Special CNOC outing to Monasterevin

Aisling Cotter, coming through the bluebells while taking part in the CNOC Orienteering event at Monastrevin woods. Picture: Adrian Melia
The sun filtered through from time to time and the fresh vibrant green of the new beech leaves contrasting with the magnificent swathes of bluebells made this a very special evening to be in Monasterevin to discover the hidden parts of the forest.

The sun filtered through from time to time and the fresh vibrant green of the new beech leaves contrasting with the magnificent swathes of bluebells made this a very special evening to be in Monasterevin to discover the hidden parts of the forest.

The 28th May was a beautiful sunny day perfect for orienteering however the rain fell about 5pm on the beautiful Hill Wood also known as the Moore Abbey Wood. This made underfoot conditions difficult and slippery not to mention wet as some parts of the woods have thick undergrowth.

Conor Short M21 CNOC has recently been selected for the Irish Senior Team travelling to the World Championships in Finland in July. Conor showing both strength and speed in the challenging terrain ran well to post an exceptionally fast time.

Adventure Course 10 control points:

Fast runner Laoise Ryan W12 from Newbridge was first to finish in 35.35. D. Kosowick M20 was second in 38.08 with fellow outdoor pursuits student D. Kubik third in 36.38. Louise Butler W21 was the second lady in 43.09 just ahead of Theresa Doyle Ajax in 43.44. Anyta Richardson Fin was next in 43.48. Matthew Walsh M10 Set was seventh in 44.46 with Daniel Joyce M12 CNOC next in 48.38 and brave sister Catherine Joyce was the first W10 on the course in 72.01.

Medium Course 15 control points: The winner was Kill resident Melvyn Perry with a good time of 36.34 minutes. Second place went to Brendan McGrath M65 3Roc in 37.55s. The first lady was Eileen Loughman CNOC fourth in 43.22 closely followed by Clane resident Creide O’Sullivan in fifth in 43.55. David Quinn GEN was sixth in 45.12, John Cotter M35 seventh in 46.33, Anthony Boland eighth in 47.29 and third lady was Aine Ui Shuilleabhan third lady in 51.21 minutes.

Long Course 22 control points: Conor Short M21 CNOC was the winner with an outstanding time of 28.09mins. Ray Holohan M35 was second in 38.51 with Jonathan Quinn M18 GEN third in 39.50. Dave Weston M50 SET in 41.16 was just ahead of club mate Paul Keville M21 in 41.51. Marcus Geoghegan M50 AJAX was sixth in 42.17 just ahead of Phillip Brennan SET 42.24. Ruth Lynam CNOC was the first lady in 54.18 minutes with Celbridge resident Eileen Walsh SET second in 63.18 and Bernie O’Boyle from Newbridge third in 66.20minutes.

Summer Series Next Event: June 11 Sunnyhill The Curragh.