Solway Orienteers hosted this year’s Champs way down in the southwest corner if Scotland and several GRAMPs made the long trek down to compete. We have three podium places – congratulations to Neil, Sam and David!
Neil McLean M75L 1st
Katrina McLeod W21E 10th
Lindsey Esson Yellow 7th
Sam Griffin M16A 1st
David Esson M40S 3rd
Tim Griffin M50L 13th
Bob Daly M60L 5th
Gramp 1 Sam Griffin/Bob Daly/Tim Griffin came 2nd in the 11+ points Relay category
Gramp 2 Michael Greenwood/David Esson tried their best in the 17+ points category but being one leg short of a full team meant that they were logged as DNF.
Hope they had fun anyway.
Following Coull here are the rankings after 4 events.
Two GJOs are top of the board in this year’s competition so far with Oli and Emily Robertson leading M10 and W8 respectively. Well done guys!
News of other GJOs: Joana McDonald close behind Emily in W8 in 2nd place, Samantha McDonald is 4th in W10, Noah G in 5th place M14 and brother Sam in 3rd M16, Morven and Kirsty Farquharon are 2nd and 4th respectively in W14 and Isobel Anderson 4th in W16.
30/6/19 MAROC Potarch
7/7/19 GRAMP Balmedie
28/8/19 MAROC Glen Fearder
6/10/19 GRAMP Forvie
10/11/19 MAROC Cambus O’May
Remember all those cakes we’ve been eating recently? Here’s photographic evidence from the World Schools Orienteering Champs of Sam Griffin during the warm up day.
It’s started already at Glen O’Dee but if you didn’t manage to make it to that event then don’t worry, plenty more over the year.
If you enter any of these events you will automatically be included in the (JD)2C rankings so all you need do is get out there. Good luck everyone!
6/1/19 MAROC Glen O’Dee
24/2/19 GRAMP/MAROC SOL1 Birsemore
24/3/19 GRAMP Glen Dye
28/4/19 MAROC Sluie
30/6/19 MAROC Potarch
7/7/19 GRAMP Balmedie
28/8/19 MAROC Glen Fearder
6/10/19 GRAMP Forvie
10/11/19 MAROC Cambus O’May
Fraser Pain M8 1st Trophy and Gold Medal
Olivia Coman W16 3rd Bronze medal
And well done to the Maroc winners and everyone else who took part of course!
Jon Duncan Junior Deeside Cup 2018 full rules and points scheme and list of events. For individual event results check the Gramp/Maroc websites.
Three Gramp juniors had an enjoyable day at the Scottish Schools selection races for the World Schools Orienteering Championships which were held on Sunday at Faskally, near Pitlochry. Patrick Lang, Rory Halliday and Sam Griffin were representing Aberdeen Grammar and came a close second to George Watsons School in the team competition placing 9th, 8th and 3rd respectively. Sam’s result ensured him selection into the Scottish Schools select team who will travel to the World Schools Orienteering Championships in Estonia next April. Well done Sam!
Several MAROC juniors have also qualified and Sam is teaming up with them to joint fundraise for their trip. The first fund raising event will be on Sunday at MAROC’s event on Pannanich where they will be selling the usual hot drinks, soup, cakes…. and if there is a big enough entry, chilli (meat and veggie). So if you haven’t got your entry in yet please do so, and bring your pennies, or preferably pounds, on the day.
Good news for one of our junior members… Sam Griffin got an email on Friday…. ‘Congratulations on your selection for the Regional Squads’ summer coaching camp at Lagganlia’
He wasn’t on the original list but was top of the reserve list after some strong peformances over the last months and gaining a Championship time at the JK. He joins 23 other M/W14 athletes who have been selected from all regions of the country to attend the camp.
Junior Regional Squad training camps help juniors develop their orienteering skills and also aid personal and social development by making new friends, learning new skills and socialising in different ways.
Congratulations to all the Gramp junior competitors at the Jamie Stevenson Trophy event at Braemar on Sunday. Amidst strong competition, especially from Maroc and Moravian, Gramp juniors made a great effort, gaining four top-ten places including a podium place for Sam Griffin on the boy’s Light Green course.
Many thanks to everyone, especially Zoe, Tim and Laura for helping me (in my first JST experience) and as event helpers.
Big congratulations all round to the Gramp Team who ran at the JS Trophy today at Morrone Birkwood, Braemar: Mia and Olivia Coman, Morven and Kirsty Farqhuarson, Noah and Sam Griffin, Oli Robertson, Reuben Cole and Connor Whitelaw. Between them they scored 558 points coming 6th overall which is a great result for such a relatively inexperienced team.
Report and photos to follow asap so check back here later.
Congratulations also to the JST hosts, MAROC, who won beating MOR by just one point in the end.
Congratulations to our Gramp Juniors on their achievements in the SOA/Gramp Participation and Colour awards. Awards are granted as follows for the period 01 Jan 2017 to 30 Apr 2018:
Participation awards recognise any run at any Gramp event.
Colour awards are granted for three top-half finishes on courses of a given colour.
For more information see ‘“Courses completed” badges’ and ‘Colour coded badges’ sections of this SOA document:
I will be distributing the above and any newly-earned awards at Gramp events over the summer, primarily at the Summer Series evenings.
It turned into a beautiful winter’s day at Back O’ Bennachie (after a cold wet start) – blue skies, no wind, and a tough hilly forest and moor to test you all.
Here are provisional results and split times.
Routegadget has been loaded here, please add your routes!
You can also analyse your splits on Splitsbrowser.
Splits are also loaded up to Winsplits Online.
Taken a wee while (sorry – holidays and handovers) but results now uploaded to BOF site and ranking points will be calculated overnight 20/2/18.
Course details were as follows:
White 1.8k 40m
Yellow 2.1k 40m
Orange 2.3k 45m
Lt Green 3.0k 80m
Green 3.6k 140m
Blue 4.6k 210m
Brown 5.6k 225m
A (JD)2C event.
Our very grateful thanks to:
Organiser; Lesley Gomersall
Planner : Sam Gomersall
Controller: Drew Tivendale (MAROC)
Latest (JD)2C Rankings after Scolty here.
Just one more event left this year: Bogendriep 4th Nov
If you enter any of these events you will automatically be included in the (JD)2C rankings so all you need do is get out there. Good luck everyone!
There is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for juniors running at TD4 (light green) and above to participate in a full weekend of top class coaching with orinteers from around Scotland in March 2018. It will be based at Templars park with exercises at Glen Dye so minimal travel for any Gramp members.
More details on SOA website.
Big congratulations to Oli Robertson who retains the M8 Trophy and Sam Griffin for 2nd M14, just pipping Maroc’s Joel Gooch at the final post , and Josie Gomersall 2nd W16.
3rd places go to Emily Robertson W8, Kirsty Farquharson W12 and Robert Prince M10. Trophies and prizes will be awarded at the Gramp AGM.
Any Junior from Gramp or Maroc is automatically entered into the (JD)2C. You win points by running in any of the 9 nominated local Level C races listed below, with a sliding scale depending on your course and how well you do.
To try and keep things as fair as possible, only half points are awarded to shadowed competitors which is why we ask you to declare this when entering.
8 Jan MAROC Glen O’Dee
19 Mar MAROC Potarch
9 Apr GRAMP Crathes
30 Apr MAROC Coull
28 May GRAMP Tyrebagger
18 Jun MAROC Sluie
17 Sep GRAMP Scolty postponed
1 Oct MAROC Cambus O’May
15 Oct GRAMP Forvie
5 Nov GRAMP Scolty
Gramp Champs and JD2C Event
We hope you enjoyed running at Scolty. It’s a hilly and physically tough area in some places, fast in others, and the navigation can be testing – especially near the far start on Hill of Gouach. The air temperature of 5 degrees felt chilly in the tent, but was pleasant enough on the run. Cold feet, though! (the forest is pretty wet at the moment).
A big thanks to our officials and helpers. (Amazing speedy job by the control collectors, BTW.)
Routegadget is loaded up – please draw your crazy wiggles.
Click here for Winsplits split times analysis.
White 1.6km/ 25m
Yellow 2.2km/ 45m
Orange 2.7km/ 60m
Lt Green 3.4km/ 80m
Green 4.1km/ 90m
Blue 5.8km/ 160m
Brown 8.0km/ 230m
Organiser Helen Anderson
Planner Pete Lawrence
Controller Andrew McMurtrie (MAROC)
Good to see several of the GJOs taking on the contour challenge at Forvie. Most of you made it out alive and kicking at the other end and even if you didn’t we hope you enjoyed the day anyway.
Only Scolty left to go now to round off this year’s (JD)2C on Sunday 5th Nov. Don’t miss out on your last chance to boost your scores. Trophies have been gathered in already for engraving ready to present at respective club AGMs so good luck everyone and hope your name is on one!
***NOTE CHANGE OF DATE FOR TRAINING***
Jess Halliday is looking to organise another North Area Junior Training Day on 30th September, in the Grantown area. This is building up to the Junior Inter Area Competition on 28th/29th October. So calling all GJOs – if you’re interested then pass your names on to Carolyn McLeod and we’ll see if we can’t get a bit of backup for the twins this time.
In an exciting new development for 2017, we will be introducing North Area Junior Orienteering training days!
*To provide coached training opportunities outwith club orienteeringfor TD3 (Orange) and above juniors.
*To provide fun and motivational opportunities for juniors in the North of Scotland.
*To provide a stepping stone between club and national squad level.
Who can join in?
The training days will not be selected, however all juniors attending need to be confident at completing an orange (TD3) course independently.
Last chance to sign up for the first North Area Junior Training day on 18th February!
I need to have confirmed numbers by Sunday night (5th February) so that I can ensure we have enough coaches lined up for the day.
We are currently at 24 junior athletes, which is very exciting 🙂
I’m sure there’s lots more who would like to join us! Anyone under 20 who can independently conquer a TD3/orange course is welcome, even if you’re in ScotJOS.
Also, remember to get designing your North Area logos so we can vote on them at Culbin.
More details for the training day will go directly to those who are attending in the week beforehand.
(GJOs – if you want to sign up then email Jess directly jjtullie at’ gmail.com)
Maybe some of the GJOs would like to leave a comment about taking part in the (JD)2C this year? We’d love to find out the good, bad and the amazing bits from a GJO perspective.
The dates and rules for the (JD)2C competition 2016 are linked below.
This competition is for juniors from GRAMP and MAROC up to MW16 and this year the league will consist of 9 level C events plus the Scottish Championships, to be held at Balmoral in May.
Some of our GJOs did their bit for the North Team in the Scottish Junior Inter Area Relay last weekend – well done Naomi, Hannah & Josie for flying the GRAMP flag. Full results can be found here .
Mike Rogers of MOR would like to invite all GJOs to take part in the North Area Inter-Club Junior Challenge 2016. The competition is deliberately kept simple and is aimed at juniors who run Light Green and below – White runners completing their course have been known to sway the final results, so everybody’s result really does help.
It would be great to see all 5 north clubs fielding teams to make it into a truly competitive event (and also a chance to get to know their local peers and team-mates for when North compete against the other Scottish regions.) Somebody from Gramp’s GJO Team may well be about to send an email round to you all but thought I’d better give you the heads up asap.
This year’s North Clubs Junior Challenge will be at the excellent Keppernach on 6th Nov incorporated into INVOC’s Level C event so there will be chances for parents/chauffeurs to compete too.
Individual – Cambus O’May – Sat 24th September
Relay – Forvie – Sun 25th September
Gramp are proud to be joint hosts with Maroc for this year’s JIRCs which saw squads from all over the UK jetting in to compete and socialise with old friends and rivals alike. Competitors stayed at Cults Academy and buses were laid on to ferry them up Deeside for the Individual day and then north to Forvie for the Relays.
Iain McLeod was the JIRC Coordinator this year heavily involved in organising the accomodation and support side of things, George and David Esson controlled the Individual event and Adrian Will was Organiser for the Relays.
Congratulations to all competitors who ran at this challenging relay area.
Please enter your relay routes on Routegadget
For Individual results and overall team scores, see the Maroc website.
Helpers and others had a chance to enjoy Forvie, in the breezy but warm sunshine, after the Relays finished.
Several parent-child* pairings from NE Scotland entered this year’s SLMM in Martindale, it’s becoming a bit of a tradition. Congratulations to the following Gramp and Maroc teams:
Lachlan and Dave Kirk, 29th (out of 71 finishers) in Carrock Fell class
Keith and Gareth Yardley, 4th (out of 86 finishers) in Harter Fell class
Alistair and Craig Chapman, 3rd in Bedafell class (out of 43, but out of 120 if you include Wansfell class on same course)
Peter and Nick Collins, 13th in Bedafell class (ditto)
Well done to all our GJOs who’ve been putting in the hours training prior to Summer Series events recently before traveling down to compete in this year’s Jamie Stevenson Trophy at Balkello near Dundee last weekend.
14 clubs attended from all over Scotland and ran Yellow, Orange, Light Green and Green courses with a points system based on finish places for both boys and girls classes so to maximise your team points potential you need a wide range of age and both boys and girls spread over the courses. Not easy to cover all bases if you have a relatively small team but the GJOs gave it their best shots and we came 8th out of the 14 clubs with a stonking 534 points. Our top runners were Maya Reynard, Connor Whitelaw, Josie Gomersall, Paul Caffyn, Morvern Farquharson and Kirsty Farquharson – congratulations guys!
Full results can be found here. Congratulations to our arch-rivals, Maroc, who retained the trophy.
Paul also posted the fastest run in time of 16 seconds and it looks to be about 125m on RouteGadget giving him a ballpark running speed of 28.1km/h. Woohoo!
The whole thing was all kicked off with an opening ceremony and parade as usual but I’m told the team weren’t impressed by the new white banner and had hoped for the BIG RED one? Next year.
Well the wrinklies were either too slow or didn’t chance their way past some very unclear mapping particularly in the old town of South Queensferry, so no Champs to report. But the girls did well – Josie Gomersall was 2nd W16 and Morven and Kirsty took 3rd and 4th respectively in W12.
Final rankings for John Duncan Junior Deeside Cup 2015
Congratulations to everyone who took part in so many races this year and in particular to the following:
Morvern Farquharson 1st W10
Kirsty Farquharson 3rd W10
Josie Gomersall 2nd W14
Ailsa Anderson 3rd W14
Naomi Lang 3rd W16
Lachlan Kirk 3rd M16
A belated congratulations (she only found out herself last weekend!) to GJO Morven Farquharson on winning the Northern Lights W10 Trophy for her run at Loch Vaa, back in early September, where she was the fastest W10 on the Yellow course in a time of 23:15.
Well done to GJOs Dara Tivendale, Morven Farquharson, Isobel Anderson, Kirsty Farquharson, Duncan Will, Douglas Walmsley, Mairi Walmsley and Alex Lang for holding it together at Wood of Easter Clune over the weekend and not being phased by stiff competition from Maroc and MOR.
They ran in courses varying from White to Light Green and for many this would have been their first taste of major competion. 264 points total gave them 3rd place overall and they also boosted their (JD)2C scores at the same time. An excellent day all round!
Congratulations to Lachlan and Keith for taking their dads for a run round Coniston this weekend in the Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon. Tricky control sites (some even missing) and poor visibility on Day1 all adding to the fun.
Keith and Dad 3rd in Wansfell class; Lachlan and Dad 13th in Harter Fell class; and congrats also to Jake and Dad (Maroc), 12th in Bedafell class.
Rules and events list below. Any questions? Contact Trevor Ricketts of MAROC or Marianne Lang of GRAMP or ask at an event.
You’re automatically entered into the competition if you’re a GRAMP or MAROC Junior, all you need do now is make sure you get along to as many events as you can this year. Good Luck!
In case you didn’t already know, the Jon Duncan Junior Deeside Cup is named after an honorary GRAMP and ex-British Team member, Jon Duncan, who is now enjoying semi-retirement from the international orienteering scene growing beetroot in Norway. (Honest!)
The (JD)2C competition will be run over 10 x Level C events with the best 6 (TBC) scores counting for each runner.
There will be 6 classes for girls and boys, using the ‘standard’ age classes, i.e. M/W8, M/W10, M/W12, M/W14, M/W16.
Within each event, the Gramp/Maroc Junior who is highest placed for each course scores the maximum course points:
Light Green 500
Points for subsequent runners are calculated using this formula:
score = [(winner’s time)/(runner’s time)]*(maximum course points)
Every effort will be made to provide a White course at each event. However, if this is not possible, the JDC organisers will review how many events will qualify for the M8 and W8 classes
If you are being shadowed or running in a pair, please declare this when you register. You will score half points for your run
The competition aims to find the best Gramp / Maroc junior in each age class. Juniors may choose the course appropriate to their ability.
11th Jan Glen O’Dee
26th Feb Crathes
3rd May Glen Dye
17th May Bogendriep
7th June Back O’Bennachie
17th May Potarch
23rd Aug Birsemore
13th Sep Scolty
4th Oct Easter Clune
14th Nov Raemoir
Check the clubs’ websites closer to each event for details and entries links.
Many thanks to all the helpers for their labours in the cold sleety weather.
Brown 7.4 km – very hard
Blue 5.6 km – very hard
Green 4.3 km – very hard
Light Green 3.0 km – hard
Orange 2.5 km – medium
Yellow 1.8 km – easy
White 1.2 km – very easy
Organiser: Gareth Yardley
Planner: Sam Gomersall
Controller: Steve Spencer
Congratulations to Maya Reynard on winning W10 and Hannah Will, Morvern Farquharson, Isobel Anderson, Naomi Lang, Daniel Smith, Paul Caffyn and Lachlan Kirk on winning medals too.
Shadowing is shown in the results tables by the number being in italics. If you notice an incorrect record of shadowing at any event in the results, please contact Trevor Ricketts to correct using this contact form.
Well done to the SOA Team who travelled down to the Lake District to compete in the Junior Inter Regional Champs and won by a very close 5 points over NWOA. Nopesport reports that Sasha and another competitor stopped to help someone with a dislocated shoulder but that Sasha still went on to win.
The girls got their first taste of big competition on Sunday at the Alvie SOL where between them they bagged 199 points for GRAMP in the North Clubs Inter-Club Junior Competition. Congratulations to you both!
Congratulations to the North Team, including GJOs Naomi Lang, Patrick Lang, Ailsa Anderson, Keith Yardley & Alex Lang, on their comprehensive victory at this year’s Junior Inter-Area Relays held on a complicated little area close to the Falkirk Wheel. North won with 145 points, West 117, East 76. I’m told that Stirling YH survived a mass invasion by the North Team but haven’t heard whether there was a repeat performance of the marshmallow tower contest success.
Naomi then went on to run again in the Inter Club Team Relay helping GO Gramp achieve 4th place against some talent packed teams from ESOC, FVO and INT. Sadly we should really be marked as non-comp as we never did find an eighth runner from Gramp despite our Team Captain’s stirling efforts to find someone (thanks for doing the honours, Evgueni, as well as driving for the JIAR crowd.) Instead we co-opted Martin Wilson of BKO who did us proud on the last leg but the rest of us deserve a pat on the back too for managing to avoid the mini mass start and not mispunch. There’s 7/8 makings of a good Gramp team already – maybe, just maybe, next year….?
“Sasha then showed just why he is British no. 1 by coming home in the lead a full 15 minutes clear of his nearest rival.”
Yes, this is a bit late after the event but we’d hoped that maybe ScotJOS had been secretly engaging in some media training and if we hung on we might have heard all about it from Sasha himself.
He’s obviously still recovering though judging by the lack of a willowy figure flitting round Scolty last night unfeasibly fast (although Joe Wright is fast filling that slot – watch out behind you Sasha!)
So the bare facts will have to do and they are rather impressive:
65th of 161 in the Sprint
45th of 163 in the Long*
17th of 60 in the Middle
16th 0f 54 in the Relay A team
*I think one of the Nopesport pundits was talking about Sasha when they said:”Just had a chance to catchup… some fantastic results today, serious strength in depth from the girls, bodes well for the two girls relay teams, and possibly the best ever GB performance from a first year 18?”
The BOF website echoes this sentiment too so it only remains for GRAMPs to add their congratulations. Make sure you shake his hand next time you see him at a Summer Series – it could be your claim to fame in a few years time!!
PS As if the above weren’t proof enough of his talent, according to the latest issue of CompassSport Sasha is now 7th overall and 1st Junior in the BOF Rankings (and beating Oleg!)
Lachlan Kirk and Keith Yardley spent their weekend having a go at a mountain marathon, generally the preserve of adults. The Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon has a class called ‘Bedafell’ specifically for parent and child, where the child is aged 14-18. Lachlan did it with his dad and got a fantastic third place. Keith and his mum came 17th (28 in class).
For those who know the Lakes, the event was in the Helvellyn area. A tough Day 1 course took them up Deepdale, over a 700m col, all the way back down Grisedale almost to Ullswater before going across Glenridding, up and over Raise to Helvellyn and then descending to Thirlmere. Day 2 started with steep ascent up Fairfield, over Hart Crag, into Deepdale, back up the first col, along St Sunday Crag before descending back into Deepdale for a very well deserved Cumberland Sausage dinner.
Well done guys!
The course was the same as a ‘normal class’ called Wansfell, where Lachlan and dad would have beaten the winners and Keith and mum would have come 28th (ish) of about 100 entries. Really well done guys!
At the other end of the courses, Gareth Yardley and Dave Thompson entered the elite solo class called ‘Klets’ and came 4th and 14th respectively (or 2nd and 6th Vets if you prefer). Great work all round.
Photos from Carolyn now on Flickr – more to follow.
Overall position 5th at the Jamie Stevenson Trophy today. WELL DONE to you all for taking part.
I thought you all competed very well despite the mud and drizzle!
You had great team spirit especially when you stayed by the finish to cheer everyone in. Definitely a credit to Gramp. I was very proud of you all and very much enjoyed the day. Well done to our two podium positions: Naomi Lang, 2nd on Light Green and Calum McLeod 2nd on Green.
Finally on behalf of everyone I would like to say a big thank to Evgueni for driving the minibus once again.
There are some cracking photos of some of the GJOs, mud-caked but still smiling (mainly!), on ActivNorth’s website aka Chris Spencer of Scottish 6 Day photo fame. I’ve asked if we can purchase some for our archives even though his cart isn’t set up for business just at present.
Anybody got any other homegrown photos to share? Send Rachel the link or files please to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to see the full results and who scored what, check here.
BTW – the latest (JD)2C points are up now after the Glen Fearder event. Click here for those.
Final standings for (JD)2C 2013
Well done to Morvern Farquharson who held on to her lead to win the W8 Trophy!
Maroc pipped us at the post for all the other trophies this year but we also had loads of good performances and the following also deserve congratulations for gaining 2nd or 3rd place overall:
W8 2nd Kirsty Farquharson
W10 2nd Isobel Anderson, 3rd Maya Reynard
W12 2nd Ailsa Anderson
W14 3rd Naomi Lang
W16 3rd Kate Wilkinson
M14 3rd Lachlan Kirk
M16 2nd Sasha Chepelin
Trophies and certificates for (JD)2C and GRAMP Champs will be awarded at the AGM on Saturday.
Hope you’ll all be there to receive them? And that you’ve been busy planning something scrummy to bring for the bring-a-dish supper? See you there!
Sasha, along with 5 other ScotJOS colleagues, was rubbing shoulders with future champions at the European Youth O Champs in Portugal recently.
Dominated by Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Russia and Czech Republic these champs certainly gave our homegrown talent a run for their money but it looks like they relished the challenge – take a look at the write up on the SOA website. Well done guys!
Never has that little triangle of wood in Scolty been sooooooooooo noisy! The enthusiastic cheering was deafening at times especially when Daniel Stansfield and Jennifer Ricketts came storming down the final track to clinch first place for their teams West 1 and North 1G in the Open and Girls classes respectively!
Congratulations to the winners of course but also to everyone who took part and gave it their all, especially the many for whom it was their first taste of the buzz of relay racing.
Relay Points: North 68 East 36 West 64
(Individual Points and Overall Points will be published on the Maroc website.)
The basis for the scoring is, in each class, 24 for 1st, 20 for 2nd, 16 for 3rd, 12 for 4th, 8 for 5th and 4 for 6th – but only 2 teams from each of the 3 areas count. So, in the Open it was West 24,4; East 16,8; North 20,12. In the Girls it was North 24,12; West 20,16; East 8,4.
Here are the splits by course and team results after each leg and final results. (We invented a Star class of Orange/Yellow/Yellow so that three spare runners could still get a run and join in the fun.)
Photos from Marianne Lang – if anyone else has some photos they’d like to share then send them, or a link, to email@example.com.
Well done guys – Scotland won all 5 trophies again this year and Sasha, Karen and Calum were there to help the team to victory, putting ScotJOS up at the top of the regional squads!! There’ll be a report on the SOA website soon but in the meantime feast your eyes on these photos from Wendles.
Meanwhile, over in Ireland, Jack Gomersall came 3rd M20 to help Scotland clean up in the Senior Home Internationals too. Wow! What a week for Scottish orienteering!
Sasha and Calum ran for Scotland in this year’s Junior Home International which took place in South Wales, near Merthyr Tidfil over the weekend of 14/15 September. Results were a win for England, with Scotland 2nd helped a lot by Sasha’s 3rd place in M16 no doubt, then Wales 3rd and Ireland 4th. Well done guys!
Katrina McLeod and Sasha Chepelin led the GRAMP challenge by winning their Green courses and there were some good backup performances by many others to contribute to GRAMPs total of 572:
|Katrina Mcleod||Green Girls||100|
|Sasha Chepelin||Green Boys||100|
|Calum Mcleod||Green Boys||96|
|Alex Lang||Yellow Boys||93|
|Jack Gomersall||Green Boys||93|
|Paul Caffyn||Light Green Boys||90|
Sadly not quite enough to knock Maroc off the top spot again this year, with GRAMP finishing in a respectable 6th place, but still a very “Well Done!” (in no particular order) to the whole GJO team: Maya Reynard, Josie Gomersall, Katrina McLeod, Sasha Chepelin, Calum McLeod, Jack Gomersall, Paul Caffyn, Struan Kirk, Lachlan Kirk, Keith Yardley and Alex Lang.
You can see all the results here – both individual and team results and also the run in times for the last control to the finish. (Stats mania!)
There’s a comment on the SOA website about various sponsors for the event, so the burning question is did anyone from GRAMP manage to win a Tunnocks Teacake?
Couple of photos which should enlarge if you click on them – there’s a promise of more if Carolyn remembers to give me a memory stick at Kingshill next week. First one is the traditional JS opening parade but what are they up to in the second?
Team McGramp – aka Carolyn, Calum and Iain McLeod – fought off the opposition down south to romp home to victory in the British Orienteering Relay Mixed Adhoc class by some 2.5 minutes. Probably sweetest of all was beating Maroc 7 (who should surely have been disq’d as there are only 3 runners to a team?? 😉 )
Individually Team McGramp also had good results: 4th W45L, 10th M18E and 6th M50S respectively.
Several other Gramps were in attendance too including the Hicklings, Bob Daly, Paul Duley, the Armitages and at least one Hale and Chepelin that I spotted in the results. Sasha kept up his winning form post-JK by taking top spot for M16A.
Congratulations all round!
Well done, Sasha!
Here he is in the traditional medal winners’ pose along with Dane Blomquist of the England team. Take a look at the results and pics on the WSC2013 website – if you think it looks hot and sunny in this photo then imagine that run-in along all that loose sand.
Sasha also came 6th in the Long Distance race and teamed up with Jens Van Lommel of Belgium/Flemish team and Xiaojia Ou of China to come 35th out of 148 in the Friendship Relay. I guess a handover is the same whatever language you speak but must have been interesting trying to discuss routes afterwards?
Well done to Maya Chillingworth and the Robertson Kids for flying the GRAMP flag at the Junior Inter-Club Competition at MOR’s Quarrelwood event recently. Between them they scored only 1 point less than the full team of ten from MOR! The big surprise of the day was INVOC managing to beat MAROC to the trophy so congratulations to them too.
Don’t know what the woods were like for the Juniors but our woods on the other side of the road were so full of fallen, but still crispy, beech leaves that it was like running through ankle-deep cornflakes a lot of the time!
Sasha and Katrina went waaaaaaaay down south to Surrey over the weekend to help the Scotland Team gain 2nd place at this year’s Junior Home Internationals. It’s a two day event with an Individual race on the Saturday – Sasha was 4th M16, Katrina 5th W18 – followed by a Relay on the Sunday where the age classes are mixed up – Sasha’s team came 4th in the Mens and Katrina’s 8th in the Womens.
Overall results: England 141 points, Scotland 106, Wales 62 and Ireland 51.
Full results and reports etc can be found at http://www.moorenet.co.uk/seoa/wjhi/
As well as the serious racing there are usually some other activities and competitions for everyone to mess about and relax a bit and have some fun with folk from the other teams. I’ve yet to hear what they got up to this time – maybe Sasha or Katrina can spill the beans?