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MAROC Newsletter 14th April 2020
The forests are waiting....

President's piece

These are difficult times and we are all missing the ongoing physical and mental challenges that orienteering gives us. The social restrictions are affecting us too. 

Many of us have attended at least one Easter JK (Jan Kjellström) Trophy Weekend in the past and some had planned to go this year. We feel the missed camaraderie and competition from our club mates as well as from the greater orienteering community of Scotland and beyond.
To keep us busy there is a wealth of ideas and opportunities on offer for virtual orienteering and personal O challenges. But there is nothing like the real thrill of competition, training or skills development. We will be back in the forest as soon as it is declared safe and in the meantime the club is making preparations. 

The new SportIdent timing equipment has been ordered and we are reviewing our map stocks and future event venues. Our Scottish O League and Senior Home International Event in September is still in the calendar and there is plenty to look forward to.

There can be few of us whose families have not been affected in some way by Coronavirus. If anyone is in need of any assistance during the current conditions please do not hesitate to get in touch. Keep fit and keep safe!

Nick Hale

Training Update

There is a new MapRun course available in Aboyne, on the green, for anyone living in the village. The course was put together by Chris Redmond and is suitable as an introductory course for beginners as well as others. It can be used to practice basic map setting and / or compass work or just to give the app a try out. Once you've completed it once you can use it as a race to try and beat your own time, or chllenge the rest of the family. You can download the course from the Event listing in MapRun and print off a .pdf of it from the file on the SOA website

Maroc Strava Art Competition

There were some great attempts at producing a Strava Capercaillie for the first round of our Strava art competition. The best images are judged to have been those produced by Chris Redmond and Ewan Musgrave below - fantastic!

Over the next two weeks (deadline Mon 27th April) you are challenged to draw your best Strava SQUIRREL when you go out for your daily exercise. Save your image to Strava adding #MarocStravaArt #MarocSquirrel
There are various ways of going about your art work. We have no rules, other than no doctoring of the trace before uploading! There were at least 3 different methods adopted to draw the capercaillie...
1. If you live close to a nice open mapped orienteering area you can draw a line on the map and follow it as closely as possible (excellent line-course training!)
2. As above, but choose some distinct points to build into your design. If you want to "draw" some straight lines you can pause the trace between two points. If you live in a village or town have a look at the street map and see if you can link some roads and paths together to form the shape.
3. Get techy and set your course up in MapRunF using the CheckSites function. This was the magic that Chris managed to conjure up to such great effect with his image on Aboyne Green!
Use your imagination and techy skills and I'm sure you can come up with some more ways of going about it - hoping to see lots of images appearing on the Maroc Strava group over the next couple of weeks! Please let Sarah know if you have any ideas for the next round that you would like to challenge us all with.

Armchair Orienteering

And a reminder about all of the opportunities for doing some armchair orienteering exercises at home. As well as the links published in the last newsletter, Chris Smithard (FVO) has got a great compilation of some of these here.  


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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