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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Summer Series 2022 - No 4 - Donadea Forest Park

The Summer Series continues with our next event in Donadea Forest Park. This takes place this coming Tuesday 31st May, with starts available from 6pm to 7:20pm.

The entrance to the park is located at: https://goo.gl/maps/fdU9Z3q7TnodMQLu8 - Parking is in the main (large) car park.

There is a new barrier in operation slightly further in from the usual entrance to the park. We *hope* to have this raised for the duration of the event. In the event it is not, there would be a €5 Coillte entry fee, which can be paid at the barrier using any contactless debit/credit card - note that it no longer accepts cash! The main forest gate still closes automatically at 9pm, so all entrants need to have vacated the forest before this - bear this in mind when choosing a start time! Coillte's security company charge a €50 fee to release vehicles which are locked in.

Composting toilets will be available near the Carpark. Please bring your own hand sanitiser.

Whether you are a complete novice, a family, or a seasoned veteran, there is a course to suit. The Adventure Course (all on tracks) is suitable for families or beginners. The Medium course is suitable for experienced orienteers and adult beginners and improvers who can cope with some off-track forest running/walking. The Long course is suitable for adult improvers and experienced people who are good at map reading and compass skills. There is quite a bit of undergrowth in the forest at this time of year, and we don't advise route choices through areas marked with undergrowth symbol (green vertical lines). The courses have been planned to avoid the worst undergrowth.

Three (3) courses are planned as follows:

    Adventure (3km, 11 controls)
    Medium (4.9km, 16 controls)
    Long (6.6km, 19 controls)

The forest is mostly flat, so climb is negligible on all courses.

Entry fees are the usual:

    Adults: €8 / person
    Children: €4 / child
    Student: €5 / student
    Unwaged: €5 / person
    OAP: €5 / person
    Family Discount: €20 (Maximum of 2 Adults and no more than 5 family members / family)

As with all recent events, we prefer pre-entry via the online entry system. There will be limited entry on the day (by the number of spare maps we print). 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!

Enter online here: https://www.orienteering.ie/fixtures/donadea-18/

If you're not a member of a club, and would like to join CNOC on the day, 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.

Monday, May 23, 2022

Summer Series 2022 - No 3, Emo Court

Entries are still open for tomorrow nights event in Emo - https://www.orienteering.ie/fixtures/emo-court-8/

Course lengths are as follows:
 
SHORT 2.5 km
Medium 5km
Long 8km
 
Courses will cover tracks, paths,  parkland and forest. Some parts of the forest has brashings  from recent thinnings that will impede running. Other areas of the forest has undergrowth shown with green vertical lines. Full leg cover for medium and long courses is recommended.
 
SIAC will be enabled, punching start and finish.
 
Car park is at: https://goo.gl/maps/6QHc2RNkGoqLjAXC9   From the M7, use Junction 15 as best (closest) exit.
 

Friday, May 13, 2022

Summer Series 2022 - No 2 - Curragh (Lumville Cross)

 The next Summer Series event takes place this coming Tuesday evening, 17th May

Parking at the Defense Forces Sports Club, short walk to the start/finish (5 min). Link to Parking/Registration is here: https://goo.gl/maps/nnqr7PiaWfujSJpi8

There will be three courses on offer:

  •     Adventure: 1.9km, 9 controls, 10m climb, 1:5000 scale on A4 paper
  •     Medium: 4.6km, 12 controls, 75m climb, 1:10000 scale on A4 paper
  •     Long: 7.5km, 17 controls, 130m climb, 1:10000 scale on A4 paper

Starts from 6pm-7:20pm (sharp) - Courses close at 8:30pm

SIAC will be enabled - punching start and finish.

The adventure course is contained within the grassy area next to the R413 - there is no need to cross any busy roads. Suitable for off-road style buggies (mostly on grass).

The medium and long will both cross the R413 road (twice)  through the Curragh, close to Donnellys Hollow/Athgarvan - care should be taken, as although traffic volumes will be low and visibility is good, there will be a chance of meeting some vehicles. We may setup an optional crossing point if conditions warrant it.

Dogs welcome, but must be kept on a leash and controlled - the Curragh is full of sheep and lambs, and loose dogs have been shot in the past

Entries online where possible please to guarantee a map - limited entries on the night available (depending on map valumes)

https://www.orienteering.ie/fixtures/curragh-lumville/

Hope to see you there!

Monday, May 9, 2022

CNOC Summer Series 2022 - No 1, Naas

Our Summer series kicks off (after the Covid absense) on Tuesday, May 10th in Naas town. The map has been extended from previous years to include more of the area to the east and west of Lakelands.

Parking and registration are at Ballykane Church Car Park (Eircode: W91K6CT). Parking will be available from 5:30 pm. Start times are from 6:00 pm to 7:20 pm.

Google map to get you to this location: https://goo.gl/maps/qyJfGE544Vog9TyS6

There will be three courses on offer:

  • Adventure – 2.3 km (suitable for beginners)
  • Medium – 4.5 km
  • Long – 5.3 km


Entry fees are the usual:

  • Children/Students/OAP/Unwaged - €5
  • Adults - €8
  • Family - €20


Enter online at: https://www.orienteering.ie/fixtures/naas-urban/. There will be limited entry-on-the-day, depending on map availability. To secure an entry, the online system is preferable. Online entries close Monday night at 23:59

You dont need to be a member of a club to take part - if you would like, you can join CNOC for free on the night (annual membership from next year is only €10 per family).

Si-cards will be used for timing (enquire at start to see if SIAC is enabled or not) - if you need to rent an Si-card, you can do so at registration for €2 (€40 fee if not returned).

Organiser: Pat Healy
Planner: Eileen Loughman

(Finally  - apologies for late notice, bit swamped atm.)

Monday, February 21, 2022

Post Curragh Sunnyhill - Night O, Sat Feb 26th

 Night orienteering this weekend on Saturday night (Feb 26th 2022) at Sunnyhill the Curragh, Co Kildare.

Start point GPS Coordinates: Lat 53.128100 Lon -6.78990.
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/W4C3rLw9b5umUjZEA

Navigating at night is for the intrepid or experienced only. Any juniors under 16 should be accompanied - it's much more challenging than during the day. The bigger your headtorch the better. Sunnyhill is the technical part of The Curragh. The map Scale is 1:7500, Contours 2.5m and has recently been completely resurveyed Jan2022 with gorse (green) up to date. The long Course for experienced is 6.2km and the short course is 3.5km and is be a great adventure for accompanied younger orienteers (or older unaccompanied ones!).

Points to note:
* Despite the challenge of night orienteering the area is open grassland, gorse
Pits, Depressions and Trench systems. (some are steep and deep).
* The WW1 trench training systems are shown in blue as for ditch symbol.
* Grass tracks and paths are shown in black on the map but are difficult tomake out at night.
* People walking slowly should take up to an hour for the shortest course (it doesn't matter if you don't get all the flags)
* If in doubt pick a shorter course
* You must enter online: https://www.orienteering.ie/fixtures/curragh-east-19/
* You don't have to be in a club to take part
* You can go in pairs, groups or individually.
* If you are really unsure you can be facilitated to start before dark.

Monday, January 17, 2022

Donadea Come-and-Try-It event - Jan 23rd 2022


Our annual beginners event in Donadea Forest Park takes place this coming Sunday 23rd Jan , with starts available from 10am to 1am. 

There will be no barrier in operation due to  maintenance works being carried out by Coillte. Please use the Temporary entrance through the old Archway. There will likely be a Coillte employee there to help direct traffic to the temporary entrance (if in doubt)

 Composting toilets  will be available near the Carpark. Please bring your own hand sanitiser.

Whether you are a complete novice, a family, or a seasoned veteran, there is a course to suit. The Adventure Course (all on tracks) is suitable for families or beginners. The Medium course is suitable for experienced orienteers and adult beginners and improvers who can cope with off track forest running/walking. The Long course is suitable for adult improvers and experienced people who are good at map reading and compass  skills.

Three (3) courses are planned as follows:

  • Adventure (3km)
  • Medium (5km)
  • Long (8km)

Entry fees are the usual:

  • Adults: €8 / person
  • Children: €4 / child
  • Student: €5 / student
  • Unwaged: €5 / person
  • OAP: €5 / person
  • Family Discount: €20 (Maximum of 2 Adults and no more than 5 family members / family)

As with all recent events, entry via this online entry system only. There will be no entry on the day. 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!

Enter online here: https://www.orienteering.ie/fixtures/donadea-17/

If you're not a member of a club, and would like to join CNOC on the day, 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.