Grampian Mountain Challenge
Scotland’s Friendly Sociable Winter Mountain Marathon
The GMC will be back in 2018 staying with its traditional date slot and will be over the weekend of 10 / 11 November 18.
It will be held in the Braemar area. All the usual features will be present, including a remote overnight camp with catering and heating, kit transfer to and from the camp, and orienteering and traditional hill sections over the two days. Ali R has agreed to take on the job of Planner once more, and Dave K and Ian H are again doing the Organising and Controlling.
More information will be available in Spring 2018, and entries will open around Easter.
(PS On the subject of MMs, congratulations to Gareth and Keith Yardley who won the parent/child class in the Short Score and Ian Hamilton 1st Supervet on the Long Score at this year’s ROC MM in the Lake District.)
A big thank you to all who came to pit themselves against the Grampian terrain and each other. We were lucky with the weather in the end after the previous weekend’s foul conditions – sunshine and superb visibility on Saturday and a dry but frosty night at the overnight camp helped make it a day to remember for all the right reasons.
Thanks to those who realised things weren’t going to plan and phoned to let us know they’d bailed or would be late back – another bit of luck as we don’t always get such good mobile reception – and to those who bowed out gracefully on Day 2 and helped to pack up the campsite or lent their Excel expertise – really helps us run the event smoothly.
Bit of rain Sunday afternoon but didn’t seem to cause too much grief on the homeward stretch and well done to those who completed Day 2 and laid a few Grampian demons to rest
Congratulations to the overall winners and other prize winners:
1st Overall Alec Keith MV
1st Pair Alex McVey & John Ryan M
1st Ladies Susan Blackwood & Katy Boocock FV aka Black and Boo
1st Vet Jonathan Shepherd MV
1st Overall Duncan Coombs & Chloe Haines MIX aka Auld and Reekie
1st Solo Gordon Urquhart M
1st Ladies Bryony and Rebecca Harding F aka Hard(-ing) as Nails
1st Vet David Frame MV*
1st Overall John and Naomi Lang MIX aka The Hare and the Tortoise
1st Mixed Ben and Clare Stansfield MIX aka The Stoating Stannies
1st Vet Kenny Milton MV
1st P&P James & Graeme Ackland M aka A Clan
1st Solo Pete Lawrence MV
* corrected 14/11/16 – apologies for getting this wrong on the day (blame Rachel’s mental arithmetic for mis-estimation in our rush to present as many prizes as possible on the day before potential winners left to go home.) Bottle of wine en route to you somehow soon.
We also need to thank numerous folk for help/permissions etc (see Organiser’s Report above too.)
The Factors & Owners of Candecraig, Dinnet & Kinord, and Tillypronie Estates.
The Sporting Tenants on Dinnet & Kinord Estate.
Mr John Anderson.
FCS & SNH.
Tisos – for providing voucher prizes.
Mar Orienteering Club.
Dave, Alan & Ross – The Catering Team.
Mike, Donnie & Graham – The Heavy Kit Team and Hill Marshals.
Mid Deeside Community Trust.
The Dinnet Hall committee.
Brandon Hire & Heilan Loos.
And personally, I’d also like to thank Ian S, Ian H, Rachel, Helen, Sam, Tim & Josie G, Iain B, Tim, Ali, Kate, Sean, and all the competitors who also became helpers at some point during the weekend. A final thanks to my wife Liz for putting up with my ‘project’ over the last 18 months, acting as event Base Contact, and managing to come up with a GMC Prize Cup (in chocolate).
Organiser: David Kirk
Planner: Ian Searle
Controller: Ian Hamilton
If anyone took any photos and is willing to share them then send the link to firstname.lastname@example.org please.
“Many thanks for the race – a great introduction to mountain marathons for my daughter.Â She’ll now expect all of them to transport bags, have heated tents, controls in the right places, be well catered and have quick results. A few photos from my phone are linked here. Cheers, Dave Robertson”
Non-runners – to see what the runners got up to, take a look at Routegadget (too difficult and time consuming to get a more accurate bit for the O section but it was really the hill section that had the big route choices so we’ve chosen to get that bit as good as poss.)
Runners – this is what some of the non-runners got up to…
Thanks to everyone for risking hell and high water just to get to the event never mind taking on the challenge of some of the longest and toughest GMC courses we’ve served up to date. Judging by the many “thank you”s as you left most of you seemed to relish it all (even if it was in a hair-shirty, glad-it’s-over kind of way!)
*The C course on Day 2 suffered a missing control, swept away by the torrents coming off the hillsides on Friday we think, and after much debate we decided to simply remove that control from the course rather than void the long legs on either side which accounted for about 2/3 of the course.
The Stansfields’ brikke gradually stopped working on Day 2 as well but they started and finished very close to their main rivals, the Galloways, so were awarded an overall time which both parties agreed.
Our Facebook page has already attracted comments and photos. Feel free to add to that or leave a comment here. Doesn’t have to be enthusiastic thanks (although we do like that!) as we need to know if anything major is bugging you so we can factor that in next time. If you don’t do Facebook you can send photos or links to email@example.com instead.
Left: Disaster strikes on the A Course as leading pair discover maggots in their hillfood.
Photos from Ian Hamilton here.
Prizes were awarded as follows:
Overall Winners – A Tim Gomersall and Johannes Felter, B Sarah Dunn, C Ben and Dan Standsfield
1st Vet – A Mark Harris, B Grahame Nicoll, C George Patterson
1st Female/Mixed – A Ciara Largey, Sarah ONeil and Andrew Llewellyn, B Harriet Battan and Kirsty Coombs, C Sam Gomersall and Carolyn McLeod
And all Dads and Lads teams got a prize by way of encouraging the younger element of the orienteering and fell running scenes to take part in this kind of event (and maybe something else!) Some winners had already gone – we’ll get them to you somehow.
Here are the results for GMC 2012 :-
UPDATE 21/11/12 – Routegadget is now loaded up, separately for the Forest sections and the Hill sections of both days. PLEASE would all competitors take the time to add their routes, as this will help the planners improve future events. You can also analyse the splits using Splitsbrowser and Splitalyzer.
More photos from Ali Robertson who would also like to thank Maroc for the use of their controls.
UPDATE 20/11/12 – couple of extra sponsor acknowledgements and a message from the organiser added at the end of this post.
We were incredibly lucky with the weather again for the GMC with blue skies throughout and I’m told “Good event – lots of happy faces at the download” so I’m guessing everyone enjoyed it whether or not they managed to bag a prize (like a certain happy chappy pictured below).
Big thank you to Sean for an ace bit of organising again (see his comments below), Ali for the planning and Ian for controlling and acting as official photographer again. We’ll give you a link to the rest of his photos just as soon as he’s had time to go through them all and if any of you took photos en route you’d like to share then email them or the link to firstname.lastname@example.org please.
A big thank you to Haglöfs, Braemar Mountain Sports, Cotswold Outdoor and Tiso for donating prizes to help make the GMC that little bit more special.
Sean the Organiser says:
Well done to all the runners for coping with the short days, long heather and freezing nights. While there were a few scratched legs everyone enjoyed themselves and enjoyed the glorious east coast weather at its best. Thanks to everyone who knew their limits and either dropped out or sped up! Everyone finished within the course cut off time on Sunday.
Thanks to all the marshals from Scouts, Gramp and Cosmic Hillbashers, and to Deeside and Gordon Scouts for the equipment and help setting up. Scout leaders again ran the catering and on their behalf we’re pleased to donate £120 to the Braemar Pipe and Chanter group to help fund new instruments for their young pipers. Thanks to Fasque Estates for permission to use their land and to all the companies who provided prizes.
Watch this space for GMC-2014!!
Action photos taken by Ian Hamilton on his Flickr site
Happy snaps of happy winners:
A Class Solo Alec Keith : A Class Pairs Oleg Chepelin/Tom Owens : A Class Female Solo Sarah O’Neil
B Class Solo Gareth Yardley : B Class Pairs Jeff Paterson/Simon Bunn
C Class Solo Euan Cameron : C Class Pairs Robin Orr/James Kellock
(The smiley bearded man is not a multi-prize winner but the organiser, Sean O’Sullivan.)