Thanks to Stuart Anderson for rounding off this year’s Summer Series with a trip down memory lane hurriedly trying to glean just enough info from the master map to get us round. Next time you pick up a pre-printed map and just go you’ll be much more appreciative!
Eddy Coman was handing out Junior Awards and will be in touch with those who weren’t present to collect in person and we couldn’t manage to find an obliging clubmate who lives nearby to pass it on to you. Congratulations to you all and we’ll publish the list of names as soon as Eddy gets them over to me.
Tunnocks Tea Cakes also doled out to the planners – mmmmmm! – now if that’s not sufficient incentive for anyone to offer to plan something next year I don’t know what is.
Finally, thanks to the control collectors tonight especially Amber Graham who is not only Maroc but ran both Short and Long Techs as well as collecting. Great stuff!
Finally, finally, don’t forget that our Urban Sprint Series kicks off straight away next week at Westburn and Victoria Parks on the Griffs doorstep.
Overview of the series with timings and rules re Juniors can be found on the Urban Sprints page and details on each event will be posted each week as we’ve done for the Summer Series.
The feedback was that the area is pretty rough underfoot so probably not the best for careering downhill, but no injuries and everyone managed to get back to the start. Apologies to Amber Graham who was the only one the end who I didn’t manage to get a time for as the Brikke reader was playing up.
Thanks to Pete Lawrence, Rachel Scott and David Esson for helping collect controls and Mrs Alexander at Cluny Crighton Farm for giving us permission to use the steading yard for parking.
Also thanks to everyone who bought a flapjack/muffin – another £10 raised for Antibiotic Research UK (ANTRUK), the world’s first charity to tackle antibiotic resistance. Their mission is to 1) develop new antibiotic therapies 2) educate the public and professionals about antibiotic resistance and 3) to provide patient support. They need to raise £0.5 million in the next year to do this.
Fiona will be running the Great Aberdeen Half Marathon this weekend with a team of colleagues from Aberdeen Royal Infirmary to raise money for ANTRUK. If you’d like to make any further donations or find out about the charity please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/runbatemanrun
(Think of it as personal insurance against needing effective antibiotics to treat Lyme Disease! Rachel)
I haven’t distinguished between map memory and the regular course, partly because I think there was some peeking going on, partly because a few people seem to know the area very well*. That said, my hat goes off to the handful of brave souls who went out there without a map for backup!
Apologies to Paul Duley, whose brikke malfunctioned, and thanks to David Esson, who is valiantly trying to interrogate it. Many thanks to everyone who helped and/or collected in controls including: Hugh Nicholson, Adrian Will, Bob Daley, Dennis MacDonald, and Adrian Northcott. Ros
*Knowing the area didn’t help much as I got blase and accidentally started looking at the Short Tech map memory slices half way round the Long and then just made it up to finish thinking I knew what I was looking for but it’s all changed** so dramatically in the last 2 years it took me ages to convince myself I was on the so-called ‘ride’ leading to the last control.
**Definitely time for an update which is the perfect timing for me to mention our plans to get some extra hands on board to help Stuart Anderson break the back of the backlog of tweaks to be made to our maps. Anyone out there interested in a training session on how to operate Ocad or equivalent and get some tips on what to include and what to leave out etc? Let myself or David Esson know and we’ll try to arrange something to suit a bit later in the year. Rachel
Many thanks to Zoe and Tim (Maitre de Loops) for a fresh take on Perwinnes Moss in its newly denuded form in the old quarry. Both Technical courses had an option to complete up to 4 memory map mini loops of 2 controls each which went down well with everyone who tried them. Much discussion over tea and cake about how hard it is to remember 2 control locations compared to one for some reason and what works for some folk but not others. Amazing how the human brain works – or doesn’t!
From comments at download and earwigging conversations it seems most folk who took on the contour only map challenge for Long and Short Tech enjoyed the novelty factor and surprised themselves by managing to get their head around all the squiggles more easily than they thought they would and Katrina said she actually enjoyed the lack of distracting paths as she saved time by not deliberating distracting alternatives before choosing her routes.
In fact, if anything, the penultimate control on the gully proved the most problematic where all those helpful squiggles suddenly disappeared and counting contours and keeping tabs on height gained, or not, became key.
Some folk approached it by creeping up – hill to the left, boulder, boulder, bearing.
Some aimed deliberately high or low for the right sort of distance then turned 90 degrees and trawled down or up to it.
Some had prior knowledge of the area and went looking for the earth banks that run either side as they are quite large and noticeable even at a distance.
Thanks to my control collectors – Bob, Tim, Zoe, David, Carol and Norman – and to Ros for picking me a lovely big pot of blaeberries. (Pudding Night tonight in the Scott-Lawrence household!)
Results Apologies for the delay. Work getting in the way as usual.
“Wow! That was fun! Just think – some folk pay £50 for the Banchory Beast when they could come to Dunnottar for £4!!”
One family said they wanted to give orienteering a try after seeing the Adventure Show coverage of the JOK Chasing Sprints – not quite like on the telly as a truly luxurious growth of nettles this year combined with a fair bit of rain for double dose of mud made for pretty adventurous conditions tonight so well done to those who gritted teeth and braved the stingers to complete and also those who sensibly decided to go the long way round or just wave at some of the controls long distance.
Thanks to Bob Daly, Dennis McDonald, David Esson, Pete Lawrence and Rachel Scott for control collecting and Helen Rowlands for going back out to keep an eye on beginners.
Apologies for the control in the wrong place. Clearly those who read the warning note on the board were less likely to waste time but that is no excuse for my mistake, sorry.
Thanks to David, Hugh, Jeremy and Bob for taking in controls as well as to Matthew Thompson an ex-Grampian Junior who had come simply for a run without knowing we had an event.
(PS last weeks results updated to show Yann Newey and Katja Neumann on the correct course – Short Tech not Short.)
Revised for Yann Newey running his first Short Tech.
Sorry, we ran out of Short Technical maps so some people did a shortened version of the Long Technical course, very similar to Short Technical
Haven’t distinguished between those who did the Map Memory version of Long Tech as seems most had prior knowledge of the area and control sites or admitted to sensibly ‘cheating’ in order to beat the clock and be back by 8pm (much appreciated.)
Balmedie on Sunday!Balmedie on Sunday!Are you enjoying the challenge of the training elements? Do you think it’s making a difference? You’ll find out at Balmedie on Sunday! EEE by Saturday tea time please.
Here are results from Balmedie. Uncharacteristically fine summer weather for the barbecue afterwards. Thanks to Murray for organising the orienteering – and collecting the controls in while the rest of us were enjoying the barbecue. Thanks to David for organising the barbecue.
Another Weally Wet Wednesday! Many thanks to all those that came along – you seemed to enjoy yourselves despite the conditions.
Special thanks to all the helpers – David for welcoming everyone and helping collect controls – Kate, Gareth and Bob* for helping collect controls.
Results (at last. Apologies for delay. Well done everyone for turning up!)
* find out more about Bob here https://www.scottish-orienteering.org/news/celebrating-volunteers-day-7-part-2-grampian-orienteers/
The hawkeyed planner types noticed that the course lengths were overstated due to the map being 1:7500 and not 1:10000, which the software had been told.
So either you were glad the rainforest exploration was a bit shorter than expected, you ran really fast, or you were a Garmin/Planner/Performance person (or all three).
Apologies for the distance thing. Hope you all enjoyed it, the depression at no 1 was set to get you into the swing of things. Nice nettles too. Sam
(Running really fast – nettles – is there a connection here? Ed)
This was the biggest turnout we have had for a Summer Series Event in the last two years (only other over 50 was Scolty in July 2018). Apologies for running out of Long Tech maps (and thanks to those who had run and gave up their maps) but the usual demand is below 25.
Many thanks to Ian Hamilton, Sam and Lesley Gomersall, Bob Daly and David Esson for assisting in putting out and/or collecting controls.
Results First Summer Series event of 2019!
Thanks to all for coming along and apologies to the first few on the Long course who found control 2 was missing……. It wasn’t missing, I just forgot to put it out! John
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?
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
[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]
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.
No event next week, but do join us in Glen Dye on 8th August.
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.
Thanks to Bill and Paul for this week’s Tyrebagger event, and Olivia for supplying the refreshments. Who knew bracken was so drought resistant!
Next week we are at Crathes Castle
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.
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.
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?
Short Tech 2.6km
Long Tech 4.5km
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.
(*The up side to this is that we can rule out vampires in the Risk Assessment.)
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.
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!
Next week (6th June is at Foggieton).
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.
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.
Hazlehead 23rd May is now officially registered as a WOD 2018 event.
Come and be part of the biggest mass participation orienteering event ever.
WOD 2017 saw an amazing 288,007 participants. OK, time to fess up – not all at Hazlehead but at 2,265 locations in 79 countries which is still mindbogglingly large numbers. Come and help us beat that in 2018 and bring some friends.
Fun, friendly events with something for everyone on Wednesday evenings. All events will have 4 courses making them suitable for beginners and experienced alike:
Starts 6-7pm, courses close 8pm (unless changed for a particular event, please check website for any changes)
Seniors £4, students/juniors £2
If you need to know more please or have any questions, please contact the summer series coordinator using this form.
Junior attendance awards up for grabs again. (That means CHOCOLATE!!)
Links to maps showing the car parking/registration locations will be added nearer the time.
|23-May||Hazlehead & World Orienteering Day||Results|
|27-Jun||Balmedie & BBQ||Results|
|15-Aug||Templars & BBQ|
… then Wednesday entertainment will continue with a series of Urban events in Aberdeen (and Westhill), including a multi-course event on Sat 15th Sept in and around Danestone (details coming soon).
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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:
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
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
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
Lovely evening for some blaeberry picking … and orienteering too. Many thanks to the Caffyns for entertaining us all.
Balmedie, beach, BBQ, bit blowy
and lots of scouts!
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!).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
PS We look forward to seeing everyone at Tyrebagger this Sunday
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.
|24 May||Hazlehead This is World Orienteering Day||Results|
|28 June||Balmedie + BBQ||Results|
|5 July||Glen Dye||Results|
|12 July||Cheyne Hill||Results|
|2 Aug||No event – all at 6 Days – Deeside 2017|
|16 Aug||Templars Park + BBQ + PRIZE-GIVING!||Results|
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.
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!
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.
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.
Next week at Templars an event with a different format followed by prize giving and BBQ – bring your own food – coals provided.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
We are over half way through the Summer Series now, time for a look at the league and attendance awards …
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.
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?
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!