DIY Orienteering


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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Leinster League Event – Curragh East, Co. Kildare December 5th, 2021

Our next event takes place at Curragh East, this coming Sunday 5th December. Start times available from 11am to 1am. Courses close at 3:00pm.

Location and Directions: 

The location is here: Grid Reference N 79040 11687 - Google maps: https://www.google.ie/maps/@53.150714,-6.8188034,17z

Directions from M7. 

Take Exit 13 from Southbound carriageway on the M7. At the roundabout, take the first exit, signposted Kilcullen & Athgarvan onto the R413.  Continue on R413 for 850ms to Lumville Cross Roads . Turn right onto L7042. Continue for 800ms and take the first right onto the access road for the Curragh Rugby Club. Turn right into their grounds. Parking is in the grounds of the rugby club.

Assembly and download are in the grounds of the rugby club and toilets are available in the club house. The Curragh Golf Club is marked on all maps as out of bounds. Use of any paths through the Golf Club is strictly prohibited for safety reasons.

Terrain: 

The Curragh’s open, undulating grassland makes for fast, unimpeded running. Furze is the dominant flora with some distinct stands of trees. Not every bush or man/sheep made track is mapped and navigational care should be taken. The Yellow and Orange courses are predominantly flat and on grassy tracks. Depending on the weather on the days up to the event, they may be buggy friendly. Neither of these courses crosses a road.

Courses:  

There are 2 starts.
Yellow, Orange and Red will start at the South Western corner of the car park.
Light Green, Short Green, Green, Blue and Brown will have a 1 km walk to their start. The route to the start will be signed.

 

Course

Length

Climb

No. of Controls

Yellow

2.1kms

10ms

10

Orange

2.8kms

20ms

10

Red

4.7kms

30ms

13

Light Green

4.5kms

35ms

10

Short Green

4.5kms

65ms

10

Green

5.9kms

75ms

14

Blue

8.1kms

110ms

17

Brown

10.1kms

130ms

23

 

SIAC will be enabled. (Punching start and finish)

Maps: 

 The maps will be printed on A4 waterproof paper. Control descriptions will be printed on all maps while loose descriptions will be available at the start. Yellow and Orange courses will be scaled at 1:7,500. All other courses will be at 1;10,000.

Entries: 

Entries Close on Friday, December 3rd at 24:00. There will be no entries available on the day. If you need to hire an SI card, you can indicate this on the entry form - these will be pre-allocated, and can be collected at registration, to be returned at the finish. Lost cards cost €40 to replace! Registration will be used for collection of SI rentals and downloading of results.

Entries via the online system at https://www.orienteering.ie/fixtures/curragh-east-18/

Participants are limited to 200 - If you plan to bring a group, please contact us at cnoc@orienteering.ie ahead of time so that we can have maps and SI cards available to you promptly.

Results: 

Results will be posted on https://www.orienteering.ie

Prices:

  • Adults  €8
  • Students, Juniors and those over 65 years €5
  • Family: 2 Adults and up to 5 Juniors €20

    
Whether you are a complete novice, a family, or a seasoned veteran, there is a course to suit. If you are new to orienteering, drop us an email beforehand, or ask us on the day (at the event) for advice. I'd suggest beginner children or families start on the Yellow course, and beginner adults could try the Red course - both are technically easy, the only difference being the length involved.

Dogs: 

The Curragh is sheep country! While dogs are allowed, they must be kept on a leash. 

Litter:  

Please bring your waste home with you - do not expect the organisers to take it away for you!

Covid-19:  

Please study the Irish Orienteering Association's Covid-19 guidelines (https://www.orienteering.ie/about-us/covid-19-return-to-orienteering/) carefully and pay special attention to the Participant Code of Conduct.

Monday, November 8, 2021

Leinster League Event - Oughaval Woods (Stradbally, Co. Laois), Nov 14th

Our next event (and first one post-Covid restrictions) takes place at Oughaval Woods, outside Stradbally, Co. Laois, this coming Sunday 14th November. Start times available from 11am to 1am. 

 The location is here: 

https://www.google.com/maps/search/oughaval+woods/@53.0045822,-7.1266803,18z/data=!3m1!4b1

Whether you are a complete novice, a family, or a seasoned veteran, there is a course to suit. If you are new to orienteering, drop us an email beforehand, or ask us on the day (at the event) for advice. I'd suggest beginner children or families start on the Yellow course, and beginner adults could try the Red course - both are technically easy, the only difference being the length/climb involved.

Specifically, the course details are as follows: 

Course         Controls  Length  Climb
Yellow          10            2.1 km    70 m
Orange          9             2.0 km    70 m
Red              11            5.0 km    145 m
Light Green   10           2.9 km    100 m
Short Green  10            2.6 km    80 m
Green           14            5.1 km    160 m
Blue             18            6.0 km    220 m
Brown          18            7.5 km    330 m

Start and finish are adjacent to the car park. There may be some small map corrections available to view at the start for longer courses (the maps were printed for the original event in March 2020, which never happened). In general, the forest is in good condition.

Entries are available up to Friday night @ midnight via the online system at https://www.orienteering.ie/fixtures/oughaval-3/  - There won't be any entries available on the day - registration tent will only be for SI rental pickup, and result downloads.

If you need to hire an SI card, you can indicate this on the entry form - these will be preallocated, and can be collected at registration, to be returned at the finish. Lost cards cost €40 to replace!

If you are planning on bringing a group, it would be imperative to contact us ahead of time, so we can ensure we print enough maps, etc.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

New Lumville MapRun6 Family Fun Course

 

Niamh has put on her planning hat and setup a new MapRun6 course suitable for all ages on the Curragh at Lumville - get out there and have a run in the sun!

Remember to stay safe, and we'll all be back to regular programming at some stage! If you're new to MapRunF, you find all the details on our DIY Orienteering Page. Don't forget, there's also several existing courses up already on the Curragh and Donadea

Sunday, January 3, 2021

New Curragh MapRunF Courses

Some new Curragh MapRunF courses to keep you entertained, if you happen to live close enough to use them:

Remember to stay safe, and we'll all be back to regular programming at some stage! If you're new to MapRunF, you find all the details on our DIY Orienteering Page. Don't forget, there's also several existing courses up already on the Curragh and Donadea

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

New Naas MapRunF Orienteering Courses

Pat Healy has been hard at working planning and drawing up some new MapRunF virtual orienteering courses around the Naas urban area, covering many areas of local interest. The courses are short, easy to navigate and can be started at any point along the course, as they follow a loop. Plenty to keep you entertained over the holidays!

If you're new to MapRunF, you find all the details on our DIY Orienteering Page. Don't forget, there's also several existing courses up already on the Curragh and Donadea, and we're also planning some new longer courses on the Curragh.

 

Monday, February 24, 2020

Curragh Night-O - Feb 29th

This coming Saturday, we are holding the rescheduled Night-O on the Curragh - this was postponed earlier in the month due to one of the storms.

So, for anyone who wants to attend: here's a link on google maps:


Starts will be from from 7:00pm-8:00pm, to account for the lengthening evenings. 

Suitable for experienced orienteers, you must be at least 16 years old to compete. There will be two courses:

* Long; 5.2km 18 Controls
* Short; 2.9km 10 Controls

Map Scale is 1:7500, and don't forget to bring a good head torch! Cost is €7 for IOA club members and €8 for guests. SportIdent card hire is €2 for those who need one.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, January 20, 2020

Donadea Come-and-Try-It event - Jan 26th 2020

Our annual beginners event in Donadea Forest Park takes place this coming Sunday 26th January, with starts available from 11am to 1am. We hope to have the entrance barrier raised from 10:00am to 12:30am to facilitate free entry to the park for the event. The toilets in the forest park will also be open for the event.

Whether you are a complete novice, a family, or a seasoned veteran, there is a course to suit. The adventure is suitable for families or beginners. The Medium course is suitable for experienced orienteers and adult beginners and improvers who are can cope with off track forest running/walking. The Long course is suitable for adult improvers and experienced who are good at map reading and compass

Specifically, Eileen has three courses planned as follows:

* Adventure (2.8km)
* Medium (5.3km)
* Long (8km)
We will also have a small maze setup near the start/finish for people to try their skill at micro-scale orienteering.

Entry fees are the usual:

* Child/Student/Unwaged/OAP €5 (€4 for CNOC members)
* Adult €8 (€7 for CNOC members)
* Family €20. (€15 for CNOC members)

If you need to hire an SI card, we also rent them for €2, to be returned at the finish. Lost cards cost €40 to replace!

If you're not a member of a club, and would like to join CNOC on the day, we're offering free membership for the first year (its only €7 a year per adult after that anyways - full rates on cnoc.ie)

If you are planning on bringing a group, it would be useful to contact us ahead of time, so we can ensure we print enough maps, etc.

There will be refreshments after the finish, and in an effort to save on waste plastic, we'd encourage everyone to bring their own cups for refreshments afterwards. We'll also accept plastic map bags back for future re-use.