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Duthie Park Permanent Course back up and in business

Following the restoration project at Duthie Park, Aberdeen City Council and Gramp have pooled resources to reinstate the Permanent Orienteering Course there with two versions of the map and a Mobo orienteering course too for those with smartphones and a sense of technological adventure.

Read the ACC press release here and take a look at their leaflets for the Short 1km and Medium 1.9km courses featuring a special map, based on the architect plans for the restoration, and controls on most of the historical features and monuments dotted about the park.

If you want to time yourself and compare your performance against others using your smartphone, the Medium course is available on the MOBO app – http://mobo.osport.ee/
Maroc have got 3 Mobo courses at Dess, Bell Wood and Creag Choinnich.

GRAMP Permanent Orienteering Courses (POCs) to get a revamp

Our POCs have been in limbo for some time now and we’re planning a revamp reusing some of the old favorites where still suitable and introducing some new areas – woods, park, urban – anything considered.

Stuart Anderson has agreed to take on the co-ordination of this, starting with Duthie Park now that the refurb is finished, the map brought up to date and we have some eager customers wanting to use it soon.

Do you live near a suitable POC location? Could you adopt a POC and help Stuart out? It wouldn’t take much of your time and would be a big help to the club getting the GRAMP brand name back into the public eye again. Email him, use this contact form or catch him at an event.
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Street O maps

These are very basic maps designed for a bit of navigational distraction on a training run maybe or as an intro to simple urban navigation. Unlike Permanent Orienteering Courses, there are no control markers when you get to the control points so you’ll just have to convince yourself you’re in the right place. (You’ll soon find out if you’re not as nothing will fit as you try to navigate away again!)

The maps are named after the start/finish points. In each case, the full course is approx. 6 km long (as the crow flies so actual running distance will be longer) with a suggested subset of controls to make a shorter version approx 4 km long. All distances very approximate and depends on how adventurous you get second guessing likely looking paths and cut throughs not shown on maps.

Map showing start/finish points for all Street O maps listed below.

1   Aberdeen Beach Leisure Centre   shorter version 1 – 7, 13, 14
2   Duthie Park   shorter version 1 – 4, 8 – 10
3   Westburn Park  shorter version 1 – 7, 13, 14
4   St Machar Drive   shorter version 1 – 8, 12
5   RGU Sports Centre   shorter version 1 – 5, 10, 11
6   Johnstone Gardens   shorter version 1 – 5/6
7   Kaimhill Road (Garthdee)  shorter version 1 – 6, 11
8   Aberdeen Beach Leisure Centre  very shorter version 1 – 6
9   Duthie Park  shorter version 1-7, 11
10 Johnstone Gardens  shorter version 1-3, 7-12
11 Ferryhill  shorter version 1-4,9,10
12 Kingswells  shorter version 1-6
13 Stonehaven shorter version 1-4, 9-12

Have fun! Let us know how long you took if you timed yourself and we’ll publish those too so you can see how you compare. If you fancy having a go at making a map for yourself or for next year’s Street O series or to publish here, then have a play on http://oomap.co.uk/, all the brainchild of Oli O’Brien of SLOW.

Permanent Orienteering Courses

Can’t wait for our next event before getting another orienteering fix? Here are details of some Permanent Orienteering Courses in the area. Continue reading

UPCOMING EVENTS (click series or event names for details link)

DEESIDE NIGHT CUP
(GRAMP/MAROC)
WEDS
11/12 Balmedie
18/12 Carlogie
8/1    Crathes
15/1   Corsedarder
22/1  Forvie
29/1  Potarch
5/2    Tyrebagger
12/2  Balnagowan
19/2  Scolty
26/2  Dinnet
4/3    Glen Dye
11/3   Tilquillie

SAT EVENTS
7/12 GRAMP AGM

SUN EVENTS
8/12 Post-AGM Treasu-O-re Hunt

THURS (ONE OFF SPECIAL)
2/1/20 Hogmany Hangover Handicap @ Hazlehead Park

SOA events calendar

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

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

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