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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Leinster League Event – Curragh, Co. Kildare December 4th 2022

Our next event takes place at Curragh East, this coming Sunday 4th December. Start times available from 11am to 1am. Courses close at 3:00pm.

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.

Location and Directions:
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 Defence Forces Sports Grounds 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 are on grass and tracks. Depending on the weather on the days up to the event, they may be terrain buggy friendly. Neither they, nor Light Green, cross public roads. Brown, Blue, Green and Red courses cross public roads – be vigilant. As a result of recent heavy rain, the ground is waterlogged in places and conditions are slippery. Wear appropriate footwear with full body cover.

Courses:
All courses have a 1 km walk to their start. The route to the start will be signed. There is a 500m walk from the finish to the Defence Forces Sports Ground.

Course Details:

Course Length Climb No. of Controls
Yellow 2.4kms 10ms 11
Orange 2.8kms 20ms 11
Red 5.2kms 30ms 12
Light Green 4.4kms 35ms 13
Short Green 6.1kms 65ms 14
Green 7.9kms 75ms 18
Blue 9.2kms 110ms 19
Brown 10.9kms 130ms 23

A STRING COURSE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN AT THE ASSEMBLY AREA.
 
SIAC:
SIAC will be enabled - please make sure to clear and check properly at the start to turn on your SIAC dibber. (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 1:5,000. All other courses will be scaled at 1;10,000.

Entries:
Entries via the online system at https://www.orienteering.ie/fixtures/curragh/ Entries Close on Friday, December 2nd 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. 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
    
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.