Sprint O is great fun – lots of controls in quick succession in a relatively short distance and fast running alone is no use in this discipline if it’s of the headless chicken variety! You really have to look closely at the map, make snap decisions about route choice, execute them quickly and cleanly while all the time trying to read a jiggling map and watch where your feet are going. Give it a go.
April 12th Hazlehead GRAMP
April 19th Glen O’Dee MAROC
April 26th Dunnottar GRAMP
May 3rd Dess MAROC
May 10th Mulloch GRAMP
May 17th Tilquillie MAROC
One course TD3 or Orange standard, about 3km, with lots of controls and route choice in a relatively small area so full on concentration required just as much as fleet feet. Great for developing Juniors too if accompanied by a TD3 standard runner. Best 4 scores out of 6 will count towards the FSS league results. Overall results can be found on the GRAMP website.
Registration: 18:00 to 18:50
Starts: 18:30 to 19:15
Fees: £4 Senior, £2.50 Junior/Student
To be a Controller you need to be up to speed on all the technical stuff for planners and organisers so there’s not much more help we can give you but here’s a handy checklist courtesy of Hilary Quick/SOA that might help you streamline the process.
In an exciting new development for 2017, we will be introducing North Area Junior Orienteering training days!
*To provide coached training opportunities outwith club orienteeringfor TD3 (Orange) and above juniors.
*To provide fun and motivational opportunities for juniors in the North of Scotland.
*To provide a stepping stone between club and national squad level.
Who can join in?
The training days will not be selected, however all juniors attending need to be confident at completing an orange (TD3) course independently.
Last chance to sign up for the first North Area Junior Training day on 18th February!
I need to have confirmed numbers by Sunday night (5th February) so that I can ensure we have enough coaches lined up for the day.
We are currently at 24 junior athletes, which is very exciting 🙂
I’m sure there’s lots more who would like to join us! Anyone under 20 who can independently conquer a TD3/orange course is welcome, even if you’re in ScotJOS.
Also, remember to get designing your North Area logos so we can vote on them at Culbin.
More details for the training day will go directly to those who are attending in the week beforehand.
(GJOs – if you want to sign up then email Jess directly jjtullie at’ gmail.com)
Glen O’Dee saw the first round of this year’s (JD)2C and here are the rankings.
(There’s a prize for the first person to spot my mistake but you’ll have to look hard!! Rachel)
Any Junior from Gramp or Maroc is automatically entered into the (JD)2C. You win points by running in any of the 10 nominated local Level C races listed below, with a sliding scale depending on your course and how well you do.
To try and keep things as fair as possible, only half points are awarded to shadowed competitors which is why we ask you to declare this when entering.
8 Jan MAROC Glen O’Dee
19 Mar MAROC Potarch
9 Apr GRAMP Crathes
30 Apr MAROC ???TBC
18 Jun MAROC Sluie
?? GRAMP Tyrebagger
?? MAROC ????TBC
17 Sep GRAMP Scolty
15 Oct GRAMP Forvie
5 Nov GRAMP Bennachie
Quick summary of you for those of you who didn’t go to the AGM:
Busy year: Forest Sprints, Summer Series, Level C events, Urban etc.
Scottish Champs in May – run jointly with MAROC
JIRCS in Sept – very successful, Ian coordinated whole w/e
GMC – Dave plus 2 Ians – no issues – might move it to April? No one has yet volunteered to organise the next one…..
Looking at getting new club kit – Ali Robertson will reveal all soon (?!)
Would like to organise more coaching- but need someone to plan it and liaise with coaches. If you’re interested please get in touch with the committee. You don’t have to be a medal-winning orienteer just enthusiastic and we can get you some training/mentoring.
It’s getting more and more expensive to run events, mainly levies on all events and Forestry Commission permissions on the larger events. Our aim is to keep the summer events at cost and on the level C events, which often have more costs attached try to make a small profit and help maintain a surplus in the account. So unfortunately entry fees have been raised …….. but we still think we are offer the best deal around.
So, for 2017:
Level D (summer series, urban sprint etc) £4 and £2
Level C £6 and £3
Week end away? Opportunity to do some coaching and go to big event as a club.
Adrian Will thanked all for effort and time over the year
Liz Sloan is our new Social Secretary – anyone got any ideas for club events other than curling this year?
Club Championships Overall Trophy Winners
Class 1st (Trophy)
Junior Women Naomi Lang
Junior Men Paul Caffyn
Senior Women Kate Robertson
Senior Men Mark Stockton
Veteran Women Lesley Gomersall
Veteran Men Gareth Yardley
Super- Veteran Women (>55) Oonagh Grassie
Super-Veteran Men (age over 55) Rob Hickling
John Duncan Cup Medal Winners:
W8 Bronze Emily Robertson
W10 Silver Hannah Will
W12 Silver Morven Farquharson
W14 Silver Isobel Anderson
W16 Gold Naomi Lang
M8 Gold Oli Robertson
M10 Bronze Robert Prince
Grampian Orienteers Roll of Honour for 2016
Scottish Elite Development Squad: Tim Gomersall, Katrina McLeod, Sasha Chepelin, Oleg Chepelin
M50S Individual: Pete Lawrence
W60S Individual: Oonagh Grassie
17+ Points Relay Class: Sam Gomersall, Carolyn McLeod and Bob Daly
M16B Lachlan Kirk
M60L Rob Hickling
M65S George Esson
M70L Neil McLean
M85 Angus Aitken
W16L Naomi Lang
W50L Carolyn McLeod
W65S Margaret Aust
M12A Sam Griffin
M55L Bob Daly
M55S Richard Oxlade
M60L Paul Duley
W65S Audrey Wilson-Hay
M50S 2nd Pete Lawrence
M55S 1st Richard Oxlade
M60L 1st Rob Hickling
M60L 3rd Paul Duley
M65S 3rd George Esson
W50 L 3rd Lesly Gomersall
W60S 1st Oonagh Grassie
WYJ 2nd Morven Farquharson
WJ 2nd Josie Gomersall
Scottish Night Championships
M55 1st Sam Gomersall
SOA Presidents Medal: Richard Oxlade
Presidents Alarm Clock: Rob Hickling (Geo referencing all the Maps, and support Mo Farah!)
Musgrave Trophies: Carolyn McLeod – Coaching the Juniors.
Iain McLeod – Organising the JIRCS weekend
Chairman’s Quaich: Richard Oxlade – organising Scottish Champs relays
Did you know that Dave Kirk is the Booking Secretary of the Cairngorm Club Climbing Hut called Muir, near Inverie, near Braemar?
It is free for the week of the 6 Day if anyone wants to book in. People can stay for as many nights as they like. It might be most suitable for the second half of the week when the events are near Braemar. More info can be found on the Cairngorm Club website (Muir section) http://www.cairngormclub.org.uk/muircottage/muircottage.htm.
It’s £12 pppn for adults and £6 pppn for under 16s. Max 22 places available each night, in five separate rooms.
Anyone interested in staying should contact Dave directly dkirk006 ‘at’ btinternet.com.
Congratulations to all our trophy winners!
Juniors: Naomi Lang & Paul Caffyn*
Seniors: Kate Robertson & Mark Stockton*
Veterans: Lesley Gomersall* & Gareth Yardley
Super Veterans: Oonagh Grassie & Rob Hickling*
*these folk retained their 2015 titles but Mark cut it a bit fine in his ding-dong battle with Gordon Urquhart – will 2017 be Gordon’s year?
The trophies were presented at the AGM. If you weren’t there and think nobody else might have collected on your behalf then contact John Lang asap.
In case you’re wondering how the points are calculated, these are the Gramp Champs rules:
2016 events were: Glen O’Dee, Tyrebagger, Torphantrick, Crathes, Glen Fearder, Glen Dye, Carlogie, Scolty, Muir of Dinnet.
2017 events will be announced soon so watch this space…..
Would you like to see the Gramp Champs results published at intervals throughout the year? Would this encourage you to attend more events? If you want the results in Excel format so you can do a bit more analysis and figure out which 2017 events to target for maximum points then contact email@example.com.
Pondering over the top words: 2 Juniors came up with “sunshine” compared to the adults’ “rampage” and “dental” – what does that tell you about the different perspective a few extra age classes gives you?!
Prepare to be boggled! This was a score event like no other…
Instead of controls having a points value, each control has a letter allocated.
The aim is to create words by visiting the controls in correct sequence to spell out your words.
1. 45 minute time limit
2. Visit controls only once
3. 2 points per minute penalty after 45 mins
4. For each word created 1 point is awarded for each letter.
5. 5 points bonus for 5 & 6 letter words
6. 10 points bonus for 7 & 8 letter words
7. 15 points bonus for 9 letter words and over
For example: “HAT” = 3 points, “SLOPE” = 5 points + 5 bonus points = 10 points
Well done to all those who turned up to the boggle O score. Rob Hickling had the best tactics and the overall best score for the seniors, with Naomi Laing holding Calum off the top spot for the juniors. Thanks to Bob, Liz and Helen for their help at registration and collecting controls.
A bit of planning insight to anyone who might be interested…..
The requirement was for something a bit different so after a bit of head scratching the Boggle idea was hatched. I’d picked out about 30 control sites in Countesswells and looking at it I thought it would be easy to get quite a lot in 45 mins (how wrong could I be), but I wasn’t sure how quickly people would manage to work out their words. A quick search on the internet provided lists of the best letters to use that would also provide the maximum possibilities.
I thought people would try to work out words with letters that were close together and confined to 3 different area’s . The first one, the Northern area in the top half of the map, the second area closest to the Rotton o’Gairn car park and the third area close to the start.
If you put the letters I used into a scrabble cheat in google you’ll find that there are literally hundreds of possible words in each area and I did spend quite a bit of time juggling the different possibilities – I wanted to try if at all possible to use letters which would provide orienteering terms, but in the end just made sure that I kept the letters to spell “Grampian” and the rest would have to be a bit of a mix of luck and design.
Judging by the deductions for late returns it would probably have been better to have 1 point per minute deducted and allowed 60 minutes for the course.
Getting all this into Condes was a bit time consuming, but worked out ok in the end. I was pleased that at least some people managed to get “Grampian” and even more pleased when Calum produced “Grampians”.
As well as a new planner we had some new faces at Glen Dye, enjoying both the good terrain, good weather and the Chillimobile hospitality. Welcome to the DNC “club” guys!
Apologies from our newbie planner, Bob Sheridan, for control 7 (131) on the Long being in the wrong depression. We’ve voided* the legs on either side.
*Seems Glen Dye has that mind-blowing effect on first time DNC planners (you’ll remember Rachel had to do the same last year?) and it’s hard to know who to ask to double-check for you without making them non-comp as most of the experienced orienteers are DNC regulars.
Where? The Craigiebuckler Scout Hall, accessed from Craigibuckler Drive starting promptly at 7pm. No parking on the grass please!
When? 7pm en punto
What? AGM business followed by prizegiving and food and fun and games and blether
Just a reminder for everyone to bring a dish to share to the AGM and your own choice of beverage. Your dish can be savory or sweet, and perfect if it can be shared.
If you have any special dietary needs, it is assumed you will ensure you bring a sharing dish to suit your needs.
Drinks as per usual is BYOB “Bring Your Own Bottle/Booze/Beverage”. Please remember your own serving spoons and tongs to suit. Cutlery, napkins, cups and plates will be provided.
There will be team games for all following the meal.
Bring your food 5/10 minutes early to allow a prompt start to the AGM at 7pm.
See you all there.
The Aberdeen University Orienteering Club organised the first ever (as far as we are aware) 100 control point race around the Aberdeen Uni campus.
Here are the results:
Congratulations to everyone who took part, and well done for those whose concentration meant that they found all the controls in sequence!
We apologise for the mistake at the end of loops 2 and 3 (100 CP course) with the incorrect control codes on 167-240 and 159-248. Everyone has been reinstated who was affected by these checkpoints.
Mapper, Planner and Organiser (!): Janne Heikkinen, AUOC president
Listen out for John Lang about 1:33 into the programme talking about orienteering and the new Duthie Park Permanent Courses (you can listen to the rest too of course.)
Following the restoration project at Duthie Park, Aberdeen City Council and Gramp have pooled resources to reinstate the Permanent Orienteering Course there with two versions of the map and a Mobo orienteering course too for those with smartphones and a sense of technological adventure.
Read the ACC press release here and take a look at their leaflets for the Short 1km and Medium 1.9km courses featuring a special map, based on the architect plans for the restoration, and controls on most of the historical features and monuments dotted about the park.
If you want to time yourself and compare your performance against others using your smartphone, the Medium course is available on the MOBO app – http://mobo.osport.ee/
Maroc have got 3 Mobo courses at Dess, Bell Wood and Creag Choinnich.
A big thank you to all who came to pit themselves against the Grampian terrain and each other. We were lucky with the weather in the end after the previous weekend’s foul conditions – sunshine and superb visibility on Saturday and a dry but frosty night at the overnight camp helped make it a day to remember for all the right reasons.
Thanks to those who realised things weren’t going to plan and phoned to let us know they’d bailed or would be late back – another bit of luck as we don’t always get such good mobile reception – and to those who bowed out gracefully on Day 2 and helped to pack up the campsite or lent their Excel expertise – really helps us run the event smoothly.
Bit of rain Sunday afternoon but didn’t seem to cause too much grief on the homeward stretch and well done to those who completed Day 2 and laid a few Grampian demons to rest
Congratulations to the overall winners and other prize winners:
1st Overall Alec Keith MV
1st Pair Alex McVey & John Ryan M
1st Ladies Susan Blackwood & Katy Boocock FV aka Black and Boo
1st Vet Jonathan Shepherd MV
1st Overall Duncan Coombs & Chloe Haines MIX aka Auld and Reekie
1st Solo Gordon Urquhart M
1st Ladies Bryony and Rebecca Harding F aka Hard(-ing) as Nails
1st Vet David Frame MV*
1st Overall John and Naomi Lang MIX aka The Hare and the Tortoise
1st Mixed Ben and Clare Stansfield MIX aka The Stoating Stannies
1st Vet Kenny Milton MV
1st P&P James & Graeme Ackland M aka A Clan
1st Solo Pete Lawrence MV
* corrected 14/11/16 – apologies for getting this wrong on the day (blame Rachel’s mental arithmetic for mis-estimation in our rush to present as many prizes as possible on the day before potential winners left to go home.) Bottle of wine en route to you somehow soon.
We also need to thank numerous folk for help/permissions etc (see Organiser’s Report above too.)
The Factors & Owners of Candecraig, Dinnet & Kinord, and Tillypronie Estates.
The Sporting Tenants on Dinnet & Kinord Estate.
Mr John Anderson.
FCS & SNH.
Tisos – for providing voucher prizes.
Mar Orienteering Club.
Dave, Alan & Ross – The Catering Team.
Mike, Donnie & Graham – The Heavy Kit Team and Hill Marshals.
Mid Deeside Community Trust.
The Dinnet Hall committee.
Brandon Hire & Heilan Loos.
And personally, I’d also like to thank Ian S, Ian H, Rachel, Helen, Sam, Tim & Josie G, Iain B, Tim, Ali, Kate, Sean, and all the competitors who also became helpers at some point during the weekend. A final thanks to my wife Liz for putting up with my ‘project’ over the last 18 months, acting as event Base Contact, and managing to come up with a GMC Prize Cup (in chocolate).
Organiser: David Kirk
Planner: Ian Searle
Controller: Ian Hamilton
If anyone took any photos and is willing to share them then send the link to firstname.lastname@example.org please.
“Many thanks for the race – a great introduction to mountain marathons for my daughter.Â She’ll now expect all of them to transport bags, have heated tents, controls in the right places, be well catered and have quick results. A few photos from my phone are linked here. Cheers, Dave Robertson”
First big apology goes to Alistair for repeatedly calling him Craig. I do know who you are but was suffering brain fade after a long day and hassle over brikkes not starting.
Second apology goes to all who had trouble getting brikkes to start – lesson learned and we’ll not be using the old ones for DNC in future as it looks like they don’t like the cold any more than we do.
I was keeping our new brikkes aside for GMC this weekend and wasn’t sure how many we had and whether I could cover both events with all new brikkes so decided to use older for last night. Bad move!
You’ll see on the results I’ve massaged the times by either using folks’ watch/GPS time or estimating what they might have taken for the first leg as they mostly have all correct controls logged just not the Start.
Third apology is for not getting results up last night as GMC preparations took precedence and then bed beckoned.
Fourth apology is for apologising so much!
Organiser: Rachel Scott
Long 4.9km 240m climb
Short 3km 165m climb
Maybe some of the GJOs would like to leave a comment about taking part in the (JD)2C this year? We’d love to find out the good, bad and the amazing bits from a GJO perspective.
The dates and rules for the (JD)2C competition 2016 are linked below.
This competition is for juniors from GRAMP and MAROC up to MW16 and this year the league will consist of 9 level C events plus the Scottish Championships, to be held at Balmoral in May.
AUOC would like to invite everyone along to their events to help raise funds and awareness of mens health for Movember. Here’s the flyer and check their Facebook for details or their Movember campaign page.
Sun 13th November Foggieton
Tues 15th November Quiz night
Sun 20th November Duthie Park
Sun 27th November 100 control race Aberdeen campus
Some of our GJOs did their bit for the North Team in the Scottish Junior Inter Area Relay last weekend – well done Naomi, Hannah & Josie for flying the GRAMP flag. Full results can be found here .
We hope you enjoyed our event at Scolty – with some tough courses.
Routegadget is loaded (click here) – Please enter your routes and compare them with others.
BOF results with Rankings points Added 30/10/16
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
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.
To 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 .
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!
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.
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?”
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 email@example.com
Lot of fun had by all – thanks for coming and supporting the series and see you all next year I hope.
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.
Congratulations to all competitors who ran at this challenging relay area.
Please enter your relay routes on Routegadget
For Individual results and overall team scores, see the Maroc website.
Helpers and others had a chance to enjoy Forvie, in the breezy but warm sunshine, after the Relays finished.
Here are the results for the 4th in the urban sprint series:
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!
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.
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
Glorious evening for some fast and furious/mellow and meandering* urban orienteering.
*delete as appropriate
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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?
Just 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.
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?
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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”)
*** 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.) email@example.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.
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)
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)
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!)
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 !
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!
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?
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?)
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.
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!