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May 06, 2014

Irish Orienteering Championships 2014

J48_crop.jpgIOC2014 - 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!


ruairi_crop.jpgAjax 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