Irish Mountain
Running Association

Nav Challenge 1

Stuart ScottJul 27 2022, 11:16amLooking for about 4 volunteers for this race please - a first aider, someone to put out controls (with an ability to navigate please!), another to take in controls and someone with a loud voice to help at registration.

Location and details TBC. Stone Cross is the day before so distances might be slightly shorter than usual, we shall see...or else Stone Cross runners might get a time bonus. Either way, try to do both races if you can!
Sean ForsythJul 27 2022, 12:24pmHI Stuart,

Are Juniors(under 10) allowed to do these races?


Stuart ScottJul 27 2022, 12:58pmHi Sean,

I'll have to defer to the Committee on this one but I think even the short course will exceed the maximum distance allowed for under-10s. Potentially we could consider a 'fun course' for accompanied minors - I'll let you know after I check with the Committee. In the meantime, I'd recommend checking out the Orienteering Ireland events (, in particular next Tuesday's one in Ringsend. Each orienteering event has a range of courses to suit all ages and abilities!

Sean ForsythJul 27 2022, 2:44pmThanks Stuart,

I appreciate you checking.

I'll look into the orienteering Ireland site, might be the route to go down.

Brendan DelaneyAug 2 2022, 10:52amHi Stuart, I'm down as a running volunteer. I can help with the registration and can take in the controls after.
Joseph BoyleAug 10 2022, 8:51amStuart, have you any details on general location yet, for maps?
Stuart ScottAug 10 2022, 9:26pmGood question Jody! We'll be using the East West Lug and Glendo one. I'd toyed with the idea of going with a vintage Sheet 16 for the craic but sourcing enough copies of the maps would have been tricky. I'll let ye know the exact start location when our permit is confirmed.

Brendan, that's brilliant thanks.

Niamh O'CeallaighAug 12 2022, 9:28amHi Stuart,
I can prob volunteer. If you can send me the location I can confirm. Thanks. Niamh
Eoghan BrennanAug 12 2022, 12:45pmHi,

I'm interested in doing this race, I have lots of orienteering experience and plenty of races done in the past, but how does this work? Do I need my own map? If so, what sheet number do I need?

Kind Regards
Paul SmythAug 12 2022, 1:01pmHi Eoghan,

The map you need is the 1:25000, EastWest Mapping, Lugnaquilla & Glendalough map. You can order it direct from their website ( On the day of the event you will be provided with a control description sheet which you then mark up onto your map.

I don't recommend the encapsulated versions as they are very bulky to carry and hard to fold down to the part of the map you are using. The paper maps are just that, paper, so you will need a plastic bag to protect it from the environment.

Note that in the past some Nav. races have provided pre-marked A4 maps. This year, for Nav. 1 and 2 at least, you need to provide your own copy of the map.
Stuart ScottAug 15 2022, 9:15pmJust to confirm, anyone running the Stone Cross Solo or Relay will qualify for a 10 minute bonus at Nav Challenge 1. So if you're on the fence about doing both, don't worry and sign up now!

Start location for Nav Challenge 1 will be the Wicklow Gap carpark. I'll post a full update tomorrow.
Stuart ScottYesterday, 1:09pmHi all,

The first Nav Challenge takes place this coming Sunday. Final details are as follows:

Parking: Wicklow Gap (Inner) Carpark, O 074 001

Start Time: 1030, early start 1000

Entries: Entries will open at 8pm Wednesday (tomorrow) and will close at 6pm on Saturday. Vouchers will be accepted on the day if you're registered for the year and are lucky enough to still have one! ALL RUNNERS MUST SIGN IN AT REGISTRATION REGARDLESS OF ENTRY METHOD.

Description: A nav challenge is a navigation race where competitors use a map to find checkpoints. A list of six figure grid references will be given out at the start of the race. Make sure you bring a pen to mark up the map! Checkpoints are generally on obvious features but route choice is key! To make the race as inclusive as possible 5 minutes later a master map may be inspected for those wanting to ensure they have transcribed the grid references correctly. Navigational experience is recommended; however, the short course is more suitable for less-experienced navigators. A dedicated volunteer will be on hand at registration to provide advice if required.

a) Long 13k, 950m climb (as the crow flies - plan for 16k-ish if you're not a crow)
b) Short 7k, 450m climb (as the crow flies - plan for 10k-ish if you're not a crow)

Cutoffs: Courses close at 1500. After this time, all remaining runners should make their way to the finish line as quickly as possible.

Map: East/West Mapping Lugnaquilla & Glendalough 1:25,000 (2018 Edition). Available from and outdoor shops. Runners must supply their own map. Users of other maps \ map editions will be at a distinct disadvantage.

Time Bonus: A 10 minute time bonus will be applied to all who participated in the Stone Cross Solo and Relay (declare this at registration).

Minimum Mandatory Kit TO BE BROUGHT TO REGISTRATION (final kit will be decided on the day):
* Map
* Compass
* Whistle
* Waterproof Cover for Map and Descriptions
* Pen for Marking the Map
* Jacket
* Food
* Water
* Fully Charged Phone
* Hat
* Suncream
* Emergency Bag \ Foil Blanket

Safety: The emergency contact number is on the back of your bib (call only, don't text). All runners must report to the finish line to avoid an unnecessary search. Courses are on remote open mountain with rough terrain. Appropriate footwear and clothing must be worn. Runners must carry a fully charged mobile phone. Consider additional kit above the mandatory kit based on your own requirements and weather conditions on the day.

Navigational Assistance: Due to the nature of the race, GPS or other forms of navigational assistance are not allowed in order to remain competitive. However, if you are navigationally challenged, you are welcome to team up with another runner or use GPS provided you declare yourself as non-competitive at the finish line. Note, if you do decide to use GPS, you must still carry a map and compass. A dedicated volunteer will be available at registration to give a very brief introduction to map reading to those who need it. Assistance will also be provided in marking up the control points on the map after the race has started.

Refreshments: Refreshments in lieu of spot prizes will be provided at the finish line.

Thanks to all those who've volunteered, I'm ok now.

Any more questions, feel free to post here.

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!