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Forest Sprint 3 @ Hazlehead 24/4/19

Parking/reg: car park “with the bus stop”
(next to the recycling centre)
What3Words map ///usual.caked.loops

Registration: 18:00 to 18:50
Starts: 18:30 to 19:15
Fees: £4 Senior, £2.50 Junior/Student

One course TD3 or Orange standard i.e. medium difficulty, about 3km, with lots of controls and route choice in a relatively small area so full on concentration required just as much as fleet feet. Great for developing Juniors too if accompanied by a TD3 standard runner. Best 4 scores out of 6 will count towards the FSS league results.

Forest Sprint 1 @ Tollohill 10/4/19

Results  Splits

RouteGadget (sorry, can’t quite get all controls correctly centred on features but close enough)

Many thanks to David Esson for planning at relatively short notice and hope you all enjoyed your scamper around Tollohill. It’s easy to get confused with all those paths criss-crossing as well as the loopy nature of the course and several old hands got caught out.
(And oddly when I fired up Firefox tonight there was a very apt quote at the bottom of the screen: “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” Douglas Adams.)

Apologies for the lack of splits printouts initially. A certain old hand caught himself out while trying to set things up in a rush last night. Thanks to Bob Daly for helping collect controls.

See you all next week at Glen O’Dee.

By the way, Tollohill area is subject to various Local Development Plan Bids which would eventually surround the wood with housing. Take a look at this website and follow the links for more information on bids KN069 to 72. Although not impinging into the wood itself much it looks like we’d lose the north end of the area (but gain some urban territory to mix and match?) but more importantly wildlife would lose significant corridors in and out of the woods.

Forest Sprint Series 2019 – Weds in Apr/May dates TBC

ForestSprint O is great fun – lots of controls in quick succession in a relatively short distance and fast running alone is no use in this discipline if it’s of the headless chicken variety! You really have to look closely at the map, make snap decisions about route choice, execute them quickly and cleanly while all the time trying to read a jiggling map and watch where your feet are going. Give it a go.

Dates and links to all parking locations will be confirmed soon so check back here nearer the time or on each clubs’ website.

One course TD3 or Orange standard i.e. medium difficulty, about 3km, with lots of controls and route choice in a relatively small area so full on concentration required just as much as fleet feet. Great for developing Juniors too if accompanied by a TD3 standard runner. Best 4 scores out of 6 will count towards the FSS league results.

Registration: 18:00 to 18:50
Starts: 18:30 to 19:15
Fees: £4 Senior, £2.50 Junior/Student

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Glen Dye 24/3/19 Regional results

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Final Results and Splits
RouteGadget (including Splitsbrowser lite)
BOF ranking points   (will be calculated overnight 26/27th March)

Very close 1-2-3 on the Brown course: all within 40 seconds of each other!
Hope you all enjoyed the sprint style section in the complex morraine area at the north end of the map – good to revisit that bit in the daylight for a change.

The day went very smoothly, a number of new people came and gave it a try and there was lots of positive feedback from the runners. Despite the forecast, the sun shone for most of the day with only a few light showers. The new club tent looked very smart as well!

Officials
Planner: George Esson
Organiser: Laura Farquharson
Controller: Jon Musgrave MAROC

And thanks to all our volunteers too: Erik, Paul, Alasdair, Oonagh, Lesley, Morven, Kirsty, Kate, Sam, Lindsey, David, Murray, Sarah, Donald (MOR), Helen R, Gareth, Ian & George.

 

Another news flash! Sprint Training @ Westhill Wed 27th

Maroc are borrowing Westhill for some sprint training on Wednesday and Gramps are welcome to go along too. David Esson has made up a short course of 3.6km and will supply a map for you if you want to stretch your legs after last weekend’s excesses. No controls so GPS yourself if you want some timing.
Email him on chairman “at” grampoc.com for the pdf of the map to print out.

Meet on Wed evening in the Ashdale Drive car park next to the shopping centre ready to run at 6pm. Don’t forget to bring a headtorch as some of the back alleys might be quite dark. Not sure what rules apply re under 16s and activities like this but we can work something out.

Alternatively, if you can’t make Wed you can still get a map from David and go round whenever suits. Or if you fancy something urban but longer than sprint take a look at the Street O maps we used a few years back.

SAT 23/2/19 BTO SOUL 3 @ Cove, Aberdeen

bto SOUL logo

Results  To show splits, go into your class page and look for the orange “Show Splits” button at the top or bottom of the page

RouteGadget show us your wiggles
Apologies to those trying to draw routes manually as it’s not letting you save at the moment – working on it but not getting very far very fast at present 😦

Photos taken by Steve Rush

BOF results page for ranking points
SOUL rankings

Cove SOUL

Huge thank yous go to:
– Phill and Lorraine Batts and Emit UK for providing the Touch Free punching system, timing and results. (Fun to see you all playing “chicken” with the test control to see just how far away you dared get and still get a flash.)

– Altens Hotel for allowing us to use their car park

– Blair Gordon of the Altens Community Centre and Michele McPartlin of the Cove Community Council and others for helping us spread the word

– residents of Cove who agreed to host a control for us

– our willing band of volunteers, some of who just refused to stop! – David, Sam, Lesley, Josie, Helen A, Stuart, George, Laura, Kirsty, Morven, Helen R, Bob, Evgueni, Dennis, Ian, Dave, Lachlan and Chris Huthwaite and Richard Barret pp Jeremy.

– sponsors bto Solicitors

Planner: Pete Lawrence
Organiser: Rachel Scott  Contact the Organiser
Controller: Tim Griffin

 

DNC Glen Dye 6/2/19

Results  Splits   RG (sorry – georef’d version of the map isn’t playing tonight so you’ll have to adjust your GPS tracks manually)

Thanks to Sam for planning and the family for assisting on reg and anyone else who helped collect the controls as that was the final Gramp offering for this year’s DNC.
Only 2 more to go, where does the time go? Seems like only yesterday we were getting all excited at the prospect of darkness by 4 in the afternoon and wondering whether to upgrade our headtorches this season.

Short course 3.3 10 controls
Long course 4.9 12 controls

 

 

DNC Scolty 23/1/2019

Results  Splits   RG

Was a great night, even with the computer freezing in the cold. David Esson spent a productive hour later on and reuploaded all the brikkes into the computer in the warmth of the house and it all worked perfectly of course.
(Need to add a hot water bottle to the Planner’s kit list?)

Thanks to Dave K for the fun courses, and to Helen R, Dave K and David E for collecting the controls.

NEWS FLASH! Gramp Training Event Sunday 26th January

Gramp coaches have managed to organise another training event for all Gramp members at Crathes Castle this Sunday.  All are welcome!
There will be training for all standards, from beginners to technical courses for the most experienced.
And there will be free refreshments – bring your own mug if possible.
 
Parking: at Crathes Castle main visitor car park.
Registration/Start from 10.30am – 11.30am
Follow the red and white tapes from the car park to navigate to the Registration/Start.
Entry – £2 adults/£1 juniors to cover map costs
 
To help with knowing how many maps to print please email david.esson @ btinternet.com (remove the spaces) by Wednesday evening with your name and technical standard of training you will want to take part in (this doesn’t commit you to any payment if you don’t turn up and if you are a beginner but want to try a more technical course afterwards the easier one that will be fine too)
 
Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday.
 
Gramp coaches
Couple of photos from Tyrebagger – the learning bit and the social bit afterwards with plenty of cake courtesy of Ros:
And have you seen the SLOW videos yet?  You get to find out what the GB Squad sound like as well as watching them in (slow for them) action as they take you through some of the skills and techniques to develop and improve your orienteering. Eight videos in total being released one every week through Jan and Feb all funded by Sport England.

NEWS FLASH! Gramp Training Event Sunday 20th January

Our Gramp coaches have organised training event for all Gramp members at Tyrebagger on the above date. All welcome!
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There will be training for all standards from beginners to technical control picking* for the most experienced.
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And there will be free refreshments – bring your own mug if possible.
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Parking – at either Forestry Commission car park on the south side of the road
Registration/Start – (NJ8511111) on the path connecting the two car parks – follow red and white tapes from either car park from 10.30am – 11.30am.
Entry – £2 adults/£1 juniors to cover map costs
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To help with knowing how many maps to print please use this contact form or reply to the email Zoe sent round by Tuesday evening with your name and technical standard of training you will want to take part in. This doesn’t commit you to any payment if you don’t turn up and if you are a beginner but want to try a more technical course afterwards that will be fine too.
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(* Old hands – if you still think “control picking” means nobbling the opposition by removing controls as you go along then you really do need to come and find out what it actually entails and how it will help you improve! Rachel)

DNC Crathes 9/1/2019

Results and Splits
RouteGadget

Good to see some different faces there tonight – trying to get in some more practice before the upcoming Scottish Night Champs no doubt.

Thanks to Paul Duley for planning, David Esson for computing and David Kirk who helped the other two collect controls afterwards.

Two courses (long 5.3km, short 3.1km)
Note map scale is 1:7500

DNC Forvie 12/12/18

Well Murray certainly made us all think all the way round with a couple of exceptionally difficult courses. Chapeau to those who whizzed round in ridiculously quick times and commiserations to those who really struggled on those fiendish long legs.

Results  Splits   RouteGadget

DNC Balmedie 28/11/18

Results
Splits
RouteGadget

Well done to Matt for persevering through wind, rain, sandstorms and 2 waterproofs to get the controls out there for us tonight and the 22 nutters who braved it all – points well earned all round.
I’m told there’s video evidence on Maroc’s Facebook page.

 

Scottish Score Champs 2018

Four GRAMPs made the trip down south to Roxburgh Reiver’s event at Elibank in the Borders (to get in a bit of Score practice priot to the post-AGM event next weekend?) and did very well!
Congratulations to Pete Lawrence and Neil McLean who are this year’s champions for M55 and M75 respectively. Bob Daly came 2nd M60 and Rachel Scott 3rd in the W50 class.

GMC Braemar 2018 photos

If you spotted Struan Kirk out and about with his camera then there’s a fair chance he spotted you and you’re in the GMC Braemar 2018 gallery.

If you want a high res copy (anywhere between 3 to 8MB) of any of these then email webmaster@grampoc.com with the photo number(s).

More photos here too from Ian Hamilton

23rd and 24th Feb 2019 British Night Champs Weekend

A wee heads up that an exciting weekend of orienteering is coming your way in Feb:

Sat 23rd afternoon – Urban Sprint SOUL @ Cove, Aberdeen
BREAKING NEWS – Emit Touch Free Punching will be used courtesy of Emit UK
Prepare for fast and furious Sprint action around the housing estates on a brand new map created for us by Graham Gristwood and Chris Smithard*. Pete’s planning courses right now – details will be released soon – and Rachel’s organising so will be after offers of help as we anticipate a good turnout of folk wanting to warm up and while away the hours waiting for the main attraction…

Sat 23rd night – British Night Orienteering Championships @ Muir of Dinnet
Maroc are busy organising this one. Planner Drew Tivendale says he’s very pleased with his courses (IHHO) and Richard Oxlade is doing his best as Controller to keep Drew’s enthusiasm in check. Should be a fantastic night and a chance for you to compete in a Major event within spitting distance of Aberdeen.

Sun 24th – SOL 1 @ Birsemore
Another chance to take on the challenge of Deeside but in daylight this time at the first SOL of 2019.

Online entries for all three events are now open on Fabian 4.Enter Online

First closing date is 4/2/19 after which fees go up by £1.
Final closing date is 18/2/19 midnight.

You can enter 1, 2 or all 3 events in one hit by clicking on the Fabian 4 Enter button above.
Get the dates in your diaries and enter now!

*Pete and Rachel’s latest claim to orienteering fame is to have provided B&B, including a fish supper from The Bay, for these GBR athletes. Not every day you get to share tartare sauce with WOC and British Gold medal winners!

GMC Braemar 2018 photos

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Tyrebagger 14/11/18

Results   Splits   RouteGadget

Woohoo! Results posted from Tyrebagger car park courtesy of David’s mobile Wifi signal – in’t technology wonderful?

Many thanks to Matt Parkes, Dennis McDonald and David Esson for doing the legwork to collect while I sat and posted.

Long 4.9km, Short 3.1km

31/10/18 Hazlehead (DNC) Results

Results  Splitslantern

Ta muchly to Dennis and his mate at 243 for a spooky spin round the fairways and greens tonight.

Woooooooooooooooooooooo!

Autumn Urban Sprint Series 2018

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Apologies for the delay (folk working abroad or otherwise engaged) final rankings now calculated:
Rankings incl 5 Wed eve events + SOUL     

Big thanks to all our organisers and everyone who came and ran too. Need both to make a series!
Many folk commented on the friendly nature of our series, despite the intense competition between old rivals again this year, and the addition of cakes and a few more juniors taking part all helped to add to the atmosphere. Hope you enjoyed it and will be back for more on Feb 22nd (spoiler alert – we’re putting on an event in Cove prior to the British Night Champs at Dinnet.)

CONGRATULATIONS TO CATEGORY CHAMPS FOR 2018:

Sam Griffin and Samantha McDonald    JU16 (Under 16 and shadowed)
Josie Gomersall and Lachlan Kirk           J  (16 – 20)
Mark Stockton and Jenny Ricketts        Open
Marianne Lang and Willy Nicolson        V  (40 – 50)
Evgueni Chepelin and Lesley Gomersall SV (55 – 60)
George Esson                                       UV (65+)
Carol Jackson and Rory Halliday            Best Newcomers

Wed 22nd Aug  Duthie Park  Results
Wed 29th Aug Seaton Park  Results
Wed 5th Sept Westburn & Victoria Parks Results
Wed 12th Sept Westhill Results
Sat 15th Sept SOUL Balgownie/Danestone  Results
Wed 19th Sept Aberdeen Uni Kings Campus  Results

 

Scolty – 14 October 2018 – Level C – Results

Results and splits
RouteGadget (draw/upload your route and compare with others)
BOF results page with Ranking Points

Hope you all enjoyed yourselves? Certainly seemed that way as I came back from the finish to find what appeared to be a lively cocktail party in full swing with folk animatedly discussing courses and catching up with friends in the sunshine by the cake stall.

Apologies for the control malfunction with 166 on the Orange course and thanks to Yann Newey for reporting it so promptly.
We thought we’d managed to reprogram a spare control and get it replaced before too many of you were affected but looking at the records just now nearly everyone was showing no punch – not 166 or the original number of the spare – so our cunning plan didn’t work. I’ve guesstimated a split time for you all so that you are re-instated in the results.

If you spot any errors like spelling mistakes or age classes or saying shadowed when you weren’t or vice versa then please email webmaster@grampoc.com and I’ll correct asap for the final results.

Course
White
Yellow
Orange
Light Green
Green
Blue
Brown

Length
1.8km
2.4km
3.2km
3.5km
3.8km
5.6km
8.1km

Climb
50m
55m
75m
80m
65m
170m
245m

 

Officials
Planner: Ian Hamilton
Organiser: Helen Rowlands
Controller: Gareth Yardley

bto SOUL 8 Danestone 15/9/18 Results

bto SOUL logo.
Results by Class
Results by Course            Splits by Course
RouteGadget
bto SOUL points
BOF Ranking Points (will be calculated overnight 17th/18th))

 

Lovely day to belt round Danestone and we didn’t really need the hall although it made a great spongey football pitch at the end. Good to see all our SOULmates from down south and up north – hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did hosting.

Many thanks to all our helpers: Helen and Stuart Anderson, Rob Hickling, the Gomersall 3, Gordon Urquhart, Alex Maclachlan, Marianne and Patrick Lang, the Farquharson 3, Evgueni Chepelin, the Griffin 3, Jeremy Huthwaite and first and last the Danestone Community Centre jannie.

Planner: Pete Lawrence, Controller: Tim Griffin, Organiser: Rachel Scott




 

Urban Series Abz University 19/9/18

Great sprinty course from Sam which kept everyone concentrating right to the end and a fitting finale to this year’s series. Perhaps only to be expected from one of our juniors who is proving to be rather nifty at Urban Sprint races recently coming 2nd at the British Sprint Championships in Bath.

Sam says “Thank you to all those who turned up and braved the weather! Hope everyone enjoyed the course and a big thank you to those who bought cakes and hot drinks. I appreciated the positive feedback and I hope you all agree that it was a good end to another great urban series!”

Hope you all got home safely (was an interesting journey back to Stoney wrestling the hi-top campervan in a straight-ish line.)

Results
Splits

Ranking after 5 Wed events  Ranking after the 5 Wed eve events. SOUL results yet to be added … coming soon hopefully!

Urban Series Westhill 12/9/18

Results   Splits

The old 3-controls-in-a-straight-line caught one or two folk out tonight or was it just getting too dark to see the map? Must be autumn – had to put the headlights on to get home.

Urban Series Westburn and Victoria Parks 5/9/18 Results

In’t technology brilliant?!
Helps us to “void” leg 10 – 11 or in other words, subtract the time it took you to cross the road but throws a real spanner in the works when it decides to die on us mid-event. I’ve guesstimated a split time for all of us affected by 248 keeling over – very arbitrary but at least we now all have times.
Apologies about the printer also deciding to die as otherwise we could at least have sent you away with a provisional printout to look at pending my tweaking. Hope it’s feeling better again by next week.

Results    Splits

I’ve also guesstimated age classes for some of you. Jeremy needs to know this so he can put you into the right urban category as he’ll be producing rankings soon now we have 3 events under our belts. If I’ve got it wrong then please accept my apologies and let me know via webmaster@grampoc.com and I’ll correct them.

Did anyone other than Lyndsey try the Friends of Victoria and Westburn Parks tree trail map ? She said spotting small metal plaques is a lot harder than spotting kites.

Urban Series Seaton Park 29/8/18 Results

Results

Everything went well apart from the control on the Tower going for a bit of a walkabout. Do you get tungsten tie wraps?
And as the sun was setting on Seaton Park the feedback was….Urban hmmm…… hills, mud and nettles!Thanks to all who turned up and special thanks to Ian McLeod for collecting controls.
Dennis

Thanks go to Dennis McDonald for organising and also to the two passersby who rescued and looked after number 13 for us – the one by Wallace’s Tower. If you’re reading this it was much appreciated not only because it gave me a chance to get my breath back and it was nice to meet you and chat for a wee while.

Urban Series kicks off Duthie Park 22/8/18

Many thank to Dave for a great start to this year’s Urban Series …

Results

 

 

Come and Try It @ MBC Festival – Saturday 1/9/18

Gramp are hosting a come-and-try–it session at Foggieton Woods on Saturday 1st September as part of the Milltimber, Bieldside and Cults (MBC) festival. Everybody welcome from young to old, fit to not-so-fit, individuals or groups – all you need is a bit of curiosity and a pair of trainers/trail shoes, we’ll provide the rest.

Starts from from 2-3pm so come along and find us at the Festival from about 1:30pm onwards to register and get someone to talk you through the basics before getting out there and having a go.

 

Templars Park Summer Series Grand Finale 15/8/18

Results   (BBQ without rain – RESULT!! )

Thanks to Tim for squeezing everything into that poor little car and squeezing some fun courses into Templars’ bijou area. Map memory definitely favours the regulars so well done to those relative newcomers brave enough to take it on.

Thanks to all our 11* organisers during the series – chocs were handed out to those of us there last night and the rest of you may be able to claim yours providing you do it soon as they went back to the Rowlands household to be “looked after”. Aye, right!

*Helen R did two and acted as Summer Series Coordinator so lots of chocs thanks to her.

Thanks to Sarah Wallace for keeping track of our results and organising Summer Series prizes (she got so carried away buying prizes she forgot to get BBQ food for herself apparently!) – many happy smiley folk went home clutching fudge, chocs or cactii. We’ll be publishing the final scores soon.

Also awarded last night were some of the Junior prizes gained over the last few months for attendance and/or performance at various events. Too numerous to remember and list here so ask Eddy Coman at the next few events if your name was on the list to claim your badges and certificates.

Thanks also to Bob, Gareth, Rob and Dave who assisted collecting controls last night and Dave Kirk for taking it all away ready for the first event of our Urban Series next week at Duthie Park.
See you all again there?

 

 

 

Glen Dye Summer Series 8/8/18

Results

What more can you ask than a lovely sunlit forest with some reasonable technicality? Grateful thanks to Fasque Estates for allowing us to use a different car park from the usual on a Wednesday night which gave the Short course a more pleasant run than is possible from the usual car park, and allowed everyone else the chance to run in the pleasant north east part of Glen Dye usually visited only by longer courses. Generally everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, which is the main point.

One apology – I gather the kite on Control 3 on Long Tech had fallen to the ground making the control much harder to spot. Not intended! Thanks also to those who helped collect controls – Bob, Tim, Bill and David

George

[Controllers Conundrum re kites on the ground: as a short person I frequently find that the relative angles of dangle of kite/vegetation/bumps on the ground mean I can’t see them until virtually on top of them anyway so glad to see the score evened a bit! That and the fact that I was one of the last folk through No 3 last night meant I didn’t bother to stop and rehang it to give the Planner a helping hand as I normally would.
But now I’m wondering – should I rehang or will that make it unfairly fairer for any subsequent visitors?  Rachel]

 

 

 

Scolty Summer Series – 25 July 2018

A beautiful evening to spend outside … the dry spell resulted in some fast running for some and the heat slowed others down! Many thanks to the control collectors David, Dennis, Bob and Gareth.

Results

No event next week, but do join us in Glen Dye on 8th August.

Crathes Summer Series 18/7/18

 

Results

Nice to see Michaela and Lucie from AUOC, a Belgian family and a few other well-kent runners and occasional visitors to our Summer Series helping to boost the numbers to a very respectable 48 given it’s peak holiday season. Although not wall-to-wall sunshine it was a fine, warm evening but amazingly no midges to bug us – seems like the continuing dry has really hit them for six this year or have I just been lucky?

Thanks to Ian H for organising including a no paths option for the Long Tech (not that that slowed the whizz kids down any.)

Next week we’ll be at Scolty.

 

 

Tyrebagger Summer Series 11/7/18

Thanks to Bill and Paul for this week’s Tyrebagger event, and Olivia for supplying the refreshments. Who knew bracken was so drought resistant!

Results

Next week we are at Crathes Castle

World Masters Orienteering Championships 6th – 13th July 2018

We have 3 Gramps running at WMOC 2018 over in Denmark – Oonagh Grassie W60, Rob Hickling M60 and Peter Bellarby M80.
Following the opening ceremony complete with flags, steel band and Indoor Sprint event amongst other things, they got down to business on Saturday with Sprint Qualifiers followed by Sprint Finals today. Tomorrow sees the start of the Forest Qualifications for Middle and Long Finals on Wednesday and Friday respectively.

You must be 35 or over to compete and there are so many folk there that they hold qualifiers for each category with four or five groups with 50, 60 or more competitors in each. This event is massive!
You must finish within a certain percentage of the top of your group in order to qualify for the A Final, i.e. to be within shouting distance of being a Champion. Everyone else still gets to run in B/C/D Finals too, even those who mis-punch in a qualifier.

So how are our guys doing so far?
Rob came in a storming 6th place in his qualifying group so was in the A Sprint Final but unfortunately mispunched. Bad luck!
Oonagh had a couple of steady runs to finish 30th in the C Final and likewise Peter 28th in the B Final. Considering the, literally, world class opposition these are all excellent results and let’s hope they can capitalise on this in the forest events this week.
(Rob/Oonagh/Peter – a wee heads up if you’re reading this: I’ve been told that Danish white forest isn’t necessarily what you’d expect.)

Judging by the photos and videos it’s as hot over there in Copenhagen as it was running round Menzieshill at SOUL 5. You may spot some familiar faces as there are quite a few other Scottish orienteers competing in Denmark, not least Donald and Duncan Grassie, Roger and Trish Coombs, Lynne Walker, Eddie Harwood, Margaret Dearman, Guy and Beryl Seaman, Rhona Fraser and Joan Noble all from Northern clubs or area. Links to live and final results can be found on the WMOC 2018 frontpage if you fancy keeping an eye on the rest of the weeks’ happenings.

Tollohill Summer Series – 4/7/18 Results

 

A beautiful evening to enjoy the view down the Dee and to the new turbines. Lots of takers of Ailsa’s lemonade tonight!

Special thanks to prosource.it for allowing us to use their car park, and thanks to those who used it or came by other means to free up car park space. Thanks also to Gareth , Bill and Paul for control collecting.

Results

Summer Series 27/6/18 Balmedie + BBQ Results

OK – the weather did its other usual trick. By the time I got there (delayed in the infamous A90 roadworks enlivened by Lesley G hanging out of her car window miming “can I have a cuppa?” at me in the campervan as we trundled slowly along) the haar was rapidly developing into a real pea souper. We should maybe have armed the control collectors with flares so we could keep track of them?

Thanks to John Lang for planning and a host of control collectors/BBQ monitors.

Results

 

 

Autumn Urban Sprint Series 2018

UrbanBrickWall0544590One course of TD3 (Orange) standard about 3 – 4km long in streets and parks.

Rankings incl 5 Wed eve events + SOUL     

Big thanks to all our organisers and everyone who came and ran too. (Need both to make a series!)
Final rankings have now been calculated and posted above.

CONGRATULATIONS TO CATEGORY CHAMPS FOR 2018:

Sam Griffin and Samantha McDonald    JU16 (Under 16 and shadowed)
Josie Gomersall and Lachlan Kirk           J  (16 – 20)
Mark Stockton and Jenny Ricketts        Open
Marianne Lang and Willy Nicolson        V  (40 – 50)
Evgueni Chepelin and Lesley Gomersall SV (55 – 60)
George Esson                                       UV (65+)
Carol Jackson and Rory Halliday           Best Newcomers

Wed 22nd Aug  Duthie Park  Results
Wed 29th Aug Seaton Park  Results
Wed 5th Sept Westburn & Victoria Parks Results
Wed 12th Sept Westhill Results
Sat 15th Sept SOUL Balgownie/Danestone  Results
Wed 19th Sept Aberdeen Uni Kings Campus  Results

 

Crathes – Level C Event – Sun 24 June 2018 Results

Final results and splits
Routegadget – this is where you can see where everyone else went and where the big mistakes were made – if you haven’t played with RG before then there are guides and videos found here

Results with BOF ranking points (will be calculated overnight Tues and incorporated into overall rankings Thursday)

Many thanks to Crathes Castle and Estate for permission and Neil McLean for making the long trip down several times to plan. David Esson provided computing backup to Neil and also covered entries/timing on the day (apologies for not having a results display during the day itself) and Jon Musgrave was our Controller.

Thanks also to the Farquharson Three, Lindsey and George Esson, Jonathan Smith, Jeremy Huthwaite, Lesley and Sam Gomersall, Griffins en masse, Helen Anderson, Pete Lawrence and Bob Daly for assisting with set up, registration, starts, road crossing, control collecting, looking for late finishers and dismantling which made my job very easy and pleasant today with plenty of time to sup coffee and catch up with some old faces. (Also Dennis McDonald, Paul Puley and Ros Evans who also volunteered but weren’t required in the end.)

Jonathan also spotted and reported some smouldering vegetation near one of the controls at the western end and guided the Crathes Rangers to the exact spot so they could extinguish it before it developed too far.

Rachel

Course
White
Yellow
Orange
Light Green
Green
Blue
Brown
Length
1.6 km
2.2 km
2.5 km
3.5 km
4.0 km
5.3 km
7.0 km
Climb
40 m
40 m
45 m
70 m
135 m
155 m
215 m
Planner: Neil McLean (and David Esson asst)
Organiser: Rachel Scott
Controller: Jon Musgrave (Maroc)
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PS WHAT3WORDS
Some of you may have noticed on the details that as well as grid ref, postcode and map links I’ve been having a bit of fun with WHAT3WORDS as well. This uses 3 words separated by fullstops to identify a location down to a 3m x 3m square when you plug that combination into their website to search.
This is not only very accurate but also quite fun as the three words often chime spookily close with the characteristics of either the location or organiser of events. For example, see where drops.download.parkland gets you.
Anyway my playing around has been noticed – Gramp gets a mention on the WHAT3WORDS website as an example of organisations using it! Woohoo! Fame at last!

 

 

Summer Series Perwinnes Moss 20/6/18 Results

Results

Thanks to those who braved the weather and came along tonight – lots of comments about the undergrowth but that’s Perwinnes Moss for you. It’s hard to plan ‘interesting’ courses without having to take you into ‘interesting’ places so my philosophy was to embrace the nettles and gorse and jump in with both feet. If it’s any consolation I had to go to those ‘interesting’ places to to set out the controls and my knees are also stinging still.

Thanks also to Bob Daly, David Esson and Neil McLean who helped me collect everything in again.

Did anyone else see that doe and fawn I told you about?

Rachel

Easy 1.9km
Medium 2.8km
Short Tech 2.6km
Long Tech 4.5km

 

Summer Series Dunnottar Woods 13/6/18 Results

Results

Despite the slightly inclement weather, it was an enjoyable event at Dunnottar, which was improved significantly by the availability of delicious cake and homemade lemonade from Ailsa who is fundraising for a trip to Nepal with Operation Raleigh.
Hopefully more to come in the following weeks!

After such a dry spell, it was a bit unfortunate that the wild garlic* on the hill got a soaking before the event, but no-one seemed to mind too much about the mud and aroma!

Thanks to Phil for helping out and to Phil, Olivia, Rachel and Pete for controls collection.

Eddy

(*The up side to this is that we can rule out vampires in the Risk Assessment.)

Summer Series Foggieton 6/6/18 Results

Results

Sorry about the delay – Harris and the rest of the Hebrides were just too beautiful to tear ourselves away from in time to find WiFi connection to post last week. Although I’m told that Foggieton was equally sunny so fingers crossed the weather repeats itself for the rest of the Summer Series.

 

Gramps at LAMM 2018

Congratulations to all those who high-tailed it to Harris for the last ever Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon (LAMM) this past weekend. Special mention to Sam and Jack Gomersall – FIRST – on the C course. Whoopee! Well done! Great photos on the LAMM site (and links to full results).

Other Gramps and associates spotted in the listings below, apologies to anyone I’ve missed – there’s no club listing …

 

Elite 5th Tom Gomersall + Tim Gomersall
B class 32nd Michael Bott + Arron Baxter
C class 33rd Ian Hamilton + Colin Larmour
D class 20th David Kirk + Struan Kirk
Score 59th Marianne Lang + Angela Conroy
Score 61st Pete Lawrence + Rachel Scott (too much wine?)
C Class 30th Estera Zak and Scott Leibnitz
Score 19st Fiona MacDonald and Katy Bookock
Score 26th Lynn Smith and Caroline Watt
D class 11th Laura Barraclough and Jenny Blackwood

Summer Series – Countesswells – Wed 28/5/18

Thanks to all who came along to Countesswells on Wednesday.  We enjoyed a short break from the recent heat wave and even had a few spots of rain!  This first-time organiser would like to pass on a massive thanks to all of the club members who helped pull this event together, and especially to David Esson for huge assistance in the run up and on the day, I really couldn’t have done it would you!  There will be a Summer Series League this year for Gramp members, calculated on best out of 4 in each course.  Current standing will be announced after the fourth event.  See you all next week!

Results

Next week (6th June is at Foggieton).

Scottish Championships 2018

We have more champions in our midst – and some double champions too! Building on last weekend’s successes Ros Evans, Oonagh Grassie and Kevin Reynard all won this weekend and some excellent personal results all round so congrats to all and as with the BOC I’ve listed all results as a measure of how we did overall:

Individual at Achagour
M12B 2nd Noah Griffin
M14A 7th Sam Griffin
M14B 2nd Connor Whitelaw
M21E 14th Jack Gomersall
M40L 2nd and Scottish Champ Ali Robertson
M50L 6th Tim Griffin, 21st Gareth Yardley
M50S 1st and Scottish Champion Kevin Reynard
M55L 7th Ian Hamilton, 8th Sam Gomersall, 13th Pete Lawrence, 14th Iaiin McLeod
M60L 9th Bob Daly, 10th Paul Duley, 12th Rob Hickling
M65L 14th Dave Armitage
M70S 2nd and Scottish Champion Michael Forsyth
M75L 3rd Neil McLean

W14A 10th Morven Farquharson, 12th Kirsty Farquharson
W18L 2nd Josie Gomersall
W50L 12th Carolyn McLeod, 14th Laura Farquharson, 16th Helen Rowlands, 17th Rachel Scott
W55L 14th Lesley Gomersall
W60L 18th Anne Hickling
W60S 1st and Scottish Champion Oonagh Grassie, 4th Anne Hoy, 5th Jayne MacGregor
W65L 1st and Scottish Champion Ros Evans

Yellow 1st Oli Robertson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Relays at Roseisle
11+
5th GRAMP 1: Tim Griffin/Ali Robertson/Bob Daly
6th GRAMP 2: Sam Gomersall/Gareth Yardley/Robert Hickling

17+
2nd GRAMP 3: Pete Lawrence/Ros Evans/Kevin Reynard
12th GRAMP 5: Sam Griffin/Neil McLean/Rachel Scott
13th GRAMP 6: Lesley Gomersall/Oonagh Grassie/Helen Rowlands (5 secs behind-ooh!)

20+
30th GRAMPy Auld Wifies: Anne Hoy/Jayne MacGregor/Anne Hickling

Many thanks to GRAMP’s own Christian Horner (aka David Esson) who not only got his head around the team age categories but also successfully managed us all up into teams and came back up from Aberdeen to cheer us all out and in on Sunday despite not running himself. All photos were taken by him with his iPhone while standing in the pits trying to keep track of us all.

Forest Sprint Series – Final Results

Here’s the final points table for the series.  Best four results count towards the final score.  Well done Tim Griffin (2nd) and Sam Griffin (6th).

FSS Results 2018_Final

Summer Series Hazlehead Wed 23/5/18 Results

Thak you to Jonathan Smith for planning/organising the Summer Series kick off in his ‘back garden’ (and also for agreeing to take over looking after the club kit very soon I’m told.)  As predicted, the Long Tech “got what they deserved” by dint of the bracken starting to really spring up in the last week or so in the wooded areas to the south, obscuring the knolls and depressions quite nicely and so forcing us to get the compass out or risk a long run round the perimeter trying to work out how to attack them.

Results

Short: 1.1km, Medium: 2.5km, Short Tech: 3.7km, Long Tech: 4.7km

Many of you may have spotted Eddy Coman going about the car park with fistfuls of certificates for the Junior Participation Awards – by Friday I hope to be able to post more information on this but for now a big thank you to him as well for playing catch up with over a year’s worth of results to trawl through.

British Orienteering Championships 18th/19th May 2018

Well done to everyone who came, ran, won or just had fun and helped out over the weekend.
Photo links for many of us caught in action (or mid-lick of an icecream) can be found on the SOA website post dedicated to BOC 2018.

It was a mighty big ask of Gramp to be lead club for both Relays and Trail O on the same day and it got pretty squeaky with both Organisers vying for members with the right skills, abilities or personalities to cover the diverse jobs required for each event. We managed but not without the help of you all mucking in and agreeing to jobs you wouldn’t normally choose and quietly getting on with them as well as spotting gaps in our cunning plans and quietly filling those too.
I’m sure I speak for Anne Hickling too when I say a humungous thank you to all our helpers.

In a break from tradition, as it’s not very often we have this many Gramps attending the British Championships with a chance to compete against the best of Britain, I’ve listed all our results:

Individuals at Balmoral
M12B 2nd Noah Griffin
M14B 4th Connor Whitelaw
M21E 35th Jack Gomersall
M40L 14th Ali Robertson, 21st Gordon Urquhart
M50L 9th Tim Griffin, 51st Dave Kirk
M50S 1st Kevin Reynard
M55L 21st Evgueni Cheplin, 22nd Sam Gomersall, 23rd Iain McLeod
M55S 2nd Ian Searle, 8th Pete Lawrence
M60L 8th Rob Hickling, 25th Paul Duley
M60S 1st Richard Oxlade
M70S 1st Michael Forsyth
M75L 9th Neil McLean

W16B 2nd Olivia Coman
W18L 1st Josie Gomersall
W21E 17th Katrina McLeod
W21S 6th Heather Hale
W50L 16th Laura Farquharson, 18th Rachel Scott, 23rd Carolyn McLeod
W50S 2nd Roz Nicholson
W55L 5th Lesley Gomersall, 29th Sonia Armitage
W60L 27th Anne Hickling
W60S 2nd Oonagh Grassie, 5th Anne Hoy, 8th Jane MacGregor
W65L 13th Ros Evans

Light Green 7th Morven Farquharson, 15th Kirsty Farquharson
Yellow 3rd Oli Robertson

Iain Hamilton was Assistant Planner and Dave Armitage Assistant Controller

Relays at Torphantrick
M50 8th GRAMP 1 Tim Griffin, Dennis McDonald, Bob Daly
Mixed Adhoc
9th GRAMP 4 Ali Robertson, Carolyn McLeod, Oonagh Grassie
14th GRAMP 3 Rosslyn Nicholson, Iain McLeod, Kevin Reynard
21st GRAMP 2 Richard Oxlade, Ros Evans, Hugh Nicholson

Trail O at Crathes
Standard course:  Joint 1st Alan MacGregor, 3rd David Kirk, Joint 6th Angus Aitken
Elite Course 10th (and Unofficial Scottish Trail-O Champion)  Helen Rowlands

Anne Hickling was Planner/Organiser and Rob Hickling was Controller

Rachel and Ian H (almost) on the podium. We were subsequently asked to move off to the side but I think Sheila Strain and friend were doing a much better job of photobombing than us?

 

Forest Sprint @ Mulloch 9/5/18

Many thanks to all those who made it to Mulloch tonight, especially considering the not-quite-perfect weather conditions. Thanks also to Gareth, Bob and Zoe for help control collecting.

Results

Well done to those who recognised the photo locations, may be we should put on some photo-O too!

Note on forest rides. Mapped rides are the wider gaps through the mature trees and may be obscured at ground level by younger tree growth – look up! There are old and new extraction lanes running parallel to the mapped rides that are may look like rides, can be good route choices but are not shown on the map. Some examples below. I hope this helps.

Mapped ride (bit soggy underfoot!)

Mapped ride (bit soggy underfoot)

Recent extraction lane

Recent extraction lane

Mapped ride with younger trees. Crossed in foreground by recent extraction lane.

Mapped ride with younger trees. Crossed in foreground by recent extraction lane.

Mapped ride

Mapped ride

Extraction lane

Extraction lane

 

Glen Dye – Level C Event – 6th May 2018 Results

Final results and splits
RouteGadget – uses previous version of the map for expediency but not a lot has changed
BOF Ranking Points (will be added to Rankings on Thursday)

Looks like several people didn’t start their brikkes properly, hence the problems with control 1 not registering.
You need to watch for the LED flashing at Start and all controls but not so easy to spot in the sunshine.

Wow! What a lovely day for an outing round Glen Dye – almost too hot for some and I for one welcomed the chance to paddle across a couple of streams and grab a quick swig of water. Thanks to our officials and their helpers for putting on a great event and to all of you for coming along to enjoy the sun and a chance to get in some last minute practice prior to the upcoming British and Scottish Champs.

Course
White
Yellow
Orange
Light Green
Green
Blue
Brown
Length
1.5km
2.2
2.8
3.5
3.9
5.4
7.4
Climb
15m
25
55
80
80
140
315

Officials
Planner: Gareth Yardley
Organiser: Laura Farquharson
Controller: Andy Oliver MAROC

PS Don’t forget to check yourselves for ticks – looks like the sunshine woke them all up too. Sooner you spot and remove them the better (not a good look for the office or school.)

Forest Sprint @ Scolty 25/4/16

Great turn out at Scolty … here are the results. Many thanks to Matt for taking on the planning. Well done!

Results

UPCOMING EVENTS

FOREST SPRINTS (GRAMP with Maroc)
WED 10/4/19 Tollohill
WED 17/4/19 Glen O’Dee
CANCELLED

WED 24/4/19 Hazlehead
WED 1/5/19 Tilquhillie
WED 8/5/19 Scolty
WED 15/5/19 Dess

SAT EVENTS
27/4/19 Millbuies (MOR)
18/5/19 Dufftown (MOR)

SUN EVENTS
28/4/19 Coull (MAROC)
19/5/19 Newtonmore (BASOC)

SUMMER SERIES (GRAMP)
WED 22/5/19 Hazlehead
WED 29/5/19 Countesswells
WED 5/6/19 Foggieton
WED 12/6/19 Tollohill
WED 19/6/19 Balmedie + BBQ
WED 26/6/19 Crathes
WED 3/7/19 Scolty
to be continued ……

 

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