Last weekend Ajax members Andrew McCarthy and Cian O’Reilly attended the two day TrailO Challenge at the National Trust property of Castleward Estate, Co. Down. The Irish TrailO Championships were held on the Saturday where two Classes were available: ITOC (for Irish Nationals and Residents) and the Visitor Class. The Defending Champion Cian narrowly missed out on the title again coming second to Stephen Gilmore (LVO). Winner of the Visitor Class on Day 1 was last years Bronze Medalist in the World TrailO Championship Jari Turto of Finland.
The Northern Ireland Championships were held on the Sunday and Andrew and Cian competed in the Visitor Class, while those from Northern Ireland competed in the NITOC Class. Today was Andrew’s day to excel and by making only 2 mistakes he won the Visitor Class while Wilbert Hollinger took the NITOC Title. Andrews impressive second day also moved him to the Top of the Two Day TrailO Challenge with a combined score of 33 points, pushing the aforementioned Jari Turto into second place. This result was impressive due to the high calibre of orienteers attending with the British Squad using the competition for the World Championships selection. ....Cian O'Reilly
ITOC Champion: Steven Gilmore (LVO)
NITOC Champion: Wilbert Hollinger (LVO)
2 Day TrailO Challenge Winner: Andrew McCarthy (Ajax)
Full Details : http://www.niorienteering.org.uk/lvo/trailo-2009/default....
Photo: National Trust, collection can be seen at .........
Castle Ward National Trust site: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-castleward