IOC2014 - what a contrast in terrain and conditions! The sprint competition was organised in the manicured grounds of Maynooth University. The Middle Distance and Classic events were held in complex peat terrain at an altitude of 700m in clouds and mist. Visibility was as low as 20m at times. The Relay race was organised in mature forest and ‘fast’ open mountain. The combination of conditions made the Classic distance race probably the most challenging Irish Championships race ever held.
It was a triumph just to complete the course – most competitors did not!
Ajax prize winners:
Sprint (Day 1) – Maynooth University
First: M10 Emmet O'Cleirigh, M12 Oisin Wickham, W18 Roisin Long, M50 Aonghus O'Cleirigh
Third: M14 Dara O'Cleirigh, W45 Catherine King, M50 Marcus Geoghegan
Middle Distance (Day 2) - Camaderry
First: M10 Emmet O'Cleirigh, W45S Catherine King
Second: M12 Oisin Wickham, M50 Aonghus O'Cleirigh
Third: W45S Cathleen Morrison
Classic Distance (Day 3) - Lough Firrib / Oakwood
First: M12 Oisin Wickham, W18 Roisin Long
Third: M10 Emmet O'Cleirigh, W45S Catherine King
Relay (Day 4) - Glenreemore Valley
First: H12 category - Roisin Long, Aonghus O'Cleirigh, Paul Smyth
Third: J48 category - Oisin Wickham, Dara O'Cleirigh, Ruairi Long