Following Potarch and Balmedie here are the rankings after 6 events.
Oli Robertson still leading M10 while Joanna McDonald has taken the lead from Emily Robertson in W8. Sam McDonald is lying 2nd W10 and the Farquharson twins are comfortably leading W16 too so well done everyone!
28/8/19 MAROC Glen Fearder EEE via Maroc website
6/10/19 GRAMP Forvie
10/11/19 MAROC Cambus O’May
Demi-RetrO and Barbeque
This is your chance to take a step back in time to the days before pre-printed maps. To encourage you to take a more detailed look at how a course is shown on the map, competitors will be issued with a blank map and a control description and will need to draw their own course before setting off.
The usual suite of courses will be available with some pre-printed maps for the short course for those still getting to grips with orienteering.
Short Tech 2.2km
Long Tech 3.2km
Map drawing will be included in your overall time so it will be up to you to decide if you want to take the time to make an accurate copy of the master map or scribble some symbols and take your chances on the course.
The courses are a little shorter than usual, so the overall finishing times should be the same as for a normal event leaving you plenty of time to enjoy the barbeque. Charcoal and a grill will be provided – the food and drink is up to you.
Dennis McDonald has a novel training twist lined up for you: “Downhill orienteering at overspeed. Coming from a hill running background…what would you really expect? I’ve tried to use paths for the uphill sections where possible, so hopefully, there won’t be too many complaints.”
Sounds like some of us might be in for a whole new experience. I’ve often wondered what it feels like to be able to run at elite speed – here’s hoping I find out….
Parking in the yard around the the farm steading NJ687 003. From the main entrance to Raemoir Hotel take the A980 west and then 2nd left up farm track towards and past castle ruins and farm buildings, keep on to the end of the track and park as closely as you can around the yard.
Many thanks to Mrs Alexander at Cluny Crighton Farm for giving us permission to use this area for parking. Please do not enter the barns or touch any farm machinery or livestock.
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•easy (all on paths – white/yellow standard – up to 2km)
•medium (partly on paths – orange standard – up to 3km)
•two as-hard-as-we-can-make-it courses of different lengths (generally referred to as short and long tech with as-the-crow-flies distances between 2.5 and 5km)
•Technical training twist: downhill overspeed orienteering
Run faster than you normally would do in a competition. The downhill element makes it possible to train your orienteering abilities in higher speed than would normally be possible.
I haven’t distinguished between map memory and the regular course, partly because I think there was some peeking going on, partly because a few people seem to know the area very well*. That said, my hat goes off to the handful of brave souls who went out there without a map for backup!
Apologies to Paul Duley, whose brikke malfunctioned, and thanks to David Esson, who is valiantly trying to interrogate it. Many thanks to everyone who helped and/or collected in controls including: Hugh Nicholson, Adrian Will, Bob Daley, Dennis MacDonald, and Adrian Northcott. Ros
*Knowing the area didn’t help much as I got blase and accidentally started looking at the Short Tech map memory slices half way round the Long and then just made it up to finish thinking I knew what I was looking for but it’s all changed** so dramatically in the last 2 years it took me ages to convince myself I was on the so-called ‘ride’ leading to the last control.
**Definitely time for an update which is the perfect timing for me to mention our plans to get some extra hands on board to help Stuart Anderson break the back of the backlog of tweaks to be made to our maps. Anyone out there interested in a training session on how to operate Ocad or equivalent and get some tips on what to include and what to leave out etc? Let myself or David Esson know and we’ll try to arrange something to suit a bit later in the year. Rachel
We’ve taken a leaf out of STAG’s book and are planning 3 events in one day on Saturday 24th of August (Bank Holiday weekend in Englandshire) all linked by the AWPR.
Areas: A bit of everything…
Dunnottar (forest avoiding the slopes and really nettly bits!) – Westhill (classic suburban area with lots of controls and changes of direction packed into a small area) –
Balmedie (sand dunes)
One sprint course on each area approximately Orange standard.
Winning times of 15-20 minutes but everyone is welcome even if you can’t run like the wind. If you know you’re slow, just aim to start as early as possible as course closing times will be enforced today so that the AWPR3 Circus can roll on to the next venue.
Adults £4.00 per event, Juniors £2.00 per event
Whole day discount Adults £10.00, Juniors £5.00
EEE: It would really help us plan ahead if you could drop us an email asap to say you intend to come so we can set up the computing database and know how many maps to print. Please send an email to email@example.com by 21:00 Friday 23rd with AWPR Three in the title your name(s) and which event(s) you’d like to enter. By using the Early Email Entry system there’s no obligation to run and no money required up front. Thanks.
BBQ/picnic at Balmedie to finish the day. Bring your own food and drink.
DUNNOTTAR WOODS 2.4km 50m climb
50% paths 50% offroad so trail shoes recommended and also full leg cover even
though Rachel will have bashed paths through the worst nettle patches
REGISTRATION 10:00 – 11:00
STARTS 10:30 – 11:30
COURSE CLOSES 12:30
WESTHILL 2.1km 5m(!) climb
Paths, some small grassy areas and very minor roads so 12-16’s can
run unaccompanied, 12 and under need a responsible adult with them.
REGISTRATION 13:00 – 14:00
STARTS 13:30 – 14:30
COURSE CLOSES 15:30
From AWPR take A944 turning to Westhill, past Tesco (loo/lunch stop) and
then second left signposted for Westhill Industrial Estate and marked
with O signs.
Follow Enterprise Drive round to the right, past Technip and
Schlumberger offices and look for an O sign pointing right past a row of
one storey industrial units to the parking area.
BALMEDIE 2.5km 85m climb
Orange standard course on paths and dunes. Fun at the seaside to round the day off in those lovely undulating dunes but again full leg cover advised against marram grass if you want to leave the paths to cut corners.
REGISTRATION 17:00 – 18:00
STARTS 17:30 – 18:30
COURSE CLOSES 19:30
Visit our dedicated Summer Series page for the full list of dates and venues and links to videos and info for beginners to explain a bit more about what the sport involves. Everyone welcome – bring friends/family and have go!
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