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MAROC Newsletter 28th April 2020
Catriona Chapman's entry for the Maroc Strava Art Competition

President's Piece

We are all adapting to our current constraints and are developing new ways to challenge our orienteering skills. Are we also getting fitter as we use our daily exercise to push that bit harder? I have been taking great pleasure in studying my local OS maps and have found many devious new routes from my doorstep that I never knew existed.

Exit strategies are very much the topic of the moment. British Orienteering and the SOA are thinking hard about how orienteering can fit into future Government protocols as restrictions are relaxed. One thing that we can anticipate is that the return will be gradual and that initially our events will look and feel rather different.

Perhaps we got a clue from our last weekend of Scottish orienteering at Gleneagles and Errochty just before the lockdown where gatherings were avoided, including at the start. Size of the event, distance travelled and hygiene will undoubtably come into it too. As with the national effort I am sure that everyone will play their part and that our enjoyment and satisfaction will not be compromised. It may be a while yet but the path is being prepared.

On a last note I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all the club volunteers who are continuing to give their time to the Club through the lockdown despite the close-down of our activities.

Keep fit and stay safe.

Nick Hale

Training Update

As well as the course on Aboyne Green highlighted last week, there is a new MapRun course now available on Scolty hill, thanks to Jonas Newey. It's out on the open bit of hillside near the tower, so right now you will need a bit of exercise to reach it - maybe cycle in to the Scotly car park and walk up to the start point? You can download the course from the Event listing in MapRunF (filed under Gramp as they have kindly given us use of their area to set the course up, or if you live in Banchory it should pop up under the Local Events listing). The course is orange standard.

A new version 4.8.8 of MapRunF has also recently been released. It includes some great new features which make it very simple to set up events to run from your own doorstep. You can import any kind of map to the app to plan your course on. There is a video demonstrating some of the new features here. If you give it a go, please let us know how it went - some pictures for the next newsletter would be great!

Please get in touch with Sarah if you would like to help set up some MapRun courses for the club. Information on the SOA website has recently been updated to reflect the new version of MapRunF.

Have fun, but please remember to adhere to Lockdown restrictions and don't travel anywhere for your exercise.

Catching Features

Whilst there have been a number of Catching Features competitions set up which I am sure some of you have been enjoying, I have 3 free licences for youngsters, first come first served. I now have a male Maroc runner which you can install in CF and busy working on a female runner with the help of the Neumann-Newey boys.

In addition I have converted a number of the Maroc maps with a couple of courses and you can add your own also.

Craig Nolan has sent me his conversion of the Torphantrick map used for the recent competition he set up. I will add some new courses to this map.

If anyone wants the runner or any of the maps then please let me know and I will send them with guidelines;

Presently working on a Maroc online O-Quiz for Mid May!

Stay well and fit.

Phil Basford Mapping

Armchair Orienteering

And a reminder about all of the opportunities for doing some armchair orienteering exercises at home. Pat is regularly sharing lots of fun and interesting games and ideas via the Maroc Facebook page and the SOA is publishing a daily isolation puzzle. The SOA puzzles are being shared across the world and, as a great opportunity to showcase some of our finest maps, the puzzles are currently doing a Grand Tour of Scotland - look out for one of Maroc's classic areas over the next week or two! For those who don't use Facebook the puzzles can also be accessed here. Chris Smithard (FVO) has also got a great compilation of games and challenges here.  

Maroc Strava Art Competition

There were 4 great attempts at a Strava squirrel that appeared over the last couple of weeks. As well as Catriona's art (shown above), Pat Graham produced a fantastic beast of the forest. To try and encourage a few more people to have a go and a bit of fun at the same time, this time the theme is ORIENTEERING. You can interpret that in any way you wish to make it as simple (start triangle?) or complex (forest runner?) as you wish. Give it your best shot and upload to Strava with the hashtags #MarocStrava Art #StravaOrienteeringArt by Mon 11th May. Check out last week's newsletter for some tips on how to go about it.


December SCORE

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).

As always, contributions from all readers are welcome.  If you'd like to discuss, email
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