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Balmedie Training Event Sun 30th

JUST A WEE REMINDER TO FILL IN THE PRE-ENTRY FORM BELOW FOR THE NEXT TRAINING EVENT NEXT SUNDAY TO GUARANTEE YOURSELF A MAP, PREFERABLY BY TUESDAY LUNCHTIME.
THE AREA LOOKED GREAT TODAY WHILST YOUR COACH WAS SUSSING OUT THE TRAINING EXERCISES/COURSES.

THERE WILL BE AN ORANGE, TWO TECHNICAL LOOPS AND A LINE COURSE ON OFFER. LONG TERM WEATHER FORECAST LOOKING FAVOURABLE 🙂

Training registration form for Balmedie

Training @ Balmedie 30/1/22

Following the successful morning spent at Dunnottar Woods our next training day is going to be at Balmedie on Sunday 30th Jan. Change of terrain, change of skills required.

Please use the pre-entry form below to register for this and let us know what level you’re at or what you’d like to practice and we’ll be able to tailor things so you get maximum benefit from each session.
Training @ Balmedie 30th Jan 2022
10:30 to 12:30 – more details will be sent out to everyone once you’ve completed the entry form

Training is open for both Gramp and AUOC members. Not a member yet? Not a problem as you can join at any time online via the British Orienteering joining portal. If you have any questions about membership, just fire an email to membership@grampoc.com. And feel free to register for the training in the meantime.

GMC 2023 ?????? 7th/8th October

Calling all you loyal GMC fans out there (and the ones who haven’t yet discovered the delights of Scotland’s Friendly Sociable Winter Mountain Marathon but who surely will if you tell everyone about it please).

We can’t reveal where yet but we can reveal when.
Drum rrrrrrrroll….. Ta-da!!

DNC Foggieton Wed 19th Jan Results

Results and splits
Routegadget

Many thanks to John Lang for the dizzying whirl round the woods.

AGM 2021 roundup, Gramp Champs (not) and other successes

For those of you who couldn’t make it to the AGM last December you missed the entertaining sight and sound of David struggling to contain his own bemusement at having to refer to his mum and dad as “Lindsey” and “George” for the purposes of his Chairman’s Report. (I know the feeling having been taught by my own mum a few times at primary school!)

Headlines from the report and AGM in general in no particular order:

  • we managed to put on ~30 events once Lockdown was lifted including a SOL in conjunction with the SHI Relays at Balmedie and the ever popular GMC at Lochnagar this time
  • after several years of gently decline membership rose by 20% (welcome everyone!)
  • we supplied 2 Controllers, 1 Planner and 1 Main Day Organiser for the Scottish 6 Days
  • some areas took a real battering in recent storms so we need to take stock – anyone able to note map corrections for area(s) near you? – but still planning to put on the Scottish Champs in Glen Dye May 2022
  • we’re looking for volunteers to adopt a Permanent O Course to carry out an annual audit/maintenance of markers/posts and also fill a few more of the vacant positions in those “backroom” roles that help the club function
  • Pete Lawrence thanked David Esson for his unstinting enthusiasm and hard work getting various events and series back up and running during a difficult year

Once again the Gramp Champs and (JD)2C was hit by lack of suitable events to make any rankings meaningful so the 2019 winners get to hold on to their trophies for another year. However, we had several success at national events:
SMC 2020 Morven Farquharson got Bronze, Neil McLean Silver and Sam Griffin Gold
SOC 2021 Neil McLean Silver
SSC 2021 George Esson Bronze
SOL 2021
Gold: Morven Farquharson, Lesley Gomersall, Dominykas Kardokas, David Esson and Gary Morrison
Silver: Joanna McDonald, Lachlan Kirk, Julian Robertson, Tim Griffin and Bob Daly
Bronze: Kirsty Farquharson and Sam Gomersall
JHI Relays Sam Griffin was part of the winning team
BNC David Esson

Musgrave Trophies were awarded to Paul Duley for his work as Event Coordinator for several years and 6 Days 2021 Day Organiser and Helen Rowlands for planning effectively two days of the 6 Days

Chairmans Quaich was jointly awarded to the main officials of GMC – Dave Kirk, Ian Hamilton and Sam Gomersall – for pulling off another great event in difficult conditions (just don’t mention the marquee)

GRAMP and AUOC Training Days

Whether you need to brush up rusty O skills or learn new ones we’d love to see you all at any or all of 3 training days being organised by our club coaches:

16/1/22 Dunnottar Woods, Stonehaven

30/1/22 Balmedie
Pre-entry form for Balmedie only Training @ Balmedie 30th Jan 2022
(fresh links will be posted for each training day nearer the time)
10:30 to 12:30 – more details will be sent out to everyone once you’ve completed the entry form
AUOC welcome as well as GRAMP members. Not a member yet? Not to late to join. Email membership@grampc.com and we’ll help you do that.

20/2/22 Scolty, Banchory
(This is in place of the colour coded event we were hoping to hold here until Arwen blew through the area.)

Balmedie DNC Weds 5th Jan Results

Chilly but fantastic night at Balmedie tonight. Many thanks to Julian for planning, and Julian & David for collecting controls afterwards👍

Results
RouteGadget

Hogmanay Hangover Handicap 1st Jan 2022 @ Hazlehead

Many thanks to Team Esson for planning/’puting and Rachel, Helen and Pete for Control collecting.

Results and splits
Routegadget

Turns out we could have had some sort of social outdoors as it was so warm this morning. Plenty folk spotted picnicking in the park and also bumped into some old ex-Gramp friends, Gordon and Ruth, who confessed to feeling very nostalgic when they’d spotted the controls going out.

Events in the very near future

Wed 22nd DNC at Templars Park has an extra Orange course for anyone fancying a shot at Night O in a small safe area or just a short pre-Christmas blast. Details on the Templars Park post.
NB You must register your interest via the pre-entry form even for the Orange – no obligation to run by doing so and no payment upfront required.

Sat 1st Hogmany Hangover Handicap @ Hazleheaddetails here – please note it’s on 1st not 2nd Jan.
(Just typed “Jab”not “Jan” – subliminal messaging!!)

Sun 9th Jan MAROC have managed to reschedule their Cambus O’May colour coded event.
NB Closing date for pre-entries for this one is 2nd Jan so don’t miss it if you’re champing at the bit to get (g)oing again in the New Year.

DNC Templars Park Wed 22nd Dec Results

Results and splits
RouteGadget not quite sure how crazy this is going to look but will be fun playing it back!!

Many thanks to Dave Kirk for the courses and to Lachlan and David E for helping collect controls.

DNC Dunnottar Wed 8th Dec CANCELLED

Another victim of Storm Arwen unfortunately. While Dunnottar is relatively unscathed from the Storm, there are patches of windblow and quite a few “hanging trees” and with a further storm forecast this week with the wind coming from opposite direction, it would be unwise to go ahead with the event.
In addition to this, the middle car park which we were to use is blocked off by the FLS. They aren’t wishing people to go into the woods at this date.

Apologies for this but obviously the safety of the competitors is paramount.

Would not be surprised if this event is rearranged for later in the DNC calendar, as other areas have been much more been affected by the storm and may be out of action for many months.

Crathes Event 12th December – Cancelled

It is with great sadness that we are having to cancel our colour coded event at Crathes Castle on Sunday 12th December.

The Storms that we endured over the weekend has flattened a significant part of the woodland at Crathes Estate. The Estate Office have said that it may well take months to tidy/clear the area before access can be obtained.

Let’s hope that our other areas have fared better, though I have a suspicion that may not be the case! We shall keep you updated on the other events that are due to take place in the next few months.

British Night Champs Winner

Big congrats David Esson on winning M40S down in Englandshire last night, while Hugh Nicholson came 7th in a large M55 field. Looks like it would have been quite magical with a smattering of snow over Cleeve Hill.

DNC Tollohill Wed 24th Nov

Results and splits
RouteGadget

Thanks to David Esson for planning and Drew Tivendale for assistance in collecting afterwards. Looking at the spiders’ webs seems like the “wee tip” re checking numbers was a good one. Good luck to anyone trying to suss out a training run in the area by looking at Strava traces!!
And good luck to Ros and Hugh who are off down south for the British Night Champs in Gloucestershire this weekend.

ELO Orienteering at Vogrie

Vogrie Country Park, Sunday 28th November

All are welcome to participate in orienteering in the delightful Vogrie Country Park on a newly extended map with very varied terrain. In addition to the parkland, woodland and the valley of the River Tyne, the map has been extended to include a former golf course, and for the longer courses, a visit to some very old quarries and now-vegetation-covered spoil heaps.

The event will incorporate the East of Scotland Orienteering Championships

All participants are welcome to enter their preferred course, as an individual, or in a pair or group, but those wishing to compete to be an East of Scotland Champion must enter the appropriate course as an individual. See the website for details of which course to enter.

Full information at

https://www.elo.org.uk/2021-vogrie-sosol/

and the link to enter is at

https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?event_id=9059

ELO look forward to seeing you there.

DNC Hazlehead Wed 10th Nov Results

Fantastic nights orienteering at Hazlehead tonight. Great courses which caught a few people out planned by our W12 junior Samantha McDonald. Well done Samantha👍

Results are now available to view

https://www.sportident.co.uk/results/GRAMP/2021/DNCHazlehead

BOF results RouteGadget

Well done, Sam, and the ScotJos Team – JHI 2021 Relay Winners!

Scotland won the Boys JHI Relay by 2 seconds this weekend!
Congrats to James Hammond, Laurence Ward, Sam Griffin running in Team Scotland 1 and all the rest of the ScotJos crew on some other great performances too.
Individual results from the day before

Organisers/planners needed

Did you get an email from Paul Duley recently asking for organisers/planners for DNC and other events coming up soon? Did you respond yet? Please do as without folk stepping up to fill these roles we may be forced to cancel events and we really don’t want to disappoint.
We can offer guidance/mentoring if you’re just getting into planning etc and you can always team up with someone else and share the responsibilities if it makes it easier for you.
If you haven’t already done so please email Fixtures@grampoc.com and Paul will be in touch to confirm what, where and when you can help with.
Ta!!

Abz Uni Urban Sprint 29/9/21 Results

Thank you all for attending tonight’s event. Below is the link to the results.

Many thanks to Dave Kirk for putting on a fun challenging event.

https://www.sportident.co.uk/results/GRAMP/2021/OldAberdeenUrban

Looking for events?

I try to keep an up to date list of upcoming events for Gramp and neighbouring clubs* on the right hand side of this webpage but if viewing on a mobile it’s not immediately obvious it’s there. So I’ve left two links in the menu system under ‘Events/Results’ for the SOA Events Calendar and the BOF Event Finder which is searchable by placename or postcode and shows events 1, 2, 3…. weeks away with coloured pins in a map.

*For newcomers it might help to know which club is based where and covers what:
Gramp = Aberdeen and bits of the Shire surrounding
Maroc = Deeside north and south from Banchory to Braemar
Moravian = Moray coast and inland
Basoc = Kingussie to Grantown and areas close to Spey nearby
Invoc = Nairn to Inverness and beyond!

Mobile users – any more suggestions to improve your browsing experience gratefully received by webmaster@grampoc.com please.

Westburn & Victoria Parks Urban Sprint 22/9/21 Results

Wow! Never seen the Westburn so burny as tonight or the grass so waterlogged. Almost needed a snorkel in parts. Thanks to Sam and Tim for doing the soggy honours tonight.

https://www.sportident.co.uk/results/GRAMP/2021/WestburnUrbanSprintResults

I also uploaded to RouteGadget to see what it would make of the voided section for the road crossing and seems to cope OK although if you look at the Splits it has dotted lines between 17 & 19 rather than 18.
As expected, those with older dibbers that cut out at 30 controls have dotted lines from 30 to the Finish.
Interestingly, all of us crawl from the last control to the Finish when replaying the race, regardless of dibber vintage. Don’t remember the water being that deep in the car park that we would have been reduced to wading carefully so no idea why!!

Nothing to do with orienteering but… (part 2)

Remember the video with Foss and Erik and other members of the Aberdeenshire Saxophone Orchestra summoning up their inner Picts at Easter Aquhorthies Stone Circle?
Well, the ASO Zoomed with a southern counterpart, Phoenix Saxophone Orchestra based in Market Harborough in Leicestershire, for UK Make Music Day on June 21st and recorded ‘Entry of the Gladiators’, by Czech composer Julius Fučík. You’ll recognise it when you hear it as “that circus music” – click here for the video.

‘This collaboration is one positive thing to come out of lockdown – how else would two such geographically distanced orchestras ever get to meet, let alone play together? We’re looking forward to more enterprises with Phoenix, maybe even in the real world, not just the Zoom one!’
Foss Foster, tenor saxophone, Aberdeenshire Saxophone Orchestra

ASO and PSO have been nominated for the Royal Philharmonic Society National Inspirations Award for this innovative non-professional musical hook-up, along with 5 other diverse groups from Orkneys down to Bristol. Please go to the RPS website to find out more and don’t forget to vote for ‘oor local SO’ by 11am on 30th Sept.

Westhill Urban Sprint 15/9/21 Results

Thanks to Oonagh and Donald for organising the Westhill leg of the series. Donald is so taken by the ease of making courses and timing etc that he’s going to introduce his DofE group to MapRun.

Results – not sure but I think the folk recorded as mispunches are self-declared rather than just failing to get a ping so I’ve kept their times in the mix for comparison and you can see that the whizz kids are back in town!

Some names don’t appear yet on the MapRun results so I’ve put together a quick guide on uploading results for you if you want to have a go (not compulsory, that’s why Oonagh was recording times manually.)

How to upload Check Sites results manually

SHI Relays and SOL Results Balmedie 4/9/21

Here are the results from todays event at Balmedie Beach.

https://www.sportident.co.uk/results/GRAMP/2021/SHIRelays2021

https://www.sportident.co.uk/results/GRAMP/2021/SOL2021Balmedie

Many thanks to all the Gramp helpers and in particular to Zoe Griffin ably assisted by Tim (Planner), Sarah Dunn (Controller), and Sam & Lesley Gomersall. (Organisers)

Routegadget  SOL and SHI Relays
BOF results & points (updated 13/9/21)

Templars 18/8/21 Results

Great night with a lovely BBQ afterwards enjoyed by everyone. Thanks to planner Tim Griffin and Scouts for use of the fire pits.

That wraps up our Summer Series. Great to see such big numbers turning out regularly and welcome to all the newcomers who have joined the club recently as a result.
There’ll now be a short intermission before we start the Urban Sprints at Cove on Wed 8th Sept. See you there?
Easy Splits.pdf
Medium Results.pdf
Easy Results.pdf
Long Tech Splits.pdf
Long Tech Results.pdf
Medium Splits.pdf
Short Tech Results.pdf
Short Tech Splits.pdf

Cove Urban Sprint 8/9/21 Results

Seems like everyone enjoyed themselves this evening even if one or two got fooled by incoming texts or emails making them think they had hit a control when they heard a ping. Others said they couldn’t hear the pings very well at all but we’re reliably informed that bluetoothed ear phones solve that problem – although maybe just the one would be a better idea so you can still hear the traffic?

I have to say that from a (lazy) planners point of view not having to put out and collect controls in an urban environment, cable-tying everything down, makes for a very relaxed evening. Especially when you get to sunbathe in a car park waiting for folk to come back.
I do appreciate though that some folk take it all far more seriously and find the inconsistent GPS reaction times a bit frustrating. I was asked if I’d found out an optimum combo of phone and app? The answer is that I don’t know but no doubt if you sniffed about on a forum like Nopesport you’ll find plenty of folk that think they do.
I have a theory that there is more likely to be an optimum maximum running speed for the tech which is just a tad too slow for the hares. (I think I may be about to find out if flattery will get you everywhere or not!)

Cove coincided very nicely with World Orienteering Day II as many countries were too locked down to take part in WOD I earlier this year so we all got a second bite of the cherry this week. Woohoo!!

S6D/2 Day 5 job done!

Despite steady rain for much of the day, we managed to set off 1000+ people, count them back in and still found time to get a run ourselves, with some good results too with several 1st and 2nd placings. Big thanks to our Day Coordinator, Paul Duley, for keeping us all up to speed with the twists and turns and numerous changes of plan in the run up to the event and calmly and quietly checking up on us all day in the rain.

Also big thanks go to Tim Griffin and Helen Rowlands who inadvertently ended up assistant controlling/planning for both Days 4 & 5 on a very tough area on numerous levels, from physically/mentally challenging terrain to how to squeak in a White and Yellow, and to the jolly band of Start Helpers who carried on smiling regardless of the persistent rain.

But maybe the biggest thanks should go to the folk who helped out even though they’re not regular Gramps/Orienteers – Jackie Reynard, Alison Lovie, George Greenwood and Keith Yardley, here’s to you!

(Did I mention the rain?)

S6D/2 Day 5

Gramp’s day finally rolled round and tomorrow we’ll be manning starts, waking up/collecting controls and hopefully getting some orienteering in too on an area that’s been described as “hard to relocate” – sounds fun!!

Helen having fun preparing the Junior courses earlier this week
People assume that orienteering is a strict progression from Start to Finish, but actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey, get-losty-get-foundy stuff.

S6D/2 Rest Day

Apart from Helen and family plus Tim G who were involved setting up controls for Day 4/5 (3 cheers for them!), most of us have been enjoying the official rest day although some need a few lessons on the definition of ‘rest’ as they seem to have interpreted it as the ‘rest’ of the holiday with mega cycle rides, Munro/Corbett Bagging, long walks, train rides and ski gondola trips to name a few.

Oh, yes – there’s an O competition going on in the background apparently. If you want to see how we’re all doing check S6D Results https://results.scottish6days.com/2021/

Burning question though is who won the Pants award for yesterday’s Middle Distance entertainment on Inverlochy Golf Course and Woods?

Scottish 6 Days off to a great start

From left to right: Most ticks, Fastest Run In (from final control to Finish), Most Pants Run, Highest Placing and Most KM Covered (albeit in a kayak today)

Lovely sunny day, a great map, great views, great fun and lovely relaxed atmosphere at Ardchattan to kick off S6D 2021. Definitely a holiday vibe going on this year with only 3 days running and pared back infra structure and I have to say that I prefer it this way. Good to catch up with some Gramps we haven’t see for a very long time too in the shape of Foss and Eric amongst others.

If you go down to the woods today…

…take your phone/camera and you can take part in this intriguing project https://www.forestryengland.uk/treeline

Artist Ruth Maclennan is collating video clips of forests by tying them together visually along a horizon, either actual or inferred as a level when panning round a clearing for example. Although commissioned by Forestry England and Film and Video Umbrella it will feature forests from across the world, depicting the unique features of each forest while highlighting the impact of the climate emergency on the world’s forests. The plan is to screen it online coinciding with COP 26.

You don’t need to be a professional to do this, phone footage is fine providing it’s not too wobbly of course. Full details on specs and how to submit are on the Forest England website.

(Thanks once again to Ewen Rennie for spotting this and passing it on.)

Glen Dye Wed 21/7/21 Results

Many thanks to George and David for planning/computing and ace control collectors Bob Daly, Helen Rowlands and Gareth Yardley.

Short (Easy) Results Splits
Medium Results Splits
Short Tech Results Splits
Long Tech Results Splits
RouteGadget

Don’t forget to check for ticks and that we now take a break for the Scottish 3+3 Days until
Tyrebagger on 11th Aug TBC
Templars Park on 18th Aug

Mulloch – now that the party’s over

Photo taken at 2110hrs while collecting controls.

Thanks to Eric Lovie for giving us a guided tour of all the boulders tonight in a fast and furious control picking style and David Esson for computing and control collecting.

Mulloch Wed 14/7/21 Results

Easy Results Splits
Medium Results Splits
Short Tech Results Splits
Long Tech Results Splits
Routegadget Thanks to Eric Lovie planner and David Esson computing and control collection

“Disgusting, nefarious, sneaky, crafty…” no, not the planner, ticks!!

While you were waiting for the results, did you check yourself for ticks as loads of the wee critters out there tonight? If you’re not sure what you’re looking for take a look at this guide. From the teensiest-weensiest ones through to something a couple of mm across they love to settle in areas like waistbands, tops of socks, nooks and crannies so check thoroughly tonight and then again tomorrow as they have magical powers of invisibility first time around!

If you find one latched onto your skin don’t panic they’re quite easy to remove. Don’t grab the body to pull and try not to squeeze it, instead you’re aiming for a pincer movement around its head with your fingernails, or use a tick remover, and pull gently until it lets go. Some people swear that twisting it slightly helps but it’s not imperative so if it’s in an awkward place for twisting just pull straight.

Check the sites of bites for any rash as that can be an indicator of Lyme Disease which is really not good news. The typical Lyme rash is dark red, circular, often has a bullseye appearance with concentric circles and several cms across but you can get atypical rashes which are more rectangular or blobby. If you think your rash may fit this description get in touch with your GP, send them a photo, explain it was a tick bite and where and request a preventative course of antibiotics. Most GPs in Scotland are clued up about Lyme Disease these days and will give you a prescription without too many questions.

Want to know more about Lyme Disease? 5 Live Science programme on 11/7/21 featured from around 28 mins 30 secs. You can still listen to it here and that’s where the quote at the top comes from. (Thanks to ex-Gramp, Ewen Rennie, for the link.)

Tollohill Wed 7/7/21 Results

Short (Easy) Results Splits
Medium Results Splits
Short Tech Results Splits
Long Tech Results Splits
RouteGadget This is going to look a real mess but could provide some good entertainment watching headless chickening going on as many folk admitted to underestimating this small, easy area.

Thanks to Pete for interesting spin around and around and around (infinitely preferable to slogging through chest-high, rain-soaked vegetation on far north side just to get the length though – good call!), David for computing, Rachel and Eric for control collecting.

Aberdeenshire Clubsport £100 grant

We are pleased to have been awarded a grant of £100 from Aberdeenshire Clubsport (https://www.scottishclubsport.co.uk/club/45) to help cover the additional costs of running events with Covid requirements.  We have invested in a contactless payment system and bought all the necessary PPE. 
Good to have some financial support to back up the work our volunteers have been doing to keep events running.
Thank you.

Aberdeenshire Clubsport SCIO website lists the wide variety of sports supported and tells you a bit about their activities: “[It] is managed and run by volunteers from the local sporting community who bring with them a wide range of knowledge, skills and expertise. We work to encourage, develop and promote all sport and physical activity, providing advice, support and assistance to affiliated clubs/organisations and always look for continuous improvement to ensure quality services are always offered. We are keen to support grass root developments and minority sports, as well as the major sports.

ACS SCIO achieved charitable status in 2020 with the support of Buchan Development Partnership and exists to represent member clubs/organisations. It is one of the most progressive and active sports councils in the country.

ACS SCIO currently has a board of 6 Trustees and an Executive Committee with capacity for 18 volunteer representatives, 2 of which are youth representatives, from many different affiliated sports clubs/organisations. We work closely in partnership with the Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeenshire Disability Sport, Sportscotland, Active Schools, Scottish Clubsport and a range of Scottish Governing Bodies.

We have one of the largest memberships in Scotland, with our membership encompassing an enormous range of sports clubs that vary greatly in size, numbers, abilities and interests, with 50 sports and physical activities represented. However, whether large or small, all share the same need to be well organised forward thinking to ensure strong, successful clubs in years to come.”

3 cheers for Richard and Dave!!

After another month of watching Tiers and C-19 announcements with bated breath we’ve received a flurry of emails from the 6 Days crew outlining Plans L, M and N (at least) to go ahead with the 6 Days in one form or another.

This is all thanks to Richard Oxlade, Dave Kershaw assisted by others on the 6 Days Central Organising Committee and 6 Days Company for doggedly making and remaking plans, canvassing opinions and making some very tough decisions when it would have been oh so easy just to say “You know what? This is getting really messy and complicated and so many unknowns still. Let’s just cancel it.” Thanks guys – much appreciated!

Scolty Wed 30/6/21 Results

Short (Easy) Results Splits
Medium Results Splits
Short Tech Results Splits
Long Tech Results Splits
RouteGadget (this version of the map doesn’t show recently felled area to NW of car park)

Thanks to Ian Hamilton for setting us a real challenge tonight certainly towards the start of the Long Tech. Good practice for those of us going to the 6 Days as it’s impossible to recognise anything under all that bracken so definitely bearings and distance judgement came into play followed by some lovely open running in the northern part of the map.

Thanks too to Dennis for braving the bracken twice to collect controls along with Rachel and Pete plus David Esson on keyboard.

GMC 2021 Lochnagar 6th/7th November

GMC 2023 dates will be 7th/8th October. Can’t say where yet but stick the dates in your diaries now.

GMC 2021 logo 300dpi

Day 1 results
Day 2 and Overall results

Facebook posts and some photos here
Routegadget Day 1 Day 2
More photos

Planner’s report Organiser’s report


Wow! That was a wild one, eh? Many thanks to everyone for all your kind comments regarding courses and organisation and congrats to the winners and also to those who found time to pause for a joke and a photo on the way round, helping us to prove our proud boast of being Scotland’s friendly sociable winter MM.
Photographic evidence here.
If anyone has any snaps they’d like to share, send a link or photos to webmaster@gramoc.com please.

This year’s GMC was brought to you by David Kirk (organiser), Ian Hamilton (planner) and Sam Gomersall (controller) with much appreciated permissions/help from Balmoral Estate, O neighbours Maroc Orienteering (forest map), Crathie Hall, Banchory & Other Scouts (marquee wrangling, kit transport, roving hill marshals, control collection) and numerous Gramps/family/friends who were the “cabin crew” looking after your safety and (relative) comfort helping with IT, braving gushing burns to place controls or ridiculous winds to collect them, humping bags, hanging banners and notices and tapes, driving vans, holding the emergency contact phone, boiling gallons of water and handing out mountains of cake, creating an impromptu marquee substitute, meeting & greeting & counting you all out and safely back in. We all had a great time too, in that type 2 way, and lovely to see the regular GMC faces again and meet some new ones too.
Here’s to the next time!

GRAMP O TOPS

We have a small stock of Gramp O Tops waiting for some (not-so-careful) owners to snap them up and help them fulfill their role in life to take you for a great run/walk through the woods while keeping you cool and psyching out the opposition with your GRAMPGofaster™ stripes.

Adrian Will is i/c club clothing these days and hopes to bring a selection to some of our Summer Series to give you an idea of the look and feel like without you having to chase down someone wearing one. Cost £25 adults sizes, £20 childrens.
If you’re interested but can’t make it to a Summer Series event at the moment then email Secretary@grampoc.com instead.

Balmedie Wed 23/6/21 Results

Short (Easy) Results Splits
Medium Results Splits
Short Tech Results Splits
Long Tech Results Splits
RouteGadget

Thanks to Paul Duley for tonight’s fun in the dunes, David for computing and Adrian, Alex and Ian for collecting.

Scottish Champs 2021 Craig a’Barns

We have a Champion! Congratulations to M40S David Esson!

A few others took on this challenging area too:
Lesley Gomersall 4th W55L
Helen Rowlands 8th W50L
Neil McLean 2nd M75
Sam Gomersall 6th M60
Bob Daly 10th M60
Tim Griffin 4th M55
Gareth Yardley 7th M55

Foggieton Wed 16/6/21 Results

Thanks to Dennis for planning, Paul Duley for helping collect and David Esson on laptop etc.

Easy Results Splits
Orange Results Splits
Short Tech Results Splits
Long Tech Results Splits
RouteGadget

British Middle Champs 2021

Our roving reporter, David Esson, is currently down in the Lakes thoroughly enjoying a wee holiday and some fine orienteering areas for the British Middle Distance Champs. Keep an eye on our Facebook site for maps and mentions.

Middle Distance combines shorter classic courses and lots of controls so even the “long” legs still require concentration. Today (5th June) it was in an area called Summer House Knott and it “did not disappoint”. Three other Gramps are also competing – Tim Griffin and Bob Daly both narrowly missed top ten placings in M55 and M60 respectively, but looks like Sam Griffin had to pull out. Hopefully he’ll still be OK to try again tomorrow at High Dam.
Good luck guys!

High Dam update: Sam definitely back up and running and came 13th in M18E, 7th for Bob Daly, 17th for Tim but unfortunately looks like David might have crocked himself very early on in the course and been forced to stop as results show lots of missing controls. (It’s either that or the Newby Bridge Hotel food was just too tempting and he decided to go back for Sunday lunch – either way, hope you’re OK David).

Back o’ Bennachie Wed 9/6/21

Easy Results Splits
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Routegadget

Thanks to Dave Kirk for planning and Dennis McDonald for helping collect controls and David Esson for computing and everyone who took on the hilly challenge of B o’B.

Countesswells Wed 2/6/21 Results

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Routegadget

Many thanks to David Esson for reminding us how Countesswells lulls you into a false sense of security every time.
Hands up who else got caught out at the pits at the far end again! 😦

A few more of the old faces coming out of the woodwork tonight, nice to see you. And plenty of new names I’m starting to recognise but haven’t yet met seem to have caught the bug and keep coming back for more too which is great to see.
Don’t forget that we’re happy to give you a bit of adhoc coaching or a debrief if you think it will help, just ask at registration as there’s always an experienced orienteer or hanging around.
(Equally, if you find you learn best by making your own mistakes then we’re happy to leave you to it!)

Is it mapped?

Another fun wee park for a bit of micro-O maybe?
Little Island, NYC, 2.4 acres manages to pack in 350 species of flowers, trees and shrubs.
Remember the arboreal trail map in Westburn and Victoria Parks? Something similar would work really well here.

Scottish Champs entries open 13/6/21

Scottish Champs (at Craig a’Barns) is open for entries: https://www.sientries.co.uk/list.php?event_id=8389
Details on ESOC’s site https://www.esoc.org.uk/events/craig-a-barns-jun-13-2021

Worth getting in quickly – only 500 entries allowed

Crathes 26/5/21 Results

Thanks to Helen Rowlands for providing tonight’s fun whirl round Crathes and Gareth for assistance with control wrangling and David for ‘puting and entries.

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Routegadget – did you know you can view splits graphically as well as upload/plot your routes on RG?

Hazlehead 19/5/21 Results

Hope you enjoyed the first of the Summer Series and our World Orienteering Day event. We’ll be reporting our numbers very soon to add to the grand total – it’ll be interesting to see what effect Covid 19 has – will it stymy numbers or will it boost numbers this year as lots of people realise that O is a good socially distanced thing as well as being a fun sport anyway?

Easy Results Splits
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Long Tech Results Splits
RouteGadget tomorrow (fingers crossed as I need to remind myself how first)
Download your WOD 2021 Diploma here to print out and put on your trophy wall

Ta muchly to John Lang for planning, David Esson for computing and Helen Rowlands and Gareth Yardley for helping collect controls ready for next week’s event at Crathes. Details will be posted tomorrow for that.

WEDNESDAYS
DEESIDE NIGHT CUP
19/01 Foggieton (GRAMP)
26/01 Tilqhuillie (MAROC)
02/02 Tyrebagger (GRAMP)
09/02 Glen Davan (MAROC)
16/02 Crathes (GRAMP)

SATURDAYS

VIRTUAL O
You can join the Mobile O revolution  and download the MapRun app and have a go at some local courses using your phone to time yourself and even navigate with. Visit our MapRun page for instructions and a list of maps. Or do one of our Temporary Orienteering Courses if we've got one out at the moment - see the TOC post for info.

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CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT EVENT? NEED A FIX NOW?

Then try a Permanent Orienteering Course in a local forest or park or try one of our Street O maps for a taste of urban O.

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