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MAROC Newsletter 15th October 2019
More success for the Scottish Juniors, this time in Northern Ireland at the Junior Home International Champs. Well done Matthew Gooch, Eilidh Campbell, Ewan Musgrave, Joel Gooch, Adam Barrie, Jonas Newley & Catriona Chapman
Thanks to all our volunteers over the past 2 weeks:

Jon Musgrave and Sarah Dunn for organising Wednesday night informal training.


Maroc Calendar            
-Sun 3rd Nov: Braes, Logie Coldstone, Training
-Sun 10th Nov: Cambus O May, Regional Race
-Sun 17th Nov: Muir of Dinnet, Training
-Sun 1st Dec: Woods of Easter Clune, Local Race 
-Sun Dec 15th: Bellwood, Aboyne, Local Race

Please see SOA Events Page for full calendar of O fixtures.
Jon Duncan Junior Deeside Cup 2019

Due to potential conflicting Junior age class course designations at the Maroc Cambus O'May event on 10th November it has been decided to exclude the event from the JD2 Cup for this year. The event is being used for the Scottish Junior Inter Areas Championships 2019 Individual and all Juniors are encouraged to enter their age class course as per the listing in the attachment to the Event Information on the Maroc web site.

The 2019 JD2 Cup standings are being calculated from the 8 events completed to date, concluding with GRAMP's Forvie event on  6th Oct and will be published shortly.

Good luck to all our North East Juniors at Cambus O'May!
Selection News

Congratulations to Ewan Musgrave on his selection for the British Orienteering Talent Squad! Matthew Gooch has been re-selected and Eilidh Campbell moves up to the 2nd tier. Well done to all Juniors selected! 

North Area Juniors’ Coaching Sunday 27 October, Loch Vaa

Based at the Community Hall, which is at the end of a small road that turns south off the yellow road coming west out of the village of Boat of Garten. The hall is signposted from the yellow road. In the unlikely event of the car park being full, please park on nearby streets.

Times: start 11:00 prompt, lunch about 12:30, finish about 15:00.

Assembly: Please assemble at the SE corner of the village hall, where the path goes into the forest.

Lunch: We will have a picnic lunch near The Yard, which is about 1.5km from the hall.

What to bring: Packed lunch, usual O kit, with additional layers appropriate for the weather – check the forecast! Bags will be taken to the picnic spot for you.

Cost: there will be a small charge to cover cost of printing maps and other necessary expenditure.

Bookings: you MUST book for this session, so we know how many maps to print. Please use this form to book your place:  BOOKINGS CLOSE at 23:59 on Monday 21 October.

Offers of help from coaches – qualified or not – would be most welcome

In addition to signing up on SurveyMonkey please also email Katja ( so she can ensure lifts are organised for anyone who needs one), by 13th October (because of the school holidays) 

Maroc’s AGM and social will take place on Saturday 23rd November at Finzean Village Hall at 6 for 6.30 till 9pm. The evening’s formalities will be swiftly dealt with, allowing ample time for the prize giving, pot luck supper, chat and games. Please bring a dish of food to share and remember any trophy you may have won last year.

Controllers Course

A Grade C Controllers Course is being held in Roseisle Village Hall, Elgin on Sat 23rd Nov. Anyone interested in attending should contact Denise Martin, denise at to book a place. Before qualifying as a controller you will need to have planned and organised a certain number of local and regional events, in addition to attending this one day course.

Club Profile # 19

 Name: Jonas Newey
Age Class: M14

When did you start O? I started orienteering in 2015, when I was 10

Where was your first O event?  The first orienteering event that I ever went to was at Glen O’Dee. I had seen people doing orienteering before and had always wanted to try it. I got a letter in school about an event so I went along and really enjoyed it.

What are your O strengths? Breaking down long legs.

What are your O weaknesses?  I sometimes lose concentration (especially on shorter legs) and start thinking about something completely different. I also spend too much time double and triple checking control codes and routes.
What is your favourite O area in Deeside? Scolty

What is your favourite O area in Scotland?   My favourite area in Scotland is Roseisle. I like it because it is very runnable. There are also lots of contours which means you really have to concentrate and keep track of where you are.

What are your O ambitions? My main ambition in orienteering is to run in as many different countries as possible and keep improving.

What is your funniest or strangest O experience? Busking in Tallinn while at the World School Orienteering Championships in Estonia.



September 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).

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