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Jan 30, 2013

Dublin-by-Night Killiney Hill Park

Round four of the 2013 Dublin-by-Night league takes place this Saturday evening, February 2nd, in Killiney Hill Park, Dublin. Starts are from dark until 7PM. The courses will close and control collection will start at 8PM sharp.
Please register here even if you are not certain you will go - it's easier to delete your entry from the computer than to type in your details at the event. Make sure to include your mobile phone and transport arrangements (e.g. car reg number) on the entry form, this information is for safety only. Online registration closes at approx 4PM on Saturday; after that time please register at the event when you arrive.
This event returns to the minimalist style of organisation used for Dublin-by-Night events in days of yore. This means:
- There will be no signposts to the event. Killiney Hill Park is a short walk from Killiney Dart station and various bus routes.
- There will be no loose control descriptions, print your own or use the ones that are printed on the front of the map.
- The start will be unmanned, please start yourselves at approx one minute intervals.
Long course: 3.7km, 140m climb, technical difficulty 5.
Short course: 1.8km, 55m climb, technical difficulty 3.
The area is a mix of open parkland and steep forested hills with a lot of complex rock and vegetation detail. Map scale 1:5,000, with 5m contour intervals. Note that ISSOM conventions are used which means that a solid black line is an uncrossable wall, not a path. The start of one small track near the obelisk at the top of Killiney Hill is marked with red/white tape. Due to the hilly nature of the park the courses are quite steep. Runnability is good but sometimes slippery,  especially in the forest on the northern side of Killiney Hill. 
All roads outside the park gates and the quarry area on the east of the map are out-of-bounds; you will be disqualified if you leave the park or approach the quarry.
We are using Sportident timing. Cards will be available to rent for €2 at the event. You must return to the registration car and download your SI card immediately after punching the finish. Please make sure your Sportident card registration is up-to-date. This event is for experienced orienteers only; beginners and novices should consider one of the many daytime events in the fixtures list. Under-16s are not allowed.
If you use a Garmin 305 GPS watch please ask for your watch to be downloaded alongside your SI card - I want to do an experiment to auto-publish your tracks to RouteGadget so that you don't have to upload them later. Garmin 305 only, not other Garmin models or other manufacturers.
Current Dublin-by-Night league standings after three of five rounds. 

Nov 05, 2012

Marlay Park - November 11th

Location. The next Ajax event will be held in Marlay Park on Sunday 11th November.  A new map of the area surveyed by Laurence Quinn will be used.  The map is drawn at 1:5000 scale and to ISSOM (Sprint Orienteering) standard.  It is an open event.  Everyone is welcome. 

Parking is in the public car park off College Road (GR O150259). The event will be sign-posted from the entrance to the park. See here for more information.

Registration. Registration, start and finish are located near parking.    SportIdent timing will be used.  If you do not own one, a SportIdent card can be hired at registration for €2.

Start-times are between 11 am and 1 pm.Courses close at 2:30 pm.

Courses: There are three courses on offer:

Long – 5.5k

Medium – 3.5k

Short - 2.0k (Easy navigation)

Event OfficialsPlanner - Rory Wallace.  Controller - Andrew Johnston.  Organiser - Aonghus O'Cleirigh

Entry Fee:  Senior €6.  Junior/Student €4.  Family €16.



Sep 12, 2012

LOC 2012 - Entries close on Sun 16th Sept.


LOC 2012 - View across the upper Glenmacnass valley

May 12, 2012

Irish Orienteering Championships 2012

Irish Orienteering Championships 2012


Ajax members competed strongly at the Irish Orienteering Championships in Kerry last week-end.  All three days were held on open sand-dune terrain. In the relays Ajax won two of seven classes available, the only club to win more than one class.  The club punched above its numerical weight!


Middle Distance (Day 1) - Castlegregory

Gold: M16 - Cathal O'Cleirigh, M50 - Aonghus O'Cleirigh. 

Silver: M12- Dara O'Cleirigh, M60 - Denis Reidy.

Bronze: M10 - Oisin Wickham.

Classic Distance (Day 2) - Inch

Gold: M12 - Dara O'Cleirigh, M14 - Ruairi Long, W16 - Roisin Long, M16 - Cathal O'Cleirigh. 

Silver: M10 - Oisin Wickham, W45s - Catherine King,  M60 - Denis Reidy.

Relay (Day 3) - Maharees


J36 class - Dara O'Cleirigh, Oisin Wickham, Ruairi Long,

H12 class - Cathal O'Cleirigh, Denis Reidy, Aonghus O'Cleirigh.



Mar 18, 2012

Spring Cup Event 4 - Bull Island - 25 March 2012

Event Location: The next Spring Cup competition, organized by Ajax , will be held on 25 March 2012 on Bull Island , Dublin. The start/finish will be at the South end of the island (Grid Reference: O 220 354).
Event Directions and Parking: The event is signposted from the coast road (Clontarf Road). Use the wooden bridge to reach Bull Island, and not the causeway. Parking is on the the beach. Registration, start and finish are nearby.

Registration: In order to minimise manual data input on competition day please pre-enter for the event by following this link: http://www.formstack.com/forms/ajax-BullIsland .   You pay the entry fee upon arrival to the event.  It will also be possible to enter on-the-day at the event in the usual way, but you are encouraged to pre-enter if possible.

Map: The map has been partially updated, with newly formed dunes and paths added. Maps are printed on water resistant material at a scale of 1:5,000 for longer courses, and scales of 1:4,000 and 1:3,500 for Orange and Yellow courses. 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. For longer courses the map shows the island in two sections laid out side-by-side on an A3 sheet. Shorter courses are printed on an A4 extract. The Brown course uses a modified map with only contour, marsh and path detail shown. Control descriptions for all courses will be available at registration and will also be printed on the map.

Terrain: For anyone unfamiliar with Bull Island , the terrain consists of grass-covered sand dunes with many small paths, isolated trees and man-made features. Marshes are crossable.

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

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

Note that Summer Time begins on Sunday 25 March. Clocks go forward by 1 hour.

Event Officials:
 Planner: Mike Long
 Controller:  Donal Wickham
 Organiser:  Aonghus O’Cleirigh

Course and Map Details:
 Brown (A3), 10.9 k, 70 m, 28 controls, 1:5000, (contours/marsh/paths only)
 Blue (A3), 8.4 k, 50 m, 22 controls, 1:5000
 Green (A3), 6.6 k, 40 m, 17 controls, 1:5000
 Light Green (A3), 4.3 k, 30 m, 15 controls, 1:5000
 Orange (A4), 2.6 k, 15 m, 16 controls, 1:4000
 Yellow (A4), 1.8 k, 10 m, 11 controls, 1:3500

Entry Fees:
 Adult: €8 (IOA club member), €10 (non-member).
 Junior/Full-time Student: €5 (IOA club member), €7 (non-member).
 Family: €20 (IOA club member), €25 (non-member).
Important: Bull Island is an EU designated Special Area of Conservation. Please do not cause damage or litter.

Feb 29, 2012

Leinster Orienteering Championships 2012

LOC 2012, organised by AJAX, takes place on 30 Sep 2012 on 'Carraig Na Seabhac' ('Rock of the Hawks').  The competition area was to have been used for the Irish Championships last year, but in the end could not because of breeding Peregrine falcons and Merlins.


The terrain is a mixture of open mountain and dense thickets, with a wealth of rock features.  The area is generally quite runnable but in places vegetation underfoot impedes progress. The map was surveyed in 2010/11 by Pat Healy.

The competiton area is bounded to the east by the Military road, to the south by the Glenmacnass waterfall, to the west by the Barnacullian ridge, and to the North by Carrigshouk mountain.

An LOC competition website will be setup before long.



Feb 01, 2012

Dublin-by-Night, Slade Valley Woods, Feb 4th

The penultimate event of the 2011/2012 Dublin-by-Night league takes place this Saturday, February 4th, in Slade Valley Woods, County Dublin.

Location: Slade Valley Woods is the Northern part of the old Saggart Woods orienteering map that was used for many years for Leinster league events. It was last used for an orienteering event for a night-O in February 2008.

Directions: Drive south from Saggart Village (near Citywest Business Park) and pick up the signs for Slade Valley Golf Club. The route will NOT BE SIGNPOSTED, please follow the golf club signs - the event is very close to the golf club entrance. There is an alternative route via the N81 Blessington road, but again this will not be signposted.

Grid Ref = O 022 242

Lat/Lon = 53.25895 (north), -6.46729 (west)

Lat/Lan = 53°15'32" (north), 6°28'2" (west)

Loc8 = NT2-08-KT7

Parking: please only park on one side of the road and only park downhill from the registration car. Car pooling is encouraged.

Map: 1:7,500 with 5m contours, bagged in polypockets, A4 portrait, minor updates January 2012.

Night-O without a torchTerrain: Typical Irish plantation forestry. There has been extensive felling in the area although some pockets of nice forest remain. There is some bramble and a lot of paths/roads. Due to recent rain some parts of the area are very muddy, especially forest roads used by nearby stables. In horse-racing parlance, the going in some places is “heavy”. 

Timing: Sportident electronic timing will be used. Please make sure your sportident card is properly registered - it makes things a lot easier for the organisers. If you do not have a Sportident card, they will be available for hire for €2 each and you will be required to leave a deposit.

The start will not be manned, please organise yourselves and leave a reasonable time gap after the previous starter. The start and finish are in the same place.

Start Times & Course Closure: starts are from dark to 7PM. Control collection will commence at 8:15PM. You MUST report back to the download car even if you retire and do not finish the course. Failure to download might lead to an unnecessary search and you will be unwelcome at future Ajax Orienteering events.

Batteries: not included.

Moon Phase: waxing gibbous, high in the eastern sky.

Safety & Cancellation: This orienteering event does not visit open mountainside. However it is February and inclement weather should be expected - a rain jacket/cagoule might be mandatory. All competitors must carry a whistle. If you get hopelessly lost walk WEST along the forest roads until you reach the start/finish. If the weather on the day is severe there is always the possibility of the event being cancelled - if you are in doubt please check this website before travelling.

Under-16s: for insurance reasons under-16s are not permitted.

Novices: this event is not suitable for novice orienteers, instead you should plan on going to the orienteering event in Hellfire Wood on the morning of Sunday 5th, see the Setanta website for details.

Entry Form: please download the entry form and fill it in before travelling.

Control Descriptions: these will be printed on the front of the maps in IOF pictorial format. Loose control descriptions will NOT be available at the event - they are on the entry form (see link above). You can print them yourself or you can use the descriptions on the map. There will be no little bits of paper at the event! 

Results: Live results will be available online - bookmark this page on your mobile phone so that you can see the results as they come in. 

Long:  3.6km, 120m, 17 controls : experienced orienteers only

Short: 2km, 70m, 9 controls : experienced orienteers only

Planner: Marcus Geoghegan, Ajax