Overall they did very well in the Relay. The boys were 8th, 11th and 12th and the girls were 7th, 11th and 13th. At the end of the day England, on 54 points, had a 4 point lead over Scotland. We were on 24 points, 8 ahead of Wales.
Mean while in Perth, Niamh O'Boyle was busy burning up the streets to finish in the top 10 of the Park World Tour behind the winner Helena Jansson of Sweden.
The next morning, Devilla Forest was the location for the long distance individual races. Here the forest was pretty flat with much fewer paths and subtle contour detail. The only issue here was the “white” areas were very rough with waist high heather and a network of old drains. Keeping a bearing was very difficult. The M18’s had a very long leg through the middle of the map and several of the lads chose to run the path to the east (some 3 km) which turned out to be as quick.
Again the performances were very good our best runner in each class were Caoimhe (7th), Niamh (Corbett)(7th), Áine (6th), Jonathan (4th), Jack (6th) and Séan (5th): strong across the board.
We ended up on 61 points well ahead of Wales 45. England, on 135 points, also had a very comfortable 16 point margin over Scotland. Full detailed results can be found here.
The entire Irish crew are shown below:
Cillín Corbett, Niamh Corbett, Laura Cox, Megan Getliff, Donal Kearns., Seán Knight, Róisín Long, Áine McCann, Clíona McCullough, Peter Meehan, Jack Millar, Colm Moran, Caoimhe O'Boyle, Cathal OCléirigh, Laurence Quinn, Jonathan Quinn, Deirdre Ryan, Conor Short, Alex Simonin, Andrea Stefkova, Jill Stephens, Mark Stephens.
(alphabetically - CNOC runner highlighted).
There are more reports on the event on the Irish Junior Squad page here and on the Northern Ireland OA site here. For runners routes on Routegadget in the individual race, see here. For more photos, see here.The JHI 2011 is due to be in Ireland in or around the middle of September.
Closer to home, CNOC held a "Non League" (the new fancy term) event in Emo Court. The race was planned by Colm Hill and controlled by Pat Healy. The event had a turn out of 65, with the Long been planned as a Longish Middle Distance. The courses were enjoyed by most. However, worry spread through the car park as the first starter wasn't back 90mins later... A big thank you to all who helped out on the day. From starts, car parking, control collecting, registration and dealing with the SI.
Last weekend SET organised a Mountain Bike Orienteering event - a few nice photos are located here. Senan O'Boyle was best CNOC finisher coming in in 4th position on the Long.
Also, CNOC have a few athletes off to the Senior Home International in a few weeks.
These include, Ruairi Short, Seamus O'Boyle, Conor Short, Niall Ewen, Fiona Hill and Niamh O'Boyle (in descending order of height).
Next week CNOC have runners travelling to a Pre World Champs Training Camp 2011 and World Cup Races in the Western Alps in France. Niamh O'Boyle is heading firstly to France before continuing onto the World Cup Final in Switzerland, while Seamus, Ruairi and Colm are attending the World Cup in France before they return home for college.
I think that's all that has happened recently - if I'm leaving something out, write it up and email it on.