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Nov 05, 2017

Featherbeds Leinster League Nov 5th 2017

FeatherbedsResults have been published.

The 10th Leinster League event of the 2017 season is on November 5th 2017 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, which is situated on the Dublin side of upper Glencree valley. 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. Some small updates have been made to the map since it was last used in 2015. 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 previous Leinster League event on this map.

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. Enter at the event on the day - you do not need to register beforehand. 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.

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 printed on the back of 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: Mike Long
Planner: Marcus Geoghegan
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.

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.

May 11, 2017

Irish Orienteering Championships 2017

Western Eagles were the organizers for this years IOC. Held over the May holiday weekend, the event was a great success and was a very large undertaking for a small team.  (Marcus Geoghegan helped out by planning the Relay courses.) All three events were held in the technically challenging Connemara landscape near Oughterard, County Galway.  The terrain used was open mountainside with intricate contour detail and rock features.  

The weather was perfect for racing.  It was not too warm and it stayed dry!

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Ajax podium finishers

Middle Distance (Day 1) – Léim Oirthear

First: M18 Ruairi Long  

Second: M10 Cian Wickham, M55 Aonghus O'Cleirigh

Third: M21s Rory Wallace

Classic Distance (Day 2) – Sruth an Iolra & Log an Chaortain

First: M10 Cian Wickham, M18 Ruairi Long

Third: M55 Aonghus O'Cleirigh,

Relay (Day 3) – Derreighter

No Ajax podium finishers this year!

Mar 16, 2017

Leinster League - Bull Island - 26th March

Event Location: The next Leinster League event will be held on Sunday 26 March 2017 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 currently quite dry.

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: Denis Reidy
Organiser: Donal Wickham
Planner: Aonghus O’Cleirigh

Course Details:
Brown – 8.7 k, 30 controls, (contours/marsh only)
Blue - 7.1 k, 30 controls
Green – 5.3 k, 29 controls
Light Green – 3.3 k, 26 controls
Red – 3.4 k, 25 controls
Orange - 2.6 k, 22 controls
Yellow - 1.5 k, 14 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.

Oct 23, 2016

Ajax Leinster League event - Carraig Na Seabhac - 6th November 2016

Event Location: The next Leinster League event will be on Sunday 6th November 2016 at Carraig Na Seabhac, Old Military Road, Co. Wicklow.  Grid Reference: O 103 053.

Event Directions and Parking: If travelling from Dublin the event is approximately 9 km South of the Sally Gap on the Old Military Road.  Parking is on a forest track.  Please car-share if possible.

r115-to-sally-gap.jpgTerrainThe competition area lies in the upper Glenmacnass river valley.  One side of the valley is forested with thickets of young pine and scattered pine trees.  The other side is open hillside.  There is a lot of rock feature throughout.  The valley is divided by a stream (the upper section of the Glenmacnass river) which is crossable by foot. The terrain underfoot varies from rough heather to grass. There are some forest rides in the wooded part of the competition area, but no paths on the open hillside. The valley sides are moderately steep.

Map: The map was surveyed in 2010-2011 by Pat Healy and partially updated in 2012, 2014 and 2016 . Maps are printed on water resistant material at a scale of 1:10,000 for all courses. Contour interval is 5 meters. Control descriptions for all courses will be available at registration and will also be printed on the map. Boulders less than 2m in height are generally marked on the map with the small boulder symbol. The large boulder symbol is used for boulders larger than 2m in height. The rock pillar symbol (black area symbol) is used for very large boulders.  In very rocky areas  boulders which seem small in relation to its neighbours are not generally mapped.  Crags are mapped both with, and without tags. Dark green (fight) is used to mark pine thickets and young plantation. The semi-open screen is used to map scattered trees. Lone trees are marked with a green dot symbol.

Registration and Entry Fee: Enter at the event. Event registration is located beside the parking area. 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/Unwaged/OAP: €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).

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 event organisers will not know if you have finished.

Start-times: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Courses close: 2:30 pm

Start and Finish: The start for all courses is approximately 800m -1000m from the Parking Area.  Access to the Start is along a public road and rough open terrain. Please take care when walking along the road. The route to the Start passes the Finish. The Finish for all courses is 500m – 700m from the parking area.

Event Officials:

Organiser: Paul Smyth

Controller: Donal Wickham

Planner: Aonghus O’Cleirigh

Course Details:

Brown – 8.1k, 275m

Blue – 6.0k, 210m

Green – 4.5k, 160m

Light Green – 2.7k, 130m

Red – 2.8k, 135m

Orange – 2.1k, 100m

Yellow – 1.7k, 85m

The courses are not buggy friendly.  A forest ride used by the short courses is indistinct in places, and is marked by red and white tape.  The Yellow course has one leg which is marked by red and white tape.  The Brown, Blue and Green courses cross the Glenmacnass River.  The other courses do not cross the river.

Competitor Safety A cagoule (rain jacket) and whistle should be carried by each competitor.  In the event of bad weather cagoules will be compulsory.

Acknowledgements: Thanks to Coillte and to Wicklow Mountain National Park for granting permission to hold the event. Please do not cause damage or litter.

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Oct 12, 2016

Ruairi and Oisin represent Ireland at the Junior Home International in Northumberland

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Jun 14, 2016

Cian at the Leinster 3-Day 2016

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May 16, 2016

Slievethoul Mountain Bike Orienteering, Sunday May 22nd

MTBO.jpgThe 2nd event in the 2016 Leinster Mountain Bike Orienteering series is being organised by Ajax in Slievethoul on Sunday May 22nd. Slievethoul is the southern part of the old Saggart orienteering map. It's been updated to add the new bike tracks - the vegetation mapping is very out-of-date but the trails are reasonably accurate. The terrain is typical plantation forest criss-crossed by a network of forest roads and MTB trails.

This will be a score orienteering event - you will have 60 minutes to get as many control points as possible. Eight controls will be in easy locations on or near forest roads. Eight controls will be on mountain bike trails. Five controls will be on difficult mountain bike trails. You will be penalised for every minute or part minute over 60 minutes.

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Travel Directions: the event will not be signposted, but it's easy to find. Go to Saggart village in South Dublin and follow the signs for Slade Valley Golf Club. The event will be about 250 metres further along the road from the entrance to the golf club. Here's a travel map

Start times any time between  11:00 and 12:00. The courses will close at 13:30.

Entry fees: Adult €8, Student/Junior/over-65 €4. SportIdent electronic timing, timing cards can be hired for €2.

Map scale 1:7,500 (1cm = 75 metres), paper size A4.

There is no need to pre-enter, just turn up in good time to be able to start between 11 and 12. If you plan to bring a large group please email ajax@orienteering.ie so that we can print enough maps.

The Golden Rules - please ignore these if you want to be disqualified:

  1. You must wear a helmet at all times.
  2. You must respect other forest users - you do not have right of way. If you see horses you must stop until they have passed. Be aware that bikes will be travelling in both directions on the MTB trails.
  3. All tarmac roads are out-of-bounds - wheels must not touch tarmac. Stay in the forest.
  4. You must be touching your bike at all times, no dropping your bike to run to a control.
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