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Scottish Score Champs and Inter-Club Championships

The last championship event of the year, the Scottish Score Orienteering championships, was held last Sunday 22nd November at Pitmedden Forest, Fife.  The provisional results can be found are the KFO website here.

Gramp competitors ran well and came away with some excellent results:

  • M20 – 1st Jack Gomersall
  • W45 – 5th Helen Rowlands
  • W50 – 1st Carolyn McLeod
  • M50 – 3rd Sam Gomersall
  • M55 – 2nd Ian Hamilton, 4th Bob Daly
  • M60 – 1st Rob Hickling

In the associated Scottish Inter-Club competition, GRAMP was 3rd in the Large Clubs class, behind ESOC and RR.  We beat FVO, TAY and Interlopers, despite having fewer counting competitors than each of those three clubs.

The trophies for the 2015 Compass-Point Scottish Orienteering League (SOL) were also presented at the event.  Click here to find out the final SOL positions and GRAMP’s class winners.

So a great end to the year on the competition front.


2015 AGM – Sat 5th December

The club AGM and social will be on Saturday 5th December at The Scout Hall, Oakhill Crescent (near the Atholl Hotel) starting promptly at 7pm.

Short AGM & prize-giving (including the GRAMP Club Championships), followed by ‘Bring a Dish to Share’ supper (food and drink), and some entertaining games for adults and juniors.

Please come prepared to air your views about any topic and suggestions for next year.

Juniors welcome too – there’s another room to escape to so you don’t need to be involved with the talking bit, but can then join in the eating bit!

Any queries? Contact the secretary using this form.

See also this is flyer (with map). NB The Scout Hall is on a narrow lane, late-comers may need to park on Oakhill Road.

Post-AGM event at Tollohill on Sunday 6th December!

Hero of the hour!

He won’t thank me for telling you this (he’s very quiet and self-effacing) but we have a hero in our midst. He’s been regularly volunteering to get controls in after events for years and years but looks like he’s now started collecting competitors instead…..!

“Can you relay a thank you to Bob Daly who came upon me injured in the forest today and reported this to the controller? He then came back up to help carry me to a waiting car. I have a spiral fracture of the fibula in my right leg and a stitched right knee – the result of 2 separate mishaps! Please pass on my heartfelt thanks – I was so glad to see him in the forest! Regards Marjory Craig”

SOL 2015

Congratulations to the following GRAMPS on their SOL successes in 2015:

Rob Hickling 1st M60 (have a good one at the VHIs this weekend!)
George Esson 3rd M65S
Neil McLean 1st M70
Morven Farquharson 2nd W10
Kirsty Farquharson 3rd W10
Carolyn McLeod 1st W40L
Anne Hoy 3rd W55S
Anne Hickling 1st W60S

If you only watch one thing this weekend, watch this….

…Adventure Show, BBC2, Sunday 19:00
Features the blood, sweat and tears of WOC2015. I know we all know the results already but you can still cheer on our local elites, Spongey and Jess.

Urban Sprints Series points

We’ll be awarding points again this year – winner gets 50, 2nd gets 47, 3rd gets 44, 4th gets 41 and then decreasing one point for each place thereafter.
1 point even if you mis-punch or don’t complete the course.
Don’t ask why but that’s the way it was decided to do it for the DNC so I’ve just followed suite!

Your best 3 results out of 5 count towards your overall total and could win you a lavish prize in one of these categories (loosely based on the SOUL system):

JU16 – Junior shadowed
J Junior
Open – any age class*
V Veteran 40+
SV Super Veteran 55+
UV Ultra Veteran 65+

*Let me know if you want to compete in the Open category otherwise I’ll put you in the category for your age class

Scores so far attached and I’ll try to update asap after each race. Rachel

2015 Urban Sprints Points 1-5.pdf

Tim Gomersall 6th in inaugural Glen Coe Skyline Race

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.”

Autumn Urban Series flyers

2015 autumn A5 alternative 3Help us spread the word!

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.




Summer Series awards

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:

Paul Caffyn

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


GRAMP Permanent Orienteering Courses (POCs) to get a revamp

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.

SOL? SOUL? What’s all that about?

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.

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

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.

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

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!)

See also the Keep it Clean campaign by the Forestry Commission

If you want more info on tree diseases then here are a few links or you can ask our resident biosecurity expert, Gen.

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.



Then try a Permanent Orienteering Course in a local forest or park or try one of our Street O maps for a taste of urban O.


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