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MAROC Newsletter 15th September 2020
The first training event since lockdown will be held at Dess Wood on Wednesday 16th September.
Maroc Calendar            

-Wednesday 16th September: Dess Woods, Training
-Wednesday 23rd September: Shooting Greens, Training
-Sunday 27th September: Cambus O May, Local event
-Wednesday 30th September: Glen O Dee, Training
-Wednesday 7th October: Cambus O May, Training

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

The orienteering calendar is slowly starting to fill with a measured return to events and coaching. However, with the resurgence of Covid-19 cases in Scotland and the UK it is appropriate that we exercise maximum caution.

The ‘Rule of Six’ has now been introduced but I am pleased to say that the SOA have confirmed that organised sport such as ours is not affected. We can continue with our activities but it is important more than ever that we all pay particular attention to the Covid-19 guidelines.

Starting tomorrow (Wednesday 16th September) at Dess Wood we have a weekly series of coaching sessions led by our team of coaches. Here is a chance to dust off our kit and brush up on our skills. Best to sign up promptly as numbers are limited.

On Sunday 27th September we have our long-awaited first local event at Cambus O’May. There is a great deal of behind-the-scenes effort going into the safe running of this event and we are hoping for a good turn-out. It’s also our first chance to try out the new SI (SportIdent) timing system so please enter early online through Fabian4 and familiarise yourselves with the Covid-19 precautions.

If you do not have an SI-Card (dibber) they are free to hire at our events but, when you are ready and for reasons of hygiene and convenience, I’d encourage you to purchase your own through SportIdent.

These are exciting times after such a long period of inactivity but we must balance this by continuing to be vigilant and protect those who are most vulnerable.

Take care and Stay safe.

Nick Hale

Back to Orienteering Club Training

Finally we are able to return to the forest with some simple club training sessions planned for the next four weeks on a Wed evening. The aim is to give members an opportunity to get back into the sport and remind themselves how to orienteer. There will be courses suitable for all ages and abilities from white through to TD5 level, no timing will be used, and tapes will be hung at control sites. Coaches will be available to discuss any aspect of the training, but the coaching element of the sessions will be "light touch". The main objective is for everyone to have a chance to get out in the forest and go orienteering again!

To meet the current Covid-19 guidelines for running club training sessions it will be essential for everyone attending to sign-up ahead of the day and there will be a maximum of 30 people (including coaches) allowed at each session. We will supply the maps and courses as .pdf files for you to print for yourself at home and bring to the event.

The first session in Dess Woods tomorrow night is now fully subscribed, so if you have missed out this week then be sure to watch out for the link to subsequent weeks' sign-up forms which will be sent out by the lead coach / organiser. However, the tapes will be left out at Dess until next Tuesday (22nd Sep), with maps available, from the club website after tomorrow evenings session, for downloading and home printing. If you can't make it along tomorrow then there is still an opportunity to come and have a go at the courses in your own time.

The plan for the training sessions is as follows:

Wed 16th Sep Dess Woods 6-7pm. Lead coach Sarah Dunn
Wed 23rd Sep Shooting Greens 6-7pm. Lead coach Sue Barrie
Wed 30th Sep Glen o' Dee 5:30-6:30pm. Lead coach Katja Neumann
Wed 7th Oct Cambus o' May 5:30-6:30pm. Lead coach Roger Coombs

Thanks to each of the above for helping to get the club back up and running!

New SI System
by Matthew Gooch, Computing Official

Following the success of the test event in August, I am happy to inform you that Maroc will now be using the SPORTident system instead of EMIT. Some key benefits for the new system among others are: a faster more reliable system, consistency with the rest of the Scotland and the use of touch free punching. To find out how it works see

What to do:

This change along with the COVID-19 guidelines, means events will run a little differently to the old normal.

  •  Pre-enter online
  •  Arrive & go to the start

If needed, collect your hire SI Card (dibber) from the start

At the start:

  • If you have a SIAC, punch (dip) the SIAC Battery Test – NEW
  • Punch (dib) the following in order: Clear, Check, Start – NEW

 After your course

  • Go to download (even if you do not finish)

Due to COVID-19 there will be no registration at the event, pre-entry only. Also, splits will not be available once you have downloaded, instead live online results should be available for most events. Final results will be posted online after the event.

At the first few events helpers will be on hand to demonstrate the use of the new punching system and to answer any questions.

Please observe any COVID-19 related guidelines/rules that may be in effect for each event.

If you have your own SI-Card (dibber)

  •  For those with SI-Cards please go to SPORTident UK                 ( ) and check that your SI-Card details are correct. Once Entry On the Day returns this will greatly speed the registration for yourself.

Contactless punching

All events will have mixed punching unless otherwise stated. This means that if you have a SIAC you will be able to use the touch free functionality. The exception is for the start and finish which must be dibbed. If you do not have a SIAC you will need to dib each control.

Please use the SIAC battery check station when it is available.

Purchasing an SI-Card (dibber)

You will be able to hire SI-Cards free of charge at Maroc events for the foreseeable future but the committee recommends that you purchase your own from SportIdent UK ( ) or other orienteering outlets.

The benefits are, better hygiene, greater convenience at Registration for you and club volunteers and ease of use at events throughout Scotland and the UK.

My advice is:

If you would like something simple, buy a SI-Card 8 (these are what MAROC has available to hire).

Or if you are looking for contactless punching buy a SIAC Active Card.


SOA EGM, Fri 25th Sep

The SOA EGM will be held through Zoom on Fri 25th Sep at 7.30pm following the deferment of our business at our AGM earlier this year. Information, including the 2020 EGM booklet is available here. Should you wish to attend the EGM then please sign up here and you will be sent a link to the Zoom meeting.

The Run-In Podcast

Hello fellow orienteers,

We're writing to let you know that you can now listen to over 30 episodes of our podcast, The Run In.

It's made with club orienteers in mind, and gives you a fun and chatty insight into the experiences of orienteers from the UK and beyond.

As a member of the GB team, Will brings his international experience, and as a journalist and commentator, Katherine gets to the heart of the guest's story.

Recent highlights include:
- Georgia Jones (OROX) on pitching orienteering to newcomers whilst setting up the University of Exeter club
- Young star of international orienteering Simona Aebersold on getting really nervous before major races and how she distracts herself
- Kirstin Maxwell (RR) on trying to train with vitamin deficiencies, and finding new trails in lockdown
- Ben Mitchell (SBOC) tells us why he started mapping, and making maps for the JK 2021

New full-length episodes are released every fornight, and we have recently added some quick-fire "Sprint" episodes, meaning there's something new to listen to every week.

You can listen on desktop via Stitcher (, or on your phone. We're on most of the major podcast apps: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podcast Addict etc. Just search "The Run In".

We're also on social media: Facebook (, Twitter (, and Instagram (

We hope you enjoy listening!

Katherine Bett (SN) and Will Gardner (OD)

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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