Hollywood Village is the venue for the fifth and final event in the Adventure and Orienteering Series organized by Curragh Naas Orienteering Club. The event is on Tuesday evening 19th June with starts from 6pm to 7pm.
The Sunnyhill area of the Curragh was the venue for the fourth event in the summer series on 12th June. The evening was wet last Tuesday nevertheless there was a good turnout and all enjoyed the orienteering. It was so good to be navigating through the ups and downs and furze thickets all the while enjoying nature even in the rain. Ruairi Short was the planner setting challenging courses allowing for fast running.
The organisation of an orienteering event is complex. Ruairi updated some areas of the map and also set navigational challenges by carefully placing the control points in intricate areas. The maps were pre-printed on waterproof paper and there was electronic timing at every control. It was a fun event.
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.
Medium Course 4kms 17 controls: This course was the most popular on the evening with participants of all ages. The winner just back in Newbridge from Sweden was Niamh O’Boyle CNOC W21 in 27.02 minutes followed by David Masterson CNOC M21 in 33.17. Aoife McAvanna GEN a very fit sixteen years old was third in 35.46 while Caoimhe O’Boyle another equally fit W16 was 36.02. Tony Joyce was fifth in 36.13 with Mary O’Connell sixth in 37.10.
Long Course 6.5kms 28 controls:
Colm Hill CNOC M21 and Curragh specialist was the winner in an impressive 36.47 minutes. Gerard Butler 3roc M21 was a close second with an equally impressive time of 36.52 minutes.
Jonathan Quinn GEN M16 was third in 40.24 which was a very good performance for a young athlete on his sixteenth birthday. Angus Tyner SET M40 was fourth in 44.41 with Ray Holohan DFO M21 fifth in 46.14. First lady home was Bernie O’Boyle CNOC.
Short Course 2.6kms 10 controls: Shannon Bailie W10 was first in 21.12 mins while Caoimhe May 3roc W10 was second in 24.52 followed by Scott Dunne M10 in 28.59. Jonathan Hodginkson M10 was next in 31.14 followed by Noirin Ni Shimid in 31.39 W 35 and Clodagh Rea W12 sixth in 31.46.
Adventure Trail/Run 4.5kms with 15 controls: Murray Cowan M40 was first home in 33.08mins with Martin Sweeney second in 42.38 and Trevor Kerley third in 44.24. Angela Lynch CNOC was the fastest lady in 51.23 with the impressive Zoe Tyner W10 second in 70.23 minutes. Karen McHugh was third in 98.12.
Thanks to all who helped with this event. Further information on cnoc.ie.