Here are the results from tonight’s sprint event, corrected for Tim Griffin’s GPS placing him on somebody’s roof rather than at control 3….
Thank you to everyone who came!
We’re really pleased to invite you to the grand finale of our Urban Sprint Series races. Needless to say it’s still going to be a bit different from last year as we need to take precautions against the inadvertent spread of C-19 and these are detailed below.
Aberdeen Uni Kings Campus – Wednesday 30th Sept – 5:30 -6:45 pm
Parking at the uni car park off St Machar Drive next to the McRobert Building.
Registration. w3w: battling.nozzle.crumples
One course, approx. 2.4km at orange (medium) standard, Juniors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult – no exceptions or long-distance observing, please!!! Very little traffic in this area but still watch out for ninja bikes sneaking up quietly but quickly and take care going round blind corners as plenty of ’em!
The event will be Pre-entry only (to comply with latest COVID related rules). Enter by using the contact form – click here.
– your name(s) indicating if you are running as an individual, pair or group if there’s more than one of you, and
– preferred start block 5:30 to 5:45, 5:45 to 6:00 and so on
Zoe Griffin (planner) will reply with your start time (between 5:30 and 6:45-ish pm at 2 minute intervals to aid distancing). Please report to registration 10 mins before this to allow time to pay and download your MapRun course to your phone and get a quick lesson on using it if required.
£3 adults, £1.50 juniors/students – we hope to be able to take contactless card payments, otherwise we will ask you to make a bank transfer and provide details if necessary.
DO NOT ENTER OR RUN if you are suffering from Covid symptoms or are isolating or shielding or in quarantine post-holiday.
The event is designed to minimise the risk of spread of the virus – hence the staggered starts and there will be no results published at the event, we will upload to the website later. Do not crowd around each other’s phones in lieu of a results screen.
Before, after and whilst on the course participants should maintain a minimum social distance of 2m from others not in their household/bubble (whether competing or not).
This year we’re trialling the use of the MapRun app for timing – one of the advantages to this is reduced risk of Covid-19 transfer from person-control-person and no download queue or splits handed out – basically avoiding anything that might cause too many people to congregate in one area.
For the same reason, if you do arrive early please resist the urge to socialise en mass before reporting to registration. The last thing we want to do is recreate the Soul Bar scenario on the doorsteps of the residents!
Full details on how to use MapRun can be found on the MapRun page here on our website or see the quick summary at the bottom of this post.
MapRun or MapRunF
To use MapRun(F) you need to download the app to your phone – it’s available for free on your phone’s app store. The F version allows you to amend your splits to account for controls that didn’t register for some reason.
Follow the instructions for setting up your personal details (for online results).
You can download the course to your phone before arriving if you want but won’t be able to activate it until you get the PIN code from Registration. Alternatively, wait until you arrive and then look for “Courses near me” for a quick way to find it.
Once downloaded, click on Go To Start and then physically do that.
As you pass through the Start, all controls and the Finish your phone will beep. The phone usually registers a beep within 10 metres of the ‘control’ after a few seconds sometimes depending on satellites/GPS/phone.
As soon as you get the beep, head off to the next control.
If you don’t get a beep after a few seconds, carry on and use the HITMO function to adjust after you’ve finished.
As soon as you go through the Finish circle, your splits will automatically be uploaded to the MapRun server for the results table and RouteGadget.
ALTHOUGH THERE’S NO DOWNLOAD PLEASE REPORT BACK TO REGISTRATION SO WE CAN TICK YOU OFF THE LIST AS BACK SAFE AND SOUND.
Although the phone displays the map and course as well as doing the timing we will be providing paper copies of the map to navigate with you if you prefer (recommended).
If you do not have the app or aren’t too fussed about the splits etc we will trust you to self-time and include you in the overall results if you want.
We’re going to tempt fate and announce our plans to hold a slightly bigger event on Sunday 11th October in Glen Dye. Yippeee! Fingers crossed!
Parking on forest tracks below Bogarn. w3w ///undivided.crank.clincher
Parking will be tight and we’re assuming you will follow guidance and leave as soon as your car load has finished to make space for later runners.
Starts 10:30 – 13:00 – slightly longer window than usual with allocated start times designed to spread you out.
If we’ve already filled all available Start slots by the time we receive your entry then we may have to turn you away so get entering now!
Courses close: 15:00
One Start for Yellow/Orange close to main car parking in central block
One Start for Green/Short Brown over the road but still close
One Finish close to main car parking/download
Download: please wait to get your breath back and stop peching before approaching Download for obvious reasons!
Yellow 1.9km/30m all on paths
Orange 3.1km/60m potential for a bit more cross-country
Green 4.0km/150m couple of road crossings –
watch out for bikers having fun
Short Brown 6.1km/230m as above
Timing system: our swanky new SI kit will be getting an outing and hopefully SI Air enabled. This is different from the old Emit system in that you must manually clear and check your dibber before going through the Start. There will be reminders, don;t worry.
Entry fees: Adult £5, Junior £2.50 – includes ‘hire’ of SI dibber if you don’t have your own (but please take good care of it as we may after a donation if you lose it)
We can’t use the iZettle at Glen Dye (no phone signal) so payment can be made by one of the following options:
i. iZettle email invoice
we need your email address and postal address to personalise your
invoice (receipts can be issued this way too)
ii. exact cash to be handed over on the day
Pre-entry only: by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “EEE Glen Dye” in the title, or via this entry form, by noon on Sunday 4th Oct.
Please state clearly:
SI dibber number(s) if you have one – else “dibber required”
Whether you are running in a pair/family group/shadowed
Payment method preference and if option 1 your postal address
Preferred start time early/middle/late
Strictly no Entry on the Day.
We will acknowledge receipt of your entry and post a start list as soon as practicable after the 4th.
DO NOT ENTER OR RUN if you, or a member of your family/bubble, are suffering from Covid symptoms or are isolating or shielding or in quarantine post-hols.
The event is designed to minimise risk of spread, hence pre-entry, staggered starts and no results at the event to remove the temptation to huddle round a screen. Results will be uploaded to our website by Sunday evening.
Whilst on the course participants should maintain social distance of 2m AT ALL TIMES from all people not in your household/bubble and avoid touching controls or other equipment as much as possible.
Hand sanitiser will be available and we would ask you to use it before handling a hire dibber.
We’re really pleased to invite you to the fourth of our Urban Sprint Series races. Needless to say it’s still going to be a bit different from last year as we need to take precautions against the inadvertent spread of C-19 and these are detailed below.
The Gramp MapRun Factory (Rachel) has been busy over the last couple of weeks and we now have several more courses uploaded courtesy of Sarah Dunn. From Aberdeen Uni and Perwinnes Moss (4 variations Easy to Tech) down to Stonehaven via Cove. Or a novelty twist based on and Aberdeen Street Art Trail. You pays no money and takes ‘yer choice!
More ideas are being worked on by a couple of other Gramps too and we’re open to suggestions for either areas to use or courses to convert. Ping an email to email@example.com to get your requests/offers in for either MapRun or lowkey trad courses as we start to prepare for travel restrictions being lifted even further.
And the ‘ding’ bit? That’s how Tim Griffin described the noise his phone made at each control when test running Perwinnes Moss.