Balgownie 29th June

Your last chance to catch a Summer Series event!

Easy, Medium, Long courses
All urban in nature so under 16’s should be accompanied by responsible adult please and make sure you know the map symbols for out of bounds areas and uncrossable walls/fences. This guide will help.

Parking/reg next to the Danestone Community Centre w3w: piles.librarian.dome

£5 Seniors, £2.50 Juniors/Students
Payment on the night preferably by contactless card/phone, cash accepted too.

Registration/Start from 1800 – 1900
Courses close @ 1930

Safety stuff: there will be unmarshalled roads to cross so pay attention to oncoming traffic and choose a safe place, take care if running round blind corners and be courteous to other pedestrians and residents.


Balmedie 22nd June + BBQ Results

Many thanks to Neil for planning the event and to Ian/Farran/Sam & Lesley for helping collect controls.


1 Emily Arthur 31.08
2 George Esson 35.32

Short Tech

1 David Esson 30.06
2 Aileen Salway 31.25
3 Ros Nicholson 36.53 (cycled from Aberdeen)
4 Chris Aust 37.05
5 Samantha & Kailin 59.48
6 Lennon Atchison 76.23
7 Paul Atchison 76.28

Long Tech

1 Pete Lawrence 30.01
2 Gareth Yardley 31.18
3 Tim Griffin 32.29
4 Dennis McDonald 34.36
5 Sam Gomersall 37.36
6 Julian Robinson 37.43
7 Ian Hamilton 37.58
8 Phil Campbell 41.25
9 Lesley Gomersall 42.36
10 Mark Reid 46.04
11 Matthew Thompson 46.07
12 Michaela Kolistanikova46.56
13 Sarah Wallace 50.07
14 Farran McLean 50.32
15 Adrian Will 51.39
16 Rachel Scott 51.56 (kept stopping to admire the view until flushed out by Dennis)

And some yummy results came off the BBQ too. Lovely to be able to socialise without the aid of umbrellas for a change on such a cracking evening – couple of photos on our Facebook page.


Westburn & Victoria Parks Wed 15th Jun Results

Many thanks to Tim & Zoe for running the event on the night and to Sam Griffin our recently crowned British Sprint Champion who planned (lucky devil is in Majorca on a cycling holiday at moment!)

Thanks to Bob and Aileen for helping collect controls at the end and David Esson for computing.


P.S. You’ll have noticed the website is getting a bit of a makeover to try and make it more mobile and user friendly. I was trying out new looks on my phone on the train home and accidentally pressed the ‘activate’ button prematurely and can’t go back to the previous theme as it’s no longer supported by WordPress. It was 12 years old! Watch out for more changes to come as I try to streamline the menu system and bring the homepage to life.


Foggieton Wed 9th Jun Results

Many thanks to David Esson for planning, George for helping put controls out, and Sam G, Zoe and Bob for helping collect the controls.

1 Logan Thompson 15.38
2 Emily Robertson 20.20
3 Sophie DePasquale 24.41
4 Helen Greenwood 25.22
5 Owen DePasquale 26.14
Short Tech
1 Olivia Coman 36.02
2 Ros Nicholson 41.09
3 Stuart Hall 43.50
4 Oli Robertson 68.06
5 Lennon Aitchson 68.53
Long Tech
1 Ewan Bennett 23.55
2 Sam Griffin 24.03
3 Calum McLeod 26.07
4 Jonas Newey 29.34
5 Ali Robertson 30.32
6 Gareth Yardley 32.01
7 Alan Bennett 32.47
8 Yann Newey 34.23
9 Hugh Nicholson 34.24
10 Dennis McDonald 37.02
11 Keith Yardley 38.03
12 Matthew Thompson 38.36
13 Rory Murray 40.44
14 Iain McLeod 41.14
15 Kate Robertson 41.38
16 Samantha McDonald 42.18
17 Paul Chapman 42.36
18 Ian Hamilton 42.50
19 Gary Morrison 42.54
20 Bob Daly 45.45
21 Julian Robinson 46.40
22 Sarah Wallace 48.36
23 Michaela Kolistanikova 53.21
24 Jonathan Smith 55.35
25 Eddy Coman 58.48
26 Phil Campbell 63.25
rtd Catriona Chapman (injured)
mp Lucie Hamplova mp


Duthie Park & Ferryhill Wed 1st Jun Results

Sorry about the delay in posting results – too busy celebrating Saturday’s and Schools Championship results – oh, and Zoe’s first serious orienteering race in far too many years – and then work got in the way this morning.
Better late than never! Results

P.S. You’ll have noticed the website is getting a bit of a makeover to try and make it more mobile and user friendly. I was trying out new looks on my phone on the train home and accidentally pressed the ‘activate’ button prematurely and can’t go back to the previous theme as it’s no longer supported by WordPress. It was 12 years old! Watch out for more changes to come as I try to streamline the menu system and bring the homepage to life.


Loads of events happening on your doorstep soon…

Summer Series ongoing
Autumn Sprints in August (bit earlier this year to avoid late starters running in the dark)
– then towards the end of the year we have bigger events planned at Crathes and Balmedie.

Keep watching the website(s) for separate posts for each event nearer the time with full details.
Wednesday 15th June – Summer Series Westburn & Victoria Park
Wednesday 22nd June – Summer Series & BBQ Balmedie Beach
Wednesday 29th June – Summer Series Bridge of Don

Wednesday 10th Aug – Autumn Urban Cove
Wednesday 17th August – Autumn Urban Westhill
Wednesday 24th August – Autumn Urban Abz Uni
Wednesday 31st August – Autumn Urban Seaton Park

Sunday 2nd October – Full Colour Coded @Crathes (Possibly Middle distance)
Sunday 11th December – Full Colour Coded @Balmedie

GRAMP successes at Scottish Champs 2022

No Champs this year but some great runs/results including:

Pete Lawrence M55S
Helen Greenwood Yellow

Duncan Grassie M35L
Gary Morrison M55S
Chris Aust M70S
Neil McLean M75L
Gramp3 Mike Greenwood, Gary Morrison, Dennis McDonald Relay Class: 14+ points

Matthew Thomson M35L
Kevin Reynard M55S
Bob Daly M65L
Ros Nicholson W55S

Samantha McDonald W12A

Priceless Class
The willing volunteers who not only ran but also helped out at Glen Dye and then still had energy left over to run round Sluie in the Relays too in some cases.
Did you see you all got a big thank you on Scottish Orienteering’s Facebook? #valueingvolunteers

Scottish Championships 2022 Individual @ Glen Dye Results

Final Results
RouteGadget (done by course rather than age class so check your map)
BOF results (ranking points)

Big congrats to all the Champions for 2022 and the Gramp Team who made it all happen today.
And good luck to all those relaying at Sluie tomorrow.

18/5/22 Hazlehead Summer Series Results

Below are the results from tonight’s event at Hazlehead Park. Was a gorgeous evening, and everyone seems to have enjoyed themselves. Interestingly we have a few participants who had equal times. Not often we get that!

Many thanks to Tim and George for putting the controls out and Tim, Bob and George for collecting the controls.

Hazlehead Summer Series Results
Easy Course
1 Chris & Margaret Aust 27.59
Short Tech
1 Olivia Coman 18.05
2 Eddy Coman 22.05
3 Lennon Atchison 39.07
4 Emily Arthur 54.23
Long Tech
1 Dennis McDonald 20.16
1 Matthew Thompson 20.16
3 Ewan Bennett 20.25
4 Alan Bennett 21.34
4 Hugh Nicholson 21.34
6 Calum Mcleod 21.36
7 Yann Newey 22.41
8 Phil Campbell 25.02
9 Gareth Yardley 25.1
10 Rory Murray 25.17
11 Karen Maxwell 25.58
12 Julian Robinson 26.32
13 Lucie Hamplova 26.45
14 Gary Morrison 26.53
15 Bob Daly 28.07
16 Sarah Wallace 28.37
16 Samantha McDonald 28.37
18 Iain McLeod 29.09
19 Heidi Ross 29.38
20 Debbie Green 31.49
21 Rod Campbell 69.05

n/c Tim Griffin 22.55

Scotland Vets Selection Policy for VHI Oct 2022 Wales

Scotland Vets Selection Policy for VHI 2022, Trawsfynydd, Snowdonia, Mid Wales 1st/2nd October 2022.

Day 1 Individual. Day 2 Relays

In 2022 the Scottish team for the Veteran Home Internationals will be selected using the results of the following races:
British Champs Saturday 26th March Liphook
JK Wales Day 2 Saturday 16th April
JK Wales Day 3 Sunday 17th April

Scottish Middle-Distance Champs Saturday 14th May
Scottish Champs
Saturday 28th May

As the major UK events were rather far away this year, and some people were uncomfortable travelling, SOL events will also be considered.
If any competitor wishing to be considered for the team has missed one or more races, or has performed poorly due to injury or illness, but considers that they will be back on form by October, that person should contact Janice Nisbet, so that the selectors can take this into account.

Team Manager and Selector: Janice Nisbet (ESOC)        
All enquiries to: janice.veterans@gmail.com

Foggieton Forest Sprint 13th April Results

Results RouteGadget

A dry but chilly night saw old and new test their wits on the twists and turns of the many paths and linear features at Foggieton. Many thanks to David for all his IT wizardry, and to Gareth for helping with control collecting (and to those who also offered to help – always welcome!)

Scottish Championships Individual @ Glen Dye Saturday 28/5/22

GRAMP are really looking forward to welcoming you all to Glen Dye in May for the Individual races for this year’s Scottish Championships. Although the area was hit by recent storms enough survives that we’re confident you’ll be able to enjoy the traditional Glen Dye Experience as well as having fun trying out some new areas of mapping while vying for those trophies. Good luck everyone!

Final event details (updated 23/5/22)
Start times now published SIEntries

MAROC will round the weekend off by hosting the Relay Championships on Sun 29th May at Sluie, a little further up Deeside.

Should this be mapped as a crag?
or Forest – fight? (Don’t worry – this is not on anyone’s course)

Ideas and feedback please

I’m about to try and revamp our website taking into account various points raised in a report by the BOF Newcomer retention Group who reviewed all club websites and ‘marked’ them on various criteria particularly how we signpost beginners towards information, resources and events, clarity, ease of use and things like “Is a sense of adventure, challenge, excitement, enjoyment created?”

Lots to go at and first I want to suss out which parts of the existing website you use regularly, whether you find it easy to navigate on both phone as well as desktop, what do you think of the menu system and do you have ideas for improving user-friendliness in terms of layout? Do you regularly use another website that you think I could pinch some inspiration from? Have you spotted a really good video on YouTube about orienteering that we could link to to cut out some of the wordiness?

I’m interested in feedback from anyone and everyone not just my regular readers and fan club 😉 so if you’ve just visited to try and get info on an event or starting orienteering then please don’t hold back.

Drop me an email please webmaster@grampoc.com.

Ta! Rachel

We have British Champions among us!

Well done to Sam Griffin and Jeremy Huthwaite, M18E and M50S respectively, for wins at Golden Valley & Cognor Wood down in Englandshire.

Click on the image below to link through to our Facebook page (and while you’re there Like it to get news like this as soon as our roving reporter posts.)

Sam Griffin on podium at British Champs 2022

DNC 2021-22 Final Results

Final results
This season’s DNC final event took place at Crathes with award winning courses from Ros who managed to weave everyone between all the wind blow and also scooped First Lady in the Mini DNC in the process.

Just look at all those extra pink crosses! Some are pre-existing felled areas but even so – Yikes!

About 30 other Gramps have been out enjoying the dark side on Wednesdays and three have a fully stamped-up loyalty card – Gary Morrison with 12 runs out of a possible 13, Ian Hamilton 13 and David Esson 14 (?! – incl planner’s points for the Dunnottar event cancelled due to Arwen damage.)
Big thanks go to our all our planners: Dennis McDonald, David Esson (also designated laptop driver), David Kirk, Murray Anderson, John Lang, Ros Nicholson and Julian Robinson (joint Course of the Year winner for Balmedie.)

Balmedie Training Event Sun 30th



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!!

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
20/2/22 Foggieton Wooods, Cults
(Note changes of venue. Was to have been Scolty but that’s stormtrashed. 😦
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.

Parking will be on the road beside Cults Primary School. w3w: quite.riots.liked
Open to Gramp and AUOC members. Training for all levels of abilities available.

Entry form is below.

Foggieton Training Day Entry Form

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

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 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.

DNC Tollohill Wed 24th Nov

Results and splits

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


and the link to enter is at


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


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.

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.


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.



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.)

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