Long 4.8 km, 155m climb
Short 2.9 km, 85m climb
Please note there are unmarked extraction lanes from recent harvesting activity and also some unmarked motorbike tracks.
Points after 11 weeks
(Drew also noticed the number of new faces at Crathes as it took twice as long to do the points as usual!)
Nice new area – fairly flat and fast. Seemed to be enjoyed by all I’m told. Did anyone spot the Ghost of Pudding Shakers Past?
Coming to the end of the 2018 and half way through the current DNC season so time for a round up.
Good week for the underdogs with Lachlan Kirk taking victory on the medium in his first outing of the season. Impressive indeed but David Esson’s consistency means he maintains his lead. Old Man Tivendale proves the value of consistency with his dodgy run taking him up to a narrow second place. Several other late starters to the season are now showing their colours and proving it is still wide open on the medium with the best 9 to count.
Young Man Tivendale maintains his second place despite an even dodgier run on long. But Ewan Musgrave proves youth can still triumph over experience by taking his first victory on the long course. Can his father catch him?
Eilidh Campbell and Sarah Dunn are having a continuing battle for first lady on the Long, both having run 7 events and Eilidh currently leading thanks to organising Potarch but Sarah gets 50 next week to cancel that out so watch this space….. Meanwhile sister Kirsty Campbell is leading lady in the Mini Night Cup and Rachel is more than pleasantly surprised to find herself in second place and first Senior W but realises this is entirely due to organising Tyrebagger and attending more events than the other old ladies and nearest rival, Lesley Gomersall, could easily overtake her if she manages to make it to a few more next year and maintain her spookily consistent 40 points each time.
Only David Esson can now guarantee his Easter egg prize for a perfect season of DNC attendance. But remember, this is the training ground of future champions. British Night Champs at Muir of Dinnet this season. I hope to see many DNC Die Hards climbing the podium at the end of February.
Results, splits and RG
New territory for the DNC so if you missed it best get doing your homework on RG for next time.
Into December now and nights definitely getting wilder and wetter if not colder so don’t forget to wrap up if necessary so Planners don’t have to worry too much about you all.
Next up is Balnagowan brought to you by Matthew Gooch.
This week the courses have been planned in the back (northern & western) section of Balnagowan, a lovey area and nice under foot. As a result there is limited car parking space and it would be appreciated if people could car share as much a possible along with parking tightly on the night.
Take the Tarland road north out of Aboyne for 1.5km, then turn left on to a track heading west (will be marked), just before a farm. Follow this track for 1km and parking will be from there on the edge of the track and in two turning bays 150m apart (i will be in the second, the further one). See map at bottom for turn off location.
Course lengths & climbs:
Long – 5km, 115m
Medium – 3.3km, 95m
Starts will be 5:30pm – 7pm
Courses closes at 8pm
Results, splits and RG on Maroc website
Rankings after 6 weeks
Rankings after 5 weeks
Pundit Drew comments: Sam Gomersall maintains his lead on Medium despite missing this weeks entertainment on a predominantly downhill but still ferociously difficult Pannanich course. Consistent David Esson moves up to second. Thanks to planner Jon Musgrave.
An interesting challenge including a test of distance judgement while contouring round steep and rough terrain which required complete concentration all the way. Very tricky.
Drew asserts his lead on Long. Reminiscent of Leicester City’s run in the Premier League, how long can the fairy-tale continue? Admittedly, young Matthew Gooch and Alistair Chapman are looking dangerous.
Plenty other dark horses in both fields. Best of 9 to count. Still early days.
(Unashamed plug for the) GRAMP event this Sunday 2nd Dec if you’re not going to MAROC Training but fancy a bit of exercise/competition…
Location: Foggieton with parking at Cults Primary School, NJ883032
Long score, 45mins (over 16s only)
Short score, 30mins (included recommended yellow course if preferred)
Starts: 11am – 12noon
Seniors £4, Juniors £2
Cake and hot drinks stall in aid of the Scottish World Schools Team.
Looking at RG it looks like fun heltery-skeltery kind of courses predominantly running downhill which was very kind of Jon – obviously doesn’t want the Toughest of the Tough Trophy for DNC 18/19.
Rankings after 4 weeks
Comments from Scoremeister Drew: Big news so far is….
Young Man Tivendale takes a commanding lead on the long course which he hopes to maintain until the end of the season. Old Man Tivendale looses the plot on medium on his first start of the season. Sam Gomersall maintains his strong start on medium. Can anyone catch him?