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Feb 29, 2008

Rothery takes win at Bull Island for Ajax, Quinns make it a double for GEN

Colm Rothery led in the field on the 9 km Brown course 37 seconds ahead of John Casey making it an Ajax one, two on Sunday.    4c01bf631c53877fd979a2ac3377e1b1.jpg

Off the back of a hard cross country the day before in which he beat rival Gerry Brady (Setanta) he was well pleased given it was his first outing on the map.   Reckoning the time could have been pushed into the low 50s his approach of navigating off larger features and isolated vegetation lost him time when the intricate contour detail of Aonghus O'Cleirigh's map was the way to go.

A rise in form may see him mount a challenge at the upcoming Leinster championships at Fair mountain but he will face stiff competition from some of the younger contingent absent on Sunday.
The Quinns, Laurence M14 and Jonathan M12 made it a double for GEN (Great Eastern Navigators) with Laurence taking first place on Light Green, Jonathan first on Orange.   Both won against large strong fields.

Una May (3ROC) showed her experience and put two mins between herself and Maritta Kymalainen (Setanta) at the top of the Green course.

James Millar, M10, LVO (Lagan Valley) was the winner for the Millar clan taking a clean win on the Yellow course.

Denis Reidy (Organiser), Donal Wickham (Controller) and Aonghus O'Cleirigh (Planner/Mapper) of the organising club Ajax produced a faultless, high quality event which must rank as a leading League event if not championship standard.

Two maps were used, the original Bull Island map and a new section, north of the original, the latter as technical as the first and deemed by some more so because of less large features.


Peter Kernan

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