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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Leinster League Event – Curragh East, Co. Kildare December 5th, 2021

Our next event takes place at Curragh East, this coming Sunday 5th December. Start times available from 11am to 1am. Courses close at 3:00pm.

Location and Directions: 

The location is here: Grid Reference N 79040 11687 - Google maps: https://www.google.ie/maps/@53.150714,-6.8188034,17z

Directions from M7. 

Take Exit 13 from Southbound carriageway on the M7. At the roundabout, take the first exit, signposted Kilcullen & Athgarvan onto the R413.  Continue on R413 for 850ms to Lumville Cross Roads . Turn right onto L7042. Continue for 800ms and take the first right onto the access road for the Curragh Rugby Club. Turn right into their grounds. Parking is in the grounds of the rugby club.

Assembly and download are in the grounds of the rugby club and toilets are available in the club house. The Curragh Golf Club is marked on all maps as out of bounds. Use of any paths through the Golf Club is strictly prohibited for safety reasons.

Terrain: 

The Curragh’s open, undulating grassland makes for fast, unimpeded running. Furze is the dominant flora with some distinct stands of trees. Not every bush or man/sheep made track is mapped and navigational care should be taken. The Yellow and Orange courses are predominantly flat and on grassy tracks. Depending on the weather on the days up to the event, they may be buggy friendly. Neither of these courses crosses a road.

Courses:  

There are 2 starts.
Yellow, Orange and Red will start at the South Western corner of the car park.
Light Green, Short Green, Green, Blue and Brown will have a 1 km walk to their start. The route to the start will be signed.

 

Course

Length

Climb

No. of Controls

Yellow

2.1kms

10ms

10

Orange

2.8kms

20ms

10

Red

4.7kms

30ms

13

Light Green

4.5kms

35ms

10

Short Green

4.5kms

65ms

10

Green

5.9kms

75ms

14

Blue

8.1kms

110ms

17

Brown

10.1kms

130ms

23

 

SIAC will be enabled. (Punching start and finish)

Maps: 

 The maps will be printed on A4 waterproof paper. Control descriptions will be printed on all maps while loose descriptions will be available at the start. Yellow and Orange courses will be scaled at 1:7,500. All other courses will be at 1;10,000.

Entries: 

Entries Close on Friday, December 3rd at 24:00. There will be no entries available on the day. If you need to hire an SI card, you can indicate this on the entry form - these will be pre-allocated, and can be collected at registration, to be returned at the finish. Lost cards cost €40 to replace! Registration will be used for collection of SI rentals and downloading of results.

Entries via the online system at https://www.orienteering.ie/fixtures/curragh-east-18/

Participants are limited to 200 - If you plan to bring a group, please contact us at cnoc@orienteering.ie ahead of time so that we can have maps and SI cards available to you promptly.

Results: 

Results will be posted on https://www.orienteering.ie

Prices:

  • Adults  €8
  • Students, Juniors and those over 65 years €5
  • Family: 2 Adults and up to 5 Juniors €20

    
Whether you are a complete novice, a family, or a seasoned veteran, there is a course to suit. If you are new to orienteering, drop us an email beforehand, or ask us on the day (at the event) for advice. I'd suggest beginner children or families start on the Yellow course, and beginner adults could try the Red course - both are technically easy, the only difference being the length involved.

Dogs: 

The Curragh is sheep country! While dogs are allowed, they must be kept on a leash. 

Litter:  

Please bring your waste home with you - do not expect the organisers to take it away for you!

Covid-19:  

Please study the Irish Orienteering Association's Covid-19 guidelines (https://www.orienteering.ie/about-us/covid-19-return-to-orienteering/) carefully and pay special attention to the Participant Code of Conduct.

Monday, November 8, 2021

Leinster League Event - Oughaval Woods (Stradbally, Co. Laois), Nov 14th

Our next event (and first one post-Covid restrictions) takes place at Oughaval Woods, outside Stradbally, Co. Laois, this coming Sunday 14th November. Start times available from 11am to 1am. 

 The location is here: 

https://www.google.com/maps/search/oughaval+woods/@53.0045822,-7.1266803,18z/data=!3m1!4b1

Whether you are a complete novice, a family, or a seasoned veteran, there is a course to suit. If you are new to orienteering, drop us an email beforehand, or ask us on the day (at the event) for advice. I'd suggest beginner children or families start on the Yellow course, and beginner adults could try the Red course - both are technically easy, the only difference being the length/climb involved.

Specifically, the course details are as follows: 

Course         Controls  Length  Climb
Yellow          10            2.1 km    70 m
Orange          9             2.0 km    70 m
Red              11            5.0 km    145 m
Light Green   10           2.9 km    100 m
Short Green  10            2.6 km    80 m
Green           14            5.1 km    160 m
Blue             18            6.0 km    220 m
Brown          18            7.5 km    330 m

Start and finish are adjacent to the car park. There may be some small map corrections available to view at the start for longer courses (the maps were printed for the original event in March 2020, which never happened). In general, the forest is in good condition.

Entries are available up to Friday night @ midnight via the online system at https://www.orienteering.ie/fixtures/oughaval-3/  - There won't be any entries available on the day - registration tent will only be for SI rental pickup, and result downloads.

If you need to hire an SI card, you can indicate this on the entry form - these will be preallocated, and can be collected at registration, to be returned at the finish. Lost cards cost €40 to replace!

If you are planning on bringing a group, it would be imperative to contact us ahead of time, so we can ensure we print enough maps, etc.