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Scolty 23/10/16 Level C – Results

We hope you enjoyed our event at Scolty – with some tough courses.

Here are Results,   and Split Times.

Routegadget is loaded (click here) – Please enter your routes and compare them with others.

Winsplits (split time analysis website) is loaded – click here

Thanks to our event officials, helpers and control collectors.

Brown 7.8 Km
Blue 6.9 Km
Green 4.9 Km
Light Green 3.5 Km
Orange 2.9 Km
Yellow 2.7 Km
White 1.8 Km

Planner: John Lang
Organiser: Alex Maclachlan
Controller: Drew Tivendale


Anne Hickling will be running a fundraising cake stall at Scolty on Sunday. This will be the stall’s final appearance as Anne leaves for Trek Malawi on November 4th. All proceeds will go to WaterAid. Please support and enjoy the cakes!

(What kind of cakes or puddings do Malawians have I wonder?)

North Area Inter-Club Junior Challenge 2016 – calling all GJOs

Mike Rogers of MOR would like to invite all GJOs to take part in the North Area Inter-Club Junior Challenge 2016. The competition is deliberately kept simple and is aimed at juniors who run Light Green and below – White runners completing their course have been known to sway the final results, so everybody’s result really does help.

It would be great to see all 5 north clubs fielding teams to make it into a truly competitive event (and also a chance to get to know their local peers and team-mates for when North compete against the other Scottish regions.) Somebody from Gramp’s GJO Team may well be about to send an email round to you all but thought I’d better give you the heads up asap.

This year’s North Clubs Junior Challenge will be at the excellent Keppernach on 6th Nov incorporated into INVOC’s Level C event so there will be chances for parents/chauffeurs to compete too.

North Clubs Junior Challenge Format 2016.pdf
North Area Inter-club Junior Challenge 2016.pdf

Deeside Night Cup 2016/17

moonTo try and make best use of the darker nights, the DNC will start and finish a bit earlier again this year. Two courses 3km and 5km at TD5/Green standard as far as possible. No concessions to the dark. There may also be an additional Orange in a couple of our less technical/scary areas for really junior Juniors and beginners to be able to have a go too. Check the details on the DNC blog (but wait a few days as I haven’t had time to set it up for 2016/17 yet.)


26/10/2016 GRAMP Hazlehead intro event
02/11/2016 MAROC Cambus O’May
09/11/2016 GRAMP Cheyne Hill, Stonehaven 
16/11/2016 MAROC Dess
23/11/2016 GRAMP Balmedie
30/11/2016 MAROC Muir of Dinnet 1
07/12/2016 GRAMP Glen Dye
14/12/2016 MAROC Bogendreip
21/12/2016 GRAMP Crathes

04/01/2017 MAROC Muir of Dinnet 2
11/01/2017 GRAMP Forvie
18/01/2017 MAROC Coull
25/01/2017 GRAMP Tyrebagger
01/02/2017 MAROC Muir of Dinnet 3
08/02/2017 GRAMP Scolty
15/02/2017 MAROC Glen O’Dee + meal

As this is a shared series, we operate a separate blog with full list of dates, venues, travel maps, final results and chat – DNC Blog.  Once it kicks off in earnest check there rather than here for up to date details like snow reports.

There are lavish prizes for the best M/W Junior and Senior in each Cup and a host of frivolous prizes for things like the Toughest of the Tough for the most gruelling courses and Best/Worst Mistake. Seriously though, this is one of the most competitive leagues around and worth turning out for if only for the challenge of finding your way around areas you thought you knew pretty well until someone turned the lights out!

WANTED: Planners for all Gramp events listed above except Cheyne Hill. Contact Helen Rowlands asap so we don’t let the side down and have to dribble on past Feb to get all 7 Gramp events up and running!

Urban Sprint Aberdeen Uni 28/9/16 – Results

Last in the series using a newly refurbished map courtesy of Janne Heikkinen of AUOC.  Thanks to the Gomersall family for planning and running the event.

Here are the Results ,  and Split Times

Please enter your routes on Routegadget   so we can see the answer to the most asked question last ight, “Which way did you go 10 to 11?”

(We await the final points totals with bated breath !)
You can breathe again now…  Overall points     Overall points by category

Congrats to the category winners – prizes will be dished out at the AGM.
If you’re not a club member then we’ll have to arrange some other method to hand over the goodies – contact me on webmaster@grampoc.com

Lot of fun had by all – thanks for coming and supporting the series and see you all next year I hope.


Junior Inter Regional Championships 2016 – Results for Relays + public races

Individual – Cambus O’May – Sat 24th September
Relay – Forvie – Sun 25th September

Gramp are proud to be joint hosts with Maroc for this year’s JIRCs which saw squads from all over the UK jetting in to compete and socialise with old friends and rivals alike. Competitors stayed at Cults Academy and buses were laid on to ferry them up Deeside for the Individual day and then north to Forvie for the Relays.

Iain McLeod was the JIRC Coordinator this year heavily involved in organising the accomodation and support side of things, George and David Esson controlled the Individual event and Adrian Will was Organiser for the Relays.

JIRC Relay

Congratulations to all competitors who ran at this challenging relay area.

Race results:    Results by Class,    and  Split times by Course

Please enter your relay routes on Routegadget

For Individual results and overall team scores, see the Maroc website.

Public Races

Helpers and others had a chance to enjoy Forvie, in the breezy but warm sunshine, after the Relays finished.

Here are the results and split times.

Urban Sprint Westburn & Victoria Parks 21/9/16

Here are the results for the 4th in the urban sprint series:

Results    Splits   Routegadget

The split between 12 and 13 (crossing Westburn Road) has been removed when calculating the Results.

Congrats to the joint winners Angel and William. W & V Parks are very flat and direct line running was possible for many legs so it produced some very quick times from the fast folk at the top of the tables.

Overall points after 4 events. Game on for Aberdeen Uni next week!

Urban Sprint Duthie Park and Ferryhill 14/9/16

Results  Splits     Routegadget  Overall points

The Jury decided we should void the leg from 4 to 5 as he control description for 5 didn’t include the vital bit of info as to which side of the uncrossable fence the control was placed and was therefore unfair.
The results have therefore had that leg deducted from your overall time by the magic of OE2010.
You’ll find Routegadget still includes that leg though. I’ll post a quick guide to using RG tomorrow as it’s a very useful way of analysing what went wrong and what went right and worth using.

And here’s a wee heads up – we shall be deliberately employing the same OE2010 magic next week so that the road crossing between Victoria and Westburn Parks isn’t included so no need to risk it sprinting across 3 lanes of heavy traffic. However, there will be an upper time limit on how long you can take to cross so don’t have too long a breather before punching on the other side and carrying on.

(JD)2C rankings after Carlogie

The overall rankings following Carlogie are here.

Oli Robertson is still leading M8 despite not even being at Carlogie (that’s the way to do it!) and one of our newer club members, Robert Prince, is climbing up the M10 rankings steadily and now holds 3rd place. Well done to both of you and hope you continue to have good runs in the last two counting events at Scolty and Birsemore and hold your lead.

Hannah Will is currently 3rd W10 and should hold that if not better it if she can make it to the last two events. Meanwhile, it’s a close battle between Maya Reynard, Kirsty Farquharson and Morven Farquharson in W12 for 3rd place. Isobel Anderson is currently 2nd W14 and Naomi Lang is leading W16 (her last chance this year to win one of the coveted (JD)2C trophies?)

BTW, some of the GJOs are getting a real taste for SOLs and were spotted over at Uath Lochans as part of Basoc’s Wolf Weekend and did very well: Ailsa 18th out of 65 on Green, Isobel 28th on Light Green (not too far behind Mum!) and Lachlan 48th out of 68 on Blue and the Farquharson twins and Noah Griffin tackled Orange and White respectively – Noah was spurred on by the threat of the ScotJOS cake stall running out and wizzed round to come 2nd.  Well done everyone!

Autumn Urban Sprint Balgownie 7th Sept

Thank you Gordon for a much appreciated course judging by the buzz of conversation comparing routes at download and a few “DOH!” head slaps too as folk realised they’d missed a trick.

Quite a few mispunches not least punching 6 instead of 16 in the mad rush to get to the finish although the two very similar numbers in close proximity could easily be confused especially if you had your map tightly folded. It pays to check your numbers especially when they come thick and fast.
Maybe we should start producing separate control descriptions for the Sprint events? What do you think?

Results  Splits
RG sorry but I couldn’t get the georeferenced version of the map to show the course in any shape or form so it’s a bodged version which may not allow you to upload a GPS track and you may have to resort to drawing your course on the old fashioned way (which will at least make you think twice about where you went and wonder why you went in some cases.)

What I have successfully managed to do is calculate some points.

M/WJU16 = Under 16s shadowed
M/WJ = 16 to 20
M/W Open = 21 to 35M/WV = Vets 40+
M/WSV = Supervets 55+
M/WUV = Ultravets 65+

Best 3 of 5 scores count towards your total.

If I’ve mispelled names or clubs or age classes or you want to run up in the Open rather than your designated class then let me know on webmaster@grampoc.com.


One to read

Have you played “Spot the Gramp” in the latest edition of Focus?
Helen Anderson gives the low down on our (slightly serendipitous) World Orienteering Day event at Balmedie in June and Murray Anderson is pictured in action at the Scottish Champs at Balmoral in May.

One to watch @ Rio 2016 – Karen Darke

Karen Darke, para-cycling medal winner and one of our patrons of Scottish Orienteering, will be competing in the Paralympics in Rio next week.

Silver 2012 London Paralympic Games H1-2 time-trial
Silver 2014 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, USA H3 time-trial
Bronze 2014 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, USA H3 road race
….to name a few of her major results but if you read her bio on the Team GB site you’ll see she plays just as hard!

Think it’s all happening on Wed 14th so tune in and cheer her on.

Update: Gold! Missed it live? pic and brief report can be found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/disability-sport/37363311

Autumn Urban Sprints – Westhill 31/8/16 – Results

Glorious evening for some fast and furious/mellow and meandering* urban orienteering.


*delete as appropriate

Up-and-coming Gramp Member

‘Up-and-coming’ Gramp!

Rachel - caught on camera at last!

Rachel – caught on camera at last!

Templars Park RetrO Results 24-Aug-16

Results from Templars Park.
Don’t forget Urban Sprints starting at Westhill on Wednesday.
Parking in the swimming pool car park, reg from 18:00.
See you there.

Templars RetrO Results 160824.xls
Templars RetrO Results 160824.pdf

JDC results after Glen Dye

Latest update for JDC after Glen Dye.

Lots of blaeberries and lots of sun… what more do you need? And some good performances too:
Noah came first on white, Connor came in fourth on yellow, Isobel was fourth on orange and Naomi came first on green.

In terms of overall positions our youngest Gramp Oliver is still leading the M8s and there are potential medal positions for Robert, Hannah, Morven, Kirsty, Isobel and Naomi.
With only three more events to go it’s time to rake those points in!
Next event on Sunday 4th September.


JDC Glen Dye 21_August_2016.pdf

More admissions than UCAS?

One person admitted to oversleeping and not getting to Glen Dye when expected to set up the all important time-keeping system and having to be chased from their bed by a phone call from the Planner at 10-ish. He claimed: “Mo Farah made me do it!”

One person admitted to having inadvertently embezzled club assets while they were still in office as Treasurer and sheepishly handed over the red tunnel tent.

One person admitted to double-handedly (judging by the tell-tale spread of purple stains around their mouth) eat all the blaeberries at Glen Dye. Obviously the new wonder-berry though as he won the White comfortably.

Croeso 2016 – they think it’s all over

And it is now. A veritable mud bath to finish off today, getting stuck down deep slippery sided gullies and skiting down even steeper slopes desperately hoping the folk at the bottom would get out of the way as we certainly weren’t stopping even if we’d wanted too.

Sadly no podium finishes for the Gramps but some very close misses, most notably Bob Daly in 4th, Anne Hickling in 5th and Rob Hickling in 6th in their respective classes. Instead of cheering a Gramp in 1st position we switched our allegiance to Maroc (temporarily) and watched Joe Wright wipe the floor with the other M16As with a set of four 1st places out of the five races to win overall. Well done, Joe!

Croeso 2016 update

Couple of photos for you, courtesy of Lindsey Esson, showing the mixed bag of orienteering/weather we’ve been sampling. First was taken on the training area at  Merthyr Mawr sand dunes and the second was taken at today’s start at Mynydd Llangynidr, limestone moorland dotted with monster depressions, sinkholes and pits and visibility down to a few hundred metres due to drizzly rain and mist. Mmmmm!

IMG_0822 IMG_0824







We’ve been given a questionnaire to fill in and one of the questions is “Explain why you like orienteering and what makes you do it?” Kind of tough one to answer after today’s experience! What would you put?


Croeso 2016

5184Just in case you’re wondering what to do with yourselves on Wednesday evening (as there’s no Summer Series), how about checking on the progress of the Gramps down at Croeso this year?

A mixed bag of fortunes on Kenfig Burrows on Days 1 and 2 – a cracking area of vegetated monster dunes a bit like Forvie on steroids.

Some of us helped out organisers NGOC today. Helen fulfilled a lifetime’s ambition to wave a big pointy foam hand at drivers in the car park while Pete tried out his 4×4 skills ferrying helpers through the dunes to the Far Start.

Glen Dye 13/7/16

We had 48 runners this evening – pretty good considering summer holiday season is upon us. Thanks to everyone who made the trip up Deeside to enjoy a soggy* whirl round a little used corner of Glen Dye and novice planner Bob Sheridan for rising to the challenge after having his arm twisted at the first Hack-O-thon. You can give him your feedback next time you see him or leave a comment here as I overhead quite a few remarks and thought “must tell Bob” but can’t remember them now.

Thanks also to Pete, Bob Daly and Helen R for assistance collecting controls and Lesley for first aid duty on a crocked ankle (hope it’s not too damaged, Michaela) and Janne for rescue services plus Arvid and friend who helped raise the alarm and didn’t finish their run as a result.

*If it’s any consolation, I too got drenched but not by bracken, rain or marshes. Remember that excellent ‘canopy’ you were all sheltering under at the back of our car? You’d be surprised at just how much rainwater that recess for the rear number plate can hold and how far it gets flung out when you close it unsuspectingly!

The first control on easy course didn’t seem to be working – so has been removed from splits etc Ignore all that, but first control is missing from splits and RG. Bob – your brikke didn’t seem to work any idea of a time?


Scottish Vets call up for Bob Daly

If you see Bob Daly going about at one of the Summer Series over the next few weeks congratulate him on his call up to the Scottish Vets Squad for the VHIs in Northern Ireland 3rd/4th September. (If you don’t know him, he’s the one who always runs late and always offers to collect controls.)

Tim Griffin and Paul Duley are also down as reserves and Rob Hickling already had a better offer so although invited had to decline.

bto SOUL 5 Westhill 25/6/16

Bad luck those of you who got caught in one of the downpours. I’ve never appreciated before just how loud the sound of rain stotting off your map can be.

On the plus side, we had possibly the swankiest assembly area ever for a SOUL so far? So nice to be able to come back into the warm and dry and not have to peel off wet O gear in a steamy, cramped car so many thanks to Technip UK Ltd for the loan of their restaurant area.

Results by course
Results by class
Routegadget (can someone who went to 229 tell me whether it’s really a smiley face on the ground or is it mappers artistic licence?)
BOF results with ranking points
(Results updated with dsq for crossing uncrossable fence/hedge)
SOUL rankings

Thanks too to Adrian Will for organising and swinging it with Technip, Helen Rowlands for stepping in for last minute Controller duties piggy-backing on all the hard work done by Tim Griffin, Pete Lawrence for some audaciously long legs, Keith Roberts of Maroc for Wifi and other computing assistance on the day and last but not least the Gramp helpers, particularly those who didn’t run themselves but volunteered to spend a wet and often boring day helping anyway (Duncan, Bob, Caffyns and Alastair: this means you!)

We got some good feedback on the new map and will be forwarding it to the mapper, Sasha Chepelin. Hope you enjoyed the chance to be guinea pigs with us (or is it more like lab rats?) and have fun tomorrow at Glen Feardar.

Jamie Stevenson 2016

Well done to all our GJOs who’ve been putting in the hours training prior to Summer Series events recently before traveling down to compete in this year’s Jamie Stevenson Trophy at Balkello near Dundee last weekend.

14 clubs attended from all over Scotland and ran Yellow, Orange, Light Green and Green courses with a points system based on finish places for both boys and girls classes so to maximise your team points potential you need a wide range of age and both boys and girls spread over the courses. Not easy to cover all bases if you have a relatively small team but the GJOs gave it their best shots and we came 8th out of the 14 clubs with a stonking 534 points. Our top runners were Maya Reynard, Connor Whitelaw, Josie Gomersall, Paul Caffyn, Morvern Farquharson and Kirsty Farquharson – congratulations guys!

Full results can be found here. Congratulations to our arch-rivals, Maroc, who retained the trophy.

Paul also posted the fastest run in time of 16 seconds and it looks to be about 125m on RouteGadget giving him a ballpark running speed of 28.1km/h. Woohoo!

The whole thing was all kicked off with an opening ceremony and parade as usual but I’m told the team weren’t impressed by the new white banner and had hoped for the BIG RED one? Next year.

GAC results after Tyrebagger

One word: SOGGY

It seems that Shearwater don’t do rain, only John turned up! Maersk and Genesis at least managed 4 people each.
Full marks to Katrine and Sue of Genesis for perseverance! Many thanks to Jonathan for feeding the Lang family emergency Boost bars whilst we waited for their return.


2016 GAC results after 4 events.pdf

GAC results after Scolty

Genesis were short of men again this week and surprisingly so were Maersk.
Shell/Shearwater were short of ladies…Maybe they should do a deal?
Some great performances for many on what was a distinctly harder course than Hazlehead or Countesswells.

Here are the overall scores following Scolty  GAC scores

Overall Maersk and Shearwater are neck a neck…all to play for….and you never know Genesis may yet get its act together….

Tyrebagger next week – bigger paths than Scolty and some nice big man made objects to relocate on but still plenty of opportunity to get lost in the woods.

Marianne Lang (pp John who’s “busy cycling Pyrenean cols”)

Scolty 08/06/16 – Results

*** Update 13-Jun-2016: Results and Splits (but not routegadget) updated with Callum and Liz’s runs (long tech and easy courses)***

Thank you Kevin for picking out the better bits of Scolty for tonight and also Gordon and Dennis for helping collect controls (although I suspect it may have been an excuse to keep moving and avoid the midgies back at the car park?)

I’ve managed to download everyone’s results but seem to be missing a download for Callum McLeod and Liz Sloan’s brikke number was a duplicate on the list so I think may have been inadvertently re-used by her or someone else on the Easy course. If you spot a funny looking time for your result please get in touch and I’ll manually assign you the correct time (whatever is shown in between the triple chevrons at the top of your “receipt” printout.)  webmaster@grampoc.com

Quite a few showing as mp which means mis-punch. The timestamps on your brikke is the only proof we have that you visited a control and you must make sure you see the light flash before removing your brikke. Sorry if this seems a bit harsh but that’s the rules of the game – elite competitors have been disqualified in World Ranking Events for not having a full set of timestamps (punches) even though hundreds of people saw them visit a control and it was videoed too, so if you were a mp victim today you’re keeping good company!


If you’ve not explored RouteGadget yet please do.

To draw your route on: Click on the Draw tab and select Course and your name. The first control circle will be highlighted and you have to draw on your route by clicking your way from the Start to the centre of the circle. The next control circle will be highighted and off you go again until you reach the Finish and Save. You can use the + and – controls top right to zoom and click and drag the map to pan.

To replay your race against your rivals, click on the Results tab, open up the course and select the people you want to see. Click on the play button in the grey controls box that pops up and you can see where you lost and gained the advantage and maybe learn something for next time.

10th (and last) Highlander 2016

The fell-runners of the club were out and about over the weekend taking part in the last Highlander Mountain Marathon in Glen Cannich.

“A great event and amazing weather conditions, with some really tough courses. Didn’t expect the B to be quite the test it was for me, or my right shoe (which had half it’s sole hanging off on the start line of Day 2!!)  Highlander 2016 will live long in the memory!”  Ali Robertson

The Gramps I’ve spotted so far in the results:

A course: 3rd Tim Gomersall (with BASOC’s Johannes Felter)

B course:
5th Gareth Yardley and Ian Hamilton (not bad at all for a last minute substitution? 2nd Vet team too)
8th Ali Robertson (with MAROC’s Andrew McMurtrie)

C course: 32nd Dave and Lachlan Kirk (who get a mention for registering as Grampian Orienteers. Yeay!)

Score: 48th Lynn Smith and Bob Sheridan  (35th Vets too)

President’s Medal 2016 goes to Richard Oxlade



In recognition of his invaluable contribution to the success of Highland 2015, this year the SOA President’s Medal will be going to Richard Oxlade. Read all about it here.


Congratulations and thanks once again from the rest of the club to Richard for stepping up to that very challenging role on our behalf. (Just hope that being Medallion Man 2016 doesn’t go to his careful and calm head!)


Scottish Championships 2016

Having dismantled the final marquee about 2pm today after the Relays, Richard eventually went off home for a well-earned rest and to apologise to his cat for force feeding it all last week (he needed the box the cat food sachets come in as it had perfectly sized compartments for three rows of neatly folded relay maps.)

Provisional results can be found on the SOA Scottish Champs website  – click here.

Many thanks to both him and Rob Hickling for great jobs organising and computing respectively and I’m sure they in turn would want to say thanks to the rest of the Gramp helpers for another smooth event. We had everyone from W8-ish (Emily R patiently waiting for Dad to finish collecting controls and come home) to W80 (Helen G directing finishers down the right funnel.)

Thanks too to Ali Robertson for taking on the planning (I suspect secretly he enjoyed himself way too much despite protestations of nerves and “doing the swan thing” on Saturday.)

In the Scottish Individual Champs, congratulations to:

Kate Robertson 3rd Light Green
Audrey Wilson-Hay 3rd W65S
Margaret Aust 2nd W65S
Oonagh Grassie 1st W60S
Carolyn McLeod 2nd W50L
Naomi Lang 2nd W16A
Angus Aitken 2nd M85
Neil McLean 2nd M70L
George Esson 2nd M65S
Paul Duley 3rd M60L
Rob Hickling 2nd M60L
Richard Oxlade 3rd M55S
Bob Daley and Evgueni Chepelin joint 2nd M55L
Pete Lawrence 1st M50S
Lachlan Kirk 2nd M16B
Sam Griffin joint 3rd M12A

All runs counted towards the SOL series in lieu of the cancelled SOL 4 so anyone who doesn’t get a mention above can console themselves with some well-earned points.

In the Scottish Relays, well done to:

Sam Gomersall, Carolyn McLeod and Bob Daly (Gramp Grabbers) – 2nd in the Handicap 17+pts class
Paul Caffyn, Josie G and Keith Yardley for an excellent 5th place in the Handicap 11+pts class
Tim Griffin for beating Charlie Adams and coming in first on the first leg of the Handicap 14+pts class
Tim’s team (Gramp Gracefuls (?)) for a terrific 7th place on that course
Gramp Grazers for coming in 10th only 150 seconds behind Gramp Gracefuls
All other runners in Gramp’s teams for running for the club

… and congrats to AUOC for completing the (tough) Men’s Open race – with a lady runner!
… and to Sasha Chepelin for anchoring EUOC to win the Men’s Open, and holding off Mark Nixon in a great head-to-head race.

Great cheesy prizes !

Forest Sprint Series 2016 Final Results

Overall results after 6 events.
Congrats to Jake Chapman and Sarah Dunn on a Maroc double win this year.
Hope you all enjoyed these short courses although I think maybe we need to choose our areas with care for next year as some were not really that sprinty.
And Balmedie wasn’t that foresty either I suppose!

Bakers extraordinaire

Anne Hickling is doing a charity trek for WaterAid later this year and was busy raising funds at the Relays today. Ask her all about it at one of the Summer Series events as I can’t remamber the name of the mountain she’ll be climbing but I do remember it’s 3002m high so that’s her target in £ too. Doubt there were any cakes left today (despite Helen having to use a wide angle lens to get them all in the pic) but I’m sure she’ll bake to order for Templars Park BBQ if we were all each to pledge a £1 extra on top of our Summer Series fee for 10 of the events?

It’s time for us to stick up for trees

In 2017 the Woodland Trust will launch a Charter for Trees, Woods and People, a lasting legacy for the whole of the UK, leading more than 50 organisations in a call to define the charter. (Is SOA one of those organisations I wonder?)

“The charter will:

  • Help to unlock the potential of the UK’s trees and woods.
  • Improve our lives and landscapes.
  • Celebrate the trees in our lives.

Tell us your tree story. It could be about your favourite tree that you climbed as a child, or the sapling you planted in the garden of your first home. Maybe it’s a memory of the woods you always walked in with your family, or something you made with your own hands out of wood. We need your stories to help us understand what people want and need from the UK’s trees. Tell us what woods and trees mean to you. Share your story today.”

Share your orienteering stories with them today – click here.
(You could consider joining WT too?)

World Orienteering Day 11th May

WOD logoDid you know that May 11th was World Orienteering Day?

I’d forgotten until Sarah Dunn reminded me yesterday so I’ve retrospectively registered Balmedie on the WOD website and our 39 participants are now part of the bid to create a record for the most folk O-ing on a single day. Not sure when they stop counting but 172,081 so far when I last looked and still counting.

WOD website – scroll down for one of those interactive, blobby maps showing who’s registered and where and you can then zoom right down to Scotland and eventually Balmedie. Did you know there’s a club in Nuuk in Greenland? They had 8 participants. Research station I wonder? Fascinating stuff.

If you were at Balmedie then you might like to award yourself this WOD diploma to stick on the fridge?

WOD newsletter here.


Lost property

Anyone want to lay claim to this charger found after Crathes or possibly the Stoney Hack-O-thon? Email webmaster@grampoc.com to claim.

Also located – one pair of Sealskinz socks.  (Sorry no photo). Now washed and seeking their owner!  Most likely to belong to a planner, organiser or control collector of a recent event.  Email membership@grampoc.com for this item.

Forest Sprint Dunnottar Woods 27/4/16 – Results

Thanks to all who came along tonight. The sleet, snow and hail held off for the evening so apart from being a tad slippy underfoot all was well (pity same can’t be said for the afternoon!). Some pretty fast times recorded and some more mature members keeping the young ones off the top slots for once.

Special mention must go to all the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts (and leaders and helpers) who gave their course a go – we hope you all enjoyed it and come back for more (we will be back on 20th July). May be less mud next time!

Results.   Splits
Overall results after 3 events, currently a battle between the Chapmans for top spot. To be continued ….

3 more Forest Sprints, then on to the Summer Series. Download this Summer Series Flyer and spread the word!

JK format – your opinion counts

Ali has flagged up that there is a survey on the BOF website for folk to give their opinions on whether or not JK should permanently change to having Sprint, Middle, Classic and Relay for all age classes (it’s doing this anyway in 2017). The link to the survey is here… http://bit.ly/1YrtN0S

Gramps used to travel far and wide to multi-day events like the JK but I’ve noticed these days we’re struggling to get above double figures (apart from the 6 Days).
If you don’t already go to these, what would tempt you to start? Would a change in format to mix it up a bit do the trick so that rather than knackering yourself on 3 long classic courses you could have a bit more fun and still have time to be a tourist too?
Tell BOF and I’m sure the 6 Days spies will be keeping an eye on this too as similar changes have been mooted for that.


JK2016 & CompassSport Cup

5 dedicated GRAMPs made the trip down south for this year’s JK held in Yorkshire. Bob Daly and Ian Hamilton took on the Sprint course in brilliant sunshine on Day 1 at Leeds Uni (cracking looking map on RG) and were then joined by Rob and Anne Hickling and Gen Jones for Day 2 at Wass (steep and dark forest with lots of rocky features) and Day 3 Kilnsey Crags (open moorland and rain – lots of folk in waterproofs in ActivNorth’s photos).
If you look at the overall results you can see the attraction of multiday events where you can make up for a mediocre run one day by balancing it out with a good run another – Ian and Bob were 5 or 6 places apart, either ahead or behind each other, on different days but ended up in 17th and 18th place respectively on M55L within 30 seconds of each other! (Long way to go to settle that particular score when they could have waited until Crathes in a couple of weeks’ time!) Rob came 5th M60L, Anne 3rd W60S and Gen 8th W65S.

In case you were wondering, an equally small band of GRAMPs went down to Stirling a few weekends ago to take part in the CompassSport Cup Scottish Qualifying Round and came 5th in the big clubs’ competition. Congratulations to FVO on winning and ESOC who also qualified for the final as FVO are prior winners.
Reknowned for their competitive spirit, I was still a bit surprised to overhear FVO’s team captain in the Ladies loos prior to running openly admitting that she’d already sent out feeler emails to coach companies and accomodation down south for the final in the autumn. Although she did have the grace to say that she realised that might appear a bit presumptuous.

Who are all these skinny/hirsute people?

iphonejune2015 025To celebrate GRAMP’s 40th birthday, I thought we might run a wee competition for some of our long-standing members.

Click on the photo to get a better view if needed, then drop an email to flump@care4free.net with the answers to these questions:

Who are all these skinny/hirsute people?
What year was the photo taken?
What was the event they’d just won?

I’ll give the answers (and lavish prize) at the GRAMP dinner and post them here too on the 22nd.


AUOCup Scolty and Final Results

AUOCup finished with two technical courses in Scolty. The long course was 5.3km, but had only 5 controls – a great long distance control practice!
Evgueni was the brave one tackling the course as the only Gramp (to secure his win in the long, non-student category) and beat the course in great time!

Here are the results from Saturday accompanied with the final overall standings.
Congratulations to the winners: Michaela, Evgueni, Eva and Anne HIckling.
Congratulations to the orienteers in second place: Lovisa, Rob, Daniel and Kirsty Farquharson!
As well as a big thank you for everyone who participated in the cup!!

All is left to do now is the prize giving ceremony and a wee quiz evening at Aberdeen University campus on Tuesday, 22nd March from 8pm, details attached. Hope to see many of you there and once again a big thank you from AUOC!🙂


Prize giving.pdf
AUOCup Scolty results (2 files merged).pdf

AUOCup Balgownie 13/3/16

A really sunny and warm day in Balgownie awaited for the orienteers to take on the 7th AUOCup event. This time in sprint form and with a length of 2.7km, it was a good break from some forest orienteering. Not particularly tricky controls, but some mud slides in the forest offered possibly the hardest obstacles!
Here are the overall results for the AUOCup and below are the results from Balgownie.

NOTE: The last AUOCup event will be next SATURDAY!! Held in Scolty. More information on the race will be posted later next week.
ALSO: We will have a prize giving ceremony and a small quiz evening at uni, where everyone is welcome. Date is 22nd of March and provisional time is at 8pm. Again, more information will be posted later!

See you next time!🙂


AUOCup overall results (2 files merged).pdf

AUOCup Balgownie Sunday 13th

Hello to you all! It is time for an other AUOCup event. It will be the second to last event, held in Balgownie, so it is time to forget the forest orienteering for a while and focus on some fast running and urban sprinting. However, i can say that roughly 40% of the course will be run in the forest/forest tracks. Final details are attached.

The competition is getting intense in some categories. With SOL1 being also part of the AUOCup format, here are the SOL1 results calculated by us.
And here you can see the current situation in the cup before the two last events. It is anyone’s game in the short categories and there is still a good tying chance for Rob in the long non-student category! Lets see what happens! Dont forget to contact me if you would like a map or two.

Hope to see you all there!🙂


AUOCup Balgownie.pdf
AUOCup overall results.pdf
AUOCup SOL 1 results.pdf

Scottish Championships 21st & 22nd May 2016

Those of you who keep your eye on the Fixtures list will already be aware that this year’s Scottish Championships are taking place just up the road at Balmoral – Individuals on 21st are being organised by Maroc and Gramp are doing the Relays on 22nd. All details for both days, including links to online entries and the rules, is being hosted by the SOA website – click here.

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AUOCup Crathes results and overall scores

The 5th AUOCup event was held yesterday at Crathes. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and maybe because of that, we were not expecting such a great turnout. Hence, we ran out of maps for a few runners, but with a bit of improvisation and drawing out the courses from memory, everyone got out to attack the long and short courses.

Here are the results from the 5th event. And here is the AUOCup overall scoreboard.

It seems like Michaela has taken a clear lead/victory in the long student category. Evgueni is also looking strong in the long non-student category. But remember that the best 3 count towards the end so anyone can still tie with him. Furthermore, don’t forget that the top two will be awarded. The short categories are still very undecided, so it seems like we will have a tight competition in those categories.

Thank you everyone for coming! The next event for the AUOCup is counted from the resuts of SOL1 next Sunday in Elibank. The next event held by us will be in two weeks in Balgownie (urban sprint).
See you later!🙂

Janne Heikkinen AUOC

Email contacts and 2016 membership

I’ve just sat and amended the Gramp email distribution list based on the latest membership database. I’ve assumed that there’s been no change of email address so if you haven’t received an eGRAMP email from me 27/2/16 (re membership list and Hack-O-thon) then please contact Helen Anderson using the Contact page from the menu above to check/register your new address.

I’ve left about 5 names on the list of folk who’ve not renewed yet but I think you might just not have got round to it.
Are you sure you’ve renewed? If you’re not sure, check your bank statement for a payment to BOF in mid-December or contact Helen Anderson to check.

Tim Gomersall’s been at it again

Nothing to do with orienteering but he is a Gramp so I feel totally justified in passing on a link to something Ian Searle spotted and flagged up with the comment ‘Simply outstanding!’ Seconded!

Intrigued? Click here.

AUOCup @ Glen Dye Saturday 13th Feb – Results

It was a beautiful, white forest waiting for the 3rd AUOCup event to begin in Glen Dye. All four categories had runners, which means that each category is now fully open, but it is still anyone’s cup to win! Some tight battles for seconds in some categories, and in some the first forest orienteering since summer claimed its victims. Here are the results from today and the overall cup results (below).


We have a two week break due to BUCS, but then we are back with Crathes on 28th Feb! Remember, that the best TWO will be awarded😉

See you next time!🙂. Janne.

AUOCup general information

Happy Birthday to us! Happy Birthday to us!

vanila-40-th-cake-birthdayGRAMP’s 40th Birthday is this April! We’re now officially Vet class!

Join us for a birthday dinner to celebrate at Raemoir House on evening of Friday the 22nd of April.

Further details to come…

Altogether now – Happy Birthday to us! Happy Birthday to us!

Scottish Sprint Champs 2016

Well the wrinklies were either too slow or didn’t chance their way past some very unclear mapping particularly in the old town of South Queensferry, so no Champs to report. But the girls did well – Josie Gomersall was 2nd W16 and Morven and Kirsty took 3rd and 4th respectively in W12.

Scottish Night O Champs 2016

Congratulations to Sam Gomersall on his M50 win on Saturday at Bonaly near Edinburgh. We have another Champion to kick start 2016’s Roll of Honour. (Take note JL.)

Other performances of note were Josie 3rd W16, Gordon Urquart 3rd M35 and Helen Rowlands running up and taking 2nd W45.

GMC 2016: Morven 12th/13th November

GMC 2016 logoAre you up for two full days of mixed orienteering and mountain navigation over some of Deeside’s finest moorland and forest?
Fully catered overnight camp?
The chance to earn a much-coveted RUN GMC shirt?

Back by popular demand, we bring you the Grampian Mountain Challenge 2016 around (maybe even over) Morven and surrounding areas on the 12th and 13th of November.
The scenery may have changed but the format will be the same with three classes run as pairs or solo and probably some spot prizes too – there is a campaign brewing for a sub-competition for Dads & Daughters in Class C this year (although maybe it should be Parent and Progeny to be totally PC about it?)

Put the date in your diaries now, start tapping up running partners if you want company out there in the wilds – entries starting to creep up now so don’t miss out.

Information, Rules and Kit List Rev 2 14/5/16
Flyer – feel free to download and help us spread the word

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Use these buttons to link through to Si Entries


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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