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MAROC Newsletter 1st September 2020
Planning is underway for the first Maroc event since lockdown to be held at Cambus O May
Maroc Calendar            

-Sun 27th September: Cambus O May

Please see SOA Events Page for full calendar of O fixtures.
President's Piece

It’s the news we have all been waiting for; we can now hold both Local and Regional events in Scotland again! Of course, Covid-19 precautions are still in place and for those who are still tentative about returning I can reassure you that Maroc will be closely following the guidelines at all our events, starting at Cambus O’May on 27th September.

From now on, members from any club plus non-members new to orienteering will be able to join our events. The maximum number of runners is also relaxed, provided that no more than 30 people at any one time congregate at pinch-points like the start, finish, download and parking. Pre-entry, however, is still a requirement.

Restrictions on coaching have also been relaxed, with ScotJOS and UK selection races already back up and running. Now that schools have returned things are starting to seem a bit more normal, something I have been hoping to say for the last six months in these newsletter notes.

A huge amount of effort has been put in behind the scenes at SOA and Club level throughout Scotland and it is now up to us, the club orienteers and volunteers to make the return work. Put Sunday 27th September in your diary, Juniors, Seniors and Veterans alike. It will be good to see our fellow club members once more and to exercise those rusty physical and navigational skills.

Take care and Stay safe.

Nick Hale

Junior Selection Races

Last weekend several Maroc juniors made their first trip south of the border this year, to take part in some real live orienteering races in the Lake District! The races had been organised as selections for teams to compete in the European Youth / Junior Championships, which it is hoped will be staged in Hungary at the end of October, and also to select the British Junior Talent Squad for next year. 

Amongst the small Maroc contingent there were some excellent results. Matthew Gooch and Ewan Musgrave both won their age class at the classic race on Saturday, with Matthew also finishing 2nd in Sunday's middle race. Eilidh Campbell strung together three 2nd place results and Adam Barrie overcame disappointing runs on the first two days to finish in an excellent 2nd place in the middle on Sunday. Joe Wright was in the mix in M20 with a best result of 4th in the middle distance race. Jonas Newey and Catriona Chapman also both gained valuable experience from their first selection races of this nature.

Well done to all - it's great to see some races getting underway again!
Photo credit Will Heap

Training Update

As yet we have not put in place any plans for resumption of formal club training, but now that the guidelines on numbers have been relaxed it should be much more practical to set some sessions up. Watch this space and hopefully we will be able to get things off the ground soon...

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!

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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