Congratulations once again and good luck to our Junior member M18 Sam Griffin who will be representing Scotland in the Junior Inter Regional Orienteering Championships in Cleveland 25th/26th Sept and then at the Junior Home Internationals ‘down south’ at the Devil’s Punch Bowl at the beginning of October.
One short course, TD3 or medium difficulty, 3km so ideal for beginners and improvers.
All within the park boundaries except for a road crossing in the middle where you MUST cross at the pedestrian crossing when the traffic is stationary. We will rig the timing system to exclude the time it takes between punching the controls on either side of the road so there is no excuse for dashing across and risking it.
SI Air enabled controls and kites will be in use for this one.
So you won’t need a phone but you will need an SI dibber and you can borrow one if needed, just let us know on the pre-entry form.
Parking/reg now in Westburn Bowling Greens Car Park
Please arrive no earlier than 17:35 to allow bowlers to leave the car park.
Starts from 18:00 – 19:00, courses close at 19:30.
Pre-entry only via Westburn Park Entry Form
Please complete this by 21:00 Monday 20th.
No money due until you turn up but pre-entry helps us with Trace & Protect and map numbers.
£3 Seniors, £1.50 Juniors/Students
Pay on the night with contactless card/phone.
Sanitiser and First Aid kit available at the organiser’s car.
ISSOM (sprint mapping standard) maps have special symbols and colours indicating Out of Bounds and walls/fences that are forbidden to cross (private property) so if you’re not sure take a look at this guide:
Covid-19 precautions – although we’ll be Level 0 our C-19 precautions will still be in place including registration in advance, contactless payment, staggered start blocks, suitable distancing from those not in your bubble and stick to ScotGov guidelines re group numbers when meeting outdoors and car sharing.
Our entry form asks about symptoms and self-isolation/quarantine but only 1 in 3 infected people show symptoms apparently so if you’re in any doubt can we suggest you take a lateral flow test prior to attending as a matter of courtesy to organiser and fellow runners just in case?
Thanks to Oonagh and Donald for organising the Westhill leg of the series. Donald is so taken by the ease of making courses and timing etc that he’s going to introduce his DofE group to MapRun.
Results – not sure but I think the folk recorded as mispunches are self-declared rather than just failing to get a ping so I’ve kept their times in the mix for comparison and you can see that the whizz kids are back in town!
Some names don’t appear yet on the MapRun results so I’ve put together a quick guide on uploading results for you if you want to have a go (not compulsory, that’s why Oonagh was recording times manually.)
Here are the results from todays event at Balmedie Beach.
Many thanks to all the Gramp helpers and in particular to Zoe Griffin ably assisted by Tim (Planner), Sarah Dunn (Controller), and Sam & Lesley Gomersall. (Organisers)
Seems like everyone enjoyed themselves this evening even if one or two got fooled by incoming texts or emails making them think they had hit a control when they heard a ping. Others said they couldn’t hear the pings very well at all but we’re reliably informed that bluetoothed ear phones solve that problem – although maybe just the one would be a better idea so you can still hear the traffic?
I have to say that from a (lazy) planners point of view not having to put out and collect controls in an urban environment, cable-tying everything down, makes for a very relaxed evening. Especially when you get to sunbathe in a car park waiting for folk to come back.
I do appreciate though that some folk take it all far more seriously and find the inconsistent GPS reaction times a bit frustrating. I was asked if I’d found out an optimum combo of phone and app? The answer is that I don’t know but no doubt if you sniffed about on a forum like Nopesport you’ll find plenty of folk that think they do.
I have a theory that there is more likely to be an optimum maximum running speed for the tech which is just a tad too slow for the hares. (I think I may be about to find out if flattery will get you everywhere or not!)
Cove coincided very nicely with World Orienteering Day II as many countries were too locked down to take part in WOD I earlier this year so we all got a second bite of the cherry this week. Woohoo!!
Yippeeeeee! It’s all systems go here at GMC HQ and we’re just away to start making final preparations.
ENTRIES OPENED 12th JULY
Here’s the link: SiEntries
Pairs £115 or Solo £57.50
Course A ~57k 2300m over 2 days
Course B ~47k 1900m over 2 days
Course C ~37k 1500m over 2 days
Information, Rules and Kit List (as of 21/6/21, watch out for updates)
You’ll see we’ve rebranded ever so slightly to acknowledge the year’s delay but other than that (fingers crossed please people) it’s shaping up for another great weekend of friendly rivalry and fun.
GMC HQ will be based at Crathie Hall on the north side of the River Dee, opposite Balmoral, where we’ll register you early on Saturday morning and take your kit bags for transportation to the overnight campsite while you do the easy bit yomping through some spectacular scenery to join us.
There will definitely be portaloos at the campsite and hopefully marquees if C-19 guidelines allow by that stage.
Then the whole process reverses on Sunday via some different but equally spectacular scenery to get back to Crathie Hall. Although there are prizes up for grabs we probably won’t be allowed to have a prize-giving inside and it’s too much to expect a heatwave that time of year so we’ll have to think of a different way this year – apres-GMC Zoom Party anyone?