Friday, April 29, 2011


This weekend, CNOC headed north to the JK hosted by Northern Ireland Orienteering.
The JK is one of the biggest orienteering events on the BOF calender.

There was a lot of organising, from maps to car parking to getting enough volunteers. CNOC gave a hand with one of the Start teams for both the Middle and Long distance and a couple of control picker up'ers after the Long distance.

Now for the fun bit. Results!

In the Sprint, CNOC had 18 runners. Full results here. However, the pick of the bunch was Caoimhe O'Boyle finishing 2nd in the W14 sprint, crossing the line less than one min down on the winner. Not to be out done, Seamus O'Boyle and Niamh O'Boyle also succeeded in WOC qualification for the Sprint race.

Day 2 brought CNOC manning the starts and the Middle Distance race. Full results are here. We had 26 runners on the start line. Pick of the bunch was Kev O'Boyle in 9th on M20E, while Pat Healy got the better of the CNOC vets. However, once again, the CNOC women showed the mens said how its meant to be done. Laoise Ryan came home in 6th on W10B, in the W18L, Dee Ryan was 2nd, Niamh O'Boyle came 20th in W Elite. Ruth Lyanam crossed the line in 3rd in the W55L as well as Caoimhe O'Boyle in W14.

Day 2 was also CNOC's selection for the Relay and once again, miss punches, mistakes and dnf's gave the chairman the perfect opportunity to make two perfectly even CNOC mens senior teams (see below).

Sunday dawned early and sunny. The terrain was fast open mountain. An Irish specialty?
Sean Ryan had a storming run to finish 2nd on M14B, in the Mens 55L, Pat Healy jumped from 52nd to 23rd and stayed top of the CNOC bunch ahead of Senan and Don.
In the womens Laoise Ryan was 5th in W10B, scary Caoimhe O'Boyle was 2nd on W14 less than 30sec down, in the same class Siobhan Delaney just missed out on a top 10 finishing in 11th. Dee Ryan finish 3rd in W18L. Ruth Lyanam (W110??) won day 2 by over 1:30mins. All in all, the mountain results were much better. Full CNOC results here

Over all CNOC had a pretty successful weekend. CNOC had 4 runners finishing in the Top 5.. all of which were running the Women classes.
Roll of Honor
Laoise Ryan 5th W10B
Caoimhe O'Boyle 1st W14A
Dee Ryan 1st W18L
Ruth Lynam 2nd W55L

Overall results can be found here

Now, the really fun bit. Relays!
Everyone knows that there is no better rivalry than in house rivalry. CNOC had 2 JK Trophy Teams. Kev O'B, Ruairi S and Colm H -V- Conor S, Hugh C, Shea O'B. Needless to say the underdogs won, again! The chairman isn't very good at picking teams ;)

CNOC had 7 relay teams across a range of categories. The two JK trophy teams were shocking. The "2nd team" finished 18th, been beaten by 3roc, GEN and CorkO. Our "1st team" did even worse, finishing in 20th. *thats enough of a wrist slapping for now*

In Womens +120, Carol Ross came back first, the guts of 4mins clear. Bernie and Ruth brought the team home in 9th. In Mens +165, Don, Senan and Tom finished in 35th and top Irish Relay team in the group.

In Mixed Ad Hoc, the biggest of all the relays, CNOC had 3 teams. Tony, Bridget and Brian finished in 14th (2nd Irish Club). The second CNOC team consisting of Dee, Caoimhe and Dee(?) [I think Sean was running... mix up of maps maybe] finished 34th but were n/c and the 3rd CNOC team was the Delaney's, Brendan, Siobhan and Joseph came home in 52nd.

Full Relay results here.

All in all a good weekend. If anyone has any photos, send them on and I'll throw them into this post.

Sunday, April 10, 2011


Today CNOC held its Spring Cup race on Scar.
There was a good turn out of around 124 runners. The weather was awesome! Sun splitting the rocks!
Full results here

Photos and a full report tomorrow.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Stop the Press

I have recieved word along the pipeline that CNOC have 2 new Irish Champions.

Caoimhe O'Boyle coasted to victory by a little over 4mins in the All Ireland Schools Championships in Donadea. In the competition, Caoimhe was running for Newbridge College in the Girls 1st Year Class.

In the Senior classes, Deirdre Ryan won the Post Junior Cert (or InterCert for the +35's) Girls race by more than 7mins. Dee was running for Gaelcholaiste Chill Dara.

CNOC's third runner was Brian Hill (Patrician Sec School, Newbridge), he couldn't live with the high standards that the girls set but still came home in a podium position, finishing 3rd in the Post JC Boys race. Brian was down by 2:11 from fellow Irish Squad member James Griffin from Midlenton CBS.

All in all it was a good warm up session for CNOC's School runners.

The next challenge is Scarr this Sunday!
Parking is at Glenmacnass waterfall.
Full details here.

If anyone has any photos or stories on CNOC related outdoor adventures, send them on.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

CNOC Clean up

Today on the steep deep heathered slopes of Glencree CNOC runners cleaned up to claim a selection of Leinster Titles.

In the Elites, Seamus O'Boyle retained his title, with Ruth Lynam laying claim to the Womens Elite title (after an Adventure race the previous day!).

In the classes, Caoimhe O'Boyle (W14), Dee Ryan (W18), Bridget Lawlor (W40), Bernie O'Boyle (W50) and Billy O'Neill(M60) all took home the honors.

In total, CNOC had 17 runners compete in the Championships. Joseph Delaney (5th M12), Sean Ryan (6th M14), Brian Hill (6th M18), Tony Lawlor (7th M45), Tom Ryan (6th M50), Don Short (3rd M55), Siobhan Delaney (2nd W14) and Eileen Hill (3rd W50).

On the day, CNOC's Eileen Loughman and Pat Healy were helping out with the organising.

In the same yet seperate competition, the Irish University Championships were also on.
Seamus O'Boyle, after winning M21E, also took home the Colleges title (again?).
In the womens, Ciara Largey took the honors.
Dublin University Orienteers (aka Trinity) won both the mens and womens team titles. The Trinity team, was, as usual, a CNOC team, Seamus O'Boyle, Ruairi Short and Conor Short laying claim. In the womens, DUO (again) took the womens title, it wouldn't have been possible if CNOC's Regina Kelly didn't run "up" to W21E. No pressure for the Irish

Full results are available here
Maps of the area: Seamus and Colm (I expect Ruairi and Conor to updated their maps soon).

Seamus and Ruth