Coc Thomas Wedlock and his team have put together a challenging and demanding route which will start from Gallonreagh House , Maudabawn on Saturday the 2nd of March, The Regs and Entry forms for the event are listed below.
Cavan Night navigation illuminates the National Championship
Maudabawn between Cootehill and Bailieborough saw the running of the penultimate rounds of both the National and Border night navigation championships.
With Clerk of the Course Thomas Wedlock putting together a tight but testing route that would see the crews traverse many of the lanes and farm passes in the Maudabawn, Tonyduff, Mountain Lodge and Termon Cross areas. The big talking point of the night was the fact that the young organiser had managed to find 6 new lanes that had never been used before, an impressive feat when you take into account that night navigations have been running in the area for the past 40 years.
The event started in and around the back of maudabawn which led the crews straight into a “plot and bash” section, this is where the crew don’t know where they are going next until they are handed a set of co ordinates in the window and have to plot on the move to find their next time point. This section brought them on a loop back around to near the start of the event and across the Cootehill to Canningstown road before trailing up through a complex series of farm passes which caused all bar a couple of crews to gain penalties for being late to their next time point. The crews then moved to the mountain lodge area taking in some of the wind farm tracks and service roads on the mountain before a challenging section not far from the cross itself which saw the crews tackle a confusing series of lanes and passes that were all within 200 yards of each other and made it hard to read on the map. This complex caught a number of teams out and opened up the results with a number of penalties gained for wrong approaches and being late trying to figure out where they were going.
A series of great driving lanes brought the crews across to the Tonyduff and Termon Cross Roads area, this part of the course was kind to the competitors and didn’t cause too many hastles with just a few of the less experienced crews dropping time or being early by their own making and mistakes.
The section that caused alot of problems for crews was a series of lanes that looped around each other on a wind farm just north of Mountain Lodge with one time point only being visited by 6 crews in total and the following time point seeing alot of crews arriving late due to the complex nature of the gravel lanes that were negotiated.
Just when the finish was in sight there was a plot and bash section that brought the competitors into Wedlocks own farm where he had constructed a new pass in the weeks before the event which stumped a few crews and was taxing to the most experienced of crews due to having no previous knowledge of the lane. This was followed by another series of runs around 2 more farms over the road and a pass that was difficult to read on the maps.
After this it was back to the safety of the Gallonreagh House for some much needed refreshment and to find out who were the main men on the night in the results. A big thanks goes out to all the residents on the route,land owners who gave permission to use the lanes, to the staff in the Gallonreagh for the use of the hall and providing food and of course to all the time keepers and other marshalls who helped out on the night.
1 Andy Mackarel/Liam Higgins (Subaru Impreza) 7 marks,
2 Colin Duffy/Sam Johnston (Subaru Impreza) 14m,
3 Pakie Duffy/Nigel McCloughry (Subaru Impreza) 16m,
4 Ashley McAdoo/Francis Keenan (Subaru Impreza) 26m,
5 Bobby Sharkey/Macartan Kierans (Subaru Impreza) 28m,
6 Mickey Tynan/Ciaran Tynan (Subaru Impreza) 28m,
7 Dermot Keenan/Laurence Keenan (Subaru Impreza) 30m,
8 Martin Tynan/Fintan Clerkin (Subaru Impreza) 32m,
9 Trevor McConnell/Ruaidhri Nash (Subaru Impreza) 32m,
10 Joe Friel/Aidan Friel (Subaru Impreza) 38m,
11 Gerry McIntyre/Aaron McIntyre (Subaru Impreza) 42m,
12 Sean McKenna/Garry Farrelly (Subaru Impreza) 43m.
Semi-experts: 1 Pakie Duffy/Nigel McCloughry, 2 Ashley McAdoo/Francis Keenan, 3 Sean McKenna/Garry Farrelly.
Novices: 1 Bobby Sharkey/Macartan Kierans, 2 Dermot Keenan/Laurence Keenan, 3 Martin Tynan/Fintan Clerkin.
Beginners: 1 Gerry Kelly/Seamus McTigue (Subaru Impreza) 56m, 2 Keith McConnon/Micheal McCluskey (Subaru Impreza) 175m, 3 Ryan Connolly/Shane Mulligan (Vauxhall Vectra) 269m.