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Sep 19, 2010

Ajax go to Junior Home International

                                               ..............by Mike Long

I had the pleasure of attending my first JHI over the weekend of 10-12 September, based around Perth and Stirling in Scotland. On paper the Irish team looked strong and so it was proven in practice with a comfortable overall win over Wales to win the Judith Wingham trophy for the first time in many years. Can anybody actually remember when we last won?

The JHI coincided with the World Park Tour. Our first port of call therefore was Scone Castle on the Friday afternoon where we were able to run over the courses earlier used by the elites in the qualification race for Saturday’s final. A sample from the map is shown below. Personallyjhi_01.jpg I found the dark green detail confusing but it did not seem to bother the Juniors. As Greg pointed out to me “you have to run at the same speed as which you can orienteer”.
There was also a maze-O (south end of map) done by the Juniors without a map! The winner was Alex who got to the centre via the exit. Nobody had spelled out the rules! It was a good start and got everyone’s head on the job at hand.

Unusually the relay was held on Saturday (so that all could go to watch the elites in Perth town centre later). Several of the Juniors were familiar with the map of Kinnoull Hill, as it had been used at the 2009 Scottish 6 day. The map (part of if reproduced below) is characterised by steep runnable woodland with many paths. In fact most of the juniors said they had to ignore the paths, which they found confusing and focus on the contours.
jhi_021.jpgOverall we did very well. The boys were 8th, 11th and 12th and the girls were 7th, 11th and 13th. At the end of the day England, on 54 points, had a 4 point lead over Scotland. We were on 24 points, 8 ahead of Wales.

Then it was off to Perth where we had the pleasure of watching Niamh O’ Boyle and Nick Simmonin compete with several of the best elites in the world literally in Perth town centre much to the bemusement of the local shoppers. Both placed in the top 10 behind the very impressive Helena Jansson of Sweden and Østein Kvaal Østerbø of Norway.

Then there was the ceilí. I will let someone else tell the story here!

On to Devilla Forest for the long distance individual races on Sunday. Here the forest was pretty flat with much fewer paths and subtle (to me at least!) contour detail, see below. The only issue here was the “white” area were very rough with waist (except for Colm Moran) high heather and a net work of old drains. Keeping a bearing was very difficult. The M18’s had a very long leg through the middle of the map and several of the lads choose to run the path to the east (some 3 km) which turned out to be as quick.jhi_03.jpg
Again the performances were very good our best runner in each class were Caoimhe (7th), Niamh (7th), Áine (6th), Jonathan (4th), Jack (6th) and Séan (5th): strong across the board.

We ended up on 61 points well ahead of Wales 45. England, on 135 points, also had a very comfortable 16 point margin over Scotland. Full detailed results can be found on www.rstrain.ndtilda.co.uk/results 10/jhi/

My overall view of the results was that although we had no individual medal winner we performed strongly with strength in depth in most of the classes and we were certainly not hovering around the bottom.

My 3 personal running highlights of the weekend me were:

jhi_04.jpg• Cliona Mc Cullough’s first back in the relay despite leaving both her shoes in a marsh in the forest!
• The sight of the four M16’s finishing the relay more or less together
• Jonathan Quinn’s excellent 4th place in the M14 long distance, 13 seconds off a medal (The picture below shows Jonathon with the winning team trophy. Jonathan was also named the best Irish performer).


The entire Irish crew are shown below:

Back row left to right: Cilín, Megan, Colm, Laura, Cliona, Jack, Séan, Mark, Alex, Jill, Conor, Áine, Andrea, Niamh, and Lawrence 
Front row: Cathal, Caoimhe, Róisín, Jonathan, Deirdre, Peter and Donaljhi_05.jpg

The other competition of the weekend was on the various roads between Edinburgh, Perth and Stirling. The drivers Ruth, Kathryn and I were forced into various, often strange, route choices by our intrepid navigators. Lawrence and Colm can fill in the details!

It was the last JHI for Colm, Conor, Laura and Séan. They will be clearly missed but a first for Cathal, Donal, Peter, Róisín and Megan. One would have to conclude all is well in Irish Junior Orienteering. It was also clear to me that none of the above would have happened without the dedication and hard work over the past number of years by Ruth and Greg. Roll on 2011!

Ajax Second in Lug Relay 2010

ajax_lugrelay2010_snap.jpgThe Ajax team of Mike Long, Christian Foley-Fischer and Aonghus O'Cleirigh took second place behind a strong CNOC team.   Following solid legs by Mike and Christian, Aonghus pulled back a place on the run down to the finish at Fenton's pub in the Glen of Imaal.

Peter Kernan

May 03, 2010

Irish O Championships 2010

Irish O Championships 2010

 

In addition to the quality of the orienteering on offer being very good and the social aspects of the weekend the recent Irish Championships held near Limavaddy in Northern Ireland were a success for AJAX OC.P4242147.JPG

 

In the individual races there were a number of successes e.g.

 

Classic M50 was won by Colm Rothery (on a break from training for his assault on the M50 800 m track world record) closely followed by Aonghus O’Cleirigh also of AJAX.

M14 Sprint won by Cathal O'Cleirigh.

  

There were also a good smattering of second and thirds both in the classic and the sprint events, particularly from the AJAX juniors.

 

From my point of view the highlight of the weekend was the victories in both the Veterans (AJAX Attackers) and Junior (J36) relay events indicating the club is strong at both ends of the age spectrum.P4242148.JPG

 

All three Juniors comprising Dara and Cathal O’Cleirigh and Ruairí Long were consistent and error free and finished a comfortable 4 minutes ahead of Cork O. They had recently finished an excellent 5th in the J40 event at JK2010 in Devon (with Róisín Long replacing Dara due to the difference in age class).

 

The Vets team (Aonghus O’Cleirigh, Denis Reidy and Colm Rothery) victory was equally clear cut. I ran the first leg myself on another team was able to observe that even after one control Aonghus’ experience had put him some 100 m ahead of the field. Dennis followed with a strong run. We were able to observe the finish from a sand dune and with two or more controls to go Colm was able to do an “Eamonn Coughlan” to the crowd.

 

Mike Long

3 May 2010

Feb 25, 2010

AJAX Spring Cup Event (07-Mar-2010)

Event Location:  The first Spring Cup competition of the season, organized by Ajax , will be held on 07-Mar-2010 on Bull Island , Dublin .  (Grid Reference: O 233 370).

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 is on the causeway or on the beach. Both start and finish are near the Interpretive Center .

Map:  The previously mapped area has been further extended.  Maps are pre-marked and printed at a scale of 1:5,000 on water resistant material.  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 planned on an A4 extract.  The Brown course uses a modified map with only contour, marsh and building detail shown. (No paths, vegetation or man-made features other than buildings are displayed). Control descriptions for all courses will be available at registration and are not 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 currently flooded but are crossable.

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

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

Event officials:         
Controller:  Andrew McCarthy.
Organiser:  Donal Wickham
Planner:  Aonghus O’Cleirigh

Course and Map Details:
Brown (A3), 9.6 k, 50 m, 30 controls, (contours/marsh/buildings only)
Blue (A3), 8.9 k, 45 m, 30 controls,
Green (A3), 5.7 k, 30 m, 24 controls,
Light Green (A3), 4.0 k, 20 m, 20 controls,
Orange (A4), 2.9 k, 15 m, 18 controls,
Yellow (A4), 1.7 k, 10 m, 14 controls,

Entry Fees:
Adult: 8 Euros.
Junior / Full-time Student: 5 Euros.
Family: 20 Euros.

Crossing Points:  Use the crossing points marked on the map.  For safety reasons please do not cross public roads or race on them.

Important:  Bull Island is an EU designated Special Area of Conservation.  Please do not cause damage or litter.

Aonghus O'Cleirigh

Feb 05, 2010

Irish 10-Day 2011

 

This article about the Irish 10-Day 2011 appeared in the most recent CompassSport magazine in the UK

Irish10day.pdf

 

MG

Jan 28, 2010

Night O Bushy Park Sat 30th Jan

Next Night O will be in Bushy Park this Sat
Start Templeogue Rd / Terenure Rd West Jnc i.e. just opposite main gate to Terenure College
BushySnip.JPGStart times 18:30 - 19:30
And afterward pints in Templeogue Inn (The Morgue?)

There will be 2 courses, long circa 3.5 km and short circa 2 km
Given the nature of the park, this is the ideal event if you have never tried Night O but wanted to give it a go. It is also suitable for younger runners. There will be a good few of the AJAX crew around to keep an eye on things.

See you there
Mike Long

Jan 04, 2010

Lug Snowmen ..Jan 2nd

Last week's snow and ice drew out the ice axe crew.  Deftly piloted in PG_PK_DW_POB_Lug_Jan_10.JPGPeter Gargan's BMW to an icy Glen of Imaal, the initial slog up snowy Camarahill switched quickly to plunging into a cloudy coomb behind Paddy O'Brien. 

Distracted by a fox and hare scuttling around, picking up the gullies in the gloomy white, proved tricky.

 MG-1_Lug_Jan_10.JPG

The call to go straight up turned good, the slope pulling up sharply into a clean route.   A short pause allowed Marcus off the leash to rip into some ice (photo), and a quick traverse let us climb quickly onto a cold top.
Didn't spend much time on the lunch before slipping back down to stools in Fenton's.

Setanta's Dave Weston proved steel capped wellies can mix it with the best, passenger Peter Kernan did what he was told.

photos by  Marcus Geoghegan

Peter Kernan