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Sep 27, 2014

"Come and Try it" Orienteering - Marlay Park 05-Oct-2014

Ajax will organise a "Come and Try It" orienteering event in Marlay Park on Sunday 5th October.  

Start times are from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Courses close at 3:00 pm.

Three course options are available:

Short - 2.0 km (suitable for beginners and is buggy friendly)

Adventure - 4.4 km (suitable for physically fit adults new to orienteering)

Long - 5.5 km

The event is signposted from the College Road entrance (beside the M50).  Parking, start and finish are in the lower car-park.  If you are a beginner let the event organiser know and you will be shown what to do.

Entry fee: Adult - €8, Junior/Student/Unwaged/OAP - €5, Family - €20.

The map scale is 1:5000.  The map is waterproof and control descriptions are printed on the front of the map.

SportIdent timing will be used.  SportIdent cards can be rented for €2.

Please register online to save time or register at the event. Register online here. Online registration closes at 8:00 pm on Saturday 4th October.

For safety, after orienteering always report to the Finish team. You need to do this whether you complete your course or not. Otherwise the event organiser will not know where you are!

Sep 15, 2014

Slievethoul Mountain Bike Orienteering, September 20th

MTBO.jpgThe 3rd event in the 2014 Leinster Mountain Bike Orienteering series is being organised by Ajax in Slievethoul on Saturday September 20th. Slievethoul is the southern part of the old Saggart orienteering map. It's been updated to add the new bike tracks - the vegetation mapping is very out-of-date but the trails are accurate. The terrain is typical plantation forest criss-crossed by a network of forest roads and MTB trails.

The navigation will not be difficult; the control points must be taken in sequence and it's all about choosing the fastest way to get to the next point.

Map Snippet.jpg

Travel Directions: the event will not be signposted, but it's easy to find. Go to Saggart village in South Dublin and follow the signs for Slade Valley Golf Club. The event will be about 250 metres further along the road from the entrance to the golf club. Here's a travel map

Start times any time between  11:00 and 12:00. The courses will close at 13:30.

Entry fees: Adult €10, Student/Junior/over-65 €7. SportIdent electronic timing, SI cards can be hired for €2. There will be 2 courses, Long and Short.

Map scale 1:7,500 (1cm = 75 metres), paper size A4.

There is no need to pre-enter, just turn up in good time to be able to start between 11 and 12.

You must wear a helmet and you must respect other forest users. You do not have right of way. If you see horses you must stop until they have passed. Be aware that bikes will be travelling in both directions on the MTB trails. All tarmac roads are out-of-bounds - stay in the forest.

See you on Saturday.