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Shamrock O-Ringen 2013


Cork Orienteering Club are delighted to invite you to the 2013 Shamrock O-Ringen, returning again to County Kerry.


Day 1 – The Black Lakes – Middle Distance

Day 2 – Crohane – Long/Classic Distance

Day 3 – Crohane Lake – Chasing Start

All maps will contain significant updates for the 2013 event.


Crohane will be familiar to anyone who visited Ireland for the World Cup races in 1998. This terrain is arguably the finest that you will find in Ireland. It is open mountain type terrain that offers both a technical and physical challenge. It contains intricate rock and contour detail with numerous marshes to keep the feet wet.


Routegadget for the 2009 Shamrock, The Black Lakes and Crohane.


The event centre will again be at Killarney Race Course, where social activities will be held over the weekend.


This years Shamrock will also form part of The Gathering.



Irish running at Swedish and British champs this weekend

The Swedish night championships are being held on the west coast thisimages year, hosted by clubs in the Göteborg region. The ultra-long champs were held last Sunday (GPS re-run: M21 and W21) and this weekend sees the battle for the night and sprint titles take place. Ireland will be represented by BOC and IFK Lidingö’s Nick Simonin. You can follow the competitions live here:

Night champs:
Live results (Nick starts 11:06 pm Irish time)
GPS tracking (selected runners)- M21 and W21 (from 10pm on Thursday April 18th)
Video from terrain

Sprint champs:
Qualification (Saturday 20th April)
Final (Sunday 21st April)
GPS and Live results

Meanwhile, across the water, Irish senior squad members Susan Lambe, Olivia Baxter, Toni O’Donovan and Marcus Pinker are competing in the British Sprint and Middle Distance championships. Juniors Andrea Stefko and Aoife McCavana are also taking part. The Sprint event is being held in Loughborough University and the Middle distance at Stanton Moor.

Sprint Selection Race for WOC 2013

Coastal Warrior 2013Coastal Warrior Weekend 2013
(incorporating Irish Senior Squad WOC sprint selection race)

DATE: 27th- 28th April 2013

DAY 1- Gransha, Londonderry (SPRINT- prologue/ final)
DAY 2- Magilligan, Limavady (MIDDLE)

Course 1- OPEN MEN
Course 2- OPEN WOMEN

Further details on the event will be added later.

Downhill Hostel is located nearby and I hope to book a few beds there for Squad Members, email for a bed, and indicate whether you are interested in accommodation for Friday night, Saturday night, or both.

As it is a selection race the budget will cover some of the costs associated with the weekend, at a minimum those who have submitted WOC intention forms will have their entry fees covered for the Sprint Race.

Darren Burke
Director of High Performance Orienteering

WOC 2013 – Selection Policy

The attached document outlines selection policy for WOC 2013.

Darren Burke
Director of High Performance Orienteering
Irish Orienteering Association

Senior Squad Selection Policy 2013

WOC 2013 Intention Form


IOF Council proposes a new division system to decide qualification for World Orienteering Championships

IOF Council proposes a new division system to decide qualification for World Orienteering Championships

The IOF have published their proposed method of allocating start slots for the Long & Middle finals at WOC from 2014. They are seeking comments from the Federations. 

Squad members please email by March 1st with any comments you may have. I want time to collate any comments before responding to the IOF.


Darren Burke

Director of High Performance Orienteering

Proposd System for Allocating Long Distance Start Slots at WMTBOC

The IOF are removing the long distance qualification races from the MTBO World Championships. They are proposing 60 start slots and how those slots are to be allocated is set out in the document.

Any comments?
Need them by Wednesday the 9th January.

Darren Burke
Director of High Performance Orienteering
Irish Orienteering Association


This went up on the website and facebook page before Christmas, so if you missed
it, now is the time to check it out:
I expect all squad members to complete this educational programme.

Once confirmed the selection policy for WOC 2013 will be released, shortly.

As I write this email the 2013 International Orienteering season has started in
New Zealand with the first World Cup race of the year. At this stage I would
like to know what your intentions are for the year to include the following
World Cups (Nordic Tour – start of June & Post Finance Sprint – 5/6 October)
Italy Training Camp in the Autumn
Euromeeting in July (

By knowing what the squad are looking to do for the year, entries and whatever
else needs to be organised can be done in advance.

Those of you looking towards WOC 2015 should be considering Euromeeting. It is
possible a WOC 2015 training camp may also be organised this year.

There will also be a few training camps closer to home like last year. Details
on them when they are organised. If anyone is willing to organise one, please
let me know.

Happy New Year,

Darren Burke
Director of High Performance Orienteering
Irish Orienteering Association