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MAROC Newsletter 29th September 2020
The finish line at Sunday's Cambus O May event
Thanks to all our volunteers over the past 2 weeks:  Dess Wood training: Sarah Dunn, Shooting Greens training: Sue Barrie, Cambus O May Event: Chris Low (Organiser), Ranolph Whitehead (Planner) Sarah Dunn (Assistant Planner), Trevor Ricketts (Covid-19 Officer), Matthew Gooch (SI & Download Leader) and all the helpers on the day. 
Maroc Calendar            

-Wed 30th Sep: Glen O Dee, Training
-Wed 7th Oct: Cambus O May, Training
-Wed 4th Nov: Haughton & Murray Park, Alford, DNC
-Wed 11th Nov: Dess, DNC
-Wed 18th Nov: Birsemore, DNC

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

We are making significant progress in our ‘Back to O’ programme.

Last Sunday many of us enjoyed the local event at Cambus O’May with 130 runners competing from 12 Scottish clubs. It was the first ‘open’ event to be held in Scotland since the lockdown. Also, we have held two very productive training sessions, both attracting the maximum 30-member attendance capacity.

Many thanks to everyone who took part and especially to those involved with the organisation and planning.

In addition, we used our new SI timing equipment at Cambus for the first time with great success. Covid precautions meant that reduced help was available for those new to the system but I hope that everyone managed OK.

It is important that we all feel safe at these events and Trevor (Covid-19 Officer) and I welcome any feed-back you may have. We now have a template upon which to base our future events and organisers and planners can be confident that full support is available.

There are two more training sessions in the coming weeks and there is the Deeside Night Series to look forward to, starting at Haughton and Murray Country Park in Alford on 4th November. We are also hoping to have a Local event before the year is out.

We have demonstrated that we can put on safe events but we must be mindful that Covid-19 is still with us, causing anxiety and disruption for many.

Take care and Stay safe.

Nick Hale

Back to Orienteering Club Training

We have 2 more Wed evening training sessions coming up:

Wed 30th Sep Glen o' Dee 5:30-6:30pm. Lead coach Katja Neumann. Yellow, orange, light green and TD5 courses available. Please sign up using this Google Form
Wed 7th Oct Cambus o' May 5:30-6:30pm. Lead coach Roger Coombs

These are excellent informal opportunities to practice your skills and get a bit of coaching advice too. Max 30 participants at each.

Cambus O May Event Roundup
Sunday saw the first post lockdown orienteering event  being held, with 12 clubs from across Scotland attending.  
Chris Low did a super job of organising the event, with all the additional Covid-19 regulations to be taken into account.  Trevor Ricketts helped throughout the organising process and on the day to ensure the event was held safely for the 130 orienteers who attended.  Another first, it was the inaugural outing of the new SI equipment, run by SI leader Matthew Gooch who was on hand to make sure everything ran smoothly.
Ranolph Whitehead took on the task of planning, with assistance and mentoring from Sarah Dunn, and help from his Dad to set the courses.  The courses were challenging in the rough terrain of Cambus, leaving some well known names adrift in the overall standings.
In the 6.2km Blue course, Matthew Gooch was first Maroc runner home, just 1 min 11 off the lead and 1st M18.  Jo Wright wasn't far behind, 2nd M20 and Ewan Musgrave had a great run to come in 2nd M16, followed by Adam Barrie, 3rd M16.   Jon Musgrave was 1st M55, just ahead of Eilidh Campbell now running for EUOC, followed by Dan Gooch, 1st M45.  Nick Hale was 1st M60, Catriona Chapman was 2nd W16 and Trish Coombs was 1st W60.
The Light green course was 3.2km, and was won by Finlay McLuckie (M12) of Moravian.  Chris Redman (M35) was 3rd overall.  Ruth Gooch was 2nd W14, and Yann Newey was 3rd M14 on his first light green course.  
Findlay Cormack was 2nd overall on the Orange course, ahead of his mum and  Finlay Redmond was 1st M10.
On the White course Cameron Cormack was 1st, followed by Beau Whitehead and Jamie Chapman in 3rd and 4th.  
The beautiful weather was enjoyed by the socially distancing athletes post event.  Many thanks to everyone who helped out both in the leadup to and on event day.
Upcoming SOA Online Courses and Training

Oct 8th 7:30-8:30 Covid-19 Officer and Supporting Team follow-up information session. More info here

Nov 4th 7:30-9pm (and subsequent 3 weeks) Coaching Foundation - 4 x 1.5h online sessions with a practical club supported element. This is the first step towards a full coaching qualification. More info here

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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