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MAROC Newsletter 27th October 2020
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Thanks to all our volunteers over the past 2 weeks:  Creag Choinnich Local Event:  Organisor & Covid Officer: Trevor Ricketts, Assistant Organisor: Fran Getliff, Planner: Denise Wright, and everyone who helped out on the day; Haughton Park DNC: Nick Hale.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Maroc Calendar  

-Sun 22nd Nov: Potarch, Club Training
-Sun 6th Dec: Gramp Local Event, Crathes

Deeside Night Cup

-Wed 11th Nov: Crathes
-Wed 18th Nov: Dess
- Wed 25th Nov: Dunnottar

For more full calendar and more details check the DNC blog here and also check the Maroc and Gramp  websites for final updates.

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


I hope that everyone enjoyed our two events at Haughton Country Park and Creag Choinnich during the past week. One again I would like to acknowledge the extended teams that enable these events to happen and thanks to everyone who competed, making it all worthwhile.
We are very fortunate to be able to continue with our events when many others throughout the UK are having to cancel or postpone. We will continue to monitor the Covid situation in close contact with SOA and look forward to our next night event at Dess on 18th November and to more over the winter. There have already been bumper turn-outs of over 40 at each of the night events in the series so far and Gramp’s event at Crathes tomorrow is likely to be the same.
The AGM on 23rd November is approaching soon and it’s also time to start thinking about renewing your club and British Orienteering membership. This past year has been difficult but I hope that you have enjoyed what orienteering has been possible and have felt benefit from your membership. Please renew early for next year when we can all anticipate a gradual but sustained return to pre-Covid levels of activity.

Take care, stay safe.

Nick Hale       president@marocscotland.org.uk 

Club Training, Sun 22nd Nov, Potarch

There will be a MAROC club training session on 22nd November, 10-12, at Potarch, led by Katja Neumann.

We will have 3 training groups at white/yellow, orange, and light green standard, open to all current club members.

To meet the current Covid-19 guidelines for running club training sessions it will be essential for everyone attending to sign-up ahead of the day and there will be a maximum of 30 people allowed at each session. An email with a link to a sign-up form will be sent by email later this week. Last date for signing up is Friday 20th November, 12 noon! The maximum number includes coaches and any non participating adult that accompanies a child. You will be required to supply personal details including a contact phone number to comply with Trace and Protect requirements. Please supply a phone number at which we could also contact you during the training session if needed.

To allow as many spaces as possible for people to actively participate in the training, parents that are not training themselves should drop their children off at the Potarch carpark, and there will be a meeting place with the coaches at one of the benches on the green next to the car park for participants only. Coaches will then walk with the participants to the training base in the forest, and bring them back to the meeting place at the end of the training. We will stay until all children have been picked up. A club training consent form will be required for any children being left alone at the session. If this is a problem for younger children that may not be confident to attend without a parent, please email me. 

You will receive an email confirming your space at the training.

Deeside Night Cup
 A Maroc/GRAMP joint series of Night Orienteering Events
Notes for Competitors
Information on each club’s events can be found on the Maroc and GRAMP websites. Cumulative results, more information and a discussion forum on the Series can be found on the DNC Blog: here

Courses
Each event has 2 courses with the following approximate guidelines:
Deeside Night Cup (Long) – 5km approx, winning time 40 minutes Mini Night Cup (Short) – 3km approx, winning time 35 minutes Course distances will vary depending on the terrain and amount of climb. Both will be technically challenging (TD5, Green+) with no concessions to darkness.
They are for experienced club orienteers. If you’re not yet TD5 (Green) standard then please find someone to run with the first couple of times so you can pick up tips on Night O navigation strategy.

Format
Starts: 1800 – 1900hrs (earlier or later at planner’s discretion) Courses Close at 2000hrs. Competitors must strictly observe the course closure time and run early if you think you may be out for more than an hour.
The events will use SI Timing and use contact punching, not contact-free. Hire SI-Cards will be available at the event.
Reflectors will be used at the controls instead of kites.
Currently 17 events are scheduled for the Series.
Points are awarded for each course at each event, 50, 47, 44, 42, 40 for the first five finishers then decreasing by one for the remainder. The best 9 results count to the final tally at the end of the Series. If any events are excluded for any reason it will be (the number of events +1)/2 rounded up to count. The organiser for each event automatically gets 50 points.

Equipment
Dress for the weather just as at any other orienteering event A powerful head torch is required. These are readily available from outdoors suppliers. The more powerful the headtorch the easier it is going to be! A back-up torch is mandatory. A whistle, extra clothing and mobile phone are advised.

Cost
£5.00 senior, £2.50 junior and full-time student.

Running the event under Covid conditions
Before the event: All Competitors must pre-enter using a Google-Form through a link on the organising club’s website. No entry on the night. Closing date will be 10pm the Monday before the event.
Start time slots will be pre allocated and sent by email the Tuesday before the event.
No pre-payment or handling of cash on the night, payment will be by invoice in February/March 2021 at the end of the series.
At the event: Competitors must get changed ready to run and arrive at the Map pick-up point during their 10-minute time slot, maintaining 2m distancing between households.
Competitors collect their maps and go directly to the Start. Those with Hire SI-Cards can collect them with their map.
All Competitors must ensure that the organiser knows they are running.
Hand sanitiser must be used before picking up maps and SI cards.
Gloves must be removed.
There will be no ‘key-drop’.
At the start everyone must ‘punch’ the ‘Clear’ and ‘Start’ SI units. During your run keep 2m apart even if it means losing a couple of seconds at a control.
At the finish follow instructions to Download and ensure that the organiser knows that you have finished your course.
No splits will be handed out.
Go directly to your car and please do not linger.

Results
Every effort will be made to get results on the organising club’s website the day after the event but in some instances, it may take a little longer.

Safety
Competitors MUST carry a spare torch and are advised to take a whistle, adequate clothing and a mobile phone.
A Covid Risk Assessment will be completed for the event and will be signed off by the club Covid Officer and a Committee Member.
A standard risk assessment will also be completed for the event and countersigned by a club member with night planning/organising experience. The organiser will have a first aid kit and a rucksack with sleeping bag, extra torches and warm clothing available in their car.
The organiser’s mobile number will be printed on the competition map
. If the weather is bad, the organiser can insist that competitors carry a cagoule.
Remember that orienteering – even in daylight – has inherent risks. At night these risks are increased. By entering these events you are accepting responsibility for your own safety.
MAROC AGM

Our Annual General Meeting will be held by Zoom at 7pm on Monday 23rd November. Sadly this year no tug-O-war and no pot luck supper! Also regrettably, with so little orienteering going on in 2020, there will be no John Duncan Cup trophies or standard awards for our youngsters.

However, we do need to have an AGM, the agenda for which is:

  1. Welcome and Introduction from the President
  2. Apologies
  3. Approval of the 2019 AGM minutes
  4. President’s report
  5. Treasurer’s report and approval of accounts
  6. Approval of proposed fees for 2021 and 2022
  7. Election of the 2021 Club Committee

Please do attend if you can – a chance to see those happy smiling faces of your fellow club members!

 

There are various positions on the committee coming vacant, any of which provide an excellent opportunity to get to know your club better and to support the wonderful sport of orienteering. These are Vice President, Mapping Officer, Development Officer, Lead Coach and Club Captain. None of these jobs on their own are very onerous and could be combined with another role. If you would like more information please contact
Sue: secretary@marocscotland.org.uk or
Nick: president@marocscotland.org.uk 

Details of how to join the meeting will be sent out nearer the time but in the meantime please save the date!

Upcoming SOA Online Courses and Training


Nov 25th 7-9pm Event Safety Workshop - Mandatory workshop for anyone who wishes to help plan or organise an orienteering event. More info here

Aug SCORE
 
Don't forget to read the latest issue of SCORE, SOA's quarterly magazine.  https://www.scottish-orienteering.org/soa/page/score-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 score@scottish-orienteering.org.
 
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