MAROC Newsletter 24th November 2020
A well attended training session was held at Potarch on Sunday 22nd November.
Thanks to all our volunteers over the past 2 weeks:  Dess DNC: Sue Barrie; Potarch Training: Katja Neumann, Planner & Lead Coach, Paul Chapman, Jon Musgrave, Sue Barrie, Scott Newey, Pat Graham, Assistant Coaches
Maroc Calendar  

-Sun 6th Dec: Crathes, Gramp Local Event
-Sun 20th Dec: Glen O Dee Score Event
-Sun 3rd Jan: Glen O Dee, Local Event

Deeside Night Cup

- Wed 25th Nov: Dunnottar
- Wed 2nd Dec: Birsemore
- Wed 9th Dec: Foggieton
- Wed 16th Dec: Sluie
- Wed 23rd Dec: Templars
- Wed 30th Dec: Potarch

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.
AGM 2020: President's Report

Everyone will agree that this has been an exceptional year, putting great pressure on Society and Individuals alike. Maroc has not been immune and I’d like to thank all members for their forbearance during this difficult period and their resolution to keep the Club running. Covid-19 has been with us since March and the uncertainty still looms, projected well into next year.

The Committee has always been at the forefront of implementing the Scottish Orienteering Association’s Covid safety protocols and we will continue to ensure that all events and activities provide an environment where participants can feel safe.

Competition and hence success have been thin on the ground this year but despite the challenges I’d like to single out three major achievements for the Club.

The first is the smooth resumption to activity that has been going on since July. This started with individual smartphone and forest Temporary Courses in August moving on in September to Back-to-O training and our first full open local event, attracting 140 participants at Cambus O’May. Since then we have held further training events, a second local forest event at Creag Choinnich and the Deeside Night Cup has started. It is very pleasing to see large numbers at all these events and a special thanks must go to all who organised and planned them.

Our second major achievement has been our switch to the new SportIdent timing system. The equipment was ordered before Lockdown and eventually received in June. The task of understanding the system and interpreting how we as a club will be using it has been led enthusiastically by Matthew who has done an outstanding job. The evolving Covid protocols and the difficulties of meeting face-to-face have not made it easy but we are learning all the time and now have four events under our belt. During next year, as Covid recedes we will all become more comfortable with it and the touch-free capability will become more common.

Our third major achievement, once again, has been our Junior development. We currently have eight youngsters in the Scottish Junior Squad and four in the British Talent Squad with Eilidh Campbell, Ewan Musgrave and Matthew Gooch selected for the European Junior Youth Championships in Hungary in October which unfortunately was eventually cancelled. We should rightly be very proud of our established track record of working with the community to welcome families and Juniors into the Club and this was a major part of our recent recognition as Aberdeenshire Sports Club of the Year 2019.

So, what does the future hold?

Covid-19 is causing everyone to reassess their priorities and we, as a club need to continue to be available to those beginners and experienced alike who are seeking the sporting challenge of outdoor navigation. We need to keep putting on quality events and training opportunities whilst keeping our Junior and newcomers’ sections vibrant. As we emerge from the upheaval it is important for us all to re-commit to grass-roots activities to compliment the resumption of competition.

And there are important events and competitions already in the Club calendar for 2021, Covid allowing. The Scottish O League and Senior Home International event at Balfour, postponed in 2020 is now re-scheduled for next September and in June we have a Scottish Urban League event on our new Hill of Banchory map. Planning for our day of the Scottish 6-Days 2021 based around Fort William is also well advanced. Local events and training will be an integral part of this programme to prepare us for the competitive challenges.

As a final thought it is worth casting our minds back to pre-Lockdown 2020 at the start of the year; we had a bumper New Year event at Glen O’Dee, club training at a frosty Muir of Dinnet and the very successful Johnshaven and Birsemore UK Elite League weekend in March. These were fun times and what the light at the end of the tunnel in 2021 looks like.

Of course, all this does not happen without our many volunteers and I’d like to thank every single person who has helped out during the past year. It is you that have kept the club going so please come forward once more during 2021.


Club Committee Changes

I’d like to thank those Committee volunteers who have stepped down this year for the time and effort they have put in:

Phil Basford stepped down as Mapping Officer in October and passes on a thorough understanding of our map inventory.

Sarah Dunn is stepping down at this AGM from her roles as Development Officer, Head Coach and Club Captain. She will be greatly missed for her contributions in all these roles and I’m sure the whole club will join me in thanking her for her huge contribution over the years.

And I’d like to welcome the new Committee volunteers:

Trevor Ricketts joined the Committee in the summer as Safety and Covid-19 Officer. Trevor’s contribution has already been vital in implementing Government and SOA guidance to make our events Covid-safe.

Caz Dudley, I’m pleased to say is joining us today as our new Mapping Officer and we wish her a very warm welcome.


2020 MAROC Trophies

Unfortunately, there has not been enough competition this year for Jon Duncan Trophy and Participation Awards but we are able to award the Maroc Trophies:

MAROC Improvers Trophy: Congratulations to Ewan Bennett. Ewan has taken part regularly in club events over the last year and his performances have reflected this commitment. Over the duration of the Deeside Night Cup last winter his results steadily improved, giving him an overall 5th place and 2nd Junior in the mini night cup. This autumn he has made a strong start in the DNC series as well as completing the tough blue course at Creag Choinnich, beating his dad in the process!

MAROC Junior Champion: Congratulations to Matthew Gooch. Matthew contributes to Maroc and Orienteering through his active volunteering and his international-level performances. He won his class this year at the Scottish Middle-Distance Championships in March and the UK Long-Distance Selection Race in the Lake District in August. Away from the forest he makes a significant contribution as the club’s Computing Officer and has been instrumental in managing the club’s transition from Emit to SI. He is the Aberdeenshire 2019 Young Sportsman of the Year and an important role model to all Juniors.

MAROC Commitment Trophy: Congratulations to Sarah Dunn. Sarah has been a stalwart of the Maroc Committee for a long time with an unwavering commitment, particularly to introducing families and Juniors to the Club. She has been instrumental in building and developing Maroc into the successful Club we are today and, as a Level 3 Coach, a generation of Juniors has benefited from her knowledge and organisation. She is a past and present Champion in her own right, transitioning with ease between the highest levels of competition and the needs of the absolute beginner. Thank-you for your outstanding commitment to Maroc over many years.

Nick Hale 

Maroc Committee 2020/21

The new committee elected at the AGM is shown below. There are still some vacancies – particularly in replacing the various roles that Sarah has filled up until now.

Katja and I are setting up a small group of members (not necessarily committee folk) to look at the grassroots coaching, development, schools and MapRun work that Sarah has been doing for the Club. The aim is to decide what we would like to do, what we can manage to do, and how to make it happen! We would particularly like to hear from newer family members about what would keep you motivated and involved with the club. Please contact me if interested.


President:             Nick Hale

Vice President:     Vacant

Secretary:             Sue Barrie

Treasurer:             Paul Chapman


Membership:        Sue Barrie

Fixtures:               Denise Wright

Access:                Fran Getliff

Mapping:              Caz Dudley

Development, Captain, Coaching: Vacant

Computing:          Matthew Gooch

Additional Roles

Event Officials:    Bob Sheridan

Equipment:          Chris Low

Club Welfare:       Trish Coombs

Safety & Covid:    Trevor Ricketts

Junior Rep:           Matthew Gooch

Webmaster:          Nick Collins

Publicity:               Pat Graham

Results:                Andy Tivendale

Newsletter:          Clare Whitehead


Katja Neumann

Andrew McMurtrie

Genevieve Jones

Christmas Score Caper – Glen O’Dee, 20th December 2020

On the last Sunday before Christmas we are putting on a score event type training session at Glen O Dee, Banchory. This will be a fun festive-themed caper aimed at our younger members and anyone else with good short-term memory! How many controls can you visit within a set time? And how many of these controls can you remember when you get back to base??!

We will be limited to 30 participants so watch out for the signup form in the next newsletter.

GrampOC Crathes Local Event
GrampOC are running a Local Event at Crathes on Sunday 6th December.  Courses available will be Yellow, Orange, (Lightish) Green and Blue.
Entries are open to BOF/SOA members only.  Entries will be invoiced by email after the event.
To enter email with Crathes EEE in the subject line and the following info:
Name, Address (for the invoice)
Age class, Club, Course
SI dibber hire needed?
NTS member?
number of cars you will be in.
More info and final details here
Entry closing date Sunday 29th November
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

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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