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MAROC Newsletter 17th March 2020
Mar Orienteering Club - Aberdeenshire Sports Council Club of the Year for 2019
Thanks to all our volunteers over the past 2 weeks:  Johnshaven SOUL: Bob Sheridan (Organiser), Nick Hale (Planner), George Esson (Gramp - Controller) and all the helpers on the day. Birsemore Regional Event: Andy Tivendale (Organiser), Drew Tivendale (Planner), Ian Hamilton (Gramp - Controller) and all the helpers on the day. Tilquillie DNC: Nick Hale

All Orienteering Events Suspended with Immediate Effect

Sadly, the upcoming season of events has now ended as soon as it began with British Orienteering announcing today that all orienteering activities in the UK have to be suspended with immediate effect. The SOA Board has also issued a statement in support of this action.

We should feel lucky in Maroc that we have been able both to complete the Deeside Night Cup series and hold our double-header weekend ahead of the deteriorating situation. We will all look forward to returning to the competitive sport once the time is right.

Maroc Wins Aberdeenshire Sports Council Club of the Year Award and Matthew Gooch is Young Male Sportsperson of the Year!

In more positive news, we are delighted that Maroc has been awarded the Aberdeenshire Sports Council Club of the Year Award for the second year in a row! This award recognises best practice, development and initiatives by sports clubs, rather than just performances, and reflects the vast amount of effort that all our members put in to help make the club so awesome - well done everyone!
As if this wasn't enough, Matthew Gooch also won the Young Male Sportsperson of the Year Award. Matthew represented GB at the European Youth Championships and Junior European Cup last summer, after achieving top class results in a number of the national selection races. Congratulations Matthew!

MapRun Virtual Orienteering

Whilst no formal orienteering activities will be arranged it is still important for everyone to continue to get out and get some exercise to stay fit and maintain their mental as well as physical health. The MapRun smartphone app offers an excellent way of continuing to do some orienteering in your own time and if you want to get competitive you can even compare your times with others who have run the same courses. We already have some 15 virtual MapRun orienteering courses set up in the Deeside area as well as a number in Aberdeen parks and are planning to supplement these with new courses over the coming weeks. Most of the courses are suitable for anyone to have a go at, regardless of experience, although younger children should be accompanied by an adult in the urban areas. The full list of courses as well as links to downloadable .pdf files for printing, is available on the SOA website here . Our planned workshop for Wed 25th March will not now take place, but there is a new 30' score event set up at Hill of Banchory available for anyone to try.
Why not get out there and give some of the courses a go? And if you have any problems or fancy trying to set up some courses up yourself, then get in touch with Sarah (email who can give you a helping hand to get started! 

Other Informal Personal Training 

For any club members who wish to continue with some personal training over the coming months, Maroc is also making some maps with courses available online. These can be downloaded from the Coaching page on the Maroc website. Please print these as you wish and visit the forests in accordance with Corvid-19 guidelines and do not train in groups. You will be accessing areas under the Scottish Outdoor Access Code rather than any arrangement with estates, so please wear a non-orienteering top for your training. The most suitable parking to access the Balmoral area is at Easter Balmoral. Note that there will not be any tapes or flags at any of the control sites.

Jon Musgrave

Deeside Night Cup Final Results

The last round of the Deeside Night Cup was held last week at Tilquhillie. At the end of the series Maroc had a clean sweep of the Male and Female winners of both the Cup and Mini Cup competitions. Top 3 placings were as follows:
Cup - 1st Matthew Gooch, 2nd Ewan Musgrave, 3rd Jon Musgrave, 1st lady Sarah Dunn
Mini Cup - 1st Alan Bennett, 2nd Catriona Chapman, 3rd Pete Lawrence (Gramp).

Alan Bennett and Catriona Chapman
End of the Emit Era
Big and emotional day for us in Maroc!! It's the end of an era! Bye bye Brikkes!
We’ve had some good times ❤️although you get a lot of hate from others, we will always love and appreciate you, we’ve stuck by you the longest ❤️ Our tired old emits have been dismantled and new SI units will be fitted to our existing stakes in preparation for the introduction of the clubs new Sportident timing equipment when we can finally get back into the forests.

December 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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