Telegenic volunteers will be required for 2022

The Sprint World Orienteering Championships 2022 has been awarded to Edinburgh. Well done to EventScotland and Edinburgh City Council for working with the BOF/SOA bid team and helping sway the decision in Edinburgh’s favour. The proposed venue for the Event Centre is the University of Edinburgh’s Pollock Halls of Residence campus. Preferred dates are in the middleContinue reading “Telegenic volunteers will be required for 2022”

Great Schools Orienteering Festival success for Gramps (aka Aberdeen Grammar)

Three junior Gramp members (two ‘old’ hands and one very recent one) competed in the Scottish Schools Orienteering Festival at Pollock Park representing Aberdeen Grammar recently and came away with a first and team Silver in S2 Boys…. can we get more next year?! Read the P&J report here. Congratulations guys!!

Forest Sprint @ Mulloch 9/5/18

Many thanks to all those who made it to Mulloch tonight, especially considering the not-quite-perfect weather conditions. Thanks also to Gareth, Bob and Zoe for help control collecting. Results Well done to those who recognised the photo locations, may be we should put on some photo-O too! Note on forest rides. Mapped rides are theContinue reading “Forest Sprint @ Mulloch 9/5/18”

Forest Sprints start at Foggieton on 11th April

The first of the Forest Sprint Series will be at Foggieton, Wednesday 11th April.  Car parking and registration at Cults Primary School.  Registtration 18.00 – 18.50, will probably be ready a bit earlier. One course which should be suitable for everyone, 2.7 km, TD3 (ish).  No road crossings.  The forest is nice and runnable atContinue reading “Forest Sprints start at Foggieton on 11th April”

Relay Teams for British and Scottish Relay Championships

British Relay Championships @ Torphantrick 20th May The British Relay Championships are being held on the 20th May up at Torphantrick up in Royal Deeside. It is probably one of the most runnable areas in Deeside, and should be a cracking venue for the Relays. If any Gramp member wishes to run at the relays,Continue reading “Relay Teams for British and Scottish Relay Championships”

New club kit running tights

In a bid to move away from the red and the castle, which some folk have said they don’t like that much, we’ve been mulling over alternative themes still connected to the Aberdeen coat of arms or other symbols and can now proudly unveil the new club running tights: made from ultra industrial rip-stop lycraContinue reading “New club kit running tights”

World Sprint Orienteering Championships 2022

Exciting news on the SOA website yesterday confirming that The Scottish Orienteering 6-Day Event Company, along with the bid partners of the Scottish Orienteering Association, EventScotland and the City of Edinburgh Council are submitting a bid on behalf of British Orienteering to stage the World Sprint Orienteering Championships 2022. Along with the announcement is aContinue reading “World Sprint Orienteering Championships 2022”

Mountain bike centre at Durris

Bit quiet on the orienteering front until the Forest Sprints start (more details on those to follow very soon) so in the meantime here’s something that might interest those energetic crossover athletes amongst you. The North East Trail Centre Organisation have unveiled plans for a new centre for mountain biking in Durris (Cairn Mon Earn at the summitContinue reading “Mountain bike centre at Durris”

Bennachie under threat?

Some of you will be aware of ongoing discussions/plans for the dualling of the A96 from Aberdeen to Elgin and that some of the alternative routes under consideration would encroach upon Bennachie and its surroundings. From a purely selfish orienteering point of view, or from a wider ranging appreciation of the other benefits that BennachieContinue reading “Bennachie under threat?”

SOA wants to tap into your thoughts about orienteering in Scotland

The SOA are reviewing if they’re really focusing on the right things to achieve their aims, and if/what they should be doing differently. Richard Oxlade and Anne Hickling are leading on this as the ‘strategic’ team. There is an online survey with a deadline of 28th February so please take a look and respond toContinue reading “SOA wants to tap into your thoughts about orienteering in Scotland”

Compass Sport Cup – 11th March

The Compass Sport Cup qualifying round this year is being hosted by FVO  at Beecraigs Country Park, near Linlithgow, on Sunday 11th March as part of their Stepping Into Spring weekend.    A newly updated and extended map will be in use.  The Scottish Sprint Championships will be at Stirling University on Saturday 10th March.  MoreContinue reading “Compass Sport Cup – 11th March”

And now for something completely different…

Here’s the map from EUOC’s Big Weekend Indoor O laid on by Prof Graeme Ackland of INT in “his” offices (JCMB Building in Uni Kings Campus). Indoor O map – EUOC Big Weekend 2018 The staircases are all given letters so you can spot where they come out on successive floors, green lines across corridorsContinue reading “And now for something completely different…”

Have you renewed your membership yet?

From 1st November this year, the SOA introduced an additional membership option, to give existing and new members the option of joining their local club and the SOA only. There are therefore two options for membership renewal: 1. British membership (joining your local club, the SOA and British Orienteering) The primary option for members whoContinue reading “Have you renewed your membership yet?”

Sasha’s in the GBR Senior Squad for 2018

British Orienteering has announced the GBR Senior Squad for 2018, and there are a good number of Scottish and Scotland-based athletes included in the squad not least ex-Gramp Sasha Chepelin. Congratulations! (And next year I promise to try and keep better tabs on his international apearances and results as this year it was all alContinue reading “Sasha’s in the GBR Senior Squad for 2018”

Crathes DNC – 6th Dec 2017 – Results

A dry and mild evening for night-O at Crathes  (Thankfully before Storm Caroline arrives). Thanks to Jack G for very pleasant, runnable and enjoyable courses.  Getting to the Start was a bit more challenging than usual, as there were no reflectors to show the way, and no start description either!   I think everyone found itContinue reading “Crathes DNC – 6th Dec 2017 – Results”

Scottish Score Championships 2017

A good day for Gramp today. Congratulations to these guys who swept ~20% of the podium places between them: Champions M21 Jack Gomersall M40 Pete Lawrence M55 Sam Gomersall M60 Bob Daly W50 Carolyn McLeod Plenty of 2nd places too – W60 Oonagh Grassie, M60 Rob Hickling, M14 Sam Griffin, M35 David Esson (robbed byContinue reading “Scottish Score Championships 2017”

Gramp Equipment Store – Road Closure 25-30th Sept

Access by car to the Gramp Equipment Shed in Macaulay Drive is going to be severely limited in late September. Countesswells Road is being re-surfaced, and will be completely closed to traffic between Airyhall traffic lights and the junction with Airyhall Avenue whilst this work is taking place.  Macaulay Drive residents will have no vehicleContinue reading “Gramp Equipment Store – Road Closure 25-30th Sept”

Orienteers win races in the presence of royalty

At the 202nd Braemar Gathering last Saturday, the long distance races had great showings from orienteers: – Hill Race (Ladies) – 1st Naomi Lang (GRAMP), 2nd Tessa Hill (EUOC) – Hill Race (Open) – 1st Peter Hodkinson (NOC), 2nd Graham Gristwood (FVO), 3rd Sasha Chepelin (EUOC), 5th Alex Carcas (EUOC) – Hill Race (Ladies Veterans)Continue reading “Orienteers win races in the presence of royalty”

Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair

Next Saturday’s Moravian event at Culbin will be 50 years to the day since British Orienteering was formed. They’ll be celebrating by having an informal 1960s theme to the event. While the orienteering will be very much 21st century, they are inviting participants to dig out their most ancient o kit, or failing that comeContinue reading “Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair”

Tyrebagger results uploaded to BOF

It was a bit of a tag team event in terms of admin and officials but we’ve finally managed to get the right combo in Aberdeen this weekend to upload the results to BOF for the rankings. Sadly only the Brown course had sufficient qualifying finishers so only they get any points. For newcomers: theContinue reading “Tyrebagger results uploaded to BOF”

WANTED: Fit males to help heart research project

Dr Alice Mezincescu has started coming to our events (when on call duties allow) in order to brush up her navigation skills for an Ultra race later this year she says, but I reckon that secretly she’s also been gauging the orienteering fraternity for suitable subjects to help her research. She is a British HeartContinue reading “WANTED: Fit males to help heart research project”