Orienteering in north west Ireland
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Day 4

Day 4

Provisional information


Finner Sandhills, Finner Army Camp, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal

Finner Sandhills was used previously for the Connaught Orienteering Championships in 2006 and 2009.


Planner: Dave Richardson (Fingal Orienteers)

Controller: Fergal Buckley (Kerry Orienteers)

Organisers: Per-Olov Elovsson & Kathryn Walley (Fingal Orienteers)

Assembly and Parking

Assembly will be at Finner Army Camp along the Finner road. The event will be sign-posted from the N15 road between Ballyshannon and Bundoran and parking will be within walking distance from the assembly area in direct proximity to the Army Camp.


Finner Sandhills is located along the Atlantic coast and also an estuary where an inland river flows into the sea. It is an open coastal terrain with intricate contour detail. The main features are extensive grass-covered sand dunes and open sand fields. Many small details, hills and depressions should make for fast running but also challenging orienteering. The area has been used for army training and some features are related to those activities.  Some areas associated with the Army Camp are out-of-bounds and clearly marked on the map.


The area was first mapped in 2006 by Sgt Padraig Higgins and Sgt Mick Hannon and updated in 2011 by Cpl Eric O'Brien. Recent updates have been made by Pat Healy in 2018, including adjustment to ISOM17. All courses will use 1:10,000 with 5m contours. All maps will be A4 size with control descriptions printed on the front of the map. Separate control descriptions will be available at the start.

Controls, Start and Finish

Controls will be SportIdent. SI Air (SIAC) will NOT be enabled.

The assembly area for the Relay Arena will follow the guidelines of IOA as closely as possible.

A waiting pen will be used to call up the runners and a mass start will follow once the officials are satisfied everything is ready.

The changeover area and the finish will also be part of the Arena and managed by event officials.

Mini mass-starts will be arranged at the organiser's discretion.

The Arena intends to be spectator friendly but certain areas will be out-of-bounds for control and safety reasons.

Competitors and visitors should follow the instructions from the event officials and pay attention to information given during the races.

Download will be at the Assembly. DON'T FORGET TO DOWNLOAD. You must download regardless of whether you complete your course or not.


Finner Sand Dunes is a well defined and enclosed natural area although it is exposed to strong winds from the open sea and quick weather changes. If the weather is bad you may be required to wear a rain jacket. All competitors must wear leggings.

If you do not reach the finish you must report to the assembly.  

First aid will be available in the assembly area.

Classes and courses

The seven relay classes with 3 member teams and the courses will follow the IOA's recommendations for the Irish Relay Championship:

Junior 36

Junior 48

Handicap 18

Handicap 12

Handicap 6

Women's Premier

Open Premier

Registration and Team Declaration

Team registration will be through Fabian with a deadline of 15/05/2018

Team declaration forms will be available for download from the IOC2018 website and also available at the IOC event centre during the days of the competition.

The representative for each participating club will be responsible for the filling in of the declaration forms. The filled in forms have to be returned to the IOC event centre no later than 16:00 on Sunday, 6th of May.   


The Prize-giving ceremony will take place at the Assembly area as soon as the winners are declared and the competition completed.

More detailed information will be published as it becomes available.