtown JS, St John of Gods, Ursuline, Colaiste cois Suire and Newtown.
Thanks to Norman for the pix.


The South east league event on 20th September was well attended by cubs and scouts with over 100 entrants. Ella Murphy and Sarah Heery from St Pauls scouts were the first home on the short course. Thomas Callery edged out Jonathan Pim and Jerry Sullivan on the long course. Liisa Honkasaari came home ahead of Bridget Coffey and Kyle Sullivan on the medium course.










Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Doneraile event

Please support our neighbours in Cork O and Jim Callnan in particular with the annual memorial event at Doneraile park.

Our next Wato event is at Carriganore WIT campus on 20th September with start times between 11 and 1. 

If you are involved with schools, there is a schools training event at the sports campus on 17th September. Check out the IOSG blog

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Summer series


Pat and Eoin starting at Woodstock
The summer series ended up in Kennedy park at the end of heritage week. Whilst not originally planned, it proved successful with good numbers making it worthwhile. Thank you to all those who helped at each of the events. It cannot happen without you.

Is the medium really that long?
...those young upstarts,JC

A number of our juniors joined with those from BOC and others for training with Josh O'Sullivan Hourihan on the Tramore dunes.
Is that all of the map?
running corridors

group photo in Tramore

well what route did you take?
well deserved lunch with J and A


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Heritage week event at Kennedy Park

Waterford Orienteers will host their annual event at Kennedy Park, Co. Wexford as part of Heritage week this Sunday 30th August.
Thanks to the OPW for once again allowing us to use their splendid grounds.

The regular event starts between 11 and 1. Controls will be taken in at 2.30
Long course 6.2km, 23 controls
Medium course 4.1km, 18 controls
Short course 2.4km, 10 controls.

There are lots of events happening at the park this Sunday including a craft fair, dancing display, a barbecue (starts at 1.30, you pay for what you eat), a talk on industrial heritage at 3 and a vintage car rally (which starts in New Ross at 12.30 but ends up in the top field for viewing in the early afternoon). The cafe will also be open.
I suggest that you come as early as possible to get a parking space.


Nigel has posted that there is a €5 voucher for the car ferry in this week's Waterford Mail if you are taking the Passage to Ballyhack route to avoid New Ross

The AGM of the Irish schools will take place from 2.30 to 3.30. This is an open meeting and anybody is welcome to attend. If you cannot attend but have suggestions please email the development officer development@orienteering.ie before the meeting. Thank you to those who have already made suggestions.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Summer events

Club members from Wato have been competing abroad in Scotland, Romania, Finland and Norway.
Well done to all concerned. No pictures yet?

Closer to home, the first of  a series of introductory events have taken place at Kilkenny Castle. This event was organised in conjunction with Linda from AIB in aid of MS Ireland. A big turn out raised over 500€ for the worthy cause.




As part of the Woodstock Summer Fridays, we are hosting a club event with short, medium and Long (relatively) courses. Starts between 5 and 7. All are welcome.

On the 30th August we head to Kennedy Arboretum, Co. Wexford as part of Heritage week with the normal start times from 11 until 1.