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Nov 27, 2021

Featherbeds Leinster League Nov 28th 2021

The next Leinster League event of the 2021 season is on November 28th 2021 in the Featherbeds/Glendoo area, County Dublin. (Grid Reference: O 131 196).

Event Directions and Parking: The event is signposted from the R115 (Military Road), the road from Dublin to the Sally Gap. The road passes through the competition area. Parking, registration, start and finish are adjacent to the R115.

Competition Area: The competition area comprises part of the Glendoo map north of the R115 and part of Featherbeds area south of the R115. The area consists of gently sloping open hillside with detailed turf cuttings and some paths. There are many water holes, some of which are not mapped. Runnability varies from medium to very slow. Here's a RouteGadget of the most recent Leinster League event on this map (2017).

featherbeds1.jpgMap: The map is printed on A4 water resistant paper at a scale of 1:7,500 for all courses. Contour interval is 5 meters. The map is aligned to magnetic North. Plastic bags will be available at the start.

Beginners: This event is suitable for people of all ages who are new to orienteering. You must pre-enter here use the Enter Now link. If you are new to orienteering please let the organisers know and they will show you what to do. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the terrain, this event is not buggy friendly.

Fees:

Adult: €8
Junior/Full-time Student/OAP/Concession: €5 
Family: €20  (max 2 adults and no more than five family members in total)

Groups:

If you plan to bring a large group please email ajax@orienteering.ie well in advance of the event - we need to make sure we have enough pre-printed maps for you and if you're bringing a bus we need to make parking arrangements.

Timing

Start-times are between 11:00 – 12:30.
Courses will close at 14:30 - you must report to the finish before then, even if you do not complete your course.

SportIdent (SI) timing will be used. SI cards are available for hire at event registration for €2. You must download your SI card at the download station after orienteering, whether you complete the course or not. Otherwise the event organisers will not know if you have finished. Sportident air punching will not be enabled.

Course Details:

Brown – 8km, 100m, 22 controls
Blue - 6.3km, 70m, 23 controls
Green – 5.2km, 60m, 19 controls
Light Green – 2.8km, 25m, 17 controls
Red – 3.4km, 25m, 15 controls
Orange - 2.4km, 10m, 13 controls 
Yellow - 2.3km, 10m, 13 controls

Crossing the R115: From the parking area all competitors must cross the R115 to reach the start and finish. Please follow the directions of race marshals. Competitors on the Brown, Blue and Green courses cross the R115 twice while competing. Great care must be taken when crossing the road. Road traffic has right of way! Competitors on the Yellow, Orange, Red and Light Green courses do not cross the R115 while competing.

Control Descriptions: IOF Control descriptions are not printed on the map for all courses. Loose control descriptions will be available for all courses at registration. Control descriptions can be downloaded here. Text yellow descriptions here.

Results will be published on www.orienteering.ie

Event Officials:
Organiser: Rory Wallace
Planner: John O'Donovan
Controller: Donal Wickham

Acknowledgements: Ajax Orienteering club are grateful to the Wicklow Mountains National Park for permission to hold this event.

Important: Orienteering is an adventure sport.  You take part at your own risk and you are responsible for your own safety. In the event of inclement weather this event may be cancelled at short notice - check this website before travelling. The organisers may require you to carry a rain jacket so please come prepared. Whistles are compulsory (there may be a limited number available for sale at the event).

Dogs:  The Wicklow uplands is sheep country - dogs must be kept on a leash and confined to the parking/assembly area. Dogs are not permitted in the competition area - please respect this rule.

Litter: Please bring you waste home with you - do not expect the organisers to take it away for you.

Covid-19: Please study the Irish Orienteering Association's Covid-19 guidelines carefully and pay special attention to the Participant Code of Conduct.

Nov 21, 2021

Featherbeds Leinster League Nov 28th 2021

The next Leinster League event of the 2021 season is on November 28th 2021 in the Featherbeds/Glendoo area, County Dublin. (Grid Reference: O 131 196).

Event Directions and Parking: The event is signposted from the R115 (Military Road), the road from Dublin to the Sally Gap. The road passes through the competition area. Parking, registration, start and finish are adjacent to the R115.

Competition Area: The competition area comprises part of the Glendoo map north of the R115 and part of Featherbeds area south of the R115. The area consists of gently sloping open hillside with detailed turf cuttings and some paths. There are many water holes, some of which are not mapped. Runnability varies from medium to very slow. Here's a RouteGadget of the most recent Leinster League event on this map (2017).

featherbeds1.jpgMap: The map is printed on A4 water resistant paper at a scale of 1:7,500 for all courses. Contour interval is 5 meters. The map is aligned to magnetic North. 

Beginners: This event is suitable for people of all ages who are new to orienteering. You must pre-enter here - use the Enter Now link. If you are new to orienteering please let the organisers know and they will show you what to do. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the terrain, this event is not buggy friendly.

Fees:

Adult: €8 
Junior/Full-time Student/OAP/Concession: €5 
Family: €20

There will be a €2 surcharge for any participant who is not already a member of an orienteering club. The surcharge will be waived if the participant registers with Ajax Orienteers at the event. (Membership is free for the first year).

Groups:

If you plan to bring a large group please email ajax@orienteering.ie well in advance of the event - we need to make sure we have enough pre-printed maps for you and if you're bringing a bus we need to make parking arrangements.

Timing

Start-times are between 11:00 – 13:00.
Courses will close at 15:00 - you must report to the finish before then, even if you do not complete your course.

SportIdent (SI) timing will be used. SI cards are available for hire at event registration for €2. You must download your SI card at the download station after orienteering, whether you complete the course or not. Otherwise the event organisers will not know if you have finished. Sportident air punching will not be enabled.

Course Details:

Brown 9.0k 150m 30 Controls
Blue 6.6k 100m 22 Controls
Green 4.7k 60m 20 Controls
Light Green 3.3k 30m 17 Controls
Red 3.5k 30m 16 Controls
Orange 2.9k 25m 13 Controls
Yellow 2.2k 20m 12 Controls

Crossing the R115: From the parking area all competitors must cross the R115 to reach the start and finish. Please follow the directions of race marshals. Competitors on the Brown, Blue and Green courses cross the R115 twice while competing. Great care must be taken when crossing the road. Road traffic has right of way! Competitors on the Yellow, Orange, Red and Light Green courses do not cross the R115 while competing.

Control Descriptions: IOF Control descriptions are not printed on the map for all courses. Loose control descriptions will be available for all courses at registration. Text versions will be available for the Yellow, Orange and Red courses.

Results will be published on www.orienteering.ie

Event Officials:
Organiser: Rory Wallace
Planner: 
Controller: 

Acknowledgements: Ajax Orienteering club are grateful to the Wicklow Mountains National Park for permission to hold this event.

Important: Orienteering is an adventure sport.  You take part at your own risk and you are responsible for your own safety. In the event of inclement weather this event may be cancelled at short notice - check this website before travelling. The organisers may require you to carry a rain jacket so please come prepared. Whistles are compulsory.

Dogs:  The Wicklow uplands is sheep country - dogs must be kept on a leash and confined to the parking/assembly area. Dogs are not permitted in the competition area - please respect this rule.

Litter: Please bring you waste home with you - do not expect the organisers to take it away for you.

Covid-19: Please study the Irish Orienteering Association's Covid-19 guidelines carefully and pay special attention to the Participant Code of Conduct.

Jul 29, 2020

Marlay Park CATI

Marlay Park CATI - 9th August 11am to 1pm

Event Location: Marlay Park.

AJAX is delighted to be hosting a Come and Try It event in Marlay Park on the 9th August!  We look forward to seeing you all there.

Event Directions and Parking: Parking is available at the car park just off College Road on the south side of the park.  An orienteering kite will be placed at the car park entrance.  Registration, start, finish and download will all be based near this car park.

https://goo.gl/maps/parBMveAuoYrAU2J7

Map: Maps are printed at a scale of 1:5,000 for all courses on A4 paper. Contour interval is 5 meters. There will be no loose control descriptions at the event. Either use the descriptions that are printed on the front of your map, or download them from the link below and print them yourself.

Marlay CATI Descriptions.pdf

Registration and Entry Fees:  Registration will be in the car park just off College Road.  If you are new to orienteering, please let the organisers know and they will show you what to do. Please get in touch beforehand if you are bringing a large group so we can arrange maps and especially if you are bringing a bus.  Please pre-enter at:

https://www.orienteering.ie/fixtures/marlay-park-7/

Adult: €8

Junior/Full-time Student/OAP/Concession: €5

Family: €20

Entries close at 6pm on Saturday 8th August.  The entry is per map so please just enter one person if you are planning to run together with one map.

There will be a €2 surcharge for anyone not already a member of an orienteering club. The surcharge will be waived if the participant registers with Ajax Orienteers at the event. (Membership is free for the first year).

COVID 19: By attending the event you are confirming that:

  • you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms, 
  • you were not in contact in the last 14 days with someone who has Covid-19 symptoms, 
  • you are not required to self-isolate 
  • you have not been outside Ireland in the past 2 weeks. 

Please follow the IOA Participant Code of Conduct at all times.

https://www.orienteering.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Return-to-O-code-of-conduct-060720-nomarkup.pdf

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refreshments but there are cafes and market stalls in the park.  

Timing: SportIdent (SI) timing will be used. SI cards are available for hire at event registration for €2. You must download your SI card after orienteering, whether you complete the course or not. Otherwise, we will not know if you have finished.

 

Start-times: 11:00 – 13:00.

Courses close: 15:00.

 

Oganiser: John O’Donovan

 

Course Details:

 

Long – 6.4 k, 17 controls

Medium – 3.7 k, 16 controls

Short – 2.2 k, 10 controls

 

Please bring all of your rubbish home with you – don’t leave it to the organisers to dispose of full rubbish bags.  Thanks to DLRCC for granting permission to use the park.

Oct 29, 2019

Leinster League – Vale of Clara - 10th November

Event Location: The next Leinster League event will be held on Sunday 10 November 2019 at the Vale of Clara, Co. Wicklow. (Grid Reference: T 201 909).

 

Event Directions and Parking: Signposted from the eastern side of Rathdrum on the R752 road to Glenealy. Parking and registration are in Ballinastraw Coillte land. 

https://goo.gl/maps/Rzvr4swkSUP7Qtik8

There will be a 20 minute walk from the registration to the start and a 20 minute walk from the finish back to registration where download will be available. The start and finish are close to one another so jackets can be left at the start for collection after the finish.  Please note that you will have to cross a road to reach the start and again after the finish.  There will be signs warning the oncoming cars but please take care. Do not park near the start as it is too narrow and would be unsafe.

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Photo: Paul Smyth

Terrain: The Vale of Clara Nature Reserve contains one of the largest stands of semi-natural native hardwoods in the country. The area has many paths and is rich in rock and contour detail. The nature reserve is bisected by a tributary of the Avonmore river. The stream has a steep slope on the southern side. The terrain and path network give many route-choice options.  Runability underfoot in ‘white’ forest is generally fast. In places, billberry bushes can impede running speed. Where running speed is significantly impacted by billberry growth the ‘undergrowth – slow running’ screen is used to indicate this. Where billberry growth is particularly dense the ‘undergrowth – walk’ screen is used. There are virtually no brambles in the forest.

 

Map: Maps are printed on water-resistant material at a scale of 1:10,000 for all courses on A4 paper. Contour interval is 5 meters. The longer courses are contained in a relatively small area so competitors are advised to carefully check that they are navigating to the correct next control.

 

Control descriptions: There will be no loose control descriptions at the event. Either use the descriptions that are printed on the front of your map, or download them from the link below and print them yourself.

 

VoCNR LL 10-Nov-19 V5 Descriptions.pdf

 

Registration and Entry Fees:  Enter at the event. If you are new to orienteering, please let the organisers know and they will show you what to do. Please get in touch beforehand if you are bringing a large group so we can arrange maps and especially if you are bringing a bus.

 

Adult: €8

Junior/Full-time Student/OAP/Concession: €5

Family: €20

 

There will be a €2 surcharge for anyone not already a member of an orienteering club. The surcharge will be waived if the participant registers with Ajax Orienteers at the event. (Membership is free for the first year).

 

Timing: SportIdent (SI) timing will be used. SI cards are available for hire at event registration for €2. You must download your SI card after orienteering, whether you complete the course or not. Otherwise, we will not know if you have finished.

 

Start-times: 11:00 – 13:00.

Courses close: 15:00.

 

Event Officials:

 

Controller: Mike Long

Planner: Marcus Geoghegan

Organiser: John O’Donovan

Course Details:

 

Brown – 7.6 k, 275m climb

Blue – 5.9 k, 200m climb

Green – 4.5 k, 150m climb

Light Green – 3.3 k, 90m climb

Red – 5.3 k, 75m climb

Orange - 2.4 k, 70m climb

Yellow – 2.1 k, 50m climb

 

Important: Please follow the country code and leave no trace principles. Please bring all of your rubbish home with you – don’t leave it to the organisers to dispose of full rubbish bags. Thanks to Coillte for granting permission to park in their land. Please bring reusable cups if you can to cut down on waste.

May 10, 2019

Irish Orienteering Championships 2019

DonalWickham_crop.jpgFermanagh Orienteers and Lagan Valley Orienteers were the organisers of this years IOC, held over the May holiday weekend. The weather was perfect for racing, not cold and wet, and not so warm that dehydration became a factor.  

The sprint race (day 1) was held on the Florencecourt Estate, Fermanagh.  The terrain used was a mixture of urban detail, parkland and forest.  This was a departure from most sprint events where urban terrain is predominantly used.  It was a fine event, and a good orienteering experience.PaulSmyth_crop.jpg

The middle distance race (day 2) was on the shore of Lough Erne, at Castle Archdale.  The courses were fast and offered plenty of route choice.  The arena was in the impressive castle courtyard where competitors raced up and down flights of steps to reach the finish kite.

Day 3, the classic distance race was held in the Cavan Burren Park, in the area first used for IOC 1994.  The complex mixture of forest and open land provided plenty of technical challenge.  The courses had everything - fine navigation in complex forest with undergrowth and low visibility, fast running on intricate open limestone terrain and myriad route-choice.

AonghusMike_crop.jpgThe relay (day 4), organised by LVO, was held in Parkanaur, a recreational forest park near Dungannon.  The terrain allowed for fast running with interesting vegetation details which influenced route choice.  

Ajax podium finishers

(Roisin and Ruairi Long competed for their university club (UCDO) at the championships, but we are still claiming them as our own!!!)

Sprint (Day 1) – Florencecourt, Fermanagh

First: M20E Ruairi Long

Second: W21E Roisin Long

Middle Distance (Day 2) – Castle Archdale, Fermanagh

First: M20E Ruairi Long, M55 Aonghus O'Cleirigh

Second: M12 Cian Wickham

Third: W21E Roisin Long

Classic Distance (Day 3) – Burren Park, Cavan

First: M20E Ruairi Long, M55 Aonghus O'Cleirigh

Third: W21E Roisin Long

Relay (Day 4) – Parkanaur, Tyrone

First: H12 Aonghus O'Cleirigh, Paul Smyth, Mike Long

Roisin Long finished in the winning Premier Women's Open Class team representing UCDO, a fantastic result! Ruairi Long finished in the third placed Premier Men's Open Class team representing UCDO, again a great result.

RoisinLong2_crop.jpg

Mar 13, 2019

Bushy Park, March 18th, Come-and-try-it Orienteering

 


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Ajax Orienteering Club are holding a Come-and-try-it event this coming Bank Holiday Monday in Bushy Park, Templeogue on Monday, March 18th., 2019. 

Note the unusual date!
 
Event Officials:
Organiser: Paul Smyth
Planner: Paul Smyth
 
Directions & Parking:
The main entrance to the park is on Rathdown Avenue. After you turn off Templeogue Road onto Rathdown Avenue you will quickly come to a small roundabout. Continue straight through the roundabout and the main entrance is about 200 metres further, on the right hand side.
 
Parking for the event is also on Rathdown Avenue. Please be aware that one side of the road is pay and display parking. The other side of the road is available for parking but sections of it have double yellow lines. Please do not obstruct access in any way for local residents or other park users.
 
Bear in mind that as it is a bank holiday it will likely be busy. Please car pool etc., if possible.
 
You can also access the park from Springfield Ave. where there is also some parking.
 
Apple Maps is showing me that the 15, 49, 65 and 65B stop nearby, but you should confirm details on the CIE website if you are planning on travelling to the event by bus. Also bear in mind that bank holiday schedules will be in effect.
 
Registration:
Registration will be in the vicinity of the bandstand at the southern end of the Lake. From the entrance beside the tennis courts proceed straight along the side of the courts and then continue on the path down the hill to the bandstand. We are hoping to use the bandstand itself for registration and if so you are welcome to leave gear, bikes etc. there.
 
Start Times:
Starts are from 11:00 to 13:00 and courses close at 14:00 sharp.
 
Fees:
Adult: €8 
Junior/Full-time Student/OAP: €5 
Family: €20
 
SportIdent:
SportIdent timing will be in use and SI cards are available for rent at €2 per card.
 
Map & Courses:
There are two courses, one is a scatter format, and the other is a score format. Both use the same controls.
 
Scatter:
The mass start for the scatter will be at 12:00. There are 20 controls, and there are three variations:
 
Short Scatter: Get any 10 controls.
Medium Scatter: Get any 14 controls.
Long Scatter: Get any 18 controls.
 
Score:
You can enter and start the Score event anytime between 11:00 and 13:00. There are two variations:
 
Elite Score: 25 minute time limit.
Standard Score: 40 minute time limit.
 
Get as many controls as you can within the time limit. All controls are worth 10 points. Penalty is 10 points per minute late.
 
Mapping Notes:
The map is 1:4000 with 2.5 metre contours and has been not been updated since it’s last use in January of 2018.
 
As it is Winter some areas that would be difficult to pass through during the Summer may be passable now. This is not reflected in the map.
 
Small man-made objects such as signage, bike racks, rubbish bins etc. have not been mapped. Goalposts are also not shown on the map. Park benches have been mapped using the man-made X symbol. In the forested areas there are often many very small paths which have not been mapped. The rootstock symbol (green X) has been used to indicate both rootstocks and large logs lying on the ground. In some cases the rootstocks may be quite high. Where a number of logs are piled together they may also be indicated by a single rootstock symbol. Along much of the park parallel to the river there is a short steep drop indicated only by the contours. You may be surprised by just how steep this is. Take care descending.
 
If crossing by the weir, expect to get your feet wet. Take care when crossing.
 
Control Descriptions:
Control descriptions are in IOF pictorial format and will be printed on the map as well as being available loose at registration. English format descriptions will also be available loose but will not be on the map.
 
Refreshments:
We hope to provide light refreshments after the event.
 
Toilets:
There are toilets available in the Bushy Park Tennis and Padel building beside the courts, and tea/coffee can be purchased there as well. Absolutely no mucky gear or spikes inside the building.
 
Results:
Results will be published on www.orienteering.ie
 
Acknowledgements:
Ajax Orienteering club are grateful to Dublin City council for permission to hold this event in the park.
 
Paul Smyth

Mar 03, 2019

Leinster League - Bull Island - 10th March

 Event Location: The next Leinster League event will be held on Sunday 10 March 2019 on Bull Island, Dublin. (Grid Reference: O 234 370).

Event Directions and Parking: Signposted from the coast road (James Larkin Road).  Parking, registration, start and finish are near the interpretive center at the end of the causeway.

bullisland2cwp.jpgTerrain: Grass-covered sand dunes with many small paths, isolated trees and man-made features.  Marshes are a little wet in places.

Map: Maps are printed on water resistant material at a scale of 1:5,000 for all courses. The map shows the island in two sections laid out side-by-side on an A3 sheet. Contour interval is 2.5 meters. Power lines are not displayed and the magnetic grid lines run 45 degrees to the edge of the map. The Brown course uses a modified map with only contour and marsh detail displayed. Control descriptions for all courses will be available at registration and will also be printed on the map. The Yellow course has a taped route on one leg. 

Registration and Entry Fees:  Enter at the event.  If you are new to orienteering please let the organisers know and they will show you what to do.

Adult: €8 
Junior/Full-time Student/OAP/Concession: €5 
Family: €20

There will be a €2 surcharge for anyone not already a member of an orienteering club. The surcharge will be waived if the participant registers with Ajax Orienteers at the event. (Membership is free for the first year).

Timing: SportIdent (SI) timing will be used. SI cards are available for hire at event registration for €2. You must download your SI card after orienteering, whether you complete the course or not. Otherwise we will not know if you have finished.

Start-times: 11:00 – 13:00.
Courses close: 15:00.

Event Officials:

Controller: Donal Wickham
Planner: Aonghus O’Cleirigh
Oganiser: Anna Musial

Course Details:

Brown – 8.8 k, 30 controls, (contours/marsh only)
Blue - 8.3 k, 29 controls
Green – 5.1 k, 29 controls
Light Green – 3.7 k, 23 controls
Red – 3.7 k, 28 controls
Orange - 2.5 k, 21 controls
Yellow - 1.6 k, 15 controls

Important: Bull Island is an EU designated Special Area of Conservation. Please do not cause damage or litter.  Thanks to Dublin City Council for granting permission to hold the event.

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