TWO: This Week’s Orienteering (March 10-17)

The good side of the Pine Forest …

Still not much on in Leinster, unfortunately, but preparations are moving on for our event in the Pine Forest on March 30th. There’s lots of frogspawn in the puddles in the forest at the moment, so watch out for frogs at the end of the month!

… and the not-so-good side

The Leinster Secondary Schools’  Championships are on Wednesday 12th at Djouce Woods: if you can help, please go along. Start times 11 am to 1 pm.

On St Patrick’s Weekend there’s a feast of orienteering in Derry, with a middle distance race at Binevenagh on Saturday, three sprints on Sunday (two in Derry and one in Coleraine) and an Ultrasprint in Derry on Monday.  See details here – there will be limited entry on the day.

We had some runners in the Irish Schools’ and the Intervarsity Cross-Country Championships last Saturday in Cork in very muddy conditions: brilliant runs from Lara Gillespie (4th in the Minor Girls race) and Cian May (9th in the Minor Boys race), while Colm Moran (UCD) joined Eoin McCullough (TCD) in the Intervarsity, but neither could match Bishoptown’s Josh O’Sullivan-Hourihan who finished 25th.

If you’re not going North, why not take part in the St Patrick’s Festival Treasure Hunt in Dublin on Saturday? Starts at the City Hall from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. Pre-register if you like, otherwise just turn up. It’s a great fun street-O type event where you can get in to lots of unusual places (Christchurch Cathedral, the National Gallery, the Tailors’ Hall, the Custom House and the Jeannie Johnston have all featured as “control sites” in past events).  See details here.

(The photos are two sides of the Pine Forest: beautiful runnable deciduous forest but disgraceful piles of rubbish dumped by the roadsides).