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MAROC Newsletter 4th August 2020
President's Piece

It feels like holiday time and this week marks one year to go before the next Scottish 6 Days holiday event, Lochaber 2021, based in Fort William. With no orienteering at the moment the anticipation feels even greater. Now that we are on the road back to our sport it is looking forward to events like this that will keep us motivated.

We now have a new River Dee Novice MapRun Orienteering Series for Smart Phones. Sarah Dunn and Pat Graham have put in a huge effort getting this together and promoting it on the Maroc website, Facebook and the Deeside Piper. It’s one of many ways to beat the lockdown orienteering blues.

The two Bellwood temporary courses are still available and give a chance to run courses either as a race simulation or for training. How good are your techniques going to be when you return to competition? If my effort is anything to go by, they are going to be rusty.

Next week the SI timing sub-group of the committee will be holding a trial of the new equipment in order to test what will work best for us as a club. It is only now, due to lockdown restrictions and holidays that this has been possible. The new Covid-19 protocols will also be tested so that our first club event later in September will run as smoothly as possible.

Looking forward to our first event and Lochaber 2021!

Take care and Stay safe.

Nick Hale president@marocscotland.org.uk

We have recently launched a new set of MapRunF courses which are suitable for novices and families to have a go at orienteering in their own time. The courses are all at accessible locations throughout Deeside. Currently there are 5 courses available as follows:

1.     Burnett Park, Banchory. The course starts by the sports pavilion in the Burnett park and follows a route around the park and out into some neighbouring streets, before finishing back by the pavilion again.  It is a straight line distance of 1.4km, but you will need to go a bit further than that to reach all of the control points.
2.     Torphins Park. The course starts at the edge of the car park next to the pavilion and criss-crosses the park before taking a loop out through some fields and back through the village. It is a straight line distance of 1.5km.
3.     Aboyne Green. The course starts near the car park by the play area. After criss-crossing the green it goes through some back streets and then down to the river bank, before returning across the green. It is a straight line distance of 1.7km.
4.     Ballater Station. The course starts by the old station and then heads round the edge of the Games field before returning through some quiet back streets to the station square. It is a straight line distance of 1.2km.
5.     Potarch Green. The course starts on the edge pf the car park and heads out along the Deeside Way, before looping back on smaller paths through the woodland to the Green. It is a straight line distance of 1.7km.
A further 5 courses are planned to follow shortly at Tarland, Deeside Activity Park, Burn o' Vat, Aboyne School and Banchory School.
There is more information about the series available on the Maroc website as well as lots of information about these and other MapRun courses on the SOA website.

Please have a go with your family, spread the word to your friends and see if we can interest some new people in our amazing social-distancing sport!

Temporary Orienteering Courses

Bellwood: 27/7/20 - 9/8/20 

Start and Finish at shelter in Bellwood (GR NO 542 986) , parking at Bellwood carpark, on Aboyne side (GR: NO 538 987, Post Code: AB34 5GH)

Maps can be downloaded from the Maroc website

Temp. course 1. Yellow/Orange standard; approx. 3.4 km, 40m climb

Temp. course 2. Green/Blue standard; approx. 5.3 km, 70km

The Yellow/Orange course follows paths and line features. Some paths are narrow and not suitable for buggies. Please do not run through the bike park. This is marked 'out of bounds'.
The Green/Blue course is technically and physically challenging due to rough ground and vegetation.

Planners: Jonas and Yann Newey

Don't forget to put the map in a plastic wallet or use waterproof paper.

There will be no control kites or timing equipment but the control locations, including start and finish will be marked by clear red and white tape.

Participants must ensure social distancing is maintained at all times, in line with current Government guidance. This is an individual activity so participants take part at their own risk. It is not covered by any orienteering insurance policy.

Don't forget to record your GPS route on Strava.com

April 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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