Dave is still crunching those numbers I’m afraid but in the meantime feast your eyes some photos taken at Templars over on our Flickr site – last 5 come courtesy of David Esson’s phone and this is one of them. (My camera has a dial on the side for different modes and I nudged it onto something that made them all very dark. Managed to salvage enough to make it worth publishing but some of them have had a bit of artistic licence applied.)
Want to know where all 28 controls where?
Read ‘em and weep…. All Controls Map
Junior Attendance Awards were duly awarded although it was difficult to get some of the “Juniors” to stop toasting marshmallows long enough to accept their chocs and certs.
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.)
Don’t forget that next Wednesday sees the start of the Autumn Urban Sprints
Despite the midges and light rain coming and going ,I have rarely seen so many smiling faces at the end of a tough orienteering event. It makes the job of planning so much more pleasant. Thanks to Helen A for her condes skills and to David Kirk, Lachlan and Paul ,and Helen R and Keith for help in taking in the controls. I ran out of Short Tech maps and David K ran a curtailed Long in a good time. Thanks for coming.
Many thanks to Ian H for stepping in to run the Perwinnes Moss event, especially on such a soggy day. Well done to all those that made it.
Two more Summer Series events – Bennachie and Templars (with BBQ) – last chances for juniors to upgrade their attendance award and for everyone to get some training in before the big weekend of Balgownie Urban SOUL7 and Glen Dye colour coded on 30 and 31 August. Get you entries in and please consider if you can offer the organisers/planners any support running the events, just an hour or so manning a post before or after you run makes a huge difference to the overall work load. No previous experience necessary. All sort of jobs going: helping set up (signs, tents etc), registration, meet and greet, download, road marshalls, parking marshalls, packing up, collecting controls … and more!
Other Gramp events coming up soon (that also require volunteers!):
Autumn Urban League 3 September – 1st October
Tyrebagger level C on Sunday 21 September
Street O round 2 – 8th October to 12 November
‘Race the sand castles’ at Forvie on Sunday 19th October
… and onto the Deeside Night Cup with Maroc
Don’t forget the AGM on Saturday 6th Dec and Xmas Novelty event on the Sunday.
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…
Helena Coman, Jack Gomersall, Alex Lang, Madeleine Oxley, Jennifer Ricketts, Duncan Will, Joseph Wright
Ailsa Anderson, Isobel Anderson, Olivia Coman, Josie Gomersall, Patrick Lang, Abigail Mason, Calum McLeod, Keith Yardley
Paul Caffyn, Lachlan Kirk, Naomi Lang, Katrina McLeod
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.)
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.
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.
Thanks 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.
PS Don’t forget BBC2 Adventure Show featuring an intro to O in the context of WOC2015 is available on iPlayer until Tues 22nd.
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.
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!
I hope everyone enjoyed Dunnottar last week, not too muddy or slippy and the nettles weren’t so bad if you thought about all the Peacock butterflies they are supporting. Did anybody stop for a bit of bodging? I liked their smoky-wood-shavings-midge-repellent idea (is that what it was for?).
Here are the finalised results (thanks for your patience), with 2 or 3 small changes and one corrected time (for Craig C.)
Dunnottar Results 11June2014.
How will they impact the Grampian Adventure Challenge results? Although most of the weekend’s LAMM particpants were out zooming round, one Maersk member that has been getting them a few points at previous events was absent (tired legs? scared of nettles?).
Well done to all those who braved the wild wet woods of Foggieton last Wednesday. Hands up who knew how big that hidden quarry was before hand!
Next event at Dunnottar Woods, Stonehaven
Well, that was a blast of fun thanks to Iain McLeod’s cunning use of two maps at different scales to keep us on our toes. What’s the verdict on Doug’s new map? Makes the old campsite area feel quite different at that scale?
And hands up who got tricked into running across that nice open field on the way to number 2 on ST and LT courses only to find themselves trapped by high fences and gate?
At least one Junior squeezed under the gate pretty easily… and one Senior was game enough to admit trying to follow suit and getting stuck. They must have been having visions of having to wait a few days with no food like Winnie the Pooh when he got stuck in Rabbit’s front door.
“So daily and nightly
The Pooh’s been shrinking slightly
And mind over matter
Will make the Pooh unfatter.”
Lyrics from ‘Songs from Walt Disney’s Winnie the Pooh and other children’s favourites’ Vinyl LP 1966
I’ll lend it to you if you want to hear the whole thing (and still have the technology to play it). They don’t write ‘em like that anymore.
SHORT 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 corners 30 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* 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
Check here before each event in case there’s been a last minute change.
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…
Helena Coman, Jack Gomersall, Alex Lang, Madeleine Oxley, Jennifer Ricketts, Duncan Will, Hannah Will, Joseph Wright
Ailsa Anderson, Isobel Anderson, Olivia Coman, Patrick Lang, Abigail Mason, Calum McLeod, Keith Yardley
Paul Caffyn, Josie Gomersall, Lachlan Kirk, Naomi Lang, Katrina McLeod
*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.
Results If you spot any spelling mistakes then tell firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
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.
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.
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
Congratulations to all Award winners, but special mention must go to Ondrej Masek who took part in all 15 events. We think this must be an all-time record. Anyone who did not collect their certificate etc at Templars should contact Anne Hickling to pick them up. She will bring them to the autumn sprint events on the next few Wednesdays.
Countesswells Results 17 05 2011.pdf