Friday, June 15, 2018

CNOC Summer Series 2018 Final - Hollywood (BBQ & Prizegiving)

The Summer Series winds to a close with our annual Score event in Hollywood next Tuesday. This will be followed by a BBQ in the village, and the prizegiving for the series.

Car parking & Registration is in Hollywood (Tutty's Pub). The village has been very busy recently. There is limited parking, so please consider parking at the community centre or at the school and walk the short distance to the village

Don also mentions that a new Café has recently opened in Hollywood. Well worth a visit to charge up on homemade carrot cake or big furry scones before your run. Closes at 18.00 ish .
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/brzikeRp9cT2

Start Times from 18:00 to 19:30.

There will be two courses on offer:

* Adventure Course - 2.7km, 100m climb. It is on tracks and forest paths, not difficult terrain but definitely not suitable for buggies, or bare legs.
* Score Course - collect as many controls as possible in any order within a 50 min time limit, with 10 points penalty per minute late. Full leg cover is very strongly advised.

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.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

CNOC Summer Series 2018 No 4 - Newbridge Sprint

The final points-scoring race of this years series takes place around the schools, parks and estates of Newbridge, Co. Kildare. A maze of roads, walls and buildings will demand good map reading skills at high speed if you want to earn those vital last league points!
This event is also being run as part of the Newbridge Junefest, so we expect higher-than-normal numbers of new orienteers to turning up to have a go!

Car parking & Registration is in St. Conleths & Marys primary school car park, opposite St. Conleths Parish church in Newbridge. 

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/BVtziQHpQS72

Start Times from 18:00 to 19:30.

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

* Adventure Course (1.2km, 12 controls)
* Medium Course (2.4km, 14 controls)
* Long Course (3.4km, 18 controls)

These are sprint format races - sprint rules apply - uncrossable boundaries and out-of-bounds areas must be respected or competitors risk disqualification.

Entry fees (Junefest specials) are as follows:

* Child/Adult €5
* Family €10 (2 adults + kids)

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.

Since the series has four scoring 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 31, 2018

Summer Series 2018 Update

As mentioned on our FB page, the final event in this years series in Hollywood will NOT be part of the series as far as points are concerned - Don and Ruth plan to run it as a Score event to facilitate the BBQ, prizegiving, and a general good time. This means that the best three out of four events will count for points.
 
With that said - here's the actual state of the Summer series, with one event left to go (Newbridge in a weeks time):
 
Long course (men) - Angus Tyner leads over Cyrill Baumann, with Wesley Brownlow close behind, but dark horses Colm Moran and Colm Hill, and several other M21s) lie in wait with only two events completed - so theres a good chance for them to gain a spot with a good run in Newbridge.
 
Long course (women): Heather Wood currently leads over Ger Power and Eileen Young - but Eileen has only completed two events, so if she comes to Newbridge, Heather will need a good run to hold onto that top spot.
 
Medium (men): Tony Maher still leads over Per-Olov Elovsson and Tommy Burke, with Ian Murphy just behind - all four runners are close, so there's still a chance for a shake up in those placings, depending on how the last event goes.
 
Medium (women): Catherine Joyce currently holds the lead, as the only lady to complete four so far, but just behind her are Debbie Whelan, Deirdre Coyle, Mary O'Connell and Kathryn Walley - all with just two completed so far, and all within 200 points of each other - so everything to play for here too!
 
Adventure (men): Conor O'Brien leads, with Tom Malone and Donnacha Malone behind - but Conor Masterson, Daragh Young and Paul Butterfield are close with only two completed so far - they could all claim the top spot depending on their last runs.
 
Adventure (women): Gabrielle King has a good (unassailable?) lead over Aoife Masterson and Beth Joyce - though Yvonne Reidy, Niamh Browne, Anyta Richardson and Louise Fitzgerald are all in touching distance, given that they have only completed two so far.
 
All in all, there are still multiple places up for grabs in Newbridge - prizegiving will take place the following week (19th) in Hollywood, at the usual Score event & BBQ to mark the end of the Series.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Summer Series 2018 No 3 - Curragh at Sunnyhill

More orienteering fun on the fast grassy plains of the Curragh. The Sunnyhill end of the Curragh is a maze of trenches, gorse bushes and old shooting ranges, which add some navigational challenges to a fast course.

Start Times from 18:00 to 19:30.

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

* Adventure Course (1.9km)
* Medium Course (4.9km)
* Long Course (7.5km)

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 on the grass beside the road at the following location: https://goo.gl/maps/FG1hbZ5J6ev (at the turn for the Curragh BnB, near the Kilsaran quarry entrance. Best approach is from the Athy Road out of Kilcullen, reachable via the M7/M9 if coming from Dublin.

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 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)