Great result for Tim yesterday in a truly mind boggling race around the peaks on either side of Glen Coe. Part hill running, part scrambling, part Spider Manning his way round 30 odd km of brutal terrain in 7:55:09 and only 11 minutes behind the Skyrunning World Champion, Emelie Forsberg. (Don’t think he’ll mind being chicked in this case!)
Take a look the website http://www.glencoeskyline.com for a squiz at the race route and possibly photos soon but to give you a brief flavour: “The race route traverses high and remote mountainous terrain. Once committed to many sections of the race route it is impossible to retreat.” (Actually that last bit could equally apply to some of Day 5 of Highland 2015?) Followed by: “Our proposed route features long and sustained sections of scrambling terrain, which is roughly equivalent to moderate standard rock climbing. Be under no illusions that a slip or trip on these serious sections of the route could result in death.”
Get your flyers from Sam Gomersall at Templars Park and distribute them far and wide at work, college, sports centres, libraries….
Maybe stick a few on lamp posts in the areas we’re using or nearby.
With all the excitement of the World Champs, I haven’t forgotten our own gold, silver and bronze awards. Since one of this year’s summer events was cancelled (Tollo Hill), I’ve decided to reduce the qualification for the gold award to just 9 events. There are quite a few of you who could get to that if you come along to the last two!
Current standings are:
Ailsa Anderson, Isobel Anderson, Olivia Coman, Lachlan Kirk, Patrick Lang, Duncan Will, Joe Wright, Keith Yardley
Alistair Chapman, Luke Graham, Alex Lang, Abigail Mason, John Silver, Hannah Will
Our POCs have been in limbo for some time now and we’re planning a revamp reusing some of the old favorites where still suitable and introducing some new areas – woods, park, urban – anything considered.
Stuart Anderson has agreed to take on the co-ordination of this, starting with Duthie Park now that the refurb is finished, the map brought up to date and we have some eager customers wanting to use it soon.
Do you live near a suitable POC location? Could you adopt a POC and help Stuart out? It wouldn’t take much of your time and would be a big help to the club getting the GRAMP brand name back into the public eye again. Email him, use this contact form or catch him at an event.
For the benefit of new members who keep seeing our posts urging you to enter SOLs and SOULs but aren’t sure what we’re on about….
SOL = Scottish Orienteering League (sponsored by CompassPoint)
– larger events – 350-400 runners on average
– a full range of courses to choose from including Black and Short Green/Blue/Brown
– better quality mapping and organisation with loos and often traders/food stalls
– online entry system and very little Entry On The Day
– your result earns you SOL ranking points and the chance to win trophies by age class
SOUL = Scottish Orienteering Urban League (sponsored by bto solicitors)
– all as above but in an urban environment including parks, streets, estates, alleyways, waste ground
– usually 5 or 6 courses all TD3 or Orange standard where route choice is key to a successful run
– the chance to earn ranking points for the SOUL categories where age classes are grouped together
If you’ve not tried a big event yet why not give SOUL 3 at Aboyne and/or SOL 4 at Glen Dye a go the first w/e in May – right on our doorstep, friendly faces you know, the chance to munch on some excellent baking from ScotJOS and Banchory Schools Team – what’s stopping you?
Online entries open already on OEntries with closing date of 26th April for both events.
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?
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.
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.
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!!)
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.