This week’s orienteering: March 31-April 6

Colm Moran, Brown course winner

Well done on our Pine Forest event last Sunday: great to get back to a once-familiar area, but now where runnable forest where once there was fight.  It’s a less manicured and more remote-feeling area than Three Rock with its aerials, surfaced road and mountain bike tracks.

Thanks to all the helpers and particularly to planner Trina Cleary, Controller Pat Flanagan and Organiser Gerry Cunningham. The comments on the map and courses were very favourable.

Well done to Colm Moran (making it look easy in the photo) and Ger Butler, 1st and 2nd on the Brown course; Una May 3rd on Green, Mary O’Connell 4th and Brian O’Driscoll 5th, Aidan McCullough 1st on Light Green and Caoimhe and Oisin May, 1st and 2nd on Yellow.

See the full results here and the epic battle between Angus Tyner and Niamh O’Boyle on Routegadget on the Brown course here.

There are some photos of the event taken by Lindie Naughton here, and by Martin Flynn here   (Martin took the shot of Colm above).

This Sunday we have the Leinster Championships at Carrigmeal, near Portlaoise: entries have closed but there is some entry on the day. See the CNOC web site for details here. There’s an entry of about 200, from all over the country: it’s easy to get to, and a really nice area, so it should be a great event.

It may be your last chance to run before the JK in Wales at Easter: ther’s a good crowd from 3ROC travelling over: read about JK2014 here.

Entries for the Irish Championships are still open but the price went up on 31st March. If you’re in doubt as to whether to run the Sprint at Maynooth, don’t hesitate: it will be a really enjoyable run. Start times on the Friday evening are from 6 pm. See IOC details here.

If you would like to run on a 3ROC Relay team at IOC, please e-mail and let us know.  We’ll do our best to get everyone a run. Relay entries close in mid-April so please let us know by April 13th at the latest.

What events will 3ROC be running for the rest of the year? We’ll be deciding at the committee meeting this week …

Remember, fitness training at Belfield on Monday and Thursday evenings – easier now the evenings are brighter.