More photos here
Results are now done – click this link to Gramp’s website
Thanks to everyone for a good safe event in pretty cold and windy conditions.
Car park was just over the Ythan bridge as you go north out of Newburgh. Map
Overall rankings after 9 events
Well done to wee Barry McManamon – must be a DNC record for most Junior entrant? – I was going to use my short legs as an excuse for slow going through all that heather until I spotted him and Mum at the far side of the big hill debating how far to go down the path towards number 126.
Overall rankings after 9 events
Pundit Drew says:
With best 8 to count, Wednesday’s 9th event meant things started to get interesting. Can anyone catch Joe on the Long? Well, if I win the next 6 events then I’m definitely in with a chance. Should be close for the minor places.
On the Mini Night Cup, Ewan looks to be slipping in recent weeks. Can he be caught by Eilidh? Or even Pete Lawrence and Rob Hickling who are yet to complete 8 counting events? Looks set to be an interesting battle.
Work commitments meant a 7:10pm start for me on Wednesday and I got timed out after messing up #10. Devastated. I might have persevered if I’d known Donald would be out for 1 hour 42 minutes! (No disrespect Donald as I know you can run faster than me).
So Joe, Hazel and Roger still maintain their perfect streaks on the long. And only Ewan and Helen maintain a perfect record on the medium. I always did admire Helen’s streaking abilities.
Many other personal battles still ongoing. Chris Low looking dangerous on medium having only done 5 events so far. Jenny Ricketts winning her first DNC outing of the year in impressive style. Even still a few first timers as the season progresses.
So still all to play for. Looking forward to the next 6 DNC events of the season. Some cracking venues. Forvie next week and Muir of Dinnet 3! on 1st February which will be on the south side of A93 for the first time and I can promise will be a great challenge.
Results, splits and RG
Course lengths 5.1km / 3.5km
Rankings after 8 events
Drew (and probably others) admits to thinking he had his best run so far of the series only to find himself severally pipped to the post by a bunch of studes back for the holidays.
Listen up if your name is Joe Wright, Gordon Urquhart, Clare Tunaley, William Nicolson, Anne Hoy or Kevin Hyland ….
You need to collect your Urban Sprints trophy from the plastic bag attached to the windscreen wiper at Registration at next couple of events – look for the one with your name on it. (Sorry – didn’t manage to get these sorted in time for presentation at various AGMs but better late then never.)
Final Results and Splits
Finalised results are now uploaded. Results were amended for Long to void legs either side of no 7 (131) and reinstate anyone who missed no.7.
Thanks to Bob for taking on a DNC with relatively little planning experience (and Liz for assisting of course). Some deceptively simple looking legs caught many out but still provided some good, fast running for those that can and relatively heather-free trotting for those that can’t. The alternative car parking and Start was also a good idea to mix things up from “the usual”. The only complaints I heard were from folk that had gone out with too many layers on not quite believing the forecast 15 degrees to be true.
Area for this was Burn O’Vat car park south to A93 through all that lovely bubbly terrain making it hard to spot which undulation was which if you lost contact.
PS Welcome back Teresa and the Chillimobile! We’ve missed you both!
After a delightfully pleasant race at Dess, how can we follow it? At fast Balmedie of course!
- Long 5.0km, 19 controls
- Medium 3.1km, 12 controls
Thanks to everyone for coming on a beautiful cold, starry night. Results have been posted on the GRAMP website here.
Planner/Organiser – Rob Hickling
Results, splits and RG link on Gramp website
You can read my comments on the results post re brikkes not starting etc.
If anyone affected self-timed but didn’t tell me last night and still wants me to change the estimate for their first leg then let me know email@example.com and I’ll change it (although it may not happen for a couple of days with GMC looming.)