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Apr 22, 2014

Oisin hands over to Frazer at the JK Relays, South Wales

jk2014_oisin_crop.jpgOver 110 Irish competitors travelled to the annual JK festival of orienteering in the UK over Easter.  Ajax members competed in all 4 races.

In the photo Oisin hands over to fellow Irish Junior Squad team member Frazer Howe in the Relay competition.

Overall the orienteering terrain was pleasantly challenging and the weather good.  Next year's event will be held in the Lake District, Cumbria.


Mar 18, 2014

Bull Island - 23rd. March 2014

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Event Officials:

Planner: Denis Reidy
Controller: John deLacy
Organiser: Paul Smyth

Event Location: The next Spring Cup event is being run by Ajax and will be held on Sunday, 23rd. March 2014 on Bull Island, County Dublin (Grid Reference: O 234 370).


Please note that Bull Island is an EU designated Special Area of Conservation.  Please do not cause any damage or litter.


Event Directions and Parking: The start and finish are in the vicinity of the Interpretive centre on Bull Island (GR O 233 370), and all competitors should use the causeway to access the event. The turnoff onto the causeway from James Larkin Road will be indicated by orienteering signs and/or flags.

Parking will take place on the roads adjacent to the interpretative centre and on the beach. As Bull Island can be very busy at the weekends competitors are advised to arrive early to avoid delays.

The registration, start, finish, and parking are all in close proximity to one another and there will be no clothing transfer.

Pre-registration: We are accepting online pre-registration for the event. Enter your details on our online registration form and pay your entry fee on the day. Registering in this way speeds up processing entries on the day and we encourage you to do so even if you are not 100% sure you will go. The registration page is available now and will close at midnight on Saturday 22nd.

If you are bringing a large group please let us know in advance.

Entry Fees:

Adult: €8
Junior/Full-time student/ Unwaged/ OAP: €5
Family: €20

Note that these prices do not include SI card hire which is extra.

Start Times: Start times are available from 11:00 until 13:00 and courses will close at 15:00 sharp when controls will be collected. anyone who has not finished by then should make their way to the finish tent and report that they are back.

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

Map & CoursesThe map (including magnetic lines) is accurate as of 2014. All courses use a map scale of 1:5000 with a contour interval of 2.5 metres, and with magnetic north lines oriented at 45 degrees to the edge of the map.

Maps are printed on water-proof paper and will be un-bagged. Control descriptions are printed on the map and loose descriptions will be available at registration. These will be in IOF format except for the Yellow course which will have English descriptions. All courses will use A3 format maps except Yellow whose maps will be A4 format. None of the courses have map exchanges, instead the terrain is printed in two sections on the maps with both sections on the same side of the page.

Be aware that power lines have been omitted from the map. Some previous events have used a special map for the long senior courses which omitted map-made features. That is not being done for this event which will use standard orienteering maps throughout.

Butterfly loops are not being used on any of the courses and none of the courses are suitable for buggies.

Course Details:

Brown – 11.1 k, 30 controls
Blue – 9.0 k, 29 controls
Green - 6.1 k, 21 controls
Light Green – 3.8 k, 17 controls
Orange - 2.7 k, 12 controls 
Yellow - 1.5 k, 10 controls

The climb on all courses is negligible and has not been calculated.

Timing: SportIdent (SI) timing will be used. SI cards can be hired at registration for €2 per person. All competitors must download their SI cards regardless of whether they completed their course or not. This is so that we know that every competitor has returned safely. Failure to do this may result in being barred from future Ajax events.

Results: Results will be posted at the finish tent during the event and will be published on the Irish Orienteering website (orienteering.ie) as soon as possible after the event.

Data Protection: By entering this event you signify your acceptance of the fact that your details will be stored on a computer system and furthermore that they will be published on the Irish Orienteering website after the event. We cannot accommodate competitors who disagree with this condition.

First Aid: A first aid box will be available at the finish tent.

Refreshments: Modest refreshments will be available after your run in the vicinity of the finish tent.

Contact Details: If you have any questions regarding the event please phone the organiser (Paul Smyth) at Oh Ate Seven Too Six Won 6 Fore O 7.


Finally, our grateful thanks to Dublin City council for their permission to hold this event.

Dec 01, 2013

DCU Sprint 7 Dec 2013 Entries









Nov 17, 2013

Glendoo Ridge - 24th November 2013

Event Location: The next Autumn League competition will be held on 24th November 2013 on Glendoo Ridge, County Wicklow. (Grid Reference: O 140 185).

Event Directions and Parking: The event is signposted from the Military Road 1 km north of the sign-post to the Glencree Reconciliation Centre.  Parking is on a forest track.  Please car-share if possible. Registration, start and finish are close to parking.

Registration: Please register for the event online by right-clicking and opening the link: http://tinyurl.com/glendoo. Online registration will close on Saturday evening, 23rd November.  It will also be possible to register on-the-day at the event, but if you register online it will reduce the workload for the event organisers.

Map: Maps are printed on A4 size water resistant paper at a scale of 1:10,000. Contour interval is 5 meters. Control descriptions for all courses will be available at registration. Descriptions are NOT printed on the map.

Terrain: The terrain consists of open mountain with areas of turf cuttings, as well as a section of mature forest. Most courses pass near a quarry with steep rock faces.  The top of the quarry will be marked with yellow warning tape.

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

Start-times: 11:00 – 13:00.

Courses close: 14:30

Event Officials:

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

Course Details:

Brown – 9.7 k, 250 m, 25 controls
Blue – 7.4 k, 215 m, 21 controls
Green - 5.5 k, 180 m, 17 controls
Light Green – 3.2 k, 140, 15 controls
Orange - 2.0 k, 100 m, 13 controls 
Yellow - 1.5 k, 60 m, 9 controls

The yellow course is not buggy friendly.  It follows line features in a wooded area other than paths.  Controls are sited within 50 m of line features.

Entry Fees:

Adult: €8 
Junior/Full-time student/ Unwaged/ OAP: €5 
Family: €20 

Restrictions: Dogs are not permitted at the event, nor is the lighting of fires, or littering.  These are conditions under which permission is granted to hold the event.

Oct 09, 2013

Tymon Park Sunday October 13th

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Online registration is closed; please register at the event.
Ajax orienteering club invites you to a non-league orienteering event in Tymon Park, Dublin, on Sunday 13th October. Starts are from 11AM until 1:00PM. Courses will close and control collection will start at 2.30PM.
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.
Please print your crontrol descriptions or use the ones that are printed on the front of the map. There will be no loose control descriptions at the event.
Long course: 6.6km
Medium Course: 3.9km 
Short course: 1.5km, suitable for buggies
The long course crosses the motorway using the footbridges, the other courses stay within Tymon Park West. 
We are using Sportident 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 Sunday.

May 12, 2013

Irish Orienteering Championships 2013

J48.jpgAjax members competed successfully at the Irish Orienteering Championships in Connemara last week-end.  All three days were held in complex open moorland.  In the relays Ajax won two of seven classes available, the only club to win more than one class!  The Ajax junior boys finished joint first in the J48 class, after a sprint finish.  Ajax retained the H12 title in a close race, overcoming Fingal, who came in second place 30 meters behind.  Ajax also captured third place in the H12 class, a display of strength in depth.

  Middle Distance (Day 1) - Cnoc Mham na mBo

Gold: W18 - Roisin Long, M50 - Aonghus O'Cleirigh. 

Silver: M12 - Oisin Wickham, M14- Dara O'Cleirigh, W45s - Catherine King, M60 - Denis Reidy.

Bronze: M14 - Ruairi Long.

Classic Distance (Day 2) - Lough an Cogair

Gold:  M14 - Ruairi Long, W18 - Roisin Long,  M50 - Aonghus O'Cleirigh,  M60 - Denis Reidy. 

Silver: M12 - Oisin Wickham, M14 - Dara O'Cleirigh, W45s - Cathleen Morrison.

Bronze: W45s - Catherine King.

Relay (Day 3) - Leim Oirthair


J48 class - Dara O'Cleirigh, Ruairi Long, Oisin Wickham.

H12 class - Roisin Long, Denis Reidy, Aonghus O'Cleirigh.


H12 class - Marcus Geoghegan, Paul Smyth, Donal Wickham.



Apr 16, 2013

Leinster Schools Champion 2013!

Oisin becomes Leinster Schools Champion 2013!100_0608.JPG


A delighted Oisin displays his trophies...