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.
1996 11 Person Relay Winners
Richard Oxlade, Rob Hickling, James Esson, Tim Nash, Bob Daly
Gordon Hendry, George Esson
Andrew Lobban, Duncan Grassie, Laura Mackinnon, David Esson
The first (and only) response to our wee competition was Neil McLean whose first reaction on seeing the photo was disbelief: “But why wasn’t I in the team?”
He quickly regained his composure sufficiently to correctly identify not only the year, the competition and the team members but also the location as being “the top end of Scolty”.
His composure was shot down in tatters again tonight when presented with his prizes – a legendary GRAMP chocolate coin and a bit of GRAMP memorabilia in the shape of a rather fetching pair of red lycras, not too dissimilar to those sported by Bob in the photo.
Many thanks to David Esson for supplying the photo and results. Does anyone else have anything stashed away that Rob, our club historian, could borrow to scan in and publish during our anniversary year? (Mr Controller 1996, we’re looking at you for starters…)
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.
Click on the photo to get a better view if needed, then drop an email to email@example.com 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.
The Grampian Orienteers’ annual dinner is once again being held at Raemoir House Hotel. The price is £26.50 for 3 courses and coffee.
If you have not attended the dinner before it comes highly recommended, this is a great opportunity to meet your fellow orienteers somewhere other than a forest car park! If you have been to previous dinners then you will know it is not to be missed. If you would like to attend then please contact Helen Anderson using this form.
This year you have the added bonus of a level C event at Crathes on Sunday 24th where you can burn off those extra calories.
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.
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.
What’s this got to do with orienteering? Well, it has been known for competitors to collapse and the cakes that Maroc Juniors turn out are choking hazards just waiting to happen as you gobble them down they’re so good!!
The defibrillator kept in CNR’s reception was recently used, successfully I’m happy to say, on a member of the public who’d collapsed outside. Our SHE department sent round a link to an interactive video from the Resuscitation Council (UK) on how to perform CPR, use a defib and also how help anyone choking.
I know we have club members trained in first aid but it’s still worth taking a look at this just in case it’s you who has to act in the middle of a forest one day. Be warned, it’ll get your heart racing as you try to “resuscitate” victims with your keyboard while a clock ticks down and the mood music and acting simulate the pressure you’d feel. Very effective messaging as well as teaching you the mechanics.
Can you beat 68/70 in 165 seconds?
(all options selected, 3 multiple choice answers per question)
Congratulations to all our trophy winners!
Juniors: Josie Gomersall & Paul Caffyn
Seniors: Ewelina Szczeblewska & Mark Stockton
Veterans: Lesley Gomersall & Evgueni Chepelin
Super Veterans: Sonia Armitage & Rob Hickling
The trophies were presented at the AGM, although some recipients queried the results (Lesley G, “Are you sure?!”) If you weren’t there and think nobody else might have collected on your behalf then contact the Ian Hamilton asap.
For those of you who didn’t make it to the AGM, here’s a copy of the Chairman’s Report and the 2015 Roll of Honour and other awards.
The last championship event of the year, the Scottish Score Orienteering championships, was held last Sunday 22nd November at Pitmedden Forest, Fife. The provisional results can be found are the KFO website here.
Gramp competitors ran well and came away with some excellent results:
In the associated Scottish Inter-Club competition, GRAMP was 3rd in the Large Clubs class, behind ESOC and RR. We beat FVO, TAY and Interlopers, despite having fewer counting competitors than each of those three clubs.
The trophies for the 2015 Compass-Point Scottish Orienteering League (SOL) were also presented at the event. Click here to find out the final SOL positions and GRAMP’s class winners.
So a great end to the year on the competition front.
The club AGM and social will be on Saturday 5th December at The Scout Hall, Oakhill Crescent (near the Atholl Hotel) starting promptly at 7pm.
Short AGM & prize-giving (including the GRAMP Club Championships), followed by ‘Bring a Dish to Share’ supper (food and drink), and some entertaining games for adults and juniors.
Please come prepared to air your views about any topic and suggestions for next year.
Juniors welcome too – there’s another room to escape to so you don’t need to be involved with the talking bit, but can then join in the eating bit!
Any queries? Contact the secretary using this form.
See also this is flyer (with map). NB The Scout Hall is on a narrow lane, late-comers may need to park on Oakhill Road.
Post-AGM event at Tollohill on Sunday 6th December!
Congratulations to David and Lachlan Kirk on their excellent 10th place on the C Course in this year’s OMM.
Quite a debut for an M16 (although we already knew that Lachlan can run the legs off anything!)
And thanks for the tip off and congratulations too to Mark Stockton and Urban Sprint newcomer, Chris Cowley, on their 11th place on the A.
He won’t thank me for telling you this (he’s very quiet and self-effacing) but we have a hero in our midst. He’s been regularly volunteering to get controls in after events for years and years but looks like he’s now started collecting competitors instead…..!
“Can you relay a thank you to Bob Daly who came upon me injured in the forest today and reported this to the controller? He then came back up to help carry me to a waiting car. I have a spiral fracture of the fibula in my right leg and a stitched right knee – the result of 2 separate mishaps! Please pass on my heartfelt thanks – I was so glad to see him in the forest! Regards Marjory Craig”
Well done to GJOs Dara Tivendale, Morven Farquharson, Isobel Anderson, Kirsty Farquharson, Duncan Will, Douglas Walmsley, Mairi Walmsley and Alex Lang for holding it together at Wood of Easter Clune over the weekend and not being phased by stiff competition from Maroc and MOR.
They ran in courses varying from White to Light Green and for many this would have been their first taste of major competion. 264 points total gave them 3rd place overall and they also boosted their (JD)2C scores at the same time. An excellent day all round!
This pair of apes were spotted swinging through the canopy at Crathes this afternoon. There is a banana skin for the first person who can work out which Gramp members are in disguise.
…Adventure Show, BBC2, Sunday 19:00
Features the blood, sweat and tears of WOC2015. I know we all know the results already but you can still cheer on our local elites, Spongey and Jess.
Great result for Tim yesterday in a truly mind boggling race around the peaks on either side of Glen Coe. Part hill running, part scrambling, part Spider Manning his way round 30 odd km of brutal terrain in 7:55:09 and only 11 minutes behind the Skyrunning World Champion, Emelie Forsberg. (Don’t think he’ll mind being chicked in this case!)
Take a look the website http://www.glencoeskyline.com for a squiz at the race route and possibly photos soon but to give you a brief flavour: “The race route traverses high and remote mountainous terrain. Once committed to many sections of the race route it is impossible to retreat.” (Actually that last bit could equally apply to some of Day 5 of Highland 2015?) Followed by: “Our proposed route features long and sustained sections of scrambling terrain, which is roughly equivalent to moderate standard rock climbing. Be under no illusions that a slip or trip on these serious sections of the route could result in death.”
Ali Robertson leaping over one of Strathfarrar’s finest boggy bits.
(Photo by ActivNorth)
This may look impressive but is as nothing compared to the hoops Richard Oxlade and Anne Hickling have been jumping through on our behalf over the last two years in their respective roles as Highland 2015 Co-ordinator and Scottish Orienteering 6-Day Event Co. Ltd Chairman. A huge thank you to both of them for delivering another great 6 Days despite the added complications of dovetailing with WOC 2015.
Richard even found time to run 4 days of the 6 coming 49th in M55S which is even more impressive given what must have been churning through his mind rather than concentrating on the map.
Several other Gramps were drafted in to help on the Highland 2015 Central Organising Committee too: Kevin Reynard – Treasurer (not to mention his band of eager helpers back at his Counting House), Jayne MacGregor and Anne Hoy – Traders (free coffee and burgers as perks of that job), Anne Hickling again – Nairn Open Sprint Organiser and Rest Day Co-ordinator, Helen Rowlands – Website Updater and Routegadget Putter-upperer.
We also provided Planners for Day 4 in the shape of Ian Searle and Pete Lawrence (to fill gaps left by more experienced members of other clubs drafted in to plan WOC courses), David Esson was the Planner/Organiser for the MTBO on the rest day, Jonathan Smith for the Trail Run and of course all of us stepped up to the mark to deliver Day 1 in true well-organised Gramp style with help from orienteers from WCH, WIM, Goldseekers, SLOW and INVOC. Big thanks go to Adrian Will and Helen Anderson for being our Day Organisers, Ali Robertson as joint Planner with Fraser Purves of FVO and Neil McLean as Controller along with Roger Coombs MAROC.
Somewhere in amongst all that activity, about 70 Gramps, from M/W10 and less to W75, found time to run or hobble round most days and enjoy the best terrain that Scotland has to offer, not to mention some serious relaxation with great banter and camaraderie in the club tent and at the BBQ. We had one podium finisher in the overall results: congratulations to Kate Robertson on her 3rd place W35S.
(It seems traditional to provide some quirky stats in this kind of round up so I offer you this little curiosity to finish: the Red/Blue start list had ~3250 names on it, took up ~50 pages of A4 and weighed 280g.)
A small but determined contingent of Gramps travelled across to EckoLand for the Scottish Championships 23rd/24th May and gained several podium finishes between them:
17+ Points Relay Class: Gramp One aka Carolyn and Iain McLeod and Bob Daly (Woohoo!)
W21S Individual: Heather Hale (Woohoo too!)
W50L Carolyn McLeod
W55S Anne Hoy
M50S Richard Oxlade
W55S Sonia Armitage
W60S Anne Hickling
M60L Rob Hickling
Click here for a video or read on….
Well….. the basic idea is to navigate your way around a course, usually in the woods, using a specially drawn map which shows features such as streams, fences, boulders and crags. You have to start at the Start (!), finish at the Finish (!!) and visit a series of control points along the way, but it’s entirely up to you how you get from point to point and whether you run hell for leather or bimble round with the kids and dog and have a picnic en route. If you like treasure hunts, the outdoors, running or any combination of these then give it a go.
Where do events take place and how to find them?
Our fixtures list shows what’s happening where and when and gives you a link to a map online so you can find us. When you get close to the event car park you’ll probably see red and white orienteering signs to show you the way. The summer events are particularly ideal for beginners being either in or close to Aberdeen and hopefully warm enough that it doesn’t matter if you take a while to get into the swing of it.
What to bring?
Trainers or lightweight boots and tracksuit bottoms or similar that you don’t mind getting a bit mucky; a compass if you have one for orientating the map; a drink/snack for afterwards; a few £’s to pay for your map.
What to expect at your first event….
Having parked, look out for a queue of people by a car or tent waiting to register. You’ll be asked for your name (so we can keep track of who’s out there and the time taken for keen competitors) and which course you want to try. Don’t be afraid to ask advice about which course is the best for you. To begin with try the easy/medium or yellow/orange courses as they are based on tracks or other linear features such as walls. Eventually you’ll work up to a light green and beyond where things start to get a bit more technical. You’ll be issued with a map, a set of control descriptions and usually an electronic timing device called an emit brikke (the system comes from Scandinavia.)
The map…. will look a little strange at first with colours and symbols that might as well be hieroglyphics, but you should be able to recognise tracks, paths, streams and contours. There should be a legend printed down the side to explain the other features but for beginners courses you’ll be using linear features so make sure you know what a track, path, stream, fence and a wall look like and forget about the rest for the time being. The other thing you should note about your map is the scale – we use 1:10,000 or 1:15,000 scale maps to get the necessary detail in. That means that 1cm on the map represents 100m or 150m on the ground respectively. Imagine what the 100m dash looked like on the school playing field and that should help you judge the distance you need to go between controls.
The control descriptions…. will show a list of controls and you must visit them in that order. Control sites are marked by special orange and white “kites” to make them easier to spot at a distance. Each control on the list will have a number or letter code next to it. When you actually reach that control, it will have a code physically attached to it so you know you’ve got the right one. The list also gives a brief description of the feature that you’re looking for, e.g. path/stream junction, fence bend, to help you home in on it once you’re in the right area on the map. The descriptions are in the form of a pictorial code – just ask someone for a translation or ask for one of our cards explaining the different symbols.
The brikke…. should be attached to your finger using the strap and fits snuggly in the palm of your hand, orange side facing outwards. Every time you get to a control, including the Start and Finish, place the brikke onto the base plate, orange to orange, and make sure that the red LED on the control flashes. At the Start, as soon as you lift your brikke from the control, any previous timing data is wiped and the timing starts for your run. (So don’t punch the Start again by mistake instead of the Finish if you’re bothered about timing!) Again, don’t be afraid to ask for help on the use of these – there is always someone hanging around to help beginners.
Starts…. generally you can start whenever you like after you’ve got your brikke and map but there will be a last start cutoff time and also a time when all courses close, as obviously the people organising would like to get home sometime the same day! If you want you can leave your car keys at registration before setting off.
Finish…. once you’ve punched the Finish control, go to the download point (often the same place as registration) and hand in your brikke. You will be given your time on a slip of paper which also shows how long it took you between each control. IMPORTANT – Even if you don’t finish your course, you must still go to download to hand in your brikke – this is the only method we have of knowing that you’re back safe and sound and we don’t need to call out International Rescue.
Here’s another article courtesy of the OS explaining the basics if all that above isn’t enough words – best way to explain is to come along to one of our events and we’ll show you.
What should I wear?
A pair of trainers or lightweight boots and jogging bottoms or similar will do fine to begin with. You might also want to bring a light cagoule if it looks like rain and something to change into afterwards as it can be a bit muddy at any time of year.
Do I need to know how to use a map and compass?
A rough idea of what North is all about should be more than enough. Although we use compasses, we don’t take bearings the same way as hillwalkers do – rather we use the compass to make sure that the map is orientated correctly relative to North as there are special lines on an orienteering map that represent magnetic North. Ask for a lesson on how to do this when you register or have a look at this online guide to using a compass
Who can take part?
Pretty well anybody can take part in normal orienteering events – there is usually a short course of 1km or so on main paths aimed at kids plus a series of courses getting progressively longer and more technical. We have a couple of ladies who manage to get round quite rough stuff with the aid of sticks and although not as fast as they used to be they still enjoy the navigational challenge. There is a special brand of orienteering originally created to allow the physically disabled to compete on an equal basis called Trail-O, but these are specialised events that don’t take place that often.
Is it really competitive?
Yes and No! If you find that you and orienteering click, you can progress to the level where you compete nationally or even internationally. On the other hand, probably 50% of Gramp’s members are more than happy to take part for the simple pleasure of being outdoors and getting a bit of exercise both physically and mentally.
How much does it cost?
Local events typically cost £4 per adult per course, bigger events £12 upwards (unless you join a club in which case you get a discount.)
Entry fees are usually advertised in the event details. If you want to join Gramp then there is a small annual fee – see the joining post – or contact the membership secretary for details.
Is it always the same kind of courses described here?
Generally, yes, but there are other variations on the theme such as Night-O, relays or Score events where you have a time limit in which to find as many controls as you can in any order you like. There are long distance events in moorland/mountain terrain, mountain bike O, park races and street events. For the summer series, Gramp members get really creative and put on all kinds of inventive courses to try and give a simple area a bit more of a challenge for experienced orienteers.
Can I practise anywhere else apart from the organised events?
There are several Permanent Orienteering Courses (POCs) in the Gramp area and also some up the Deeside valley which are looked after by another club, Maroc.
Where can I look up all these new terms and abbreviations I keep coming across?
Try the most excellent Jargon Buster courtesy of SOA – sorry that’s jargonese for Scottish Orienteering Association – and Fixture List De-Bunker.
Prompted by a good bit of feedback from a beginner regarding the lack of a legend on the Tyrebagger map (sorry about that) here is a useful link to a page explaining map symbols and control descriptions side-by-side put together by Brsitol Orienteering Klub.
(NB these are for forest maps. There is a different set for urban maps which I’ll post in the autumn for our Urban Sprints Series.)
TIP There’s a lot to take in on that page so concentrate on the basics…
Map symbols – concentrate on the linear features first:
– streams, ditches
– fences and walls
Once you get more confident and start to go “off piste”:
– start to read the contours (ask at Registration for a quick lesson if you find this hard at first)
– use the vegetation information to avoid the thickest trees and bracken and boggiest marshy bits
Control descriptions – concentrate on the symbols described as being in Column D:
– paths, tracks
– streams, ditches
– fences, walls
And the symbols in Column F:
Got those sussed? Good. Now add the symbols for the following to your control symbol vocabulary as these are often used on easier courses where they pop up next to linear features:
– depression (small hole in the ground)
– knoll (very small hill)
Worry about the rest later when you get onto the medium/harder courses – looks like loads when you look at that BOK page but you’ll only need about a quarter of what’s shown. And if you don’t recognise a control description just ask at Registration or go on a mystery tour and see what you find when you get there!
Rachel Scott and Kate Robertson helped Team CNR to victory today in the ActivityMix Corporate Decathlon Urban Navigation event. Although as it all took place within a very small and well-known area of central Aberdeen there was very little navigation involved unless you count the navigation through Google and Yahoo pages to find the answers to some of the questions as it was part treasure hunt, part pub quiz on the run and a little bit of selfie-ing, sometimes with the help of bemused but willing passersby up for a bit of fun.
Interesting concept – each team was issued with an iPhone running an app that showed a map of central Aberdeen marked with ~40 locations where questions could be found or instructions for selfies taken doing certain things.
Questions were worth 10, 20 or 30 points with half points value awarded if you used the Hint button and penalties if you were late back. Basically a 2 hour Score but with many technological twists.
As you got close enough to a question location and entered the small GPS hotspot around it, the app would pick up on it and then allow you to access the question but only while close enough to that hotspot. Answers were entered and submitted electronically and you instantly got feedback whether you’d got it right or not. There were also a couple of mystery questions whose locations weren’t marked but which popped up on the screen as you happened to pass the GPS hotspot to trigger them.
Wonder what the app was? Could we use it, or something similar, to put on urban POCs?
Which reminds me – I saw an ad in CompassSport for The iOrienteering App. Anyone got an iPhone and some time to spare to try it out?
Congrats to Pete Lawrence and Anne Hickling for their 3rd places overall on M50S and W60S respectively after 2 days of tough and intricate orienteering in the Lake District.
Steep, rocky, muddy hillsides really sorted the sheep from the mountain goats. It was all too tempting to follow the muddy trods along the path of least resistance even though your brain was saying you needed to keep higher and really concentrate on ticking off the features.
Anne also found the energy and brain power to compete in the Temp O and Pre-O competitions narrowly missing a top 10 finish in the latter.
Photo by Claro Orienteer (Flickr)
(It’s not often I get to put my own name up in lights so I’m going to enjoy this while it lasts….!)
Congrats to Helen Rowlands and Rachel Scott for winning 1st and 2nd Female in this year’s Mini Deeside Night Cup (aka the Short course). Chocolatey prizes featured largely and also vouchers from Field & Trek in Aboyne so thanks to them for their support for the DNC this year.
Lots of other Gramp DNC regulars took part and good to see a couple of our Juniors, Lachlan Kirk and Paul Caffyn, taking on the challenge and no doubt you’ll see the results in their day time orienteering this year as it seems to be what really boosts the Maroc Juniors’ performance.
At the curry and prize giving, Jon M mentioned that maybe next season we might try putting on an Orange course for Juniors and beginners to try and boost the DNC numbers as they seem to have stayed around the 30+ runners/event mark for quite a while now. MOR have put on a few more lowkey night O events recently which have proved very popular with families and beginners so the precedent has been set.
What do you think – would you be tempted to come out and enjoy the fun if there was an Orange on offer?
Jen Hickling’s taken over our Facebook page and has been busy culling things from the blogosphere and FB-land that she thinks you might like to see. Amongst other things we have a brand new cover photo featuring a stunning photo of Alex Lang in full flight during the rather wet 2014 Jamie Stevenson competition. (He’s said he’s quite chuffed to be the new face of Gramp and will be willing to sign autographs in exchange for chocolate.)
Jen’s keen to get you all involved so even if you don’t want to post or comment yourself you can send her snippets – she’s particularly looking for photos from events – to jenhickling1″at”gmail.com.
Go on, pay a visit now https://www.facebook.com/grampoc.
Last updated 20 Sep 2017
Please contact me if you want to help.
DNC – locations/dates tbc
Iain McLeod needs his garage back and would love to shift some of the Gramp Kit that has been sitting in boxes for a while now. He has a selection of tops – a mix of the Fugro sponsored Trimtex and the previous Noname ones with the castle-on-the-bum design – plus a handful of jackets and a single GJO Hoody.
Full details of sizes and prices here: Gramp Kit Sale Jan 2015.pdf
If you’re interested, give Iain a call on 01224 867297.
Iain also has some vintage clothing that ought to be fetching a premium but instead he’s only asking you to make a donation. Red and white T-shirts, retro tops and pride of place are some red lycras.
For those of you who didn’t make it to the AGM, here’s a copy of the Chairman’s Report and the 2014 Roll of Honour and other awards.
Don’t forget that Ian H is still waiting for your contributions to the 2014 Yearbook to add a little colour to this list of achievements so get scribbling!!
Couple of GRAMPs featured. One you can’t possibly miss in the Know Your Class Leader section where he describes his initial reluctance to get out into the woods (you’d never know it to look at him now!) and the other is hidden away in a crowd (the way she likes it) despite being a Legend.
Congratulations to all our trophy winners!
Juniors: Naomi Lang & Sasha Chepelin
Seniors: Jen Hickling & Mark Stockton
Veterans: Helen Rowlands & Sam Gomersall
Super Veterans: Oonagh Grassie & Rob Hickling
The trophies were presented at the AGM when Iain McLeod unveiled the new category of Super Vets (55+) to reflect our membership age range these days.
(In a nice gesture, Carolyn took pity on the engraver and declared herself non-comp this year in order that somebody else’s name might appear on the plate for a change!)
Congratulations to these GRAMPs who have been crowned SOL Class Winners for 2014:
W10B Morvern Farqhuarson
W40L Carolyn McLeod
W55S Oonagh Grassie
M18 Sasha Chepelin
M21L Gordon Hale
M35S David Esson
M60L Rob Hickling
M70L Neil McLean
And congratulations too to Tim Gomersall, Katrina McLeod and Calum McLeod on receiving their call up papers for the Scottish Elite Development Squad Development Tier for 2015.
This means they get the chance to train with the best of the best and who knows, we might be cheering them on in future WOCs?! Go for it, guys!
….to Tim Gomersall and Anna Wells 2nd Mixed Pair and 6th Overall on the B
Mark Stockton and Chris Cowley* 15th on the A
(*not a GRAMP member yet but I’m sure Mark gave him the hard sell to pass the time overnight!!)
RtC Part 1: From the serious athlete having fun pitting himself against the world’s elite to someone just having serious fun, all the Gramps who travelled down to Edinburgh and Stirling over the weekend had a great time in the urban legs of RtC. Sasha is collecting international scalps like there’s no tomorrow especially with a stormer at Stirling coming 20th – the results list reads Denmark, Switzerland, Denmark, Austria, Scotland, Scotland… Norway…. Belgium…. Italy….. GRAMP. Looks great!!
Carolyn McLeod is also doing really well currently lying 4th overall in Womens Vets and she almost admitted to enjoying the urban orienteering! Let’s see what she can do in her preferred terrain this weekend. (No pressure, Carolyn! Good luck!)
RtC Part 2: Big thanks to the clubs involved down south for kicking RtC off in style and we look forward to welcoming everyone up north soon for Balmoral and Forvie.
Well done to the SOA Team who travelled down to the Lake District to compete in the Junior Inter Regional Champs and won by a very close 5 points over NWOA. Nopesport reports that Sasha and another competitor stopped to help someone with a dislocated shoulder but that Sasha still went on to win.
Congratulations to the North Team, including GJOs Naomi Lang, Patrick Lang, Ailsa Anderson, Keith Yardley & Alex Lang, on their comprehensive victory at this year’s Junior Inter-Area Relays held on a complicated little area close to the Falkirk Wheel. North won with 145 points, West 117, East 76. I’m told that Stirling YH survived a mass invasion by the North Team but haven’t heard whether there was a repeat performance of the marshmallow tower contest success.
Naomi then went on to run again in the Inter Club Team Relay helping GO Gramp achieve 4th place against some talent packed teams from ESOC, FVO and INT. Sadly we should really be marked as non-comp as we never did find an eighth runner from Gramp despite our Team Captain’s stirling efforts to find someone (thanks for doing the honours, Evgueni, as well as driving for the JIAR crowd.) Instead we co-opted Martin Wilson of BKO who did us proud on the last leg but the rest of us deserve a pat on the back too for managing to avoid the mini mass start and not mispunch. There’s 7/8 makings of a good Gramp team already – maybe, just maybe, next year….?
Gamekeeper turned poacher? Something like that – what I’m trying to say is that hopefully Rob H enjoyed the VHIs as a competitor rather than team manager for a change having handed over the reins last year.
This year’s competition was hosted by NGOC at their Caddihoe Chase event. Rob won M60 on the first day gaining max points for the team before running first leg for his MWM relay team, SCO2, setting them up nicely in third place for his teammates to build on to make them the winning team in the end.
Overall VHI results: England 254 pts, Scotland 215, Wales 158, Ireland 108
(I notice that NGOC had wifi results going. Bet Rob couldn’t resist having a nosey at that!!)
“Sasha then showed just why he is British no. 1 by coming home in the lead a full 15 minutes clear of his nearest rival.”
Yes, this is a bit late after the event but we’d hoped that maybe ScotJOS had been secretly engaging in some media training and if we hung on we might have heard all about it from Sasha himself.
He’s obviously still recovering though judging by the lack of a willowy figure flitting round Scolty last night unfeasibly fast (although Joe Wright is fast filling that slot – watch out behind you Sasha!)
So the bare facts will have to do and they are rather impressive:
65th of 161 in the Sprint
45th of 163 in the Long*
17th of 60 in the Middle
16th 0f 54 in the Relay A team
*I think one of the Nopesport pundits was talking about Sasha when they said:”Just had a chance to catchup… some fantastic results today, serious strength in depth from the girls, bodes well for the two girls relay teams, and possibly the best ever GB performance from a first year 18?”
The BOF website echoes this sentiment too so it only remains for GRAMPs to add their congratulations. Make sure you shake his hand next time you see him at a Summer Series – it could be your claim to fame in a few years time!!
PS As if the above weren’t proof enough of his talent, according to the latest issue of CompassSport Sasha is now 7th overall and 1st Junior in the BOF Rankings (and beating Oleg!)
Five club members have just completed a first aid for sport course. Here’s an action shot from the training day just begging for a caption competition – leave us a comment if you have any ideas! But seriously, thanks to Laura, Helen, Carolyn, Ewen and Adrian for putting themselves forward for this important but unsung role in running events. Here’s hoping you don’t have to put your training into practice too often.
(Just in case you’re wondering, the 6th person is John Mason from Maroc.)
CompassSport mag has a behind the technical scenes exposé of how Ali Robertson created his fiendish E-W reversed map for the HHH this year. Sounds like he bashed his brain to create the map far more than we had to bash ours trying to use it. (Are we sympathetic?)
In SCORE, Neil McLean waxes lyrical about the march of time and how you can find your own level of competition regardless of official age class.
And in a multipage article in the Scots Magazine, GJO Morvern Farqhuarson is pictured just setting off at one of the 6 Days events last year with Ewen Rennie and Alison Lovie lined up in the start boxes behind. The article was written by one of SOA’s new patrons, Cameron McNeish, and although he says he was surprised to be invited to become a patron it looks like he’s warming to his new role. (Wonder if he can pull some strings with the Adventure Show for WOC coverage next year?)
Congratulations to all those Gramps recovering from the weekend’s exertions at the LAMM in Strathcarron …
A class: Tim Gomersall & Ryan McHenry 3rd
C class: Jack Gomersall & Anna Wells 2nd
D class: Sam & Lesley Gomersall 2nd
Elite class: Dave Thomson & Gareth Yardley 1st Vets (of those that didn’t podium)
And other names spotted in the lists… Ian Hamilton, Dave and Liz Kirk (any others? No club filter to help the search so leave a comment).
Tempted at having a go at a mountain marathon? How about Gramp’s own GMC in November? If you need a lightweight rucsac perhaps ask the Gomersalls, they may have some going spare …
Not many Gramps went down for this year’s Scottish Champs but a high percentage of those who did made their mark and either won their age class or got onto the podium for the top three. We even managed to field three relay teams who did well too. Obviously the cream of the Gramp crop this year – well done guys!
W10B 1st Kirsty Farquharson
W10B 2nd Morven Farquharson
W20E 2nd Katrina McLeod (EUOC really but answers to Gramp still)
W50L 3rd Carolyn McLeod
W55S 1st Oonagh Grassie
W55S 3rd Anne Hoy
W65S 1st Margaret Aust
M18E 1st Sasha Chepelin
M35S 1st David Esson
M50S 1st Evgueni Chepelin
M50S 3rd Iain McLeod
M60L 1st Rob Hickling
M70L 1st Neil McLean
(With a couple of obvious exceptions it looks like our metier is the short course.
Maybe we should push for a Middle Championship to test my theory?)
Men Open Gramp One 4th
Alexander Chepelin/Jack Gomersall/Calum McLeod
Handicap 14+ Gramp Two 6th
Robert Daly/Lesley Gomersall/Adrian Will
Handicap 17+ Gramp Three 2nd
Robert Hickling/Carolyn McLeod/Evgueni Chepelin
As they will no doubt be too modest to tell you themselves and in case you don’t scrutinise the P&J…
Carolyn McLeod won the Women’s 10k race at Balmoral yesterday (21st overall) and Naomi won the Secondary Schools race and broke the course record by 15 seconds. Woohoo! Well done girls!
Sasha was the second senior male in the 5k (can just see his face over the Yellow Leader’s left shoulder in one of the photos) and Struan Kirk came 18th in the MPH Primary Boys 1.5k.
There may have been more of you but our ace sports reporters, Marianne and Naomi, didn’t spot you so apologies if that’s the case. A few photos attached, the 10k ones were taken by Naomi, and you can you just about spot Carolyn chasing/being chased by a pink tutu!
Thanks to Marianne for sending me the bones of this post and the photos. If anyone has any news on how the Highlander GRAMPs fared then let me know? Ta. R.
Putting her money (feet?) where her coaching mouth is, Anne came 3rd overall W55S at the JK down in Wales over the Easter W/e. Looks like she and Rob were also having a private Pre-O battle which resulted in a draw with one better result apiece. (There’s a rumour that Anne will be signing autographs at the next Training session at Tyrebagger.)
And Carolyn cruised to 3rd in the W50L Sprint (some of you may have seen the photo over on Facebook) and Sasha gained 2nd place in M18E. Congratulations, all!
Both Carolyn and Sasha missed a podium finish by one place in the overall Day 2 and Day 3 results which also deserves mention, as does the intrepid GRAMP One Relay team consisting of Sasha, Bob Daly and Kirsten Strain who had a crack at the JK Trophy and finished half way up the field. Most impressed with the GFI spirit, guys!