Regrettably the Scolty colour coded event planned for 17th September has been postponed. We are currently unable to use the area due to ongoing forestry work. Subject to permission being received from FC the event will now be held on 5th November. Bennachie will now be run early in 2018 (originally this was scheduled for 5th Nov).
This means the Jon Duncan Junior Deeside Cup and GRAMP Champs will now be best 4 of 8 races.
A straightforward event at Hazlehead: just one unmapped abandoned tent between two points – not quite as exciting as the naturist sunbathing in the dunes at Balmedie last year.
Olivia had brisk trade at her cake stall, not surprising as we were spoilt for choice and my choice was delicious.
Some new faces and some old faces braving a chilly wind and evening golfers. Good to meet/catch up with you and hope to see some of you at Glen O’Dee next week? Details on Maroc’s website.
Day 3 Tuesday 1st August Birsemore.
Day 3 is ‘our’ day shared with ELO, TINTO and STAG.
David Esson, Gareth and Murray have been busy planning courses and showed the team leaders around a rather chilly but scenic Birsemore on Saturday.
As you know it takes a lot of manpower to make sure the event runs smoothly. It is hoped that as many Gramp members as possible will offer to help on the day, if you are not attending the event but would still like to help you will be very welcome. Help is required for parking, starts, arena (including IT), string course.
Please contact Helen on sh.and’at’gmx.com with offers of help, if you have a particular preference just let me know.
A “slight twist” was promised and turned out to be a retrO twist so thanks to Stuart for all his hard work checking punch patterns and calculating times and winners the hard way – far more work for him than us playing spot-the-difference copying courses from master maps.
He spoiled us though:
– a table to do the copying, rather than hunkering down on the ground under a tarpaulin in case it rained
– results within 1/2 an hour of the last finisher, rather than having to bring an SAE* to put into a bucket to get Xerox*-ed results 2 weeks later
(*Younger members will have to hit Google for these terms)
Thanks also to Helen R for being the Summer Series coordinator again, quietly and efficiently keeping us all on track, but most of all for providing Mulloch Muffins for all the planners. Mmmmmmm!
Medium – Fergus Archibald (S) Sheena Farquhar (S) Patrick Lang (J) Isobel Anderson (J)
Short Tech – Gareth Yardley (S) Clare Tunaley (S) Alex Lang (J) Ailsa Anderson (J)
Long Tech – Joe aunton (S) Lesley Gomersall (S) Lachlam Kirk (J) Josie Gomersall (J)
Results for all the events linked here.
Registration for Wednesday is in the Southern car parking area. Turn right at the mini roundabout near the first parking area and carry on until the road runs out! Hopefully we will get the BBQ cranked up so bring some food along. If you have some BBQ tools these will come in handy too.
Courses are: Easy – 1.6km, medium 2.5km, short tech 3km and long tech 4.1km.
Please pack a waterproof, it can be quite cold on top of the dunes if the wind and rain gods are working overtime #itmaybetheendofJunebutthisisScotland.
Lovely weather, a very twisty-turny course, lots of controls and a double-sided map caught out the unwary … well done to all those that succeeded!
1996 11 Person Relay Winners
Richard Oxlade, Rob Hickling, James Esson, Tim Nash, Bob Daly
Gordon Hendry, George Esson
Andrew Lobban, Duncan Grassie, Laura Mackinnon, David Esson
The first (and only) response to our wee competition was Neil McLean whose first reaction on seeing the photo was disbelief: “But why wasn’t I in the team?”
He quickly regained his composure sufficiently to correctly identify not only the year, the competition and the team members but also the location as being “the top end of Scolty”.
His composure was shot down in tatters again tonight when presented with his prizes – a legendary GRAMP chocolate coin and a bit of GRAMP memorabilia in the shape of a rather fetching pair of red lycras, not too dissimilar to those sported by Bob in the photo.
Many thanks to David Esson for supplying the photo and results. Does anyone else have anything stashed away that Rob, our club historian, could borrow to scan in and publish during our anniversary year? (Mr Controller 1996, we’re looking at you for starters…)
The Grampian Orienteers’ annual dinner is once again being held at Raemoir House Hotel. The price is £26.50 for 3 courses and coffee.
If you have not attended the dinner before it comes highly recommended, this is a great opportunity to meet your fellow orienteers somewhere other than a forest car park! If you have been to previous dinners then you will know it is not to be missed. If you would like to attend then please contact Helen Anderson using this form.
This year you have the added bonus of a level C event at Crathes on Sunday 24th where you can burn off those extra calories.
This pair of apes were spotted swinging through the canopy at Crathes this afternoon. There is a banana skin for the first person who can work out which Gramp members are in disguise.
Thanks to everyone who came to the event at Scolty on Friday. The weather held fair and there was no mention of exit polls during the post event analysis. Well done to MAROC’s Jo Wright who narrowly beat AUOC’s flying Finn Janne Heikkinen.
The leader after 5 events is Bob Daly (Gramp) 5 points ahead of AUOC’s Janne Heikkinen. Leading junior is MAROC’s Jo Wright. Abigail Mason of MAROC is the leading female junior and also leads the women’s class ahead of AUOC’s Michaela Kolistanikova.
The final event of this series is next Friday (15th) at Dess.
After some serious mental arithmetic Kevin has finalised the results from Hazlehead and adds this message
” Thank you to all those who turned up, on what started out as quite a dreich morning, and entered into the spirit of both the event and the quiz. I tried to make it a little bit of something for everyone in terms of mixing up easy & decent orienteering as well as a mixture in the quiz questions. Well done to Jon Musgrave, Sarah Dunn and Adrian Will who were the top 3 overall and to Stuart Anderson who got the highest score on the quiz. Poor show by the McLeods and Gomersalls – who did not spot their own anagrams!
Finally, a very big thank you to Ian H, Carolyn, Jack and Adrian who went off on an extra run and collected the controls, making it much easier for the slightly injured planner”