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AUOCup @ Glen Dye Saturday 13th Feb

Hello to all! It is time for the first AUOCup forest event. Held in the magnificent forests of Glen Dye, we offer challenges for everyone. Two separate courses (short & long) will hopefully bring many new faces to the AUOCup – we still have no one in the short, non-student category where the prizes are for someone to take ;)

Please read the information below about the AUOCup Glen Dye event and contact me at jannematias@yahoo.com if you would like to participate! There are a limited number of maps on the day.

Details

So once again, hope to see many of you there and with the Grampian level C event the next day at Tyrebagger, it will be an orienteering-filled weekend with loads of fun! :)

Cake and hot drinks at Tyrebagger

Don’t forget to bring some £s with you on Sunday as Naomi Lang will b selling refreshments in aid of her ongoing fund raising for World Challenge trip to Vietnam. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

Happy Birthday to us! Happy Birthday to us!

vanila-40-th-cake-birthdayGRAMP’s 40th Birthday is this April! We’re now officially Vet class!

Join us for a birthday dinner to celebrate at Raemoir House on evening of Friday the 22nd of April.

Further details to come…

Altogether now – Happy Birthday to us! Happy Birthday to us!

Scottish Sprint Champs 2016

Well the wrinklies were either too slow or didn’t chance their way past some very unclear mapping particularly in the old town of South Queensferry, so no Champs to report. But the girls did well – Josie Gomersall was 2nd W16 and Morven and Kirsty took 3rd and 4th respectively in W12.

Scottish Night O Champs 2016

Congratulations to Sam Gomersall on his M50 win on Saturday at Bonaly near Edinburgh. We have another Champion to kick start 2016’s Roll of Honour. (Take note JL.)

Other performances of note were Josie 3rd W16, Gordon Urquart 3rd M35 and Helen Rowlands running up and taking 2nd W45.

GMC 2016: Morven 12th/13th November

GMC 2016 logoAre you up for two full days of mixed orienteering and mountain navigation over some of Deeside’s finest moorland and forest?
Fully catered overnight camp?
The chance to earn a much-coveted RUN GMC shirt?

Back by popular demand, we bring you the Grampian Mountain Challenge 2016 around (maybe even over) Morven and surrounding areas on the 12th and 13th of November.
The scenery may have changed but the format will be the same with three classes run as pairs or solo.

Put the date in your diaries now, start tapping up running partners if you want company out there in the wilds and check back here later in the Spring for more details and news of online entries opening so you can bag your place.

AUOCup: Hillhead results

AUOCup has officially began with a sprint race to warm up our legs also for the Scottish Sprint Champs in Queensferry next Sunday. Evgueni and Ian were tempted out on a lovely sunny, crisp day to take up the AUOC challenge of students vs non-students and didn’t let the Gramp side down. Game on!!

The course stayed up on Hillhead, due to the floods in Seaton Park. Nice control places and even some forest areas accross the road offered a tight race in each category. Unfortunately, we are still missing competitors from the non-student short category, so its anyones game there! ;)

Results

Next AUOCup event is accounted from the Scottish Sprint Champs, and the next AUOC event will be February 13th in Glen Dye! Hope to see you there! :)

Janne

AUOCup first event Sunday 31/1/16

It is getting near! Only a week before the AUOCup kicks off with a sprint event at Hillhead.
If you have not read the cup information you can read it here plus don’t forget to have a peek on our flyer here.

Important notice: To get 20% off from entries, don’t forget to pre-enter before 29th of January!

Since the Hillhead event is getting closer, here is the detailed information about that event.
Read carefully and let the AUOCup sweep your feet away with orienteering! :)
See you soon!

Janne

AUOC are back in business!

AUOCup flyersimpleHello to you all from AUOC!
We have something awesome and special planned for the beginning of 2016.  AUOCup consists of 5 AUOC events, Scottish Sprint Champs, British Uni Champs and Scottish Uni Champs starting from the 31.1 and finishing on the 20th of March. Competitors compete in 4 different categories and aim to beat one and other in both Sprint races and forest races.
See our flyer, circulate it around everyone you know and get ready for an awesome experience with AUOC! For further information on entries, events, protocols, prizes, categories and more can be found here.
Hope to see many of you at the AUOCup!   :)
Janne Heikkinen, AUOC

(JD)2C after Glen O’Dee

And they’re off! First Jon Duncan Junior Deeside Cup event of this year took place last weekend at Glen O’Dee. Here’s the rankings to date.

Oli Robertson flies into the lead on M8 and sister Emily is second in W8 as well. (Good to see the Gramp breeding programme coming to fruition so quickly!) Elsewhere the girls are doing well again with 2nd places for Hannah Will W10, Isobel Anderson W14 and Josie Gomersall in W16 who is closely followed by Ailsa Anderson.

For the full list of events that count towards (JD)2C and the rules click here.

NB Juniors from M/W14 upwards are eligible for selection for the British Junior Inter-regional competition which will be taking place in September at Forvie sooooooo – no DNC 20/1/16 for the likes of Josie, the Anderson sisters and Lachlan if they want to make themselves available for selection. Sorry guys!

 

Heart attack or choking – would you know what to do?

What’s this got to do with orienteering? Well, it has been known for competitors to collapse and the cakes that Maroc Juniors turn out are choking hazards just waiting to happen as you gobble them down they’re so good!!

The defibrillator kept in CNR’s reception was recently used, successfully I’m happy to say, on a member of the public who’d collapsed outside. Our SHE department sent round a link to an interactive video from the Resuscitation Council (UK) on how to perform CPR, use a defib and also how help anyone choking.

I know we have club members trained in first aid but it’s still worth taking a look at this just in case it’s you who has to act in the middle of a forest one day. Be warned, it’ll get your heart racing as you try to “resuscitate” victims with your keyboard while a clock ticks down and the mood music and acting simulate the pressure you’d feel. Very effective messaging as well as teaching you the mechanics.

DNC Tyrebagger results 6/1/16

Not such a bad night despite the forecast and oddly the worst wet bits were gigantic puddles on the main tracks and not the stream that bisects the area E-W as expected. There were about four people who complained about location of control 167 (I suspect they were right), most said they found it no problem so I have left it in the results.

John L.

DNC Tyrebagger Results.pdf
DNC Tyrebagger Splits.pdf

RouteGadget

Hogmany Hangover Handicap 2nd Jan – Snooker O

Venue: Hazlehead Park NE
click here to see the course map.

Format: 45 minute score event, with “snooker-like” colour rules.

I hope you all enjoyed a splosh round Hazlehead at the HHH.  Here are the results.

Congratulations to Adrian who was he only one to achieve the maximum score, with  Katrina and Jeremy only one point behind.

I have been very strict about enforcing the rules.  In particular, the final yellow – black sequence only scored after the twelve red + colour pairs had been visited.  This did reduce some people’s scores quite a bit, but did not affect the top three places.  Apologies if anyone feels aggrieved!

Thanks to Ian for helping to bring in controls.

Anne

DNC Balmedie 23/12/15 Results

Results and splits

Hard to tell whether the Lidar contours are drastically different to the old map as you tend to navigate by the BIG features in the dark so it will be interesting to try the new map out in the summer. Has Rob got any more mega-mapping projects up his sleeve I wonder?

Christmas Challenge

Can you beat 68/70 in 165 seconds?
(all options selected, 3 multiple choice answers per question)

Maprunner IOF control descriptions quiz

Jon Duncan Junior Deeside Cup 2016

The dates and rules for the (JD)2C competition 2016 are linked below.
This competition is for juniors from GRAMP and MAROC up to MW16 and this year the league will consist of 9 level C events plus the Scottish Championships, to be held at Balmoral in May.

***The first event will be MAROC’s event at Glen O’Dee on 10th January.***

JDC Events and Rules.pdf

GRAMP Champs 2015

Congratulations to all our trophy winners!

Juniors: Josie Gomersall & Paul Caffyn
Seniors: Ewelina Szczeblewska & Mark Stockton
Veterans: Lesley Gomersall & Evgueni Chepelin
Super Veterans: Sonia Armitage & Rob Hickling

The trophies were presented at the AGM, although some recipients queried the results (Lesley G, “Are you sure?!”)  If you weren’t there and think nobody else might have collected on your behalf then contact the Ian Hamilton asap.

2015 GRAMP Champs by age class.pdf
2015 GRAMP Champs by category (for trophies).pdf

2015 Chairman’s Report and Roll of Honour

For those of you who didn’t make it to the AGM, here’s a copy of the Chairman’s Report and the 2015 Roll of Honour and other awards.

2015 GRAMP Roll of Honour.pdf
Chairmans report 2015.pdf

DNC Glen Dye Part 2 9/12/15 Results

A very wet but thankfully warm (OK – tepid) night and most folk got a real drooking half way round.
It was still raining so much by the time Helen finished that she drove 20m to the Chillimobile rather than get her spare dry clothes wet!

***UPDATE***     Amended Results  Splits
Control 172 was incorrectly placed on the small hill ~30m NE of where it should have been.
I have therefore voided leg 4-5 on the Short and 8-9 on the Long as although everyone found it in the end it is obvious from the splits and RG that it caused those who read the map and contours correctly a lot of bother. I haven’t voided the subsequent leg though as the two sites are so close that it wouldn’t have affected navigation away from 172.

Apologies for this – I spent quite some time recce-ing that area when planning and can only put the misplacing on the day down to my brain still whirring away with work stuff following a very hectic morning and O-mode yet to fully kick in.

(Adrian – hereby strip you of the BE award and claim it for myself!!)

Raw Results  Splits    RG2

You know Rob told us about geo-referencing maps at the AGM? Well what can I say but WOW!?
Loading RG2 with the geo-referenced version of the GD map was so quick and easy in comparison to the old way. I can now see why Rob was so keen to treat himself the club to a GPS to do this!

DNC Glen Dye Part 1 25/11/15 Results

Hot off the press – results (revised 26/11/15) and splits. Routegadget now loaded too.

Interesting to see how you all coped with Pete’s long legs across those large areas of nothingness in a variety of different ways. Mine was to chicken out completely and refuse to run at all as my bearings are rubbish at the best of times, so you all have the moral high ground tonight. Bad luck to Rob for losing his magnifiers, I’ll ask Pete to look out for them when he’s collecting controls tomorrow.

Best of all was the reappearance of the Chillimobile! Hooray!

Final rankings for (JD)2C 2015

Final rankings  for John Duncan Junior Deeside Cup 2015

Congratulations to everyone who took part in so many races this year and in particular to the following:
Morvern Farquharson 1st W10
Kirsty Farquharson 3rd W10
Josie Gomersall 2nd W14
Ailsa Anderson 3rd W14
Naomi Lang 3rd W16
Lachlan Kirk 3rd M16

Pete’s turn on the podium @ Trofeo Sevilla O-Meeting

Having “done” Venice, Barcelona and Rome in previous years, we looked at either Antwerp or Sevilla for our autumn City O Break this year and the lure of tapas, beautiful medieval streets and the chance to practice our Spanish again swung it. (Sorry, Antwerp!)

3 very different O races to help justify all that tapas – a Middle distance in spaghetti western territory on Saturday morning, a Night Sprint round a small but complicated city park on Saturday evening including a string of tricky controls in the multi-levelled buildings of the Plaza de Espana before dodging the horse-drawn carriages to reach the finish, and then the grand finale of an Urban around those beautiful medieval streets on Sunday morning where an early start was a distinct advantage before the pavement cafes started sprouting up and the “Pullmans” of touristas started clogging the pavements.

The 1st and 3rd race times were combined to give the placings for the overall Trofeo Sevilla O-Meeting and Pete gained his place on the podium as 3rd M50. As well as the certificate – a great cartoonish mix of flamenco dancer and O map by a local artist – he won 500ml of olive oil but sadly had to leave it behind as we only had hand luggage.

DNC Crathes 11/11/15 Results

As Denise said last night: “Typical Crathes! Just when you think you know it…..”

Updated Results and Splits

Routegadget2 has been loaded up … please enter your routes here.

Morven Farquharson won the Northern Lights W10 Trophy

A belated congratulations (she only found out herself last weekend!) to GJO Morven Farquharson on winning the Northern Lights W10 Trophy for her run at Loch Vaa, back in early September, where she was the fastest W10 on the Yellow course in a time of 23:15.

OMM 2015

Congratulations to David and Lachlan Kirk on their excellent 10th place on the C Course in this year’s OMM.
Quite a debut for an M16 (although we already knew that Lachlan can run the legs off anything!)

And thanks for the tip off and congratulations too to Mark Stockton and Urban Sprint newcomer, Chris Cowley, on their 11th place on the A.

Deeside Night Cup 2015/16

moonTo try and make best use of the darker nights, the DNC will start and finish a bit earlier than in previous years and also run closer to Xmas/New Year break to squeeze in a couple more. Helen Rowlands is the DNC Coordinator for GRAMP. We have planners for all the GRAMP events but if you think you can lend a hand at registration or by collecting controls she’d still like to hear from you.  Contact her using this contact form.

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Two courses 3km and 5km at TD5/Green standard as far as possible. No concessions to the dark. There may also be an additional Orange in a couple of our less technical/scary areas for really junior Juniors and beginners to be able to have a go too. Check the details on the DNC blog.

28/10/2015 Hazlehead intro event
04/11/2015 MAROC Potarch
11/11/2015 Crathes 
18/11/2015 MAROC Sluie
25/11/2015 Glen Dye part1
03/12/2016 MAROC Shooting Greens
09/12/2015 Glen Dye part2
16/12/2015 MAROC Balnagowan
23/12/2015 Balmedie
30/12/2015 MAROC Glen Tanar (cancelled)
06/01/2016 Tyrebagger
13/01/2016 MAROC Glen Tanar
20/01/2016 Forvie
27/01/2016 MAROC Bogendreip
03/02/2016 Scolty
10/02/2016 MAROC Dinnet North

17/02/2016 MAROC Torphantrick (fingers crossed and permissions TBC)

As this is a shared series, we operate a separate blog with full list of dates, venues, travel maps, final results and chat – DNC Blog.  Once it kicks off in earnest check there rather than here for up to date details like snow reports.

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!

Jon Duncan Junior Deeside Cup 2015 – scores after Wood of Easter Clune

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALatest rankings after 9 events

Sorry – no time for the in depth analyses as posting cheekily from work.

Don’t forget the last (JD)2C chance to earn a few more points will be Gramp’s own event at Raemoir Sunday 15th Nov.

 

Hero of the hour!

He won’t thank me for telling you this (he’s very quiet and self-effacing) but we have a hero in our midst. He’s been regularly volunteering to get controls in after events for years and years but looks like he’s now started collecting competitors instead…..!

“Can you relay a thank you to Bob Daly who came upon me injured in the forest today and reported this to the controller? He then came back up to help carry me to a waiting car. I have a spiral fracture of the fibula in my right leg and a stitched right knee – the result of 2 separate mishaps! Please pass on my heartfelt thanks – I was so glad to see him in the forest! Regards Marjory Craig”

VHIs 2015 – Scotland gain 2nd place

Our very own Rob Hickling helped Scotland to second place down in Wales over the weekend.
I haven’t had a chance to read the results in detail but did spot him doing very well in the individual M60 competition on Saturday chasing down fellow Scot and big rival Eddie Harwood to score 7 and 8 points respectively (top of the class basically!)

Full results can be found on the Mid Wales Orienteers website.

Maybe Rob will post a comment to this telling us all about how they mustered enough energy to run after an epic journey to reach the far side of Mid Wales?

 

North Clubs Junior Competition 2015

GJOstandrews150Well done to GJOs Dara Tivendale, Morven Farquharson, Isobel Anderson, Kirsty Farquharson, Duncan Will, Douglas Walmsley, Mairi Walmsley and Alex Lang for holding it together at Wood of Easter Clune over the weekend and not being phased by stiff competition from Maroc and MOR.

They ran in courses varying from White to Light Green and for many this would have been their first taste of  major competion. 264 points total gave them 3rd place overall and they also boosted their (JD)2C scores at the same time. An excellent day all round!

Aberdeen Uni Urban Sprint 30/9/15

Wow! That was a blast! Never-ending route choices and plenty of twists and turns not to mention furkling in bushes and round the back of buildings in the dark towards the end. A big thank you to our guest planner, Janne, for cramming so much fun onto a piece of A4 paper.

Funny how many of us switched off mentally just after the map change and went charging past a control which was more or less on a straight line between two others. We were so clued in to left, right, double back, left again by that stage that a straight line must have seemed just too easy to our fuddled brains so we dismissed it.

Results   Splits   Overall points (best 3 of 5 results)    Overall points by category

Overall joint winners of the Series and MOpen are Janne Heikkinen AUOC and Mark Stockton GRAMP with the maximum possible 150 points apiece. Mark managed to pull a win out of the hat at the last race to equal Janne’s tally, narrowly squeaking in with 10 seconds to spare over a certain Angel (I’m-not-feeling-too-good-I-probably-won’t-run-tonight) Iliev AUOC.

U16:     Alex Lang GRAMP and Olivia Coman GRAMP
J:          Jake Chapman MAROC  (and no WJ runners)
Open:  Janne Heikkinen AUOC/Mark Stockton GRAMP and Mikaela Kolistanikova AUOC
V:         David Kirk GRAMP and Rachel Scott GRAMP
SV:       Rob Hickiling GRAMP and Fiona/June/Fiona IND
Best Newcomers to orienteering: Kirsty Robson and Chris Cowley

If you didn’t pick up your prize last night, get in touch and we’ll arrange something – email Rachel on webmaster@grampoc.com.

Hope you enjoyed it all as much as I have and see you next Autumn?

SOL 2015

Congratulations to the following GRAMPS on their SOL successes in 2015:

Rob Hickling 1st M60 (have a good one at the VHIs this weekend!)
George Esson 3rd M65S
Neil McLean 1st M70
Morven Farquharson 2nd W10
Kirsty Farquharson 3rd W10
Carolyn McLeod 1st W40L
Anne Hoy 3rd W55S
Anne Hickling 1st W60S

If you only watch one thing this weekend, watch this….

…Adventure Show, BBC2, Sunday 19:00
Features the blood, sweat and tears of WOC2015. I know we all know the results already but you can still cheer on our local elites, Spongey and Jess.

Urban Sprint Hillhead Campus 23/9/15 Results

Nice to see lots of new faces from AUOC. Bit of an in-at-the-deep end experience for some with 3km packed into the Hillhead area by using a double-sided map (although some old hands didn’t listen to that bit of the instructions…!) but some very good results none the less. That’s what young legs do for you *sigh!*

Results and Splits
Overall points – remember it’s your best 3 of 5 that count
Overall points by category – so you can see what you need to do next week to clinch victory

MV is the closest battle to watch – will Bob run too fast and make too many mistakes next week and let David Kirk through to claim one of those lavish prizes? And will Mark manage an outright win to equal Janne at the top of the MOpen leader board? (Janne has 50 points safely in the bag already by planning next week.)

I need to tidy up a few details like clubs and age classes too so if you’ve spotted a mistake then let me know now webmaster@grampoc.com.

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Urban Sprint Balgownie Wed 16/9/15

Results  Splits   Ranking points

“That was quite good considering I don’t like pavements!”
Another convert to urban/sprint orienteering?  Hope so.

Thanks to Rachel Salway and her team for rescuing no 12 from a bin later on during the race.

Better turn out than last year but still the least popular venue of the series and it looks like next year we’ll be forced to think about using somewhere else maybe due to the AWPR steaming through. Back to Balgownie proper maybe? Or Scotstown School map was mentioned.

 

 

 

Scolty Level C 13/9/15 – Results

A beautiful autumn morning for our event!

Click on the links to Final Results and Splits.
BOF ranking points (none for Brown as not enough Senior finishers)

Analyse your splits at Winsplits.
Trace your routes on the map at Routegadget.

Thanks very much to the officials:

Organiser:  Helen Rowlands
Planner:  Jonathan Smith
Controller:  Sarah Dunn (MAROC)

and to all our helpers.

Autumn Urban Sprint Series 2015

Wed 2th Sept     Duthie Park and Ferryhill   :-  Results and split times
Wed 9th Sept     Westburn and Victoria Parks :- Results and split times
Wed 16th Sept   Balgownie    Results and Splits
Wed 23rd Sept  Seaton Park and Hillhead      Results and Splits
Wed 30th Sept  Aberdeen Uni Kings Campus  Results   Splits

Overall points (best 3 of 5 results) Overall points by category

Overall joint winners of the Series and MOpen are Janne Heikkinen AUOC and Mark Stockton GRAMP with the maximum possible 150 points apiece. Mark managed to pull a win out of the hat at the last race to equal Janne’s tally, narrowly squeaking in with 10 seconds to spare over a certain Angel (I’m-not-feeling-too-good-I-probably-won’t-run-tonight) Iliev AUOC.

U16:     Alex Lang GRAMP and Olivia Coman GRAMP
J:          Jake Chapman MAROC (and no WJ runners)
Open:  Janne Heikkinen AUOC/Mark Stockton GRAMP and Mikaela Kolistanikova AUOC
V:         David Kirk GRAMP and Rachel Scott GRAMP
SV:       Rob Hickiling GRAMP and Fiona/June/Fiona IND
Best Newcomers to orienteering: Kirsty Robson and Chris Cowley

If you didn’t pick up your prize last night, get in touch and we’ll arrange something – email Rachel on webmaster@grampoc.com.

Urban Sprints Series points

We’ll be awarding points again this year – winner gets 50, 2nd gets 47, 3rd gets 44, 4th gets 41 and then decreasing one point for each place thereafter.
1 point even if you mis-punch or don’t complete the course.
Don’t ask why but that’s the way it was decided to do it for the DNC so I’ve just followed suite!

Your best 3 results out of 5 count towards your overall total and could win you a lavish prize in one of these categories (loosely based on the SOUL system):

JU16 – Junior shadowed
J Junior
Open – any age class*
V Veteran 40+
SV Super Veteran 55+
UV Ultra Veteran 65+

*Let me know if you want to compete in the Open category otherwise I’ll put you in the category for your age class

Scores so far attached and I’ll try to update asap after each race. Rachel

2015 Urban Sprints Points 1-5.pdf

Summer Series 2015 Awards

Congratulations to everyone who achieved one of the summer series awards:

Gold:
Ailsa Anderson, Isobel Anderson, Paul Caffyn, Olivia Coman, Lachlan Kirk, Patrick Lang, Joe Wright, Keith Yardley
Silver:
Eilidh Campbell, Alex Lang, Duncan Will
Bronze:
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!

Tim Gomersall 6th in inaugural Glen Coe Skyline Race

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.”
Ooer!

Autumn Urban Series flyers

2015 autumn A5 alternative 3Help us spread the word!

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.

 

 

 

Summer Series awards

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:

Gold:
Paul Caffyn

Silver:
Ailsa Anderson, Isobel Anderson, Olivia Coman, Lachlan Kirk, Patrick Lang, Duncan Will, Joe Wright, Keith Yardley

Bronze:
Alistair Chapman, Luke Graham, Alex Lang, Abigail Mason, John Silver, Hannah Will

Anne

Countesswells SS Results

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.

Results

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.

S6D Highland 2015

hoopsAli 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.)

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GRAMP Permanent Orienteering Courses (POCs) to get a revamp

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.
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Hazlehead SS Results 10/6/15

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 webmaster@grampoc.com.

Results

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!

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Back O’Bennachie 7th June 15 Results

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Here are the results and splits for today’s race at Back O’ Bennachie:

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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

 

Crathes SS 3/6/15 Results

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?!

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Dunnottar Woods Summer Series 27/5/15 Results

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.

Results

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.

 

Scottish Championships 2015

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:

1st
17+ Points Relay Class: Gramp One aka Carolyn and Iain McLeod and Bob Daly (Woohoo!)
W21S Individual: Heather Hale (Woohoo too!)

2nd
W50L Carolyn McLeod
W55S Anne Hoy
M50S Richard Oxlade

3rd
W55S Sonia Armitage
W60S Anne Hickling
M60L Rob Hickling

 

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