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!
Keep watching this space…..
If you want to make a request for coaching on certain techniques or just have a general question then click here for a contact form for the coaching team.
Next time you are, point the enquirer in the direction of this dynamic piece written by Mike Rogers. Evocative stuff, eh? Could you use it somehow at work or with other circles of friends and acquaintances to entice others to come and try orienteering sometime sooner rather than later?
Do you have any other ideas to get the idea across? Something a bit more dynamic and engaging than the rather static descriptions of the technicalities we normally tend to use?
Sam and Jess would love to hear them so don’t be shy and share your inspiration next time you see them.
If you get bored over the hols here’s a wee orienteering puzzle to keep you occupied.
Print out the AGM O Starter map which has Start, Finish and 3 controls already marked on it.
Using the info contained in the control descriptions and the given distances between some pairs of controls, see if you can recreate the complete course with a total length of 5km and all the controls in the right places. At the AGM we did this offline with the aid of a ruler to measure distances but you could ‘cheat’ and use Condes (which will take some time to set up and thus keep you occupied for even longer if you’re really, really bored!!)
For those of you unable to make it to the AGM on 7/12/13, here is a copy of the Chairman’s Report plus the 2013 Roll of Honour and GRAMP Champs final standings.
Helen Rowlands was also collecting names for 2014 events and has emailed you all with the list of events and officials so far. Please don’t be shy in grabbing something you fancy before anyone else does – help and guidance will be freely available for those who need it so don’t think just because you’ve never planned anything bigger than a Summer Series that you won’t be able to make the step up to a colour-coded.
Katrina McLeod and Sasha Chepelin led the GRAMP challenge by winning their Green courses and there were some good backup performances by many others to contribute to GRAMPs total of 572:
|Katrina Mcleod||Green Girls||100|
|Sasha Chepelin||Green Boys||100|
|Calum Mcleod||Green Boys||96|
|Alex Lang||Yellow Boys||93|
|Jack Gomersall||Green Boys||93|
|Paul Caffyn||Light Green Boys||90|
Sadly not quite enough to knock Maroc off the top spot again this year, with GRAMP finishing in a respectable 6th place, but still a very “Well Done!” (in no particular order) to the whole GJO team: Maya Reynard, Josie Gomersall, Katrina McLeod, Sasha Chepelin, Calum McLeod, Jack Gomersall, Paul Caffyn, Struan Kirk, Lachlan Kirk, Keith Yardley and Alex Lang.
You can see all the results here – both individual and team results and also the run in times for the last control to the finish. (Stats mania!)
There’s a comment on the SOA website about various sponsors for the event, so the burning question is did anyone from GRAMP manage to win a Tunnocks Teacake?
Couple of photos which should enlarge if you click on them – there’s a promise of more if Carolyn remembers to give me a memory stick at Kingshill next week. First one is the traditional JS opening parade but what are they up to in the second?
Well done to Sasha, Carolyn and Neil who all won their classes by several minutes at the recent Scottish Champs at Craigengillan Estate. (And well done to Erik for not coming last!!)
Team McGramp – aka Carolyn, Calum and Iain McLeod – fought off the opposition down south to romp home to victory in the British Orienteering Relay Mixed Adhoc class by some 2.5 minutes. Probably sweetest of all was beating Maroc 7 (who should surely have been disq’d as there are only 3 runners to a team?? 😉 )
Individually Team McGramp also had good results: 4th W45L, 10th M18E and 6th M50S respectively.
Several other Gramps were in attendance too including the Hicklings, Bob Daly, Paul Duley, the Armitages and at least one Hale and Chepelin that I spotted in the results. Sasha kept up his winning form post-JK by taking top spot for M16A.
Congratulations all round!
You’ll all have heard about Ash Dieback by now and seen the round robin from BOF that Ian circulated a while ago with advice on how we can help prevent the spread of this and other tree diseases. Here’s a little reminder of how we as orienteers (who are therefore more likely to visit parts of the woods most others never reach), can help prevent the spread – and it’s really worth paying more attention this time as the spring/summer weather tempts us all out and about and especially as Glen Dye has been confirmed as victim of an outbreak of a similar disease affecting larch.
You can help by following these guidelines whether orienteering or just out for a walk:
See also the Keep it Clean campaign by the Forestry Commission
If you want more info on tree diseases then here are a few links or you can ask our resident biosecurity expert, Gen.
Unlike Foot and Mouth, the effects of these diseases aren’t so easy to see so easily forgotten about. Please remember and help orienteering to maintain its good reputation with landowners by doing your bit. Thanks.
Apologies for the lack of news celebrating the success of various GRAMPs at this year’s JK but I’ve just not had time to check results. (Wonder why??!) Would anyone else care to do the honours and leave a summary in a comment to this post?
Sam Gomersall, Rob Hickling and John Wilkinson, GRAMP’s top 3 Blue Men, psyching out the opposition
Congratulations to all of you who ran for the club in the CompassSport Cup Qualifier at Birsemore 17/2/13. We were narrowly beaten by Maroc who scored that little bit more relatively in the shorter courses, no doubt due to their depth in numbers of Juniors, to ensure they won by 2386 points to our 2245.
A full set of results and scores can be found on the Maroc website.
GRAMPIAN ORIENTEERS ROLL OF HONOUR 2012
4th in Jamie Stevenson Trophy
(Alexander, Jack, Struan, Lachlan, Keith, Paul Calum, Katrina, Kate, Josie, Naomi, Laura, Ailsa & Duncan)
North Area 2nd in Junior Inter Area Championships (Calum, Katrina)
Scottish Vets for VHI – Scotland 2nd under Team Captain Rob Hickling, Dave Armitage
Scottish Junior Squad for JHI – Scotland 2nd Alexander Chepelin, Katrina McLeod
Scottish Junior Squad for Junior Inter Regional – Scotland 1st Alexander Chepelin, Katrina McLeod
European Youth Championships (GB): Alexander Chepelin
GB Talent Development Squad: Alexander Chepelin
Winners in Major Events:
Scottish Orienteering League (SOL)*: M55S Donald Grassie, M60L Dave Armitage, M65L Neil McLean, W12B Josie Gomersall, W55S Oonagh Grassie
*We also had lots of 2nd and 3rd places in this year’s SOL:
Lachlan Kirk M14B, Ali Robertson M35L, Mike Pearson M60S, Angus Aitken M80
Katrina McLeod W18, Margaret Aust W60S
Pete Lawrence M45L, Rob Hickling M55L, Carolyn McLeod W40, Sonia Armitage W50L
Close but no cigar – 4th Matthew Parkes M35S, Bob Daly M55L, Kate Robertson W21S
JK (Sprint): M16 Alexander Chepelin
JK (Individual): M20L Tim Gomersall
Scottish Champs – Individual: M16B Rob Wilkinson, M50S Richard Oxlade, M60S Mike Pearson, M80L Angus Aitken
Scottish Champs – Relay: 11+ Handicap Doug Guy, Nick Hale, Evgueni Chepelin
17+ Handicap Mike Greenwood, Sonia Armitage, David Armitage
Deeside Night Cup: Mini Alexander Chepelin
Jon Duncan Junior Deeside Cup: W12 Naomi Lang
GRAMP Club Championships:
Junior Men: Calum McLeod Junior Women: Kate Wilkinson
Senior Men: Ali Robertson Senior Women: Seonag Robertson
Vet Men: Bob Daly Vet Women: Carolyn McLeod
Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona: W45 Rachel Scott
Mourne Mountain Marathon: B Class Sean O’Sullivan and Rob Hickling
LAMM: C Class Tim and Jack Gomersall
GMC: B Class Jack and Tim Gomersall
It seems success is just a question of finding your niche event and for Rachel it finally happened last weekend in Barcelona. Having never won anything before (apart from an attendance award for going to every single Summer Series event a few years ago) she suddenly found herself on the No 1 podium in the Barcelona Olympic Stadium, shaking hands with folk from all over Europe and being presented with a prize while ‘We Are the Champions’ blared out. (Talk about out of body experiences – she’s receiving counselling to help her come to terms with the heady feeling of victory and the urge to sign any item of clothing or paper thrust in her direction!!)
The Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona is a two day event showcasing the city’s sights with a Sprint race on the Saturday, this year around the Barri Gòtic, and a Long race on the Sunday through the warren of paths, fountains, the castle, play parks and grand architectural spaces that make up Montjuïc hill to the SW of the city centre. It’s a long way to go just for a race but if you like urban and long w/e city breaks, you’ll love this event – just a shame you’ll have to wait two years for the next one and Club Orientació Catalunya can’t guarantee that you’ll get the chance to run down the 100m straight in the Olympic Stadium on your way to pick up your map in 2014. Wooohoooo!
Taking time out from his studenty studiousness, Tim ran M20 for Scotland at the Senior Home Internationals 23rd/24th Sept at Craig a Barns and Errochty.
Scotland won pretty much everything in sight, finishing with a total of 55 points against 44 for England, 28 Cymru and 22 for Ireland. Tim got to rub shoulders with the big boys and ran with Oleg Chepelin (ex-GRAMP) and James Tullie for the Relay but I can’t find him in the Individual results so I’m wondering if Calum McLeod had to be called off the bench? If anyone knows, please tell us…
There was success last weekend in the emerald isle for a team from Gramp in the Mourne Mountain Marathon. Experienced MM’ers Sean O’Sullivan and Rob Hickling teamed up to run their first Mourne, which is renowned as a small, friendly and relaxed event. After a good first day, they were third overnight on the B class, 20 minutes down on the leaders. Then on Sunday, Sean and Rob had the fastest time of the day and took the overall class win by 5 minutes. The splits on Sunday make interesting reading, as some of the other top teams made significant navigational errors and lost quite a lot of time – perhaps because they do less orienteering! The times and splits are at:
If you believe you have the endurance over the hills, why not try participating in the Grampian Mountain Challenge in November!
Gramp Champs 2012
And in Excel format with all the counting scores from each event if you want to analyse your performance further (is it better to target events like Pannanich where you think there’s more chance of hoovering up points?)
Counting events and rules:
1 GRAMP Bogendriep
2 MAROC Alt Cailleach
3 GRAMP Tyrebagger
4 MAROC Balnagowan
5 GRAMP Glen Dye
6 MAROC Sluie
7 GRAMP Crathes
8 MAROC Pannanich
9 MAROC Cambus O’May
10 GRAMP Raemoir
The Balmoral 15 mile race on Sunday was an invasion of orienteers. The route was Balmoral to Invercauld bridge and back via Glen Gelder and the lower slopes of Lochnagar (a few hills then). Robbie Siimspon sometime LAMM partner of Oleg Chepelin came first in 1.21, with Murray Strain and Oleg taking 2nd and 3rd. Carolyn McLeod was first Female Vet in 1.42. There were a few other orienteers in the pack including Sam G who finished in 2.01 as 9th Super Vet. The only drawback of the day with superb weather was having to miss the orienteering at Balnagowan. Oleg tried to pursuade Murray to dash across for a late entry at Balnagowan (since they were all done before 12:30), but they decided to hang around for prizegiving. Sam
Just back from the JK and trawling through the results the overall impression is quite a few 2nds for GRAMP, some good personal performances from some and two 1sts – congrats to Sasha and Tim Gomersall for adding to their silverware collection! Some pretty tough terrain out there, not helped by a lot of recent windblow, made for some long days for some of us with quite a few knocks and sprains (oh and don’t forget the evil nettle patch at the relays) but the brain cells also took a hammering as it was generally good technical, tricky stuff. Most of us came out of it still smiling (although maybe it was smiling at the prospect of the well-earned seconds of Easter Eggs?) and enjoyed it even if we weren’t bothering the podium people at all.
In no particular order:
2nd place for Helen Cromie in both the WOpen Sprint and W21S (living closer to the Scandi action must be paying off?), Sam Griffin M10B, Jack Gomersall M18L,Richard Oxlade M50S, Calum/Sasha/Jack Men’s Short Relay (10 minutes ahead of the ‘old men’ Doug/Nick/Dad!)
1st place for Sasha M16 Sprint and Tim Gomersall M20L
Hats off to the three brave orienteers who had a tilt at the Elite classes – Calum McLeod M18E 17th (and one MAROC scalp), Katrina McLeod W18E 15th (and two MAROC scalps!) and not quite last but enjoyed every energy-sapping minute of it Gordon Urquhart M21E 54th!
3rd place for Anne Hickling on W55S and she found time to help with the Trail O (and is still seeking helpers for WTOC2012 please BTW)
Well done too to the Junior Ws who did well considering their lack of experience of big events like the JK but kept it together on both days – Maya Reynard W10B 8th, Josie Gomersall W12B 5th and Chloe Raynard W14B 4th.
Congratulations to both Carolyn McLeod W45 and Sasha Chepelin M16 who won Scottish Sprint Champion status at St Andrews Uni Campus over the weekend. Katrina was also on the podium, 2nd equal in W18, having kept up the McLeod family tradition of racing each other over the same courses and beating Mum by 55 seconds.
Telegramp has been mothballed indefinitely. In the meantime, feel free to send adverts for/reports on events, thoughts/opinions, photos, big birthdays or other things to celebrate to Rachel to put on the web instead email@example.com or to Sally Lindsay for Score (contact her via the SOA website). Ta in advance!
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Congratulations to all our 2011 Champs and especially to Naomi Lang (W12) and Mark Stockton (M21) who earned Most Improved Junior and Senior Awards respectively.
GRAMP Champs Final Rankings 2011 in pdf by age class and by weighting (to compare results across age classes)
The 2011 CHAMPS file in xls showing each event’s results in case you want to do some more analysis.
Well done to 3 GRAMPS who won Scottish Score Championship status at Stirling today (27/11/11) – Tim Griffin M45, Dave Armitage M60 and Katrina McLeod W18. Also to Sam Gomersall M50 who came second behind Martin Dean (which is as good as winning in my book as the area is Martin’s back yard!!) 😉
The ingenious trade-off between fast grass and tarmac around the University Campus coupled with the steeper rougher terrain to the north made it quite difficult to judge how long you thought you’d take in each area and to decide whether to do the Campus loop first with fresh legs or to leave it to last to stagger through on the way to the Finish. Another nice touch, that caught many folk out, was the inclusion of several of the highest scoring controls very close to the Start/Finish rather than in the furthest corners of the map as is often the case. Those that took a moment to read the instructions and map carefully before pegging off were rewarded with some unexpected easy hits – good for the confidence and ego!
Full results can be found on the FVO website.
You can claim expenses from the Treasurer for event and other club activity related expenses by using this form and following the instructions on it.
Full British membership of GRAMP also includes membership of the Scottish Orienteering Association (SOA) and British Orienteering (BOF) which gives you the right to compete in National Championships not to mention discounts at many national retailers and reduced event entry fees.
2018 Membership fees are Junior: £3.30 Senior: £18.00
Family: Depends on the number of Juniors and Seniors living at the same address
Starts at £21.30 for 1 Senior and 1 Junior – add £3.30 for every additional Junior
Starts at £36 for 2 Senior and 0 Junior – add £3.30 for every Junior
To join GRAMP as a full member for the first time please follow the instructions at this link:
(If you’re already a member, don’t follow that link but instead log into the BOF website and renew on the My Account page.)
Alternatively, you can join as a Scottish member which includes membership of GRAMP and SOA only and although this is cheaper – Junior Free, Senior £8.00 – it means you wouldn’t be competitive in British National Championships and some other major competitions. It’s aimed at those who enjoy orienteering locally with the advantage of reduced event entry fees for members and discounts at some retailers.
To join as a Scottish member online follow this link to SiEntries: www.sientries.co.uk/event_series.php?series_id=236
You will need to create an SiEntries account first, then join GRAMP.
Or phone the SOA office Thursdays/Fridays: 01479 861374
For fuller details and comparison of the two options take a look at the SOA website membership page.
Whichever option you choose, please also send an email telling us you’ve just joined and a few words about any previous O experience to Membership Secretary, Helen, using this form so we can start sending you information about events etc ASAP.
If you’re a tax payer, then SOA can reclaim tax on the SOA portion of your membership fee if you fill in this Gift Aid form and send it to Helen via membership@grampoc. (SOA is a charity so the fee is considered as a donation and SOA can reclaim 25p in every £1 of Senior fee paid.)
To contact anyone on this list, click on their name. (* = committee member)
Chairman*: David Esson
Secretary*: Zoe Griffin
Treasurer*: Ian Hamilton
Mapping & POCs: Stuart Anderson*
Emit kit: Jonathan Smith (controls and stakes) / David Esson (IT)
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