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Mar 13, 2019

Bushy Park, March 18th, Come-and-try-it Orienteering



Ajax Orienteering Club are holding a Come-and-try-it event this coming Bank Holiday Monday in Bushy Park, Templeogue on Monday, March 18th., 2019. 

Note the unusual date!
Event Officials:
Organiser: Paul Smyth
Planner: Paul Smyth
Directions & Parking:
The main entrance to the park is on Rathdown Avenue. After you turn off Templeogue Road onto Rathdown Avenue you will quickly come to a small roundabout. Continue straight through the roundabout and the main entrance is about 200 metres further, on the right hand side.
Parking for the event is also on Rathdown Avenue. Please be aware that one side of the road is pay and display parking. The other side of the road is available for parking but sections of it have double yellow lines. Please do not obstruct access in any way for local residents or other park users.
Bear in mind that as it is a bank holiday it will likely be busy. Please car pool etc., if possible.
You can also access the park from Springfield Ave. where there is also some parking.
Apple Maps is showing me that the 15, 49, 65 and 65B stop nearby, but you should confirm details on the CIE website if you are planning on travelling to the event by bus. Also bear in mind that bank holiday schedules will be in effect.
Registration will be in the vicinity of the bandstand at the southern end of the Lake. From the entrance beside the tennis courts proceed straight along the side of the courts and then continue on the path down the hill to the bandstand. We are hoping to use the bandstand itself for registration and if so you are welcome to leave gear, bikes etc. there.
Start Times:
Starts are from 11:00 to 13:00 and courses close at 14:00 sharp.
Adult: €8 
Junior/Full-time Student/OAP: €5 
Family: €20
SportIdent timing will be in use and SI cards are available for rent at €2 per card.
Map & Courses:
There are two courses, one is a scatter format, and the other is a score format. Both use the same controls.
The mass start for the scatter will be at 12:00. There are 20 controls, and there are three variations:
Short Scatter: Get any 10 controls.
Medium Scatter: Get any 14 controls.
Long Scatter: Get any 18 controls.
You can enter and start the Score event anytime between 11:00 and 13:00. There are two variations:
Elite Score: 25 minute time limit.
Standard Score: 40 minute time limit.
Get as many controls as you can within the time limit. All controls are worth 10 points. Penalty is 10 points per minute late.
Mapping Notes:
The map is 1:4000 with 2.5 metre contours and has been not been updated since it’s last use in January of 2018.
As it is Winter some areas that would be difficult to pass through during the Summer may be passable now. This is not reflected in the map.
Small man-made objects such as signage, bike racks, rubbish bins etc. have not been mapped. Goalposts are also not shown on the map. Park benches have been mapped using the man-made X symbol. In the forested areas there are often many very small paths which have not been mapped. The rootstock symbol (green X) has been used to indicate both rootstocks and large logs lying on the ground. In some cases the rootstocks may be quite high. Where a number of logs are piled together they may also be indicated by a single rootstock symbol. Along much of the park parallel to the river there is a short steep drop indicated only by the contours. You may be surprised by just how steep this is. Take care descending.
If crossing by the weir, expect to get your feet wet. Take care when crossing.
Control Descriptions:
Control descriptions are in IOF pictorial format and will be printed on the map as well as being available loose at registration. English format descriptions will also be available loose but will not be on the map.
We hope to provide light refreshments after the event.
There are toilets available in the Bushy Park Tennis and Padel building beside the courts, and tea/coffee can be purchased there as well. Absolutely no mucky gear or spikes inside the building.
Results will be published on www.orienteering.ie
Ajax Orienteering club are grateful to Dublin City council for permission to hold this event in the park.
Paul Smyth

Mar 03, 2019

Leinster League - Bull Island - 10th March

 Event Location: The next Leinster League event will be held on Sunday 10 March 2019 on Bull Island, Dublin. (Grid Reference: O 234 370).

Event Directions and Parking: Signposted from the coast road (James Larkin Road).  Parking, registration, start and finish are near the interpretive center at the end of the causeway.

bullisland2cwp.jpgTerrain: Grass-covered sand dunes with many small paths, isolated trees and man-made features.  Marshes are a little wet in places.

Map: Maps are printed on water resistant material at a scale of 1:5,000 for all courses. The map shows the island in two sections laid out side-by-side on an A3 sheet. Contour interval is 2.5 meters. Power lines are not displayed and the magnetic grid lines run 45 degrees to the edge of the map. The Brown course uses a modified map with only contour and marsh detail displayed. Control descriptions for all courses will be available at registration and will also be printed on the map. The Yellow course has a taped route on one leg. 

Registration and Entry Fees:  Enter at the event.  If you are new to orienteering please let the organisers know and they will show you what to do.

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

There will be a €2 surcharge for anyone 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).

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

Start-times: 11:00 – 13:00.
Courses close: 15:00.

Event Officials:

Controller: Donal Wickham
Planner: Aonghus O’Cleirigh
Oganiser: Anna Musial

Course Details:

Brown – 8.8 k, 30 controls, (contours/marsh only)
Blue - 8.3 k, 29 controls
Green – 5.1 k, 29 controls
Light Green – 3.7 k, 23 controls
Red – 3.7 k, 28 controls
Orange - 2.5 k, 21 controls
Yellow - 1.6 k, 15 controls

Important: Bull Island is an EU designated Special Area of Conservation. Please do not cause damage or litter.  Thanks to Dublin City Council for granting permission to hold the event.