Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Hunt is On.

Ever wonder how you could bring Orienteering to the masses. As we all know it is not a spectator friendly sport and not everyone knows what orienteering is,So heres an idea that we should sell to TV stations.

Imagine if two people take off into the hills with a map, a compass and a head start. The tracker is on horseback, armed with a local guide and an arsenal of forensic skills. The prey have 36 hours to reach a finish line some 40 kilometers away without getting caught. How they escape is up to them. It would be huge, in this reality TV world everyone seems to be caught up in, OK its not my idea but an American TV show that is now into series inits fifth year. This year they have got brothers and sisters, best friends and band mates, even a mother and son! Some got their training in the army, others from the street, but they all come up with new and imaginative ways to trick the tracker.

The prey are out for glory ... and Mantracker is out for blood!

I bet Shea and Colm could outrun this guy !!!!
Check out the website at

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The JK is coming and we need you.

As I'm sure you're aware by now the JK is being held for the first time in NI next Easter (the weekend before the Irish Champs)

This must be the biggest orienteering event ever run in Ireland and they will need loads of helpers.

I (Don)have volunteered 10 CNOC’ers to help!

The helpers will get an opportunity to run either before or after helping.

Don will be in touch closer to the event and try to allocate tasks and times etc.

So what do you have to do contact Don ASAP as we only have 10 places available....

Questions,Dont ask me as i dont know, do you get free entry, free parking, meal voucher,transport,Hold one of the big hands that says park here, shout the start time , call the names, give out maps, stop people running who turn up late I DONT KNOW ASK DON. (I only write this stuff)

Monday, October 25, 2010

News update.

Ive been checking out all my usual sites to bring you up todate with all thats happening in the world of O and all seems quiet. The Irish team have recently been to france and you can find out what they have been up to by clicking here

If you want to see extreme orienteering click here but dont try his at home.

Anyone got any news or if you have been up to anything strange recently let us know.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Training Weekend.

Last weekend saw some of our juniors training with the Irish squad, the first session was held in the Phoenix Park where they were put through their paces on the time trial course the weather was good which meant the underfoot conditions were good, we saw some fast times with most improving on their previous best over the course.

In the afternoon the squad moved to the miners village in Glendalough where they ran a number of short routes to test their navigational skills, Butterfly loops and in and out the day finished with a short 2km relay of three per team. It was back to the hostel in Glendalough for an overnight stay, hot showers and hot food before debriefing and lights out ???

On Sunday the squad moved to Newcastle Demesne Co Longford and ran in the Leinster summer series where they all had good runs. (Check IOA for results)

Well done and thanks to all involved in organising the weekend, I can't name everyone for fear of leaving someone out, well done and thanks again.....