3ROC Orienteering News 12th April 2017

Easter decoration with sugar rabbits,eggs and flowers.

Well done to all our prizewinners at last Sunday’s Leinster Championships: challenging courses, particularly the M21Elite which had a high number of non-finishers. Congratulations to the 3ROC Leinster Champions Cuan Riordan (M14), Aidan McCullough (M16), Eoin Riordan (M18), John McCullough (M60), Clodagh Moran (W18), Áine ní Shúilleabháin (W65), Con Carroll (M85) and of course Valdas Tilunas (M21E).  You can see results, courses and routes here.

Thanks to GEN for running the event. No report of the event would be complete without mentioning that GEN had a first on Sunday for a Championship event – somebody forgot to bring the maps and the start was put back by an hour so they could go home and get them. Just as well the event wasn’t somewhere like Inisbofin. That’s one lesson we should all remember – it could happen to you too!

Thanks also to Setanta and the Irish Juniors for running the forest sprint event last Saturday in Massy’s Estate; planner Zoe Tyner made good use of the area, particularly around the ruined walled gardens. It was an opportunity to use SI Air touch-free technology at the controls and the event raised more than €600 for the Irish Juniors. And a reminder to anyone doing sprint events – remember that rivers with black lines at the edge are not to be crossed on pain of disqualification! Results etc are here.

Good luck to everyone going to the Jan Kjellstrom O-Festival in the south east of England at Easter. You can see all the event information here. We have about ten 3ROC runners going over to run the Sprint at Brunel University near Heathrow Airport on Friday, the middle distance race at Amersham Common on Saturday, classic distance at Holmbush on Sunday and Relay at Pippingford Park on Monday.

Also in action at Easter are two 3ROC members, Ronan and Julie Cleary, running in the World Masters O-Championships in New Zealand. Good luck to you both as well! You can follow the event here.

An important reminder: the next orienteering for you is our Leinster League event at Carrick, Glenealy, the Sunday after Easter, April 23rd. Lindie has asked for volunteers and we’d appreciate all the help we can get on the day. If you can put out or take in controls, that would be great too. And of course we’d like lots of people to run the courses! Start times 11 to 1 as usual, signposted from Glenealy village. Courses from about 2.5 to 8.5 km; the start is 15-20 minutes walk from parking. We expect to offer runners on the Brown and Blue courses a choice of running on a 1:10000 or 1:15000 scale map. More details next week.

Happy Easter everyone!