Irish Mountain
Running Association

Nav challenge 1 - Trooperstown

First race of the annual nav challenge league
Sunday 24 August, 2014
Climb (m):
Distance (km):
Event Difficulty:
9 (3,3,3) - Difficult Terrain, >500M ascent, >10Km
Race Marking:
Route not marked - Route not marked
GPS Allowed:
Navigational Challenge 
Entry details:
No entry details have been entered for this event yet. Entries for league events usually open a couple of weeks before the event
Vouchers Allowed:
No. Online entry only for this race.
Getting There:
Car park & start/finish are in the same car park as the Trooperstown races (Winter League and Leinster Summer League).
normal Grid Ref = T 157 970
10 digit Grid Ref = T 15788 97001
Latitude = 53.01122 (north)
Longitude = -6.27467 (west)
Latitude = 53°0'40" (north)
Longitude = 6°16'29" (west)
Tetrad = T19N

Turn off the N11 at Kilmacanogue heading South following signs for Roundwood, Laragh & Glendalough along the R755.

After Roundwood you pass through Annamoe. 2.6km after Annamoe, you will see a Coillte sign for Trooperstown on your left (opposite the Trooperstown Lodge B&B). Turn in here. If you get to Laragh you have gone too far, turn back, and the turn is now on your right after 1.6km. When you turn off the R755, leave the Mountain Rescue building on your left and continue down a rough road until you get to the car park. Don't go over the bridge, we'll be in the main part of the car park before the bridge.
Organisers Instructions:
The first race of 2014 in the annual Navigation Challenge will be around Trooperstown, Co Wicklow.
The Nav Challenge is an open mountain navigation race, where competitors use a map to find checkpoints. As previously advised:
  • there will be an introductory Short Course aimed at anyone interested in learning navigation basics, distance about 7.8km (350m climb)
  • there's no kit requirement for the Short Course
  • maps will be provided for both Long and Short courses, no need to bring your own

Kit Requirements:
Short course:

  • no mandatory kit required other than what you'd bring for a Leinster League mountain race
  • that said, if you have a compass bring it along
Long Course:
  • Compass
  • rainproof jacket
Recommended (but optional) for both Short and Long course:
  • sufficient food & water
  • hat
  • mobile phone

Registration, Fee & IMRA membership:
You can register on the morning from 10am. Registration will close at 10:45am sharp with no exceptions. The cost is the standard €7 (€4 for 65+/unwaged). The €10 annual membership fee is being waived as there are very few races left this year. You don't have to have run an IMRA race before (but see below for 'Level of experience required').

Level of experience required:
Short Course: no specific experience required, ideally you've managed some of the Wednesday night Leinster League races or similar. The short course around Trooperstown is very similar to the race route (hint).
Long Course: some experience of navigation required, and physical ability to run the distance within the cut-off times (see below). The Long course crosses main roads, so is only open to competitors aged 16+

Course Lengths:
Long Course: 11k in straight lines, but optimum route (which will use significant amounts of track/road) closer to 20k. The aim is to have the winning time in approximately 2 hours, although this can vary with the conditions (weather, terrain)
Short Course: ca 7.8k. Winning time should be well under 90 minutes as the Short Course follows a similar path to the regular Trooperstown race.

GPS units, groups and following:
GPS units of any description ARE allowed. If people wish to take part in paris or as a group that's also no problem. Following another competitor blindly is not recommended, but impossible to monitor - do so at your own peril.

Prizegiving Location:
In the Car Park, with refreshments in Lynham's of Laragh. If weather inclement the prizegiving may be moved to Lynham's.

Volunteers (Non-Running)

You need to have done 2 non-running volunteer roles in a calendar year to qualify for end of year prize

Current Volunteers

Volunteers (Running)

Check with race director if they have a need for people volunteering and running. Race directors need a minimum number of people available throughout the race to make the race work so non-running volunteers are preferable. While it can be helpful, volunteering in a volunteer and race capacity does not count towards qualifying for end of year prize

Current Volunteers
HelperVivian O'GormanYes