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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.

Nov 28, 2018

Race Report - Carraig na Seabhac - Nov. 4th., 2018

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This is an extremely late race report on the 10th Leinster League Event Ajax organised. We were very lucky with the weather in Carraig na Seabhac that Sunday and even the rain stayed away until the event had finished.

This Year we decided to run two courses, yellow and orange on Carrigeenduff Wood, which is in the end of CNOC’s Scar map. All other courses run on Carraig na Seabhac map.

A total of 85 participants were orienteering that day. Congratulations to everyone, who despite of the event fame, seen as being difficult technically and in rough terrain were brave enough to participate!

Many thanks to our wonderful volunteers for all the hard work!

Results: http://www.orienteering.ie/result2?oaction=fullSIResult&a... 

Route Gadget: http://www.orienteering.ie/gadget/cgi-bin/reitti.cgi?act=...

Out next event is Dublin by Nigh on 2nd February 2019 in Rockbrook. Have a look here for more details. We hope to see you there!

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Oct 28, 2018

Leinster League - Carraig na Seabhac - Nov. 4th., 2018

bats.jpgEvent Location: The next Leinster League event (#10) is being organised by Ajax Orienteering Club, and will take place on Sunday, Nov. 4th. at Carraig Na Sebhac and Carrigeenduff on the Old Military Road in Co. Wicklow. (Grid Reference: O 105 055).

 

Event Directions and Parking: The event will be sign-posted from the Sally Gap and Laragh (see https://maps.google.com/?q=53.088364,-6.347627 for details). 

Parking is on a forest road. Please car-share if possible as there is a limited amount of parking.

 

Competition Area: The Orange and Yellow courses will use the north end of CNOC's Scarr Map (Carrigeenduff Wood) with their start close to registration and the Military Road. Ajax are very grateful to CNOC for permission to use their map.

All other courses will use the Carraig Na Seabhac map.

 

Terrain: Carraig Na Seabhac 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 is open hillside. There is considerable 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 paths in the wooded part of the competition area, but no paths in the open hillside. The valley sides are moderately steep.

Carrigeenduff lies at the North end of the CNOC map of Scarr. It is an area of mixed coniferous forest with numerous clearings, rides and tracks.

 

featherbeds1.jpgMap: The Carraig Na Seabhac map for the senior courses was surveyed in 2010-2011 by Pat Healy and partially updated in 2012, 2014 and 2016. Maps will be printed on A4 size water resistant paper at a scale of 1:10,000. Contour interval is 5 meters.

Generally boulders less than 2m in height are 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 areas of pervasive rock detail boulders which seem small in relation to neighbouring boulders are not generally mapped. Crags are mapped both with, and without tags. The dark green screen (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 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/Unwaged:   €5
Family:   €20

There is a €2 surcharge for any participant who is not already a member of an orienteering club which will be waived if the participant register as a member of Ajax Orienteering Club at the event. (Membership is free for the first year).

 

TimingSportIdent (SI) timing will be used. SI cards will be available for hire at registration for €2. Participants must download their SI card at the download station after orienteering, whether they complete the course or not, otherwise the event organisers will not know if you have finished. Remember to return your rented SI card when you finish.

 

Course Details:

 

Course Ctrls. Len. Climb Scale Map
Brown 16 8.3 km 195 m 1:10,000 Carraig Na Sheabac
Blue 16 6.1 km 140 m 1:10,000 Carraig Na Sheabac
Green 11 4.1 km 90 m 1:10,000 Carraig Ma Sheabac
Lt. Green 9 3.2 km 85 m 1:10,000 Carraig Na Sheabac
Red 12 4.3 km 90 m 1:10,000 Carraig Na Sheabac
Yellow 10 1.3 km 45 m 1:5,000 Carrigeenduff
Orange 12 1.8 km 45 m 1:5,000 Carrigeenduff

The Yellow and Orange courses are not suitable for buggies. There are taped routes on both the Yellow and Orange courses. These are indicated in the control descriptions. All other courses cross the Glenmacnass river.

 

Start & Finish: The start and finish for the Yellow and Orange courses are beside registration. For all other courses the start is approx. 1 Km. from the entrance to Carrigeenduff with the route along the Military Road. Please take care when walking on, or crossing this road, as it is usually very busy. The route to the start passes the finish.

 

Control Descriptions: Text descriptions are printed on the Yellow and Orange course maps. All other courses have IOF Control descriptions printed on the map. Loose control descriptions will also be available for all courses at registration.

 

Safety: Because of the nature of the terrain whistles must be carried by all competitors regardless of the weather. This rule will be strictly enforced with checks at the Start. In the event of bad weather the rain jackets may be compulsory. If required this will be posted at registration. Please check requirements before you leave for the start. Whistles will be on sale at registration. Full leg covering is required on all courses.

 

Event Officials:
Planner: Anna Musial
Controller: Marcus Geoghegan
Organiser: Marcus Geoghegan

 

If you are bringing a large group please let us know in advance so we can ensure we have adequate maps available.

 

Orienteering is an adventure sport.  You take part at your own risk.

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May 07, 2018

Irish Orienteering Championships 2018

Cian.jpgFingal Orienteers and Sligo Orienteers were the organizers of this years IOC, held over the May holiday weekend. The event was a great success and had the largest entry for many years (almost 350), with many competitors from overseas.  It helped that the sun shone all weekend!

The sprint race (day 1) was held on the  Sligo IT campus. Courses were planned to be 'fast'.  Physical speed was important to finish high in the results table.

The middle distance race (day 2) moved to Donegal to the Bluestack mountains.  The competition area, new to orienteering, consisted of open mountainside of moderate technical complexity.  The area was mapped using LIDAR imagery.  Courses were designed for fast running.

Day 3, the classic distance race was also held in the Bluestack mountains, in the area used for IOC 2009.  The complex open mountainside provided plenty of technical challenge on all courses.

The relay (day 4) was held in Finner Camp in complex coastal sand-dune terrain, which was remapped for the event using LIDAR imagery.  The firmer running surface contrasted with the softer going of the previous two days.

 

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Ajax podium finishers:

Sprint (Day 1) – IT Campus, Sligo

First: M14 Emmet O'Cleirigh, M20 Ruairi Long

Second: M12 Cian Wickham

Middle Distance (Day 2) – Barnsmore West, Donegal

First: M14 Emmet O'Cleirigh,  M20 Ruairi Long

Third: M21s Rory Wallace

Classic Distance (Day 3) – Tawnawully, Donegal

Third: M14 Emmet O'Cleirigh, M20 Ruairi Long, W21E Roisin Long (and Irish Champion!)

Relay (Day 4) – Finner Camp, Donegal

There were no Ajax podium finishers in the relay although Ruairi Long finished in the winning Premier Open Class team representing UCDO - a fantastic result!

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Jan 08, 2018

2018 Leinster Orienteering Championships

Ajax are hosting the 2018 Leinster Orienteering Championships.

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.

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