Nav challenge 1 - Crone Capers
|Paul Smyth||Aug 20 2013, 10:04am||I'm looking for a lift. Anyone going from anywhere near Citywest/Tallaght?|
smythp at indigo.ie
|Alan Ayling||Aug 20 2013, 12:45pm||Normally quite happy to give you a lift Paul, but unfortunately I can't make this race.|
|Paul Smyth||Aug 21 2013, 8:56am||Thanks Alan.|
|Gavan Doherty||Aug 22 2013, 11:49am||Hi all,|
Just a note about the Nav Challenge 1 this Sunday. A few people have asked me:
- will I be able for the Short Course (physically and navigation-wise)?
The short course is 8km long, with 480m climb, so it's similar to some of the longer Wednesday night Leinster League Races.
The navigation is quite straightforward (mostly forest tracks/paths, with some open mountain close to the forest).
- do I need to bring a map?
No, a map will be provided for all competitors with the checkpoints marked on it
- can I start early?
Absolutely no problem and encouraged if you're around the 160% mark or more in other IMRA races
- do I need any special kit?
Not if you're doing the Short course, no special kit needed.
There are more details on the event page, but if there are any questions please feel free to post.
The forecast is looking good, so hopefully see you Sunday.
|Greg Byrne||Aug 22 2013, 1:19pm||I'm also looking for a lift if anyone is heading out via Rathfarnham on Sunday morning with space in their car?|
Greg - gregdbyrne-at-gmail.com
|Stuart Scott||Aug 22 2013, 2:52pm||Sounds good Gavan!|
If anyone is still wavering, the Nav Challenges are the perfect stepping stone for anyone with aspirations to 'graduate' to the weekend races. They are an ideal way to learn and practice nav skills in a controlled setting while still getting a decent bit of exercise, and there'll be plenty of people on hand to talk you through the basics should you need it.
And here's hoping the long course is just as challenging as ever, preferably without Philip's 'Jungle of Death' from a few years back!
Paul, Greg, if you could get yourselves towards Sandyford/Carrickmines you're welcome to a lift but hopefully there'll be others from your directions.
|John Condon||Aug 22 2013, 3:26pm||'Jungle of Death'..me likes the sound of that|
|Gavan Doherty||Aug 22 2013, 8:03pm||I could do with a few more 'optional' volunteers (running and non-running!):|
1) putting out checkpoints:
the more remote ones can be put out on Saturday afternoon/evening if anyone fancied a stroll, but ideally if you're confident with a map
2) taking back in checkpoints:
from (hopefully) about 3pm on Sunday afternoon. again the remote ones could wait until monday, and the nearby ones could be taken in on a mountain bike
running or non-running!
4) first aid officer:
non-running, but probably only needed from about 12 - 3pm
let me know if you're up for any of those slots. similar slots will be available for Nav Challenge 2 and 3. volunteer online, call me on 086 262 1445 or email me on gavan.doherty [at] 247meeting.com
|Paul Smyth||Aug 24 2013, 8:48pm||Gav,|
Is the map printed on water-resistant paper or should we bring plastic bags?
|Gavan Doherty||Aug 24 2013, 9:49pm||Hi Paul,|
maps with pre-marked course on it are on waterproof Aquascribe paper.
That said weather is looking perfect:
hopefully the waterproof properties won't be needed!
|Jill Walker||Aug 25 2013, 1:28am||Does anyone know if Jimmy will be there - I'm looking to collect my end of league prize.|
|Paul O'Grady||Aug 25 2013, 8:23am||Jill, Jimmy doesn't generally run these races - and with average numbers in the twenties or thirties, he won't be coming down just to give out bags.|
I would guess that you will have to wait until the AGM race in November - unless Jimmy makes alternative arrangements.
|John Condon||Aug 25 2013, 6:25pm||Many thanks to Gavan and crew for a great event today. Hat tip to Gareth as well for a great course. |
Well done all.
|Mick Hanney||Aug 25 2013, 7:28pm||Crone capers was the bees knees. Thanks to Gareth for architecting this one and to Gavan & team for a very well run event. The SI controls were brilliant and to get your results moments after you crossed the line with (in my case slow) splits was a bonus. Well done Dan on his win.|
|BrÃan O'Meara||Aug 26 2013, 9:20am||Great event. Thanks to Gavan & helpers.|
|Tom O'Sullivan||Aug 26 2013, 11:25am||I'd like to second the above compliments for the Gavan and his team. The custom map for the event was impressive, but the timimg gadget was really swish. Fair play and roll on Sept 8th in Glendalough. |
For anyone tempted to try the short course, it was a good route with fairly straightforward navigation, a very do-able race for anyone who has run the Leinster League.
|John Bell||Aug 27 2013, 10:04am||Race report up. |
Thanks again to Gavan and vounteers for an excellent event.
|Angus Tyner||Aug 27 2013, 10:42pm||Put in a report as well|
|Gavan Doherty||Sep 3 2013, 8:47am||At Nav Challenge 1 we had about 20 people do the short course, including 2 families with small kids in tow!|
I'll put up a separate appeal for (running) volunteers for this sunday (Nav Challenge 2), but wanted to thank the various heroes who made Nav Challenge 1 happen:
Miles Newman for clumping around the day before and getting the checkpoints out (Mayo abu!)
Rachel & Stuart
Gareth Little for planning (hope the wounds are healing up)
Gerry Cunningham for stepping in to Gareth's shoes at the last minute
Mary Healy & Pat McCavana for SI help (I think people did find it interesting to have their times & split times as they 'crossed the line')
Noreen, Anne & Barry
We're hoping to get a redacted map up online, but in the meanwhile here are the grid refs for Nav Challenge 1 checkpoints (could be taken in any order, 4 for the short course, all 6 for the long):
Start (Crone car park) - O 193 142
T junction of track - O 197 131
T junction of track - O 190 139
Tonduff North - O 159 137
River Junction - O 185 123
Coffin Stone - O 171 105
Maulin Summit - O 183 131