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MAROC Newsletter 12th November 2019
Adam Barrie and Sam Griffin receiving the Inter-Areas trophy on behalf of the North Area at Cambus O May 
Thanks to all our volunteers over the past 2 weeks:  Paul Chapman: Sunday training at Logie Coldstone; Pat Graham: Organisor, Cambus O May, Trevor Ricketts: Planner, Cambus O May; Katja Neumann: organising the North team for the InterAreas weekend; everyone who helped at Cambus O May, see below for full list!


Maroc Calendar            

-Sun 17th Nov: Muir of Dinnet, Training
-Sat 23rd Nov: Maroc AGM, Finzean Village Hall
-Sun 1st Dec: Woods of Easter Clune, Local Race 
-Sun Dec 15th: Bellwood, Aboyne, Local Race

Deeside Night Cup

-Wed 13th Nov: Hazlehead
-Wed 20th Nov: Coull
-Wed 27th Nov: Foggieton
-Wed 4th Dec: Dinnet
-Wed 11th Dec: Balmeadie
-Wed 18th Dec: Carlogie

Please see SOA Events Page for full calendar of O fixtures.

Club training at Dinnet Muir this Sunday
We have a full club training session planned for Dinnet Muir this Sunday, 17th Nov. It will involve technical skills practice for all levels, from beginner to expert and for all ages 5-85! Dan Gooch will be the lead coach for the day. New club members and their families are especially welcome to come and join in the fun. These sessions are always a good opportunity to meet and chat with other members as well as getting some useful practice in. We will meet at Burn o' Vat car park, ready to start the session at 10:30 am and it will run until ~12:00pm. Adults £2, Juniors £1. Please ensure that you sign up for the sessions here, so that we know how many maps to print and to allocate everyone to appropriate training groups.

The Cambus O’May event was blessed with some beautiful but very frosty weather ensuring that competitors turned out in droves to take part – over 280 in fact!  The numbers had been given a huge boost by the addition of the Scottish Junior Inter Areas Championships and the Scottish University Championships which were held alongside.  It was a long and very cold day for the Juniors but they were all in great spirits and congratulations to the North Area for lifting the Inter-Areas trophy!

It was a great day of competition with the boys from Maroc turning out some impressive results with wins for Matthew Gooch M18  (Brown), Adam Barrie M16  (Light Green) and Tristan Wallace M10 (White) as well as a 2nd place for Ewan Musgrave M16 (Blue), 3rd for John Getliff M18 (Blue) & Paul Mather M40 (Green), 4th for Jonas Newey M16 (Light Green), Dirk Wallis M40 (Green), Cameron Cormack M10 (White) and 5th place for both Ewan Bennett M16 (Light Green) and Ben Redmond M10 (Yellow) with Andy Tivendale M70 (Green) in 6th

For the girls, Page Provan finished a brilliant 2nd on the White course,  and Eilidh Campbell 5th on Blue.

I’d like to say a huge thanks to the following volunteers for making the day go more smoothly that I could ever have imagined (despite the Portaloo delivery driver putting the wrong post code into his sat nav and ending up in Turriff!!)

Thanks to Planner Trevor Ricketts and Controller Paul Duley (Gramp) who helped keep me on the right track.
Matthew Gooch for doing such a great job in his new role as Computer officer for the club.

Car Parking – Bruce Graham & Graham Salway
Start Team – Fran Getliff, Chris Low, Nick Hale, Sue Barrie, Denise Wright, Anna Bichard, Scott Newey, Adam Barrie

Registration – Aileen Salway, Caz Dudley, Margaret McMillan, Ruth Gooch, Amber Graham

Download – Matthew Gooch, Andy Tivendale, Dan Gooch, Jacqui Chapman

Control Collection – Drew Tivendale, Sue Barrie, Jon Musgrave & Adam Barrie

Toilet Roll Monitor – Luke Graham

On behalf of the organising team I would like to invite MAROC to Edinburgh University Orienteering Clubs annual festival of Orienteering - the Big Weekend! This event will run from the 24th-26th of January and packs in 3 high quality races as well as the Saturday night ceilidh.  

Entries for the 2020 event are now open at the link below, don't miss out on early-bird prices, entries increase on the 1st of December. Enter here:

We hope to see you at Edinburgh University Orienteering Club's Big Weekend 2020!  

Daniel Spencer

Big Weekend 2020 Coordinator

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.


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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