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Mar 18, 2014

Bull Island - 23rd. March 2014

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Event Officials:

Planner: Denis Reidy
Controller: John deLacy
Organiser: Paul Smyth

Event Location: The next Spring Cup event is being run by Ajax and will be held on Sunday, 23rd. March 2014 on Bull Island, County Dublin (Grid Reference: O 234 370).


Please note that Bull Island is an EU designated Special Area of Conservation.  Please do not cause any damage or litter.


Event Directions and Parking: The start and finish are in the vicinity of the Interpretive centre on Bull Island (GR O 233 370), and all competitors should use the causeway to access the event. The turnoff onto the causeway from James Larkin Road will be indicated by orienteering signs and/or flags.

Parking will take place on the roads adjacent to the interpretative centre and on the beach. As Bull Island can be very busy at the weekends competitors are advised to arrive early to avoid delays.

The registration, start, finish, and parking are all in close proximity to one another and there will be no clothing transfer.

Pre-registration: We are accepting online pre-registration for the event. Enter your details on our online registration form and pay your entry fee on the day. Registering in this way speeds up processing entries on the day and we encourage you to do so even if you are not 100% sure you will go. The registration page is available now and will close at midnight on Saturday 22nd.

If you are bringing a large group please let us know in advance.

Entry Fees:

Adult: €8
Junior/Full-time student/ Unwaged/ OAP: €5
Family: €20

Note that these prices do not include SI card hire which is extra.

Start Times: Start times are available from 11:00 until 13:00 and courses will close at 15:00 sharp when controls will be collected. anyone who has not finished by then should make their way to the finish tent and report that they are back.

Terrain: The terrain consists of grass-covered sand dunes with many small paths, isolated trees and man-made features. Marshes are currently wet but crossable.

Map & CoursesThe map (including magnetic lines) is accurate as of 2014. All courses use a map scale of 1:5000 with a contour interval of 2.5 metres, and with magnetic north lines oriented at 45 degrees to the edge of the map.

Maps are printed on water-proof paper and will be un-bagged. Control descriptions are printed on the map and loose descriptions will be available at registration. These will be in IOF format except for the Yellow course which will have English descriptions. All courses will use A3 format maps except Yellow whose maps will be A4 format. None of the courses have map exchanges, instead the terrain is printed in two sections on the maps with both sections on the same side of the page.

Be aware that power lines have been omitted from the map. Some previous events have used a special map for the long senior courses which omitted map-made features. That is not being done for this event which will use standard orienteering maps throughout.

Butterfly loops are not being used on any of the courses and none of the courses are suitable for buggies.

Course Details:

Brown – 11.1 k, 30 controls
Blue – 9.0 k, 29 controls
Green - 6.1 k, 21 controls
Light Green – 3.8 k, 17 controls
Orange - 2.7 k, 12 controls 
Yellow - 1.5 k, 10 controls

The climb on all courses is negligible and has not been calculated.

Timing: SportIdent (SI) timing will be used. SI cards can be hired at registration for €2 per person. All competitors must download their SI cards regardless of whether they completed their course or not. This is so that we know that every competitor has returned safely. Failure to do this may result in being barred from future Ajax events.

Results: Results will be posted at the finish tent during the event and will be published on the Irish Orienteering website (orienteering.ie) as soon as possible after the event.

Data Protection: By entering this event you signify your acceptance of the fact that your details will be stored on a computer system and furthermore that they will be published on the Irish Orienteering website after the event. We cannot accommodate competitors who disagree with this condition.

First Aid: A first aid box will be available at the finish tent.

Refreshments: Modest refreshments will be available after your run in the vicinity of the finish tent.

Contact Details: If you have any questions regarding the event please phone the organiser (Paul Smyth) at Oh Ate Seven Too Six Won 6 Fore O 7.


Finally, our grateful thanks to Dublin City council for their permission to hold this event.