ORIENTEERING: Moran Climbs to the Top

by Gazette Reporter
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Dublin orienteer Clodagh Moran of the Three Rock club took two of the three senior titles on offer at Irish Orienteering Championships held over four days in Co Wicklow at the weekend, with sprint, medium and long distance races followed by a relay.  

On Saturday, in the middle distance event at Stranahely, Moran had the narrowest of victories over British visitor Helen Ockenden with the pair timed at 31 mins 54 secs and 31:56  respectively for a tricky 3.3km course.

A day later, over a longer distance 8.16km course at the aptly named Devils’ Glen, Moran again had only two seconds to spare on Ockenden. This time she won in 91 mins 50 seconds with Ockenden finishing in 91:52.

It really was not Ockenden’s weekend – in the sprint event on Friday evening, she had finished second behind  Kathryn Barr of UCDO.

Best of the Irish men was Ruairi Short of  of Kildare club CNOC.

 who won the 4.3km medium distance race on Saturday in 32 mins 48 secs. Less than a minute behind in 33:42  was Lawrence Quinn of  Dublin club GEN, while third in 33:48 was Colm Moran of 3ROC

Moran, Clodagh’s older brother, would go on to finish fourth in the  long distance13.8km race, with a time of 2 hrs 2 mins 38 secs for the course.  

Underlining the longevity of orienteers – and their commitment to the sport – many former champions were in action over the weekend, with Aongus O Cleirigh of Ajax winning the M60 classic distance race He has some way to go before he  catches up with 3ROC’s Con  Carroll. On Saturday, Carroll became Ireland’s first ever M90 champion when he completed a 1.1km course in some style.

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