The Pathfinder was competed for in navigation trials, these are night time events where skills in map reading and other route defining methods determine the winner.
Initial research has found these events if anyone has more please contact the website at email address shown on home page.
The club organised many open and closed navigation trials from the 1950s onwards.
28/29 December 2019 the club is organising its first navigation trial for 23 years
24/25 February 1996 The Pathfinder was given to Novice winners Ed O'Callaghan and Gerard O'Connor (Austin Montego). Barry Tobin was Clerk of Course assisted by Paddy McDonnell
Photograph taken at the 1998 50th anniversary dinner
1988 Winners John Carroll/Vincent Coughlan (names on Pathfinder trophy)
14/15 November 1987 Scheduled in RIAC calendar
3 October 1984 Bernard Kelly planned to run classes at the Boat Club, Limerick for four weeks as a lead up to the Pathfinder Navigation trial in November
26/27 November 1982 140 miles of mostly tarmac surfaced roads starting at 10pm finishing 5:30am. 1982 saw the introduction of a silver perpetual trophy presented by Tadhg Kearney, Jeweller. Regulations for the event were available from Clerk of Course Pat Neville, Mungret with an entry fee of £15. Pat had to organise the event with Wolfgang Schnittger to end their winning streak of the previous three years.
The event was held in terrible conditions with fog and ice throughout the whole route which went through Ballyneety, Crecora, Curragh Chase, Croagh (rest halt) Meanus, Hospital with a finish at the Parkway.
Result first overall James Doherty/Paddy McDonnell
Class 1 1. C McNamara/J Hynes 2. J O'Mahoney/M Fitzgerald 3. M Roberts/K Hynes
Class 2 No finishers
Class 3 1. L Lynch/J Creed 2. K Lyons/Paddy Kennedy 3. J Butler/E McCourt
Class 4 Novices 1. J Moloney/M Purcell 2. M O'Connor/ J Dunne
Class 5 1. T Harkin/D Harkin
1981 winners Wolfgang Schnittger/Pat Neville
1980 winners Wolfgang Schnittger/Pat Neville
1979 winners Wolfgang Schnittger/Pat Neville
24/25 November 1978 Winners Sam Hawkins and Michael Daly, Cork, (Ford Escort) Class I: 1 I Wren and E Griffin, 2 P Sheppard and M Sheppard. Class II: 1 Tony O'Mahoney and Vincent Coughlan, Cork, (Dowling Chevette), Novice: John Walsh and Billy Brett
25/26 November 1977 the event was held on a Friday night/Saturday morning in the Barnath Mountains. The run was over 80 miles and the conditions were extremely tricky because of ice. Of an entry of 25, only 17 started and less than a quarter of this number managed to finish.
1 Pat Maloney and Eddie McCourt (Autosave Imp) 87 points 2 Donal Griffin and Shawn Wall (Commodore Hotel Twin Cam) 113 points 3 Tom Casey and Catherine Casey (Imp) 156 points
27 November 1976 date in RIAC calendar for closed navigation trial