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Grampian Orienteers help CNR to victory in the ActivityMix CD Urban Navigation

Rachel Scott and Kate Robertson helped Team CNR to victory today in the ActivityMix Corporate Decathlon Urban Navigation event. Although as it all took place within a very small and well-known area of central Aberdeen there was very little navigation involved unless you count the navigation through Google and Yahoo pages to find the answers to some of the questions as it was part treasure hunt, part pub quiz on the run and a little bit of selfie-ing, sometimes with the help of bemused but willing passersby up for a bit of fun.

Interesting concept – each team was issued with an iPhone running an app that showed a map of central Aberdeen marked with ~40 locations where questions could be found or instructions for selfies taken doing certain things.
Questions were worth 10, 20 or 30 points with half points value awarded if you used the Hint button and penalties if you were late back. Basically a 2 hour Score but with many technological twists.

As you got close enough to a question location and entered the small GPS hotspot around it, the app would pick up on it and then allow you to access the question but only while close enough to that hotspot. Answers were entered and submitted electronically and you instantly got feedback whether you’d got it right or not. There were also a couple of mystery questions whose locations weren’t marked but which popped up on the screen as you happened to pass the GPS hotspot to trigger them.

Wonder what the app was? Could we use it, or something similar, to put on urban POCs?
Which reminds me – I saw an ad in CompassSport for The iOrienteering App. Anyone got an iPhone and some time to spare to try it out?

SOL? SOUL? What’s all that about?

For the benefit of new members who keep seeing our posts urging you to enter SOLs and SOULs but aren’t sure what we’re on about….

SOL = Scottish Orienteering League (sponsored by CompassPoint)
– larger events – 350-400 runners on average
– a full range of courses to choose from including Black and Short Green/Blue/Brown
– better quality mapping and organisation with loos and often traders/food stalls
– online entry system and very little Entry On The Day
– your result earns you SOL ranking points and the chance to win trophies by age class

SOUL = Scottish Orienteering Urban League (sponsored by bto solicitors)
– all as above but in an urban environment including parks, streets, estates, alleyways, waste ground
– usually 5 or 6 courses all TD3 or Orange standard where route choice is key to a successful run
– the chance to earn ranking points for the SOUL categories where age classes are grouped together

If you’ve not tried a big event yet why not give SOUL 3 at Aboyne and/or SOL 4 at Glen Dye a go the first w/e in May – right on our doorstep, friendly faces you know, the chance to munch on some excellent baking from ScotJOS and Banchory Schools Team – what’s stopping you?
Online entries open already on OEntries with closing date of 26th April for both events.

Forest Sprint Countesswells 10/4/15 Results

Thanks to Team Esson headed up by David for tonight’s dash round Countesswells. Good to see lots of new faces – hope you enjoyed your intro to the sport and we’ll see you at Tillifourie next Friday.

Roger Coombs of Maroc will be doing the Forest Sprint League points again this year. Your best 4 scores out of the 6 races will count towards your total. Bit early to call as yet but keep an eye on Alex Maclachlan who won last year and was the person doing a bit of informal coaching tonight.

FS Countesswells Results.pdf

FS Countesswells Splits.pdf

Street O and sprints

“Just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who organised the Wednesday night sprints these past few weeks. I know the turnout hasn’t been great but it’s been very helpful to us in preperation for the sprints coming up at the JK and British Sprint and Middle Champs so I just wanted to pass on thanks – we really appreciate your effort!

Kind regards Teresa, Jake & Alistair Chapman (MAROC).”

And the proof of the pudding? Alistair came 5th M14 and Jake 4th M16 at JK2015 on a much fiddlier but infinitely more entertaining map than we’ve been using for the Street O so it must help for keeping a general sense of orientation. Great results guys (and thanks for cheering me in too on the final control and run in – R)

Have you tried a Sprint O yet? There are urban and forest flavours of Sprint and both require full-on concentration all the way round. Great for those of us who want to take our minds off what our legs are doing as welll as the real sprinters amongst us. Check out the Forest Sprint Series starting tonight at Countesswells.

JK2015 – 2 GRAMPs on the podium

Congrats to Pete Lawrence and Anne Hickling for their 3rd places overall on M50S and W60S respectively after 2 days of tough and intricate orienteering in the Lake District.

Steep, rocky, muddy hillsides really sorted the sheep from the mountain goats. It was all too tempting to follow the muddy trods along the path of least resistance even though your brain was saying you needed to keep higher and really concentrate on ticking off the features.

Anne also found the energy and brain power to compete in the Temp O and Pre-O competitions narrowly missing a top 10 finish in the latter.

  Photo by Claro Orienteer (Flickr)

Looking for a great way to kick-start your weekends?

FSS 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jon Duncan Junior Deeside Cup 2015

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALatest rankings after 2 events

Rules and events list below.  Any questions? Contact Trevor Ricketts of MAROC or Marianne Lang of GRAMP or ask at an event.

You’re automatically entered into the competition if you’re a GRAMP or MAROC Junior, all you need do now is make sure you get along to as many events as you can this year.  Good Luck!

In case you didn’t already know, the Jon Duncan Junior Deeside Cup is named after an honorary GRAMP and ex-British Team member, Jon Duncan, who is now enjoying semi-retirement from the international orienteering scene growing beetroot in Norway. (Honest!)

Rules

The (JD)2C competition will be run over 10 x Level C events with the best 6 (TBC) scores counting for each runner.

There will be 6 classes for girls and boys, using the ‘standard’ age classes, i.e. M/W8, M/W10, M/W12, M/W14, M/W16.

Within each event, the Gramp/Maroc Junior who is highest placed for each course scores the maximum course points:
White 200
Yellow 300
Orange 400
Light Green 500
Green 600
Blue 700
Brown 800

Points for subsequent runners are calculated using this formula:
score = [(winner’s time)/(runner’s time)]*(maximum course points)

Every effort will be made to provide a White course at each event. However, if this is not possible, the JDC organisers will review how many events will qualify for the M8 and W8 classes

If you are being shadowed or running in a pair, please declare this when you register. You will score half points for your run

The competition aims to find the best Gramp / Maroc junior in each age class. Juniors may choose the course appropriate to their ability.

Counting events
11th Jan   Glen O’Dee
26th Feb   Crathes
3rd May   Glen Dye
17th May  Bogendriep
7th June   Back O’Bennachie
17th May   Potarch
23rd Aug   Birsemore
13th Sep    Scolty
4th Oct      Easter Clune
14th Nov   Raemoir

Check the clubs’ websites closer to each event for details and entries links.

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Grampian Adventure Challenge 2015

have you gotIt’s time for Maersk to defend their title and see if they can retain the GAC Bonsai in this year’s Grampian Adventure Challenge.

Test your speed, stamina and skills at map reading in 6 different races against other teams in a variety of locations in and around Aberdeen and the Shire – just how well do you know your way round Crathes Castle grounds and do all Balmedie dunes look the same to you?

Training dates: April 29th – Tyrebagger, May 6th – Balmedie

Competition dates:  May 13th – Foggieton, 20th – Tyrebagger, 27th – Dunnottar Woods
June 3rd – Crathes, 10th – Hazlehead, 17th – Balmedie

Points are awarded depending on finish position to the 1st three females and males in your team and the best 4 team results out of the 6 will count towards your team total. Trophies for first 3 teams and first 3 individuals from the series.

£150 per team or £3 per entrant at each event
We’ll provide an orienteering map and electronic timing device for each race – you just need your wits about you and a compass (limited ones available to borrow)

Here’s a flyer with full details you can download and pass around to start your recruitment drive.
Teams of 8 preferably with a mix of male and female if you want to maximise your chances of scoring points.

Get your entry in by 1st May by sending an email with your team name, the name of the team leader and team members to GAC@grampoc.com (TBAs acceptable at this stage).

 

Help us promote Highland 2015

Highland 2015 logo.pngEven if you can’t come to this year’s Scottish 6 Days, Highland 2015, you can really help us promote the event in advance to local businesses and potential sponsors by visiting the Highland 2015 Facebook page and liking it (which would be great), or maybe even joining in with posts and comments (which would be fantastic).

Just a couple of clicks is all it takes to help demonstrate what a large crowd of eager orienteers will be descending on Inverness and Moray in August, ready to snap up Scottish food, culture and souvenirs during their stay. Go on – do it now. (Thanks in advance!)

And if you don’t do Facebook yourself, ask your friends, colleagues and family to do it on your behalf. Makes a change for asking for sponsor money, eh?

If you haven’t yet entered Highland 2015 and are swithering then I can’t recommend it enough. Even if you go for just a few days out of the 6 you’ll get to compete with folk from all over the world on some of the best terrain that Scotland can offer. There are traders, food stalls, commentary, entertainment, great banter in the club tent, tasting sessions, event campsite, ceilidh, the chance to spectate while the world’s elite O athletes do what they do best at WOC 2015….. come and join us and experience what it’s like at the other end of the spectrum from a wander round Countesswells of a Wednesday evening!
Here’s a link to the Highland 2015 website. Check it out, take the plunge, get those entries in now.

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DNC Mini Night Cup 14/15 successes

(It’s not often I get to put my own name up in lights so I’m going to enjoy this while it lasts….!)

Congrats to Helen Rowlands and Rachel Scott for winning 1st and 2nd Female in this year’s Mini Deeside Night Cup (aka the Short course). Chocolatey prizes featured largely and also vouchers from Field & Trek in Aboyne so thanks to them for their support for the DNC this year.

Lots of other Gramp DNC regulars took part and good to see a couple of our Juniors, Lachlan Kirk and Paul Caffyn, taking on the challenge and no doubt you’ll see the results in their day time orienteering this year as it seems to be what really boosts the Maroc Juniors’ performance.

At the curry and prize giving, Jon M mentioned that maybe next season we might try putting on an Orange course for Juniors and beginners to try and boost the DNC numbers as they seem to have stayed around the 30+ runners/event mark for quite a while now. MOR have put on a few more lowkey night O events recently which have proved very popular with families and beginners so the precedent has been set.

What do you think – would you be tempted to come out and enjoy the fun if there was an Orange on offer?

Scolty DNC 25/2/15 Results

Here are the provisional results from tonight. Thanks to David for some very fast almost sprint-style courses in the northern part of the forest which tempted you to overshoot while enjoying the runnable terrain.

2015-2-25-ScoltyDNC Splits.pdf
2015-2-25-ScoltyDNCResults.pdf  Revised to void the legs on either side of No 4

Apologies from the planner for placing No 4 on the wrong boulder – although the control was visible from the right boulder if you did a lighthouse impression. He’s revised the results to void the legs either side of No 4 to compensate.

Pssst! Seen what’s been happening to Gramp Facebook recently?

Jen Hickling’s taken over our Facebook page and has been busy culling things from the blogosphere and FB-land that she thinks you might like to see. Amongst other things we have a brand new cover photo featuring a stunning photo of Alex Lang in full flight during the rather wet 2014 Jamie Stevenson competition. (He’s said he’s quite chuffed to be the new face of Gramp and will be willing to sign autographs in exchange for chocolate.)

Jen’s keen to get you all involved so even if you don’t want to post or comment yourself you can send her snippets – she’s particularly looking for photos from events – to jenhickling1″at”gmail.com.

Go on, pay a visit now https://www.facebook.com/grampoc.

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Annual Dinner 2015 Sat 9th May Raemoir House Hotel

We have arranged the annual dinner at Raemoir House Hotel for Sat 9th May. Excellent food and a chance to natter with your clubmates.
Format is the same as last year: 4 courses + tea/coffee, £25 per person plus drinks.
Let Lesley Gomersall know if you want to book a place. £10 deposit per person to Lesley required.

Raemoir can also do rooms for £110 (2 people B&B), contact the hotel directly 01330 824884.

Forvie DNC 28/1/15 Results

The event details read: “some genuine TD5+ with absolutely no paths, very few natural line features and acres of dunes to perambulate through”.

I’ll admit to finding the prospect of all that a wee bit scary (being incapable of holding a bearing for more than 20m on a good day) but it was great fun trying to alternately de-clutter and find a relatively safe line through/round so much detail and then trying to tune back into the detail to get to the right depression amongst hundreds of contenders. Great night out, thanks Ian.

2015-1-28 ForvieDNC.pdf
ForvieDNC Splits.pdf

Contact the S6D Day 1 Organisers Adrian and Helen A

 

Balmedie DNC 14/1/15 Results

Turned into a real wild, wet and windy night although most of us managed to get round before it really set in. Commiserations to John for having to earn his 50 planner’s points the really hard way collecting in! Just when I thought I was getting to know Balmedie in the dark well enough to relax a bit, John caught me out with some tricky controls on knolls where if you turned your torch away at the wrong moment you ran straight past. Aagh! Must get the distance judgement thing sussed.

Ice rink in the car park added to the fun but what I really wish I’d seen was the chillimobile squeezing between the posts guarding the entrance to the car park. Are they still there I wonder?

20150114 Balmedie DNC Results.pdf
20150114 Balmedie DNC Splits.pdf

GRAMP club kit – WINTER SALE NOW ON!!

o topIs your old O top really getting beyond decency?
Fancy looking the professional at the 6 Days this year?
For a few pounds you can upgrade your O wardrobe and really feel part of the club.

Iain McLeod needs his garage back and would love to shift some of the Gramp Kit that has been sitting in boxes for a while now. He has a selection of tops – a mix of the Fugro sponsored Trimtex and the previous Noname ones with the castle-on-the-bum design – plus a handful of jackets and a single GJO Hoody.
Full details of sizes and prices here:  Gramp Kit Sale Jan 2015.pdf
If you’re interested, give Iain a call on 01224 867297.

Iain also has some vintage clothing that ought to be fetching a premium but instead he’s only asking you to make a donation.  Red and white T-shirts, retro tops and pride of place are some red lycras.
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GRAMPOCALYPSE @ Dunnottar Woods HHH 2015 Results

Thanks to everyone who turned out to help disinfect Dunnottar Woods – due to your heroic efforts the woods are now officially clear of Mank-O and the good citizens of Stoney can walk their dogs safely again. Thanks to Pete and Ian S for control wrangling for me, Ali and Kate for hosting the social afterwards and not least Judith Anderson for some amazingly evil looking spore cakes (seems Mank-O actually tastes quite good as they were ‘cleared’ very fast.)

Good to see our local guest runners having such a blast on the Yellow that they wanted a bash at the ‘big’ course too and we ended up with a sort of impromptu Score course going on as well. (Psst! There’s another Score course coming up at Scolty on Sunday Jan 18th, more details on the website soon.)

Congratulations to Mark and Ali for battling it out to get maximum tallies on the Spore course. They both took different approaches so for interest I’ve mocked up their ‘routes’ and also added my best shot (admittedly planned from my armchair although I did test run it) which was different again.
Several folk seemed to lose the power of mental arithmetic halfway through and incurred penalties for going over the 125 spore limit for their second or third batch of locations but then got back into the groove again to finish. Or maybe their oxygen starved brains flipped the even = 25 / odd = 50 for a while and then flipped back as they started to recover?
I’m sure there’s a psychologist out there who would have a field day with all that data once they’d finished analysing my imagination.

Rachel

2015-01-02 GRAMPOCALYPSE @ Dunnottar Woods Spore Overall Results.pdf
2015-01-02 GRAMPOCALYPSE @ Dunnottar Woods Spore Splits.pdf
2015-01-02 GRAMPOCALYPSE @ Dunnottar Woods Yellow Results.pdf
GRAMPOCALYPSE Spore planner best shot.pdf
GRAMPOCALYPSE Spore Mark control sequence.pdf
GRAMPOCALYPSE Spore Ali control sequence.pdf

2014 Chairman’s Report and Roll of Honour

For those of you who didn’t make it to the AGM, here’s a copy of the Chairman’s Report and the 2014 Roll of Honour and other awards.
Don’t forget that Ian H is still waiting for your contributions to the 2014 Yearbook to add a little colour to this list of achievements so get scribbling!!

2014 GRAMP Roll of Honour and other awards.pdf
Chairmans report 2014.pdf

Have you read this month’s CompassSport yet?

Couple of GRAMPs featured. One you can’t possibly miss in the Know Your Class Leader section where he describes his initial reluctance to get out into the woods (you’d never know it to look at him now!) and the other is hidden away in a crowd (the way she likes it) despite being a Legend.

GRAMP Champs 2014

Congratulations to all our trophy winners!

Juniors: Naomi Lang & Sasha Chepelin
Seniors: Jen Hickling & Mark Stockton
Veterans: Helen Rowlands & Sam Gomersall
Super Veterans: Oonagh Grassie & Rob Hickling

The trophies were presented at the AGM when Iain McLeod unveiled the new category of Super Vets (55+) to reflect our membership age range these days.

(In a nice gesture, Carolyn took pity on the engraver and declared herself non-comp this year in order that somebody else’s name might appear on the plate for a change!)

2014 GRAMP Champs by age class.pdf
2014 GRAMP Champs by category (for trophies).pdf

Countesswells DNC 3/12/14

A good twirl round a frosty forest followed by hot soup and chilli. Can’t beat it.

2014-12-03 Countesswells DNC Splits.pdf
2014-12-03 Countesswells DNC.PDF     (corrected with Joe Wright on Long)

Jon Duncan Junior Deeside Cup 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s all over for this year – Final Results and Trophy/Medal Winners.

Congratulations to Maya Reynard on winning W10 and Hannah Will, Morvern Farquharson, Isobel Anderson, Naomi Lang, Daniel Smith, Paul Caffyn and Lachlan Kirk on winning medals too.

Shadowing is shown in the results tables by the number being in italics.  If you notice an incorrect record of shadowing at any event in the results,  please contact Trevor Ricketts to correct using this contact form.

 

GRAMP SOL Champions 2014 and SEDS call ups for 2015

Congratulations to these GRAMPs who have been crowned SOL Class Winners for 2014:

W10B Morvern Farqhuarson
W40L Carolyn McLeod
W55S Oonagh Grassie
M18 Sasha Chepelin
M21L Gordon Hale
M35S David Esson
M60L Rob Hickling
M70L Neil McLean

And congratulations too to Tim Gomersall, Katrina McLeod and Calum McLeod on receiving their call up papers for the Scottish Elite Development Squad Development Tier for 2015.

This means they get the chance to train with the best of the best and who knows, we might be cheering them on in future WOCs?! Go for it, guys!

DNC 2014 Hazlehead warm up – results

Many apologies for the delay, Sam had to get the Sleeper to London immediately after the event and just back now. Dedication, eh?
There are a couple of names that only ever seem to run at night. I think they may be vampires?

DNC 2014 Hazlehead 19-11-14 Results.pdf

GMC 2014 – a keek behind the scenes both ways….

Non-runners – to see what the runners got up to, take a look at Routegadget (too difficult and time consuming to get a more accurate bit for the O section but it was really the hill section that had the big route choices so we’ve chosen to get that bit as good as poss.)

Runners – this is what some of the non-runners got up to…

the waiters BA small overnight bag or two B

 

OMM congratulations….

….to Tim Gomersall and Anna Wells 2nd Mixed Pair and 6th Overall on the B
Mark Stockton and Chris Cowley* 15th on the A

(*not a GRAMP member yet but I’m sure Mark gave him the hard sell to pass the time overnight!!)

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Deeside Night Cup 14/15

For a full list of dates, venues, travel maps, final results and chat for the 2014/15 DNC take a look at the DNC Blog.

There are 2 courses of about 5k for the DNC and 3k for the DN(mini)C, both TD5 or Green standard so if you’re a beginner not yet confident of doing a Green alone then we’ll have to try and find you an experienced running partner (it’s only fair on the planners not to have to wait for hours trying to decide whether to call out the Rescue for you!)

There are lavish prizes for the best M/W Junior and Senior in each Cup and a host of frivolous prizes for  things like the Toughest of the Tough for the most gruelling courses and Best/Worst Mistake. Seriously though, this is one of the most competitive leagues around and worth turning out for if only for the challenge of finding your way around areas you thought you knew pretty well until someone turned the lights out!
Helen Rowlands is the GRAMP half of the DNC co-ordinating team.  Contact her using this contact form.

Forvie 19/10/14 – Race the Castles, SHI Relays and Northern Lights

Race the Castles and SHI Relays Full results can be found on the RtC website.
Congrats to Carolyn McLeod on second in W40 (Queen of the Castle-in-waiting?) and to our Organiser Jayne MacGregor and Planner Ian Searle for all their hard work at Forvie. I’m told that you can barely see the run-in track a couple of weeks later let alone any evidence out in the dunes that so many people enjoyed such a great day.

Northern lights 2014 Forvie (open to all SOA club members)
M10 Yellow David Spencer MOR
W10 Yellow Kirsten Robertson CLYDE
M12 Orange Matthew Gooch MAROC
W12 Orange Alice Wilson CLYDE
M14 Lt Green Jo Wright MAROC
W14 Lt Green Naomi Lang GRAMP
M16 Blue Ross McMurtrie MAROC
W16 Green Grace Molloy FVO (W14)
M18 Brown Andrew Barr MOR
W18 Blue Sarah Jones EUOC
M21 Brown Not awarded W21 Sh Brown Not awarded
M35 Brown Not awarded W35 Blue Not awarded

Pitgavenie Cup (Most deserving North Junior on the day)
Ewan Musgrave MAROC (M10 2nd on Orange)

Contours Trophy (most deserving North Veteran 40+ on the day)
David Weir MOR M50 Brown

Apologies for the abortive attempt to hold the Northern Lights prizegiving on the day armed with an incomplete set of results. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but at the time we thought the Juniors would be keen to know who’d won and we didn’t want to disappoint those who’d stayed on – thanks for your patience. Some of the trophies are on their way south to the upcoming ScotJOS weekend for onpass to the southern area clubs.

Event Photography Lots of fantastic photos from Forvie now on Chris Spencer’s website Activnorth

Lost Property (from all RtC events that all ended up at Forvie)
Claims to Jayne.macgregor@outlook.comForvie lost property.png

  • Large red metal thermos
  • Large blue ‘Maxim’ water bottle
  • Magnifier with red cord
  • Thumb compass
  • Kids black Mountainlife top
  • Kids black Helly Hansen anorak
  • Navy & red Saucony jacket
  • Navy Scottish Schools hoodie
  • Large black Adidas Fleece
  • Pair black Craft gloves
  • Pair spectacles
  • Vapro control description holder
  • Small Canon battery pack (grey)
  • Goody bag (left in Edinburgh) containing pair of INDY trainers and black Trekmates top

Thanks to all the competitors who not only left the assembly field in pristine condition but helped raise £700 to go towards the cost of sending the Banchory Schools team to the World Schools 2015 in Turkey. A further £250 will be donated to local cancer charity UCAN at the request of the farmer for the use of the parking and assembly fields.

Some King of The Castles prizes still to be awarded, if you think you qualified (first 3 in each of the standard classes), email Jayne.macgregor@outlook.com to arrange collection.

If anyone knows who should have custody of the Home Internationals Nations country flags also email Jayne.macgregor@outlook.com

String Course Results

Forvie String Course results

Race The Castles

sashaRtC Part 1: From the serious athlete having fun pitting himself against the world’s elite to someone just having serious fun, all the Gramps who travelled down to Edinburgh and Stirling over the weekend had a great time in the urban legs of RtC. Sasha is collecting international scalps like there’s no tomorrow especially with a stormer at Stirling coming 20th – the results list reads Denmark, Switzerland, Denmark, Austria, Scotland, Scotland… Norway…. Belgium…. Italy….. GRAMP. Looks great!!

Carolyn McLeod is also doing really well currently lying 4th overall in Womens Vets and she almost admitted to enjoying the urban orienteering! Let’s see what she can do in her preferred terrain this weekend. (No pressure, Carolyn! Good luck!)

mePhotos here are courtesy of Crawford Lindsay ESOC and Wendy Carlisle AIRE. Click on their names to see more photos of GRAMPs in action (plus a couple of familiar EUOC defectors).

RtC Part 2: Big thanks to the clubs involved down south for kicking RtC off in style and we look forward to welcoming everyone up north soon for Balmoral and Forvie.

ForvieFinal Details (Bulletin 2)       Start Times on Fabian 4
Results will be posted on the RtC website.

 

 

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Silver for Sasha at Junior European Cup 2014

Congratulations, Sasha!
Photos and an interview here

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SOA win JIRCs – Sasha mentioned in despatches

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Well done to the SOA Team who travelled down to the Lake District to compete in the Junior Inter Regional Champs and won by a very close 5 points over NWOA. Nopesport reports that Sasha and another competitor stopped to help someone with a dislocated shoulder but that Sasha still went on to win.

Photos and more photos from Rob Lines. (I’m just away to buy shares in face paint!)

Aberdeen Uni Autumn Urban Sprint 1/10/14 Results

Wow! AUOC are really going from strength to strength with 11 runners and Janne busy coaching and encouraging after putting out controls as tonight’s planner. A great wee course making good use of the complex alleyways and extra vertical dimension offered by Aberdeen Uni which foxed many scouting round at the bottom of steps instead of looking up!

Unfortunately, somebody took a shine to one of the controls and early runner Carolyn McLeod got waylaid searching in bushes for it before coming back to report it. Fortunately we managed to replace it in time so that only Iain McLeod was similarly affected. Although technically missing a punch, I’ve reinstated their results (which are eerily exactly the same to the second). If anyone in AUOC hears anything on the grapevine about where our control might have got to please ask for it back. Ta.

Rob Hickling suffered a brikke failure and doesn’t appear to have self-timed so at present isn’t included in the finishers but if he has a time I’m sure he’ll let me know.

2014-10-01AberdeenUniUrbanSprintResults.pdf
2014-10-01AberdeenUniUrbanSprintSplits.pdf

Overall points 2014 (best 3 of 5 to count)
Overall points 2014 by category

Due to tonight’s monster turnout, some folk sadly don’t get any points as they go 30, 27, 24, 21, 20….
I can’t really change the points system for tonight’s event as that wouldn’t be fair on everyone but I have made a note to start much higher next year.

Congratulations to the category winners:
WU16  Naomi Lang  MU16  Lachlan Kirk
WJ  Jennifer Ricketts MAROC   MJ  Jack Gomersall and Angel Iliev AUOC
WS  Shona Thompson and Hazel Wright MAROC  MS Mark Stockton
WV  Rachel Scott   MV  Pete Lawrence (fix! fix! I hear you cry!)
WSV  Fiona, June, Fiona  MSV Stefan Stasiuk (unless Rob claims a better enough time?)
WUV Sheena Farquhar
MUV  George Esson (to show that organising pays dividends – hint, hint for 2015)
Bike  David Esson
Best Newcomers (to the O scene not just Aberdeen) Melanie Costes AUOC and Jeremy Huthwaite

Prizes will be presented at the AGM or got to you somehow, somewhen.

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2014 Northern Lights

This annual competition, organised by the North Scotland clubs, will take place at the Race the Castles event at Forvie on Sunday 19th October. There are trophies to be won in all the Junior classes from M/W10 – M/W18 & M/W 21 which are open to anyone from a Scottish Club who enters and GRAMP would like to request those trophies are returned (assuming they were present to be awarded in 2013) before or at Forvie.

So could the following please contact chairman@grampoc.com ASAP to confirm arrangements to hand over the trophies or to confirm no trophy was awarded? Ta muchly.

W10 Rachel Brown ESOC
M12 Daniel Campbell MOR
W12 Jenny Blackwood INVOC
M14 Rowan White INVOC
W14 Grace Malloy FVO
M21 Andrew Lindsey ESOC

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Morven and Kirsty Farquharson bag the points for GRAMP

The girls got their first taste of big competition on Sunday at the Alvie SOL where between them they bagged 199 points for GRAMP in the North Clubs Inter-Club Junior Competition. Congratulations to you both!

North Clubs Junior Comp 2014 – results.pdf

Seaton Park and Hillhead 24/9/14 Autumn Urban Sprint Results

From famine last week to feast this week as the students are back in town and upping the competition levels considerably as well as the numbers. (I’m told the Vets have now decided to compete in injuries instead: “I’ll see your calf strain and raise you a hamstring! Ha!”)

Results  Splits

My apologies in advance to anyone whose name has been mispelt or age class/club is wrong. Between David’s rapid writing and me trying to decipher it and do some guesswork after the event we’re bound to have got something wrong. Let me know by emailing webmaster@grampoc.com and I’ll correct it. The good thing is you won’t have to dictate it all again next week as your name will appear on the list already (Janne – I’ll send you a copy once I’ve got all the names sorted out.)

Last in the series next week at Aberdeen Uni Kings Campus. Registration will be in the car park accessed off St Machar Drive. Janne Heikkinen is planning it with the aid of other AUOC members on the night so don’t miss a chance to see what they can fling at us on their home turf (tarmac?)

Naomi will be taking home the WU16 prize for definite if not the outright winner at this rate, but Pete and David K will be battling out the MV prize as it’s pretty close and both have played their Organiser’s ace already. Similarly, MSV will be hotly contended if both Rob and newcomer to the Aberdeen O scene,  Stefan Stasiuk, both make it next week and also two more newcomers Shona and Bethan in WJ category.

Tyrebagger Level C 21/9/14 Results

Well, I was fully expecting a very quiet, slow day as loads of folk were away taking advantage of the long Aberdeen weekend but we had 75 competitors in the end to save my day. Thanks to my team of helpers for making things run very smoothly – David E, Anne Hickling, Oonagh, Jayne, Helen A, David K, Lachlan and Lynne- and also to Jonathan Smith for planning his first “big” event and Andy Oliver of Maroc for his help in mentoring and road marshalling as well as controlling.

Rachel

PS Apologies for the lack of printed results today – our printer is sooooo old that there’s no driver available compatible with Windows 8 that we know of so it won’t talk to our swanky new laptops.
PPS Lost property – 1 black/grey ear/head warmer. Email webmaster@grampoc.com to claim.

Final results and splits

BOF results with ranking points
(To gain ranking points you need to have 10 Senior finishers on a TD5 course so sadly nobody gets anything for their efforts on the Green at Tyrebagger as although we had 10 finishers they were predominantly Juniors and not enough folk of any variety on the Brown. Bad luck!)

We’re working on the (JD)2C points as fast as we can (to try and beat the email we always get from a certain very competitive pair in Maroc asking when the points will be posted. Never seem to manage it but we can try.)

JIAR and Interclub Relay 2014

Congratulations to the North Team, including GJOs Naomi Lang, Patrick Lang, Ailsa Anderson, Keith Yardley & Alex Lang, on their comprehensive victory at this year’s Junior Inter-Area Relays held on a complicated little area close to the Falkirk Wheel. North won with 145 points, West 117, East 76. I’m told that Stirling YH survived a mass invasion by the North Team but haven’t heard whether there was a repeat performance of the marshmallow tower contest success.

Naomi then went on to run again in the Inter Club Team Relay helping GO Gramp achieve 4th place against some talent packed teams from ESOC, FVO and INT. Sadly we should really be marked as non-comp as we never did find an eighth runner from Gramp despite our Team Captain’s stirling efforts to find someone (thanks for doing the honours, Evgueni, as well as driving for the JIAR crowd.) Instead we co-opted Martin Wilson of BKO who did us proud on the last leg but the rest of us deserve a pat on the back too for managing to avoid the mini mass start and not mispunch. There’s 7/8 makings of a good Gramp team already – maybe, just maybe, next year….?

Links to overall results and individual performances.
Update – Some great photos from Pat Graham (Maroc Mum) here – everything from agonising waits in the pen to action-packed handovers.

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Balgownie Autumn Urban Sprint 17/9/14

Thanks to the stalwarts of the AUS series who came out on a pretty claggy night for a turn around Balgownie. (Not quite the lowest turn out ever for a Wed event but suffice to say that I didn’t take enough money to cover the fish supper tonight!!)

Results   Splits

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VHI 2014 – Scotland come second with Rob’s help

Gamekeeper turned poacher? Something like that – what I’m trying to say is that hopefully Rob H enjoyed the VHIs as a competitor rather than team manager for a change having handed over the reins last year.

This year’s competition was hosted by NGOC at their Caddihoe Chase event. Rob won M60 on the first day gaining max points for the team before running first leg for his MWM relay team, SCO2, setting them up nicely in third place for his teammates to build on to make them the winning team in the end.

Overall VHI results: England 254 pts, Scotland 215, Wales 158, Ireland 108
Congratulations guys!

(I notice that NGOC had wifi results going. Bet Rob couldn’t resist having a nosey at that!!)

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Westburn & Victoria Parks 10/9/14 Autumn Urban Sprint Results

You were warned to expect a dizzying course! Luckily it seems everyone rose to the challenge and enjoyed Pete’s zig-zagging 3km of confusing changes of direction and route choices in such a small area.

The printouts we gave you are the raw splits, the times shown on these results include the voided leg (ooer!) between either side of the road so you may get a pleasant surprise when you check.
When I made the joke at Reg about not having a 3 course meal and a nap while waiting for the Green Man it wasn’t meant as a challenge but some of you took full advantage of this feature to have a sustained breather while waiting for the lights, not least course winner Jack Gomersall taking 2:21, outdone only by Alex Lang with an even cheekier 2:58!

Finally, keep your eye on Team Rennie who are really in the zone this season chalking up their second completed course ever this evening and setting a PB in the process. One more result like this and I’ll have to invent a serious prize for the ladies this year!

Results   Splits   (Donald Grassie reinstated 12/9/14)

 

Duthie Park & Ferryhill Results 3-9-14 Autumn Urban Sprint

A big thank you to the Essons’ combined efforts to successfully kick start the 2014 Autumn Urban Series at DP&F last Wednesday.

Comments from George:
David Kirk had a failed brikke, Norman Liley & Naomi Lang estimated time for first leg as Start control did not register, and our David did it on his bike.
Evgueni ran before Start & Finish controls arrived (thanks to him for phoning Rob to bring them down) and timed at approx 25 mins – he will be awarded points based on that even though his name doesn’t appear on the attached results.
Aileen Ong, a beginner, did the park section only correctly – unlike, it appears, her other half Alex!”

Next up is Westburn and Victoria Parks with some cunning planning from Pete to pack 3km into that tiny area. You won’t know which way is up or down, never mind east or west by the time you’ve finished, but a whole lot of fun is definitely guaranteed!!

Duthie Park and Ferryhill Autumn Urban Sprint Results 3-9-14.pdf
Duthie Park and Ferryhill Autumn Urban Sprint Splits 3-9-14.pdf

 

ScotJos triumphant in the Ward Junior Home Internationals 2014!!

http://www.scottish-orienteering.org/scotjos/ward-junior-home-internationals-2014

imageI like the description of Sasha’s contribution in the relays …

“Sasha then showed just why he is British no. 1 by coming home in the lead a full 15 minutes clear of his nearest rival.”

Helen R

Autumn Urban Sprint Series 2014

Wed 3rd Sept   –  Duthie Park and Ferryhill  Results   Splits
Wed 10th Sept –  Westburn Park   Results   Splits
Wed 17th Sept –  Balgownie  Results   Splits
Wed 24th Sept –  Seaton Park and Hillhead  Results Splits
Wed 1st Oct     –   Aberdeen Uni Kings Campus   Results  Splits

Bbest 3 scores out of the series of 5 count for your total. Organisers do especially well as recognition of their efforts BTW so volunteer for next year now!!

Overall points 2014 (best 3 of 5 to count)
Overall points 2014 by category

Congratulations to the category winners:
WU16  Naomi Lang  MU16  Lachlan Kirk
WJ  Jennifer Ricketts MAROC   MJ  Jack Gomersall and Angel Iliev AUOC
WS  Shona Thompson and Hazel Wright MAROC  MS Mark Stockton
WV  Rachel Scott   MV  Pete Lawrence (fix! fix! I hear you cry!)
WSV  Fiona, June, Fiona  MSV Stefan Stasiuk (unless Rob claims a better enough time?)
WUV Sheena Farquhar
MUV  George Esson (to show that organising pays dividends – hint, hint for 2015)
Bike  David Esson
Best Newcomers (to the O scene not just Aberdeen) Melanie Costes AUOC and Jeremy Huthwaite

Prizes will be presented at the AGM or got to you somehow, somewhen, somewhere.

 

Scolty SS 30/7/14 Results

Better late than never…  Results

(I enjoyed my run round Scolty but couldn’t help feeling there was something missing from Paul’s courses…..? Something to cool the feet and keep the midges off if applied liberally….? Boggy bits, that’s it, boggy bits!)

Summer Series Junior Attendance Awards
The more events you attend, the higher the award you’ll get. 3 for Bronze, 6 for Silver, 10 for Gold.
The scores on the doors so far after Mulloch…

Bronze
Helena Coman, Jack Gomersall, Alex Lang, Madeleine Oxley, Jennifer Ricketts, Duncan Will, Joseph Wright

Silver
Ailsa Anderson, Isobel Anderson, Olivia Coman, Josie Gomersall, Patrick Lang, Abigail Mason, Calum McLeod, Keith Yardley

Gold
Paul Caffyn, Lachlan Kirk, Naomi Lang, Katrina McLeod

Mulloch SS 6/8/14 Results

Thanks to Helen R and Adrian for plugging the gap in the organisers’ rota for Mulloch between them. Shame a few more folk didn’t make it across to Deeside as despite the weather forecasts it wasn’t such a wet evening in the end (and when it did rain it was warm rain.)
Results

In case you’re wondering, I still haven’t had any results for Scolty from Paul Duley yet but I do know that he was down to the Lakes 5 Days immediately after the event to do battle with Rob Hickling in M60 so maybe he’s still recovering from that. Rob came 6th and Paul 8th overall in a large and very competitive field so they must be quite pleased with themselves.

Several other club members made the trek including a fleeting appearance from the Guys on Day 1 plus Keith Y M14A 25th, Gareth Y M45L 20th, Iain McL M50S 14th, Bob Daly M55L 4th, Helen R W45L 19th, Carolyn McL W50L 6th, Anne Hickling and Anne Hoy W55S 3rd and 10th, Richard Oxlade M55S 35th.

 

Successful debut for Sasha representing GBR at JWOC 2014

Yes, this is a bit late after the event but we’d hoped that maybe ScotJOS had been secretly engaging in some media training and if we hung on we might have heard all about it from Sasha himself.
He’s obviously still recovering though judging by the lack of a willowy figure flitting round Scolty last night unfeasibly fast (although Joe Wright is fast filling that slot – watch out behind you Sasha!)

So the bare facts will have to do and they are rather impressive:
65th of 161 in the Sprint
45th of 163 in the Long*
17th of 60 in the Middle
16th 0f 54 in the Relay A team

*I think one of the Nopesport pundits was talking about Sasha when they said:”Just had a chance to catchup… some fantastic results today, serious strength in depth from the girls, bodes well for the two girls relay teams, and possibly the best ever GB performance from a first year 18?”

The BOF website echoes this sentiment too so it only remains for GRAMPs to add their congratulations. Make sure you shake his hand next time you see him at a Summer Series – it could be your claim to fame in a few years time!!

PS As if the above weren’t proof enough of his talent, according to the latest issue of CompassSport Sasha is now 7th overall and 1st Junior in the BOF Rankings (and beating Oleg!)

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Tollohill SS 23/7/14 Results

George tells me it was a pleasant evening, without the oppressive heat some people had suffered. Sunshine would have been nice but you can’t have everything!

Results attached with an explanation of the Score-like twist. Did it focus the mind and make folk run a bit faster than normal I wonder?

Congrats to those whippets who managed all of their course within the time allowed.

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TOLLOHILL SS 23-07-14 RESULTS.pdf

A real sockwringer @ Haddo House 16/7/14 – Results

CIMG1689rThanks to the 20 brave souls who raced around the grounds of Haddo Country Park during an electrical storm.  Calum McLeod was so quick he didn’t get wet, everyone else was drookit.  George was pleased that a well-timed lightning flash illuminated his map in gloomy conditions!
Typically it was bright sun by the time we were collecting the controls.
Helen A     Results

Are you a cup half empty or cup half full sort of orienteer when it rains?
This bunch couldn’t make their minds up. Click to enlarge.

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PS Don’t forget BBC2 Adventure Show featuring an intro to O in the context of WOC2015 is available on iPlayer until Tues 22nd.

Glen Dye SS 9/7/14 Results

Results from last night hot off the press for you.

If you weren’t there you missed a beautiful evening, scampering up and down blaeberry studded slopes and paddling through crystal clear burns, trying to spot the next control silhouetted in the shafts of sunlight streaming between the pines. It really was idyllic – just wish we could bottle it somehow and hand out samples to all those treadmill junkies back in Aberdeen to lure them outside with us.

Thanks to Alex and his assistant, Aileen, for doing the honours with Condes/controls/clipboard and not least putting up with the flies in the car park which were the only downside to the evening.

Glendye SS 9-7-14 results.pdf

I’ve uploaded more photos to the Flickr site as well. I must have run through a wormhole in the space-time continuum at one point as my camera suddenly went retro and produced antique looking photos all fuzzy and scratched and even with 35mm sprocket holes in some cases. Very weird!

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