Hill Wood also known as Moore Abbey Wood located on the Athy Road at Monasterevin is the venue for the third event of the CNOC series on 29th June. The venue for the fourth event in the summer series on 12th June is the Curragh, starting in the Sunnyhill area.
Donadea Forest Park was the venue for the second event in the summer series on 22nd May. The forest park looked so beautiful last Tuesday, the emerging pale green leaves dappled in evening sunshine.
The air was clear, fresh and vibrant. It was so good to be orienteering through the forest and enjoying nature.
Eileen Loughman was the planner setting challenging courses while still allowing for fast running. The organisation of an orienteering event is complex. The map needs to be updated. The courses have to be planned carefully to avoid brambles and other impassable vegetation while setting navigational challenges. The courses have also to vary in physical and mental difficulty. The maps are pre-printed on waterproof paper and there is electronic timing at every control.
Orienteering is the sport of navigation on foot with the aid of a map. Map reading is a key skill which can be developed with practice. Orienteering, trail running or walking are sports for all ages and are a lot of fun.
The events are open to all and anyone seeking adventure is welcome especially beginners. The Adventure Trail course is specially designed to encourage runners or walkers to try some adventure. Special equipment is not needed and people can go in families, twos or individually.
DONADEA 22ND MAY RESULTS
Medium Course 4.4kms 18 controls: This course was the most popular with 42 participants of all ages. The winner was Justin May 3roc M55 in 28.14 minutes followed by Tony Joyce CNOC M45 in 32.49. Roisin Long Ajax a very fit sixteen years old was third in 34.01. Kevin O’Riordan Set M21 was 34.13 while another member of the talented Long family Ruairi M14 was 35.22. Cian May 3roc M10 was 35.55. Siobhan Delaney W16 CNOC was 36.00 and second lady with Eileen Walsh Set W35 third lady in 41.15.
Long Course 7.2kms 22 controls: Gerard Butler 3roc was the winner with an impressive time of 48.05 minutes. Angus Tyner Set M40 was second in 51.03 with Quinn brothers Laurence M18 and Jonathan M16 next in 54.03 and 54.51 respectively. First lady home was Ruth Lynam CNOC in 67.18 with Maeve O’Grady second in 69.44 and Bernie O’Boyle CNOC was 87.20.
Short Course 2.2kms 10 controls: Luke Farrell M14 DLSO was first in 27.52 mins with Declan Carberry DFO second in 28.44. Shannon Bailie W10 was first junior lady in 30.46 with Caoimhe May W10 was second in 33.12 followed by Aoife O’Sullivan in 33.29. Oisin May M10 was 33.42.
Adventure Trail/Run 4.4kms with 17 controls: Gearoid Tourain M21 was the fastest in 39.57 with Rhona McGrath second in 42.49 minutes and first lady. John Cradden was third in 51.05 followed by George Murray 57.31, Robbie Maxwell 58.11, Angela Lynch 76.42 and Aoife Hynes 77 minutes.
Thanks to Coillte for the use of the forest park and to all who helped with this event.
Further information on cnoc.ie.