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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  Overall points

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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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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.

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)

 

Sasha to run for Scotland in SHIs

Congratulations to Sasha who has been picked to run M20 for Scotland in this year’s Senior Home International competition which is being hosted by the Race the Castles events in October.  Well done and good luck to all in the team!

Speaking of Race the Castles – not many Gramps entered yet we notice. Wonder why?
Don’t be put off by all the talk of Elites as there’s plenty of scope for us mere mortals to have a go after watching the pros first if you want.

Edinburgh and Stirling (10/11/12th Oct) are both great places for urban racing combined with a bit of sight seeing, fine dining or shopping. If urban’s not your thing, Balmoral (18th Oct) is almost on our doorstep and a totally new forest area for all of us so worth the trip out west and Forvie (19th Oct) is contour-rich vegetated dunes and our own contribution to the series of course so just treat it like a very well attended colour coded and do whatever course you’d normally do.

Jayne MacGregor would love to hear from volunteers to help out at Forvie whether you’re competing or not as we need all hands on deck to help stage this one. Please email her asap or speak to her at Tyrebagger.
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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

 

Tyrebagger Level C (colour coded) Sun 21st Sept

Welcome back to Tyrebagger (becoming a bit of an habitual haunt at this time of year) and the chance to rack up a few more points for the Jon Duncan Junior Deeside Cup and GRAMP Champs.

Parking will be in the Forestry Commission’s Xmas Tree car parkmap.
Follow the brown tourist signs for “Sculpture at Tyrebagger” off the A96 onto the B979 and then indicate your intention to turn right well in advance to give following traffic the chance to brake too. There’s a sharp turn back on yourself and through a gate to access the main parking area along a narrow-ish track which can be awkward to pass outgoing cars, so if you think you might want to leave before ~12:00, best park in the first area next to the Xmas Tree sheds to avoid clashing with incoming cars.

You will have to cross the B979 to get to the Start/Finish by a marked and marshalled crossing point.
No playing near or running across the road please.

Terrain is a mixture of woods with a good network of tracks and paths through woodland with varied runnability on the north and east sides of the map and heathery moorland and Tyrebagger Hill to the southwest. There are still several sculptures dotted about although sadly my favourites, the bison, are no more.
The area is used by the general public so watch out for and respect ramblers, joggers, dog walkers, mountain bikers, mushroom pickers and horse riders.

Courses
Brown 7.3k, Blue 5.6k, Green 4.1k – difficult – cross country in woods and moorland
(spoiler alert – only the Brown goes right over the hill)
Light Green 3.6k, Orange 3.1k – medium difficulty
Chance to cut corners and go cross country a bit
Yellow 2.0k, White 1.4k – easy
All on tracks or paths which adventurous buggies could probably handle with an athletic push

Registration: 10:30 – 12:30, Starts: 11:00 – 13:00, Courses close: 14:30 (tbc)
Seniors £5 (non-BOF £7), Juniors/Students £2.50

Early Email Entry
If you’d like to reserve a map up until 12 noon on Sunday, send an email to grampoc!@!gmail.com (take out the !s) stating your name, club, BOF number and course by noon Saturday 20th.
This is not binding and you can swap courses or pull out with no obligation and it helps our computing team get ahead of the rush on the day. Just come to registration to pay on the day by noon.

Calling all GRAMPS – still need several more helpers for reg/marshal/control collection please.
Drop me an email to flump@care4free.net. Ta.  Rachel

Planner: Jonathan Smith
Organiser: Rachel Scott
Controller: Andy Oliver (Maroc)

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

Don’t forget – Autumn Urban Sprints start Wed 3rd Sept

Just a wee reminder. Full list of venues etc here and I’ll make that post stick to the front page just as soon as the SOUL 7/Glen Dye excitement is over. Just didn’t want to steal their thunder just yet.

Autumn Urban Sprint Series 2014

The Wednesday pm fix of orienteering continues but moving from forest to urban as the evenings are getting darker that bit earlier now and the timings are a bit earlier than the Summer Series so don’t get caught out.

One course of TD3 (Orange) standard about 3 – 4km long in streets and parks, using detailed ISSOM* standard maps, reg 18:00 – 18:45ish, last start 19:00, £3 Senior, £1 Junior.

*ISSOM? What’s ISSOM?
Please look at this guide to what you can and can’t cross in the way of walls/fences/open ground as per ISSOM (International Specification for Sprint Orienteering Maps) and if in any doubt, like it looks like someone’s garden wall,  just don’t. Especially if you’re wearing a telltale club top!

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 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 for next year now!!
Prize categories up for grabs M/W U16, Junior, Senior, Vet (40+), Supervet (55+), Ultravet (65+) and Bike, Family, Newcomer. Go for it!!

Overall points

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.

 

HELP required Sunday 19th October

On Sunday 19th October GRAMP will be staging the last race in the Race the Castles series at Forvie, incorporating a SOL-type middle distance race plus an Elite relay including the SHI Relays. (Wow!)

Big event, big atmosphere, big chance for you to help the organiser, Jayne MacGregor, put on another quality GRAMP event.

Please read the attached, take a look at the list of teams and let Jayne know ASAP if you can fill one of these roles.

GRAMP- appeal for help for Forvie.pdf

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!

GMC 2014 Glenshee – online entries now open

Apologies for the short delay from the advertised date but online entries are now open for this year’s GMC and will be open for business until 1st November but don’t drag your heels as there’s an entry limit of 100.

Enter Online: https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?event_id=1542
Edit Existing Entries: https://www.sientries.co.uk/edit_entry.php?event_id=1542
Entry List: https://www.sientries.co.uk/list.php?event_id=1542

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Street O

street oWe know you hate to be sat still on Wednesday evenings, so we are planning another series of Street-O between the end of the Urban Series and the start of the Night Series.

Street-O is a very simple (non-competitive?) version of orienteering. Courses are run around the streets on basic line maps, but controls on the ground, no timing (unless self-timed). Really simple and fun to run.

It is an excellent way to introduce other running friends to orienteering.

The planners can pick their own area as we make the maps using http://oomap.co.uk so who knows where you’ll end up running… watch this space.

Dates (all Wed evenings)
8 Oct     (Sam Gomersall)
15 Oct    Aberdeen Uni
22 Oct
29 Oct   Craigiebuckler
5   Nov  Peterculter
12 Nov

 

First aiders practising their TLC

Five club members have just completed a first aid for sport course. Here’s an action shot from the training day just begging for a caption competition – leave us a comment if you have any ideas! But seriously, thanks to Laura, Helen, Carolyn, Ewen and Adrian for putting themselves forward for this important but unsung role in running events. Here’s hoping you don’t have to put your training into practice too often.
(Just in case you’re wondering, the 6th person is John Mason from Maroc.)

Balmedie Summer Series and Grampian Adventure Challenge results

BALMEDIE  Results

At last the sun was shining on a Wednesday evening! Some highlights and apologies from Balmedie!

- Apologies to those who turned away when they saw all the cars. The beavers, cubs and their parents had turned up for a beach party, but fortunately did not want the BBQ!

- Opening the padlocked BBQ so we didn’t have to wait for dinner, though thanks to Helen who tracked down the number to the lock.

- Apologies to all on the Easy and Medium courses who were confused by some wrong control numbers; but well done for working out the controller had got it wrong and not yourselves.

- The teams in the Grampian Adventure Challenge who were completing the final in the series.

- Apologies to the runner who thought he was doing a Short Tech only to discover at the finish he had run a Long Tech!

Here are some photos – hope I didn’t put too many of you off lurking in the dunes camera at the ready but it’s high time for some fresh material on our Flickr site. If anyone feels like having an entertaining and very sociable run hunting down their fellow orienteers or wants to explore their camera’s capabilities then feel free to have a go yourself and send me the results.  Rachel

 

GRAMPIAN ADVENTURE CHALLENGE   Final results

Well done to all the runners in the three teams who entered the first Grampian Adventure challenge. The winning team were Maersk with Genesis second closely followed by Fugro. For their performance Maersk take home the Grampian Bonsai as a reminder of all those forests they have been running through over the past few weeks. Look after it! The winning male and female were both members of Gramp (they knew what they were doing!) and the first non-orienteers were Craig Burry and Claire Anderson.

Over the series we had a total of 27 competitors who ran 98 times. Conditions were mixed with the mist of Balmedie during the training event, the rain, damp and quarry of Foggieton and the nettles of Dunottar. For the last two events at Crathes and Balmedie summer finally arrived.

If you want to continue your orienteering you are welcome to come along to all the events which run every Wednesday through the summer, continue in the Autumn with the urban series and if that’s not enough the night series over the winter. We hope to see you in the woods!

Cheers

John L.

NB Next Wednesday (July 2nd) it’s Kingshill. We have been told not to use the Rotten O’ Gairn car park so we will have to park in the Countesswells carpark instead.
This will mean a 15 minute walk to the start, but the quality of the fabulous orienteering at Kingshill will compensate for this!

GRAMPs in print

CompassSport mag has a behind the technical scenes exposé of how Ali Robertson created his fiendish E-W reversed map for the HHH this year. Sounds like he bashed his brain to create the map far more than we had to bash ours trying to use it. (Are we sympathetic?)

In SCORE, Neil McLean waxes lyrical about the march of time and how you can find your own level of competition regardless of official age class.

And in a multipage article in the Scots Magazine, GJO Morvern Farqhuarson is pictured just setting off at one of the 6 Days events last year with Ewen Rennie and Alison Lovie lined up in the start boxes behind. The article was written by one of SOA’s new patrons, Cameron McNeish, and although he says he was surprised to be invited to become a patron it looks like he’s warming to his new role. (Wonder if he can pull some strings with the Adventure Show for WOC coverage next year?)

Jon Duncan Junior Deeside Cup 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere are the rules and list of events for this year’s (JD)2C plus the latest scores following the Glen Feardar event.

JD2C Rules and Events 2014.pdf
JD2C-latest.pdf

 

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.

We rely on the Shadowed? Y/N option on your registration slips or a declaration when you use the EEE system to know if someone has been shadowed so don’t forget to fill that in please. Ta.

 

Jamie Stevenson Trophy 2014

P1020371rPhotos from Carolyn now on Flickr – more to follow.

Overall position 5th at the Jamie Stevenson Trophy today. WELL DONE to you all for taking part.

I thought you all competed very well despite the mud and drizzle!
You had great team spirit especially when you stayed by the finish to cheer everyone in. Definitely a credit to Gramp. I was very proud of you all and very much enjoyed the day. Well done to our two podium positions: Naomi Lang, 2nd on Light Green and Calum McLeod 2nd on Green.

Finally on behalf of everyone I would like to say a big thank to Evgueni for driving the minibus once again.

Carolyn


There are some cracking photos of some of the GJOs, mud-caked but still smiling (mainly!), on ActivNorth’s website aka Chris Spencer of Scottish 6 Day photo fame. I’ve asked if we can purchase some for our archives even though his cart isn’t set up for business just at present.
Anybody got any other homegrown photos to share? Send Rachel the link or files please to  webmaster@grampoc.com.

 

If you want to see the full results and who scored what, check here.

BTW – the latest (JD)2C points are up now after the Glen Fearder event. Click here for those.

Rachel

2014 Scottish Orienteering Champions

Not many Gramps went down for this year’s Scottish Champs but a high percentage of those who did made their mark and either won their age class or got onto the podium for the top three. We even managed to field three relay teams who did well too. Obviously the cream of the Gramp crop this year – well done guys!

W10B 1st Kirsty Farquharson
W10B 2nd Morven Farquharson
W20E 2nd Katrina McLeod (EUOC really but answers to Gramp still)
W50L 3rd Carolyn McLeod
W55S 1st Oonagh Grassie
W55S 3rd Anne Hoy
W65S 1st Margaret Aust
M18E 1st Sasha Chepelin
M35S 1st David Esson
M50S 1st Evgueni Chepelin
M50S 3rd Iain McLeod
M60L 1st Rob Hickling
M70L 1st Neil McLean

(With a couple of obvious exceptions it looks like our metier is the short course.
Maybe we should push for a Middle Championship to test my theory?)

Relays
Men Open Gramp One 4th
Alexander Chepelin/Jack Gomersall/Calum McLeod

Handicap 14+ Gramp Two 6th
Robert Daly/Lesley Gomersall/Adrian Will

Handicap 17+ Gramp Three 2nd
Robert Hickling/Carolyn McLeod/Evgueni Chepelin
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Grampian Mountain Challenge 2014 Glenshee 15th/16th Nov

GMC 2014 logoClose your eyes and imagine a 2-day orienteering and running challenge, with no midges, hot food provided, drinks and luggage transfer?

Now open your eyes…….   and enter the
Grampian Mountain Challenge 15-16th November 2014

Following two successful GMCs in 2010 and 2012, the Grampian Mountain Challenge is pleased to welcome runners to North East Scotland for another unique blend of harsh weather, comfort, physical challenge and mental workout in November 2014.

This event combines mountain navigation with forest orienteering over two days in the Glenshee area, with a remote campsite.

• A, B and C courses. Run solo or in pairs
• Each day has two maps (1:10k and 1:40k), printed on waterproof paper
• Minimum age and experience requirements (see rules and Parent Consent Form for U-18s)
• Prepare for snow – this is November in NE Scotland!
• Kit bags transported to the mid camp, so you can bring your winter woollies
• Competitors must carry minimum kit on the hill (see kit list)
• Hot evening meal and a light meal at the finish. Day 2 breakfast option
• Marquee at remote campsite with “heating” and drinks

(Rules and kitlist updated 7/7/14)

Enter Online: https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?event_id=1542
Edit Existing Entries: https://www.sientries.co.uk/edit_entry.php?event_id=1542
Entry List: https://www.sientries.co.uk/list.php?event_id=1542

Entries now open! Entries close 1st November 2014. Entry limit = 100 competitors.

 

Summer Series 2014

  7th May      Countesswells*          Results
14th May      Tyrebagger*               Results
 21st May      Cheyne Hill                 Results   
28th May      Hazlehead*                 Results
  4th June     Foggieton*                  Results 
11th June     Dunnottar*                  Results
18th June     Crathes*                     Results 
25th June     Balmedie* + BBQ     Results
  2nd July      Kingshill                      Results               
9th July        Glen Dye                     Results
16th July      Haddo House             Results
23rd July      Tollo Hill                      Results
30th July      Scolty                          Results
6th Aug        Mulloch                       Results
13th Aug      Perwinnes Moss         Results
20th Aug       Bennachie                  Results
27th Aug      Templars Park + BBQ   Results   

 

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 Perwinnes Moss…

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

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

Gold
Paul Caffyn, Josie Gomersall, Lachlan Kirk, Naomi Lang, Katrina McLeod
As we haven’t been counting points at all this year, we decided to give out prizes for various more lighthearted categories.

Most amazing thing found/heard/seen while out on your course:
Bil Caffyn found a legible map in the heather at Cheyne Hill for last year’s course
Most easily distracted: Helen Rowlands for playing on the aerial runway at Haddo
Earliest Bird Award: Phil Campbell – always first to arrive and run
Muddiest: Joel Gooch at Scolty
Most dedicated and determined (aka Value For Money): Sheena Farqhar
Best dressed picnic table: Lynsey and George Esson
Most improved: Paul Caffyn
Most SS 2014 events attended: David Esson

(If your name’s on the list and you weren’t there to collect then ask at the next event you go to and we’ll make arrangements to get it to you.)

 

have you got*This year, the Summer Series incorporated the Grampian Adventure Challenge for teams of 8 at the venues marked by an asterisk.
Check the GAC post for results and comments and contact email.

 

 

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Cheyne Hill Summer Series 21-5-14 Results

Results   If you spot any spelling mistakes then tell webmaster@grampoc.com please.

Congratulations to those who bit the bullet and tried out ‘The Technical Twist’ – a section of the course was printed without any background map so they had to rely on bearings and pacing to get to the next control. Although many pulled wry faces at Registration on being told this, the same faces were beaming with satisfaction at Download and said they enjoyed the challenge. (Maybe just too polite to tell Pete what they really thought?!)

At least we didn’t make you all do logic problems and puzzles on the way round like Team GE were doing. What”s the maximum number of pieces of pizza you can get if you make just 3 straight cuts? Hint – it’s a round pizza and the pieces don’t have to be equally sized and shaped. If you want to know the answer then catch them at Hazlehead next week! (PS Dave, what was the elephant puzzle?)

Lost property: map from last year’s event found up on the moor nestled in the heather.
A great recommendation for waterproof paper as it was still legible, if a bit mucky, but begs the question how did the loser manage to get back to base without it?

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Tyrebagger 14/5/14 Summer Series Results

Well done to all the brave souls who had a go at the Map Memory. It was quite testing, especially the long leg across the valley, and would have been made easier if you were familiar with the area but most of you were not!

We had 66 entries – a few more competitors than Countesswells but still quite low for a beautiful evening. Is there something else more enticing going on in Aberdeen on a Wednesday I wonder?
Or are lots of folk still working up their summer fitness levels before coming along to blast us all out of the water in June after we’ve worn ourselves out early?

Anyway, well done to everyone and especially the Grampian Adventure Challenge contenders as Tyrebagger is definitely a notch up from Countesswells in terms of complexity and hilliness.

Results attached. The GAC points tables will be posted asap.

Tyrebagger SS 14-5-14 results.pdf

Scolty Forest Sprint 9/5/14 Results

Plan a bog standard TD3 course I was told. So I did. And quite successfully judging by the state of many of you but the prize for overall coverage and gloopiness has to go to poor wee Joel Gooch who looked like a giant had picked him up and dunked him in chocolate custard up to his waist. (Maybe Roger can award consolation points? He’s threatening to get round to working out some scores this weekend BTW.)

Several adults were lured into a false sense of security watching Juniors skipping over the mud but discovered that an extra few pounds in weight makes all the difference when they tried to follow suit. But it seems that the WW1 style mud engendered a WW1 sort of camaraderie amongst competitors and David Esson would like to thank Ewan Musgrave for being kind enough to hang around watching him flounder to safety before dashing off.

In my defence, I’d just like to point out that route choice is supposed to be part of the game even at the micro level. And I’ve done my penance by having to run 3 quarantined brikkes under the tap when I got home which produced enough mud to nurture a small tattie plant or two and are now ponging gently in the kitchen.

The laptop battery died on me before I could download all finishers. Now connected to the mains I’ve done so and discovered a couple of typos but I think I’ve managed to match the correct brikke to everyone. If you think your result looks wrong then drop me an email on webmaster@grampoc.com (no trying to blag a few minutes off mind unless you can produce evidence!) Three folk used their own brikkes so I can’t give splits for you guys I’m afraid but I did write down your times so you appear in the overall results.

Congratulations to Dan Gooch for his flyer of a run to win Scolty within the 15 – 20 minute goal. Two more events to go at Sluie and Glen O’Dee – good luck everyone!

Rachel

Scolty Forest Sprint 9-5-2014 Splits.pdf
Scolty Forest Sprint 9-5-2014 Results.pdf

2bogmonstersPatricia Graham sent me this photo of 2 victims of the Scolty Bogmonster. It’s a bit blurry partly due to low light but probably more because she was laughing so much while she was taking it?

 

Overall scores post-Scolty

 

Grampian Adventure Challenge

Well done to all the runners in the three teams who entered the first Grampian Adventure challenge. The winning team were Maersk with Genesis second closely followed by Fugro. For their performance Maersk take home the Grampian Bonsai as a reminder of all those forests they have been running through over the past few weeks. Look after it! The winning male and female were both members of Gramp (they knew what they were doing!) and the first non-orienteers were Craig Burry and Claire Anderson.

IMG_8158mrOver the series we had a total of 27 competitors who ran 98 times. Conditions were mixed with the mist of Balmedie during the training event, the rain, damp and quarry of Foggieton and the nettles of Dunottar. For the last two events at Crathes and Balmedie summer finally arrived.
Genesis team pictured here but sadly we didn’t manage to catch the others – did you? Send us your photos if you have any please.

If you want to continue your orienteering you are welcome to come along to all the events which run every Wednesday through the summer, continue in the Autumn with the urban series and if that’s not enough the night series over the winter. We hope to see you in the woods!

Final results

Cheers

John L.

Email GAC@grampoc.com if you want to contact us.

 

A few Gramps spotted at Run Balmoral

As they will no doubt be too modest to tell you themselves and in case you don’t scrutinise the P&J…

Carolyn McLeod won the Women’s 10k race at Balmoral yesterday (21st overall) and Naomi won the Secondary Schools race and broke the course record by 15 seconds. Woohoo! Well done girls!
Sasha was the second senior male in the 5k (can just see his face over the Yellow Leader’s left shoulder in one of the photos) and Struan Kirk came 18th in the MPH Primary Boys 1.5k.

There may have been more of you but our ace sports reporters, Marianne and Naomi, didn’t spot you so apologies if that’s the case. A few photos attached, the 10k ones were taken by Naomi, and you can you just about spot Carolyn chasing/being chased by a pink tutu!

Thanks to Marianne for sending me the bones of this post and the photos. If anyone has any news on how the Highlander GRAMPs fared then let me know? Ta. R.

3 GRAMPS in podium places at JK2014

Putting her money (feet?) where her coaching mouth is, Anne came 3rd overall W55S at the JK down in Wales over the Easter W/e. Looks like she and Rob were also having a private Pre-O battle which resulted in a draw with one better result apiece. (There’s a rumour that Anne will be signing autographs at the next Training session at Tyrebagger.)

And Carolyn cruised to 3rd in the W50L Sprint (some of you may have seen the photo over on Facebook) and Sasha gained 2nd place in M18E. Congratulations, all!

Both Carolyn and Sasha missed a podium finish by one place in the overall Day 2 and Day 3 results which also deserves mention, as does the intrepid GRAMP One Relay team consisting of Sasha, Bob Daly and Kirsten Strain who had a crack at the JK Trophy and finished half way up the field. Most impressed with the GFI spirit, guys!

Coaching / Training

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A big thank you to our industrious coaching team for this Spring’s programme. Earwigging various conversations, I get the feeling that many regulars found it very useful and motivating to get them back in the groove for the Summer Series following their winter layup.

And obviously the newcomers on a massive learning curve for the Grampian Adventure Challenge will echo that.

More sessions are being mooted later in the year, so keep an eye on this post for details. If you want to make a request for a certain skill to practise next time, (or say thanks yourself) then c

lick here for a contact form for the coaching team.


Change to Coaching locations

Watch it if you’re coming to the Balmedie and Tyrebagger Coaching sessions as the locations have been swapped over. Check the revised listing and full details on the Coaching/Training post , and contact the Coaching Team to book a place if you haven’t already done so. Don’t forget there’s a weekend session at Glen Dye as well 9th March.

Scolty Level C Results 23/2/14

You were all obviously thinking it was time to get some spring exercise today, as we had 116 runners at Scolty.  Despite the less than perfect weather late morning….!  Those of you who took a long time on their runs, like me, saw the sun come out later on.

Here are Results  and  Splits  and BOF results showing ranking points.

Routegadget is loaded up here – please put up your routes!

Thanks very much to all our helpers and the officials, namely:

Planner: Gareth Yardley
Organiser: Adrian Will
Controller: John Mason MAROC

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Ever been asked “What’s orienteering like?”

Next time you are, point the enquirer in the direction of this dynamic piece written by Mike Rogers. Evocative stuff, eh? Could you use it somehow at work or with other circles of friends and acquaintances to entice others to come and try orienteering sometime sooner rather than later?

Do you have any other ideas to get the idea across? Something a bit more dynamic and engaging than the rather static descriptions of the technicalities we normally tend to use?
Sam and Jess would love to hear them so don’t be shy and share your inspiration next time you see them.

HHH 2014 Results

Did anyone’s head actually explode yesterday? Felt like mine was going to on several occasions as Ali’s novelty twist was truly evil (and to add insult to mental injury he seemed truly proud of it!!)

North was still North and South was still down (or was it up?), but East was left sometimes and right others and then the map seemed to fold back round on itself and by the time you’d gone up, left, unWest, down-rightish and run too far South-Up you were back where you started and still in the wrong place. If you tried reading through the back of your map held up against the weak sun or even turning your compass upside-North you stood a vague chance of running in the right direction!! Clear as mud? You had to be there.

HHHThanks to Ali, Adrian (who I noticed was fielding a lot of flak on download that should have gone Ali’s way!), Helen R and family (for soup and warmth afterwards), car pushers and anyone else who helped out.

HHH2014 – Results.pdf

GRAMP Championships 2013

GRAMP CHAMPS 2013 by age class.pdf
GRAMP CHAMPS 2013 by category.pdf
2013 Roll of Honour and Prizes.pdf

Christmas puzzle

If you get bored over the hols here’s a wee orienteering puzzle to keep you occupied.

Print out the AGM O Starter map which has Start, Finish and 3 controls already marked on it.
Using the info contained in the control descriptions and the given distances between some pairs of controls, see if you can recreate the complete course with a total length of 5km and all the controls in the right places. At the AGM we did this offline with the aid of a ruler to measure distances but you could ‘cheat’ and use Condes (which will take some time to set up and thus keep you occupied for even longer if you’re really, really bored!!)

HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

AGM O starter map.pdf
AGM O control descriptions and distance info.pdf

AGM O answer map.pdf

Raemoir DNC Results 18/12/13

Here are the confirmed results and splits.

Routegadget is now loaded – admit to your wanderings!

A good turnout of 41 considering the weather. Did anyone else hear ominously loud and alarmingly close thumping noises as large bits dropped off tall trees?

Raemoir DNC 18Dec13 Results     Raemoir DNC 18Dec13 Splits

2013 AGM roundup

For those of you unable to make it to the AGM on 7/12/13, here is a copy of the Chairman’s Report plus the 2013 Roll of Honour and GRAMP Champs final standings.

Helen Rowlands was also collecting names for 2014 events and has emailed you all with the list of events and officials so far. Please don’t be shy in grabbing something you fancy before anyone else does – help and guidance will be freely available for those who need it so don’t think just because you’ve never planned anything bigger than a Summer Series that you won’t be able to make the step up to a colour-coded.

Chairmans report 2013.pdf
GRAMP CHAMPS 2013 by age class.pdf
GRAMP CHAMPS 2013 by category.pdf
2013 Roll of Honour and Prizes.pdf

Jon Duncan Junior Deeside Cup 2013

Final standings for (JD)2C 2013

Well done to Morvern Farquharson who held on to her lead to win the W8 Trophy!
Maroc pipped us at the post for all the other trophies this year but we also had loads of good performances and the following also deserve congratulations for gaining 2nd or 3rd place overall:

W8 2nd Kirsty Farquharson
W10 2nd Isobel Anderson, 3rd Maya Reynard
W12 2nd Ailsa Anderson
W14 3rd Naomi Lang
W16 3rd Kate Wilkinson

M14 3rd Lachlan Kirk
M16 2nd Sasha Chepelin

Trophies and certificates for (JD)2C and GRAMP Champs will be awarded at the AGM on Saturday.
Hope you’ll all be there to receive them? And that you’ve been busy planning something scrummy to bring for the bring-a-dish supper? See you there!

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Forvie Level C 24/11/13 – Results

Here are the provisional results and splits for Grampian Orienteers event at Forvie Sands by Newburgh on Sunday 24th November :-

Forvie 24Nov13 Results  Forvie 24Nov13 Splits

Routegadget and Splitalyzer etc are loaded up on GRAMP’s Routegadget page.  Here is Winsplits.

Our apologies to David Kirk and Jon Musgrave, who had brikkes that didn’t show any signs of life.  Their times have been estimated.  The moral is:  make sure your brikke gives a flash on the Start unit !

Thanks to all our event officials and helpers today.  Special thanks to Marlis for going above and beyond the call of duty, having driven back out to Forvie with the spare set of car keys for Iain, who had managed to lock his set inside his car   :-)   !!!

Courses:
White – 1.4 km 22m – easy (in terms of navigation)
Yellow – 2.5 km 38m – easy
Orange- 2.9 km 74m – medium
Light Green- 3.1 km 94m -medium
Green- 4.3 km 98m – hard
Blue- 6.5 km 144m – hard
Brown- 9.0 km 164m -hard

Organiser: David Esson
Planner: Iain Barraclough
Controller: Donald Grassie

Sasha and other selected ScotJOSers at EYOC

Sasha, along with 5 other ScotJOS colleagues, was rubbing shoulders with future champions at the European Youth O Champs in Portugal recently.

Dominated by Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Russia and Czech Republic these champs certainly gave our homegrown talent a run for their money but it looks like they relished the challenge – take a look at the write up on the SOA website. Well done guys!

Results etc on http://www.eyoc2013.fpo.pt/ or check out the gossip and pics on EYOC FB.

Tyrebagger Level C 27/10/13

Here are the results from a breezy Tyrebagger on Sunday.

Foot-O:

Tyrebagger 27Oct13 Results

Tyrebagger 27Oct13 Splits

Winsplits Online

Routegadget

Congratulations to Ali for pipping big Jon!
Shame there weren’t a few more Broons tho’ as no ranking points this time – BOF results incl ranking points.

Trail-O:

PreO results

The correct answers were:  1:B   2:D   3:Z   4:C   5:E

Tyrebagger PreO map         Tyrebagger PreO all controls map

Congratulations to Chris Aust and the four anonymous entries who got all five controls correct.

It looks as though some of you may not have realised that a ‘Z’ answer (no kites in the correct place) was possible. I also heard that a few people were leaving the track for a closer look at the control sites. This is not allowed in TrailO – you must stay on the track. Guidance on how to do TrailO was printed on the back of the map; apologies to anyone who did not see this; here is the information again:  How to do TrailO

Look out for more TrailO and PreO at Gramp events next year. If you would like to be involved in planning a PreO course, please get in touch with Anne
.Look out for more TrailO/PreO at Gramp events next year. If you would like to be involved in planning a PreO course, please get in touch with Anne

Deeside Night Cup 13/14

For a full list of dates, venues, travel maps, final results and chat for the 2013/14 DNC take a look at the DNC Blog.

Bit of info for you to whet your appetite for the 2014/15 DNC…

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!
Richard Oxlade is the GRAMP half of the DNC co-ordinating team.  Contact him using this contact form.

JIAR Scolty 5/10/13

JIAR 4

Never has that little triangle of wood in Scolty been sooooooooooo noisy! The enthusiastic cheering was deafening at times especially when Daniel Stansfield and Jennifer Ricketts came storming down the final track to clinch first place for their teams West 1 and North 1G in the Open and Girls classes respectively!

Congratulations to the winners of course but also to everyone who took part and gave it their all, especially the many for whom it was their first taste of the buzz of relay racing.

Relay Points: North 68  East 36  West 64
(Individual Points and Overall Points will be published on the Maroc website.)

The basis for the scoring is, in each class, 24 for 1st, 20 for 2nd, 16 for 3rd, 12 for 4th, 8 for 5th and 4 for 6th – but only 2 teams from each of the 3 areas count. So, in the Open it was West 24,4; East 16,8; North 20,12. In the Girls it was North 24,12; West 20,16; East 8,4.

Here are the splits by course and team results after each leg and final results. (We invented a Star class of Orange/Yellow/Yellow so that three spare runners could still get a run and join in the fun.)

JIAR Relay Scolty Split time results.pdf
JIAR Overall Results.pdf
JIAR Relay Results after Leg 3.pdf
JIAR Relay Results after Leg 1.pdf
JIAR Relay Results after Leg 2.pdf

Photos from Marianne Lang – if anyone else has some photos they’d like to share then send them, or a link, to webmaster@grampoc.com.

JIAR 1JIAR 5JIAR 2JIAR 3

Autumn Urban Sprint Series 2013 Final Results

Thanks to all who came out on such a foul night for the last of the Urban Sprints, especially members of the newly reformed AUOC who are probably still wondering what hit them both meterologically, physically and mentally. Please believe us when we tell you it’s not always like that!

I did promise to be there armed with lavish prizes but it really wasn’t the night to be hanging about waiting to see folk and figure out who won in a couple of categories that were still potentially up for grabs.
I will bring prizes to the Street O events (shameless plug!) or you can email me at webmaster@grampoc.com to claim if you can’t make those events.

So – the final results….  I’ve been mulling over whether to award points as usual for Abz Uni or not. Dave’s event was so different from the rest and a bit of bad luck meant a disastrous time for the first leg for many and if anything, I should be awarding extra prizes for determination/pigheadedness to several folk who were hit really badly but still soldiered on.

Luckily, the overall prize winners were unaffected by the rogue results – as in there was no change from those I’d identified as leaders in the results after 4 events – so I’ve decided to include Abz Uni anyway in the Overall Results (but I’ve also added a second page for interest where I’ve awarded points based on adjusted times with the first leg subtracted as that was the real deal breaker for most).

GRAMP contingent at the JIRCs weekend PLUS SHIs

Well done guys – Scotland won all 5 trophies again this year and Sasha, Karen and Calum were there to help the team to victory, putting ScotJOS up at the top of the regional squads!! There’ll be a report on the SOA website soon but in the meantime feast your eyes on these photos from Wendles.

Meanwhile, over in Ireland, Jack Gomersall came 3rd M20 to help Scotland clean up in the Senior Home Internationals too. Wow! What a week for Scottish orienteering!

CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT EVENT? NEED A FIX NOW?

Then try a Permanent Orienteering Course in a local forest or park or try one of our Street O maps for a taste of urban O.

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