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Nov 05, 2017

Featherbeds Leinster League Nov 5th 2017

FeatherbedsResults have been published.

The 10th Leinster League event of the 2017 season is on November 5th 2017 in the Featherbeds/Glendoo area, County Dublin. (Grid Reference: O 131 196).

Event Directions and Parking: The event is signposted from the R115 (Military Road), the road from Dublin to the Sally Gap. The road passes through the competition area, which is situated on the Dublin side of upper Glencree valley. Parking, registration, start and finish are adjacent to the R115.

Competition Area: The competition area comprises part of the Glendoo map north of the R115 and part of Featherbeds area south of the R115. Some small updates have been made to the map since it was last used in 2015. The area consists of gently sloping open hillside with detailed turf cuttings and some paths. There are many water holes, some of which are not mapped. Runnability varies from medium to very slow. Here's a RouteGadget of the previous Leinster League event on this map.

featherbeds1.jpgMap: The map is printed on A4 water resistant paper at a scale of 1:7,500 for all courses. Contour interval is 5 meters. The map is aligned to magnetic North. 

Beginners: This event is suitable for people of all ages who are new to orienteering. Enter at the event on the day - you do not need to register beforehand. If you are new to orienteering please let the organisers know and they will show you what to do. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the terrain, this event is not buggy friendly.


Adult: €8 
Junior/Full-time Student/OAP/Concession: €5 
Family: €20

There will be a €2 surcharge for any participant who is not already a member of an orienteering club. The surcharge will be waived if the participant registers with Ajax Orienteers at the event. (Membership is free for the first year).


If you plan to bring a large group please email ajax@orienteering.ie well in advance of the event - we need to make sure we have enough pre-printed maps for you and if you're bringing a bus we need to make parking arrangements.


Start-times are between 11:00 – 13:00.
Courses will close at 15:00 - you must report to the finish before then, even if you do not complete your course.

SportIdent (SI) timing will be used. SI cards are available for hire at event registration for €2. You must download your SI card at the download station after orienteering, whether you complete the course or not. Otherwise the event organisers will not know if you have finished.

Course Details:

Brown – 8km, 100m, 22 controls
Blue - 6.3km, 70m, 23 controls
Green – 5.2km, 60m, 19 controls
Light Green – 2.8km, 25m, 17 controls
Red – 3.4km, 25m, 15 controls
Orange - 2.4km, 10m, 13 controls 
Yellow - 2.3km, 10m, 13 controls

Crossing the R115: From the parking area all competitors must cross the R115 to reach the start and finish. Please follow the directions of race marshals. Competitors on the Brown, Blue and Green courses cross the R115 twice while competing. Great care must be taken when crossing the road. Road traffic has right of way! Competitors on the Yellow, Orange, Red and Light Green courses do not cross the R115 while competing.

Control Descriptions: IOF Control descriptions are printed on the back of map for all courses. Loose control descriptions will be available for all courses at registration. Text versions will be available for the Yellow, Orange and Red courses.

Results will be published on www.orienteering.ie

Event Officials:
Organiser: Mike Long
Planner: Marcus Geoghegan
Controller: Donal Wickham

Acknowledgements: Ajax Orienteering club are grateful to the Wicklow Mountains National Park for permission to hold this event.

Important: Orienteering is an adventure sport.  You take part at your own risk and you are responsible for your own safety. In the event of inclement weather this event may be cancelled at short notice - check this website before travelling. The organisers may require you to carry a rain jacket so please come prepared. Whistles are compulsory.

Dogs:  The Wicklow uplands is sheep country - dogs must be kept on a leash and confined to the parking/assembly area. Dogs are not permitted in the competition area - please respect this rule.

Litter: Please bring you waste home with you - do not expect the organisers to take it away for you.