CNOC: Hill Wood up next

Joseph Butterfield, Hans Van Gelderen and Paul Butterfield at the CNOC orienteering event at Donadea forest park. Picture: Adrian Melia
The 2013 Curragh Naas Orienteering Club CNOC Summer Orienteering evening series continues on Tuesday evenings. The next event will be held in Hill Wood also known as Moore Abbey Wood, Monasterevin on Tuesday 28th May.

The 2013 Curragh Naas Orienteering Club CNOC Summer Orienteering evening series continues on Tuesday evenings. The next event will be held in Hill Wood also known as Moore Abbey Wood, Monasterevin on Tuesday 28th May.

The event entry is between 6 and 7pm and all courses close at 8.30pm as the cars must leave the forest. Orienteering is the sport of navigation.

The woods at Monasterevin are wonderful at any time but are particularly beautiful at bluebell time of the year and the courses available are suitable for walkers, beginners and family orienteering.

There will be three courses in Monasterevin from 8kms to 2.5 kms and 25 control points.

The longer courses are suitable for experienced orienteers and adventurous adults while the Adventure Trail category suitable for those who would like to add interest to their running or walking experience. Hill Wood is a good place to try out orienteering and there will be some instruction on the evening.

No special equipment or clothing needed though full leg cover is strongly recommended. Walkers and runners are welcome. The use of the orienteering maps and the timing to control points gives a focus, fun and variety to a walk.

The maps will be pre-marked and electronic timing used.

The courses should take most people less than an hour.

Meanwhile in Donadea Forest on 21 May there was a beautiful sunny evening perfect for orienteering. The sun filtered through the fresh vibrant green of the beech leaves, the air was balmy.

The courses were planned to avoid thick undergrowth so fast times were recorded. Course planner Eileen Loughman had set out twenty five points throughout the forest and the challenge was to check in at the correct number for your course in the fastest possible time.

Medium Course 18 control points: The winner here was Una May 3roc and Celbridge resident in a very good 36.13 minutes. Second was Tony Joyce M50 CNOC in 41.56 mins while third was Brendan McGrath M65 3roc in 44.16. Jim Mulrooney M50 SET was fourth in 47.12, Stephen Bailie M35 was fifth in 48.01, Melvin Perry M55 was sixth 52.46 and Edmund O’Neill M21 was seventh in 53.07.

Naas junior Siobhan Delaney CNOC had a good run to finish overall eighth in 54.00, Triona Muldoon was ninth in 58.02 and Creide O’Sullivan GEN was tenth in 59.12.

Long Course 22 control points: Ray Holohan M35 was the winner with an outstanding time of 36.03mins. Ger Butler M213roc was second in 38.04 with Conor Short M21 CNOC third in 39.30. Dave Weston M50 SET in 45.32 was just ahead of club mate Angus Tyner M40 in 46.26 with Gavan Doherty GEN sixth in 48.17. Aoife McCavana W18 Gen was the first woman in 59.48 minutes with Mary O’Connell W50 second in 62.35 with Celbridge resident Eileen Walsh W45 third in 64.58.

Adventure Course 9 control points: A very confident fast runner Shannon Bailie W10 was first to finish in 22.39 with Edmund O’Neill M21 second in 23.00. Neasan Brazil M12 SET was third in 23.08 with Daniel Joyce M12 CNOC next in 24.06. Theresa Doyle W50 was fifth in 27.52 with Caoimhe May W10 next in 28.16 and Oisin May in 30.45.