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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

Nov 14, 2011



Event Location:  Autumn Series event number 5, organized by Ajax, will be held on 20-Nov-2011 on Glendoo Ridge West, Co. Dublin.  (Grid Reference: O 131 198).

Event Directions and Parking:  The event is signposted from Killakee.  Travel approx. 2.5 km from Killakee on the road towards Glencree.  Parking is off-road on tracks, and is close to the event start and finish.

Map:  The area was previously used for the IOC relays this year.  Maps are pre-marked and printed at a scale of 1:7,500 on water resistant material.  Contour interval is 5 meters.  Control descriptions for all courses will be available at registration and are also printed on the map. The Brown course has a map exchange with each course printed on opposite sides of the same sheet.

Terrain: The terrain consists of open bog-land with numerous peat cuttings, and is moderately hilly.  The ground is quite runnable, and there are some paths.  There are a number of water filled holes not marked on the map. Care should be taken, especially by children, when running near water filled holes.  No course is buggy friendly. 

Start-times:  11:00 am – 1:00 pm.
Courses close:  3:00 pm.

Timing:  SportIdent (SI) timing will be used.  SI cards are available for hire (€2) at event registration.  You must report to the finish officials even if you decide not to complete your course. If you fail to do this, the organizers have no way of knowing where you are.  At the finish, please make sure you download your SI card

Event officials:         
Controller:  Denis Reidy.
Organizer:  Donal Wickham
Planner:  Aonghus O’Cleirigh

Course Details:
Brown - 10.2 k, 255 m, 29 controls, (map exchange)
Blue - 7.4 k, 170 m, 24 controls,
Green - 5.1 k, 105 m, 19 controls,
Light Green – 3.3 k, 100 m, 19 controls,
Orange - 2.5 k, 75 m, 12 controls,
Yellow - 1.6 k, 20 m, 10 controls,

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

Non-Club Members: 10 Euros.

Out-of-Bounds: For safety reasons the public road to the South-West is out-of-bounds.

Routegadget of the 2011 Irish Relay Orienteering Championships

Important:  Please do not cause damage or litter.