Photo taken at 2110hrs while collecting controls.
Many thanks to George and David for planning/computing and ace control collectors Bob Daly, Helen Rowlands and Gareth Yardley.
Don’t forget to check for ticks and that we now take a break for the Scottish 3+3 Days until
Tyrebagger on 11th Aug TBC
Templars Park on 18th Aug
“Disgusting, nefarious, sneaky, crafty…” no, not the planner, ticks!!
While you were waiting for the results, did you check yourself for ticks as loads of the wee critters out there tonight? If you’re not sure what you’re looking for take a look at this guide. From the teensiest-weensiest ones through to something a couple of mm across they love to settle in areas like waistbands, tops of socks, nooks and crannies so check thoroughly tonight and then again tomorrow as they have magical powers of invisibility first time around!
If you find one latched onto your skin don’t panic they’re quite easy to remove. Don’t grab the body to pull and try not to squeeze it, instead you’re aiming for a pincer movement around its head with your fingernails, or use a tick remover, and pull gently until it lets go. Some people swear that twisting it slightly helps but it’s not imperative so if it’s in an awkward place for twisting just pull straight.
Check the sites of bites for any rash as that can be an indicator of Lyme Disease which is really not good news. The typical Lyme rash is dark red, circular, often has a bullseye appearance with concentric circles and several cms across but you can get atypical rashes which are more rectangular or blobby. If you think your rash may fit this description get in touch with your GP, send them a photo, explain it was a tick bite and where and request a preventative course of antibiotics. Most GPs in Scotland are clued up about Lyme Disease these days and will give you a prescription without too many questions.
Want to know more about Lyme Disease? 5 Live Science programme on 11/7/21 featured from around 33 mins. You can still listen to it here and that’s where the quote at the top comes from. (Thanks to ex-Gramp, Ewen Rennie, for the link.)
Short (Easy) Results Splits
Medium Results Splits
Short Tech Results Splits
Long Tech Results Splits
RouteGadget This is going to look a real mess but could provide some good entertainment watching headless chickening going on as many folk admitted to underestimating this small, easy area.
Thanks to Pete for interesting spin around and around and around (infinitely preferable to slogging through chest-high, rain-soaked vegetation on far north side just to get the length though – good call!), David for computing, Rachel and Eric for control collecting.
Thanks to Ian Hamilton for setting us a real challenge tonight certainly towards the start of the Long Tech. Good practice for those of us going to the 6 Days as it’s impossible to recognise anything under all that bracken so definitely bearings and distance judgement came into play followed by some lovely open running in the northern part of the map.
Thanks too to Dennis for braving the bracken twice to collect controls along with Rachel and Pete plus David Esson on keyboard.
Yippeeeeee! It’s all systems go here at GMC HQ and we’re just away to open up entries and start making final preparations.
GMC 2021 Nov 6th/7th
ENTRIES OPEN 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?