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Castleblayney/Lough Muckno/ Black island - Feb 25th

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Entries are now open online for the Leinster League event in Lough Muckno Park / Black Island / Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan on 25th February. Online entries close again on 24th February at 6pm. Start times are from 11.00 until 13.00. There will also be limited entry on the day. Courses will close at 3pm. This event will be SIAC enabled.

Registration and parking will be on the right inside the main entrance to the park from Castleblayney town. There will be a variety of courses to suit all ages and levels of fitness and experience.

Course details as follows

  • Yellow Course 1.8 K, 40m climb - easy navigation
  • Orange Course 2.8 K, 40m climb - easy navigation
  • Red Course 4.5 K, 100m climb - easy navigation
  • Light Green 3.3 K, 50m climb - moderate navigation
  • Short Green 3.3 K, 75m climb - navigation experience needed
  • Green 4.6 K, 95m climb - navigation experience needed
  • Blue 6.5K, 220m climb - navigation experience needed
  • Brown 8.5K, 240m climb - navigation experience needed

The terrain is typical of Monaghan Drumlin country.  The Yellow, Orange, and Light Green courses will be in the park area. The Red, Short Green, and Green courses will include the forest on Black Island.  The Brown and Blue courses will also include the forest on Black Island and also some of Castleblayney town streets.

Course maps will be preprinted on waterproof paper.  Map scale 1:5000 with 5 metre contours. The map is drawn to the ISSprOM standard.

A public toilet will be available close to the car park.

Entry fees:  Adults: €8     Child / Student / Unwaged / Senior: €5         Family Discount: €15 (2 adults, 3 children)    SI card rental €2                                                             

If you haven’t been to this area before it’s well worth the visit. Beautiful scenery, gorgeous park, and a lovely town with cafes, shops etc. What else would you be doing on a Sunday!  

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Some additional points on Castleblayney.

- The Brown and Blue courses will have a few controls in the town streets.  

- Brown. Blue, and Green courses are on A3 paper. The rest are A4.

- The Yellow course is at 1:4000 scale, the rest are 1:5000

- Dry small drainage ditches in the forest are not mapped.  Most of the area is quite dry apart from marshy areas near the same level as the lake.

- There's a coffee and ice cream truck near the bridge in the park, and the coffee is not bad. Note that they charge more for tapping.

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