Don Short was the planner and organiser of last week’s (Tuesday evening) orienteering Summer Event which was held on the Curragh where the courses provided some interesting challenges in beautiful evening sunshine amid the furze bushes.
Long Course 22 Controls: Colm Moran 3roc was the winner in 37.42minutes with Kevin O’Boyle CNOC second in 39.24. Ray Houlihan Defence Forces was third in 41.07 with Cillin Corbett CorkO fourth in 41.22, Gerard Butler 3roc fifth in 42.20, Conor Short CNOC sixth in 44.03.
Aoife McCavana W18 GEN was the first lady in 59.01 minutes with Eileen Walsh SET second in 67.20.
In the Medium Course, 15 controls, Paul O’Byrne of the Defence Forces was the winner in 23.18 minutes with Una May 3roc second in 28.05 and Stephen Bailie Defence Forces third in 29.03.
Eddie O’Neill was fourth in 34.34, Heather Wood was fifth in 34.57, Eoin Browne sixth in 35.13, David Quinn seventh in 35.52 and Siobhan Delaney CNOC was third lady in 37.57.
The Adventure Course, 7 controls, Edmund O’Neill M21 won in 12.49, Chris Pollard M18 second in 15.47, Ruth Lynam third in 19.50, Shannon Bailie W10 fourth in 22.17, Keith Barrett fifth in 25.50, Oisin May M10 sixth in 26.08, Andrew Murray seventh in 26.11, Caoimhe May W10 eighth in 26.55 and Amy Coaghley tenth in 28.35.
Meanwhile the 2013 evening series continues this evening, Tuesday 21 May.
The event entry is between 6 and 7pm and all courses close at 8.30pm as all cars must leave the forest park before 9pm. The third event will be held in Hill Wood on the Athy Road, Monasterevin on the 28th May.
There will be three courses available from 8kms to 2.5 kms with 25 control points out in the forest and each course must visit and punch at a specified number.
The longer courses are suitable for experienced orienteers and adventurous adults.
There will be an Adventure Trail category suitable for those who would like to add interest to their running or walking experience.
Donadea Forest Park is a good place to begin orienteering and there will be some instruction on the evening.
There is no special equipment or clothing needed for these courses though full leg cover is strongly recommended.
Walkers and runners are particularly welcome.
The use of the orienteering maps and the timing to control points gives a great focus, fun and variety to a walk.
The specially produced maps will be pre-marked and electronic timing will be used. The courses should take most people less than an hour and a half.
Orienteering is a good opportunity to discover new paths and the beauty of the forest park.
Moore infor from cnoc.ie