Jennie Taylor, Communications Officer at British Orienteering, caught up with Philip Mc Goldrick at Fermanagh Orienteers who recently hosted an international event in Florencecourt and Castle Saunderson in Northern Ireland last weekend.
Philip told Jennie about the recent Northern Ireland Orienteering Championships and the Senior Home Internationals competition.
"Fermanagh Orienteers, known as Fermo, are a friendly Orienteering club based in the Fermanagh, Cavan and Tyrone area. We hold regular orienteering and training events all of which can be checked out on our orienteering club Facebook page or on the Fermanagh Orienteers website.
We recently hosted the Northern Ireland Orienteering Championships incorporating the Senior Home International Competition between England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. We were pleased to receive many compliments about the quality and organisation of this event.”
There were 220 competitors including the internationals with many coming from all over Ireland. The Northern Ireland orienteering Championships saw two local champions in two of the age classes. Ciara Largey from Omagh who won the women’s W21 Elite and Swanlinbars Garbhan Mc Goldrick who won the men’s 12
Left Photo: Ciara Largey winner of the W21 Elite. Photo supplied by Fermanagh Orienteers. Right Photo: Left to right: Ben Cairns, Lagan Valley Orienteers (2nd place), Garbhan Mc Goldrick, Fermanagh Orienteers (1st place) and Oliver OKane, Lagan Valley Orienteers (3rd place).
“The Senior Home Internationals competition was very close with England and Scotland in a tie at the end of Day One in the Individual race in Florencecourt with Ireland just ahead of Wales.
Day Two was held at Castle Saunderson and was the Relay competition. Here England just pipped Scotland by the narrowest of margins. Ireland finished in 3rd place and Wales in 4th.
Orienteering is a sport for all ages and abilities, an adventure sport, a sport which values the outdoors and treats the countryside it uses with the greatest respect. We would like to encourage more people to give it a go.”
Full results and legs split times are now available – here.
Results from the 2017 Northern Ireland Individual Championships and the Senior Home International Individual Event – available here.
British Orienteering would like to thank Fermanagh Orienteers for hosting both of these competitions and for providing a great weekend of orienteering. Congratulations to all who took part.