Autumn Urban Sprint Series

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Balgownie Urban Sprint 20/9/17

3.0 km tonight planned by a Scottish Sprint Championship Planner so should be good!

Park in Tescos car park at the west end out of everyone’s way and then walk along Laurel Drive to the junction with Fairview Street to get to Registration. You can dump clothes/bags in the organiser’s car there.   Map of location for Registration.

Reg: 18:00 – 18:45   Start and Finish both very close to Registration
Courses close: 19:30 (i.e be back at Reg by 19:35 please)

Overall points after 3 races here.
Scroll to the bottom for an explanation of the age categories used in Urban Orienteering races.

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Check the Scottish Orienteering Urban League page for details of bigger urban races in various locations throughout Scotland and if you happen to be in the right town at the right time then give it a go.

Westhill Urban Sprint 13/9/17 Results

Results  Splits
As always, any spelling mistakes or other corrections please email webmaster@grampoc.com asap.

OK, hands up all those who got caught on the wrong side of the fence between 9 and 10?
Thanks to Mark Stockton for another great wee course with some interesting route choices all the way to the end. (And thanks to to Mrs S for holding off the inevitable tonight so Mark didn’t have to dash off on paternity leave mid-event! Let us know when it’s time to pass on the Gramp’s Most Junior Orienteer T-shirt if the Robertsons still have it.)

Good to see more new faces – I’m told “someone” was stirring things up over on our Facebook page – cheers James! Team JJF – we missed your smiley old faces. Next week?

Overall points after 3 races here.  Next week is when the best 3 from 5 rule kicks in so time to squeeze that last ounce of speed from jelly legs and burning lungs for those of you into (and capable) of such masochism. The rest of us will just enjoy exploring the odd corners of Balgownie we’ve never been before.

Scroll to the bottom of the overall results for an explanation of the age categories used in Urban Orienteering races. Check the Scottish Orienteering Urban League page for details of bigger urban races in various locations throughout Scotland and if you happen to be in the right town at the right time then give it a go.

Duthie Park and Ferryhill Urban Sprint 6/9/17 Results

Results     Sorry, no Splits this week as the laptop was playing up. Hopefully business as usual next week.

Thanks to John Lang for several interesting route choices tonight leading to differences of over 500m recorded on different folks’ GPS. Do you take the time to eyeball the differences accurately before committing or do you just plump and then run as fast as you can along your chosen route?

Different control seemed to cause a few “mp” tonight but again we’ve given you all the benefit of the doubt as many had eye witnesses and you would have had to run pretty much past it anyway on the way back into the park. Don’t forget to check for the flashing LED before leaving a control.

If you were a trophy winner last year, please bring it back and hand it in to registration at any of the events.

I’ll post details about Westhill tomorrow.

Overall points after 2 races here. Scroll to the bottom for an explanation of the age categories used in Urban Orienteering races.
Check the Scottish Orienteering Urban League page for details of bigger urban races in various locations throughout Scotland and if you happen to be in the right town at the right time then give it a go.

Westburn & Victoria Parks Urban Sprint 30/8/17 Results

Results  Splits
(If I’ve mispelled a name or mis-guessed an age group let me know webmaster@grampoc.com.
Age groups are used for trophies at the end of the series, best 3 results from 5 count towards your total. I’ll post more on that after a couple of events when I’ve calculated points to date.)

Thank you to Tim Griffin and helpers for kicking off this year’s series in grand style.
50 runners – which may be an Urban Sprint record for Gramp – zig-zagging back and forth at incredible speeds in some cases, although William did look as if he’d been for a swim half way round by the time he collapsed at the Finish.

One or two folk had trouble getting number 8 to register whereas others had no problems. I’ve given you all the benefit of the doubt, and the person who didn’t start their brikke properly so it read 64 minutes initially, and re-instated you as it’s the first in the series but remember it’s your responsibility to check all controls flash at you to indicate a successful read. Worth sacrificing a few tenths of a second to make sure you’re not disqualified in future.

 

Autumn Urban Sprint Series 2017

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

Make sure you know what Out of Bounds and uncrossable i.e. “forbidden to cross” walls/fences look like on these ISSOM maps – PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT THIS GUIDE. Uncrossable means forbidden to cross as we don’t have permission for you to do so. If in doubt and the wall/fence/piece of land you’re about to cross looks private then show some respect and don’t do it!

By popular request, here’s a guide to the control descriptions courtesy of the Irish Orienteering Association. Column D shows you what you’re looking for (in urban racing, there’ll be a lot tree, hedge, fence, steps, building, wall, manmade feature) and column G shows you where the flag is on the feature (especially useful when working out which side of an uncrossable fence you need to be for example.)

Reg/starts 18:00 18:30ish,  £4 Senior, £2 Junior/Student
Courses close 19:30
(that means be back at registration to hand in your brikke by 19:35 please)
Times are a bit earlier than Summer Series to catch the light but you still might want a torch for the last couple if the weather’s gloomy.

Juniors under 16 should be accompanied by an adult (to comply with BOF insurance requirements).

Click on the area name above to link through to a map showing the parking/reg location. Some are still TBC so check nearer the time before you set out.

Overall points after 3 races – check the separate posts for results and splits for each race.

Sprint fanatic?

Regular at our Urban events?

Then please download a copy of this flyer and help spread the word.

Photo was taken during the Scottish 6 Days Rest Day Sprint Race in Ballater by Laurence Johnson Photography.

 

Urban Sprint Aberdeen Uni 28/9/16 – Results

Last in the series using a newly refurbished map courtesy of Janne Heikkinen of AUOC.  Thanks to the Gomersall family for planning and running the event.

Here are the Results ,  and Split Times

Please enter your routes on Routegadget   so we can see the answer to the most asked question last ight, “Which way did you go 10 to 11?”

(We await the final points totals with bated breath !)
You can breathe again now…  Overall points     Overall points by category

Congrats to the category winners – prizes will be dished out at the AGM.
If you’re not a club member then we’ll have to arrange some other method to hand over the goodies – contact me on webmaster@grampoc.com

Lot of fun had by all – thanks for coming and supporting the series and see you all next year I hope.

 

Urban Sprint Westburn & Victoria Parks 21/9/16

Here are the results for the 4th in the urban sprint series:

Results    Splits   Routegadget

The split between 12 and 13 (crossing Westburn Road) has been removed when calculating the Results.

Congrats to the joint winners Angel and William. W & V Parks are very flat and direct line running was possible for many legs so it produced some very quick times from the fast folk at the top of the tables.

Overall points after 4 events. Game on for Aberdeen Uni next week!

Urban Sprint Duthie Park and Ferryhill 14/9/16

Results  Splits     Routegadget  Overall points

The Jury decided we should void the leg from 4 to 5 as he control description for 5 didn’t include the vital bit of info as to which side of the uncrossable fence the control was placed and was therefore unfair.
The results have therefore had that leg deducted from your overall time by the magic of OE2010.
You’ll find Routegadget still includes that leg though. I’ll post a quick guide to using RG tomorrow as it’s a very useful way of analysing what went wrong and what went right and worth using.

And here’s a wee heads up – we shall be deliberately employing the same OE2010 magic next week so that the road crossing between Victoria and Westburn Parks isn’t included so no need to risk it sprinting across 3 lanes of heavy traffic. However, there will be an upper time limit on how long you can take to cross so don’t have too long a breather before punching on the other side and carrying on.

Autumn Urban Sprint Balgownie 7th Sept

Thank you Gordon for a much appreciated course judging by the buzz of conversation comparing routes at download and a few “DOH!” head slaps too as folk realised they’d missed a trick.

Quite a few mispunches not least punching 6 instead of 16 in the mad rush to get to the finish although the two very similar numbers in close proximity could easily be confused especially if you had your map tightly folded. It pays to check your numbers especially when they come thick and fast.
Maybe we should start producing separate control descriptions for the Sprint events? What do you think?

Results  Splits
RG sorry but I couldn’t get the georeferenced version of the map to show the course in any shape or form so it’s a bodged version which may not allow you to upload a GPS track and you may have to resort to drawing your course on the old fashioned way (which will at least make you think twice about where you went and wonder why you went in some cases.)

What I have successfully managed to do is calculate some points.

M/WJU16 = Under 16s shadowed
M/WJ = 16 to 20
M/W Open = 21 to 35M/WV = Vets 40+
M/WSV = Supervets 55+
M/WUV = Ultravets 65+

Best 3 of 5 scores count towards your total.

If I’ve mispelled names or clubs or age classes or you want to run up in the Open rather than your designated class then let me know on webmaster@grampoc.com.

 

Autumn Urban Sprints – Westhill 31/8/16 – Results

Glorious evening for some fast and furious/mellow and meandering* urban orienteering.

Results
Splits
Routegadget

*delete as appropriate

Up-and-coming Gramp Member

‘Up-and-coming’ Gramp!

Rachel - caught on camera at last!

Rachel – caught on camera at last!

Autumn Urban Sprint Series 2016

UrbanBrickWall0544590One course of TD3 (Orange) standard about 3 – 4km long in streets and parks, using detailed ISSOM standard maps.

Category winners:
JU16                  Sam Griffin GRAMP   &   Olivia/Mia Coman GRAMP
J                         Joe Wright MAROC    &   Josie Gomersall GRAMP
Open                 Angel Iliev AUOC/Gordon Urquart GRAMP   &   Clare Tunaley MAROC
Vets 40+          William Nicolson INVOC   &   Lesley Gomersall GRAMP
Supervets 55+     Sam Gomersall GRAMP   &   Anne Hoy GRAMP/Team FJF IND
Best Newcomer     Kevin Hyland GRAMP   &   Estera Zak IND

Aberdeen Uni Urban Sprint 30/9/15

Wow! That was a blast! Never-ending route choices and plenty of twists and turns not to mention furkling in bushes and round the back of buildings in the dark towards the end. A big thank you to our guest planner, Janne, for cramming so much fun onto a piece of A4 paper.

Funny how many of us switched off mentally just after the map change and went charging past a control which was more or less on a straight line between two others. We were so clued in to left, right, double back, left again by that stage that a straight line must have seemed just too easy to our fuddled brains so we dismissed it.

Results   Splits   Overall points (best 3 of 5 results)    Overall points by category

Overall joint winners of the Series and MOpen are Janne Heikkinen AUOC and Mark Stockton GRAMP with the maximum possible 150 points apiece. Mark managed to pull a win out of the hat at the last race to equal Janne’s tally, narrowly squeaking in with 10 seconds to spare over a certain Angel (I’m-not-feeling-too-good-I-probably-won’t-run-tonight) Iliev AUOC.

U16:     Alex Lang GRAMP and Olivia Coman GRAMP
J:          Jake Chapman MAROC  (and no WJ runners)
Open:  Janne Heikkinen AUOC/Mark Stockton GRAMP and Mikaela Kolistanikova AUOC
V:         David Kirk GRAMP and Rachel Scott GRAMP
SV:       Rob Hickiling GRAMP and Fiona/June/Fiona IND
Best Newcomers to orienteering: Kirsty Robson and Chris Cowley

If you didn’t pick up your prize last night, get in touch and we’ll arrange something – email Rachel on webmaster@grampoc.com.

Hope you enjoyed it all as much as I have and see you next Autumn?

Urban Sprint Hillhead Campus 23/9/15 Results

Nice to see lots of new faces from AUOC. Bit of an in-at-the-deep end experience for some with 3km packed into the Hillhead area by using a double-sided map (although some old hands didn’t listen to that bit of the instructions…!) but some very good results none the less. That’s what young legs do for you *sigh!*

Results and Splits
Overall points – remember it’s your best 3 of 5 that count
Overall points by category – so you can see what you need to do next week to clinch victory

MV is the closest battle to watch – will Bob run too fast and make too many mistakes next week and let David Kirk through to claim one of those lavish prizes? And will Mark manage an outright win to equal Janne at the top of the MOpen leader board? (Janne has 50 points safely in the bag already by planning next week.)

I need to tidy up a few details like clubs and age classes too so if you’ve spotted a mistake then let me know now webmaster@grampoc.com.

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Urban Sprint Balgownie Wed 16/9/15

Results  Splits   Ranking points

“That was quite good considering I don’t like pavements!”
Another convert to urban/sprint orienteering?  Hope so.

Thanks to Rachel Salway and her team for rescuing no 12 from a bin later on during the race.

Better turn out than last year but still the least popular venue of the series and it looks like next year we’ll be forced to think about using somewhere else maybe due to the AWPR steaming through. Back to Balgownie proper maybe? Or Scotstown School map was mentioned.

 

 

 

Autumn Urban Sprint Series 2015

Wed 2th Sept     Duthie Park and Ferryhill   :-  Results and split times
Wed 9th Sept     Westburn and Victoria Parks :- Results and split times
Wed 16th Sept   Balgownie    Results and Splits
Wed 23rd Sept  Seaton Park and Hillhead      Results and Splits
Wed 30th Sept  Aberdeen Uni Kings Campus  Results   Splits

Overall points (best 3 of 5 results) Overall points by category

Overall joint winners of the Series and MOpen are Janne Heikkinen AUOC and Mark Stockton GRAMP with the maximum possible 150 points apiece. Mark managed to pull a win out of the hat at the last race to equal Janne’s tally, narrowly squeaking in with 10 seconds to spare over a certain Angel (I’m-not-feeling-too-good-I-probably-won’t-run-tonight) Iliev AUOC.

U16:     Alex Lang GRAMP and Olivia Coman GRAMP
J:          Jake Chapman MAROC (and no WJ runners)
Open:  Janne Heikkinen AUOC/Mark Stockton GRAMP and Mikaela Kolistanikova AUOC
V:         David Kirk GRAMP and Rachel Scott GRAMP
SV:       Rob Hickiling GRAMP and Fiona/June/Fiona IND
Best Newcomers to orienteering: Kirsty Robson and Chris Cowley

If you didn’t pick up your prize last night, get in touch and we’ll arrange something – email Rachel on webmaster@grampoc.com.

Urban Sprints Series points

We’ll be awarding points again this year – winner gets 50, 2nd gets 47, 3rd gets 44, 4th gets 41 and then decreasing one point for each place thereafter.
1 point even if you mis-punch or don’t complete the course.
Don’t ask why but that’s the way it was decided to do it for the DNC so I’ve just followed suite!

Your best 3 results out of 5 count towards your overall total and could win you a lavish prize in one of these categories (loosely based on the SOUL system):

JU16 – Junior shadowed
J Junior
Open – any age class*
V Veteran 40+
SV Super Veteran 55+
UV Ultra Veteran 65+

*Let me know if you want to compete in the Open category otherwise I’ll put you in the category for your age class

Scores so far attached and I’ll try to update asap after each race. Rachel

2015 Urban Sprints Points 1-5.pdf

Autumn Urban Series flyers

2015 autumn A5 alternative 3Help us spread the word!

Get your flyers from Sam Gomersall at Templars Park and distribute them far and wide at work, college, sports centres, libraries….

Maybe stick a few on lamp posts in the areas we’re using or nearby.

 

 

 

Aberdeen Uni Autumn Urban Sprint 1/10/14 Results

Wow! AUOC are really going from strength to strength with 11 runners and Janne busy coaching and encouraging after putting out controls as tonight’s planner. A great wee course making good use of the complex alleyways and extra vertical dimension offered by Aberdeen Uni which foxed many scouting round at the bottom of steps instead of looking up!

Unfortunately, somebody took a shine to one of the controls and early runner Carolyn McLeod got waylaid searching in bushes for it before coming back to report it. Fortunately we managed to replace it in time so that only Iain McLeod was similarly affected. Although technically missing a punch, I’ve reinstated their results (which are eerily exactly the same to the second). If anyone in AUOC hears anything on the grapevine about where our control might have got to please ask for it back. Ta.

Rob Hickling suffered a brikke failure and doesn’t appear to have self-timed so at present isn’t included in the finishers but if he has a time I’m sure he’ll let me know.

2014-10-01AberdeenUniUrbanSprintResults.pdf
2014-10-01AberdeenUniUrbanSprintSplits.pdf

Overall points 2014 (best 3 of 5 to count)
Overall points 2014 by category

Due to tonight’s monster turnout, some folk sadly don’t get any points as they go 30, 27, 24, 21, 20….
I can’t really change the points system for tonight’s event as that wouldn’t be fair on everyone but I have made a note to start much higher next year.

Congratulations to the category winners:
WU16  Naomi Lang  MU16  Lachlan Kirk
WJ  Jennifer Ricketts MAROC   MJ  Jack Gomersall and Angel Iliev AUOC
WS  Shona Thompson and Hazel Wright MAROC  MS Mark Stockton
WV  Rachel Scott   MV  Pete Lawrence (fix! fix! I hear you cry!)
WSV  Fiona, June, Fiona  MSV Stefan Stasiuk (unless Rob claims a better enough time?)
WUV Sheena Farquhar
MUV  George Esson (to show that organising pays dividends – hint, hint for 2015)
Bike  David Esson
Best Newcomers (to the O scene not just Aberdeen) Melanie Costes AUOC and Jeremy Huthwaite

Prizes will be presented at the AGM or got to you somehow, somewhen.

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Seaton Park and Hillhead 24/9/14 Autumn Urban Sprint Results

From famine last week to feast this week as the students are back in town and upping the competition levels considerably as well as the numbers. (I’m told the Vets have now decided to compete in injuries instead: “I’ll see your calf strain and raise you a hamstring! Ha!”)

Results  Splits

My apologies in advance to anyone whose name has been mispelt or age class/club is wrong. Between David’s rapid writing and me trying to decipher it and do some guesswork after the event we’re bound to have got something wrong. Let me know by emailing webmaster@grampoc.com and I’ll correct it. The good thing is you won’t have to dictate it all again next week as your name will appear on the list already (Janne – I’ll send you a copy once I’ve got all the names sorted out.)

Last in the series next week at Aberdeen Uni Kings Campus. Registration will be in the car park accessed off St Machar Drive. Janne Heikkinen is planning it with the aid of other AUOC members on the night so don’t miss a chance to see what they can fling at us on their home turf (tarmac?)

Naomi will be taking home the WU16 prize for definite if not the outright winner at this rate, but Pete and David K will be battling out the MV prize as it’s pretty close and both have played their Organiser’s ace already. Similarly, MSV will be hotly contended if both Rob and newcomer to the Aberdeen O scene,  Stefan Stasiuk, both make it next week and also two more newcomers Shona and Bethan in WJ category.

Balgownie Autumn Urban Sprint 17/9/14

Thanks to the stalwarts of the AUS series who came out on a pretty claggy night for a turn around Balgownie. (Not quite the lowest turn out ever for a Wed event but suffice to say that I didn’t take enough money to cover the fish supper tonight!!)

Results   Splits

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Westburn & Victoria Parks 10/9/14 Autumn Urban Sprint Results

You were warned to expect a dizzying course! Luckily it seems everyone rose to the challenge and enjoyed Pete’s zig-zagging 3km of confusing changes of direction and route choices in such a small area.

The printouts we gave you are the raw splits, the times shown on these results include the voided leg (ooer!) between either side of the road so you may get a pleasant surprise when you check.
When I made the joke at Reg about not having a 3 course meal and a nap while waiting for the Green Man it wasn’t meant as a challenge but some of you took full advantage of this feature to have a sustained breather while waiting for the lights, not least course winner Jack Gomersall taking 2:21, outdone only by Alex Lang with an even cheekier 2:58!

Finally, keep your eye on Team Rennie who are really in the zone this season chalking up their second completed course ever this evening and setting a PB in the process. One more result like this and I’ll have to invent a serious prize for the ladies this year!

Results   Splits   (Donald Grassie reinstated 12/9/14)

 

Duthie Park & Ferryhill Results 3-9-14 Autumn Urban Sprint

A big thank you to the Essons’ combined efforts to successfully kick start the 2014 Autumn Urban Series at DP&F last Wednesday.

Comments from George:
David Kirk had a failed brikke, Norman Liley & Naomi Lang estimated time for first leg as Start control did not register, and our David did it on his bike.
Evgueni ran before Start & Finish controls arrived (thanks to him for phoning Rob to bring them down) and timed at approx 25 mins – he will be awarded points based on that even though his name doesn’t appear on the attached results.
Aileen Ong, a beginner, did the park section only correctly – unlike, it appears, her other half Alex!”

Next up is Westburn and Victoria Parks with some cunning planning from Pete to pack 3km into that tiny area. You won’t know which way is up or down, never mind east or west by the time you’ve finished, but a whole lot of fun is definitely guaranteed!!

Duthie Park and Ferryhill Autumn Urban Sprint Results 3-9-14.pdf
Duthie Park and Ferryhill Autumn Urban Sprint Splits 3-9-14.pdf

 

Autumn Urban Sprint Series 2014

Wed 3rd Sept   –  Duthie Park and Ferryhill  Results   Splits
Wed 10th Sept –  Westburn Park   Results   Splits
Wed 17th Sept –  Balgownie  Results   Splits
Wed 24th Sept –  Seaton Park and Hillhead  Results Splits
Wed 1st Oct     –   Aberdeen Uni Kings Campus   Results  Splits

Bbest 3 scores out of the series of 5 count for your total. Organisers do especially well as recognition of their efforts BTW so volunteer for next year now!!

Overall points 2014 (best 3 of 5 to count)
Overall points 2014 by category

Congratulations to the category winners:
WU16  Naomi Lang  MU16  Lachlan Kirk
WJ  Jennifer Ricketts MAROC   MJ  Jack Gomersall and Angel Iliev AUOC
WS  Shona Thompson and Hazel Wright MAROC  MS Mark Stockton
WV  Rachel Scott   MV  Pete Lawrence (fix! fix! I hear you cry!)
WSV  Fiona, June, Fiona  MSV Stefan Stasiuk (unless Rob claims a better enough time?)
WUV Sheena Farquhar
MUV  George Esson (to show that organising pays dividends – hint, hint for 2015)
Bike  David Esson
Best Newcomers (to the O scene not just Aberdeen) Melanie Costes AUOC and Jeremy Huthwaite

Prizes will be presented at the AGM or got to you somehow, somewhen, somewhere.

 

Autumn Urban Sprint Series 2013 Final Results

Thanks to all who came out on such a foul night for the last of the Urban Sprints, especially members of the newly reformed AUOC who are probably still wondering what hit them both meterologically, physically and mentally. Please believe us when we tell you it’s not always like that!

I did promise to be there armed with lavish prizes but it really wasn’t the night to be hanging about waiting to see folk and figure out who won in a couple of categories that were still potentially up for grabs.
I will bring prizes to the Street O events (shameless plug!) or you can email me at webmaster@grampoc.com to claim if you can’t make those events.

So – the final results….  I’ve been mulling over whether to award points as usual for Abz Uni or not. Dave’s event was so different from the rest and a bit of bad luck meant a disastrous time for the first leg for many and if anything, I should be awarding extra prizes for determination/pigheadedness to several folk who were hit really badly but still soldiered on.

Luckily, the overall prize winners were unaffected by the rogue results – as in there was no change from those I’d identified as leaders in the results after 4 events – so I’ve decided to include Abz Uni anyway in the Overall Results (but I’ve also added a second page for interest where I’ve awarded points based on adjusted times with the first leg subtracted as that was the real deal breaker for most).

Autumn Urban Sprint Series 2013

urban44th Sep    Duthie Park/Ferryhill     Results   Splits
11th Sep   Westburn and Victoria Parks    Results   Splits
18th Sep  Balgownie    Results   Splits      ( Individual Splits Printouts )
25th Sep  Seaton and Hillhead     Results   Splits
2nd Oct    Aberdeen University    Results   Splits

Overall Points* best 3 of 5 scores

*As the 5th event at Abz Uni didn’t follow the same format as the rest the points are debatable although it didn’t make any difference to the overall winners. So there are two versions of overall points – one with points as is based on finishing times recorded and a second version with points based on an adjusted time where I’ve subtracted the first leg times from everyone’s total as it was that first leg that was make or break, i.e. if you found the first control first time you were very lucky.

Just for comparison here’s the overall results after the 4 normal sprint events too.

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Congratulations to Evgueni for winning the first urban sprint, with a time just under the 20 minutes for 3.4km.  Nice planning by Mark Stockton took us round the park, a loop into Ferryhill through the narrow alleys, and finally back into Duthie to the finish.  The new map (drawn to ISSOM standard) was great.

Westburn and Vicky Parks were a real eyeballs-out sprint – men’s winning time 14:17 for 3.5km shortest feasible route.  We welcomed Oleg back to Aberdeen and he managed to beat his brother Sasha by 56 seconds.  Sasha was a similar margin ahead of Alex MacLachlan – they’re all running very well.  Fastest lady was Naomi in a tremendously fast 17:34!

Mark Stockton was the star in the reasonably priced map at Balgownie, with a very smart winning time of 17:15, a minute ahead of the chasers.  Fastest lady was new arrival Karen Maxwell, of Roxburgh Reivers, who has just started at RGU – a very big welcome to Karen (who BTW is car-less and would appreciate lifts to future events).  Sorry for the absence of the splits printer – senility on the part of the person supposed to bring it – me!  If you’d like it, you can find yours in the link to Individual Splits Printouts below.

We got all the technology together for Seaton Park and Hillhead urban sprint, so everyone got their splits – hooray.  Very tricky to avoid all the temporary fencing in the halls of residence, which was specially mapped by organisers Pete and Rachel – thanks guys.  Leading lady was hill-runner par excellence Jenny Ricketts in 20:36 ahead of last week’s winner Karen Maxwell (recovering from “fresher’s flu”).  Mark Stockton had some tougher (international) competition this week from Lithuania, Russia and Finland!  He came out on top for max points again, in another sparkling time of 18:05.  Well done Mr. Consistency.

The final sprint of the season was in the pouring rain at Aberdeen University, which made the pavements slippery.  But it didn’t seem to slow the leaders.  A big welcome to all the Aberdeen Uni O-Club folk!!  The novel format was tricky in the rain, as our pens wouldn’t write on the maps – so memorising the order of controls was hard.  I took 16 mins to find no.1 which scuppered my time!  Thanks to David K. for the planning and organising.

Autumn Urban Sprint Series 2012

Another great little series again this year thanks to good planning and enthusiastic competitors with some very keen competition at the top of the league between various M18/M20/M21s and one or two older Ms with youthful legs. Calum McLeod and Naomi Lang had the Junior side sewn up and Carolyn McLeod met her match in newcomer to the sport if not the area, Ruth Crewe (Cosmics).

As well as the GRAMP Urban stalwarts we also had several incomers join the league half way through (studying or working in the area this year) and if they had been able to attend more events then the leader board would probably look vastly different. Unfortunately we can’t really delay the start of the Urban Series to accommodate Uni term time as it’s already pretty dark by 7pm even early October and we run the risk of becoming an Urban Night League (although I bet we’d get lots of takers for that anyway as everyone seems to enjoy it so much – even those who aren’t uber-competitive and laugh the whole way round (you know who you are, Blaggers!!)).

Autumn Urban 2012 Final League Results   

*Five people didn’t punch control no.9 (E thicket, inside west part). It was well described and I think they didn’t look in quite the right place. Their split times show that they did search around a bit! The results don’t show them as mispunched as we’re feeling generous…

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Westburn Park was done as map memory as it’s such a small area. Unfortunately the long legs were cropped so that it wasn’t obvious there are entrances to the Victoria Park side at east and west ends and a lot of folk were seen legging it over the uncrossable walls and fences on either side of the main road. Do you know the difference in the symbols and why they’re marked as such? How can we spread the word to newcomers to urban O?

Click on each thumbnail to enlarge.

Autumn Urban Sprint Series 2011

We decided to experiment this year by keeping the regular Wednesday pm slot going through the autumn by using some of our urban maps. Not quite as popular as the Summer Series but we still had a regular core of runners including some of our Cosmic friends who, although being more used to running flat out over the hills, still seemed to really enjoy the extra dimension of getting their heads around such detailed maps.

07/09/11_Hazlehead
07/09/11_Hazlehead_Splits
14/09/11_Duthie_Park_and_Ferryhill
20/09/11_Balgownie
28/09/11_Aberdeen_Uni
05/10/11_Seaton_and_Hillhead

Bob Sheridan (as he whizzed past me at Balgownie):
“This is my kind of orienteering! I like running FAST!!”

New club tops for 2017

CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT EVENT? NEED A FIX NOW?

Then try a Permanent Orienteering Course in a local forest or park or try one of our Street O maps for a taste of urban O.

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  • STAG’s 35th Anniversary Event, Grandtully
    STAG invite you along to this quality event with all the things you expect from a STAG event ! A warm welcome & friendly banter, cracking NEW area & map by Stirling Surveys, SI punching etc. STAG website for more deatils and enter via SiEntries
  • Scottish juniors in British Orienteering Talent Squad 2018
    We're delighted that 11 Scottish athletes have been named in the British Orienteering Talent Squad 2018.
  • Scotland 2nd at SHIs in Northern Ireland
    The Senior Home Internationals were held last weekend in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. England came out on top, beating the Scotland team by two points. Ireland took 3rd place and Wales 4th. Thank you Fermanagh Orienteers for hosting!