Summer Series

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Templars Park Summer Series Grand Finale 16/8/17

Thanks to David Kirk for a brain-bending finale to the Summer Series using some new additions to the fringes of the Templars map to give us a guided tour of part of the hotel grounds next door and some particularly vicious patches of nettles we’ve not visited before. (Top Tip: don’t lose your footing and sit down in them. Still stinging even now!)

Junior Attendance choc coins were dished out along with spot prizes of teeny cactii awarded for most complex map, most prolific control collector and lots of other things I can’t remember.  (Do nettle stings affect the memory?)

Hoist by his own fiendish petard again, it will take David a wee while to figure out the points for the Technical Score course so in the meantime here’s a space filling photo of some diehards who just couldn’t bring themselves to  abandon the BBQ when there’s important unfinished mallowy business to be toasted.

Update from Dave:

Here are the Templars results.

Apologies to all the people who tried to make it across the swamp on the north west side of the area – in hindsight I should have marked that area OOB.

The biggest mistake made by quite a number of people, resulting in loss of numerous points, was only recording one checkpoint in a particular Section. That meant that all their subsequent controls were voided until they got back to that area again and visited another. I hope you all enjoyed visiting the new areas.

Scolty Summer Series Results 9/8/17

“Of all the control sites in all the features in all of Scolty Woods, he had to pick mine.”
Pete Lawrence, Planner for Scolty Level C in Sept on parts of Calum McLeod’s courses last night

A gorgeous sunny evening saw us scampering round the lower levels of Scolty on Middle Distance style courses much appreciated by tired legs post-6 Days.
Thanks Calum and helpers. Results attached.

Scolty SS Results 9-8-17.pdf

Bennachie – Weds 26th July – Results

Our pre-Six Days tune-up event took place at Bennachie on Weds 26th July.  After a wet day (which the planner can vouch for, as he was setting out the controls in the rain!) the sun came out and the evening finished with immaculate blue skies and a terrific sunset.

Click here for the results.

The circular maps were a novel training exercise for more experienced orienteers.  The maps had no magnetic north lines, and no indication of which way is north!  Ideally you should do the courses without using a compass, by simply reading the map, identifying the features, using good attack points, and staying in close map contact.  If you have any thoughts on this format, maybe you could let us know, or add a comment to this post.

Courses

  • Easy  –  2.2km   70m climb
  • Medium  –  2.2km   90m climb
  • Short Technical  –  2.7km  90m climb  –  CIRCULAR MAP
  • Long Technical  –  4.1km  170m climb –  CIRCULAR MAP

Event Centre

As a special treat, the Bennachie Centre kindly agreed to extend it’s opening hours and was open for the event.  So we benefited from all the facilities there:

  • Displays on the flora, fauna and history of Bennachie,
  • Hot drinks, cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks,
  • Ice Cream for sale !!

The registration desk was in a dry and midge-free zone inside the centre!  And there are very good toilet facilities there too.  What more could we ask for.

Our grateful thanks to Forestry Commission Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council, the Bennachie Centre Trust and to the manager and staff at the Bennachie Centre, for letting us use the forest for this event, and for providing the excellent facilities at the Centre.

 

Planner/Organiser:  Rob Hickling

 

Cheyne Hill Summer Series 12th July – Results

A sunny warm evening with a swimming opportunity in the hefalump trap taken by a few including myself and Ian while setting out the controls.

High bracken and overgrown paths made it especially challenging for those taking ‘short cuts’.

A friendly family all the way from OLG Chur (Chur orienteering club) in Switzerland came and competed as well. I hope they weren’t too underwhelmed.

Thanks for all coming.     Results: cheynehill120717results

Gen

I had a very pleasant walk back down to Stoney chatting with  Käthi and Benno. They did comment on the “big green plants up to here” (think hand passing 6″ over Käthi’s head) being hard going but otherwise enjoyed their taste of orienteering Scottish-style.  If anyone spots any OLG Chur shirts at S6D then say ‘Hi!’ and ask about the next Swiss O Week in Gstaad in 2019.  Rachel

 

Glen Dye 5/7/2017

Lovely evening for some blaeberry picking … and orienteering too. Many thanks to the Caffyns for entertaining us all.

Results

Balmedie Summer Series 28/06/17

Balmedie, beach, BBQ, bit blowy

and lots of scouts!

Results

Many thanks to Gareth for planning and Alex for saving the day putting controls out (only some, only helped his time a little bit Pete!).

Crathes Summer Series 21/6/17 Results

Results

Squelch, squelch, drip, drip, splish, splash, sploooosh… Thanks go to Bob Sheridan for having faith in the hard core bunch of nutters that we all are and still thinking it was worth setting out controls and sitting patiently in the rain waiting for us last night.

So many hard core nutters in fact that late punters on the Long Tech had to nurse round recycled soggy maps. Sorry about that – maybe due to Maroc being back in the game now their WOUD series has finished.

I’m enjoying watching the weekly intra-family battles of the Gomersalls, Dunn/Musgraves and occasionally the McLeods too. E.g. this week:
Jon Musgrave      33.34
Ewan Musgrave   34.14
Sarah Dunn          34.44

Thinking of starting a sweepstake on the outcome by the end of the season but to make it Junior friendly only confectionery bets are on. What do you think?

Balmedie next week and unless we get a repeat performance weatherwise we’ll be firing up the BBQ too so bring food and drink.

Foggieton Summer Series 14/6/17 Results

Results

Well done to all those who braved the no paths version of the map, especially the Short Tech runners moving up from Medium or who said they were just getting back into orienteering after a long break. No handrails can be a bit daunting at first but makes you feel very smug when you nail it!

8/6/17 Dunnottar Woods Summer Series Results

Despite the 48 hours of rain beforehand, the weather was lovely and I think the evening went well, as evidenced by the number of people coming back covered in mud!
I’d like to pass on my thanks to Olivia, Bob Daly, Rachel and Pete for doing most of the control collection.

Eddy Coman

Results

And I’d like to say thanks to Eddy for his first event as novice planner/organiser. Very smooth and relaxed on the day and managed to catch a few folk out underestimating the deceptive contours – Mark’s skid marks were particularly impressive.
Next up Foggieton – parking will be at or in the streets close to Cults Primary School. Check here Tuesday night for confirmation.

Rachel

24/5/17 Hazlehead Summer Series starts and WOD

Beautifully hot evening to kick off the Summer Series and to coincide with World Orienteering Day!

The planner did a runner (John – I hope you had a lovely time down in London), leaving the rest of the Lang team in charge.  It all mostly went  according to plan though a few controls went walkabout at various points during the evening (first 234 and 245 went missing but were found by Rob and later on 139 made a very temporary disappearance or maybe that was just an excuse for not finding the point).  As controls came and went and came again and I don’t have a record of splits, I’m afraid times are as recorded by your brikke and I can’t void any legs, so apologies to those who spent a long time hunting for controls that weren’t there.  But it’s all good practice, it’s the taking part that counts etc etc…well maybe not for all…and you’ve got another 11 events to show us what you can do.

Results

Many thanks to all my helpers: Naomi and Angela for help setting out controls, Alex and Patrick for help at registration and download, Jayne and Anne for helping newcomers (and control replacement), Sasha, Nick and Patrick for collecting the controls and Helen for filling in all those certificates!!  Prize for best use of time goes to Nick for collecting in the northern controls whilst still doing his course and chasing the Finish stake all the way to the car.

Cheers,
Marianne

PS We look forward to seeing everyone at Tyrebagger this Sunday


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Summer Series 2017

Summer Series Events – fun, friendly events with something for everyone on Wednesday evenings. Events will have an easy (white/yellow standard), medium (orange standard) and two as-hard-as-we-can-make-it courses of different lengths (generally referred to as short and long tech).

Starts  6-7pm, courses close 8pm (unless changed for a particular event, please check website for any changes)
Seniors £4, students/juniors £2

Junior attendance awards Well done to all the ‘medal’ winners.

Date Place/Google Map Results
24 May Hazlehead       This is World Orienteering Day Results
31 May Countesswells Results
7 June Dunnottar Results
14 June Foggieton  Results
21 June Crathes  Results
28 June Balmedie + BBQ  Results
5 July Glen Dye  Results
12 July Cheyne Hill  Results
19 July Tollohill Results
26 July Bennachie Results
2 Aug No event – all at 6 Days – Deeside 2017
9 Aug Scolty Results
16 Aug Templars Park + BBQ + PRIZE-GIVING!  Results

Google Map of all locations

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Templars Park RetrO Results 24-Aug-16

Results from Templars Park.
Don’t forget Urban Sprints starting at Westhill on Wednesday.
Parking in the swimming pool car park, reg from 18:00.
See you there.

Templars RetrO Results 160824.xls
Templars RetrO Results 160824.pdf

2016 Summer Series Finale Templars Park, BBQ and prize giving

A “slight twist” was promised and turned out to be a retrO twist so thanks to Stuart for all his hard work checking punch patterns and calculating times and winners the hard way – far more work for him than us playing spot-the-difference copying courses from master maps.

He spoiled us though:
– a table to do the copying, rather than hunkering down on the ground under a tarpaulin in case it rained
– results within 1/2 an hour of the last finisher, rather than having to bring an SAE* to put into a bucket to get Xerox*-ed results 2 weeks later

(*Younger members will have to hit Google for these terms)

Thanks also to Helen R for being the Summer Series coordinator again, quietly and efficiently keeping us all on track, but most of all for providing Mulloch Muffins for all the planners. Mmmmmmm!

Series Winners:
Medium – Fergus Archibald (S) Sheena Farquhar (S) Patrick Lang (J) Isobel Anderson (J)
Short Tech – Gareth Yardley (S) Clare Tunaley (S) Alex Lang (J) Ailsa Anderson (J)
Long Tech – Joe aunton (S) Lesley Gomersall (S) Lachlam Kirk (J) Josie Gomersall (J)

Results for all the events linked here.

TTFN

Mulloch – 17/8/16 – Results

A beautiful evening with stunning views, hope you had a chance to enjoy both! Many thanks to Chris and Margaret for all their work. You may not have noticed, but it involved a fair bit of gardening too.

Results
Splits
Routegadget

Next week at Templars an event with a different format followed by prize giving and BBQ – bring your own food – coals provided.

 

Foggieton – 10/8/16 – Results

Hope you all enjoyed this evening’s courses, including the ‘no-paths’ map challenge. Particularly well done to those of you who are less familiar with the woods too. Thanks Anne for great courses and cakes!

I know some of you are anxiously awaiting the latest update on the overall league – it will be coming, but a few updates of last week’s results also needed.

Prelim Results
Prelim Splits
Routegadget

Back O’Bennachie

Pouring rain, even at times so torrential it drove some competitors to give up. Underfoot was slippery and soaking woodrush; hardly idyllic. Well done to everybody and thanks for coming out and giving it a go.
Special thanks to the helpers Anne and Rob Hickling who braved the weather and midges to go out again to collect controls, and especially to Willie Nicolson who ran all the way back to the farthest controls on the other side of the dreaded ravine.

Genevieve

Back o’Bennachie 3/8/16 – Results

Here are simple results from the Back o’ Bennachie Summer Series event.  Well done to everyone who survived the tropical downpour, midges and wall of dripping woodrush.

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15/8/2016 – Updated results after checking splits (apologies for delay – holidays and computer problems).

Summer Series – Back O Bennachie 3rd August

Usual 4 courses; Easy/yellow 2.00 km, medium/orange 2.4 km, short tech 2.8 km, long tech 4.2 km

 This is an area only used once before so come and explore. Interesting paths, open woodland, flowing burns. Quite a lot of woodrush but all courses except the long technical  have route choices that can take you round most of it if you don’t mind the long way sometimes.  The long tech is  quite physical with a steep ravine along the way. Choose your route carefully.  Quite a few new log stacks. Parents warn your children to STAY OFF.  There is a very short walk through the car park to the start. Be careful, especially of parking cars.

 We should be ready before 6.00pm.

Parking in Forestry Commission Back o’Bennachie car park, signposted off B9002 just west of Oyne. Grid reference NJ661245.   http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=366150&y=824550&z=0&sv=NJ661245&st=5&mapp=map.srf&searchp=ids.srf

 

Dunnottar – 20/7/16 – Results

Thunderbolt and lightning, very very frightening! The day’s storms must have frightened most people off, but those who ventured out had a lovely evening with just enough of a breeze in the car park to keep the midges at bay. It was a little slippy under foot, prize for collecting most mud goes to Olivia – spectacular amount all over map and brikke as well as feet, legs and arms! Nice to see some new faces – keep coming (but not next week, we’re having a break. Next event is Back o’Bennachie on 3rd August)!

Thanks to the Caffyns for planning, and to control collectors Rachel, Rob, Genevieve and Joe.

Results
Splits
Routegadget

Summer Series Summary

We are over half way through the Summer Series now, time for a look at the league and attendance awards …

Overall after 8 events
Junior Attendance after 8

Junior Attendance Awards (3= bronze, 6=silver, 9=gold)
Silver Awards for Olivia Coman, Josie Gomersall, Alex and Patrick Lang. Well done – keep coming for Gold.
Bronze Awards for Connor Whitelaw, Murray Robb, Paul Caffyn, Lachlan Kirk, Morven & Kirsty Farquharson. Great work, if you keep coming you can all get Silver and some of you even a Gold!
Lots more bronzes could be earned too.

Summer League Leaders

Course Junior Women Junior Men Senior Women Senior Men
Medium Isobel Anderson Patrick Lang Sheena Farquhar Fergus Archibald
Short Tech Ailsa Anderson Alex Lang Marianne Lang Ondrej Masek
Long Tech Josie Gomersall Paul Caffyn Lesley Gomersall Callum McLeod

Plenty of events left for this all to change …
Congratulations to Bob Daly and Ondrej Masek for 100% attendance record so far!
For the purposes of this league the senior/junior split is roughly M/W18. Good for the younger juniors, but not so good for the older seniors!

Please let me know of any corrections needed.
Helen

Glen Dye 13/7/16

We had 48 runners this evening – pretty good considering summer holiday season is upon us. Thanks to everyone who made the trip up Deeside to enjoy a soggy* whirl round a little used corner of Glen Dye and novice planner Bob Sheridan for rising to the challenge after having his arm twisted at the first Hack-O-thon. You can give him your feedback next time you see him or leave a comment here as I overhead quite a few remarks and thought “must tell Bob” but can’t remember them now.

Thanks also to Pete, Bob Daly and Helen R for assistance collecting controls and Lesley for first aid duty on a crocked ankle (hope it’s not too damaged, Michaela) and Janne for rescue services plus Arvid and friend who helped raise the alarm and didn’t finish their run as a result.

*If it’s any consolation, I too got drenched but not by bracken, rain or marshes. Remember that excellent ‘canopy’ you were all sheltering under at the back of our car? You’d be surprised at just how much rainwater that recess for the rear number plate can hold and how far it gets flung out when you close it unsuspectingly!

The first control on easy course didn’t seem to be working – so has been removed from splits etc Ignore all that, but first control is missing from splits and RG. Bob – your brikke didn’t seem to work any idea of a time?

Results
Splits
Routegadget

Cheyne Hill – 06/07/16

Well, nobody got run over and we all survived the man-eating foliage more or less in one piece. Some egos in tatters mind after getting caught out on that really steep slope that runs alongside the river and the use of sniffer dogs might have to be banned except they proved to be more of a disadvantage, diving off recklessly down the steepest bits with worried owners in tow from what I could see.

Incase you checked your splits print out against your control descriptions ….
Last week, control 234 got pinched so this week we disguised control 248 as 234 (because courses are planned and maps printed a week or so in advance [generally!]). This meant that as you went round control 234 looked OK, however all the electronic gismos, splits, routegadget etc knew it as 248. Next week at Glen Dye the technical wizards will come out to play and will re-program another control to fool all the electronic bits too!
Results
Splits
Routegadget

Balmedie 29/06/16 – Results

The dunes were in great form with lots of people running round pretending to be marmots – or at least that’s how it looked from the one human that pretended to be a control. Lots of technical hitches tonight, but I hope you were all able to enjoy Helen’s courses and the BBQ none-the-less.

It doesn’t often happen, but from time to time we do get helpful passers-by that like to move controls around. Tonight the finish went to join the rabbits under a bush. Fortunately the speedy Coman family alerted us to this early on and we were able to provide a replacement (and then find the original) before most people got round. To this end we have altered the results so the easy course times actually finished at the last control.

We suspect the same helpful individual then went on to remove another control – no. 234 – that was used on the medium and long tech courses. Apologies to those early runners that spent time puzzling over its whereabouts, and the later runners startled by the talking control that took its place. In the results the times for the legs either side of this control have been removed.

Luckily the short tech course (and the final GAC event) was not affected by either of these issues, but fell foul of a crop of technical issues at download – equipment not functioning quite right, paper running out, spreadsheets playing up …. despite all this there are now some results that will be swiftly added to the GAC scores to find this year’s winners … who will it be? Congratulations to you all for being thrown in at the deep end with some pretty technical courses. Remember the summer series continues through the summer and then you can choose which course you’d like to do! Cheyne Hill next week.

Results
Splits
Routegadget (only Short Tech plotted this week)

Helen (the other one!)

Balmedie summer series (including the final race of the GAC) 29.6.16

Registration for Wednesday is in the Southern car parking area.  Turn right at the mini roundabout near the first parking area and carry on until the road runs out!  Hopefully we will get the BBQ cranked up so bring some food along.  If you have some BBQ tools these will come in handy too.

Courses are: Easy – 1.6km, medium 2.5km, short tech 3km and long tech 4.1km.

Please pack a waterproof, it can be quite cold on top of the dunes if the wind and rain gods are working overtime #itmaybetheendofJunebutthisisScotland.

 

Crathes 22/06/16 – Results

An excellent evening, lovely area, courses and weather! Lots of fun had on the easy course by the Torphins Brownies – well done all of you.

Provisional results for your perusal:
Results
Splits
Routegadget

The five weeks of Summer Series events so far should have you all psyched up for this weekend’s orienteering: Saturday at Westhill and Sunday at Glen Fearder. And don’t forget next Wednesday is BBQ* time at Balmedie – the final event of the Grampian Adventure Challenge – will it be Maersk Oil claiming the bonzai again?

*BBQ coals supplied but bring your own food!

Tyrebagger 15/6/16 – Results

The overflow problem wasn’t car related, but of the watery kind. Some days it just rains and rains and rains, and this was one of them. A special thanks to Lynn and Jonathan for setting it all up and to everyone who ventured out. One to remember?!

Results
Splits
Routegadget

Scolty 08/06/16 – Results

*** Update 13-Jun-2016: Results and Splits (but not routegadget) updated with Callum and Liz’s runs (long tech and easy courses)***

Thank you Kevin for picking out the better bits of Scolty for tonight and also Gordon and Dennis for helping collect controls (although I suspect it may have been an excuse to keep moving and avoid the midgies back at the car park?)

I’ve managed to download everyone’s results but seem to be missing a download for Callum McLeod and Liz Sloan’s brikke number was a duplicate on the list so I think may have been inadvertently re-used by her or someone else on the Easy course. If you spot a funny looking time for your result please get in touch and I’ll manually assign you the correct time (whatever is shown in between the triple chevrons at the top of your “receipt” printout.)  webmaster@grampoc.com

Quite a few showing as mp which means mis-punch. The timestamps on your brikke is the only proof we have that you visited a control and you must make sure you see the light flash before removing your brikke. Sorry if this seems a bit harsh but that’s the rules of the game – elite competitors have been disqualified in World Ranking Events for not having a full set of timestamps (punches) even though hundreds of people saw them visit a control and it was videoed too, so if you were a mp victim today you’re keeping good company!

Results
Splits
Routegadget

If you’ve not explored RouteGadget yet please do.

To draw your route on: Click on the Draw tab and select Course and your name. The first control circle will be highlighted and you have to draw on your route by clicking your way from the Start to the centre of the circle. The next control circle will be highighted and off you go again until you reach the Finish and Save. You can use the + and – controls top right to zoom and click and drag the map to pan.

To replay your race against your rivals, click on the Results tab, open up the course and select the people you want to see. Click on the play button in the grey controls box that pops up and you can see where you lost and gained the advantage and maybe learn something for next time.

Countesswells 01/06/16 – Results

Another lovely evening for running about in the woods, although it got surprisingly chilly by the end. A few boulder controls catching people out – remember to find a good attack point for the trickier controls such as these (and choose the fastest route to the attack point). If only I practiced what I just preached!

Next week we head out to Scolty near Banchory. May be a chance to sneak some points from those still recovering from the Highlander Mountain Marathon this weekend?

Preliminary Results
Preliminary Splits
Routegadget

Hazelhead 25/05/16 – Results

An excellent start to this year’s summer series, helped no end by the delicious range of cakes provided by Team Griffin.

The results are linked below, and will be included in the main summer series post in the Results column Sometimes it takes a little while to get things sorted … keep checking back for updates. The idea is to get ‘preliminary results’ up as fast as possible – possibly just handwritten results of finish times typed up late at night – mistakes do creep in (especially if my handwriting or typing is involved). At some point these will turn into ‘Results’ as typos etc are corrected. If you spot anything amiss – let me know. Points for the league will be generated from these results.

This year I am attempting to get all the events ‘processed’ to provide split times. When you down load at the event you get a little receipt showing the controls you went to and the timings (splits), however at the event there is no check done against which controls you were actually supposed to go to! This is done later using some software that also produces the Splits sheet. This is then loaded with the course info and map to Routegadget. If you have never used it before, do have en explore – it’s a nifty system that lets you relive your event without the leg ache. You can draw your route, upload your GPS route and race everyone with a mass start.

In the GAC looks like Maersk Oil are planning to defend their record?

Results
Splits
Routegadget

Helen R

Summer’s here!

Summer Series 2016The weekend has at last brought some warm weather to get us thinking of beaches and summer so time to get ready for this week’s Forest Sprint at Balmedie and the Summer Series 2016 starting on Wed 25th May.

Help us spread the word by printing off a copy of the flyer and putting it up on a notice board.

Summer Series 2016

Summer Series Events – fun, friendly events with something for everyone on Wednesday evenings. Events will have an easy (white/yellow standard), medium (orange standard) and two as-hard-as-we-can-make-it courses of different lengths (generally referred to as short and long tech).

Starts  6-7pm, courses close 8pm (unless changed for a particular event, please check website for any changes)
Seniors £3, students/juniors £1

Date Place/Google Map Results
25 May Hazlehead* Results , Splits , RG
1 June Countesswells* Results , Splits , RG
8 June Scolty* Results , Splits , RG
15 June Tyrebagger* Results , Splits , RG
22 June Crathes* Results , Splits , RG
29 June Balmedie* + BBQ Results , Splits , RG
6 July Cheyne Hill Results , Splits , RG
13 July Glen Dye Results , Splits , RG
20 July Dunnottar Results , Splits , RG
27 July No event (Welsh 5 days) Gramps in Wales
3 Aug Back O’Bennachie Results , Splits , RG
10 Aug Foggieton Results , Splits , RG , Juniors
17 Aug Mulloch Results , Splits , RG
24 Aug Templars Park + BBQ + PRIZE-GIVING! RetrO Results , Overall

Google Map of all locations

Help us spread the word by printing off a copy of the flyer and putting it up on a notice board.
(In case you’re wondering, the photo was taken by Chris Spencer of ActivNorth.)

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Summer Series 2015 Awards

Congratulations to everyone who achieved one of the summer series awards:

Gold:
Ailsa Anderson, Isobel Anderson, Paul Caffyn, Olivia Coman, Lachlan Kirk, Patrick Lang, Joe Wright, Keith Yardley
Silver:
Eilidh Campbell, Alex Lang, Duncan Will
Bronze:
Alistair Chapman, Jake Chapman, Heather Darby, Gideon Emerson, Amber Graham, Luke Graham, Naomi Lang, Abigail Mason, John Silver, Hannah Will

Anyone who didn’t collect their award at Templars should contact Anne to arrange to get it.

Keep on orienteering!

Templars – 26/08/2015 – Results

Thank-you everyone for coming along and giving Poker-O a go. I know it all sounded a bit daunting at the start “what, no map?!”, but I think all those brave enough to try it enjoyed themselves. Maybe even found a few delicious raspberries en-route? The medium course was very short (long story) – but packed in plenty of controls. Perhaps a warm up for the Urban Series starting next week at Duthie Park?

Results below – as complete as I can get them. I put the score brikkes through the download software so they counted the controls ‘properly’. Mostly!

Simple Results

Templars PokerO Score Splits

I’ll leave the rules up in case you are still wondering what happened to you last night. Great to see the full age range of competitors; M2 – M80 (or is that the length of a traffic jam …). That’s what I love about orienteering.

That’s the summer series for another year. Thank-you for coming along and a special thanks to all the organisers on the front line ( planners) and all those working behind the scenes sorting permissions, GAC, equipment, BBQs, awards, maps, fixture lists, website info, controlling and welcoming new members. And if you have any ideas about changes/improvements to the series, please let someone from the committee know.

Poker-O
In the 40 minute time limit, visit as many controls as you can and build the best poker card hand.

  • Competitors DO NOT carry a map
  • There is a map of the whole course at the start and at each control
  • Each competitor is dealt 5 playing cards (just before start)
  • Each control has a bag containing 3 playing cards
  • ONE card may be exchanged at each control, per visit
  • Cards from different packs may, and should be mixed freely
  • Any control may be visited any number of times, but no extra points are gained
  • Another control must be visited between card exchanges at the same control (eg to exchange two cards at one control you have swap the first card, visit another control and then return to swap the second card … if it is still there)
  • 23 controls are part of score event, there are controls out that are not part of the score event (and do not have maps or cards attached) … and do not count as ‘visiting another control’
  • Points are awarded per control visited and by value of poker hand. Points are forfeited for any time taken over 40 mins
  • Winner is runner with highest score. Fastest time is used for ranking in the event of tied scores
  • Organiser’s decision is final!
  • Exchanging cards with other competitors is not allowed
  • Bribing the dealer is obviously not permitted at all

Poker-O Scoring
For each control on score course: 10 points (total available 230 points)
For poker hands (see also this PDF of poker-o scores):

HAND                    POINTS
Royal Flush           200
Straight Flush       150
Five of a Kind*      120
Four of a Kind       100
Full House             80
Flush                       60
Straight                   50
Three of a Kind     40
Two Pairs               30
Pair                          20
High Card               10

*Five of a Kind is not a normal poker hand, and is not illustrated on sheet, but is possible here because multiple packs of cards are being used.

Time penalties: minus 10 points for every minute or part thereof over 40 minutes.
Card penalties: minus 10 points for any lost cards.
There is no ranking of scores by card rank (eg a pair of Jacks has same value as a pair of 2’s).
Tied scores (sum of control, card and penalty points) are sorted by run time, faster time wins.

Enjoy!

Scolty – 19/08/2015 – Results

A wonderful evening had by all (thanks Jack), especially the runners who all arrived back just before the rain started for control collection!

Results here

 

 

Summer Series awards

With all the excitement of the World Champs, I haven’t forgotten our own gold, silver and bronze awards. Since one of this year’s summer events was cancelled (Tollo Hill), I’ve decided to reduce the qualification for the gold award to just 9 events. There are quite a few of you who could get to that if you come along to the last two!

Current standings are:

Gold:
Paul Caffyn

Silver:
Ailsa Anderson, Isobel Anderson, Olivia Coman, Lachlan Kirk, Patrick Lang, Duncan Will, Joe Wright, Keith Yardley

Bronze:
Alistair Chapman, Luke Graham, Alex Lang, Abigail Mason, John Silver, Hannah Will

Anne

Countesswells SS Results

Bit of a thin turn out again for Countesswells – folk still on hols? not recovered yet from 6 Days?

We did host a training session for the Junior regional Orienteering Squad though who traveled over from Templars Park, where they are having a training camp, to go round the Long Tech with a training twist. We’ve posted their times but not in with the other Long Techs as it’s probably not a valid comparison.

Results

Only two more events left in the Summer Series – Scolty next week followed by templars Park plus BBQ the week after – everyone welcome, bring your own food and drink and we’ll provide the rest.

Bennachie – 29/07/2015 – Results

The rain held off, and the hill warmed the tech runners up. Lots of fun had by all!

Results here

Next event in TWO weeks’ time: Countesswells, Wed 12 Aug 2015

Perwinnes Moss – 15/07/15 – Results

Results from the Perwinnes Moss. Those who weren’t there missed a glorious evening of sunshine (and fantastic views from NE corner). The newly updated map was a joy to use … but perhaps mid July is not the best time of year for an event here, given the height of undergrowth! Many thanks to Chris, Margaret, Eilidh (9) and Rhuraidh (6) for setting it all up.

Perwinnes Moss Results 15-07-2015

Next week – Tollohill

Mulloch – 8/7/15 – Results

Thank-you to everyone turning out last night, giving a good show for the Sports Minister, I hope you enjoyed your runs. My apologies to those on the long tech who got caught out by the control number change – as we don’t process the event fully with splits I can’t make any adjustments to times. Extra points to Heather who enjoyed it so much, she did two courses!

Thanks to all who helped out organising the car park, downloading and control collecting, all very much appreciated.

Results

NEXT WEEK – 15 July – at Perwinnes Moss

 

Glen Dye Summer Series – Wed 1st July

 

Results from a great evening eyeing up the blaeberry crop for later in the summer …

Next week’s event is at Mulloch (near Knockburn Loch, SE of Banchory).
BTW Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health is coming along to find out about orienteering ahead of WOC2015.

Cheyne Hill Summer Series Results

Results from Cheyne Hill Summer Series event,Wednesday 24th June:

cheynehill240615results

Clouds of midges provided added incentive to run fast!

Next week is at Glen Dye

Balmedie Results – 17 June 2015

Congratulations to all brave enough to defy the mind boggling, leg sapping, shoe filling dunes of Balmedie. I am glad to report that all returned and enjoyed a hearty BBQ afterwards. Many thanks to Ailsa for the courses and to Murray for sorting out the electronic gadgetry that was playing up … results HERE.

This event marked the final of the Grampian Adventure Challenge 2015 with the winners Maersk successfully defending their trophy. Well done everyone for tackling some tough courses! Don’t forget there is an event every Wed through the summer (except 5th August), everyone welcome.

Next event is Cheyne Hill near Stonehaven (tight for parking, so please car share as much as possible).

Crathes SS 3/6/15 Results

Here are the results for Wednesday’s event at Crathes. Thanks to Team Anderson for braving the midges long enough to count us all out and count us all in.
Nettles or midges? Which is worse?!

Crathes Results 150603.pdf

Tyrebagger Summer Series 20/5/15 Results

Round 2 of the GAC posed a bit more of a challenge with much rougher terrain and more intricate navigation required for some controls (“that tree!”) but, hey, that’s the whole point of the Challenge!

Well done to all who got round and thanks to the walking wounded who helped collect controls, Bob Daly and Matt Parkes. (Hope the leg holds good for the Scottish Champs, Bob, and good luck to all GRAMPS going across west for that.)

Results

1 Red squirrel spotted while out hanging controls – keep your eyes peeled folks & report your sightings, red or grey, dead or alive, here. And nowhere near as cute but still wildlife I suppose, the midges were pretty active so future organisers might want to add some Smidge to the organiser’s box of useful things?

Foggieton SS 13/5/15 Results

Thanks to Jonathan for a great start to the series with fabulous weather too. Great to see so many new and old faces. Thanks for coming, and spread the word!

Some close results on the easy course – Duncan and Olivia only a few seconds apart they will need to pat close attention in the training sessions to keep that up … Well done also to Mark Stockton for the winning time on long course, even with most the map missing.

Results here (Grampian Activity Challenge results to follow … too complicated for a mere mortal like me)

See you all at Tyrebagger next week.

Summer Series 2015

Summer Series events – fun friendly events with something for everyone on Wed evenings. Events will have an easy (white/yellow standard), medium (orange standard) and two ‘as hard as we can make it’ courses of different lengths.
Starts  6-7pm, courses close 8pm (tbc). Seniors £3, students/juniors £1

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13th May     Foggieton*               Results
20th May     Tyrebagger*             Results
27st May      Dunnottar*                Results   
3rd June      Crathes*                   Results
10th June    Hazlehead*              Results 
17th June    Balmedie* + BBQ     Results
24th June    Cheyne Hill              Results 
1st July       Glen Dye                  Results
8th July       Mulloch                         Results               
15th July     Perwinnes Moss       Results
22nd July    Tollo Hill        –CANCELLED —
29th July     Bennachie                Results
5th Aug       No event – all at WOC/Scottish 6 Days
12th Aug     Countesswells          Results
19th Aug     Scolty                            Results
26th Aug     Templars Park + BBQ    Results

…and then on to the Urban Series   Results

Guide to O map symbols and control descriptions

Junior Attendance Awards
The more events you attend, the higher the award you’ll get. 3 for Bronze, 6 for Silver, 10 for Gold.

have you got*This year, the Summer Series incorporates the Grampian Adventure Challenge for teams of 8 at the venues marked by an asterisk.
Check the GAC post for results and comments and contact email.

Please help promote the Summer Series by displaying this poster somewhere and/or talking to your friends about it. It’s the ideal intro to orienteering and a great family thing to do.

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Templars Park – Wed 27th – Results

photo 4Results

We can’t claim sole credit for the idea – I remember a similar version (without the Linear part) being put on by our Pres some years ago.

With any new format, it’s tricky to know how people will pick up the idea. Unfortunately some people thought that the Invisible Score controls could be picked up along the way, whilst doing the Linear part. As long as people completed the Linear part, no one is marked as DNF, but extra controls they got during the Linear Part were not counted. We enjoyed putting it on. I’m going to do a very normal Sprint Course for my Hillhead & Seaton event! Dave
There are some photos taken at Templars over on our Flickr site – last 5 come courtesy of David Esson’s phone and this is one of them. (My camera has a dial on the side for different modes and I nudged it onto something that made them all very dark. Managed to salvage enough to make it worth publishing but some of them have had a bit of artistic licence applied.)

Want to know where all 28 controls where?
Read ’em and weep…. All Controls Map

Junior Attendance Awards were duly awarded although it was difficult to get some of the “Juniors” to stop toasting marshmallows long enough to accept their chocs and certs.

As we haven’t been counting points at all this year, we decided to give out prizes for various more lighthearted categories.

Most amazing thing found/heard/seen while out on your course:
Bil Caffyn found a legible map in the heather at Cheyne Hill for last year’s course
Most easily distracted: Helen Rowlands for playing on the aerial runway at Haddo
Earliest Bird Award: Phil Campbell – always first to arrive and run
Muddiest: Joel Gooch at Scolty
Most dedicated and determined (aka Value For Money): Sheena Farqhar
Best dressed picnic table: Lynsey and George Esson
Most improved: Paul Caffyn
Most SS 2014 events attended: David Esson

(If your name’s on the list and you weren’t there to collect then ask at the next event you go to and we’ll make arrangements to get it to you.)

Don’t forget that next Wednesday sees the start of the Autumn Urban Sprints

Bennachie SS 20/08/14 Results

Despite the midges and light rain coming and going ,I have rarely seen so many smiling faces at the end of a tough orienteering event. It makes the job of planning so much more pleasant. Thanks to Helen A for her condes skills and to David Kirk, Lachlan and Paul ,and Helen R and Keith for help in taking in the controls. I ran out of Short Tech maps and David K ran a curtailed Long in a good time. Thanks for coming.

Results

Neil McLean

Perwinnes SS 13/8/14 Results

Many thanks to Ian H for stepping in to run the Perwinnes Moss event, especially on such a soggy day. Well done to all those that made it.

Results

Two more Summer Series events – Bennachie and Templars (with BBQ) – last chances for juniors to upgrade their attendance award and for everyone to get some training in before the big weekend of Balgownie Urban SOUL7 and Glen Dye colour coded on 30 and 31 August. Get you entries in and please consider if you can offer the organisers/planners any support running the events, just an hour or so manning a post before or after you run makes a huge difference to the overall work load. No previous experience necessary. All sort of jobs going: helping set up (signs, tents etc), registration, meet and greet, download, road marshalls, parking marshalls, packing up, collecting controls … and more!

Other Gramp events coming up soon (that also require volunteers!):
Autumn Urban League 3 September – 1st October
Tyrebagger level C on Sunday 21 September
Street O round 2 – 8th October to 12 November
‘Race the sand castles’ at Forvie on Sunday 19th October
… and onto the Deeside Night Cup with Maroc
Don’t forget the AGM on Saturday 6th Dec and Xmas Novelty event on the Sunday.

Phew!

Scolty SS 30/7/14 Results

Better late than never…  Results

(I enjoyed my run round Scolty but couldn’t help feeling there was something missing from Paul’s courses…..? Something to cool the feet and keep the midges off if applied liberally….? Boggy bits, that’s it, boggy bits!)

Summer Series Junior Attendance Awards
The more events you attend, the higher the award you’ll get. 3 for Bronze, 6 for Silver, 10 for Gold.
The scores on the doors so far after Mulloch…

Bronze
Helena Coman, Jack Gomersall, Alex Lang, Madeleine Oxley, Jennifer Ricketts, Duncan Will, Joseph Wright

Silver
Ailsa Anderson, Isobel Anderson, Olivia Coman, Josie Gomersall, Patrick Lang, Abigail Mason, Calum McLeod, Keith Yardley

Gold
Paul Caffyn, Lachlan Kirk, Naomi Lang, Katrina McLeod

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