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Guest blog 2 - Anna McCarthy

Posted by TREC Ireland on March 1, 2016 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Thanks to Anna McCarthy for sending in this:

Annas Trec adventures

story one

where do I start my family are never too sure whether it's good or bad when I go off to trec they see the great enjoyment I get from it but then they have to listen to my reminiscences and stories for days and days afterwards ,then for months and years afterwards I see them cringe when I start to tell the same story over again but always with the same enthusiasm I

I have been lucky enough to do trec pairing at different times with all three of my kids and I have to say these times have always been great very fun times being able to share the whole experience together never once has there been an upset .one can only laugh about mistakes especially in orienteering because afterwards they are so ridiculous ,when you look back later at the map ,and realise where you went and where are you should've gone !

the best story regarding this was at a trec orla organised at Rath Mullen Donegal it also taught me don't be like a sheep and follow the one in front !

my 15-year-old son and I came out of The map room very confident as always I said did you notice we go away from the start across the field not the beach? we were very smart cookies !so off we went feeling very smug and at the bottom of the field met the pair who had gone out in front and had a great laugh as they had gone the wrong way, down the beach ,and we so clever we went the right way ,so off they headed just in front, but we took time to check the map road crossing and small bridge, all good !,,following along behind the others happily ,then arriving 10 minutes later in Rath Mullen ,(which we had been told at the start was where we were... not.... to go )O dear must've gone wrong couldn't work out problem at all ...then there was another pair joined the confusion ...eventually... We got to a check point and caused more mayhem at eight of us there at once....the real laugh was when we got home I looked at the bigger picture on map route showed us to go away from the beach at right angle and here we were all running up and down the road lost and this road was perfectlly parallel to the beach we learnt that day to always look at the bigger picture

story 2 to follow

Man training naughty dog in mountains

Guest blog 1 - Kerry Neill

Posted by TREC Ireland on February 21, 2016 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Kerry is our first guest blogger, and is with North West TREC. Take it away Kerry:

My 1st adventure was at Lissan House in Co Tyrone via a friends invite.

With a hastily borrowed horse (Lenny) and a lift from Ali we set of for the 3 phase competition (no easing in for me!!)

PTV was mmmm..... interesting. I hadnt a clue what to do at any of the obstacles so I watched Ali. Then it was my turn!!

I scored 94 which I was thrilled with. I loved all the comments on the score sheet. They were really helpful for a complete novice like me. I especially liked the one for Immobility *DID NOT STOP* I vaguely remember Lauren sitting on the ground with Trudi munching some grass, as I thundered pass!! *Watch out for those nerves*

Ali and I had loads of laughs on the orienteering phase with Kim and Denise (4 heads are better than 2, surley). We did NOT get lost, just didnt follow the exact route haha!

Then finally the MA (Control of pace) which wasnt as easy as I thought.

All in all it was a fabulous day and I was hooked. I have been to a few more Trec competitons and training days since then and can say no one is the same.

Treccies are a real helpful, funny bunch. Always quick to give support and advice. I've met some wonderful people through Trec that I'm lucky to call my friends.

TIPS: Dont miss any obstacles and dont get in your horses way.

Also remember your mobile phone can send your compass haywire.