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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?
Results, splits and RouteGadget on Gramp website
Forgot to spread the word tonight that entries are now open on Fabian 4 for the British Night Champs 2019 at Muir of Dinnet 23rd Feb, plus an urban Sprint at Cove to warm your legs up in anticipation and a SOL at Birsemore the day after to warm down (?? aye, right!) to make a real weekend of it.
Spread the word and get entering now.
Rankings after 3 events
Parking is in the usual car park up the track from the A93.
This is where the real TD5 stuff kicks in so make sure you have plenty of time and a spare torch battery as it’s going to be a shock to the system mentally and physically after the super fast fairways last week.
(Pssst! Long course folk! You may have the chance to compete against a couple of Elites taking time off from mapping Cove if they have enough energy left.)
Points following first two events (thanks to Drew for doing the number crunching again)
They give us those nice bright colors…
Anyone who saw that sunset will know why that was going round my head while I was trotting round last night.
Thanks to Amber and Luke and helpers for a gentle introduction/rehabilitation to night O (apart from no 8 on the Short which lured several of us into risking a bearing run to practice and messing up royally) plus soup and cakes to round off a pleasant evening.
Two courses 3km and 5km at TD5/Green standard as far as possible. No concessions to the dark.
24/10/2018 MAROC Intro Glen O’Dee Luke & Amber Graham Results Splits
31/10/2018 GRAMP Hazlehead Dennis McDonald Results Splits
07/11/2018 MAROC Cambus O’May Andy Tivendale Results and splits
14/11/2018 GRAMP Tyrebagger Rachel Scott Results, splits and RouteGadget
21/11/2018 MAROC Pannanich Jon Musgrave Results, splits and Routegadget
28/11/2018 GRAMP Balmedie Matt Parkes Results, splits and RG
05/12/2018 MAROC Balnagowan Matthew Gooch Results, splits and RG
12/12/2018 GRAMP Forvie Murray Anderson Results, splits and RG
19/12/2018 MAROC Potarch Eilidh and Kirsty Campbell Results and splits
26/12/2018 MAROC Braes by Logie Coldstone Sarah Dunn Results, splits and RG
09/01/2019 GRAMP Crathes Paul Duley Results, splits and RG
16/01/2019 MAROC Sluie Chris Low Results, splits and RG
23/01/2019 GRAMP Scolty Dave Kirk Results, splits and RG
30/01/2019 MAROC Shooting Greens Nick Hale
06/02/2019 GRAMP Glen Dye Sam Gomersall Results, splits and RG
13/02/2019 MAROC Wood of Easter Clune Bob Sheridan Results, splits and RG
20/02/2018 MAROC Tilquillie Scott Reynolds Results, splits and RG
(23/02/2019 British Night Champs at Dinnet – final closing date 18/2/19)
Bring a spare torch/battery and wrap up warm or waterproof as appropriate.
Check here for updates to locations and snow reports etc. before travelling.
Seniors £5, Juniors £2.50
If you’re not yet TD5 (Green) standard then please find someone who is to run with the first couple of times so you can pick up tips on Night O navigation strategy.
Starts/Reg 18:00 – 19:00
Courses close 20:00/20:30 depending on the planner/area.
Final points table:
For the end-of-series meal we squeezed into Rock, Salt and Sole in Banchory for fine fish and chips. Prizes were awarded as follows:
DNC – Men
1 Joseph Wright
2 Matthew Gooch
3 Felix Wilson
DNC – Women
1 Hazel Wright
2 Sarah Dunn
3 Eilidh Campbell
Mini-DNC – Men
1 Ewan Musgrave
2 Joel Gooch
3 Nick Hale
Mini-DNC – Women
1 Amber Graham
2 Kirsty Campbell
3 Helen Rowlands
Course of the year: Balnagowan planned by Drew Tivendale (beating Corsedarder, Roger Coombs, by one vote)
Toughest of the Tough: Shooting Greens, Donald Kerridge (one vote ahead of Hazelhead, Dave Kirk)
Special prize for diligence – David Esson who completed a course at every one of the seventeen events.
A big thankyou to all the planners who made the effort that made seventeen good night events possible. Also the behind-the scenes officials at MAROC and GRAMP who organised the series, arranged permissions, registrations etc.
Probably the most popular DNC series so far. A total of 108 people entered at least one event and 39 people did at least nine events. Please leave any comments about the format of the series, suggestions for improvements etc.