The 1999 Annual General Meeting of the IOA will take place at the Irish Two-Day in Co. Waterford on April 17th, not on March 28th as originally planned and as already notified to clubs. The venue will be Crotty's pub, Lemybrien, Co. Waterford at 3.30 pm or thereabouts.

The annual conference, which had been expected to take place in conjunction with the AGM will take place at a later date, probably in Limerick.

The current Chairman, Bernard Creedon, and the current Secretary, Ken Griffin, have indicated that they are stepping down. Some of the other officers may be following suit and there are vacancies for Environment Officer and (believe it or not) Mapping Officer. IOA is likely to be undergoing huge changes in the next couple of years as the Association takes on the ideas generated at Terryglass and at the annual conferences planned, in addition to coming to grips with the requirements of the Sports Council in terms of grant approval etc.

The AGM and Conference are your chance to make your voice heard: it is really your only opportunity to influence the future direction the sport takes.

Nominations for the various awards (Mactíre, Silva, Silva, Maps of the Year etc) should be with IOA Secretary Ken Griffin by St Patrick's Day, March 17th. The same is true for notices of motions, constitutional amendments etc.

A formal notice has been sent to clubs.


The Irish Senior selectors have confirmed that the following races are the selection races for the 1999 World Championships:

British Elite Championships Short & Classic - May 8th & 9th - Lake District

Scottish Championships - May 29th - Dumfries area

Irish Championships - June 26th - Co. Cork

The Selectors may run another selection race if after IOC there is still doubt for final placings (i.e. not for everyone) but it is unlikely they will need to use this option.


IOA Level 3 coaching weekend number 2 will take place in the Waterford area on 17/18 April in conjunction with the Irish 2 Day organised by WATO.

The guest lecturer for the week-end (which focuses on the mental aspects of the sport) is Swedish coach Kent Törnquist. The course content will include psychological training, goal setting, planning, analysis and the integration of mental training with the other major training components of orienteering (technical and physical). Part of the time will be devoted to relay race training.

The weekend is open to anyone who is interested in this dimension of orienteering. The subject material is especially suited to anyone intending to coach and also to anyone who wants to bring-in faster times in big races (without having to get physically fitter!)

If you're interested contact Frank Ryan. The weekend which is residential will cost about £30 all-in. (but please check with Frank). Accommodation Friday and Saturday nights near Kilmacthomas.

If you want to run in the 2-Day indicate on the entry form that you're taking part in the course. We have been facillitated by the organisers here. Start-times slots for participants are 0900-0930 on Sat. and from 1330- 1400 on Sun. The coaching course is nested between the two O-races and runs from 1200 noon Sat 17 until 1200 noon Sun 18 (obviously with some break-times to rehydrate).

Kent is a top coach. He was offered the job of coaching the Danish National team last autumn but turned it down because he would have had to move to Denmark. (Aonghus OCleirigh)


Leinster Mountain Marathons: The Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon will be on 15/16th May in Co. Wicklow with the possibility of individual entrants rather than teams of two, subject to proven competence ... the Setanta Rogaine in July ... a new Mountain Marathon for teams of two in August/September in North Wicklow. The Surf Mountain Mourmes Mountain Marathon is scheduled for September.

IOC99 a World Ranking Event: The Irish Championships will be run as the second day of the Shamrock O-Ringen on June 26th and will be an IOF World Ranking event. The IOF Controller will be Trina Cleary. For the runners to gain points from the event there have to be at least 6 running in the Elite class, so you can't just run and pick up points if no-one else is there. Other convenient World Ranking events are Day 2 of the JK, the Scottish Championships and the four individual races at the WOC (classic and short qualifiers and finals). Best six results to count in a twelve month period.

A poor turnout at the Munster OA AGM resulted in no Chairman being elected. Secretary Clare Nuttall, Treasurer Conor Creedon, Fixtures Mary Carter, all as before. There is speculation that WatO's Pat O'Connor may take on the mapping officer's job.

Isn't precision wonderful? (or is it accuracy?) The IMRA fixtures include the distance in km and the climb in metres of each race. These must have been converted from feet because they bear no ralation to the current maps with 5 or 10 metre contours: how about Lugaquilla with 718 metres climb, Claragh Mountain with 352 or Djouce with 427 metres?

Dublin escaped the Park World Tour when London pulled out due to lack of sponsorship. Despite an invitation in TIO88 no Leinster orienteers wanted to get involved in the PWT. The event in Glasgow will go ahead on June 15th, however, with many of the runners going training in Scotland in preparation for August's World Championships. Tha last time the WOC came to Britain was in 1976 at Aviemore, the first year an Irish team attended.

The full Leinster League results are now on the Ajax web site at

To contact the Leinster Championships organisers, there's an e-mail address:

If you have internet access, check the IOA website for O-news, links, event results and even TIO online. It's at

Brendan McGrath was elected Chairman of 3ROC at the AGM in early February, replacing Trina Cleary who stays on as Mapping Officer. Máire Walsh stays on as Secretary and Harold White as Treasurer.

LVO's Colin Henderson has been elected Chairman of NIOA, replacing Steven Linton. Colin will be overseeing the lead up to the biggest event ever held in Ireland, the 2001 British Championships.

A new Irish Sports Almanac was published at the beginning of the year by Donegal based artcam Ireland Ltd. The publishers contacted many sport organisations for information and orienteering is in there with the rest, from angling to wrestling. Also included are such sports as darts and snooker. Even so, it's an interesting read. Price £8.50.

Quote of the month: My memory of the 1998 Ward Junior Home International (so named from the much appreciated financial help from the Elsie Ward Bequest), is summed up by the little Irish girl who stood beside me at the relay finish, watching for a team-mate and quivering with excitement. "We never get to go anywhere," she said, "and this is just SO exciting" . - Caroline McCarthy in Score, the Scottish O-newsletter.

Varied Leinster League: This year's Leinster League is nothing if not varied. Apart from the normal cross-country colour events we've had a short race at Pine Forest, a long-O at Djouce, a park race at Marlay, street -O billed as at Sandymount in Dublin, a night event at Killiney and a butterfly event at Avondale. I say "billed as" Sandymount because, though it started and finished there, the 17 km longest course covered the whole south east city, with a range of terrain from Dartry's leafy suburbs, the heights of Mount Merrion and the semi-derelict docks of Ringsend. An interesting one and a great way to explore on a Sunday morning, though maybe not everyone's cup of tea. And what about a night league event which excludes all juniors under 15? Hardly fair on those trying to put together a decent league performance.

Looking at the "conventional" league events, it would be an interesting excercise to see how many of them complied with the Colour Event guidelines in terms of physical and technical difficulty, not to mention times for most finishers!

With Spring on the way and the prospect of larks in the clear air, here's a tempting Roman recipe you might like to try:

  1. Get 1000 larks.
  2. Remove their tongues and set aside.
  3. Discard the larks.
  4. Put the tongues in a pan with a little oil and sauté quickly.
  5. Transfer to a hot platter. Serves four.
(Here it is in Latin, if you prefer: I Alaudarum M cape; II Linguas exscea et sepone; III Alaudas abice; IV Linguas mitte in sartaginem cum paulo olei et frige cito; V Eas traice ad patellam calidam. Quattuor sufficit). (from Latin for All Occasions by Henry Beard).


If you can't make it to Scotland for the 6-Day and World Championships, how about next year's Jan Kjellstrom at Easter (22nd - 24th April 2000)? The original plan was to run the event at an area near Stranraer but land access permission was refused. The liklihood is that the JK will be around Aberfeldy in central Scotland. The areas of Rannoch, Baluain and Drummond Hill have been mentioned.


The three Home Internationals this year will be:

Senior South Wales, 2/3 October. (classes M/W 20, 21, 35)

Veteran Glenmore Lodge, Scotland, 16/17 October. (Classes M/W 40 up)

Junior Gortin and Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, 16/17 October. (classes M/W 14-18).


Bulletin 2 for the 1999 World Orienteering Championships has been issued. The event will be based at Inverness and will be closely linked with Highland 99, the Scottish 6-Day event which anyone can enter. The event centre is at the Eden Court Theatre, Inverness.

The timetable is:
Sunday August 1st Model events, opening ceremony

Monday August 2 Classic Qualification

Tuesday August 3 rest day

Wednesday August 4 Classic final

Thursday August 5 rest day

Friday August 6 Short Qualification

Saturday August 7th Short finals

Sunday August 8th Relay, Banquet, closing ceremony.

Locations: Classic - in forests south and west of Cannich, 35 km SW of Inverness.

Short - one race near Jamestown, about 30 km N and one S of Nairn, 20 km E of Inverness. Much rock detail but less height difference than the Classic.

Relay - near Carrbridge, Aviemore, about 40 km SE of Inverness. fast running with much contour detail.

Copies of any existing maps of parts of the areas have been sent to national federations.

British Orienteering Championships 2001

For those who have not already heard, it is likely that BOC 2001 will be hosted in Northern Ireland. The event includes an individual day and relay day with about 2000-2500 entries expected. Suitable areas and organising structure need to be agreed with BOF. BOF will assist with finances to cover any advance costs such as map making and as would be normal for this event profits are shared with them.

Currently a shortlist of possible areas is being drawn up for both individual and relay areas so that the preferred ones can be identified for about the end of February. BOF have suggested a Grade I Controller from the Chester area in England who will most likely be involved in grading the areas.

NIOA have contacted the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and a submission for funding has been submitted.(See separate article for more details)


Damien Cashin, Leinster’s Coaching Officer, is running a basic orienteering training course on Saturday, March 27th. The programme is aimed particularly at teachers, youth leaders and the like: people who could be involved in introducing orienteering to others. This "level zero" course aims to give them the necessary background information to make starting orienteering a positive experience for beginners.

The scheme is called the "Next Step" programme and it can, presumeably, lead on to level 1 and further coaching levels. The cost of the day is £20.

Details from Damien Cashin, Tomdarragh, Roundwood, Co. Wicklow. (01-2818212).

Damien is also expecting to start a Level 1 course in early March. This requires keeping a coaching log.

A Level 3 course started on February 5th. This takes five weekends but can be spread over a two-year period. Damien says the weekends are open to anyone with an interest, even if they are not pursuing the qualification.


There will be an ACE (adventure, challenge, endurance) Triathlon in Co. Wicklow on Saturday 24th April 1999. It will involve a 3km flat water kayak, a 20 km mountain bike stage and a 60 minute score orienteering event. Entries close on 1st April, fee £12. Kayaks will be supplied and bikes can be hired from the organiser. Details from Damien Cashin (01-2818212).

The Celtic Ace Race, originally scheduled for last Autumn, will be run in the Wicklow area on the June Bank Holiday weekend (5-6 June). The event is for teams of four is over 48 hours and will involve navigation, planning, initiative, teamwork and endurance. The entry fee is £310 per team. Closing date 16th May. Details from Damien Cashin (01-2818212).


The Armstrong Primary School and the Royal School, Armagh have mad e significant start to developing orienteering as a new activity, writes Freddie McCann.

A map of the grounds of both schools and the parkland surrounding the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium was launched in December.

The Royal School hosted the launch with an indoor reception attended by both headmasters, the Mayor of Armagh and District, representatives of the Southern Library and Education Board, LVO and NIOA, while outside on the lawn in the rain 31 competitors from the two schools were eager for Prof. A. E. Kingston to sound the klaxon toget them underway in the inaugural score event.

The Armstrong School children were looking smart in their new O-suits, sponsored by Wavin (NI) Ltd., and it is pleasing to record tat all competitors finished within the time limit.

Initially the map will be use by the two schools that funded the map but it is hoped in the near future to invite other schools from across the community.

Armagh City and District Council (Orchard Leisure Centre) sponsored the prizes in four classes – 1st prize 20 swims in the local pool, 2nd prize 10 swims and 3rd prize 5 swims.


CompassSport’s new editor/publisher, Suse Coon, has organised a special subscription deal for IOA club members. Subscription rates for IOA members are £17.50 per annum. There's a leaflet in this issue with details.

TIO can act as agent if you only have Irish cash or cheques. The best way, though, is to write/phone/fax/e-mail your credit card details, name, address etc to Suse and don't get TIO involved at all!

Contact her at Ballencrieff Cottage, Ballencrieff Toll, Bathgate, West Lothian EH48 4LD, Scotland. Phone 0044-1506-632728, fax 0044-1506-635444, e-mail


An interesting article in the New Scientist of January 23rd reports on research into direction finding by mammals. You may think that all you need to find your way around is a good memory, but research suggests that humans have an innate sense of direction. It seems that some brain cells, in a part of the brain called the subiculum, are sensitive to orientation. The cells need occasional references to landmarks of some kind to keep them calibrated. In addition to these, cells found in the hippocampus of rats' and monkeys' brains help keep track of position.

So, next time you lose your compass, don't retire: keep going and try it out.


The 1999 Ballyhoura 3-Day takes place the weekend after Easter, run by Bishopstown OC. There's an entry form enclosed with this issue.

Friday 9th April Slievereagh, Kilfinane, Co. Limerick. 1: 15 000, starts 3-7 pm

Saturday 10th April Coolfree, Kildorrery/Kilfinane road. 1: 15 000, starts 11-1.30 pm

Sunday 11th April Duntryleague, Galbally, Co. Limerick. 1: 10 000, 10-12.30pm

Control cards and final information posted to all those entered by 19th March. All others can collect their control cards on the day at the Registration car. Ballyhoura 3-Day T-shirts available at £5 each. The event centre is at Kilfinane, Co. Limerick. Camping, bunk-beds, floor space, OEC, B&B, self-catering, hotels, etc. Bookable in advance. Details from Outdoor Education Centre, Kilfinane, tel 063-91161or from Kilfinane Tourist Information Point, Kilfinane, Co. Limerick., tel 063-91300, fax 063-91330.


Doubtless the Leinster O-Association would like to issue an apology along these lines: Apologies to anyone who went to Killiney Hill instead of Marlay Park for the AJAX Sprint-O on January 10th, or to anyone who went to Saggart Wood instead of Killiney Hill for the Leinster League night event on February 20th.

The Killiney/Marlay change was done months ago but the wrong information was put on the inf-O-line. The Saggart/Killiney change was done about a week before the event because of recent felling.

The series of Night events (Dublin by Night) which was expected in February will now take place in November due to problems getting organisers and dates to suit.

Late last year it was announced that the 1999 Leinster Champs has been moved to Sunday May 2nd. Not sure if that's still the case. No news of whether Leinster are running the Interprovincial with it.


IOF Controllers Clinic planned for Zurich, Switzerland on 10-11th April. Cost SFr 200-290 including accommodation and all meals. Cost depends on room options. If you are interested in finding out more, conact Ken Griffin, IOA Hon. Sec. Address on page 2. The clinic will be given in English by Geir Tveit, Norway, Jaroslav Dokoupil, Czech Republic, and Marcel Schiess, Switzerland. Participants may be able to run in the Swiss night championships on the Saturday night, a few km from the clinic venue.

IOF are looking for applicants to run the "World Orienteering Marathon Trophy" in 2000 and 2001 for teams of 2, similar to the Lowe Alpine Wicklow Mountain Marathon. Anyone interested?

The number of applications for the Swedish O-Ringen Clinic is rising rapidly - mostly from Juniors planning their Summer Tour/holidays!! If you want to apply, contact Ken Griffin as soon as possible. The closing date is normally in March or thereabouts. It's a great experience (see Nina Phillips's account in TIO 88 and others in previous years).

All IOA clubs were requested to submit applications for aerial photography by February 12th. The Terryglass meeting suggested that specially flown low level aerial photography would be a good way of getting improved maps. The IOA is at present vetting the applications to see which ones are most suitable in terms of quality of terrain and suitability for photography. IOA will meet the cost of the flights and photos but the clubs will have to fund the photogrammetry and field survey work to a professional standard.


NIOA have just recently made a formal submission to Sports Lottery (NI) for funding for a series of maps and permanent course facilities.The application is intended to facilitate our competition programme for about the next 10 years, provide additional squad training areas and provide for increased accessibility of the sport to the public, school and youth groups and tourists.

The localised co-funding packages in some cases include for some revenue funding towards development/promotion costs (possible development officer post shared between District Councils - obviously this aspect of the scheme would not be Lottery funded). The application is Association based and the maps are distributed strategically across the whole of the province. Included:

Costs break down as follows: Assuming that Lottery contribute 60-70% and NIOA/Clubs contribute 10% we have already secured partnership funding for about 33% of the project. Applications to local funding partners have been made to nearly all remaining partners. As would be expected funds that have been guaranteed to date have time binding conditions upon them. We have asked the Lottery if they can consider the project as a phased programme.

The project also includes the production of ten Trail-O packs which will allow certain permanent courses to be adapted as temporary Trail-O facilities and this has been funded by Disability Action (NI).

Steven Linton- just retiring Chairman,Northern Ireland Orienteering Association


The Junior World O-Championships (JWOC) will be in Bulgaria in July. Temperatures are expected to be in the 30's on the Black Sea coast during the week of the competition, from 5th to 12th July. Juniors and non-juniors alike can run in the three-day Bulgaria Cup which precedes the JWOC. and there's a two-day after JWOC if there's anyone left standing.

European O-Championships

Last autumn a large number of the European IOF member federations indicated a wish to have a European Championship in orienteering. In the light of this wish, the IOF Council now proposes that European Orienteering Championships be revived as follows:

• the status be attached to an already existing event (because of financial reasons), preferably a World Cup event

• the Championships be revived already in the year 2000 and the status be given to the World Cup event hosted by Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Orienteering Federation has confirmed its willingness to host the European Championships and, additionally, agreed to put on a relay event in addition to the already scheduled individual classic distance event.

Council now asks the European national orienteering federations for their endorsement of the above mentioned proposal.


The IOF Council believes that continental championships can assist in raising the profile of the sport. The IOF can best support these events by helping them to pass on experience from one to another. Council has therefore decided to form a Continental Championships Group with the following remit:

• to keep in touch with existing continental Championship organisers/organisations

• in cases where no such Championship exists, to look into the matter of selecting events to which the title be attached

• to work on raising the profile of all the continental championships and to deal with other matters of similar nature.

The group will be headed by Vice-President Hugh Cameron (AUS) and it shall serve all regions. The group shall consist of one person from each continent even if, due to the present situation, not all continents will be represented from the start.

I am looking forward to having your comments on/approval of the proposal.

Barbro Rönnberg

IOF Secretary General


Make sure you don't miss the first issue of the re-launched ORIENTEERING WORLD - subscribe now! ORIENTEERING WORLD is the only international magazine covering the sport of orienteering. In 1999 there will be two issues of 36-40 pages each - both filled with interesting orienteering news from around the world. Issue No. 99/1 of the NEW ORIENTEERING WORLD is scheduled for April, and No. 99/2 for October. New subscribers and current subscribers renewing their subscription will get the 1999 issues at the price of IR£10.50 (Europe surface mail).


The Swedish 5-Day will be at Borlänge in Dalarna, about 200 km NW of Stockholm. The dates are July 26-30th. The terrain is described in the entry form as "genuine Dalarna terrain", whatever that is!

A train is being provided to get competitors from the event centre to the first four events, while the fifth is within walking distance. Timing will be by SportIdent electronic units, as at the Shamrock O-Ringen last year.

If you have never been at the Swedish 5-Day, you must go to it sometime. It's the greatest orienteering show on earth, with orienteers from all around the world making their pilgrimage to the home of orienteering. Fifteen thousand plus competitors, a town built for the event with shops, supermarkets, a bank, post office, a train this year, a cycle-friendly event centre ...

Entry can be done on the internet ( or by post if you can't manage that. Entry fees are SEK 475 (age 17-), SEK 240 (age -16).

Entries close on April 1st. The postal address is O-Ringen 1999, Box 1999, 781 21 Borlänge, Sweden.


Noel Donagh has arranged a special offer for Irish orienteers wishing to buy their own SportIdent electronic cards. The IOA has bought a quantity of cards and of control units which will be made available to clubs running events and will be divided into one set per province, to be combined for bigger events.

(It is likely that you will have to hire the tags at some events if you don't have your own, so that makes this deal even more attractive. At the Swedish 5-Day the tag will cost you about £6 for the week to hire ...)

Members of IOA affiliated clubs may purchase their personal Si-card for on once only offer price of £10.00. The offer closes on April 30th after that date they will be available at the replacement cost.

IOA members should forward their order accompanied by payment through their club Secretary to Hon Treasurer IOA: Noel Donagh, Barrybeg Lodge, Barrybeg, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Clubs should forward order accompanied by a stamped addressed envelope.

These cards have an expected life of more than 10 years and can be used with Sport Ident at various International Events. Where Sport Ident is used the practice is for competitors to use their own Si-card or else to rent one for the competition. This is both for the convenience of the competitor and the organiser. Each Si-card has a unique number and where used with the Ol-einzel event program will require the organiser getting your Si-card number and Competition Class. All other details will be held on the program database.

2000 Canadian Orienteering Championship

The event encompasses five days of orienteering and will be held in eastern Canada in the province of New Brunswick, from August 19 to August 27, 2000.

The area in which the orienteering takes place is located on the Bay of Fundy, interesting because of the extremely high tides, at most around 14 metres. The premier event is the two day Canadian Orienteering Championships which will take place in the Fundy National Park, a great vacation spot offering opportunities for camping, hiking, golf, and many other outdoor activities. You can obtain further information on our web site


The last time we held the Canadian Championships, in 92, our mascot/symbol was a lobster. Well I think a more appropriate symbol this time is the mosquito. It's perfect. Everyone talks about the year 2000 bug; we will have it. Constant advertising. Mosquitos are better than free; you have to pay to get rid of them. We could attract competitors from Arizona. They will think us rubes that misspelled Mequite-0 and will arrive expecting events in familiar dry sagebrush. (After trudging through marshes for a few days they, will want to rename it Musky Toe.)

Forget about any negative connotations that mosquitoes might have. Let's face it, we have tried the upbeat, positive approach before. Were countless throngs of orienteers attracted? No. So, a little negative advertising might appeal to macho-orienteering types. We can enhance matters by reminding visitors that events are being held in a National Park; all wildlife is protected so must not be harmed.

As a greeting at the start-line, we should start a tradition to honour our visitors. Inspired by the Hawaiian custom of placing leas around the neck, we would pour a clutch of mosquitos down each visitor's pants. Although our greeting could increase their initial speed, their direction and concentration will be compromised.

When they doubt this is a real tradition, we state that this is the origin of the expression "ants in your pants". It is a gesture meaning "Good Luck" and "God speed". We will also patiently explain that this custom is the source of the word "flv" being used for the zipper on a pair of trousers. Thev will believe us. People believe the most outlandish lie as long as it has corroborating, even though ridiculous, evidence and is told with sincerity. Remember, each of us must allot five minutes daily to practice being sincere.

The point of all this is to ensure more medals for New Brunswickers. The idea is to think of ways to enhance our chances at winning. Yeah, yeah talent, training, and hard work. What I am suggesting just gives us an extra edge. The mosquito advertising will weed out the all those Don Cherry rejects -- the wimps.

With the meet package there can be a statement that there have been "no authenticated cases of a moose eating a tourist within the last year". That is a perfectly true statement but should give their imagination something to chew on, especially after passing moose crossing signs on the way here.

For those still lucid after the above hospitality, we can take them to an event at "the Rocks" in Hopewell Cape. It would be a game of hide and go seek. They get to close their eyes and count to 10 000. Then they open their eyes and read the instructions in a sealed envelope. It will say that they have to find dry land before the tide comes in all the way. Don't worry, we will provide boats to pick up stragglers.

For those still keen, there is one final event that will eliminate them from competition. We take them all to Moncton to watch the Tidal Bore arrive. Two reactions are possible. The first is they will find out why it is called a bore and will achieve an advanced version themselves. The second is that they will laugh uncontrollably. Either way, hysteric or catatonic, they present no threat.


Most of us have heard that it is good to use ice on injured joints and muscles. Usually, the main reason sighted is to reduce inflammation in the injured area. Another, often overlooked benefit of ice therapy is stimulation of circulation. Increased circulation occurs in an area that has been iced for at least 15-20 minutes, according to various studies. Greater circulation, it follows, will aid healing.

When icing, remember that...

1. Ice right on the skin can be irritating, and some people will need to use a towel between their skin and the ice pack.

2. It's best to ice for about 20 minutes at a time.

3. Sometimes soaking in ice water is more convenient, such as with an ankle, than using ice packs. Just be careful not to induce frostbite.

4. A great icing trick is to freeze water in a paper cup. Take the cup out of the freezer and peel part of the paper away from the cup, while leaving some to use as a "handle." Then, you can massage the ice on the affected area. Some trainers feel this massaging action stimulates increased circulation better than icing alone.

5. Another tried and true method is to use a plastic bag of frozen peas as your ice pack. The peas are just the right size to conform well to different body parts, and the bag can be reused many times. Just toss it back in the freezer when you are done icing.

(Woody Green's Runner's Niche, from the internet)


Oslo has stepped in to fill the gap left by London's withdrawal from the 1999 Park World Tour. The eight races in the Park World Tour are:

March 26 Copenhagen

April 23 Stockholm

June 11 Turku, Finland

June 15 Glasgow

August 14 Oslo

October 11 Tokyo

October 16 Hangzhou, China

October 18 Shanghai, China

The Glasgow race is at Kelvingrove Park, PWT starts 6 pm - 6.45 (women), men 7 pm - 7.45. Open race on PWT course 8.30 pm.

All races count towards the total points score for the 25 men and 25 women in each race. Winning times are about 15 minutes (men) and 12 minutes (women). There's a caone minute start interval, seeded, with the fastest runners starting last. More information:

BIKE-O again!

There's another Mountain-Bike O event on St. Patrick's Day, 17th March (signposted from Roundwood), contact Damien Cashin for full details on 01 2818212. Pre-entry only. Some bikes for hire from Damien.


Many of the names in the top ten of the IOF World Rankings for 1998 will be familiar to anyone who was following the World Cup races in Killarney last May. The top ten men and women were all from the Scandinavian countries - no surprises there. The top men were Johan Ivarsson (SWE) with 8795 points, Bjornar Valstad 8757 (NOR) and Chris Terkelson 8568 (DEN), while the women were Hanne Staff 8771 (SWE), Katarina Borg 8481 (SWE) and Johanna Asklof 8459 (FIN).


Points of information

At IOATCB in November 98 the following were certified as IOA Level 1 Coaches: Derek Guilfoyle, Ken Kelly , Anne Marie McKenna, Paul McKenna, Heather Noonan, Jennifer O'Connor, Sinead O'Donovan, Nicola Simpson, Patrick J Tuohy and James Van Der Brock.

Coach Education

The level 3 course commenced on the weekend 5/6/7th February in the NCTC Limerick (See details below) A level 1 course was conducted in December in Kerry by Damien Cashin. Further level 1 courses will be conducted in Leinster and Connacht in 1999 and a level 0 courses will be conducted for teachers by Conchur Muinhneachain at Easter.

Coaching for Orienteers

Muckross Venture Centre Hostel, Killarney has been booked for Junior Training Week from Sat 21st August to Sat 28th August 1999. The centre has a capacity for 42 persons. Details of Junior training week will be circulated to clubs shortly.

Irish Orienteering Association Level 3 Coaching Course

Course workshops provisional date and venues

Feb 5-7 Limerick Fitness Training Workshop

April 16-18 Waterford Psychological Training Workshop

June 18-20 Killarney Technical Training Workshop

August 21-28 Killarney Practical Coaching Week

Sept 17-19 Wicklow First Aid Workshop, Glendalough

Dec 5-6 Dublin Information Technology/Sports Science

Workshops will normally commence on the Friday evening at 8.30pm and finish on the Sunday at 4.00pm approximately.

Frank Ryan, IOA Coaching Officer.

Connacht Report

At the Connacht Region Orienteering Council Meeting on Wed 13th January

1999 areas for major events for the next 5-6 years i.e. Connacht and Irish Champs, requiring aerial phography were identified.

Connacht Champs

2001 Collooney, Co. Sligo

2002 Oughterard, Co. Galway

2003 Slieve Bloom Mountains, Co. Offaly.

2004 Foxford, Co. Mayo

2005 Inis Bofin , Co. Mayo

Irish Champs

2004 Inis Bofin, Co. Mayo

Connacht Schools Orienteering Championships 1999 was set for Tuesday 6th March in Clonbrock near Ahascragh, Co. Galway.

The following events to be organised by Sligo Orienteering Club were notified to the meeting:

25th April 1999 Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim

30th May 1999 Union Wood, Co. Sligo

26th September 1999 Ballygawley, Co. Sligo

31st October 1999 Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle, Co. Roscommon

28th November 1999 Slish Wood, Co. Sligo

12th December 1999 Hazel Wood, Sligo (Night Event)

The next Connacht Council meeting was scheduled for Wed 14th April 1999


What's been happening in AFAS, the Association for Adventure Sports? The Board has resigned and the running of the organisation taken over by a caretaker Board chaired by mountaineer Dawson Stelfox.

The AFAS AGM has been set for March 27th at the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, where Dawson will be stepping down.

AFAS has bought the freehold of Tiglin from Coillte and a new Tiglin management structure is being set up with major involvement from mountaineering and canoeing and less from the other affiliates, including orienteering. The other affiliates (skiing, orienteering, sailing, etc) will have an advisory or consultative role in terms of training for their own sports but little or no direct involvement in running Tiglin.