3ROC Orienteering News 19th May 2018
A slight hiccup in this week’s news update as we had no internet coverage for a few days, so here goes …
Congratulations also to Seán Rothery who was presented with the IOA “Spirit of Orienteering” award at the Cabinteely event last Sunday. This is to recognise Seán’s contribution to orienteering since the sport started here in the 1960’s. Seán was one of the founders of the sport in Ireland and this year became an M90 (running in the 90-95 year old age class). The photo shows Seán being presented with the award by IOA Vice-Chairman John McCullough.
The 3ROC team in the annual Wicklow Way Relay on Saturday are running as I write. Results will be on the IMRA website.
Last weekend’s Cabinteely Park event run by some of the Irish Senior Squad raised €900 to help the squad’s training and travel plans over the summer. Finn McGrath was 5th on the long course and Cuan Riordan 10th. The 3ROC controls and SI units were loaned for the event and, thanks to the use of Gripples to secure them, all survived and none were vandalised (not that one would expect any to be taken in Cabinteely!).
This summer will see Irish team members running in the Venla and Jukola Relays in mid-June in Finland, the World University Championships in Finland, the World Masters’ Championships in Denmark and the World Championships in Latvia. For the younger runners we’ll have the Junior World Championships in Hungary and the European Youth Championships in Bulgaria.
Congratulations to Clodagh Moran who was selected for JWOC in Hungary and to Aidan McCullough who was selected for EYOC in Bulgaria!
This weekend (May 19-20) saw two WatO events in Tramore, an urban race around the town in the morning followed by a “normal” event on the sand dunes, while on Tuesday the CNOC series of evening events continues at Donadea.
Last Tuesday’s first CNOC evening event at Naas saw a good run from Clíona McCullough (3ROC/DUO) on the Long course, finishing first lady on the Long course in an excellent urban race planned by Eileen Loughman.
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Since the recent club AGM, we are delighted that Kevin O’Kelly has joined the committee. Kevin was joint organiser for our last league event at Carrick Mountain in April. The committee is Emma Mcauley (Treasurer), Ger Butler, John McCullough (Hon Manager), Kevin O’Kelly, Lindie Naughton and Nadya Dunne.
Over the summer most of the club news will be on our Facebook page rather than the website, but keep an eye on both.
Over the summer we’ll have three events on Tuesday evenings on August 7, 14 and 21, but they won’t be in the Phoenix Park this year, because of the World Meeting of Families and the visit of Pope Francis. We’ll have details shortly but the events will be in three different parks.
We will have a Phoenix Park event, probably on 7th October, though.
Our next League event will be on a new map of Clarabeg, near Laragh, on 23rd September.
Good luck to all the 3ROC runners taking part in foreign competitions this summer, and in the Shamrock O-Ringen in Coek and Kerry. These events include the OO Cup in France, the Lakes 5-Day in England, the European Junior Championships in Bulgaria, the Junior World Championships in Hungary, the World Masters’ Championships in Denmark and maybe the World Champs in Latvia.
Remember, there are plenty of evening and weekend hill races on over the summer, plus weekday evening orienteering and Saturday morning park runs, so there’s no excuse for not maintaining or improving your fitness! Did you see the definition of “exercise” on the 3ROC Facebook page this week? “The art of converting big meals and fattening snacks into back strains and pulled muscles by lifting things that don’t need to be lifted or running when no one is chasing you”. (Taken from an old issue of SCORE, the Scottish O-newsletter).
Have a great summer!