Andrew Mackeral and Liam Higgins took an excellent win on our first motorsport event of 2013, the 1000 Shakes Navigation Trial which was run out of Inchigeela, Co. Cork, with Nial Murphy as COC. The event was Round 5 of Motorsport Ireland National Navigation championship and Round 4 of the Munster Navigation championship.
The competition took place over a route of approximately 110 miles with a total of approximately 70 route checks, all but one were manned. Twenty eight crews started the event with 22 classed as finishers back at Creedon’s Hotel early on Sunday morning. The route proved very challenging with some frosty roads and fog adding to the difficulties.
The event started with some straightforward navigation but tight twisty roads in the Inchigeelagh/Macroom area, followed by some closely-spaced TPs/Vias just East of Reananiree which required maximum concentration and care, with two slippery uphill climbs adding to the pressure on crews. Event winners Mackeral and Higging led from the start with four penalties at the end of Time Card 1. They were joined here by David Beamish and Daire Hayes on the same penalties with Gerard O’Connell and Denis O’Donovan third on five pens. Richard Cassidy and Paul Phelan were tied in fourth place with Dermot Whelton and Barry O’Sullivan on 6 pens, with three crews, Ashley McAdoo and Francis Keenan, Joe and Greg Shinnors and Martin Tynan and Fintan Clerkin all on 7 penalties. A significant early loss was the Impreza of Colin Duffy/Sam Johnston who retired only a few timepoints in, apparently with mechanical difficulties.
Card 2 included a set of 5 even more closely-spaced points just West of Renaniree, with another not too steep but very slippy climb for added interest. While penalties were mounting down the field, the leading crews didn’t fare too badly here, and the leader board hadn’t changed much at the end of this Card, with the Cavan and Cork leading crews maintaining their positions, both now on 6 penalties followed by O’Connell and O’Donovan on 8 and Cassidy Phelan and Tynan Clerkin joint fourth on 10 pens with McAdoo Keehan sixth another pen down.
Card 3, the run to petrol in Clondrohid started with the First Regularity Section and then the traditional (for Macroom) section just North of the N22 between Macroom and Clondrohid which includes some narrow, very twisty roads and a narrow but level, smooth and well-surfaced farm track with very muddy and unforgiving (for those who slipped into it) ground each side.
Mackeral Higgins maintained their lead here, but a penalty free Card 3 helped Cassidy/ Phelan move into second place one penalty off the lead. O’Connell O’Donovan and Tynan Clerkin were joint third with Beamish and Hayes hanging onto fifth. Sixth place was shared by McAdoo Keenan and Michael Murphy and Pat Cashman.
It was there we lost our only ladies crew when the Astra of Elaine Shinnors and Meg Brady suffered a broken radiator while the similar car of Matt Shinnors and Brian Duggan was also out, having also suffered a broken radiator (well actually, in their case, the rad wasn’t too bad – a wishbone and a few panels were slightly worse!)
The first card in part two saw the crews head back to Reananiree via Ballymakeera, and then to just West of Ballingeary via a regularity Section, It included the also traditional set of tight twisty roads and Farm Tracks West of Petrol, but with some new lanes added, and a layout that needed maximum concentration in places. It had the top three crews each lose 7 penalties to maintain the status quo with O’Connell O’Donovan drop 11 to move back to fourth. A missed TP here saw Beamish Hayes drop to seventh while Joe & Greg Shinnors were now eight. Novice crew Martin Dolan and Eoghan McCarthy moved to second novice place while No.1 seed Pakie Duffy and Nigel McCloughry were 10th.
Card 5 took the Cars clockwise around the mountain South of Ballingeary. It started with a set of two downhill lanes off the main road to Bantry. These were rougher than ideal, but were short and downhill and very passable with only limited time loss - the trick was to find them, with the entry to the first lane in particular causing headaches for many. The fact that they were on Plot and Bash added to the pressure. After these, a glorious 11 minute section around the West Side of the mountain led to TP118 at what, in daylight, seemed a very obvious downhill hairpin right. In the dark however, it was a different story, and any crew missing the slot were faced with the choice of returning for a Double Visit or a very long detour. Again the effect was for penalties to mount down the field, while the leading crews fared much better. Also, there was, near the end of this loop, an early bath for everyone – a ford across stream (actually more a river) on the approach to TP 120.
By the end of this section, there was a notable change at the top, with another penalty free card pushing Cassidy Phelan up into joint first place. The McAdoo Keenan crew also had a good run here increasing their third place advantage. Beamish Hayes also had a good run back in fifth while the Shinnors brothers had just one penalty to move to joint sixth.
The final card saw the crews loop anti-clockwise from Ballingeary to the finish near Inchigeelagh. Apart from a lane Approach to the final Control, it was all tarmac, and fairly straightforward, but again the nature of the roads saw all crews drop time. Mackeral Higgins with five extra pens giving them a total of 22, but Cassidy Phelan dropped 7 here to finish second (first Expert) on 24 with McAdoo Keenan taking 3rd place (and first Semi Expert) on 37 penalties. Second Expert were O’Connell O’Donovan with Beamish Hayes third Expert.
Second Semi Expert were Dermot Whelton Barry O’Sullivan with third Semi Expert place going to Stephen Clarke Michelle McCarthy.
Top Novice crew were Tynan Clerkin from Dolan McCarthy second and Owen Murphy Grace O’Brien third.
In the Beginner section Gerry Kelly and Seamus McTigue were first from Richie and Richard O’Mahony in second and David O’Donoghue and Tadhg Gavin third.
The event finished at 4.45 a.m., with all cars in by about 5.30. Results were posted at 6.30, with breakfast in the Hotel in the interim. There were, in effect, no queries, and prizegiving was over by 7.15 a.m.
Three crews who had entered the event were unable to start. The unavailability of IRDS insurance for Johnny Kenneally and Ken Carmody, David Forde and Sean Henehan plus Brian O’Mahony and Lisa Gallwey saw all three forced off the starters list. A new broker with MI has been cited as the cause
Bad luck stories on the night included No 2 seeds Colin Duffy and Sam Johnston ended their event very early on when the Co. Longford crew failed to finish the first time card. Another crew to suffer bad luck were Beginners Keith McConnor and Michael McCluskey who were on their way to an award only to miss the second last control.
A notable feature was, that, between the top 8 finishers, involving well over 500 individual visits to marshalled points, there was only one single missed point. Overall, it was another classic “1000 Shakes”, and thanks are due to all who helped, including Asst CoCs Sean Daly & Tom Sheehan, Chief Marshal Kiera Daly, Event Secretary Edel Fahy and husband Brendan, plus Donal Healy, Dan Duggan and Laurence Hartigan for results, and of course the many marshals, not least those from Skib, and in particular the “uninsured” entrants, who, despite not being able to start, turned up and marshalled on the night.
1000 Shakes Night Navigation Trial - New Feature for 2013
Final Instruction 1 are now also available to download.
As usual on the Shakes, the Route is meant to be tough/ interesting/ demanding/ rewarding on/for both drivers and navigators, but not to be a car breaker.
We make no apologies for the tight, twisty, loose, muddy or Blind brow bits (if you don’t like these, you’re on the wrong event), but there are, unavoidably, a very limited number of rougher than ideal sections, and there are two slippery uphill sections, as well as one narrow lane with thorny bushes each side.
While, as usual, my standard non limo’ed (but now sump-guarded and knobblied) RWD road car has been or will have been over the entire route, people wishing to “protect” their cars may wish to skip these sections. Accordingly, in a new feature for Nav events, these sections will be identified on the night, and so may skipped if desired. (Even if all 4 or 5 such points are skipped, the 80 to 100 penalties that would result still be less than the winners total on some events).
Last year, there were 79(!) points to be visited (this year “only” 60+), Despite this, last years winners were on 17 penalties, and the top 10 all under 100, with only 3 missed points in total between these 10 crews. We expect similar figures this year. It is our intention that event will be decided by the skill of the crews, not by lucky choices of what to skip or the ground clearance or traction of the cars.
HQ Creedons Hotel, Inchigeela Download Regs here
(Sorry about requiring 3 Maps, but the good news for those entering the 100 Isles two weeks later is that 85 & 86 can be re-used then).
Help is needed this Sunday (Dec 16) to PR the route for our 1000 Shakes Nav Trial that takes place in January 2013. Meeting at Kellehers in Clondrohid at10am. Please contact Tom on 083 1027662 or Sean 086 3731193 if you can help.
Our first event of 2012, the 1000 Shakes Navigation Trial takes place on on Saturday and Sunday, January 21/22 next and will have its HQ in the Macroom Community Leisure Centre, located in the centre of Macroom.
Check-in and scrutiny will be from 19.00 hours (7pm) on Saturday 21st January. Maps: OSI Discovery Series, Sheets 79(2nd Ed), 85(4th Ed) & 86(3rd Ed). Romer used – Eric Hopkirk. NB – Check with Sec when entering as Sheet 86 may not be required.
Route will be approximately 115 miles in length. Petrol will be required for approx. 70 miles without refuelling
Route will not include any of last year's area and most of the event will be in traditional Macroom 1000 Shakes territory (but no pipes!). Much of early parts of the event will be in territory not used for 10 plus years.
As always in Macroom, the route weill be driven by COC's 2WD, non-limo, standard (sumpguard but nothing else) road car.
Because of the one-way system in the town, details on how to approach the venue will be in the regulations which will be available in early January.
Arthur Kierans & Ashley McAdoo regained control of the National Navigation Championship after a superb win on Cork Motor Club’s 1000 Shakes Navigation Trial. The 120 miles route was testing for both driver and navigator but by the finish, it was the reigning National Champions who had done enough to claim their third event win this season. 2nd place overall went to Joe & Greg Shinnors from another Shinnors pairing, Alan & George. All three crews competed in Subaru Imprezas.
The first half of the event was all pre-plot incorporating farm lanes, grassy tracks, yards and the infamous tight, twisty roads of the area. Startrek winners Michael Carbin/Evin Hughes started at No1. The majority of crews maintained clean sheets as far as TP10 which came after a number of grassy farm lanes. TP11 was the end of top seeds Carbin/Hughes’s challenge as a timing error resulted in them picking up a massive 50 penalties, ending all hopes of a good result. Some crews lost time at TP10 due to a gate being closed after the first few cars had gone through and competitors had to re-open the gate in order to proceed. TP15 had more crews down time as a long farm lane, coupled with a marshals clock being behind official event time, resulted in some crews dropping further penalties. By the first TRS of the event, Alan & George Shinnors led on a total of 1 penalty, which they dropped at TP10. In 2nd place were Arthur Kierans/Ashley McAdoo & Colin Fitzgerald/Daire Hayes both crews on two penalties, with Richard Cassidy/Paul Phelan also on two penalties but behind on the “furthest cleanest” rule.
The SRS section that followed was timed to 32kph, but penalties appear to have been applied for a 30mph average, as all crews dropped in the region of 20 penalties at the ITC. Joe & Greg Shinnors had made some progress on their rivals to move into a joint lead with Alan & George Shinnors, both crews on 21 penalties. It was close at the top with no fewer than three crews just one penalty in arrears. More great driving lanes completed the first half of the event. Joe & Greg dropped 1 penalty into TP36 which left Alan & George Shinnors (21 penalties) with a clear overall lead by the petrol halt in the
A further 60 miles still lay ahead at this point, with four Plot & Bash timepoints getting things underway. Although relatively straight-forward, this section wasn’t cleaned as the nature of the roads and lanes used as well as navigators plotting and re-checking their plots resulted in crews down time. The battle was on between the leading crews with both sets of Shinnors dropping a penalty into TP102. Arthur & Ashley dropped 1 penalty at TP104, but so did Alan & GeorgeShinnors , leaving all three crews on 23 penalties. Arthur Kierans & Ashley McAdoo and Alan & George Shinnors also dropped a penalty each at TP107. However, Joe & Greg Shinnors slipped back somewhat as they dropped 1 penalty at TP106 and 2 penalties at TP107. There was a major scare for the leading crews as they, along with around ten others were adjudged to have failed to stop at a yield sign at TP116. However, these and all other stop sign penalties were subsequently scrapped on a technicality. The battle for the win was decided at TP118, as Alan & George Shinnors dropped a whopping 11 penalties here, demoting them back to 5th. Joe & Greg Shinnors took up the challenge but could do little to stop Arthur Kierans & Ashley McAdoo who cleaned all remaining timepoints to finish on a total of 24 penalties. Joe & Greg Shinnors finished just three penalties in arrears to take a well earned 2nd place. There was a late change in the battle for 3rd place, as Richard Cassidy/Paul Phelan missed TP130 and Johnny Kenneally/Ken Carmody dropped 7 penalties on the 2nd SRS. This allowed Alan & George Shinnors back up to 3rd place, with Johnny Kenneally/Ken Carmody (47 pens) holding off Richard Cassidy/Paul Phelan (49 pens) for 4th place. 6th went to Ray O’Neill/Stephen O’Neill on 50 penalties, with a wrong approach their biggest error all night. Darren Babington/Francis Keenan (63 penalties) and Brian O’Mahony/Dave Swanton (70 penalties) completed the top eight finishers.
Aside from the three overall finishers, other
Local men Johnny Kenneally/Ken Carmody took the class win having led it for most of the night. Darren Babington/Francis Keenan made their trip from Monaghan worthwhile by finishing 2nd. Two wrong approaches at Via2 and TP107 respectively, left them having to settle for 2nd in class on the night. The top three was completed by 100 Isles COC Brian O’Mahony with Dave Swanton on the maps on his first event for four years. They settled really well together, only dropping time penalties all night to finish in a well earned 3rd in class. 4th place went to National regulars Michael Carbin/Evin Hughes. Results showed that if it hadn’t been for their 50 penalty at TP11, the overall win would have been theirs. There was a similar story with class rivals Chris Kelly/Sam Johnston who also picked up a 50 penalty which left them in a disappointing 5th in class. Gearoid Beamish/Ivan Buchanan completed the class finishers.
Derek Butler/Olivia McCarthy had a great run to take class honours and an impressive 9th overall. This pair has consistently been among the leading novice crews on events and despite two wrong approaches they had done enough to hold off their rivals. 2nd place went to fellow
David Beamish/Muireann Hayes finished top of the pile after an excellent run which left them 90 penalties clear of their class rivals. They missed just two timepoints all night, showing plenty of promise for the future as this is only their 3rd event and Muireann will be particularly pleased to be only 30 penalties behind big brother at the end of the night. National Championship leaders, Darren Quinn/Nigel McCloughry took 2nd place on the night to cement their lead in the class in the Championship. Macartan Kierans guided Jimmy Deane to 3rd class, but if it hadn’t been for a stop sign failure, 1st place could have been theirs for the taking. Matt Shinnors/Catherine Levis finished 4th, with Sean O’Regan/Eamonn McCarthy in 5th. James Hayes/John Keohane, Steven Lane/Gillian White, Finghin O’Donovan/Teresa McCarthy, Owen Murphy/Grace O’Brien and Mick Linehan/Trisha Hogan completed the class finishers.
Well done to Donal, Peter and team for a very well run event. The next round is also based in
Evin Hughes, National Navigation Championship PRO.
Cork Motor Club's first competition of 2011 will be our annual 1000 Shakes Navigation Trial which will be held on the Saturday night Sunday morning of January 22/23.
As usual, the event will be a counting round of the National Navigation Trial championship, the Munster Navigation Trial championship and our own Club championship. The event will also have a new HQ.
Check-in and scrutiny will be from 7.30 pm on the Saturday at Cloughduv G.A.A. Hall. (E 461 664 N) Those competing are asked to use East approach to the event HQ, just off the N22, approximately 13 mls from Cork.
Crews must satisfactorily completed Check-in paperwork by 8.30 pm and have passed Mechanical Scrutiny by 9.30 pm on Saturday. Out of Bounds/Non-goers and furthest N/S/E/W information will be issued at 8.15 pm and route Instructions will be issued at 9.15 pm. First car starts at 11.15 pm.
The COC of recent years Nial Murphy is taking a break and Donal Healy is stepping into the role for 2011. He will have Peter Keohane as his deputy This year's route will be approximately 110 to 120 miles in length and much of the territory has not been used for many year. With a though for the weather forecast for January, no really hight ground is being used, so hopefully the route should be weather-independent.
Marshals are needed for the event and will meet at 9pm at Cloughduv GAA Hall. Adrian O'Connell is chief marshal and can be contacted at 087 2541306.
Entries close on Wednesday, January 19 at ? and should be sent to Sean Daly, The Grove, Knockane, Ballyclough, Co. Cork. Mobile 086 3731193.
Other contact details: Peter Keohane 086 8434290; Donal Healy 087 2627386 (Not Available until Jan 15) Nial Murphy 086-2560273 (6.30pm onwards. txt anytime) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arthur Kierans and Ashley McAdoo won the 2010 1000 Shakes Navigation Trial on Saturday 23rd/Sunday 24th January. Second home were the fellow expert crew of Andrew Mackeral and Liam Higgins with local semi experts Colin Fitzgerald and Daire Hayes third. All drove Subaru Imprezas.
You can download results in Excel here or in PDF here and read a report below.
The 1000 Shakes Nav Rally (sorry Trial) took place on 23/24 Jan. While remaining in familiar territory generally West of Macroom, it had a new base this year in the Mills Inn, Ballymakeera. This proved to be an excellent choice, as, allied to the compact nature of the route, the central location meant that the event passed the HQ twice during the night, meaning that travel distances for marshals were very limited, and that results were greatly facilitated.
All is being made ready for our first competition of 2010, our annual 1000 Shakes Navigation Trial, which will take place on Saturday 23rd/Sunday 24th January.
The navigation event is a counting round of the National Navigation Trial Championship; the Munster Navigation Trial Championship and also our own Club Championship.
Maps being used for this 115 mile even are OSI Discovery Series, Sheet Nos. 79 (2nd Ed), 85 (3rd Ed) and petrol will be needed for 75 miles without refueling. Check-in and scrutiny will be from 7.30pm on Saturday, Jan 23 at the Mills Inn, Ballyvourney. Documentation scrutiny will finish at 9pm with mechanical scrutiny ending at 9.30pm on the Saturday. Competitive navigation will not begin before 11pm.
Entries at €120 close on Wednesday, Jan 20 with Edel Fahy, Ballybeg, Buttevant, Co. Cork.Other useful contacts are Nial Murphy (email@example.com), 086-2560273, 7pm + only (or text anytime); Sean Daly 086 3731193; Edel Fahy (firstname.lastname@example.org) 086-8059501.
Contact Details: COC: Nial Murphy 086-2560273 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm only (no voice messages) (text anytime) or email@example.com
Ast COC: Edel Fahy 086-8059501 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Chief Marshal: Adrian O'Connell 087 2541306.
Please note new HQ for 1000 Shakes night nav is the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom Check out 10 Years Ago
Cork Motor Club's first motorsport event of the new year, the1000 Shakes Navigation Trial, takes place on this weekend, Saturday & Sunday 17th & 18th January 2009.
The night nav is a counting round of three championships, the National Navigation Championship; the Complete Coatings Munster Navigation Championship and CMC Club Championship.
The route will be approximately 120 miles in length. Petrol will be required for approx. 75 miles without refuelling. Needed for the event will be Maps: 79 (2nd Ed), 85 (3rd Ed), 86 (2nd Ed).
Check-in and scrutiny will be from 20.00 hours on Saturday 17th January 2009 at Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom. (322729) (Note Change from Coolcower). Competitive Navigation will not begin before 11.30pm. Clerk of the Course is Nial Murphy and the Assistant COC and Event Sec is Edel Fahy.
Club members are reminded to apply for your 2009 Licences and IRD now. These will be required for the club's first event of 2009, the 1000 Shakes Nav Trial. Contact Dawson Street asap.
Marshals also required for the event. It is the same weekend as Galway, so all possible help will be appreciated on the night.
Competitors and not just Cork Motor Club members, have described this event as the best. This is what a prominent competitor/organiser had to say about the event. "It is one of the most enjoyable and challenging Night Navs on the calendar using the twisty, bumpy roads of Mid Cork and old fashioned straightforward Map Ref Navigation".
Congratulations to Ger Gowan and Paul Phelan who took victory on the 1000 Shakes Navigation trial, run from Coolcower House, Macroom on January 19/20.
Full results are available here.
The club wish to thank Nial Murphy and his team for running a successful event.
YOUR FIRST RALLY OF THE NEW YEAR!
1000 SHAKES NAVIGATION TRIAL
19/20 January 2008
Regulations now available to download HERE.
Counting Round of National Championship
Clerk of the Course: Nial Murphy (email@example.com)
Text only 086-2560273
(Phone may be answered 6.30>8.30p.m.)
Event Secretary: Edel Fahy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dromore, Dromahane, Mallow
(i)Based in Macroom Again
(ii)Return to old-fashioned Night Navigation!
(iii)Map References only to define route
(iv)Almost All of route pre-plot
Nearly got it right last year – everbody delighted with route/roads*, hopefully no Time Card glitch this year!
Enquiries/Regs requests to Edel as above
*Definition of “road” not to be taken too literally!