This year's Irish Orienteering Championships will be held on the North Coast with LVO hosting the Sprint Championships at the Coleraine Campus of the University of Ulster on day 1 (19.00 - 20.30) and NWOC hosting the Individual and Relays in an extended Magilligan Dunes on days 2 and 3.
The fast semi-urban campus of day one followed by the intricate dunes of day two, finishing off with a new high runability dune area for day three, should provide a orienteering weekend or varied quality racing.
For the individual champs, most of the courses will be confined to the central complex dune area. Runability varies considerably with fast paths and short grass in the many flat valleys with mixed going in the more intricate dunes and depressions. There are significant areas of sea buckthorn and burnet rose which are marked by a vegetation screen where they present a significant barrier to progress.
Course Classes Approx. Lengths
1 M21E 12.9
2 M21L 10.0
3 M35L 8.8
4 M40L 8.2
5 W21E, M45L 7.4
6 W21L, M20L, M18L, M21S, M50L 6.6
7 M55L, M35S, W35L 5.8
8 M16A, M40S, W40L, M60L 5.4
9 M45S,W45L 4.8
10 W21S, W20L, M20S, M18S, W18L, M50S, W50L, M65L 4.4
11 W35S, M55S, W55L, W40S, W16A, W60L, M60S, W65L, M70 3.7
12 W20S, W18S, W45S, W50S, M65S, W70, M75, M80 3.3
13 W55S, W60S, W65S, W75, W80 2.8
14 W16B,W14A 3.0
15 M14A, M16B, Lt. Green 3.7
16 M14B, W14B, M12A, W12A, Orange 2.5
17 M12B, W12B, M10A, W10A, Yellow 2.3
18 M10B,W10B 1.8
The last date for cheaper entries is April 12th and closing date for all entries is April 19th. Now is also the time to start thinking about relay teams.
Best of luck to all heading to the JK at the weekend!