Congratulations to all the Gramp junior competitors at the Jamie Stevenson Trophy event at Braemar on Sunday. Amidst strong competition, especially from Maroc and Moravian, Gramp juniors made a great effort, gaining four top-ten places including a podium place for Sam Griffin on the boy’s Light Green course.
Many thanks to everyone, especially Zoe, Tim and Laura for helping me (in my first JST experience) and as event helpers.
Parking in the Scotstown Road car park – turn right off the B997 just after the Recycling Centre. Take care turning in and out of the entrance as it’s a bit of a rat run and traffic comes over the brow of the hill faster than you think.
There may some other dogwalkers’ cars using the car park so overflow parking available in the two laybys to the south but if you park there please hop over the wall and use the path within the reserve to walk up to Registration and not the road.
Click on the image to the left to see where these laybys are in relation to the car park.
Easy 1.9km – buggy friendly as all on paths or flat grass
Medium 2.8km – can be done mostly on paths but gives you the opportunity to cut corners or choose which way round to go
Short Tech 2.6km
Long Tech 4.5km
Registration 18:00 – 19:00 Courses close 20:00 (Remember to report back at car park by then)
Seniors £4, Juniors/Students £2
Full leg cover recommended rather than shorts as the vegetation has sprung right up in the last couple of weeks with nettles and gorse in places on all but the Easy course depending on your route choice or how many folk have gone before and kindly beaten a path for you.
Sadly no cakes this time but the Reserve is especially good for dragonflies and darters and is a bit of a hotspot according to the British Dragonfly Society so keep your eyes peeled as you run past any wet areas.
I could do with some more volunteers for Crathes so please tell me at Registration on Wed if you can help:
– someone to stand at the Start and make sure people on the same course are separated by a minute (run after)
– someone to assist David Esson on download during the middle part of the day (run first or after)
– 2 or 3 control collectors
This is GRAMP’s next Sunday event, squeezed in between all those Wed Summer Series ones we hope you’ve been enjoying.
Time to come and put all that practice into action against your Club Champs and (JD)2C rivals. Beginners also very welcome – come and find the GRAMP banner in the car park and someone will be on hand to help you choose a suitable course and get you going. You can go in a group so bring family and friends for a big day out as Crathes also has a cafe, Go Ape and obviously the castle, gardens and grounds to enjoy.
Streetmap Link googlemaps
Postcode: AB31 5QJ, Lat/Long: 57.062806,-2.439328, OS Grid Ref: NO734969, what3words: craftsman.fears.brilliant
Access/Parking will be in the lower public car park and you need to pay for parking at the NTS machines please.
Registration and Start Times
Registration: 10:30 to 12:30
Starts: 11:00 to 13:00
Courses Close: 14:30
Registration/download will be adjacent to parking. Approximately 250m to the Start, 2 Finishes close to car park.
Fun, friendly events with something for everyone on Wednesday evenings. All events will have 4 courses making them suitable for beginners and experienced alike:
Starts 6-7pm, courses close 8pm (unless changed for a particular event, please check website for any changes)
Seniors £4, students/juniors £2
The first three events (Hazlehead, Countesswells and Foggieton) will have introductory coaching available 6-6.30 – just turn up. Or if you need to know more please contact the summer series coordinator using this form.
Junior attendance awards up for grabs again. (That means CHOCOLATE!!)
Links to maps showing the car parking/registration locations will be added nearer the time.
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Grampian Mountain Challenge – Scotland’s Friendly Sociable Winter Mountain Marathon
The GMC will be back in 2018 staying with its traditional date slot and will be over the weekend of 10 / 11 November 18.
It will be held in the Braemar area. All the usual features will be present, including a remote overnight camp with catering and heating, kit transfer to and from the camp, and orienteering and traditional hill sections over the two days. Ali R has agreed to take on the job of Planner once more, and Dave K and Ian H are again doing the Organising and Controlling.
*****Online entries via SiEntries now open*****
Feel free to download the flyer and send it to friends or display at work or whatever it takes to help spread the word and fill the 100 places available.