Thursday, May 17, 2018

Summer Series 2018 No 2 - Donadea Forest Park

The series continues, this time with a run around the mostly flat forest in Donadea. A maze of small trails offer fast running, but there are plenty of little tricky earth features in the woods to keep you on your toes.

Start Times from 18:00 to 19:30.

There will be three courses on offer, suitable for all abilities:

* Adventure Course (2.9km)
* Medium Course (4.7km)
* Long Course (7.2km)

Entry fees are as follows:

* 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 night, 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. We also offer a discounted rate for pre-booked youth groups - message us for details.

Car parking is in the main forest car park - the forest entrance barrier will be open from 17:00 to 19:00 to facilitate free entry for those attending the event. The barrier closes automatically at 21:00, so courses will close strictly by 20:30 to enable us to get out in time.

Since the series has five events this year, your best three results will count towards league placings. Similarly, juniors who take part in any three events will get a small token at the prizegiving following the last event on 19th June.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Summer Series 2018 No 1 - Naas Lakelands (Urban)

The first event in this years Summer series takes place around the parks and estates of the Lakelands part of Naas town. Fast and furious running, combined with navigating a maze of estates and green areas, make for great orienteering.

Start Times from 18:00 to 19:30.

There will be three courses on offer, suitable for all abilities:

* Adventure Course (1.2km, 14 Controls)
* Medium Course (2.8km, 16 Controls)
* Long Course (4.8Km, 22Controls.)

Entry fees are as follows:

* 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 night, 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. We also offer a discounted rate for pre-booked youth groups - message us for details.

Car parking will be at the Staff carpark situated North of the HSE St. Mary's Building in the grounds of Naas Hospital. Enter the main entrance to Naas Hospital and keep left - follow the road down between some buildings, then at T junction take left. The Staff carpark is here on the left (our registration tents will be pitched around here) and will empty out from 17:30pm. There are no pay machines in the Staff carpark and clamping will not happen on the evening. However bear in mind, if you park in a different car park where there are pay machines you will need to pay.

Since the series has five events this year, your best three results will count towards league placings. Similarly, juniors who take part in any three events will get a small token at the prizegiving following the last event on 19th June.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

CNOC Summer Series 2018

It's that time of year again, when we host a series of evening events around the Kildare and West Wicklow region, with courses suitable for all abilities! A great opportunity for schools, youth groups, families, and regular orienteers to get out and enjoy the outdoors, good weather guaranteed*.

The events this year are:
  • Naas (Urban Map) on Tues 15th May
  • Donadea Forest on Tues 22nd May
  • Curragh (Sunnyhill End) on Tues 29th May
  • Newbridge (Urban Map) on Tues 12th June
  • Hollywood on Tues 19th June (Prizegiving)
Same format as previous years - starts each night from 6:30pm onwards, courses closing at 8:30pm. There will be three courses each night:
  • Adventure (~2-3km)
  • Medium (~4-5km)
  • Long (~7-8k)
The series runs as a league, with small prizes for First, Second and Third place on each course, for both men and women. Places are based on your best four events out of five, and any junior compeditor (M/W18 and lower) will get a small prize just for attending any four of the events, regardless of placement.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Donadea "Come-and-Try-It" Event - 21st Jan

We are hosting an event in Donadea Forest Park on 21st Jan, so why not pop along and join in - whether you are giving orienteering a go for the first time, or stretching those legs after the Xmas holidays (with the Leinster Champs looming).

Regarding courses, Eileen has planned something suitable for all - young and old, beginners to experienced.

* Long Course (7.5km - Experienced Orienteers)
* Medium Course (5km - Improving Orienteers)
* Short Course (3km - Beginners or Families)
* Nature Trail (1.5km - Children or Families)

The forest is mostly flat, so climb is minimal. On the longer courses, expect the usual amount of Jan undergrowth off the tracks, and full leg cover + gaiters are advised.

The usual entry fees apply:

* €5 for a Child/Student/OAP
* €8 for an Adult
* €20 for a Family (2 adults + kids)

Start times available from 11am to 1pm, with courses closing at 3pm.

SI cards will be used, and electronic timing. If you need to rent an SI card, we will have a stock available at the registration (€2 rental fee)

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Leinster League - Dunmore Wood, Co Laois

CNOC are hosting a leinster league event this Sunday on a new map in Dunmore woods. 

The details  are as follows:

Starts from 11a.m. to 1.00p.m., course closes 2.00 p.m.

Yellow - 2.1 km 11controls 
Orange- 2.04 km 12 controls
Red   - 3.2 km, 14 controls
Light green- 3.41km 15 controls
Green- 4.2km 17 controls
Blue- 4.9 km 19 controls
Brown 7.5km 29 controls (with map exch
a
nge)

Leg cover recommended for light green courses up. It is very wet! You will be muddy!

Terrain is typical of old estate hunting grounds. Mature deciduous forest, specimen trees, interspersed with more recent sections of planted, reasonably mature coniferous forest, 
l
aurel adds additional challenges in some areas. The River Nore flanks the map to the east with the River Gully traversing the map, STRICTLY crossable only at bridges. This is a protected river and special area of conservation, one of the few remaining areas for the freshwater Pearl mussel. 
Please be considerate of other forest users.

Parents please remind your children of water safety, the Junior courses are away from rivers except at bridge crossings. Rivers are high, remind children not to lean over the sides of the very, very, old bridges!

Mapped in 2015 by Pat Healy and Conall Whelan, extensively updated October
/November
2017 by Conall Whelan (mostly before storm Ophelia). There may be some additional fallen trees! Due to recent extreme weather conditions in Laois water holes, drains etc. are currently larger than mapped. Take care.

Access: Please access forest/parking from R434 to prevent any build up of traffic on the N77.

From Dublin (M7) take second exit for Portlaoise/Abbeyleix/Durrow, head along N77 ( old Dublin Cork road) you will pass Abbeyleix and the turning for Dunmore wood and head on to Durrow, turning right just before the village, R434 signposted for Rathdowney, continue past the houses and turn right onto L1652 
(signposted for Ballinakill)
.
 
The Wood is towards the end of the road. If the parking is full the parking officials will wave you on to either Dunnes garden centre or the G.A.A. pitch which you have already passed!

From Cork, ( M8 south) exit at junction 3, Rathdowney. Follow signs for Durrow R433, turning right onto the R434 (very dangerous junction at bend in road), then left 
onto L1652 
(signposted for Ballinakill)
.
 
The Wood is towards the end of the road. If the parking is full the parking officials will wave you on to either Dunnes garden centre or the G.A.A. pitch.

Parking:  
Limited parking at the forest, additional parking at
Dunnes Garden Centre, N77, to the north of Durrow
, short walk
(
Extreme overflow parking at G.A.A. pitch which is 1 km walk away- just in case!).
Please follow directions of parking officials
.

Toilet stop! Harps GAA have agreed to allow us to use their new toilets! Location is here. No toilets available at the Wood. Abbeyleix Manor Hotel could also be a toilet stop if you're coming from Dublin direction. Toilet facilities are also available at both motorway junction exits

Refreshment available locally (in order of distance from event!) at Castlewood Organic farm, soup, cakes etc. (Also organic meats, apple juice etc. for sale) opposite garden centre. 
Castle Arms hotel -carvery lunch, in village. 
Lawlors (near bank) and Gala (on the green) for a sandwich to take away.
Castle Durrow (once you've cleaned up) for a treat!
A
bbeyleix have a couple of cafés, a hotel and supermarkets with deli counters too.

xtensive range of Christmas trees, seasonal planters, bulbs, bare root trees etc available at very reasonable prices! Please support.

Hop
ing
 you enjoy a rare orienteering opportunity in Laois!

CNOC are also looking to buy some new club gear we will have new designs to be looked at on Sunday. 
Please ask to see them if you are interested.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Summer Series 2017 Prizewinners

Heres the final results from the 2017 Summer Series - prizegiving tonight at the Hollywood Event and BBQ

Long (Men)

Kevin O’Boyle (CNOC)
Cillín Corbet (CORKO)
Killian Brennan (CNOC)

Long (Women)

Niamh O’Boyle (CNOC)
Eileen Young (FIN)
Ruth Lynam (CNOC)

Medium (Men)

Paul Nolan (GEN)
Luke Gillespie (DFO)
Oran Harrison (DFO)

Medium (Women)


Eileen Loughman (CNOC)
Barbara Foley-Fisher (MNAV)
Karena Hanley (-)

Adventure (Men)


Gerry Browne (GEN)
Conor Masterson (CNOC)
Tivon Tyner (SET)

Adventure (Women)

Catherine Joyce (CNOC)
Emily O’Mullane (GEN)
Niamh Browne (GEN)

Juniors Completing Four Events

Gerry Browne
Catherine Joyce
Daniel Joyce
Aoife Masterson
Conor Masterson
Emily O'Mullane
Tivon Tyner
Conor O'Brien
Niamh Browne
Hugh Browne
Conor O' Boyle
Donnacha Malone
Cliodhna Donaghy
Sadhbh Crowley
Finn Crowley

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Summer Series Final Event 2017 - Hollywood, Co Wicklow

The final event of the summer series (not part of the league) is our annual Score event and Barbecue in Hollywood, next Tuesday 20th June.


Google Maps: https://www.google.ie/maps/@53.0921908,-6.5969137,18.58z

Two Courses on offer:
Score event with 50 mins time limit
Adventure Course 3.1 km (all on tracks & some small paths, but not suitable for buggies.)

Parking is outside the two pubs and is not plentiful, Please don't obstruct gates, or other traffic, and if necessary please park down the road by the church or the school. Registration and download outside Tutty's pub.

Start times 1830 to 2000.  Courses will close at 2100

Start and Finish are 400m up the road at the forest entrance.

Please don't forget to download.

Barbecue from 19:30 in Tutty's pub. Prizegiving for the Summer Series at around 20:30
.
Planner: Ruth Lynam
Organiser: Don Short