Congratulations to everyone who achieved one of the summer series awards:
Ailsa Anderson, Isobel Anderson, Paul Caffyn, Olivia Coman, Lachlan Kirk, Patrick Lang, Joe Wright, Keith Yardley
Eilidh Campbell, Alex Lang, Duncan Will
Alistair Chapman, Jake Chapman, Heather Darby, Gideon Emerson, Amber Graham, Luke Graham, Naomi Lang, Abigail Mason, John Silver, Hannah Will
Anyone who didn’t collect their award at Templars should contact Anne to arrange to get it.
Keep on orienteering!
Great result for Tim yesterday in a truly mind boggling race around the peaks on either side of Glen Coe. Part hill running, part scrambling, part Spider Manning his way round 30 odd km of brutal terrain in 7:55:09 and only 11 minutes behind the Skyrunning World Champion, Emelie Forsberg. (Don’t think he’ll mind being chicked in this case!)
Take a look the website http://www.glencoeskyline.com for a squiz at the race route and possibly photos soon but to give you a brief flavour: “The race route traverses high and remote mountainous terrain. Once committed to many sections of the race route it is impossible to retreat.” (Actually that last bit could equally apply to some of Day 5 of Highland 2015?) Followed by: “Our proposed route features long and sustained sections of scrambling terrain, which is roughly equivalent to moderate standard rock climbing. Be under no illusions that a slip or trip on these serious sections of the route could result in death.”
Get your flyers from Sam Gomersall at Templars Park and distribute them far and wide at work, college, sports centres, libraries….
Maybe stick a few on lamp posts in the areas we’re using or nearby.
With all the excitement of the World Champs, I haven’t forgotten our own gold, silver and bronze awards. Since one of this year’s summer events was cancelled (Tollo Hill), I’ve decided to reduce the qualification for the gold award to just 9 events. There are quite a few of you who could get to that if you come along to the last two!
Current standings are:
Ailsa Anderson, Isobel Anderson, Olivia Coman, Lachlan Kirk, Patrick Lang, Duncan Will, Joe Wright, Keith Yardley
Alistair Chapman, Luke Graham, Alex Lang, Abigail Mason, John Silver, Hannah Will
Note – not Tyrebagger as previously published for this date – change of scenery was required.
Location: Scolty Forest, just south of Banchory, Aberdeenshire. Signed ‘Scolty Woodland Walks’ from B974. Nearest post code: AB31 6PT; OS grid ref: NO691950; Map
Parking: Forest road accessed through the Forestry Commission car park. If you expect to leave before 12.30, please use the car park. Max distance from parking to registration about 500m. Registration to start approx 400m. Finish is close to download/registration.
Courses: This is a (JD)2C and Gramp Champs counting event with the following courses on offer:
White 1.6km, 40m climb Easy – all paths
Yellow 2.2km, 55m climb Easy – paths and other line features
Orange 2.7km, 70m climb Bit more challenging – scope for cutting corners cross country
Light Green 3.9km, 105m climb More challenging still – controls well off the paths etc
Green 4.8km, 160m climb Hardest standard technically and getting pretty physical too
Blue 5.8km, 225m climb Hard
Brown 7.5km, 265m climb Hard
The White course is all on paths, and Yellow is nearly all on paths apart from a section following a wall. The other courses (Orange – Brown) all make use of the very runnable woodland at Scolty, where the going is good underfoot. Green, Blue and Brown also make sporting use of Tower Hill of Goauch and its fine contour detail.
Registration: 10:30 – 12:30
Starts: 11:00 – 13:00
Courses close: 14:30 TBC
Entry fee: Seniors £5 (non-BOF members £7) and Juniors/Students £2.50
Entries: Why not use our Early Email Entry (EEE) system and bag a map on the course of your choice and help the IT team in the process? Just come to registration to pay for your map by 12:00 on the day.
Use the EEE form or email grampoc’at’gmail.com. EEE’s accepted till 4pm on Sat 12th Sep. Entries on the day – but you may have to wait till 12 if all the maps have been EEE’d.
Timing: Emit. No charge to hire, but £40 charged for loss of brikke.
Dogs: No problem, but should be kept under control at all times.
Nearest toilets: Bellfield car park in Banchory ( off B974 between traffic lights and bridge, approx 1.5 miles away).
Clothing: Full leg and torso cover must be worn (e.g. trousers/leggings and T-shirt) – part of the sport’s rules. The organiser may make carrying a waterproof compulsory if weather is particularly cold/severe. Check the weather forecast and come prepared.
New to orienteering? Need any terms debunking? Try this Newcomer’s Guide on British Orienteering website, and this Jargon Debunker on the Scottish Orienteering website (or ask a question in your EEE email – but don’t leave it till last minute!). Also this recent guide to map and control symbols may be useful.
Organiser: Helen Rowlands
Planner: Jonathan Smith
Controller: Sarah Dunn (MAROC)
Competitors take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety.
Data Protection Act. The personal data you give will be used by the event organisers only for the purpose of processing/publishing entries and results and as required by our insurers.
Helpers – yes please! Contact Helen
Bit of a thin turn out again for Countesswells – folk still on hols? not recovered yet from 6 Days?
We did host a training session for the Junior regional Orienteering Squad though who traveled over from Templars Park, where they are having a training camp, to go round the Long Tech with a training twist. We’ve posted their times but not in with the other Long Techs as it’s probably not a valid comparison.
Only two more events left in the Summer Series – Scolty next week followed by templars Park plus BBQ the week after – everyone welcome, bring your own food and drink and we’ll provide the rest.
Ali Robertson leaping over one of Strathfarrar’s finest boggy bits.
(Photo by ActivNorth)
This may look impressive but is as nothing compared to the hoops Richard Oxlade and Anne Hickling have been jumping through on our behalf over the last two years in their respective roles as Highland 2015 Co-ordinator and Scottish Orienteering 6-Day Event Co. Ltd Chairman. A huge thank you to both of them for delivering another great 6 Days despite the added complications of dovetailing with WOC 2015.
Richard even found time to run 4 days of the 6 coming 49th in M55S which is even more impressive given what must have been churning through his mind rather than concentrating on the map.
Several other Gramps were drafted in to help on the Highland 2015 Central Organising Committee too: Kevin Reynard – Treasurer (not to mention his band of eager helpers back at his Counting House), Jayne MacGregor and Anne Hoy – Traders (free coffee and burgers as perks of that job), Anne Hickling again – Nairn Open Sprint Organiser and Rest Day Co-ordinator, Helen Rowlands – Website Updater and Routegadget Putter-upperer.
We also provided Planners for Day 4 in the shape of Ian Searle and Pete Lawrence (to fill gaps left by more experienced members of other clubs drafted in to plan WOC courses), David Esson was the Planner/Organiser for the MTBO on the rest day, Jonathan Smith for the Trail Run and of course all of us stepped up to the mark to deliver Day 1 in true well-organised Gramp style with help from orienteers from WCH, WIM, Goldseekers, SLOW and INVOC. Big thanks go to Adrian Will and Helen Anderson for being our Day Organisers, Ali Robertson as joint Planner with Fraser Purves of FVO and Neil McLean as Controller along with Roger Coombs MAROC.
Somewhere in amongst all that activity, about 70 Gramps, from M/W10 and less to W75, found time to run or hobble round most days and enjoy the best terrain that Scotland has to offer, not to mention some serious relaxation with great banter and camaraderie in the club tent and at the BBQ. We had one podium finisher in the overall results: congratulations to Kate Robertson on her 3rd place W35S.
(It seems traditional to provide some quirky stats in this kind of round up so I offer you this little curiosity to finish: the Red/Blue start list had ~3250 names on it, took up ~50 pages of A4 and weighed 280g.)
Our POCs have been in limbo for some time now and we’re planning a revamp reusing some of the old favorites where still suitable and introducing some new areas – woods, park, urban – anything considered.
Stuart Anderson has agreed to take on the co-ordination of this, starting with Duthie Park now that the refurb is finished, the map brought up to date and we have some eager customers wanting to use it soon.
Do you live near a suitable POC location? Could you adopt a POC and help Stuart out? It wouldn’t take much of your time and would be a big help to the club getting the GRAMP brand name back into the public eye again. Email him, use this contact form or catch him at an event.
Latest rankings after 6 events
Although Kirsty and Morvern didn’t make it to Potarch they’re still safely occupying 2nd and 1st slots in W10 way head of the rest, although Hannah is quietly posting some good scores too so could make up a bit of ground on her Maroc rival and maybe snatch 3rd by the end of the series?
Maya’s also quietly posting some good scores and sitting in 4th on W12 at the moment but with plenty of scope to snatch 3rd once she’s had some serious practice at the 6 Days. Well done also to Josie and Ailsa, 1st and 3rd respectively in the next age class up and Naomi who’s hanging onto 3rd in W16.
But what’s happening with the boys I hear you cry? Well, they have some really stiff competition from the Maroc juniors, many of whom have already been getting a taste of international competition in Turkey earlier this year. Don’t get phased by that GJOs and keep plugging away at them! Lachlan and Keith are doing well in M16, 3rd and 4th respectively, but need to really go for it in the last 4 events to catch the leaders.
Next (JD)2C counting event is Sunday 23rd Aug at Birsemore .
Make sure you know what Out of Bounds and uncrossable i.e. “forbidden to cross” walls/fences look like on these ISSOM maps – PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT THIS GUIDE. Uncrossable means forbidden to cross as we don’t have permission for you to do so. If in doubt and the wall/fence/piece of land you’re about to cross looks private then show some respect and don’t do it!
Reg 18:00 – 18:45ish, last start 19:00, £3 Senior, £1 Junior/Student
Times are a bit earlier than Summer Series to catch the light but you still might want a torch for the last couple if the weather’s gloomy.
Juniors under 16 should be accompanied by an adult (to comply with BOF insurance requirements).
Click on each area name above for a link to a map showing where registration will be.
Borrowing heavily from the DNC (including lavish prizes? you bet!), we’re awarding points again this year and your best 3 scores out of the series of 5 will count for your total. Organisers do especially well as recognition of their efforts BTW so volunteer now!!
The weather must have brought out the crowds as John was out of all maps by the end of the evening with quite a few new people turning up and giving it a go. Nobody managed to fall in the ditch on the long and short tech but many got caught out by the fence around the large grass area on the way to the four controls to the South of the main park. And in spite of one control going missing for a while it was found so all kit handed to the Andersons for next week.
Apologies to those who tried to go to the car park on the old road out to Countesswells Road. I have now moved the marker on the map ready for next year. Note to future SS planners – please follow the link from the SS series for your event and shout me now if it shows the wrong place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next event is at Balmedie 17/6/15 followed by a BBQ and the GAC Big Reveal/Prize Giving. Everyone welcome, we’ll provide fuel, you just need to bring food and drink and some money for *****CAKE***** Thought that might grab your attention…..
Needing a post BBQ treat? Naomi will be raising money for her World Challenge trip to Vietnam and Cambodia in summer 2016 by selling cakes and fresh lemonade at Balmedie on Wednesday. Make sure you run hard in those dunes and are suitably hungry and thirsty!
Here are the results and splits for today’s race at Back O’ Bennachie:
Splitsbrowser will be loaded up shortly.
Thanks very much to all the helpers, and well done to those who conquered the hill.
New area, new map – pics attached for a flavour come courtesy of planner, David Esson, the cheerful looking chap on the right enjoying his control site checking. (It’s tough but someone has to do it.)
Courses on offer:
White 1.9k 90m
Yellow 2.5k 90m
Orange 2.8k 90m
Lt Green 2.7k 115m
Green 3.4k 125m
Blue 4.6k 240m
Brown 6.3k 290m
Planner: David Esson
Organiser: Ian Hamilton (hero of the hour – thanks for stepping in)
Controller: George Esson
Here are the results for Wednesday’s event at Crathes. Thanks to Team Anderson for braving the midges long enough to count us all out and count us all in.
Nettles or midges? Which is worse?!
Knees and shins stopped tingling yet from the stingers? I’m told nettles are good for osteo arthritis but don’t think it works in a preventative way unfortunately so unless you’re unlucky enough to already be suffering then last night’s exposure won’t have counted for anything – apart from hard-earned GAC points of course.
The Long Tech course was replaced by an ‘Aberdonian Linear’ which entailed as many loops of a 2.4km course as possible in 45 mins but forfeit all points if over the time limit.
****UPDATE**** Those stingers are famous BTW – used by Nick Nairn on Landward this week to create a Scottish pesto along with the ramsons (wild garlic). Some lovely shots of Dunnottar Woods in the sunshine.
A small but determined contingent of Gramps travelled across to EckoLand for the Scottish Championships 23rd/24th May and gained several podium finishes between them:
17+ Points Relay Class: Gramp One aka Carolyn and Iain McLeod and Bob Daly (Woohoo!)
W21S Individual: Heather Hale (Woohoo too!)
W50L Carolyn McLeod
W55S Anne Hoy
M50S Richard Oxlade
W55S Sonia Armitage
W60S Anne Hickling
M60L Rob Hickling
Click here for a video or read on….
Well….. the basic idea is to navigate your way around a course, usually in the woods, using a specially drawn map which shows features such as streams, fences, boulders and crags. You have to start at the Start (!), finish at the Finish (!!) and visit a series of control points along the way, but it’s entirely up to you how you get from point to point and whether you run hell for leather or bimble round with the kids and dog and have a picnic en route. If you like treasure hunts, the outdoors, running or any combination of these then give it a go.
Where do events take place and how to find them?
Our fixtures list shows what’s happening where and when and gives you a grid reference and a link to Google maps online maps so you can find us. When you get close to the event carpark you’ll probably see red and white orienteering signs to show you the way. The summer events are particularly ideal for beginners being either in or close to Aberdeen and hopefully warm enough that it doesn’t matter if you take a while to get into the swing of it.
What to bring?
Trainers or lightweight boots and tracksuit bottoms or similar that you don’t mind getting a bit mucky; a large clear plastic bag to put your map in; a compass if you have one for orientating the map; a drink/snack for afterwards; a few £s to pay for your map.
What to expect at your first event….
Having parked, look out for a queue of people by a car or tent waiting to register. You’ll be asked for your name (so we can keep track of who’s out there and the time taken for keen competitors) and which course you want to try. Don’t be afraid to ask advice about which course is the best for you. To begin with try the yellow/orange courses as they are based on tracks or other linear features such as walls. Eventually you’ll work up to a light green and beyond where things start to get a bit more technical. You’ll be issued with a map, a set of control descriptions and usually an electronic timing device called an emit brikke (the system comes from Scandinavia.)
The map…. will look a little strange at first with colours and symbols that might as well be hieroglyphics, but you should be able to recognise tracks, paths, streams and contours. There should be a legend printed down the side to explain the other features but for beginners courses you’ll be using linear features so make sure you know what a track, path, stream, fence and a wall look like and forget about the rest for the time being. The other thing you should note about your map is the scale – we use 1:10,000 or 1:15,000 scale maps to get the necessary detail in. That means that 1cm on the map represents 100m or 150m on the ground respectively. Imagine what the 100m dash looked like on the school playing field and that should help you judge the distance you need to go between controls.
The control descriptions…. will show a list of controls and you must visit them in that order. Control sites are marked by special orange and white “kites” to make them easier to spot at a distance. Each control on the list will have a number or letter code next to it. When you actually reach that control, it will have a code physically attached to it so you know you’ve got the right one. The list also gives a brief description of the feature that you’re looking for, e.g. path/stream junction, fence bend, to help you home in on it once you’re in the right area on the map. The descriptions are in the form of a pictorial code – just ask someone for a translation or ask for one of our cards explaining the different symbols.
The brikke…. should be attached to your finger using the strap and fits snuggly in the palm of your hand, orange side facing outwards. Every time you get to a control, including the Start and Finish, place the brikke onto the base plate, orange to orange, and make sure that the red LED on the control flashes. At the Start, as soon as you lift your brikke from the control, any previous timing data is wiped and the timing starts for your run. (So don’t punch the Start again by mistake instead of the Finish if you’re bothered about timing!) Again, don’t be afraid to ask for help on the use of these – there is always someone hanging around to help beginners.
Starts…. generally you can start whenever you like after you’ve got your brikke and map but there will be a last start cutoff time and also a time when all courses close, as obviously the people organising would like to get home sometime the same day! If you want you can leave your car keys at registration before setting off.
Finish…. once you’ve punched the Finish control, go to the download point (often the same place as registration) and hand in your brikke. You will be given your time on a slip of paper which also shows how long it took you between each control. IMPORTANT – Even if you don’t finish your course, you must still go to download to hand in your brikke – this is the only method we have of knowing that you’re back safe and sound and we don’t need to call out International Rescue.
Here’s another article courtesy of the OS explaining the basics if all that above isn’t enough words – best way to explain is to come along to one of our events and we’ll show you.
What should I wear?
A pair of trainers or lightweight boots and jogging bottoms or similar will do fine to begin with. You might also want to bring a light cagoule if it looks like rain and something to change into afterwards as it can be a bit muddy at any time of year.
Do I need to know how to use a map and compass?
A rough idea of what North is all about should be more than enough. Although we use compasses, we don’t take bearings the same way as hillwalkers do – rather we use the compass to make sure that the map is orientated correctly relative to North as there are special lines on an orienteering map that represent magnetic North. Ask for a lesson on how to do this when you register or have a look at this online guide to using a compass.
Who can take part?
Pretty well anybody can take part in normal orienteering events – there is usually a short course of 1km or so on main paths aimed at kids plus a series of courses getting progressively longer and more technical. We have a couple of ladies who manage to get round quite rough stuff with the aid of sticks and although not as fast as they used to be they still enjoy the navigational challenge. There is a special brand of orienteering originally created to allow the physically disabled to compete on an equal basis called Trail-O, but these are specialised events that don’t take place that often.
Is it really competitive?
Yes and No! If you find that you and orienteering click, you can progress to the level where you compete nationally or even internationally. On the other hand, probably 50% of Gramp’s members are more than happy to take part for the simple pleasure of being outdoors and getting a bit of exercise both physically and mentally.
How much does it cost?
Local events typically cost £4 per adult per course, bigger events £12 upwards (unless you join a club in which case you get a discount.)
Entry fees are usually advertised in the event details. If you want to join Gramp then there is a small annual fee – see the joining post – or contact the membership secretary for details.
Is it always the same kind of courses described here?
Generally, yes, but there are other variations on the theme such as Night-O, relays or Score events where you have a time limit in which to find as many controls as you can in any order you like. There are long distance events in moorland/mountain terrain, mountain bike O, park races and street events . For the summer series, Gramp members get really creative and put on all kinds of inventive courses to try and give a simple area a bit more of a challenge for experienced orienteers.
Can I practise anywhere else apart from the organised events?
There are several Permanent Orienteering Courses (POCs) in the Gramp area and also some up the Deeside valley which are looked after by another club, Maroc. And Bennachie FC visitor centre can supply you with maps for the semi-permanent courses always available there, details on the POCs page.
Where can I look up all these new terms and abbreviations I keep coming across?
Try the most excellent Jargon Buster courtesy of SOA – sorry that’s jargonese for Scottish Orienteering Association – and Fixture List De-Bunker.
Round 2 of the GAC posed a bit more of a challenge with much rougher terrain and more intricate navigation required for some controls (“that tree!”) but, hey, that’s the whole point of the Challenge!
Well done to all who got round and thanks to the walking wounded who helped collect controls, Bob Daly and Matt Parkes. (Hope the leg holds good for the Scottish Champs, Bob, and good luck to all GRAMPS going across west for that.)
1 Red squirrel spotted while out hanging controls – keep your eyes peeled folks & report your sightings, red or grey, dead or alive, here. And nowhere near as cute but still wildlife I suppose, the midges were pretty active so future organisers might want to add some Smidge to the organiser’s box of useful things?
Prompted by a good bit of feedback from a beginner regarding the lack of a legend on the Tyrebagger map (sorry about that) here is a useful link to a page explaining map symbols and control descriptions side-by-side put together by Brsitol Orienteering Klub.
(NB these are for forest maps. There is a different set for urban maps which I’ll post in the autumn for our Urban Sprints Series.)
TIP There’s a lot to take in on that page so concentrate on the basics…
Map symbols – concentrate on the linear features first:
– streams, ditches
– fences and walls
Once you get more confident and start to go “off piste”:
– start to read the contours (ask at Registration for a quick lesson if you find this hard at first)
– use the vegetation information to avoid the thickest trees and bracken and boggiest marshy bits
Control descriptions – concentrate on the symbols described as being in Column D:
– paths, tracks
– streams, ditches
– fences, walls
And the symbols in Column F:
Got those sussed? Good. Now add the symbols for the following to your control symbol vocabulary as these are often used on easier courses where they pop up next to linear features:
– depression (small hole in the ground)
– knoll (very small hill)
Worry about the rest later when you get onto the medium/harder courses – looks like loads when you look at that BOK page but you’ll only need about a quarter of what’s shown. And if you don’t recognise a control description just ask at Registration or go on a mystery tour and see what you find when you get there!
Congrats to Janne Heikkinen and Angel Iliev of AUOC for gaining the top two slots this year closely followed by Bob Daly GRAMP. Maroc’s Joe Wright and Abi Mason take the Junior honours.
Congratulations to Keith Yardley for taking on a Sprint as his first go at planning – plenty of controls and twists and turns saw us all stopping dead at one point or another asking “Which path am I on? Where was I going?”
Lost property – pair of trainers left in the back of Rachel’s car – email me on email@example.com to arrange where and when to hand them back please.
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?
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.
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.
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)
Latest rankings after 3 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!)
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:
Light Green 500
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.
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.
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.
(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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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!!
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.
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!)
A good twirl round a frosty forest followed by hot soup and chilli. Can’t beat it.
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.
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!
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?
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…
….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!!)
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.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
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.email@example.com to arrange collection.
If anyone knows who should have custody of the Home Internationals Nations country flags also email Jayne.firstname.lastname@example.org
String Course Results
RtC 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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.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
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!