3ROC News 15th March 2017

Shamrock_23We’ve had some problems with our web page this week, so apologies if you haven’t been able to visit. Facebook is fine, though: here.

This weekend’s orienteering in the Dublin area is Setanta’s come-and-try-it event at Ballinascorney on Sunday the 19th, start from 11 to 1 pm. Ballinascorney is a forest above Bohernabreena, near Tallaght and Brittas (not Brittas Bay!). It hasn’t been used for some years. There will be three courses – details here.

For something a bit different, how about the St Patrick’s Festival treasure hunt from the City Hall on Saturday? Start 10-1. It’s free and it’s like street-O. Here’s a hint: go early and do the course quickly, then go back to one or two of the locations on the course at your leisure and visit them in more depth for free, if you’re still wearing your treasure hunt wristband. In previous years you could get in free to places like the Little Museum of Dublin, St Patrick’s Cathedral, the Jeannie Johnston ship, the George Bernard Shaw birthplace, and the “ESB house”, 29 Lr Fitzwilliam Street. Details here.

If the treasure hunt whets your appetite for running in the city, why not do the double and add in the St Patrick’s Festival 5K at 12.00 on Sunday, starting from St Stephen’s Green? Details here. Reading the small print, though, why pay €20 or €25 to run around the streets of Dublin for 5 km  without even a map, when you can get a whole family orienteering for much less?  You can run a free 5K Parkrun any Saturday morning. Orienteering is a much better value for money sport, as well as being more fun and getting you out “into the nature” as the Scandinavians might say!

Last Sunday’s orienteering at Scarr wasn’t for the faint-hearted! Looking at the results, the courses were a bit too severe for many people, with slow times and many DNF’s, but they certainly were a challenge! You can see the routes and results here. Clodagh Moran was 4th on the Blue course; John McGrath 4th on the Brown; Karen Convery 3rd on Light Green; Nathan Hutchinson-Edgar 1st and his cousin Scott Dunne 4th on the Red course. Well done!

This week’s reminders:

1 The cheapest entries for the Leinster Championships at Brockagh on 9th April are until March 19th. See here.

2 Please let us know this week if you want to run on a 3ROC relay team at the Irish Championships or JK. Just e-mail 3rockoc@gmail.com.

3 Join up, or renew your club membership online or on paper here.

See you in the forest!