Autumn Urban Sprint Series, Events/Results

Autumn Urban Sprint Series 2013

urban44th Sep    Duthie Park/Ferryhill     Results   Splits
11th Sep   Westburn and Victoria Parks    Results   Splits
18th Sep  Balgownie    Results   Splits      ( Individual Splits Printouts )
25th Sep  Seaton and Hillhead     Results   Splits
2nd Oct    Aberdeen University    Results   Splits

Overall Points* best 3 of 5 scores

*As the 5th event at Abz Uni didn’t follow the same format as the rest the points are debatable although it didn’t make any difference to the overall winners. So there are two versions of overall points – one with points as is based on finishing times recorded and a second version with points based on an adjusted time where I’ve subtracted the first leg times from everyone’s total as it was that first leg that was make or break, i.e. if you found the first control first time you were very lucky.

Just for comparison here’s the overall results after the 4 normal sprint events too.

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Congratulations to Evgueni for winning the first urban sprint, with a time just under the 20 minutes for 3.4km.  Nice planning by Mark Stockton took us round the park, a loop into Ferryhill through the narrow alleys, and finally back into Duthie to the finish.  The new map (drawn to ISSOM standard) was great.

Westburn and Vicky Parks were a real eyeballs-out sprint – men’s winning time 14:17 for 3.5km shortest feasible route.  We welcomed Oleg back to Aberdeen and he managed to beat his brother Sasha by 56 seconds.  Sasha was a similar margin ahead of Alex MacLachlan – they’re all running very well.  Fastest lady was Naomi in a tremendously fast 17:34!

Mark Stockton was the star in the reasonably priced map at Balgownie, with a very smart winning time of 17:15, a minute ahead of the chasers.  Fastest lady was new arrival Karen Maxwell, of Roxburgh Reivers, who has just started at RGU – a very big welcome to Karen (who BTW is car-less and would appreciate lifts to future events).  Sorry for the absence of the splits printer – senility on the part of the person supposed to bring it – me!  If you’d like it, you can find yours in the link to Individual Splits Printouts below.

We got all the technology together for Seaton Park and Hillhead urban sprint, so everyone got their splits – hooray.  Very tricky to avoid all the temporary fencing in the halls of residence, which was specially mapped by organisers Pete and Rachel – thanks guys.  Leading lady was hill-runner par excellence Jenny Ricketts in 20:36 ahead of last week’s winner Karen Maxwell (recovering from “fresher’s flu”).  Mark Stockton had some tougher (international) competition this week from Lithuania, Russia and Finland!  He came out on top for max points again, in another sparkling time of 18:05.  Well done Mr. Consistency.

The final sprint of the season was in the pouring rain at Aberdeen University, which made the pavements slippery.  But it didn’t seem to slow the leaders.  A big welcome to all the Aberdeen Uni O-Club folk!!  The novel format was tricky in the rain, as our pens wouldn’t write on the maps – so memorising the order of controls was hard.  I took 16 mins to find no.1 which scuppered my time!  Thanks to David K. for the planning and organising.

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