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MAROC Newsletter 12th May 2020
President's Piece

The lure of the forest is still there but as we move slowly towards more social closening we need to stay safe. The Club continues to monitor the guidelines from British Orienteering and the SOA concerning the resumption but in the meantime we must all continue to develop our now-familiar lockdown orienteering routines. The updated invitation to do more daily exercise is a welcome first step.

From my daily walks and runs I have got to know my local streets, alleyways, parks and woodlands in great detail. No doubt everyone is the same, visualising mental maps around our homes that maybe one day can be turned into orienteering maps. These, generally more urban landscapes are a very valuable compliment to our wonderful Deeside forests, for experienced orienteers and beginners alike.

If you are missing the competitive edge then there is a continuous stream of online Lockdown Orienteering competitions to keep us busy, including a team event coming soon. I have enjoyed the Course Planning competitions; they are fascinating immersive orienteering puzzles. Now is an excellent time to develop planning skills by going through our old maps and browsing Routegadget online. Why was one course or leg such a satisfying challenge whilst another rather disappointing?

Please continue to heed advice so that we can Save Lives and return to our sport when the time is right. Nick Hale

Course Planning Competition

Here is your chance to plan an M21E course for the British Long Distance Championships.

Thames Valley OC are holding an armchair course planning competition on their new Wendover Woods map. You can make the course as long and as difficult as you like providing that you keep within the winning time guidelines! The area is a hilly, runnable chalk scarp forest offering a good variety of navigational challenges.

It’s an ideal opportunity for Juniors and everyone with an interest in course planning to practice their skills during this lockdown period. Entries close on 24th May.

Details are at:

.....and well done to Nick Hale for winning the ESOC Lockdown Course Planning Competition!

Training Update

Great to hear about one or two more members giving MapRunF a try out. Please let us know what you've been up to and don't forget to take some photos!

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.

Lockdown Orienteering Team Competition

We have a few people interested in the Lockdown orienteering team competition, but are still looking for one or two more to make up a Maroc team. The competition will involve a range of different online challenges where you can test your orienteering skills and knowledge against people from anywhere in the world. It will run from Sun 17th May to Sun 24th with 7 different stages spread over 7 days and teams will be made up of 7 people (or 5 if all junior). More information about the format is available here:  
Please let Sarah know asap (i.e. now - Tues 12th) if you would like to take part

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

Upcoming SOA / BOF Workshops and Webinars

For anyone who is interested in learning or improving on different aspects of orienteering planning and organising there are various opportunities coming up over the next week or two as follows:
Tues 12th May: BOF webinar on MapRun 7:30pm
Sat 16th May: SOA planning workshop (see below for more details) 10-11:30am
Tues 19th May: SOA workshop on MapRun and club planning for re-start 7:00pm
Wed 27th May: SOA "An evening with Grace" 7:00pm - Grace Molloy FVO is a rising star in the orienteering world.  Last year she won 3 medals at the Junior World Orienteering Championships and she regularly represents Great Britain. Join us for an inspiring evening with Grace where she will share some her experiences as a junior along with thoughts on how clubs can support juniors . We will discuss some of the ideas for encouraging juniors and club development.

Planning Workshop Saturday 16th May 10-11:30am

This Saturday, for those wanting to gain confidence and improve on their planning skills....
Join Iain Embray from Interlopers for an online workshop , run over two sessions, with the first on 16 May 10am-11:30am .
Interested? Email   denise@scottish-orienteering by Wednesday latest. Pre-course information will be sent out Thursday latest.

The course will look at essentials from the use of the software, role of planner, creating courses, course design and components, putting courses together, discussing good elements of course legs, practicing and reviewing in a non-critical way. It is an informal sharing workshop open to interested members.

SOA Volunteer Awards

Nominations for two different SOA volunteer awards are now being sought:

  • Young Orienteer of the Year - This award is presented to a member 21 years and under who has shown considerable contribution to the sport and their club. 
  • Presidents Medal - The President’s Medal is awarded annually to a volunteer who has contributed or achieved something exceptional in the last year or over recent years. This may be a club- or sport-related contribution, or athletic achievement. 
SOA will also be celebrating National Volunteer Week from 1-7 June 2020 and would like to feature nominated members each day during the week. This is a chance to celebrate our members who ensure events and coaching happen regularly, who support our clubs’ growth and who offer their valued expertise at the board and within their club committees.

Nominations for both awards and features for National Volunteer week can be made by both clubs and individual SOA members and can be made here. Deadline for nominations is the 29th May.
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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