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.
I try to keep an up to date list of upcoming events for Gramp and neighbouring clubs* on the right hand side of this webpage but if viewing on a mobile it’s not immediately obvious it’s there. So I’ve left two links in the menu system under ‘Events/Results’ for the SOA Events Calendar and the BOF Event Finder which is searchable by placename or postcode and shows events 1, 2, 3…. weeks away with coloured pins in a map.
*For newcomers it might help to know which club is based where and covers what:
Gramp = Aberdeen and bits of the Shire surrounding
Maroc = Deeside north and south from Banchory to Braemar
Moravian = Moray coast and inland
Basoc = Kingussie to Grantown and areas close to Spey nearby
Invoc = Nairn to Inverness and beyond!
Mobile users – any more suggestions to improve your browsing experience gratefully received by firstname.lastname@example.org please.
Last in the series is always traditionally around the intricacies of the Kings Campus in Old Aberdeen and why break with tradition? Please note the last starts will be by 18:30 as it’s getting darker earlier. You should still be able to see your map by streetlamps but might want to bring a small torch just in case.
Parking/Reg is in the traditional car park off St Machar Drive
w3w: eagles/belt/coffee for the entrance
Starts: 18:00 – 18:30 Course closes at 19:00
Fees: Seniors £3, Juniors/Students £1.50
Select your start block when entering and pay contactless when you arrive on the night.
Pre-entry only via Entry Form for Old Aberdeen
First Aid kit and sanitiser will be available in the organiser’s car.
Please observe current Covid distancing and group number guidance and beware of blind corners and pedestrians.
ISSOM map and SI Air enabled controls will be used.
ISSOM maps have some special symbols so if you’re new to these please check this guide paying special attention to the out of bounds olive green and uncrossable walls/fences: ISSOM uncrossables
Wow! Never seen the Westburn so burny as tonight or the grass so waterlogged. Almost needed a snorkel in parts. Thanks to Sam and Tim for doing the soggy honours tonight.
I also uploaded to RouteGadget to see what it would make of the voided section for the road crossing and seems to cope OK although if you look at the Splits it has dotted lines between 17 & 19 rather than 18.
As expected, those with older dibbers that cut out at 30 controls have dotted lines from 30 to the Finish.
Interestingly, all of us crawl from the last control to the Finish when replaying the race, regardless of dibber vintage. Don’t remember the water being that deep in the car park that we would have been reduced to wading carefully so no idea why!!
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)
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?