Three-Rock Ticknock

The classical route taking in Three-Rock and a loop around Fairy Castle mountain
Wednesday 13 May, 2009
7:30 PM
6 (2,2,2) - Moderate Terrain, 200M - 500M ascent, 6Km - 10Km
Route fully marked - Route fully marked
Leinster League
Please car pool from Taylors 3 Rock
UPDATE - Monday 11th May, 2009. Coillte have granted us extended opening at Ticknock, until 9:30pm. For those who feel they may not complete the course and exit within this time, can you consider doing the short course. All cars must be out by 9:30pm at the latest,

UPDATE - Sunday 10th May, 2009. The Route will be as depicted on the map, and as described below.

It is a challenging course, with 3 separate rocky ascents & fast decents (only 1 short rocky decent, all others are very fast).

Route Description:

Starts at Ticknock lower carpark and has an instant sharp climb directly up to the upper carpark. Here the route swings slightly to the left and take the muddy relatively flat path along the outskirts of the forest to the bottom of the Boneshaker. The route swings right and takes the rocky Boneshaker path all the way up to the masts at Three Rock.

From here you will be directed by a marshall left down a fire road. After about 1km (about 100m AFTER the left hairpin band) you take sharp right cutting into the forest. This path will continuously veer right and lead you up a rocky path. As you approach the top of this path watch for a sharp left that takes you to another fire road. Take a right here along fireroad back to the Three Rock masts.

At the masts a marshall will direct you left, directly up the rocky path all the way to the Fairy Castle cairn. You touch the pile of rocks and swing to the left down a very muddy section to a path T-junction. You take the sharp left, which will take you down a fast rocky path. To avoid runners bashing into each other, the downhill runners will take a right before the main Fairy Castle track, running parallel to the main track. After about 50m you turn left to join up with again with the main track and follow it all the way back to the Three Rock masts.

From here a marshall will lead you down the tarmac road. After about 500m the route takes a very sharp left down a narrow steep path. At the bottom of the steep section, the route swings right all the way down through the forest to the start/finish area.

There will be marshalls at Three Rock and Fairy Castle. Apart from that you will be looking out for small flags, red/white safety tape and some small signs to find your way. Do NOT run over safety tape - safety tape will be used to block paths not on the race route. This area is very heavily used by walkers and mountain bikers, so please be aware that you are not the only people on this mountain. It is advised to know the route as markers have been known to be moved ...

The short course will ignore the Fairy Castle loop (6km, 500m).

Route map provided by 3Roc Orienteering Club.

Taylors 3 Rock


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Driver NameLocationPassing ThroughDepartureSeats AvailableSeats AcceptedBook
Kevin O'RiordanMulhuddartCastleknock17:4541Book
Gerry BradyRathminesMilltown17:3030Book
Rene BorgSandyford LUASTaylor's Three-Rock17:0030Book
Sinead RocheCherrywood, LoughlinstownTaylor's Three Rock17:4530Book
Sinead RocheCherrywood, LoughlinstownTaylor's Three Rock17:0030Book
Sean HassettRanelaghMilltown, Churchtown, Taylors17:4530Book
Con O'DonovanDun Laoghaire Dart StationCherrywood18:2031Book
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