Karen Darke, para-cycling medal winner and one of our patrons of Scottish Orienteering, will be competing in the Paralympics in Rio next week.
Silver 2012 London Paralympic Games H1-2 time-trial
Silver 2014 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, USA H3 time-trial
Bronze 2014 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, USA H3 road race
….to name a few of her major results but if you read her bio on the Team GB site you’ll see she plays just as hard!
Think it’s all happening on Wed 14th so tune in and cheer her on.
Update: Gold! Missed it live? pic and brief report can be found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/disability-sport/37363311
Latest update for JDC after Glen Dye.
Lots of blaeberries and lots of sun… what more do you need? And some good performances too:
Noah came first on white, Connor came in fourth on yellow, Isobel was fourth on orange and Naomi came first on green.
In terms of overall positions our youngest Gramp Oliver is still leading the M8s and there are potential medal positions for Robert, Hannah, Morven, Kirsty, Isobel and Naomi.
With only three more events to go it’s time to rake those points in!
Next event on Sunday 4th September.
One person admitted to oversleeping and not getting to Glen Dye when expected to set up the all important time-keeping system and having to be chased from their bed by a phone call from the Planner at 10-ish. He claimed: “Mo Farah made me do it!”
One person admitted to having inadvertently embezzled club assets while they were still in office as Treasurer and sheepishly handed over the red tunnel tent.
One person admitted to double-handedly (judging by the tell-tale spread of purple stains around their mouth) eat all the blaeberries at Glen Dye. Obviously the new wonder-berry though as he won the White comfortably.
And it is now. A veritable mud bath to finish off today, getting stuck down deep slippery sided gullies and skiting down even steeper slopes desperately hoping the folk at the bottom would get out of the way as we certainly weren’t stopping even if we’d wanted too.
Sadly no podium finishes for the Gramps but some very close misses, most notably Bob Daly in 4th, Anne Hickling in 5th and Rob Hickling in 6th in their respective classes. Instead of cheering a Gramp in 1st position we switched our allegiance to Maroc (temporarily) and watched Joe Wright wipe the floor with the other M16As with a set of four 1st places out of the five races to win overall. Well done, Joe!
Couple of photos for you, courtesy of Lindsey Esson, showing the mixed bag of orienteering/weather we’ve been sampling. First was taken on the training area at Merthyr Mawr sand dunes and the second was taken at today’s start at Mynydd Llangynidr, limestone moorland dotted with monster depressions, sinkholes and pits and visibility down to a few hundred metres due to drizzly rain and mist. Mmmmm!
We’ve been given a questionnaire to fill in and one of the questions is “Explain why you like orienteering and what makes you do it?” Kind of tough one to answer after today’s experience! What would you put?
Just in case you’re wondering what to do with yourselves on Wednesday evening (as there’s no Summer Series), how about checking on the progress of the Gramps down at Croeso this year?
A mixed bag of fortunes on Kenfig Burrows on Days 1 and 2 – a cracking area of vegetated monster dunes a bit like Forvie on steroids.
Some of us helped out organisers NGOC today. Helen fulfilled a lifetime’s ambition to wave a big pointy foam hand at drivers in the car park while Pete tried out his 4×4 skills ferrying helpers through the dunes to the Far Start.
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.
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?
Anne Hickling is doing a charity trek for WaterAid later this year and was busy raising funds at the Relays today. Ask her all about it at one of the Summer Series events as I can’t remamber the name of the mountain she’ll be climbing but I do remember it’s 3002m high so that’s her target in £ too. Doubt there were any cakes left today (despite Helen having to use a wide angle lens to get them all in the pic) but I’m sure she’ll bake to order for Templars Park BBQ if we were all each to pledge a £1 extra on top of our Summer Series fee for 10 of the events?
In 2017 the Woodland Trust will launch a Charter for Trees, Woods and People, a lasting legacy for the whole of the UK, leading more than 50 organisations in a call to define the charter. (Is SOA one of those organisations I wonder?)
“The charter will:
- Help to unlock the potential of the UK’s trees and woods.
- Improve our lives and landscapes.
- Celebrate the trees in our lives.
Tell us your tree story. It could be about your favourite tree that you climbed as a child, or the sapling you planted in the garden of your first home. Maybe it’s a memory of the woods you always walked in with your family, or something you made with your own hands out of wood. We need your stories to help us understand what people want and need from the UK’s trees. Tell us what woods and trees mean to you. Share your story today.”
Share your orienteering stories with them today – click here.
(You could consider joining WT too?)
Lovely weather, a very twisty-turny course, lots of controls and a double-sided map caught out the unwary … well done to all those that succeeded!
The 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.
Anyone want to lay claim to this charger found after Crathes or possibly the Stoney Hack-O-thon? Email email@example.com to claim.
Also located – one pair of Sealskinz socks. (Sorry no photo). Now washed and seeking their owner! Most likely to belong to a planner, organiser or control collector of a recent event. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for this item.
Ali has flagged up that there is a survey on the BOF website for folk to give their opinions on whether or not JK should permanently change to having Sprint, Middle, Classic and Relay for all age classes (it’s doing this anyway in 2017). The link to the survey is here… http://bit.ly/1YrtN0S
Gramps used to travel far and wide to multi-day events like the JK but I’ve noticed these days we’re struggling to get above double figures (apart from the 6 Days).
If you don’t already go to these, what would tempt you to start? Would a change in format to mix it up a bit do the trick so that rather than knackering yourself on 3 long classic courses you could have a bit more fun and still have time to be a tourist too?
Tell BOF and I’m sure the 6 Days spies will be keeping an eye on this too as similar changes have been mooted for that.
AUOCup finished with two technical courses in Scolty. The long course was 5.3km, but had only 5 controls – a great long distance control practice!
Evgueni was the brave one tackling the course as the only Gramp (to secure his win in the long, non-student category) and beat the course in great time!
Here are the results from Saturday accompanied with the final overall standings.
Congratulations to the winners: Michaela, Evgueni, Eva and Anne HIckling.
Congratulations to the orienteers in second place: Lovisa, Rob, Daniel and Kirsty Farquharson!
As well as a big thank you for everyone who participated in the cup!!
All is left to do now is the prize giving ceremony and a wee quiz evening at Aberdeen University campus on Tuesday, 22nd March from 8pm, details attached. Hope to see many of you there and once again a big thank you from AUOC!🙂
A really sunny and warm day in Balgownie awaited for the orienteers to take on the 7th AUOCup event. This time in sprint form and with a length of 2.7km, it was a good break from some forest orienteering. Not particularly tricky controls, but some mud slides in the forest offered possibly the hardest obstacles!
Here are the overall results for the AUOCup and below are the results from Balgownie.
NOTE: The last AUOCup event will be next SATURDAY!! Held in Scolty. More information on the race will be posted later next week.
ALSO: We will have a prize giving ceremony and a small quiz evening at uni, where everyone is welcome. Date is 22nd of March and provisional time is at 8pm. Again, more information will be posted later!
See you next time!🙂
The Grampian Orienteers’ annual dinner is once again being held at Raemoir House Hotel. The price is £26.50 for 3 courses and coffee.
If you have not attended the dinner before it comes highly recommended, this is a great opportunity to meet your fellow orienteers somewhere other than a forest car park! If you have been to previous dinners then you will know it is not to be missed. If you would like to attend then please contact Helen Anderson using this form.
This year you have the added bonus of a level C event at Crathes on Sunday 24th where you can burn off those extra calories.
Hello to you all! It is time for an other AUOCup event. It will be the second to last event, held in Balgownie, so it is time to forget the forest orienteering for a while and focus on some fast running and urban sprinting. However, i can say that roughly 40% of the course will be run in the forest/forest tracks. Final details are attached.
The competition is getting intense in some categories. With SOL1 being also part of the AUOCup format, here are the SOL1 results calculated by us.
And here you can see the current situation in the cup before the two last events. It is anyone’s game in the short categories and there is still a good tying chance for Rob in the long non-student category! Lets see what happens! Dont forget to contact me if you would like a map or two.
Hope to see you all there!🙂
I’ve just sat and amended the Gramp email distribution list based on the latest membership database. I’ve assumed that there’s been no change of email address so if you haven’t received an eGRAMP email from me 27/2/16 (re membership list and Hack-O-thon) then please contact Helen Anderson using the Contact page from the menu above to check/register your new address.
I’ve left about 5 names on the list of folk who’ve not renewed yet but I think you might just not have got round to it.
Are you sure you’ve renewed? If you’re not sure, check your bank statement for a payment to BOF in mid-December or contact Helen Anderson to check.
Nothing to do with orienteering but he is a Gramp so I feel totally justified in passing on a link to something Ian Searle spotted and flagged up with the comment ‘Simply outstanding!’ Seconded!
Intrigued? Click here.
Congratulations to Sam Gomersall on his M50 win on Saturday at Bonaly near Edinburgh. We have another Champion to kick start 2016’s Roll of Honour. (Take note JL.)
Other performances of note were Josie 3rd W16, Gordon Urquart 3rd M35 and Helen Rowlands running up and taking 2nd W45.
The Compass Sport Cup qualifying round this year is being hosted by FVO on a new map of Dumyat on the outskirts of Stirling. It will be a high quality Level B event. This is an inter-club competition; however, you need to do your own entry. One club out of ESOC, FVO, GRAMP, INVOC, MAROC will qualify for the finals on Sunday 16 October at Tankersley organised by SYO. You can enter any course you like, but if you want your result to count towards GRAMP score in the club competition then you need to enter an appropriate course.
There is some information on FVO website; I expect more details will be posted here closer to the time:
Entry via Oentries are now open. Deadline Friday 4th March
The rules are fairly complicated (see link below if you are interested) and we are not intending to try to organise GRAMP entries. There are 11 courses:
1 Brown Men Open
2 Short Brown M20- M40+
3 Blue Women Women Open
4 Blue Men M50+
5 Green Women W20- W45+
6 Green Men M60+
7 Veterans Short Green M70+ W60+
8A Junior Men (Green) Men 18-
8B Junior Women (Short Green) Women 18-
9A Orange Men Men 14-
9B Orange Women Women 14-
The first 4 GRAMPs on each course will count towards our overall score. You are allowed to run-up an age class or classes and women are allowed to run as men, but not vice versa. You are welcome to enter any course you wish but you need to enter an appropriate course if you want your result to count towards GRAMP’s score. Compass Sport rules etc (unchanged from 2015) can be found at:
Start times need to be allocated by the club, not the organisers, so if you enter, please let me know (GRAMP treasurer email) if you have a start time preference (early, mid-, late etc). At this stage I don’t know what start times will be available. Let me know if you need advice on which course to enter.
What’s this got to do with orienteering? Well, it has been known for competitors to collapse and the cakes that Maroc Juniors turn out are choking hazards just waiting to happen as you gobble them down they’re so good!!
The defibrillator kept in CNR’s reception was recently used, successfully I’m happy to say, on a member of the public who’d collapsed outside. Our SHE department sent round a link to an interactive video from the Resuscitation Council (UK) on how to perform CPR, use a defib and also how help anyone choking.
I know we have club members trained in first aid but it’s still worth taking a look at this just in case it’s you who has to act in the middle of a forest one day. Be warned, it’ll get your heart racing as you try to “resuscitate” victims with your keyboard while a clock ticks down and the mood music and acting simulate the pressure you’d feel. Very effective messaging as well as teaching you the mechanics.
Can you beat 68/70 in 165 seconds?
(all options selected, 3 multiple choice answers per question)
The club AGM and social will be on Saturday 5th December at The Scout Hall, Oakhill Crescent (near the Atholl Hotel) starting promptly at 7pm.
Short AGM & prize-giving (including the GRAMP Club Championships), followed by ‘Bring a Dish to Share’ supper (food and drink), and some entertaining games for adults and juniors.
Please come prepared to air your views about any topic and suggestions for next year.
Juniors welcome too – there’s another room to escape to so you don’t need to be involved with the talking bit, but can then join in the eating bit!
Any queries? Contact the secretary using this form.
See also this is flyer (with map). NB The Scout Hall is on a narrow lane, late-comers may need to park on Oakhill Road.
Post-AGM event at Tollohill on Sunday 6th December!
He won’t thank me for telling you this (he’s very quiet and self-effacing) but we have a hero in our midst. He’s been regularly volunteering to get controls in after events for years and years but looks like he’s now started collecting competitors instead…..!
“Can you relay a thank you to Bob Daly who came upon me injured in the forest today and reported this to the controller? He then came back up to help carry me to a waiting car. I have a spiral fracture of the fibula in my right leg and a stitched right knee – the result of 2 separate mishaps! Please pass on my heartfelt thanks – I was so glad to see him in the forest! Regards Marjory Craig”
Congratulations to the following GRAMPS on their SOL successes in 2015:
Rob Hickling 1st M60 (have a good one at the VHIs this weekend!)
George Esson 3rd M65S
Neil McLean 1st M70
Morven Farquharson 2nd W10
Kirsty Farquharson 3rd W10
Carolyn McLeod 1st W40L
Anne Hoy 3rd W55S
Anne Hickling 1st W60S
…Adventure Show, BBC2, Sunday 19:00
Features the blood, sweat and tears of WOC2015. I know we all know the results already but you can still cheer on our local elites, Spongey and Jess.
We’ll be awarding points again this year – winner gets 50, 2nd gets 47, 3rd gets 44, 4th gets 41 and then decreasing one point for each place thereafter.
1 point even if you mis-punch or don’t complete the course.
Don’t ask why but that’s the way it was decided to do it for the DNC so I’ve just followed suite!
Your best 3 results out of 5 count towards your overall total and could win you a lavish prize in one of these categories (loosely based on the SOUL system):
JU16 – Junior shadowed
Open – any age class*
V Veteran 40+
SV Super Veteran 55+
UV Ultra Veteran 65+
*Let me know if you want to compete in the Open category otherwise I’ll put you in the category for your age class
Scores so far attached and I’ll try to update asap after each race. Rachel
Great result for Tim yesterday in a truly mind boggling race around the peaks on either side of Glen Coe. Part hill running, part scrambling, part Spider Manning his way round 30 odd km of brutal terrain in 7:55:09 and only 11 minutes behind the Skyrunning World Champion, Emelie Forsberg. (Don’t think he’ll mind being chicked in this case!)
Take a look the website http://www.glencoeskyline.com for a squiz at the race route and possibly photos soon but to give you a brief flavour: “The race route traverses high and remote mountainous terrain. Once committed to many sections of the race route it is impossible to retreat.” (Actually that last bit could equally apply to some of Day 5 of Highland 2015?) Followed by: “Our proposed route features long and sustained sections of scrambling terrain, which is roughly equivalent to moderate standard rock climbing. Be under no illusions that a slip or trip on these serious sections of the route could result in death.”
Get your flyers from Sam Gomersall at Templars Park and distribute them far and wide at work, college, sports centres, libraries….
Maybe stick a few on lamp posts in the areas we’re using or nearby.
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:
Ailsa Anderson, Isobel Anderson, Olivia Coman, Lachlan Kirk, Patrick Lang, Duncan Will, Joe Wright, Keith Yardley
Alistair Chapman, Luke Graham, Alex Lang, Abigail Mason, John Silver, Hannah Will
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.
For the benefit of new members who keep seeing our posts urging you to enter SOLs and SOULs but aren’t sure what we’re on about….
SOL = Scottish Orienteering League (sponsored by CompassPoint)
– larger events – 350-400 runners on average
– a full range of courses to choose from including Black and Short Green/Blue/Brown
– better quality mapping and organisation with loos and often traders/food stalls
– online entry system and very little Entry On The Day
– your result earns you SOL ranking points and the chance to win trophies by age class
SOUL = Scottish Orienteering Urban League (sponsored by bto solicitors)
– all as above but in an urban environment including parks, streets, estates, alleyways, waste ground
– usually 5 or 6 courses all TD3 or Orange standard where route choice is key to a successful run
– the chance to earn ranking points for the SOUL categories where age classes are grouped together
If you’ve not tried a big event yet why not give SOUL 3 at Aboyne and/or SOL 4 at Glen Dye a go the first w/e in May – right on our doorstep, friendly faces you know, the chance to munch on some excellent baking from ScotJOS and Banchory Schools Team – what’s stopping you?
Online entries open already on OEntries with closing date of 26th April for both events.
Turned into a real wild, wet and windy night although most of us managed to get round before it really set in. Commiserations to John for having to earn his 50 planner’s points the really hard way collecting in! Just when I thought I was getting to know Balmedie in the dark well enough to relax a bit, John caught me out with some tricky controls on knolls where if you turned your torch away at the wrong moment you ran straight past. Aagh! Must get the distance judgement thing sussed.
Ice rink in the car park added to the fun but what I really wish I’d seen was the chillimobile squeezing between the posts guarding the entrance to the car park. Are they still there I wonder?
Couple of GRAMPs featured. One you can’t possibly miss in the Know Your Class Leader section where he describes his initial reluctance to get out into the woods (you’d never know it to look at him now!) and the other is hidden away in a crowd (the way she likes it) despite being a Legend.
Next time you are, point the enquirer in the direction of this dynamic piece written by Mike Rogers. Evocative stuff, eh? Could you use it somehow at work or with other circles of friends and acquaintances to entice others to come and try orienteering sometime sooner rather than later?
Do you have any other ideas to get the idea across? Something a bit more dynamic and engaging than the rather static descriptions of the technicalities we normally tend to use?
Sam and Jess would love to hear them so don’t be shy and share your inspiration next time you see them.
If you get bored over the hols here’s a wee orienteering puzzle to keep you occupied.
Print out the AGM O Starter map which has Start, Finish and 3 controls already marked on it.
Using the info contained in the control descriptions and the given distances between some pairs of controls, see if you can recreate the complete course with a total length of 5km and all the controls in the right places. At the AGM we did this offline with the aid of a ruler to measure distances but you could ‘cheat’ and use Condes (which will take some time to set up and thus keep you occupied for even longer if you’re really, really bored!!)
You’ll all have heard about Ash Dieback by now and seen the round robin from BOF that Ian circulated a while ago with advice on how we can help prevent the spread of this and other tree diseases. Here’s a little reminder of how we as orienteers (who are therefore more likely to visit parts of the woods most others never reach), can help prevent the spread – and it’s really worth paying more attention this time as the spring/summer weather tempts us all out and about and especially as Glen Dye has been confirmed as victim of an outbreak of a similar disease affecting larch.
You can help by following these guidelines whether orienteering or just out for a walk:
See also the Keep it Clean campaign by the Forestry Commission
If you want more info on tree diseases then here are a few links or you can ask our resident biosecurity expert, Gen.
Unlike Foot and Mouth, the effects of these diseases aren’t so easy to see so easily forgotten about. Please remember and help orienteering to maintain its good reputation with landowners by doing your bit. Thanks.