MAROC Newsletter 30th March 2021
Club training resumed on Sunday 21st March at Cambus O May with views across to Lochangar.
Thanks to all our volunteers over the past 2 weeks:  Cambus O May training: Organisor: Katja Neumann, Lead coach: Jon Musgrave,  Assistant coach: Scott Newey.
Maroc Calendar  

-Wed 31st Mar: Forest Sprint, Dess
-Wed 14th Apr: Forest Sprint, Bellwood
-Sun 18th Apr: Training, tbc
-Wed 28th Apr: Forest Sprint, Cambus O May
-Wed 12th May: Forest Sprint, Denlethen, Laurencekirk
-Sun 16th May: Training, tbc

Please see SOA Events Page for full calendar of O fixtures.
President's Piece

We’ve now had a year of Covid and our orienteering experience has been very different during this time. Some things have changed but others have not.

The current emergence from restrictions is going ahead slowly but surely; we had our first coaching session of the year last week and the first of our four Spring Series events takes place tomorrow.

At the moment we are limited by Sport Scotland to Club-only events and Local Authority travel restrictions but, following today’s announcements, these should be lifted on 26th April allowing us to be more inclusive for our last two Spring Series events.

Both now and then, please remember to always keep up your 2m distancing and avoid gatherings of more than 15 people, at the start, finish and in the car park. This will keep us all safe.

The committee met last night on Zoom to plan our way through and beyond these transformational times and I’d like to thank them and all club members for their commitment to the club during this past Covid year. We are healthy and active and have a great deal to look forward to during the rest of this year and beyond.

Take care, stay safe.

Nick Hale

Spring Series 2021

Four local events for Club members, suitable for families, beginners and experienced orienteers:

Wednesday 31st March Dess, Aboyne Bob Sheridan

Wednesday 14th April Bellwood, Aboyne Paul Chapman

Wednesday 28th April Cambus O’May, Ballater Chris Low

Wednesday 12th May Denlethen Woods, Laurencekirk Sue Barrie


Yellow Standard: 2km approx.

Orange Standard: 3km approx.

Possible additional Orange course in Late April/May if Covid travel restrictions are eased for our Aberdeen neighbours.

SI Timing with touch-free if you have an SIAC-card. Hire SI-Cards available.

General details

See website for individual event details

Pre-entry only to aid ‘Trace and Protect’.

Seniors £5.00, Juniors/Students £2.50. Payment by invoice.

No cash on the day. Just turn up, collect your map and hired SI-Card if pre-ordered and go straight to the start.

Pre-allocated start times between approximately 6pm and 7pm.

Covid precautions must be followed including 2m distancing and not gathering in groups of more than 15 people.

MAROC training

It was great to see so much interest in our first training session on Sunday, 21st March. Despite running 3 groups, we could not offer places to everyone that wanted to come.

Jon Mugrave was the Lead Coach, and Scott Newey was helping. Thank you to both of you!

We are planning further training session on 18 April and 9 May (change of date!), location to be confirmed. I am still looking for Lead Coaches for these sessions. Please get in touch, if you are interested. Format and location of these sessions are flexible (


Be Tick Aware
24th-30th March is “Tick Bite Prevention Week” raising awareness of the consequences ticks can have on ours and our pets health.  For more information about ticks and the risks they pose go to the Scottish Orienteering page here and follow the link to the dedicated site.
Scottish 6 days
Plans are well under way for the Scottish 6 Days in Lochaber. With the road map out of lockdown it is starting to look likely that it will actually happen! It is good to see that a lot of Maroc members have entered already. It would be good to see some of our less experienced members taking part too. A big event can feel really daunting but everyone is always very friendly and helpful. There are courses to suit all abilities and there is no obligation to do all of the days – some of the venues are some distance from Fort William and could be done in isolation as part of a holiday in the area. More information is here   As day organiser for day 2, I have filled most of the team leader roles for the day, but am still looking for someone to take the lead with car parking. I’m pleased to say that no muddy fields are involved! Please get in touch if you think you could help.
Don't forget to read the latest issue of SCORE, SOA's quarterly magazine.

Paper copies can be requested via the SOA office (details in every issue).

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