Meet the Irish WOC team

Heres the low-down on the Irish WOC team.

Mens Team

 

Name:  Neil Dobbs

Age:  30

Clubs:  WatO, IFK Lidingö

 What races are you running at WOC 2010?   Middle

 What is your most memorable orienteering race? 

28th Billygoat in 2006. That and last year’s WOC relay.

 Where is your favourite orienteering map?

 le Lac d’Aydat – it’s as technical as it gets, lava flow that turned into a sea of hills and depressions with low visibility and good cheese in Auvergne, France 🙂

 Where is your favourite training run?

 From house to the top of Minaun in Achill, almost all on beautiful bog.

Who is your orienteering inspiration?   John Feehan

What is your main WOC 2010 ambition?   Top 20 in the Relay if selected, top 40 in the Middle.

What do you hope to be doing in orienteering terms 10 years from now?

Organising training, coaching and competing

 

 

 Name:  David Healy

Age: 27

Clubs:  Great Eastern Navigators, Järla Orientering.

 What races are you running at WOC 2010?  Middle and Long.

 What is your most memorable orienteering race? 

2010 WOC long selection race, it was most recent so I remember alot of it.

Where is your favourite orienteering map?   Nackareservatet, Stockholm.

 Where is your favourite training run?  3rock mountain terrain run.

 Who is your orienteering inspiration?  Trimtex, it inspires me to run faster.

 What is your main WOC 2010 ambition?  To run as best as I can with minimal mistakes and qualify for a final.

What do you hope to be doing in orienteering terms 10 years from now?  Building a Scandi-esq club in Dublin.

 

 

 

Name:  Shane Lynch

Age:   30

Clubs:  Corko and SYO

 What races are you running at WOC 2010?  Sprint

What is your most memorable orienteering race?

Shamrock O’Ringen many years ago (at M15 age class?). Won a sprint finish on the chasing start on day 3. Also, some good performances in the UK earlier this year.

Where is your favourite orienteering map?  Bishop Wood, Lake district

Where is your favourite training run?  Ridge run in the Lake district

Who is your orienteering inspiration?  Jani Lakinen

What is your main WOC 2010 ambition?

To run a clean race at top speed.

What do you hope to be doing in orienteering terms 10 years from now? 

Coaching and promoting the sport.

 

 

Name:  Seamus O’Boyle

Age:  23

Clubs:  CNOC

 What races are you running at WOC 2010?  Sprint

What is your most memorable orienteering race?   Any of the spring cups

Where is your favourite orienteering map? Crossmuirin.

Where is your favourite training run?  The Curragh

Who is your orienteering inspiration?  The flying frenchman

What is your main WOC 2010 ambition?  Get through quali

What do you hope to be doing in orienteering terms 10 years from now? 

Still doing it!

 

 

Name:  Andrew Quin

Age:  31

Clubs:  3ROC, IFK Lidingö

 What races are you running at WOC 2010?

Middle and Long

What is your most memorable orienteering race?

There have been a few very memorable races! Typically the most memorable are the ones I put a little extra preparation into, such as the Irish Championships, 10 Mila, Jukola and the WOC races. (I also like to remember the races I did well in!) 10 Mila 2005 stands out; I had a storming run, and was only 13min behind Anders Norberg on the “Long Night” leg. It was over 17km, and I started running about 01:00. I remember the sports drink had frozen at one of the drinks stations…

Where is your favourite orienteering map?

A difficult question to answer! I like a combination of a large area with natural terrain – not too affected by human activities, which has decent enough runnability, and requires various orienteering tactics. And of course, the map should be good quality! In Ireland, Crohane is probably top among my favourites. In Sweden there are some really nice maps – there are a number south of Stockholm, but I have a hard time picking out favourites!

Where is your favourite training run?

I would probably have to say that the “Reflector trail” from our club house on Lidingö is one of my favourites. It’s 8km in terrain in pretty forest, and we run it night and day in rain, snow and sunshine.

Who is your orienteering inspiration?

John Feehan’s races at WOC in Finland 2001 are an inspiration – he showed that it is perfectly possible for an Irish runner to qualify for finals, and perform well. I hope that we will see Irish runner’s do well in finals soon – and with the young, talented runners that we have now, we probably won’t have too long to wait!

Also, when I joined IFK Lidingö, the Swedish national team runner, Johan Näsman, was at his peak. He was an incredibly consistent top runner, and had an impressive array of national and international results. He was particularly good in relays, where he often ran the last leg. He didn’t earn the nickname “The Terminator” for nothing!

 What is your main WOC 2010 ambition?

I hope to make it to a final. Being practical about it, I have a small chance in the middle, where at recent WOCs I have been within a few minutes of qualifying. This year, I have trained much in Trondheim, and with some final preparations before WOC I hope to increase my chances somewhat. It would be an honour to be selected to run for the relay team, and, together with the team, get a good result (top 20).

What do you hope to be doing in orienteering terms 10 years from now?

In 10 years I have no idea what I will be doing! It might be time to settle down to a somewhat more normal life – what they call a “Villa, Volvo, Vovve”- life in Sweden (“vovve” is slang for a dog…) But I’m sure I won’t have left orienteering behind completely – and I would be keen to help with the development of elite orienteering in Ireland.

 

Name:  Nicolas Simonin

Age:  20

Clubs:  BOC/ IFK Lidingö

 What races are you running at WOC 2010?    Long, Sprint and hopefully Relay

 What is your most memorable orienteering race? 

Hard to say just one I have thankfully had so many. From just this season so far it would have to be Long night at Tiomila. To have heard so many great stories from it, I now have my own story to tell.

 Where is your favourite orienteering map?    I’m a big fan of the maps in Stockholm(particularly south of stockholm). I basically like maps that are technically challenging and also fast.

 Where is your favourite training run?   Did some pretty amazing runs in the swiss-alps last year around Interlaken.

 Who is your orienteering inspiration?

  Don’t really have one but if i was to pick some guys they would be Merz, Hubmann, Nordberg etc.

What is your main WOC 2010 ambition?    Qualify for Finals, keep improving and have a good time.

 What do you hope to be doing in orienteering terms 10 years from now?  

Competing at the top level of international orienteering and kicking lots of scandi ass

 

 Womens Team

 

Name:  Susan  Lambe

Age:  30

Clubs:  LVO

 What races are you running at WOC 2010?  Sprint

 What is your most memorable orienteering race?

IOC this year was, for me, a weekend of (nearly) clean running.  Friday evening at Coleraine was always going to be my strongest day, and it started things off on a high note.  I have always loved urban racing since I first encountered it at the Junior European Championships in Switzerland many years ago.  A figure-of-eight loop through the town centre, almost running full-tilt into unsuspecting locals loaded down with shopping bags – superb!

 Where is your favourite orienteering map?

In keeping with the sprint focus, I think our two sprint standard university maps in NI are excellent (Queens and University of Ulster at Coleraine).  Looking forward to trying out the Stranmillis & Queens Elms map at next year’s JK.  I’m also trying to find an excuse to make a trip back to Venice, to enjoy the annual streetO in November.

 Where is your favourite training run?

I’ve been training with Queens Orienteering Club from last autumn up until a few weeks ago.  We train round Barnett’s Park & Belvoir Forest in Belfast, all part of Lagan Valley Regional Parks, which offers a bit of everything.  Hills, towpath, forest, trail, oh and more hills.  I’m lucky to live in the city and still be within striking distance of physical training that’s so much more than just pounding the tarmac.

Who is your orienteering inspiration? 

There are a huge number of inspiring people involved in our sport, from the top elite international runners, to our own international squad, to those who dedicate so much at club level.  I would find it impossible to single out just one!

What is your main WOC 2010 ambition?    To finish my race knowing I ran the best I possibly could have.

What do you hope to be doing in orienteering terms 10 years from now?

Aged 40 by that stage, I would love to still be enjoying my sport.  And also to be the owner of two knees which are strong enough to carry me over the terrain.

 

Name:  Ciara Largey          

Age:  23

Clubs:   Fermanagh Orienteers (FERMO), Queen’s University Belfast Orienteering club (QUBOC)

What races are you running at WOC 2010?   Long distance and Relay.

What is your most memorable orienteering race? 

 IOC 09 W21E Classic distance. My kind of terrain (Donegal hills and marsh), my favourite distance, and it was especially nice to win the title

Where is your favourite orienteering map?   Inishboffin

Where is your favourite training run?    Gortin glens. Lots of hilly tracks through forest, so good for getting fit.

Who is your orienteering inspiration? 

Ruth Lynam. She’s amazing and has taught me loads. I pretend I’m her on the start line because she’s always so calm and completely unflustered. Here’s to you Ruth! 

What is your main WOC 2010 ambition? 

I’d like to have a reasonably clean run and get that little bit closer to qualifying for the final than in previous years. To qualify would be unbelievable.

What do you hope to be doing in orienteering terms 10 years from now?    I hope I’m still enjoying it and competing all over the world.

 

 

Name:  Rosalind Hussey

Age:   23

Clubs:  FermO, DUO, FVO

 What races are you running at WOC 2010?  Sprint, Middle, Relay

 What is your most memorable orienteering race?

 Running last leg in Venla for a random Finnish club, Maarian Mahti. Went out well down the field, but felt great to have a clean, fast run and pass hundreds of people. The highlight of a really tough weeks racing in Finland.

 Where is your favourite orienteering map? 

I really enjoy racing in the old town area of Edinburgh when EUOC hold their annual Big Weekend. It’s as if the city was designed for tough, intricate urban orienteering.

Where is your favourite training run?

There is a fantastic, undulating forest trail marked for 10 k near where I lived in Leksand – Källbergets Milen. Buried under snow for much of my stay I didn’t get to avail of it as much as I would have liked. Would love to have a similar route here in Dublin!

 Who is your orienteering inspiration?

 I feel really inspired when I see orienteers really making the sacrifices, putting in all the necessary training, beginning to improve greatly and start to get really impressive results. I can think of a number of people that have inspired me through such progress over the years.

 What is your main WOC 2010 ambition? 

Through my experiences last year I feel that qualification is possible but not probable. I aim to put in clean, controlled runs to give myself the best possible chance.

 What do you hope to be doing in orienteering terms 10 years from now?

Polishing my WOC medals and competing for more. “He who does not hope to win has already lost” – José Joaquín de Olmedo

 

Name:  Niamh O’Boyle

Age:  26

Clubs:  CNOC

What races are you running at WOC 2010?     Sprint, Long and Relay

What is your most memorable orienteering race? 

The 1994 W10 Leinster Championships in Glencree – my first orienteering race! I had a deadly run and thought that the terrain was great, although when I look back at the map it was all along a track

Where is your favourite orienteering map? 

In Ireland, I really like orienteering in Djouce woods and in West Cork. The sprint map at University of Ulster in Coleraine is also world class. Further afield, Lunsen near Uppsala in Sweden is a brilliant area.

Where is your favourite training run?

The Curragh early in the morning – you can run for miles and miles without doing the same loop twice

Who is your orienteering inspiration?

Nobody in particular – I have admiration for anyone who pushes themselves to their limits and achieves their potential.

What is your main WOC 2010 ambition?    To have clean, fast races. I will be pleased if I can achieve that.

What do you hope to be doing in orienteering terms 10 years from now?   Still getting out there and enjoying it.

 

Team manager

 

Name:  Kyle Heron

Age:  22

Clubs:  Forth Valley Orienteers

What is your most memorable orienteering race?

 Any of the times I’ve ran in one of the large Scandinavian relays, they are always a great experience.

Where is your favourite orienteering map?

It has to be The Trossachs in Scotland, an area where if you can run sub 10min/km you join a very select group of athletes!

Where is your favourite training run?

Anything around the forest tracks of Strathyre is great, the only option there is to climb.

Who is your orienteering inspiration?

Hilda Astbury, who introduced me to orienteering. She was still competing well into her 70’s and hasn’t stopped coaching the local juniors yet.

What is your main WOC 2010 ambition?

To oversee all the athletes performing at the top of their game, if they are happy at the end of the week then I will be too.

What do you hope to be doing in orienteering terms 10 years from now?

 Competing for my country as a senior may just still be possible if I can put in the time and effort…

Responses

  1. roz = legend

  2. All legends. Go team Ireland!

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