MAROC Newsletter 2nd February 2021

President's Piece

It’s a waiting game for us all at the moment as we patiently look forward to the right public health conditions to enable us to safely recommence our activities.

It is also a good time to ponder how orienteering truly is a Sport for All. Club members from 7 to 70+ participate in and help run our events and we cater for Juniors, families and individuals alike. We range from beginners through ‘club runners’ to National Champions. Training, coaching and (in normal times) social interaction is an integral part of what we do.

We are very much hoping that in April we will, once again, be able to run the Wednesday evening ‘Forest Sprint’ series in conjunction with Gramp. Don’t be put off by the name, only the fast folk will be sprinting! It is a great opportunity for everyone to compete together on short Technical Level 3 (Orange) courses and this year there will also be an easier Yellow course for beginners. We can expect to see ‘Sport for All’ in action.

With a flurry of activity over the weekend it is very encouraging to note that over 1,100 entries have already been made to the Scottish Six Days Lochaber 2021 event in August, including 35 from Maroc. There is clearly an appetite and a desire to have events to look forward to. Let’s hope that the events calendar becomes a little clearer during February.

Take care, stay safe.

Nick Hale

Following the First Minister's announcement this afternoon we will have to cancel our remaining Deeside Night Cup events at Braes and Bellwood and look forward to the next series in the Autumn. You should have received your invoices for events attended so far, if not please contact Paul Chapman (Treasurer). Thanks to everyone who organised this time round and to those whose courses we did not get the chance to try.

Maroc Junior  6 week Challenge - Week 3

The junior challenge leaderboard is still looking a bit blank! It would be good to hear if you are enjoying these challenges…..

The week 3 activities will be sent out by separate email today. It’s not too late to complete any of the challenges set so far to get your name in the next newsletter.

Keep up your Orienteering and fitness during lockdown! All Juniors invited to take part!

If you’d like to see your score on the leader board on the MAROC newsletter, email or whatsapp Sue Barrie at or 07763 212261 and/or send a photograph after you have done each challenge. There will be a certificate at the end for everyone that has taken part!

We might be in lockdown, but we can keep exercising body and brain.

Scottish 6 Days –
Entries Now Open and Key Roles Needed

It’s good to see some Maroc members have entered the six days.  Everything you need to know can be found here.

I am the day organiser for day 2, ably assisted by Katja. We are also working with Ayroc and KFO on our day. KFO have put up a start team leader and Ayroc are looking after the string course. Our own Keith Roberts will be the other start team leader. I am now looking for a parking team leader, and an arena team leader.  I would be very happy to speak to anyone about what is involved – there is loads of information and support available. Please email me at 

Thanks, Sue

Membership Renewals
Please don’t forget to renew your membership for 2021. This can be done by logging in to the British Orienteering website. There may not be much going on just now but there will be later in the year!

Sue Barrie
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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