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Bennachie SS 20/08/14 Results

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.


Neil McLean

HELP required Sunday 19th October

On Sunday 19th October GRAMP will be staging the last race in the Race the Castles series at Forvie, incorporating a SOL-type middle distance race plus an Elite relay including the SHI Relays. (Wow!)

Big event, big atmosphere, big chance for you to help the organiser, Jayne MacGregor, put on another quality GRAMP event.

Please read the attached, take a look at the list of teams and let Jayne know ASAP if you can fill one of these roles.

GRAMP- appeal for help for Forvie.pdf

Dunnottar 11/6/14 – Results

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?).

Gramps at the LAMM

Congratulations to all those Gramps recovering from the weekend’s exertions at the LAMM in Strathcarron … LAMM Team Gomersall

A class: Tim Gomersall & Ryan McHenry 3rd
C class: Jack Gomersall & Anna Wells 2nd
D class: Sam & Lesley Gomersall 2nd
Elite class: Dave Thomson & Gareth Yardley 1st Vets (of those that didn’t podium)

And other names spotted in the lists… Ian Hamilton, Dave and Liz Kirk (any others? No club filter to help the search so leave a comment).

Tempted at having a go at a mountain marathon? How about Gramp’s own GMC in November? If you need a lightweight rucsac perhaps ask the Gomersalls, they may have some going spare …LAMM Vets


The Fare Challenge 24th August based at Raemoir

Fare Challenge LogoFancy a fell run and a chance to help raise money for Archie? Hill of Fare is the venue, setting off from Raemoir House Hotel for a 5k, 10k or half marathon option and you can raise funds for The Archie Foundation while trotting along through some rather familiar territory if you’ve ever done one of our events on the Raemoir map!

Check out the details (including route maps) on http://thefarechallenge.co.uk/

Ming the Merciless Summer Madness Endurance Challenge Sat. June 7th 2014 – Huntly, Aberdeenshire

A duathlon event in aid of The British Nordic Development Squad (there is a loose connection here as many Gramps make use of the trails at Clashindarroch and have probably been passed by squad members or wannabes whizzing past with a cheery “Hi!” and a slightly more malevolent sounding hiss of skis on freshly pisted snow while tackling the Ski Orienteering course.)

Mighty Ming – 14 mile run and 30 mile bike ride
Mini Ming – 7 and 17 miles
Combo Ming – do bits of both or simply walk
And a ceilidh!

Entry is FREE but please make a generous donation to the squad funds.
Book online with secure paypal payment system – www.britishnordic.org or download entry form.




Aberdeen Mountain Rescue Team Sponsored Walk 7th June

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.

You can enter at www.amrt.org.uk or use this entry form. ENTRIES CLOSE 30th MAY.
Can you put up a poster too?

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!


A few Gramps spotted at Run Balmoral

As they will no doubt be too modest to tell you themselves and in case you don’t scrutinise the P&J…

Carolyn McLeod won the Women’s 10k race at Balmoral yesterday (21st overall) and Naomi won the Secondary Schools race and broke the course record by 15 seconds. Woohoo! Well done girls!
Sasha was the second senior male in the 5k (can just see his face over the Yellow Leader’s left shoulder in one of the photos) and Struan Kirk came 18th in the MPH Primary Boys 1.5k.

There may have been more of you but our ace sports reporters, Marianne and Naomi, didn’t spot you so apologies if that’s the case. A few photos attached, the 10k ones were taken by Naomi, and you can you just about spot Carolyn chasing/being chased by a pink tutu!

Thanks to Marianne for sending me the bones of this post and the photos. If anyone has any news on how the Highlander GRAMPs fared then let me know? Ta. R.

Mulloch Forest Sprint – Friday 25th April

Hope you all enjoyed your run, the haar adding that bit of special Grampian atmosphere (seemed particulary keen on hanging round people’s glasses).

Results      Splits

Tullohill Forest Sprint – 11th April 2014

What a pleasant evening for the first Forest Sprint of the series of 6 races throughout Deeside this year.  The views from the hill over Aberdeen harbour were great.  Here are the results and splits:

Results    Splits

Thanks to David for planning a smashing little course that avoided the nasty stuff in the north!

Ever been asked “What’s orienteering like?”

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.

Christmas puzzle

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!!)


AGM O starter map.pdf
AGM O control descriptions and distance info.pdf

AGM O answer map.pdf

Moray 2013 – wish you were here!


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.


Orienteers and tree diseases

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 possible, thoroughly wash all footwear, paws and bike/buggy tyres before leaving the area – the spores are carried in clods of mud and leaf litter stuck to these – but don’t just dunk your shoes in the nearest stream as this will simply disperse any contamination all the more effectively!
  • Alternatively, wash footwear, paws and tyres when you get home and using a garden fungicide will make this more effective (but not on the paws please)
  • Thoroughly wash and dry any clothing especially if it’s clarted in mud – preferably give it 48 hours before reuse if possible. Spores are wind-bourne before they get into the mud so you may pick some up while running around. (Even if you haven’t, it’s common courtesy to other orienteers down-wind of you at the next event!)

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.



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