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DNC Mini Night Cup 14/15 successes

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

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

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

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

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

Scolty DNC 25/2/15 Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Annual Dinner 2015 Sat 9th May Raemoir House Hotel

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

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

Forvie DNC 28/1/15 Results

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

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

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

Balmedie DNC 14/1/15 Results

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

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

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

GRAMP club kit – WINTER SALE NOW ON!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rachel

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

2014 Chairman’s Report and Roll of Honour

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

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

Have you read this month’s CompassSport yet?

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

GRAMP Champs 2014

Congratulations to all our trophy winners!

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

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

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

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

Countesswells DNC 3/12/14

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

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

Jon Duncan Junior Deeside Cup 2014

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

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

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

 

GRAMP SOL Champions 2014 and SEDS call ups for 2015

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

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

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

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

DNC 2014 Hazlehead warm up – results

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

DNC 2014 Hazlehead 19-11-14 Results.pdf

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

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

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

the waiters BA small overnight bag or two B

 

OMM congratulations….

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

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

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Deeside Night Cup 14/15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

String Course Results

Forvie String Course results

Race The Castles

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Silver for Sasha at Junior European Cup 2014

Congratulations, Sasha!
Photos and an interview here

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SOA win JIRCs – Sasha mentioned in despatches

JROS logo

 

 

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

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

Aberdeen Uni Autumn Urban Sprint 1/10/14 Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2014 Northern Lights

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

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

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

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Morven and Kirsty Farquharson bag the points for GRAMP

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

North Clubs Junior Comp 2014 – results.pdf

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

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

Results  Splits

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

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

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

Tyrebagger Level C 21/9/14 Results

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

Rachel

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

Final results and splits

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

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

JIAR and Interclub Relay 2014

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

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

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

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Balgownie Autumn Urban Sprint 17/9/14

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

Results   Splits

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VHI 2014 – Scotland come second with Rob’s help

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

ScotJos triumphant in the Ward Junior Home Internationals 2014!!

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

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

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

Helen R

Autumn Urban Sprint Series 2014

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

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

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

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

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

 

Scolty SS 30/7/14 Results

Better late than never…  Results

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

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

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

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

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

Mulloch SS 6/8/14 Results

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

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

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

 

Successful debut for Sasha representing GBR at JWOC 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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Tollohill SS 23/7/14 Results

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

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

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

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TOLLOHILL SS 23-07-14 RESULTS.pdf

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

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

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

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

Glen Dye SS 9/7/14 Results

Results from last night hot off the press for you.

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

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

Glendye SS 9-7-14 results.pdf

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

Street O

street oNext series of Street O is here!

Street-O is a very simple (non-competitive?) version of orienteering. Courses are run around the streets on basic line maps, no 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.

Courses 5-8km
Starts from 6pm, aim to finish by 7pm.
Cost £1
A small head torch may be useful – can get a bit tricky reading the map as the light fades.

Due to urban nature of event, juniors (under 16s) must be accompanied by an adult.

Dates (all Wed evenings)
4 Mar    Aberdeen  67 Kings Gate
11 Mar   Woodend car park at junction of Hazlehead Avenue and Groats Road
18 Mar   Cove – Cove Library  Loriston Avenue
25 Mar   Aberdeen Uni car park next to MacRoberts building
1 Apr      Duthie Pak/Ferryhill  exact location tbc

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?)

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 logoThanks to everyone for risking hell and high water just to get to the event never mind taking on the challenge of some of the longest and toughest GMC courses we’ve served up to date. Judging by the many “thank you”s as you left most of you seemed to relish it all (even if it was in a hair-shirty, glad-it’s-over kind of way!)

Day 1   Results by course   Splits   Winsplits
Day 2* Results by course   Splits   Winsplits
Overall results (updated 19/11)

Routegadget is now loaded – please enter your routes here!

*The C course on Day 2 suffered a missing control, swept away by the torrents coming off the hillsides on Friday we think, and after much debate we decided to simply remove that control from the course rather than void the long legs on either side which accounted for about 2/3 of the course.
The Stansfields’ brikke gradually stopped working on Day 2 as well but they started and finished very close to their main rivals, the Galloways, so were awarded an overall time which both parties agreed.

disaster on A course

 

Our Facebook page has already attracted comments and photos. Feel free to add to that or leave a comment here. Doesn’t have to be enthusiastic thanks (although we do like that!) as we need to know if anything major is bugging you so we can factor that in next time. If you don’t do Facebook you can send photos or links to webmaster@grampoc.com instead.

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Left: Disaster strikes on the A Course as leading pair discover maggots in their hillfood.

Photos from Ian Hamilton here.

 

Prizes were awarded as follows:
Overall Winners – A Tim Gomersall and Johannes Felter, B Sarah Dunn, C Ben and Dan Standsfield
1st Vet – A Mark Harris, B Grahame Nicoll, C George Patterson
1st Female/Mixed – A Ciara Largey, Sarah ONeil and Andrew Llewellyn, B Harriet Battan and Kirsty Coombs, C Sam Gomersall and Carolyn McLeod

And all Dads and Lads teams got a prize by way of encouraging the younger element of the orienteering and fell running scenes to take part in this kind of event (and maybe something else!) Some winners had already gone – we’ll get them to you somehow.

 

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

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