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Mar 05, 2016

Bull Island - Leinster League - 13th March 2016

Event Location: The next Leinster League event will be held on Sunday 13 March 2015 on Bull Island, Dublin. (Grid Reference: O 234 370).

Event Directions and Parking: The event is signposted from the coast road (James Larkin Road). Use the causeway to reach Bull Island, and not the wooden bridge. Parking, registration, start and finish are near the roundabout.

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Terrain: The terrain consists of grass-covered sand dunes with many small paths, isolated trees and man-made features. Marshes are currently wet but are crossable.

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 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).

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 event organisers will not know if you have finished.

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

Event Officials:
Controller: Donal Wickham
Organiser: Paul Smyth
Planner: Aonghus O’Cleirigh

Course Details:
Brown – 9.2 k, 30 controls, (contours/marsh only)
Blue - 7.9 k, 28 controls
Green – 5.0 k, 29 controls
Light Green – 3.7 k, 22 controls
Red – 3.8 k, 23 controls
Orange - 2.5 k, 16 controls
Yellow - 1.5 k, 11 controls

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

Oct 25, 2015

Featherbeds/Glendoo - Leinster League - Sunday 01-November-2015

bats.jpgEvent Location: The next Leinster League event will be held on 01-November-2015 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 existing Glendoo mapped area, part of the previously mapped Featherbeds area (now re-mapped), and partly of terrain not previously used for orienteering. 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 very fast to very slow.

featherbeds1.jpgMap: The map is printed on A4 water resistant material at a scale of 1:7,500 for all courses. Contour interval is 5 meters. The map is aligned to true North, with magnetic grid lines rotated 4 degrees West of true North. 

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 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).

Timing

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

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 – 9.2 k, 125m, 26 controls
Blue - 7.2 k, 100m, 20 controls
Green – 4.6 k, 90m, 16 controls
Light Green – 3.3 k, 70m, 18 controls
Red – 4.2 k, 60m, 17 controls
Orange - 2.9 k, 40m, 15 controls 
Yellow - 2.4 k, 30m, 12 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 map for all courses except Brown and Blue. Loose control descriptions will be available for all courses at registration. Text versions will be available for the Yellow, Orange and Red courses.

Event Officials:
Organiser: Denis Reidy
Planner: Aonghus O’Cleirigh
Controller: Donal Wickham

Important: Thanks to the landowners for granting permission to hold the event - 'Wicklow Mountains National Park' and 'Olwell Ltd'.

Orienteering is an adventure sport.  You take part at your own risk.

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Sep 28, 2015

Tymon Park - Sunday 4th October 2015

Come and Try it Orienteering

 

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Ajax orienteering club invites you to a come-and-try-it orienteering event in Tymon Park, Dublin, on Sunday, October 4th. Start times are between 11:00 and 13:00.
 
Courses will close and control collection will start at 15:00.
 
 
This orienteering event is suitable for all ages and abilities; families with young children are welcome. If you are bringing a large group (e.g. scouts, school) please email ajax@orienteering.ie so that we can print enough maps for you.
 
The event will be signposted on Castletymon road, Tallaght, near the entrance to the National Basketall Arena on Castletymon Road. The park is easily accessible from the M50 motorway.
 
Tymon.jpgTymon park is a typical Dublin urban park with a mix of forested areas and open playing fields. There are three groups of lakes and some hills. The dominant feature is the M50 motorway which splits the park in two. This event starts in Tymon Park West on Castletymon Road. The map scale is 1:10,000, with 5m contour intervals.
 
There will be 3 courses:
Long course: about 6.7 km 19 Controls
Medium course: about 4.3 km 11 Controls
Short course: about 2.2 km 7 Controls.
 
Entry Fees are Eur 5 for adults, Eur 3 for a junior/child and Eur 10 for a family.
 
We are using Sportident electronic timing. Timing cards will be available to rent for €2 at the event.
 
Make sure to return to the registration tent and download your SI card immediately after finishing even if you do not finish the course.
 
If you own an SI card please please make sure your Sportident card registration is up-to-date. 
 
See you on Sunday.

Jul 10, 2015

Tymon Park - Come and Try it Orienteering

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Ajax orienteering club invites you to a come-and-try-it orienteering event in Tymon Park, Dublin, on Tuesday evening, July 14th. Starts are between 6PM and 7PM.
 
Courses will close and control collection will start at 8PM.
 
The car park closes at 8.30PM.
 
This orienteering event is suitable for all ages and abilities; families with young children are welcome. If you are bringing a large group (e.g. scouts, school) please email ajax@orienteering.ie so that we can print enough maps for you.
 
The event will be signposted on Castletymon road, Tallaght, near the entrance to the National Basketall Arena on Castletymon Road. The park is easily accessible from the M50 motorway.
 
Tymon.jpgTymon park is a typical Dublin urban park with a mix of forested areas and open playing fields. There are three groups of lakes and some hills. The dominant feature is the M50 motorway which bisects the park into two roughly equal halves. This event starts in Tymon Park West on Castletymon Road. The map scale is 1:10,000, with 5m contour intervals.
 
Long course: about 5Km
Short course: about 2.5km, suitable for buggies
 
We are using Sportident electronic timing. Timing cards will be available to rent for €2 at the event. Make sure to return to the registration tent and download your SI card immediately after finishing. If you own an SI card please please make sure your Sportident card registration is up-to-date. 
 
See you on Tuesday.

May 11, 2015

Irish Orienteering Championships 2015

Cian.jpgBelfast club Lagan Valley Orienteers hosted this year’s championships over the May holiday week-end.

The Sprint race on Friday evening was fast and furious with relatively straightforward courses.  But speed can easily lead to mistakes, and even small time losses became significant where winning margins could be as little as a few seconds.

The weather turned cold and wintry for the Classic distance race on Saturday.  Many competitors were badly caught-out by the conditions on Slieve Croob.  Continuous heavy rain, low temperatures, and gale-force winds on the exposed mountain made it as much a challenge of survival as of navigation!

Summer returned for the Relay race on Sunday.  The event was held in a compact forest with lots of paths, ditches, depressions and vegetation changes. This allowed for plenty of route choice, but low visibility in places demanded full concentration.

 

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Ajax prize winners:

Sprint (Day 1) – Drumard, Lisburn

First: M16 Ruairi Long, M55 Aonghus O'Cleirigh

Third: M12 Emmet O'Cleirigh

Classic Distance (Day 2) – Slievenisky, Slieve Croob

Second: W20E Roisin Long, M45s Donal Wickham, W50s Catherine King

Third: M12 Emmet O'Cleirigh

Relay (Day 3) – Hillsborough Forest

First: H12 category - Roisin Long, Denis Reidy, Aonghus O'Cleirigh

Third: H12 category – Mike Long, Donal Wickham, Catherine King

 

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Mar 16, 2015

Bull Island - Leinster League - Sunday 22-March-2015

Event Location: The next Leinster League event will be held on 22 March 2015 on Bull Island, Dublin. (Grid Reference: O 234 370).

Event Directions and Parking: The event is signposted from the coast road (James Larkin Road). Use the causeway to reach Bull Island, and not the wooden bridge. Parking, registration, start and finish are near the roundabout.

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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, building 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 two legs. This is shown in the text version of the control descriptions, but not on the map.

Terrain: The terrain consists of grass-covered sand dunes with many small paths, isolated trees and man-made features. Marshes are currently wet but are crossable.

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 the event organisers will not know if you have finished.

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

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: €5 
Family: €20

Event Officials:
Controller: Denis Reidy
Organiser: Mike Long
Planner: Aonghus O’Cleirigh

Course Details:
Brown – 9.1 k, 30 controls, (contours/marsh/buildings only)
Blue - 8.3 k, 29 controls
Green – 5.4 k, 26 controls
Light Green – 3.1 k, 19 controls

Red – 3.1 k, 19 controls
Orange - 2.2 k, 16 controls 
Yellow - 1.4 k, 12 controls

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

Feb 04, 2015

Dublin by Night event in Glendoo

Ajax is pleased to host the next Dublin by Night event of 2015 at Glendoo Ridge West this coming Saturday (Feb. 7th.). Yes, I know that this area is actually in Wicklow, but the idea behind the Dublin by Night series (according to Martin - who should know), is that it should take place in areas from which you can see the lights of Dublin. I'm pretty sure that if you look north during the event on Saturday, then you should see the faint glow of the lights of Dublin in the sky... Nuff said?

 

The weather forecast looks favourable at the moment with slightly warmer conditions and a mostly dry night predicted.

 

Thanks: Glendoo Ridge West is located in the Wicklow Mountains National Park and we would like to express our thanks to the Wicklow Mountains National Park, the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government for permission to use the area for the event.

 

Date: Saturday, Feb. 7th, 2015.

Time: Starts from 18:00 to 19:00.

Courses Close: 20:30.

Location: Glendoo Ridge West.

Grid Ref: O 131 196.

Organised by: Ajax Orienteering and Hill-running Club.

Guilty party: Paul Smyth.

 

Contact: OhEightSevenTwoSixOneSixForeOSe7en.

Email: smythp@indigo.ie

 

The short version: No loose descriptions - download your own (here). Experienced orienteers only on the long. You must carry a jacket, compass and whistle. No under 16s. Scale is 1:5000/5m. Road is out of bounds. Finishers after 20:30 will be disq'd. No signage except at entrance to event. Online registration is here. Online registration closes at 22:00 on Friday Feb. 6th.

 

Safety: This is a night event on rough open mountain, in winter, and all competitors must carry a jacket, whistle and compass - no exceptions. Given that the event is in early February it’s almost guaranteed that the weather will be cold - possibly bitterly cold and possibly very wet.

 

The area is exposed and littered with potential hazards so please come prepared and exercise caution at all times.

 

In general, from most areas on the map, heading west will get you to a road or track fairly quickly.

 

We reserve the right to cancel or curtail the event in the event of poor weather. Check the forums on Orienteering.ie and this webpage for any changes on the day of the event.

 

Out of Bounds: The public road that forms the southern boundary of the map is out of bounds to all competitors except in the event of an emergency.

 

Groups: if you plan to bring a group to the event please email smythp@indigo.ie as soon as possible so that we can ensure that we have enough pre-printed maps. Likewise, if you are not a usual attendee at the Dublin By Night events please let us know you are coming. Registration is now open hereOnline registration closes at 22:00 on Friday Feb. 6th.

 

Entry Fees: Adult €8, Student €5

 

Directions: The only signage for the event will be from the turn-off on the R115. There will be an orienteering banner here rather than an orienteering flag. If anyone needs directions please email me at smythp@indigo.ie giving an indication of where you are travelling from.

For any of our hill-running friends attending, the entrance to the parking is opposite the track where the hill-race up Kippure starts.

 

Sportident electronic timing will be used. Sportident cards will be available for hire for €2 each together with a €20 deposit.

 

Parking: Parking is on a large flat area a short distance off the R115. 200 metres after turning off the main road you reach a turn on the right. The way on will be blocked with tape. Turn right and about 100 metres later you will come to a wide flat area where you can park. Please park considerately so there is room for everyone. Please be careful as the area is unlit and there will be competitors moving about the parking area.

 

Start, Finish & Registration: Adjacent to parking.

 

Start Times & Course Closure: starts are between 18:00 and 19:00. Courses close at 20:30 and control collection will begin at this time. Competitors who do not report to the finish by 20:30 will be disqualified regardless of whether they have finished or not.

 

Download: When you finish you MUST download your sportident card even if you retire and do not finish the course.

 

Courses: There are two courses as follows:

 

Long: 4.4 km, 120 m climb with 26 controls.

Short: 1.6 km, 20 m climb with 12 controls.

 

Neither course is designed with beginners/novices in mind and only experienced orienteers will be permitted on the long course. Absolutely no-one under the age of 16 is permitted to take part, regardless of whether they are accompanied by an adult or not.

 

I have tried to plan the courses so that they are both fun and challenging. Let me know whether I’ve succeeded or not.

 

Terrain: The area is open mountainside consisting mostly of worked bog. There are extensive drainage ditches, turf cuttings and other features of peat extraction. A few vehicle tracks cross the area. Going underfoot varies from fast and runnable to heavy wet marsh and deeper heather. The ground is very uneven in most places and as this is a night event competitors should take particular care. Much of the area covered by the courses is relatively flat but the long course ventures onto the steeper part of the map.

 

Map: The map is A4, at a scale of 1:5000 with 5 m contours and is printed on waterproof paper. There is no legend on the map.

A black X represents a small ruined hut/shelter and there are several of these on the map. These are very small (about 6’ x 6’) and may be partially buried.

North lines are printed in black and are aligned with the long edge of the paper. There are a few boulders on the map. Although these appear on the enlarged map as a largish dot they are small (< 1m high) and generally at least partially covered by heather making them difficult to spot. Paths/tracks marked as indistinct also require care to locate.

Features marked as ditches often have deeply cut sides not represented on the map by bank symbols. Parallel banks separated by distances too small for separate bank symbols are generally represented by the gully symbol.

 

Control Descriptions: are in IOF format on the front of the map. Loose descriptions will NOT be available on the night but you can download them (here). Apologies for the poor quality but it appears Purple Pen cannot export descriptions in PDF format!

Turf banks and cuttings are indicated in the control descriptions by the earth-bank symbol.

  

Results: Full results, including splitsbrowser and routegadget will be available on orienteering.ie as soon as possible after the event.

 

Refreshments: We hope to provide some light refreshments for those hardy or foolish enough to stand around after their run!


Orienteering is an adventure sport, all competitors take part at their own risk.