Ballyward, nr Blessington, Leinster League no.3 2020


Date(s) - 08/03/2020
11:00 am - 1:00 pm



Important note: one way driving in forest. Parking will be along the forest roads. The laneway into the forest is over 400m long and is a single track. Therefore, we ask that everyone arrives before 12:30pm. Please delay departing wood until after 12:30pm. Please obey the parking officials. Your co-operation with this necessary arrangement is greatly appreciated.
The event is at grid ref O 040 147 and will be signposted from Manor Kilbride.
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Start time between 11:00am and 1:00pm. Parking could be 500m away from registration. Start is 500m downhill through wood from registration. Finish is adjacent to registration. Courses close at 3pm, please report to registration by this time.

It is anticipated that Irish Orienteering Association development officer Anton Hallor will be present at registration to provide guidance to any who desires. Read about Anton here

Ballyward is a medium sized runnable wood with a great mix of linear and point features, and without one single bramble. There has been recent felling and thinning works, and Storms Ciara and Dennis left their marks. The map has been extensively updated during recent weeks by Zoë & Angus Tyner

Map Notes: Broken ground symbol has been used for felled areas that have recently been cleaned up. Generally the running through these areas is quite good. Recently felled areas that have not been cleaned up are generally covered with brashings. This is shown on map as open with undergrowth. The running through these areas is quite challenging.
Extraction tracks from thinning works, either old or new are not marked.

Zoë has planned the courses and done a really good job in planning around the recent felling, Anyone who has run on Zoë’s courses before, has not been disappointed.

Controls Length    Climb  Technical Difficulty
Yellow            7           2.3 km   45 m   Very Easy, Young and Novice Juniors
Orange          11          2.6 km   60 m   Easy, Young Juniors with experience
Red                12         5.1 km   120 m   Easy, Adult Beginners/Older Novice Juniors
Light Green 13         3.5 km    90 m    Intermediate, Some experience needed.
Short Green 10        3.0 km    65 m    Hard, Experienced only
Green            12        4.7 km    115 m   Hard, Experienced only
Blue               16        5.9 km    150 m  Hard, Experienced only
Brown           20        7.7 km    185 m  Hard, Experienced only

Maps will be printed on waterproof paper, are A4 in size with 1:10,000 scale and 5m contour interval.

Sportident timing will be used. For those without an SI card, the cost of hiring a card is €2 with a charge of €40 if it is lost by the competitor (so don’t lose it).

Cost of entry is as follows;-
IOA club members: Senior €8, Junior/Student/OAP/Unwaged €5, Family (two seniors max.) €20
Non IOA club members: Senior €10, Junior/Student/OAP/Unwaged €7, Family (two seniors max.) €25
[Non IOA member surcharge allows, for insurance purposes, that the competitor is a member of the IOA for the duration of the event]

Looking forward to it.