AMRT are organising a sponsored walk again this year on 7th June and would like to invite you all to take part, sponsor someone if you can’t make it yourself or help spread the word.
23km mostly on hill tracks from Deecastle (nr Dinnet on south side of Dee) up over Black Moss then swinging round to descend Glen Tanar finishing at the Braeloine Visitor Centre making a grand day out with spectacular views en route. Entry is free and transport and refreshments are provided.
We’ve never needed their assistance at an orienteering event yet and hopefully never will but think of it as an insurance policy and go for it!
Loads of events coming up in quick succession now that Spring’s pretty much kicked in – all brought to you by the letter G (and sometimes assisted by the letter M)…
Fri 11th April – Gramp/Maroc joint venture Forest Sprint Series starts at Tollohill
Come along to the first Forest Sprint Series round – there is a great wee course planned which will test your various orienteering techniques. There are numerous legs which have 2/3 very viable route choices to choose from. The course has been planned to a orange/light green standard. But it will encourage the brave to cut the corners and focus on clean navigation.
The course is 2.6kms long with 14 controls. Expected winning time should dip under 20 minutes.
Registration from 1800-1900Hrs. Courses close @2000Hrs.
Grid Reference NJ 923 022
Sun 13th April – Middle Distance @ Balmedie
Middle Distance? Slightly shorter course lengths than normal but with loads of controls packed in to give you a small but perfectly formed blast of non-stop concentration and fun. Balmedie is the perfect venue for this branch of O with zillions of depressions, reentrants, spurs and knolls all piled into a small area so your next control is never very far away.
Wed 16th/23rd/30th – training sessions at either Balmedie or Tyrebagger for all standards
Wed 7th May – the ever popular Summer Series starts @ Countesswells (more details to follow) and this year incorporates the The Grampian Adventure Challenge (incorporates? geddit?)
EASY (Yellow Standard) approx 1.5 – 2km along paths, fences, streams and other linear features
MEDIUM (Orange Standard) 2.5 – 3km getting a bit more adventurous with controls a short way off the linear features and scope for cutting corners30 minutes running to 60 minutes walking, approx 2.5-3km
TECHNICAL COURSES (Light Green/Green Standard) 2.5 – 3km and 3.5 – 4.5km options for the experienced orienteers or those up for a challenge (but don’t forget the 8pm cut off.)
Seniors £3, Juniors/Students £1, groups welcome and we’ll only charge you £1/extra map.
Come along and register between 6:30 to 7.30pm and ask advice if you need it. You can start your course any time you like but bear in mind we will declare courses closed and start collecting controls at 8:00pm (maybe earlier towards the end of summer and evenings get darker quicker.)
Click on each area name below for link to map showing location. Results will be posted asap following each event and also Series points and awards updates as and when.
7th May Countesswells*
14th May Tyrebagger*
21st May Cheyne Hill
28th May Hazlehead*
4th June Foggieton*
11th June Dunnottar*
18th June Crathes*
25th June Balmedie* + BBQ
2nd July Kingshill
9th July Glen Dye
16th July Haddo House
23rd July Tollo Hill
30th July Scolty
6th Aug Mulloch
13th Aug Perwinnes Moss
20th Aug Bennachie
27th Aug Templars Park + BBQ
Check here before each event in case there’s been a last minute change.
*This year, the Summer Series will incorporate the Grampian Adventure Challenge for teams of 8 at the venues marked by an asterisk.
Why not enter a team?
Check the GAC post for more details and contact us to register now.
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.
We’re looking for teams of 8 people to compete in a series of 7 events on Wednesday evenings from May 7th to June 25th in a variety of locations in Aberdeen and the Shire. Entry fee is £180 per team and includes training opportunities, entry to all 7 events and the chance to win a Grampian Adventure Challenge Trophy (and rub your rivals’ noses in the dirt!)
Teams can be made up of colleagues at work, friends, family – (TBCs OK at this stage)
Just send an email to GAC “at” grampoc.com by 14th April to register your team.
Here’s a flyer with full details. Keep checking here too for entry lists, FAQs and anything else we think will help you and your team psyche yourselves up for the Grampian Adventure Challenge.
Whether you are just starting out in orienteering, are looking to develop your skills as you move up through the technical levels, or just want to finish higher up in the results list, there is something for you in our Spring coaching programme.
If you have friends who are interested in trying orienteering tell them about the introductory day (see the Newcomers section) and encourage them to come along – or bring them yourself.
April Wednesdays @6pm
Each week will tackle a different technique. There will be two parallel sets of exercises – up to TD3 and TD4+, giving people flexibility to switch between them if wanted.
April 9 – Balmedie
April 16 – Tyrebagger
April 23 – Balmedie **including Junior Coaching**
April 30 – Tyrebagger **including Junior Coaching**
NB the locations have changed since originally posted and broadcast in Anne’s email.
Saturday 10 May Tyrebagger Introduction to Orienteering
This will be an introductory day for people new to orienteering. The course will explain the way the sport works and offer some basic skills training.
All ages and fitness levels catered for although we would ask for a parent to accompany any young children.
Please contact us to register your interest as we need to have an approximate idea of numbers and who you are. Click here for a contact form for the coaching team.
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.
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.
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
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.
GRAMP Annual Dinner - Friday 16th May
Raemoir House Hotel (yes the Raemoir map)
£25, 3 courses (dining not orienteering)
7pm for 7:30 (ie start(er)s from 7:30)
Let Lesley know if you want to come along. ‘Entries’ close end April.
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.
Thanks 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.
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!!)
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?
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.
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!
Here are the provisional results and splits for Grampian Orienteers event at Forvie Sands by Newburgh on Sunday 24th November :-
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 :-) !!!
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, 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!
Here are the results from a breezy Tyrebagger on Sunday.
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.
The correct answers were: 1:B 2:D 3:Z 4:C 5:E
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
For a full list of dates, venues, travel maps and chat 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 will be 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.
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.)
Photos from Marianne Lang – if anyone else has some photos they’d like to share then send them, or a link, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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).
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!
4th Sep Duthie Park/Ferryhill Results Splits
11th Sep Westburn and Victoria Parks Results Splits
18th Sep Balgownie Results Splits ( Individual Splits Printouts )
25th Sep Seaton and Hillhead Results Splits
2nd Oct Aberdeen University Results Splits
Overall Points* best 3 of 5 scores
*As the 5th event at Abz Uni didn’t follow the same format as the rest the points are debatable although it didn’t make any difference to the overall winners. So there are two versions of overall points – one with points as is based on finishing times recorded and a second version with points based on an adjusted time where I’ve subtracted the first leg times from everyone’s total as it was that first leg that was make or break, i.e. if you found the first control first time you were very lucky.
Just for comparison here’s the overall results after the 4 normal sprint events too.
Congratulations to Evgueni for winning the first urban sprint, with a time just under the 20 minutes for 3.4km. Nice planning by Mark Stockton took us round the park, a loop into Ferryhill through the narrow alleys, and finally back into Duthie to the finish. The new map (drawn to ISSOM standard) was great.
Westburn and Vicky Parks were a real eyeballs-out sprint – men’s winning time 14:17 for 3.5km shortest feasible route. We welcomed Oleg back to Aberdeen and he managed to beat his brother Sasha by 56 seconds. Sasha was a similar margin ahead of Alex MacLachlan – they’re all running very well. Fastest lady was Naomi in a tremendously fast 17:34!
Mark Stockton was the star in the reasonably priced map at Balgownie, with a very smart winning time of 17:15, a minute ahead of the chasers. Fastest lady was new arrival Karen Maxwell, of Roxburgh Reivers, who has just started at RGU – a very big welcome to Karen (who BTW is car-less and would appreciate lifts to future events). Sorry for the absence of the splits printer – senility on the part of the person supposed to bring it – me! If you’d like it, you can find yours in the link to Individual Splits Printouts below.
We got all the technology together for Seaton Park and Hillhead urban sprint, so everyone got their splits – hooray. Very tricky to avoid all the temporary fencing in the halls of residence, which was specially mapped by organisers Pete and Rachel – thanks guys. Leading lady was hill-runner par excellence Jenny Ricketts in 20:36 ahead of last week’s winner Karen Maxwell (recovering from “fresher’s flu”). Mark Stockton had some tougher (international) competition this week from Lithuania, Russia and Finland! He came out on top for max points again, in another sparkling time of 18:05. Well done Mr. Consistency.
The final sprint of the season was in the pouring rain at Aberdeen University, which made the pavements slippery. But it didn’t seem to slow the leaders. A big welcome to all the Aberdeen Uni O-Club folk!! The novel format was tricky in the rain, as our pens wouldn’t write on the maps – so memorising the order of controls was hard. I took 16 mins to find no.1 which scuppered my time! Thanks to David K. for the planning and organising.
GRAMP CHAMPS and (JD)2C event
A wonderful warm autumn day (24 degC) meant that most of us were feeling faily drained after running Big Kev’s testing courses. Results and splits (now final) are below, plus link to Routegadget.
Helen A would like to say thanks to all helpers (a few of whom joined Helen for a celebratory meal on Sunday when Helen provided the wine - great idea – now do you wish you too had volunteered?) & Kevin and Andy would like to thank the Dial-a-Buttie service for the much appreciated bacon, egg and tomato rolls for brunch about 10:45 (Jackie – you’re just too kindhearted!)
Despite the tough tussocky terrain on the first half of the courses, Team HalfGramp managed 6th place in the 8 Person category of this year’s Interclub Relay but we have to come clean and admit that this was only achieved by cunningly taking up organiser Jess’ offer to hire us some SEDS members to make up the GRAMP shortfall. For an additional contribution to SEDS funds, we secured the services of Alison Campbell to start us off on the Tartan leg to psyche out the opposition with a flying start, Jo Shepherd for one of the Green legs and Ali McLeod for an Orange. I think it was when Ali came in that the other teams began to suspect but so far nobody has lodged a complaint and we’re still listed as competitive!
Thanks and congrats also to David Esson, Oonagh Grassie, Bob Daly, Pete Lawrence and Rachel Scott for being game for a laugh/run and abusing their legs by doing battle with those tussocks in advance of doing battle with the rain and wind at Ardchattan the following day, not to mention the Dementor Bog that sucked the sole out of Rachel’s shoe.
Bob coming down the Finish lane for Team HalfGramp
Sasha and Calum ran for Scotland in this year’s Junior Home International which took place in South Wales, near Merthyr Tidfil over the weekend of 14/15 September. Results were a win for England, with Scotland 2nd helped a lot by Sasha’s 3rd place in M16 no doubt, then Wales 3rd and Ireland 4th. Well done guys!
Congratulations to lots of GRAMPs who are reaping the rewards for all their training and performances over the past few months by being picked for Team Alba for the following:
Senior Home International Team (Ireland 28th/29th Sep)
M20 Jack Gomersall
W20 Katrina McLeod
(Message from SEDS: Due to our hard fundraising efforts this year we will be able to fund the team so we are very grateful to anyone who bought a postcard, jigsaw or participated in the six day training.)
Veteran Home International (Norfolk 5th/6th Oct)
W45 Carolyn McLeod
W50 Sonia Armitage, Reserve Lesley Gomersall
M35 Reserve Ali Robertson
M55 Bob Daly
M60 David Armitage
Team Manager Rob Hickling
Final overall points now posted. Congratulations to the winners – we’ll probably be awarding prizes at the AGM.
Congratulations to all the Award winners from this year’s summer series:
Paul Caffyn, Josh Dudley, Josie Gomersall, Lachlan Kirk, Naomi Lang, Patrick Lang, Calum McLeod, Katrina McLeod, Maya Reynard, Keith Yardley
Ailsa Anderson, Isobel Anderson, Alistair Chapman, Jake Chapman, Sasha Chepelin, Olivia Coman, Jack Gomersall, Tim Gomersall, Struan Kirk, Alex Lang, Abigail Mason, Cara McMurtrie, Grant McMurtrie, Ross McMurtrie, Morgan Povey, Jennifer Ricketts, Frances Wright, Joseph Wright
Logan Burgess, Graeme Campbell, Abigail Coles, Finlay Cooper, Kirsty Cooper, Dylan Driver, Scott Fong, Angus Fraser, John Getliff, Rosie Getliff, Evelyn Mason, Callum Roberts, Graham Salway, Rachel Salway, Hannah Will
Apologies to Olivia Coman who was given a bronze award when she should have had a silver! Please contact me to arrange to pass on Olivia’s silver certificate and the correct-coloured chocolate medal.
Anyone who was not at Templars last night can also contact me to arrange collection of their awards. I will bring them all to Craig Choinnich on Sunday.
Day 1 was a wet one but after that we’ve been sunbathing most of the time when not doing battle on Lossie, Carse of Ardersier and Culbin so far. If you’re stuck back in Aberdeen, chained to your desk, but want to see what we’ve been up to then check out the Moray 2013 website results and reports etc.
A lavish prize awaits the first person to spot a GRAMP in Chris Spencer’s photo galleries and tell us which day and which photo via a comment added to this post.
This year’s JIRCs will take place in South-West England on 28/29 September. Calum (M18) and Sasha (M16) both made the cut for the Scotland Team based on their results in the major competitions so far this year. Well done guys!
Will the committee cough up for some steel-shanked O shoes for Callum to stop him standing on any more nails between now and then?
Katrina McLeod and Sasha Chepelin led the GRAMP challenge by winning their Green courses and there were some good backup performances by many others to contribute to GRAMPs total of 572:
|Katrina Mcleod||Green Girls||100|
|Sasha Chepelin||Green Boys||100|
|Calum Mcleod||Green Boys||96|
|Alex Lang||Yellow Boys||93|
|Jack Gomersall||Green Boys||93|
|Paul Caffyn||Light Green Boys||90|
Sadly not quite enough to knock Maroc off the top spot again this year, with GRAMP finishing in a respectable 6th place, but still a very “Well Done!” (in no particular order) to the whole GJO team: Maya Reynard, Josie Gomersall, Katrina McLeod, Sasha Chepelin, Calum McLeod, Jack Gomersall, Paul Caffyn, Struan Kirk, Lachlan Kirk, Keith Yardley and Alex Lang.
You can see all the results here – both individual and team results and also the run in times for the last control to the finish. (Stats mania!)
There’s a comment on the SOA website about various sponsors for the event, so the burning question is did anyone from GRAMP manage to win a Tunnocks Teacake?
Couple of photos which should enlarge if you click on them – there’s a promise of more if Carolyn remembers to give me a memory stick at Kingshill next week. First one is the traditional JS opening parade but what are they up to in the second?
Well done to Sasha, Carolyn and Neil who all won their classes by several minutes at the recent Scottish Champs at Craigengillan Estate. (And well done to Erik for not coming last!!)
Team McGramp – aka Carolyn, Calum and Iain McLeod – fought off the opposition down south to romp home to victory in the British Orienteering Relay Mixed Adhoc class by some 2.5 minutes. Probably sweetest of all was beating Maroc 7 (who should surely have been disq’d as there are only 3 runners to a team?? ;-) )
Individually Team McGramp also had good results: 4th W45L, 10th M18E and 6th M50S respectively.
Several other Gramps were in attendance too including the Hicklings, Bob Daly, Paul Duley, the Armitages and at least one Hale and Chepelin that I spotted in the results. Sasha kept up his winning form post-JK by taking top spot for M16A.
Congratulations all round!
Well done, Sasha!
Here he is in the traditional medal winners’ pose along with Dane Blomquist of the England team. Take a look at the results and pics on the WSC2013 website – if you think it looks hot and sunny in this photo then imagine that run-in along all that loose sand.
Sasha also came 6th in the Long Distance race and teamed up with Jens Van Lommel of Belgium/Flemish team and Xiaojia Ou of China to come 35th out of 148 in the Friendship Relay. I guess a handover is the same whatever language you speak but must have been interesting trying to discuss routes afterwards?
You’ll all have heard about Ash Dieback by now and seen the round robin from BOF that Ian circulated a while ago with advice on how we can help prevent the spread of this and other tree diseases. Here’s a little reminder of how we as orienteers (who are therefore more likely to visit parts of the woods most others never reach), can help prevent the spread – and it’s really worth paying more attention this time as the spring/summer weather tempts us all out and about and especially as Glen Dye has been confirmed as victim of an outbreak of a similar disease affecting larch.
You can help by following these guidelines whether orienteering or just out for a walk:
If you want more info on tree diseases then here are a few links or you can ask our resident biosecurity expert, Gen.
Poster showing spread of identified outbreaks throughout Britain as of Feb 2103
Juniper Dieback – many of the areas we use have juniper
Phytophthora ramorum – Latin for “the larch one”
Chalara fraxinea – Latin for “the ash one”
Unlike Foot and Mouth, the effects of these diseases aren’t so easy to see so easily forgotten about. Please remember and help orienteering to maintain its good reputation with landowners by doing your bit. Thanks.
Tonight saw the last of our current Street O series with Ewen taking us on a spiral tour of Mannofield and the Hickling’s back garden (almost). Many thanks to him and the other organisers – Jess, Sam, Ian, Joonas and Evgeuni - for taking part in this experiment. Feedback has been very good and I’ve had a request from one regular to publish the map of the one event he missed he enjoyed them so much.
Here are the maps from this year’s series if you missed out and fancy a go at your (not so) leisure. We’ll publish more every now and then that anyone can download and go round whenever suits as Wednesdays at 6pm isn’t convenient for some. Perhaps time yourself and let us know and we can publish that too so you can get a feel for just how sprinty you are (or aren’t!) compared to the rest.
So if anyone feels like creating a map for future publication, give Sam or Jess a shout and they’ll send you instructions. Doesn’t have to be Aberdeen - Stonehaven, Inverurie, New York, Munich….
Final results (best 4 of 6 scores count)
Ta muchly to all the planners – another nice wee series of diverse areas and approaches to sprint courses.
BOF results with ranking points
Forgot to say thanks to Maroc in the Final Details for the loan of their controls for all events over the weekend.
Sat – one child’s black & brown striped glove, one lunch box
Sun – control description holder
If you entered via OEntries but didn’t manage to make it to the events and would like us to post you your map anyway then please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to all our new Scottish Sprint Champs for 2013! Medal winners
Hope you all enjoyed today, even if it was in a hair-shirty kind of way when you realised how you’d been caught out and mispunched?!
We had a much larger entry than anticipated but still managed to pull off the Chasing Start with your co-operation, so apologies if you had to queue for a while to get your bib but at least we provided you with a legitimate reason to stare at each other’s chests and make lots of new friends. Wonder what the passing motorists thought was going on? Some sort of multi-coloured, extreme recession soup kitchen maybe?
Comments are open for this post so tell us what you thought, warts and all, and if anyone has any good photos give us a link please.
RouteGadget up and running as well
Apologies for the lack of news celebrating the success of various GRAMPs at this year’s JK but I’ve just not had time to check results. (Wonder why??!) Would anyone else care to do the honours and leave a summary in a comment to this post?
These are very basic maps designed for a bit of navigational distraction on a training run maybe or as an intro to simple urban navigation. Unlike Permanent Orienteering Courses, there are no control markers when you get to the control points so you’ll just have to convince yourself you’re in the right place. (You’ll soon find out if you’re not as nothing will fit as you try to navigate away again!)
The maps are named after the start/finish points. In each case, the full course is approx. 6 km long (as the crow flies so actual running distance will be longer) with a suggested subset of controls to make a shorter version approx 4 km long. All distances very approximate and depends on how adventurous you get second guessing likely looking paths and cut throughs not shown on maps.
Map showing start/finish points for all Street O maps listed below.
1 Aberdeen Beach Leisure Centre shorter version 1 – 7, 13, 14
2 Duthie Park shorter version 1 – 4, 8 – 10
3 Westburn Park shorter version 1 – 7, 13, 14
4 St Machar Drive shorter version 1 – 8, 12
5 RGU Sports Centre shorter version 1 – 5, 10, 11
6 Johnstone Gardens shorter version 1 – 5/6
7 Kaimhill Road (Garthdee) shorter version 1 – 6, 11
8 Aberdeen Beach Leisure Centre very shorter version 1 – 6
9 Duthie Park shorter version 1-7, 11
10 Johnstone Gardens shorter version 1-3, 7-12
Have fun! Let us know how long you took if you timed yourself and we’ll publish those too so you can see how you compare. If you fancy having a go at making a map for yourself or for next year’s Street O series or to publish here, then have a play on http://oomap.co.uk/, all the brainchild of Oli O’Brien of SLOW.
Many thanks to Naomi and the Langs for a very entertaining (and dizzying) event at Templars Park including multiple loops and 3 visits to some controls including the one at the top of the Scouts’ scramble net!
The Easy course had a jigsaw novelty element to it and the Tech courses got a quiz with really hard questions unless you were an out and out orienteering nerd!! For every correct answer, a minute was knocked off your time so worth a punt for those of us without cheetah legs. (BTW I wish to lodge a protest about the marking of the quiz as I maintain that at least 6 of my answers were technically correct, just not necessarily the one the Langs had in mind!)Templars Park results and quiz answers added below and the final overall points.
8th May Countesswells Results
15th May Tyrebagger Results and Splits
22nd May Crathes Results
29th May Cheyne Hill Results
5th June Foggieton Results
12th June Balmedie + BBQ Results
19th June Dunnottar Results
26th June Kingshill Results
3rd July Hazlehead Results
10th July Glen Dye Results
17th July Tollo Hill Results
24th July Scolty Results
31st July No event – all at Moray 2013!
7th Aug Mulloch Results
14th Aug Perwinnes Moss Results
21st Aug Bennachie Results
28th Aug Templars Park + BBQ Results
After a slight pause (frustrating for some but very handy for those of us away on holiday who thought we were going to miss the fun) for snow last week, we got to scamper round some of the lumpiest bits of Glen Dye. Ali’s signature style of Middle Distance flavour control picking proved very popular and certainly made the forest seem almost crowded with bobbing head torches.
Despite the short notice of the new date, 32 intrepid night orienteers took to the tricky moraine contours. Sasha stormed the long course ahead of Josh, and they were well ahead of the rest. Evgueni was just prevented from making it a Chepelin double by a fast run from Pete.
Sam Gomersall, Rob Hickling and John Wilkinson, GRAMP’s top 3 Blue Men, psyching out the opposition
Congratulations to all of you who ran for the club in the CompassSport Cup Qualifier at Birsemore 17/2/13. We were narrowly beaten by Maroc who scored that little bit more relatively in the shorter courses, no doubt due to their depth in numbers of Juniors, to ensure they won by 2386 points to our 2245.
A full set of results and scores can be found on the Maroc website.
This event was twice postponed, due to snow in 2011 and 2012! We had some snow this time but it just made the hill more interesting. Thanks to Pete L. and Steve S. for putting out and checking the controls. Great job by Sasha in organising his first large event! Here are the provisional results and splits.
Further thanks: to Vicky Morrison stepping in to help with a bit of adhoc First Aid on a bad cut. No doubt she was glad of something to do while hanging around waiting for Gary ;-) but this does remind me that it’s been a while since we made sure we have sufficient folk in the club either already trained in First Aid or willing to be trained – if you think you can help, please contact Helen Rowlands so she can make a list to help Organisers make contact with you. (You never know, you or your family may need the help yourself one day so think of it as an insurance policy!)
For the brave souls who ventured out to Forvie on Wednesday night, here are the results. Thanks for turning up!
Results and Splits for Raemoir
A lovely crisp and sparkly night with a light dusting of snow and some good courses from Murray Anderson that avoided to much direct climb and picked out some of the trickiest features to find on both Medium and Long. Plenty of competitors stayed on for a drink and/or a bite at the Raemoir Hotel afterwards who kindly allowed us to use their car park and hallway for registration, so many thanks to them for their hospitality.
GRAMPIAN ORIENTEERS ROLL OF HONOUR 2012
4th in Jamie Stevenson Trophy
(Alexander, Jack, Struan, Lachlan, Keith, Paul Calum, Katrina, Kate, Josie, Naomi, Laura, Ailsa & Duncan)
North Area 2nd in Junior Inter Area Championships (Calum, Katrina)
Scottish Vets for VHI – Scotland 2nd under Team Captain Rob Hickling, Dave Armitage
Scottish Junior Squad for JHI – Scotland 2nd Alexander Chepelin, Katrina McLeod
Scottish Junior Squad for Junior Inter Regional – Scotland 1st Alexander Chepelin, Katrina McLeod
European Youth Championships (GB): Alexander Chepelin
GB Talent Development Squad: Alexander Chepelin
Winners in Major Events:
Scottish Orienteering League (SOL)*: M55S Donald Grassie, M60L Dave Armitage, M65L Neil McLean, W12B Josie Gomersall, W55S Oonagh Grassie
*We also had lots of 2nd and 3rd places in this year’s SOL:
Lachlan Kirk M14B, Ali Robertson M35L, Mike Pearson M60S, Angus Aitken M80
Katrina McLeod W18, Margaret Aust W60S
Pete Lawrence M45L, Rob Hickling M55L, Carolyn McLeod W40, Sonia Armitage W50L
Close but no cigar – 4th Matthew Parkes M35S, Bob Daly M55L, Kate Robertson W21S
JK (Sprint): M16 Alexander Chepelin
JK (Individual): M20L Tim Gomersall
Scottish Champs – Individual: M16B Rob Wilkinson, M50S Richard Oxlade, M60S Mike Pearson, M80L Angus Aitken
Scottish Champs – Relay: 11+ Handicap Doug Guy, Nick Hale, Evgueni Chepelin
17+ Handicap Mike Greenwood, Sonia Armitage, David Armitage
Deeside Night Cup: Mini Alexander Chepelin
Jon Duncan Junior Deeside Cup: W12 Naomi Lang
GRAMP Club Championships:
Junior Men: Calum McLeod Junior Women: Kate Wilkinson
Senior Men: Ali Robertson Senior Women: Seonag Robertson
Vet Men: Bob Daly Vet Women: Carolyn McLeod
Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona: W45 Rachel Scott
Mourne Mountain Marathon: B Class Sean O’Sullivan and Rob Hickling
LAMM: C Class Tim and Jack Gomersall
GMC: B Class Jack and Tim Gomersall