Thankyou to all who attended our annual 2nd January event at Hazlehead.
Results are below –
Long Course –
1. Patrick Lang 25.00
2. Dominykas Kardokas 25.17
3. Tim Griffin 28.10
4. Sam Gomersall 29.32
5. Lesley Gomersall 30.53
6. Julian Robinson 30.58
7. Dennis McDonald 31.33
8. John Lang 32.42
9. Hugh Nicholson 34.10
10. Lynn Smith 34.38
11. Marianne Lang 37.03
12. David Esson 38.35
13. Eric Lovie 39.59
Short Course –
1. David Esson 18.23
2. Ros Nicholson 18.48
3. Samantha McDonald 28.04
4. George Esson 37.00
5. Lindsey Esson 43.18
6. Daisy Cooper 45.44
7. Magnus Huthwaite 53.08
8. Joanna McDonald 55.13
Helen Greenwood -No Time Recorded
Well, looks like it’s probably game over for this season’s DNC now that everyone is back in Lockdown and SOA have tweeted that all orienteering activities are to be suspended until further notice which may be March so too late for night O. Hey ho! It was fun while it lasted.
Annoyingly, Templars Park lies just beyond Aberdeen City boundary – only 300m or so but still technically off limits to city dwellers as per Tier 3 guidance on travel for informal exercise vs organised sports and SOA confirmed yesterday that we shouldn’t be encouraging folk to break the rules by accepting entries from anyone from ‘the other side’.
We haven’t had that many entries to date and as we were expecting the bulk of entries to come from Gramps who live inside city limits, and given that it’s a bit of a novelty event rather than a full-on TD5 DNC, we’ve decided to postpone for a while. Sorry to anyone who was looking forward to it, especially any kids or novices keen to tackle the Orange. We will run it at some point in the New Year as soon as we all get back to Tier 2.
I think for the time being GRAMP and MAROC have agreed to continue running events with entries limited to those who live on the ‘right’ side of the boundary (although there’s a couple of GRAMP ones where we may have to swap planners as they live on the ‘wrong’ side to their area – and when the music stops…!) and we’ll come up with some way of adjusting the league points to discount any events which fall into the Tier 3 trap.
In the meantime, stay safe and have a Happy Local Christmas everyone!
Sorry for the slight delay – a weird side effect of timing we’ve not seen before meant those of us with early starts had negative times before David managed to sort it all out late last night. BTW, thanks David for your help on IT and Starts at all the Gramp DNCs, much appreciated by the Planners and also runners – it’s Wed, it’s dark, there’s David standing in the middle of a wood with a clip board and a welcoming quip – a little bit of consistency while everything is so topsy-turvy still.
Thanks to Dennis McDonald for succeeding in his mission to catch a lot of us out old hands out in an area we think we should know really well by now. Why is being “lost” in a 100m x 100m patch of terrain so addictive?
We misinterpreted the messages about “Guides” and “car parks” and weren’t expecting a very well supported open air market going on full swing in the Guides’ field. Thanks to Sam and Lesley for taking it all in their Organiser/Planner stride and organising some impromptu parking marshalling on top of hanging the last few controls this morning.
Did anyone go shopping after their run? (Anyone who knows me and my email address won’t be surprised to find out that I was a bit annoyed when I got home, looked it up to see what it was all about and discovered I’d missed out on a chance to purchase goodies from “Flump and Fudge” amongst others!)
Yellow Results and Splits
Orange Results and Splits
Green Results and Splits
Blue Results and Splits
(BTW, I am working on how to get the flashy SI generated html results file uploaded to WordPress but a quick search for instructions talks about editing key files in the background and I wanted to get results up asap so it’s separate pdfs again for now while I chew it over until I feel brave enough to dabble!)
Invoices have been fired out – you should have received an email from Grampian Orienteers c/o firstname.lastname@example.org. You need to click on the “Show invoice” button and that will then open up a browser window showing an itemised invoice (Senior fees, Junior/Student fees, non-NTS member parking fee) and a payment button at the bottom for you to pay by card please. If you have any queries about your invoice contact email@example.com.
We parked in the bottom level of the car park initially but swiftly moved up after realising that the heavy rain at ~17:30 was being beautifully backlit by the headlights of cars on the top level and making it look really, really uninviting! We were eventually shamed into getting out and getting on with it by all those kids running around having great fun in the wet and dark.
Thanks to Ian Hamilton for planning and Paul Duley for stepping in to cover tonight and David for IT/Results/Start Ticker-Off in Chief.
Thank you for everyone who attended today. We were very lucky with the weather.
Special thanks go to Rachel (Organiser) and Pete (Planner) for putting on a great event.
This was our first relatively larger event since Lockdown was eased, and also our first proper effort using the new SI Equipment, so I hope things went smoothly enough for the competitors.
Below should be the PDF of the results and splits.
Routegadget Apologies as this isn’t the georef’ed version of the map so all you GPS gadget fans will have to tinker a bit.
(Useless but mildly interesting fact: the last time we put something on Gramp’s RG was Glen Dye night O in March.)
BOF results page with ranking points
Here’s the results from tonight’s MapRun Event.
Great to see so many folk turn up on such after such a wet day, although it did stop raining in the end. Shortest distance covered was 3.1km (I think I measured the shortest route would be 3km) whilst others got more km for their money, some running over 4.5km.
This was sadly our last Urban Event due to the lack of daylight but hopefully we’ll to see some of you at the Glen Dye Event on Sunday 11th October. And we hope you’ve enjoyed the MapRun series. [end]
Here are the results from tonight’s sprint event, corrected for Tim Griffin’s GPS placing him on somebody’s roof rather than at control 3….
Thank you to everyone who came!
If you want to give us your time, Ros, we’ll update these?
We trust you! 😉
If you’re wanting back into the MapRun event to adjust your pings (now there’s a phrase you don’t hear very often?) in MapRunF HITMO function the code is 9183. The code expires at 23:00 anyway after which anyone can go in and look at results.
From now on we’ll print the code on the map.
The GPS definitely seems to work better on some models of phone or a Garmin watch. Would be interesting to find out which phones folk are using as I suspect it’s an aging tech thing even though the tech in question is only a few years old. Mine’s a Samsung J3 c. 2016 which struggles to keep up with even my chugging pace and only pinged 9 times on the way round whereas Pete’s newer Samsung A40 c. mid-2019 got all 13 pings first time tonight.
I’ve tried to adjust the times for those who were affected by number 8 being in the wrong position by looking at the traces on RouteGadget to see who obviously spent minutes wandering back and forth. Later starters were tipped off and self-timers would have been blissfully unaware anyway so rather than try voiding the legs (too much maths) I did some pseudo-analysis and adjustments for half a dozen of you.
(Before emailing me to complain about this favoritism, the others might want to check that they bagged number 15 the proper way i.e. by running right round into that group of houses and not just fortuitously picking it up from the grassy patch on the west side of the fence.)
You’ll notice that Sam’s time remains unadjusted as he didn’t wait that long before deciding to carry on regardless. I’ve since sussed out how you can do the same and then adjust your results control list using the HITMO function after you finish. See this post on how to do that using MapRunF (the original MapRun app doesn’t have this function but if you used it last night I think you should still be able to use MapRunF to adjust.)
On the grounds that we’re trusting self-timers to “visit” controls we’ll allow this for future Urban Sprints this year but will check your trace looks like you did actually go to the right area as shown on the map.
We had one or two folk finish but didn’t come back to Registration to report in. As we’re not downloading we need you to do that please so we can tick you off as back safe and sound.
Glen Dye has also fallen into the same trap as Crathes & Tollohill unfortunately: area OK but planner and equipment in Lockdown in ABZ DOH!
But we’re using the time to think ahead to the Urban Sprint Series due to start Wed 2nd Sept and crossing everything that ABZ will be given the all clear by then.
Just in case of further disruptions though we’re planning a wee experiment this year (everything’s so topsy-turvy anyway!) and hope to use the MapRun app for timing but will still provide paper maps for all if required and the option to self-time for those who prefer. We’ll still need you to pre-register and allocate start times to comply with BOF/SOA Covid precautions same as we were going to do for the Summer Series.
More details to follow soon.
Uh oh! Back in Lockdown for Aberdeen and because the Planner and many competitors live in the City area we’ve had to cancel tonight’s event at Crathes. We may be able to rearrange it for another night later on and we’ll have to review Tollohill viability next week as the Lockdown may not be lifted by then either.
Keep watching this space….
Woohoo! We’re back in business with a near-normal event today in the southern part of Hazlehead thanks to David Esson. Looks like post-Lockdown event guineapigs, e-payment gizmo and new SI kit all held up well and you didn’t find the C-19 precautions too bothersome?
If you’re a non-member reading this looking for something different to do over the summer hols, we will be holding some Summer Series events but these will also have to club members only I’m afraid until we get the all clear to open things up to the wider public, but hopefully not too much longer to wait. You could of course get in touch about becoming a member – even though there’s less than half the year left, I’m sure we can do you a deal 😉
Why club members only at the moment? It’s to do with contact tracing and minimising numbers of folk gathered at events. We have other measures in place too – check our Covid 19 page for more info.
The Gramp MapRun Factory (Rachel) has been busy over the last couple of weeks and we now have several more courses uploaded courtesy of Sarah Dunn. From Aberdeen Uni and Perwinnes Moss (4 variations Easy to Tech) down to Stonehaven via Cove. Or a novelty twist based on and Aberdeen Street Art Trail. You pays no money and takes ‘yer choice!
More ideas are being worked on by a couple of other Gramps too and we’re open to suggestions for either areas to use or courses to convert. Ping an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get your requests/offers in for either MapRun or lowkey trad courses as we start to prepare for travel restrictions being lifted even further.
And the ‘ding’ bit? That’s how Tim Griffin described the noise his phone made at each control when test running Perwinnes Moss.
Due to the many ongoing uncertainties caused by Covid, we have decided to postpone the GMC until 2021 probably still in November again. More information to follow later in the year.
We know this will be a disappointment to many, not least our regulars from south of the border who have been looking forward to treating themselves after Lockdown, but we feel it better to wait and be able to make concrete plans and proper preparations rather than play “will it, won’t it” for the next few months.
Many thanks to Paul Duley for doing the honours tonight and David Esson for computing. Bit of a shock to find Glen Dye looking considerably different tonight but hopefully enough left for the Regional we’ll be holding here in October.
I hope you all enjoyed tonight’s runs to a different area of Scolty (for DNC). Fortunately the weather gods were kind again! Did the fairy lights/bunting help add to the sense of occasion?
Thanks to Gareth for control collecting and David E for computing/results. Thanks too for the offers of control collecting help – not needed on this occasion, but much appreciated.
Routegadget …to follow….
Results updated 10/2/20 to show Joel Gooch on Long not Short course.
Neil’s comment says it all. Going to be some very entertaining GPS tracks not least from those who have run or planned at Tyrebagger so often we really ought to be able to do it blindfolded by now!
Thanks to Murray for putting on the event and to Helen R, Ian H and Dave K for helping collect controls while David was enjoying a taxi ride courtesy of the Nicholsons to Aberdeen and back to pick up a spare set of car keys. Doh!
I hope you all enjoyed a fabulous day at Balmedie. Beauty treatment of facial sandblasting thrown in for free.
Unfortunately Olivia Coman’s brikke failed and although we had a good idea of her overall time as there was no other way to prove she completed the course we’re obliged by the rules to show her as DSQ. Sorry Olivia!
(Any mistakes – names mis-typed etc – please get in touch
Many thanks to Sam and Lesley Gomersall for Planning and Organising, Andy Oliver from Maroc Controller, and all the other Gramp helpers on the day not least David Esson who demonstrated yet another of his many talents as Chief Tent Wrangler.
Thanks to Matt Parkes for planning tonight. I found the Short just the right mix of paths (if you could spot them) to lull you into a false sense of security and tricky stuff at the end of each leg. Thanks also to David for ‘puting and Matt, David and Murray for collecting controls.
What? Grampian Mountain Marathon
When? 7th and 8th November 2020
Where? Lochnagar area
2 days of tough running in spectacular scenery – orienteering section on all courses on both days – run individually or in pairs – we carry your camping gear to the overnight campsite – we also provide hot food and cold beer
Visit the GMC page for more details
What more can we say except put it in your diary, start spreading the word and keep your eyes peeled for link to online entries open 1st July now due to Coronavirus keeping us all on tenterhooks.
Thanks to Sam and Lesley and the fearless Panda for tonight’s twirl round Crathes. Great start to the 2020 half of the series.
If your New Year Resolution was to try Night O this year then see our DNC blog for full list of events to come and get in touch if you want a bit of back up or advice choosing a good area to start with: email@example.com
Great to see so many enthusiastic juniors charging round the Yellow (with more than a touch of sibling rivalry going on) and some old regulars coming out of the woodwork for some fresh air and a different challenge on the Score. First time I’ve been thanked for making someone’s brain ache – because “it took my mind off my other injuries”.
Results (as normal score)
Starter for 10 overall scores
I’ve adjusted a few people’s control/points tally following a couple of controls not registering but eye-witnessed or similar proof and/or my mental arithmetic going a bit wrong in the heat of the moment at download.
Well, those who read the Starter for 10 rules and inwardly digested certainly reaped the rewards, most notably Neil McLean who leapt up 10 places after calmly picking off 11 consecutive pairs. Also interesting how the “perfect” target score (which was actually wrong!) did seem to stick in people’s minds.
Congratulations to Duncan Grassie for seeing through my ploys and whizzing round all 25 controls well within time to win.
Thanks to Pete for helping set up (hence NC and a self-confessed DSQ in results), David for wrangling the Score software, George and Lindsey for the warm welcome/soup/fire after and Pete, Neil and David for helping collect controls.
2 brilliantly fun criss-crossing courses using the best part of Balmedie were promised and duly delivered by David Esson tonight.
Thanks to David, Ian and Dennis for fetching in the controls for me while I sat in the warm tinkering with results. Rachel.
Thanks to Ian H for planning – courses of two definite halves with the best, intricate stuff saved for last. Also to David for driving the laptop and Dennis and David for helping collect controls.
Thanks to Dave Kirk for spending a lot of time tramping round Duthie Park and Ferryhill noting down numbers and details on various objects for us to collect on today’s Treas-O-re Hunt. (Presumably he must have worn his best puffa jacket so as not to look too dodgy as no reports in the P&J about suspect looking characters spotted in the area staring intently at burglar alarms.)
Other than Start and Finish no controls out but instead a list of questions related to controls on the map with multiple choice answers which we had to mark with a pin. Only one injury reported and that was with the non-pointy end apparently. (?!)
Duthie Park and Ferryhill (59 points up for grabs) Pete 53 points. No penalties. 49.39 mins Total 53 Hugh 45 points. 1 minute penalty. 51.12 mins Total 43 Rachel 40 points. No penalties. 47.45 mins. Total 40 Dennis 41 points. 2 minutes penalty. 52.57 mins. Total 37 Roz 34 points. No penalties. 42.14 mins. Total 34 Kirsty 50 points. 8 minutes penalty. 58.06 mins. Total 34 Oonagh 32 points. No penalties. 47.21 mins Total 32 Morven 44 points. 7 minutes penalty. 57.59 mins Total 30 Helen 29 points. No penalties. 47.16 mins Total 29 Laura 42 points. 8 minutes penalty. 58.19. Total 26 David Did the course quietly while everyone else was in the cafe - result unknown. Duthie Park only (15 points up for grabs) Samantha 15 points No penalties 31.18 minutes Total 15 All questions correctly answered so today's ultimate winner! I have a good number of maps and question sheets if anyone else fancies having a run round the course at a time that suits them as a pre-Christmas blast. Let me know and I can post them out or arrange collection - firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope everyone enjoyed the relays today, it was great to see so many enthusiaistic runners out and about. Thank-you all for joining in.
The winners of the Girls Relay on Katja Neumann’s inspired woodland podium.
And here are a couple of shots of the grand procession that left the carpark Saturday morning en route to set everything up and the start of the Student competition.
Many thanks also to all our officials – Planner: Ali Robertson, Organisr: Helen Anderson and Controller: Andy Oliver (Maroc) – and the trolley mules, minibus driver, time keepers, map-disher-outers, emergency delivery bikers, start/finish line watchers….. Gareth, Pete, Rachel, Ian, Tim, Sarah, David, Oonagh, Carolyn, Iain, Helen, Marianne, John, George, Kirsty, Morven, Laura, Neil, Stuart & Judith.
Lovely crisp night last night and you could follow footsteps in the frost across the grassy bits. No such easy ride in the forest though and the deceptively easy looking control picking section caught me out big time. Lesson (re)learned – be less ambitious at night.
Good to see AUOC out in force and having fun.
Thanks to Dennis McDonald for planning, David Esson for ‘puting and anyone who helped collect in controls.
Apologies for the lack of results display screen today – a slight oversight in the extension cable department. Good to see some tourists from quite far intrigued to give Forvie a go for the first time and seems like you relished the navigational challenges if not the weather and later runners definitely saw the best side of the area in the sun.
Big thank you to our officials today: Planner Murray Anderson, Organiser Ian Hamilton (so relaxed he went for a run round the Green to join the fun) and Controller Andy Tivendale.
Also all our helpers: Gen Jones, Kate Anderson, Langs x3, Lindsey Esson, Langs, Helen Greenwood, Farquharsons x3, Pete Lawrence, Nigel Robinson, George Esson, Bob Daly, Griffins x4, David Esson, Dennis McDonald, Rachel Scott and Willow the campervan plus reserves Gomersalls x2 and Neil McLean.
Big thanks to all our organisers and everyone who came and ran too. Need both to make a series!
CONGRATULATIONS TO CATEGORY CHAMPS FOR 2019:
Samantha McDonald JU16 (Under 16 and shadowed)
Olivia Coman and Sam Griffin J (16 – 20)
James Ball AUOC and Katrina McLeod Open
Ros Nicholson and Tim Griffin V (40 – 50)
Dennis McDonald and Lesley Gomersall SV (55 – 60)
Sheena Farquhar MAROC and George Esson UV (65+)
James Ball AUOC and Marie Bernard Best Newcomers
Final points and here by category Results and Splits
These are the right set of results and splits not the Cove ones which I somehow managed to copy across last week. Oops! But nobody said anything so maybe I should have just kept quiet?
Thanks to Dennis for leading us round some of the trickier corners of the area and playing mind games with some of us who think we know it well enough to agonise over route choices rather than just picking one and going for it. For example, 13 to 14 I was sorely tempted to go off piste and run round the roads to the west just to test my memory.
Thanks also to David for computing and the control collectors who went round in the dark tidying up.
Sam Griffin, Josie Gomersall, Lachlan Kirk, Marianne Lang, Lesley Gomersall, Carol Jackson and Rory Halliday
Please bring your 2018 trophies to the meal or Forvie or contact me on email@example.com to arrange drop off/posting
What a pea souper! I did have a photo emailed to me by Adrian N but doesn’t seem to have made it through the fog for me to show you – very atmospheric with a halo round the street lamp and a crowd of orienteers huddled by the banner – for safety no doubt. You never know what or who might be lurking in those conditions as one startled dog found out after chasing us all around and getting further and further from its owner when Adrian W decided to pick it up and return it, but for a moment it must have wondered whether it was about to have a Cruella de Vil moment under cover of the fog.
Thanks to Ros, Hugh, Hazel, David, Pete and Dennis for planning/assisting/computing/control collecting.
Urban Series points after 3 events
*********2018 winners please bring your trophies back over the next two weeks or let me know and we’ll arrange drop off/posting*******
Fog’s gone and photo through now.
Urban Series points after 3 events
Good to see so many AUOC runners earlier in the series again this year so you can get 3 counting events. Welcome to Aberdeen! I’ve lumped you all into the Men/Women Open categories but technically you might be in the Junior categories if still under 21? If you spot any mistakes or want me to move you into a different category then let me know via firstname.lastname@example.org.
*********2018 winners please bring your trophies back over the next two weeks or let me know and we’ll arrange drop off/posting*******
Interesting idea combining 50/50 woods/streets. Did you like it? Shame I couldn’t make it but I did have an interesting urban encounter of my own this evening in the shape of a cheeky young fox nosing around hopefully for scraps at Union Square bus station.
Results and Splits
Looks like a good turnout, hopefully the rain held off for you all or maybe you like the water cooling while sprinting flat out?
Resident (in every sense of the word) Sprint Champ, Sam Griffin, is off to a flying start in this year’s competition with Katrina McLeod now back in town leading the ladies. Good to see lots of other Junior names and families joining in the fun too.
Thanks to Stuart Anderson for rounding off this year’s Summer Series with a trip down memory lane hurriedly trying to glean just enough info from the master map to get us round. Next time you pick up a pre-printed map and just go you’ll be much more appreciative!
Eddy Coman was handing out Junior Awards and will be in touch with those who weren’t present to collect in person and we couldn’t manage to find an obliging clubmate who lives nearby to pass it on to you. Congratulations to you all and we’ll publish the list of names as soon as Eddy gets them over to me.
Tunnocks Tea Cakes also doled out to the planners – mmmmmm! – now if that’s not sufficient incentive for anyone to offer to plan something next year I don’t know what is.
Finally, thanks to the control collectors tonight especially Amber Graham who is not only Maroc but ran both Short and Long Techs as well as collecting. Great stuff!
Finally, finally, don’t forget that our Urban Sprint Series kicks off straight away next week at Westburn and Victoria Parks on the Griffs doorstep.
Overview of the series with timings and rules re Juniors can be found on the Urban Sprints page and details on each event will be posted each week as we’ve done for the Summer Series.
The feedback was that the area is pretty rough underfoot so probably not the best for careering downhill, but no injuries and everyone managed to get back to the start. Apologies to Amber Graham who was the only one the end who I didn’t manage to get a time for as the Brikke reader was playing up.
Thanks to Pete Lawrence, Rachel Scott and David Esson for helping collect controls and Mrs Alexander at Cluny Crighton Farm for giving us permission to use the steading yard for parking.
Also thanks to everyone who bought a flapjack/muffin – another £10 raised for Antibiotic Research UK (ANTRUK), the world’s first charity to tackle antibiotic resistance. Their mission is to 1) develop new antibiotic therapies 2) educate the public and professionals about antibiotic resistance and 3) to provide patient support. They need to raise £0.5 million in the next year to do this.
Fiona will be running the Great Aberdeen Half Marathon this weekend with a team of colleagues from Aberdeen Royal Infirmary to raise money for ANTRUK. If you’d like to make any further donations or find out about the charity please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/runbatemanrun
(Think of it as personal insurance against needing effective antibiotics to treat Lyme Disease! Rachel)
I haven’t distinguished between map memory and the regular course, partly because I think there was some peeking going on, partly because a few people seem to know the area very well*. That said, my hat goes off to the handful of brave souls who went out there without a map for backup!
Apologies to Paul Duley, whose brikke malfunctioned, and thanks to David Esson, who is valiantly trying to interrogate it. Many thanks to everyone who helped and/or collected in controls including: Hugh Nicholson, Adrian Will, Bob Daley, Dennis MacDonald, and Adrian Northcott. Ros
*Knowing the area didn’t help much as I got blase and accidentally started looking at the Short Tech map memory slices half way round the Long and then just made it up to finish thinking I knew what I was looking for but it’s all changed** so dramatically in the last 2 years it took me ages to convince myself I was on the so-called ‘ride’ leading to the last control.
**Definitely time for an update which is the perfect timing for me to mention our plans to get some extra hands on board to help Stuart Anderson break the back of the backlog of tweaks to be made to our maps. Anyone out there interested in a training session on how to operate Ocad or equivalent and get some tips on what to include and what to leave out etc? Let myself or David Esson know and we’ll try to arrange something to suit a bit later in the year. Rachel
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The full list of events can be accessed at http://www.sientries.co.uk/orienteering
There are links to Gramp and SOA events:
What are you waiting for, your next orienteering fix is just a click away!
Good morning, Grandtully! This was the peaceful, misty scene snapped by Pete as he was waking controls up at 7 on Saturday morning for Gramp’s big day. A few hours later there were heffalump tracks everywhere and folk milling about all over trying to keep track of subtle vegetation changes while helter-skeltering downhill, gravity assisted. Great area and a great challenge to end the week.
Thanks to everyone who helped out on Day 6 and dutifully plugged away all day at the various tasks thrown at you, not least our GJOs Maya, Hannah, Duncan, Kirsty and Morven who worked like the proverbials and even accompanied me (fairly) uncomplainingly up that hill one last time to help collect tapes.
Crash courses on data entry, providing the smiling front-of-house at Information, herding 3000+ runners through the Starts and String Course, providing sympathy to the unsuccessful at Download, pasting results, setting out and collecting in enough stakes and tapes to reach to the moon (OK I made that stat up), fetching coffees, filling foot baths, directing traffic, emergency loo roll delivery… you name it, we did it and so smoothly that both Sam and Lesley Gomersall got a run too. Big thanks to them for Day Organising and also to joint Planners, Zoe Griffin and Pete Lawrence, for all heading up Team Gramp.
Many thanks to Zoe and Tim (Maitre de Loops) for a fresh take on Perwinnes Moss in its newly denuded form in the old quarry. Both Technical courses had an option to complete up to 4 memory map mini loops of 2 controls each which went down well with everyone who tried them. Much discussion over tea and cake about how hard it is to remember 2 control locations compared to one for some reason and what works for some folk but not others. Amazing how the human brain works – or doesn’t!
By the time we had a control stolen in Westhill and David bought 2 bottles of wine for AWPR3 Trophies on an impulse, we may not have made much money today but boy did we have a load of fun and a very relaxed and sociable time sunbathing in Westhill Industrial Estate or BBQing at Balmedie. And we ate a lot of cake and drank a lot of tea throughout the day courtesy of Zoe revelling in her new found vocation as GRAMP Tea Lady.
Many thanks to our guinea pigs from GRAMP, WCOC, ESOC, AUOC, MOR and MAROC for helping us trial the AWPR3 format. Feedback was so positive that we’re already pondering whether to make it an annual thing but using Cove or Countesswells to mix it up a bit. Maybe Saturdays aren’t best for most though? Watch this space.
Many thanks to David Esson, Peter Lawrence and Rachel Scott for planning/organising/computing, Carol Jackson for helping tidy up after the cake locusts had moved on, and Tim and Sam Griffin, Bob Daly and Hugh Nicholson for control collecting.
From comments at download and earwigging conversations it seems most folk who took on the contour only map challenge for Long and Short Tech enjoyed the novelty factor and surprised themselves by managing to get their head around all the squiggles more easily than they thought they would and Katrina said she actually enjoyed the lack of distracting paths as she saved time by not deliberating distracting alternatives before choosing her routes.
In fact, if anything, the penultimate control on the gully proved the most problematic where all those helpful squiggles suddenly disappeared and counting contours and keeping tabs on height gained, or not, became key.
Some folk approached it by creeping up – hill to the left, boulder, boulder, bearing.
Some aimed deliberately high or low for the right sort of distance then turned 90 degrees and trawled down or up to it.
Some had prior knowledge of the area and went looking for the earth banks that run either side as they are quite large and noticeable even at a distance.
Thanks to my control collectors – Bob, Tim, Zoe, David, Carol and Norman – and to Ros for picking me a lovely big pot of blaeberries. (Pudding Night tonight in the Scott-Lawrence household!)
Results Apologies for the delay. Work getting in the way as usual.
“Wow! That was fun! Just think – some folk pay £50 for the Banchory Beast when they could come to Dunnottar for £4!!”
One family said they wanted to give orienteering a try after seeing the Adventure Show coverage of the JOK Chasing Sprints – not quite like on the telly as a truly luxurious growth of nettles this year combined with a fair bit of rain for double dose of mud made for pretty adventurous conditions tonight so well done to those who gritted teeth and braved the stingers to complete and also those who sensibly decided to go the long way round or just wave at some of the controls long distance.
Thanks to Bob Daly, Dennis McDonald, David Esson, Pete Lawrence and Rachel Scott for control collecting and Helen Rowlands for going back out to keep an eye on beginners.
Apologies for the control in the wrong place. Clearly those who read the warning note on the board were less likely to waste time but that is no excuse for my mistake, sorry.
Thanks to David, Hugh, Jeremy and Bob for taking in controls as well as to Matthew Thompson an ex-Grampian Junior who had come simply for a run without knowing we had an event.
(PS last weeks results updated to show Yann Newey and Katja Neumann on the correct course – Short Tech not Short.)
Thanks to Matt for planning today’s challenges in the dunes – apart from one slightly misplaced control and the rain showers the only ‘complaint’ I heard was an early runner on the Brown realising that his footprints in the sandy bits in the north would be a dead giveaway to anyone following.
Provisional results and splits posted above and RouteGadget for you to upload your GPS route or draw your own as Matt will be keen to get feedback to develop his planning skills further. RG user guides can be found here.
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Planner: Matt Parkes
Organiser: Adrian Will
Controller: David Esson
Volunteers: Hannah and Duncan Will, Helen and Stuart Anderson, Neil McLean, Pete Lawrence, Hugh and Ros Nicholson, Nigel Robison, Bob Daly, Ed Stronach, Rachel Scott.
Here are results from Balmedie. Uncharacteristically fine summer weather for the barbecue afterwards. Thanks to Murray for organising the orienteering – and collecting the controls in while the rest of us were enjoying the barbecue. Thanks to David for organising the barbecue.