Orienteering News 17 October 2019

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Aidan at the JHI Individual on Saturday

This weekend

Emo Court, Co. Laois, is the venue for Sunday’s Leinster League event, with the usual range of eight courses. The organisers are GEN and details are on the IOA Forum here. The forest is pretty flat, with less than 100m climb on the 9.3 km Brown course. A pub, 250 m from the start, will be showing the South Africa v Japan rugby match at 11.15 and start times will be extended to 1.30 to facilitate this. There are other events on around the country the same day – details on the IOA fixtures page here.

IOA Event Conference

The day before, Saturday 19th, the IOA are running the annual “major events” conference where people like the organisers, planners and controllers of big events get together to share learning under the watchful eye of the IOA Controller of Technical Standards. The people involved in the 2019 and 2020 Irish Championships will be there, and it’s open to all to come along. It’s a well-kept secret as there don’t appear to be any references to it on the IOA web page. The day gets underway at 09.00 at the Maldron Hotel outside Portlaoise.

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Cuan at the JHI Individual on Saturday

Junior Home International news

Ireland beat Wales at the Junior Home International in Co. Down last weekend. with Scotland taking the overall title (again) and England 2nd. Well done to Aidan McCullough and Cuan Riordan, the two 3ROC representatives on the team. It’s Aidan’s last JHI as he moves out of the M18 class next year. You can read about the event here and see the results and photos here.

Connacht Championships entries are open at Fabian4. The competition is on Sunday 27th October at Union Wood just outside Sligo. See details here. Start times are 11 to 12.30. Fermanagh Orienteers have an event the day before, at  Crossmurrin, so you could make a weekend of it! Crossmurrin is a quite complex limestone area near the Marble Arch caves. Entries for the Connacht Champs close on Monday 21st October, so don’t delay. See details on the Sligo Orienteers Facebook page here.

On November 3rd/4th, UCDO are running the Dublin Sprint Weekend, a series of urban sprint races in Dublin over both days: see details at SportIdent Entries here.

Running training continues on Monday and Thursday evenings and circuits on Tuesday evening – see details in last week’s post.

See you in the forest!