=-O How did that happen?! As a club with no clear strategy or captain (although we did have a banner which was more than many) we somehow managed to rack up enough points at Tentsmuir to come 3rd in the Trophy class (small clubs) and a mere 6 points behind arch-rivals Maroc. Result!
It’s a team competition so you need strength and depth across a variety of age classes/courses, so potentially anyone’s score could be the deciding factor between placings.
Tentsmuir’s an area well suited to such a broad variety of competitors with a grid of forest blocks, some of which have small patches and ridges of highly complex contour detail for the TD5 courses. The blocks seem ridiculously easy at first glance but lulled one or two of us into a false sense of security and caught us napping.
Thanks to all 31 Gramps who ventured down and particularly to our 13 highest scorers shown in bold below.
Helen & Stuart Anderson; Evgueni Chepelin; Bob Daly; David Esson; Morven, Kirsty & Laura Farquharson;Sam, Lesley & Josie Gomersall; Oonagh Grassie;Sam, Noah & Tim Griffin; Rob & Anne Hickling; Anne Hoy; Pete Lawrence; Alan & Jayne Macgregor; Neil McLean; Iain, Calum & Carolyn McLeod; Richard Oxlade; Ali Robertson; Rachel Scott;
Bob Sheridan; Gordon Urquhart; Duncan Will. For full results check out Robin Strain’s results pages.
This now means that we’ve qualified for the CSC final down in Devon 22/10/17 at the intriguingly named area, Virtuous Lady – fancy an Autumn break anyone? FlyBe will get you to Exeter via Manchester for a mere £180!
Ready for another fix of Sunday racing? Come along to Crathes for a great mix of runnable woodland and parkland with an extensive path network so all terrain buggies should be able to get round the shorter courses no problem. Crathes is a deceptive area and although small there’s so much detail that even the locals (Maroc that’s you!) have often admitted to going out blase about running round their backyard and promptly come a cropper.
And if that doesn’t entice you then there’s always the cafe or Go Ape to make a full day’s outing of it.
GoApe are offering a 15% discount on the day to orienteers (ask for Pauline Anderson) and if anyone manages to stay on the skateboard zip all the way then please let me know the secret.
Oh yes – nearly forgot – it’s a counting event for this year’s (JD)2C and Gramp Champs.
Parking in the visitors car park in the grounds of Crathes Castle. Please pay for a ticket at the machines. Map
Registration and Start Times
Registration: 10:30 to 12:30
Starts: 11:00 to 13:00
Courses Close: 14:30
Registration/download will be close to parking.
Course details to follow once Helen’s thrown a dice 😉
Guide to course difficulty (thanks BKO).
To help our IT team, if you think you are probably coming to the event and have a fair idea of which course you would like to run, please email your name, BOF number and course to grampoc at!gmail.com (subject EEE Crathes) or use this contact form. A map will be held for you till noon. No obligation to run if you change your mind.
Senior BOF member £5, Non-BOF member £7
Planner: Helen Rowlands
Organiser: Paul Duley (offers of help appreciated please)
Controller: Andy Tivendale
Well behaved dogs and their owners welcome
Safety – A risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.HEALTH – Full leg and torso cover is required due to ticks.
Public Liability – Please be aware that British Orienteering Federation (BOF) event insurance only covers non-member participants for public liability for 3 events in any one year (this includes helpers, parents shadowing and competitors).
Photography – In line with the policies of British Orienteering, the organisers of this event request that any person wishing to take photos or video showing children should register their details with event volunteers before taking any such photos or videos. The event organisers reserve the right to ask people to refrain from taking photos or video and may, if such warnings are ignored, refer the matter to the police.
Sprint O is great fun – lots of controls in quick succession in a relatively short distance and fast running alone is no use in this discipline if it’s of the headless chicken variety! You really have to look closely at the map, make snap decisions about route choice, execute them quickly and cleanly while all the time trying to read a jiggling map and watch where your feet are going. Give it a go.
One course TD3 or Orange standard, about 3km, with lots of controls and route choice in a relatively small area so full on concentration required just as much as fleet feet. Great for developing Juniors too if accompanied by a TD3 standard runner. Best 4 scores out of 6 will count towards the FSS league results. Overall results can be found on the GRAMP website.
Registration: 18:00 to 18:50
Starts: 18:30 to 19:15
Fees: £4 Senior, £2.50 Junior/Student