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Friday, June 25, 2010

Message from the Chairman.

Our summer series has come to an end and was, I believe, a good series of challenging orienteering for the serious orienteer, and a fun family series for the not so serious ones. Helped in no small way by the excellent weather we had unprecedented turnouts. What may have seemed like a well oiled machine pumping out events was in fact a group of dedicated souls barely managing to keep the fires at bay.
At Donadea the download box failed and the event had to be reconstituted from the SI boxes. For the Curragh Lumville when over two hundred people took part. We ran out of maps, SI Cards and even entry forms. Hillwood at least went without a hitch possibly due to the fact that the event was run by Orla, Ollie & Billy, all army personnel! . At the Curragh Sunnyhill, a traveller wedding threatened the event when they took over the parking area but fortunately departed just days before. Also one of our control putterouters forgot to put kites on some of the stakes and I erroneously accused a group of young lads of stealing them. How they could possibly have found them I never stopped to consider! At Hollywood I dished out the wrong maps to the short course competitors, who ended up doing 4k. To compound this, the events that I had the evening before loaded onto the computer had mysteriously disappeared and all had to be re-entered on the fly.
All in a days work for the many of us who helped over the series. A big thank you to you all and to all who supported our events.
I took in the last of the controls at Hollywood forest yesterday and when I spotted a negative imprint in a bog, of what looked uncannily like Finn van Gelderens lower half I felt it was all worth while.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Summer Series - Hollywood

Last night we had our annual barbie in hollywood and it didn't rain!!

We had 128 runners (so more showed up as a few ran with only one si card). This final event took place in a score race format. Conor Short, fresh from his Chemistry paper took the honours in his home forest with Colm hot on heels. First female was Hazel Thompson.
From what I heard from the forest, Caomihe O'Boyle had the best "vault" of the night. A 10 out of 10 clearing of the gate in front of a big crowd as she took off to finish a credible 23rd.

A little map bagging mistake meant that the short got the adventure and the adventure got the short - apologies about this but sure wasn't it an adventure anyways :)

The Adventure was won by Karen Duggan (SET), not use if she wanted it but a win is a win is a win.
The Short was won in 27:56 by Clodagh Moran (3rock) with 5mins to spare.

Following the event we had the food prepared by Marlena, Rosemary and Denise - A big thank you from everyone goes your way.

Once we had all been fed and watered, CNOC Chairman, Don (aka the boss) gave out the prizes and people were awarded with CNOC Buffs!!

A great evening was had by all - roll on the summer internationals

We currently have 3 of our members abroad at internationals, i'll get reports asap

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Summer Series Final Results

With the four scoring results over the winners have been decided
The league table can be found here
Its slightly edited so planner got points to encourage people to plan.

Over the series we had over 250 runners. This was probably due to the beautiful weather that has greeted us every Tuesday evening.

Congratulations to the winners, commiserations to those who didn't preform as well as they would have liked and a big thumbs up to everyone in between.

Next week is the best* event in the year - our Score Event (short and adventure courses also avaiable) in Hollywood followed by a BBQ!
For those that don't know, a score event is one where you have a set amount of time, usually 50mins to collect as many controls as you can. Different controls are worth a varying amount of points. The winner is the person who collects the most amount of points in the 50mins - if your over, your points get deducted per minute late. Time keeping, knowing your own abilities and planning are essential skills to excel at this format.
This event would be a perfect warm up for Setanta Wicklow Rogaine or an Adventure race with an element of orienteering invloved!

From what I hear some of the forest has gone through some clearing so we now have access to new sections of forest. Don and Ruairi have planned so don't run off at the start like a headless chicken!

See you all Tuesday evening

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


A very successful event was held on the curragh this evening in beautiful weather conditions. We have one more event in the series to be held in Hollywood next Tuesday, this event will be followed by a BBQ.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Donegal Three Day.

Thanks to Dee for the following report..

Last weekend the annual Irish 3 Day event was held near the beautiful Lough Eske in the Bluestack Mountains. There were mixed feelings over returning to the challenging area as last year’s Irish Champs; for some it was a weekend of fantastic victories while for others the most vivid memories of that weekend were the pouring rain the dense fog the waist-deep marshes and the long haul to the start.
Just over a year later however everything was different. Saturday dawned warm and sunny, with not a breath of wind turning the wind turbines visible from the start. The event centre was at the local Community Centre, with a steep 1km walk to the start at Benson's Hill. Starts were not until 4 in the evening, meaning all the orienteer’s been relaxed and ready to race. All of the eight courses were very technical and of middle distance, but due to the blistering heat were surprisingly tough. The terrain was a fabulous open mountain with undulating hills, very intricate contour detail, many horrible marshes but very few tracks. Rock features were very useful for navigation.
CNOC performed well, with many good results on some very competitive courses. Among them were Ruairí Short and Séamus O Boyle on the Men’s 21 Elite course, in fantastic 4th and 7th places respectively. On the women’s Elite course, Orla Jennings came a close 4th, with Eileen Loughman 8 minutes behind her in 5th place. Caoimhe O Boyle finished her course in a fast time of 24 mins in the W14 class, winning her first place. I (Deirdre Ryan!) won myself the W16s course with a few minutes to spare, a surprising but very pleasing result! Beginner Regina Kelly finished 6th on W21S while Ollie Clear came 3d on the M35s course, only a few seconds away from 2nd place. In the highly competitive M50s CNOC swept away first and second place, with Sennan O Boyle coming in less than two minutes behind Pat Farrelly. Don Short came 7th on the same course. Finally, Bernie O Boyle cleaned up the W50s with an easy win.

Sunday morning came too soon, and once again too hot to be running in. There was a longer 2km trek to the start, with longer and with more climb. Day 2 started at Croaghmeenare, circling around some beautiful lakes and gruelling hills. Once again, courses were technically difficult only today they had physically challenging thrown into the mix too.
CNOC collected a few more victories- Seamus 2nd on the Men’s Elite while Ruairi dropped a few places to number 8. Unsurprisingly Caoimhe retained her lead among the W14s. I lost a few minutes but came in a happy second place on my course. Ollie clear ran to 2nd on his course, with Pat and Sennan once again battling for first and second place. On the same course Don Short came in 8th place. Bernie widened the gap between herself and second place again, winning easily.

Nerves were running high on Monday morning as people tried to mentally prepare for the stressful Chasing Start at 10am. The winners of each course set out first, with the remaining competitors starting later according to the total time they trail. The first person over the line on each course was the overall winner of the weekend. At the start at Bensons Hill on Monday morning adrenaline was pumping and I for one was super nervous, starting first on my course. Courses were the longest yet, but almost luckily the sun stayed hidden all day and temperatures remained in the high teens. The area was the driest of any of the days, with many of the marshes having dried up a bit throughout the weekend, so terrain was more runnable today than the previous days. Out on the course, orienteer’s had to concentrate on their own race and remain completely unfazed by the many other hectic competitors out on the mountain, be they on their own course or not.
In the overall results at the end of the day, Seamus finished an amazing 4th on the Elite course, with Ruairí on his heels in 5th. Orla finished 5th on women’s elite with Eileen in 6th. Caoimhe won an overall 1st place in W14. I made stupid navigational errors on my course losing my large lead (and then some) but coming 2nd at the end of the day. Ollie Clear kept his second place in M35. One of the highlights of the finish line were two CNOC men Sennan and Pat fighting for first place on the run-in. The exciting sprint finish ended with a joint first place!
Minutes after the prize giving as everyone was making their way towards the cars, the heavens opened for the first time all weekend- lucky!
Overall the 3 day event was thoroughly enjoyed and well organised (thanks to WEGO!), with great orienteering opportunities on great new terrain. Hopefully CNOC will return next year to retain all of our titles!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Site update

Thanks to our friends in the IOA we have made minor adjustments to our page. When CNOC results are loaded up onto the IOA website they will automatically upload onto our site.
Clever or what..........
Well done to everyone who ran on Scarr last Tuesday we had Nine runners (yes Nine) in the event and two in the top five. The next run will be on Sorrell Hill on Tuesday next.
Best of luck to everyone going to the 3 Day in Donegal, dont forget reports and photos for the site.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Tree Down!

CNOC's third event was held in Hillwood last night with the planner, controller and controller putter outs consisting of Ollie, Orla and Billy.
By my calculations there was a grand total of 119 people out but giving the number of families that were running on the one SI card it was probably more. Without the usual scout troop and military buses coming from the Curragh this event still had a bigger turn out than last year (only 95 runners took part last year).

Some of the forest was nice and runnable, some a bit scrappy, some with a few falling trees (tree down, 3 events done :) ), some sections covered in Blue bells! People made short work of the physical forest with some impressive times been posted.

Reports from the forest were that Gerard Butler set a fast first time until the CNOC juniors/seniors? (perhaps immature is the best word) took off.
Seamus went out one minute in front with the pack consisting of Conor Short, Niall Ewen, Ruairi Short and Colm Hill going out "le Mans" style.
What I do know for definite is that Conor was first to the first control and after that its the usual stories from the forest. I'm sure one of them will have something up on a blog at some stage.

CNOC's top runner on the Medium was David Cullinane in 4th place. Finishing less than 9mins down on the course winner David Healy. Dan Morrogh and Meave O'Grady made up the rest of the top 3. Top junior was Caoimhe O'Boyle finishing 12th over all.

On the short course, Sean Kearns took the honors but was closely followed by brother Donal (both FIN). Top CNOC runners were the Kelly Family - finishing up 12th.

Full results are available here
Splitsbrowser here
Winsplits here
Routegadget here (Draw in your route!!)
Updated League Table here

If anyone has any photos please email them onto me - or race reports!

Next up for CNOC is the Irish 3 Day in Donegal.
I know the numbers won't be as high this year with injuries, Leaving Certs, Junior Certs, College work, Work and a few other suspect reasons for people not travelling the distance (imra, rock climbing tut tut tut).
Good luck to all members who make the travel north and good look to the rest of them in exams.

The end of June is Jukola (7 person Relay starts at 23:00)- its always a good nights entertainment.
Did someone say CNOC team?

And finally.....
CNOC's next event is on the Curragh on June 15th.
Seamus O'Boyle is planner so it should be tricky.
I'll have more info on this was we get closer to the time.