Urban Sprint- Newbridge

Well done to all those hardy orienteers who braved the downpours to come to CNOC’s Urban Orienteering event in Newbridge on June 4th. They were well rewarded with courses that challenged  mental agility as you sped around areas kindly opened up for us on a once off basis by 3 schools, the Patrician monastery and the Parish church. Michael Malone, our organiser, was instrumental in allowing access to these areas.

Niamh O’ Boyle was the planner who lulled orienteers on the long course into a false sense of security on the opening controls & then presented this dilemma from control 6 to 7:

Have a browse and see if you spot the ‘trap’?  Some very experienced orienteers got caught here!

Lots of route choice challenges were presented and attention to detail was vital – you could very well find yourself on the wrong side of a corner and have to retrace your steps



How would you have run the leg to 14 which ‘hit you’ when the map was flipped for part 2 of the course? Control 14 to 15 also worth your respect.


Prizes for the fastest split from controls 10 to 11 on the long course goes to Killian Brennan (1:13), CNOC and Cliodhna Donaghty (1:26), GEN.  Next week’s event starts at the Defence Forces Sports Ground on the Curragh.


Many thanks to Bernie O’Boyle for giving us the opportunity to analyse the route choice, all be it from the comfort of our armchairs! The routegadget should prove interesting! 

We look forward to the next CNOC summer league event next Tuesday 11th June at the Curragh.

Orienteering in Ireland
Orienteering Ireland, Irish Sport HQ, Blanchardstown
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