Recent News and Information

Moravian Half Century at Anagach

There was an excellent turnout of Morvians at Angach for INVOC's magnificent Regional ranking event at Grantown, attended by over 200 people. The event was enhanced by a superb new map, created by our own Steve Smirthwaite (Trailmaps) thanks to funding from the Berry Burn Community Fund.

50 members ran, as well as a few unattached people who we've seen at our events recently.  There was a distinctly high-quality feel to the field, thanks partly to the event being used by MAROC's elite junior training camp, and the presence of a World Champs runner at the sharp end. 

Our sole class winner was one of our longest-standing members, David Ritchie. David is the fine chap who prints the maps for our events at his printing firm A4 Print and Moravian Digital Press. He has a splendid orienteering pedigree, having been around the club way back in 1976 when GB first hosted the World Champs. He's also a rugby union referee, so now you know not to mess with him. The start of the Long-Distance race in Darnaway was within a stone's throw of David's front door so now you know that as well.

On his Anagach experience, David said "It was great to see a 1976 map of Anagach along with the results at the registration. My result back then was a mediocre 22nd on the 'A' course so nothing changes. But a lot of folk orienteered that day on a map we were probably laughing at if we saw it last Sunday. Oh the good old days!"

Morag's dad (D Vass) and also the evergreen Neil McLean, who was also running on Sunday, featured in the results that were on display for the 1976 event. Morag says her kids were very pleased to see their grandad's name up there in lights!

 

But we digress. It was fine to see some of our juniors tackling courses at a harder level than they're used to, most notably W12 Faith Kenyon who ran, and successfully completed, the Green course, earning herself a British Orienteering Bronze award in the process. Look at her GPS trace on Routegdget - you should be impressed!

Small map, click to enlarge

M/W10 brother and sister Finlay and Kate McLuckie, who have had a fantastic season, tackled Orange and Light Green respectively, both courses at a harder level than they would be expected to run in championship events. Finlay made a couple of errors early on, which is what it's all about when you move up a level, but he ran a great second half of his race having learned from his mistakes. Kate was 10th out of 35 with no really serious errors. Splendid stuff but don't forget to put your routes on Routegadget guys. It will help you improve and learn from your experience.

Warwick Taylor, Hannah Kingham and Kirsty McArthur, who have all been progressing well this year, had an entertaining battle on Green, finishing within 3 minutes of each other in 5th, 6th and 7th. Meanwhile Ade Champan and our new fixtures co-ordinator Denise Main were showing up very well on Blue in 7th and 8th.

One of our newest members, Fraser Macmillan, came 3rd on Yellow, gaining his British Orienteering Gold Award in the process. His sisters Isla and Una also took part in what was probably their first event, and hopefully we'll be welcoming them as members soon.

INVOC did a great job of publishing the results the same evening, and the times have already been uploaded to British Orienteering. Everyone aged 16 and over has had their ranking points added to the National Rankings when the table was updated last Thursday morning.

 

Results

Ranking Points

Routegadget

 

 

New website feature - Member Profiles.

A new newsletter/website feature will be member profiles.  Here is wee Hannah Wiseman and (at the other end of the spectrum) Margaret Dearman to get us started.  You are all invited to tell us a bit more about yourselves via the member profile survey monkey and we'll put it on the website and newsletter. You can tell us as much or as little as you want, with or without a photo.  Thanks... can't wait to read all about you!

Membership Matters

Memberships for 2018 are now open for what will be another truly exciting year for our club!

In May the British Championships are being held in Scotland for the first time in years, at nearby Royal Deeside, and later that month we are hosting the Scottish Championships weekend along with INVOC. As well as that we are planning a packed programme of local events, club activities and trips to major events and team competitions, which everyone can take part in.

For the coming year, Scottish Orienteering have developed a new membershp option for people who only wish to orienteer locally or recreationally.  Although we would like to encorage all of our members to join through British Orienteering, which also gives you the benefits of SOA membership, we feel that it's important that everyone understands what the new membership options are, and is free to choose what suits you best.

Please follow this link for a full explanation 

A Big Weekend for Moravian

Thirty six Moravians headed down to Stirling and Edinburgh for the final big away weekend of the year.

As well as being the penultimate round of the Scottish Orienteering Urban League and the final round of the Scottish Orienteering League, the weekend included the Junior Inter Area competitions where younger members of all the nation's clubs gathered together to represent their area teams, to make new friends, and to meet up with old ones from around the country.

SOUL 10 - Livingston

Our urban specialist, Jon Hollindgdale, retained his 12-point lead at the top of the mens veterans (40+) standings. With nearest challengers Roger Goddard and Jon Cross from FVO both due to be on the starting line up there was a chance to strengthen his lead with one race to go. What this correspondent hadn't accounted for was INT's Ray Ward and 3 other runners not amongst the leaders who took the top 4 places.  Despite Jon beating both his nearest rivals in finishing 5th, Ward's win means that if he (or Roger Goddard) wins the final race, and Jon finishes lower than 2nd the title is theirs.Otherwise the title in Jon's. That final race is in faraway Biggar on 12th November. Who will travel all that way remains to be seen. 

In the Junior Women class, Mairi Weir did her prospects no harm with 2nd place earning her 96 points. This race gave her 4 of the required 5 counting results for a competitive score. While she was no match for class leader Rachel Brown (ESOC) who won by over a minute, Mairi had the satisfacton of beating 2nd-placed Mairi Eades. Now looking solid in 3rd place Mairi looks likely to take the overall bronze medal, an award she could secure by running (and finishing) at Biggar.  Moravian team mates Carrie Brown and Hannah Kingham also ran in Mairi's class after their runs in the JIA relays.

Finally in the Young Junior Women class, 2nd placed Isobel Howard had a great battle with close rivals Maja Robertson (ESOC) and Morven Farquharson (GRAMP). Having outrun Maja in the JIA relays earlier on, Isobel found that costly mistakes at no 2 and 12 gave her opponent a clear win. Morven was 2nd but really needed a win to give her the 100 points needed to threaten Isobel's runner-up spot which she is now guaranteed to claim after the league comes to a close. 

You can see the updated SOUL league tables HERE.

 

Junior Inter-Area Relays - Dechmont Law near Stirling

The JIA relays saw a satisfyingly close contest between North, West and East. West Area were the reigning champions from when we hosted the weekend at Culbin last year, but with East fielding a significantly strengthened side it was always going to be hard to predict the winners.

In the Open relays, teams of 3 runners had to complete legs at Orange, Yellow and Light Green standard. Our super-speedy Finlay McLuckie ran the Yellow leg for the eventual winners, with team mates Oscar Shepherd (INVOC) on Orange and Joe Wrght (MAROC) on Light Green. Finlay ran the 3rd fastest yellow leg but it was a storming last leg by his MAROC team mate that clinched the win by just 11 seconds. The next-best team with a Moravian runner in the open class was David Spencer's team of Ranolph Whitehead and Luke Graham. David ran 1st leg (Orange) and handed over in 7th place. Ranolph dropped to 11th but a strong final leg by Luke left the team finishing in 6th.

There were good runs by several other Moravians in the open class, including Carrie Brown, Fergus Kenyon, Ben Coutts, Connor & Ryan Curran and Josh Britian. Every one of them achieved a clear round which is never an easy task in a relay. The results of the Open race, in which North were the overall winners, are HERE 

In the girls relay, North Area didn't have quite the same success as the boys but they finished 2nd. Isobel Howard (Orange) and Kate McLuckie (Yellow) were put in the same team and both ran fine races. Isobel handed over in 2nd place to Kate who managed to storm round as fastest Yellow girl and hand over to final Light Green leg runner Katrina McGougan (BASOC) with a 7-second lead. Katrina ran valiantly but had to settle for overall 2nd, just 58 seconds behind the winners. Mair Weir's team was the next best team with Moravian interest, coming 7th, but we did have an all-Moravian team comprising Eva Wiseman, Sophie Howard and Faith Kenyon who were 12th. Ida Oikkonen and Scarlett Bitain were our other Moravian girls, with Scarlett managing the 5th fastest yellow leg only to find her team disqualified after the first-leg runner had missed a control. Like for the open class, every single Moravian runner got a clear round. Extremely well done to one and all! Girls relay results are here.

The team points after the relays were West 64, North 56, East 48 

SOL 7 and JIA Individual - Drummond Hill

The JIA Individual race was tagged on to the final SOL race of the year at Drummond Hill above Loch Tay near Aberfeldy.  North area were 8 points down on West, with East a further 14 points back so it was all to play for. Several Moravians occupied leading positions in the SOL league tables (both senior and junior). These were only published on the Friday before the race, so lots of individual pride was at stake even though some of our competitors probably had no idea what position they were in.

Could North Area overturn the 8-point deficit from the relays? Of course they could. And with some style! Although the results summary for the JIA isn’t available as this report is being written, the SOL results from all 333 competitors is. And they make good reading.

On Yellow we had the fastest boy and girl with the McLuckie kids once again coming up with the goods. Finlay’s thrilling winning margin over close rival Finn Duguid (TAY) was just 3 seconds while Kate was just a single second ahead of the 2nd girl from Roxburgh Reivers. Every second counts in these big races!

On Orange, Isobel and Faith took 1st and 2nd places in the girls race for North Area, finishing overall 2nd and 4th with the boys results included, while on Light Green Hannah Kingham was 1st girl – another maximum for the North. With 2 MAROC lads claiming 1st and 2nd, North Area was now in an incredibly strong position and a comprehensive win looked likely.

Meanwhile, among the seniors, Eddie Harwood continued his recovery with a solid 2nd place on Short Blue where Morag McLuckie did her chances in the overall SOL results no harm by coming 3rd W45.

And we can’t not mention the Moravian takeover on the White course. It was, by all accounts one of the most physically tough White courses anyone can remember seeing! Although this wasn’t part of the Junior Inter Areas, Anna, Hannah, Hayley and Gemma made up 80% of the field with young Miss Howard claiming the bragging rights after 2 Km of roughy-toughy hill bashing. Stars of the future for sure.  There were many others, both junior and senior giving it their all, and while it's nice to be able to celebrate the achievements of our top performers, it was the togetherness and team spirit created by EVERYONE in the team that made this such an outstanding weekend. A huge well done to everyone who made the trip and we hope we can welcome a few more newer members next year in the great adventure that is Scottish Orienteering.

The juniors are working on an event report of their own which we hope to publish later in the week but for now we’ll leave you with a link to the full SOL results. We’ll let you know when the final SOL positions are announced. We're pretty sure these results mean that Finay McLuckie has won the M10A category, Kate McLuckie has won W10A and Isobel Howard and Faith Kenyon are 1st and 2nd in W12A. 

(editor's note - the final SOL tables were published on Tuesday. We were right in our assumptions! View them here)

The team points scores from the JIA Individual races were:

North 78, West 50, East 47

Which all made for a comprehensive overall win for the North after defeat on home gound last year:

North 134, West 114, East 95

A full summary of the JIA individual points scorers is HERE

A full summary of the JIA team scores for the whole weekend is HERE

 

 

Enter our Lossie Forest Event Now - Entries Close on 31st October

It's our big autumn event on 4th November and entries so far have been encouraging. We've had 110 with 5 days to go to the event, and expect a final entry of around 200. About one third of our own members have entered so far. We usually get closer to half our membership at these larger events, so we know there are lots more entries to come.

Encouragingly there are 12 entries from people who aren't in an orienteering club. To make things run efficiently on the day, and to help our pre-planning, we really want you to enter in advance so we're offering a discount to those who do. Please help make life easy for our regstration team.

So enter now via Fabian4

Event details can be found in our fixtures section

Hannah's Story - Life in the Scottish Junior Squad

This year Hannah Kingham became the 5th Moravian junior in recent years to be selected for the Scottish Junior Orienteering Squad - or ScotJOS for short.

Hannah has just produced a marvellous piece of writing about her early experiences in the Squad. As more and more young people are getting attracted to orienteering, the standard is gradually creeping up and up. It's much harder than it used to be to get in the national teams, in England and Scotland at least. So it's wonderful to see how the effort put in by Hannah is now reaping its rewards, and we hope that some of the younger folks in the club will be inspired by Hannah's example - just as she's been inspired by others in the club.  Here's Hannah's story.

 

As soon as I started orienteering, I began to notice all the Scotland tops that many people were wearing. It then became my ambition to get into ScotJOS. I looked up to Kathryn Barr (I still do) as she was already in the squad and I set myself the goal to be like her. Last year my ambition became a reality as I became one of the people running in a Scotland top.

The ScotJOS weekends are great training opportunities but they are also a great chance to meet fellow likeminded people with similar ambitions. It’s great fun when at a big event you get the chance to catch up with fellow squad members that you may not have seen for a few months. ScotJOS has certainly opened many doors for me, for example my recent trips to London and mid Wales at the JIRCs and JHIs (Junior Inter-Region Championships and Junior Home Internationals - ed).

The JIRCS was my first ever selection race and my first race at a British level. We flew down to London at 6:30am (we had to be at the airport at 5:30!) and we were competing at 11am. One bit of advice I would give to anyone is; take your time to the first control. I learnt this the hard way and what made it worse it was at my first major competition. I spent 16 minutes looking for a control roughly 15m from a path - I was dead last at this point! I persevered and I managed to finish in 19th with the rest of the course being error free. I had a much better run at the relays the following day as I was cautious to number 1 and I managed to be 4th fastest on leg 2 and my team finished 6th (Scotland got 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 6th). Scotland managed to come back with every single trophy so that was a fantastic result for the team. The evening of the JIRCs (after the individual) was great fun as I got to meet even more orienteers from all over the UK. Someone brought a pack of cards and the next thing I knew we were playing ‘Irish Snap’ (a ScotJOS favourite) in a big group.

2 weeks later I was in Snowdonia for my 2nd time representing Scotland. The JHIs was a much tougher competition as it was the best 4 from each country not region (like the JIRCs). On the first day I was the very first starter - it was a very misty hillside with very minimal paths so it was quite scary being the only 2 people out there (an Irish W18 started at the same time). Other than her I only saw 2 people throughout my course and they were fellow W18 and M16 Scottish team mates. I got to the first control ok given the fact that sometimes I could only see 30m ahead of me. However on the shortest leg of the course I lost concentration and ran off without taking a bearing, the control should only have taken around 40 seconds but I took 4 minutes as I went back to the previous control. I was really pleased with my final result of 6th, however I was even more pleased for 2 of my fellow team mates who finished 1st and 2nd. That night our cabin was suddenly filled with 10 Irish people all wanting a go on the Wii as we were the only cabin that had one. Later that night there was a tympath which was a welsh ceilidh. It was great fun as everyone gave 100% and nobody cared who they danced with. Louis Macmillan (a fellow Scot) took his bagpipes and we taught everyone the ‘Gay Gordons’.

The relays the next day were great as there was no mist and you could see around 7 controls from assembly, so it was a great spectator race. The planners were a bit cruel as there was a massive hill right at the start and from the last control to the finish it was also uphill so it was great when it was a close race. I came back with a clean run and brought my team up one place. I was 5th fastest on my leg and my team finished 5th. Overall the weekend was a blast.

This year I have had so much fun with ScotJOS. My favourite training weekend was the ‘Last Blast’. This is when the 18 year olds who are leaving the Squad organise a training weekend. On the first day they flipped the maps for certain people on Arthur’s seat; we ran left and they ran right. If the second day was to be summed up in two words it would be “eggs" and "relays”. The whole day we did relays getting covered in eggs and flour. On the last relay there was a challenge at each control and to make it even harder we had to do it “3 armed”. After this weekend I have not eaten a single Weetabix because one of the challenges was to eat a dry Weetabix with a dry mouth because it was near the end of the course. It was horrible because we had to follow it with jalapenos.

ScotJOS has given me so many opportunities to compete, make friends, visit different areas and just have fun. Anyone with an ambition to get more out of orienteering should just go for it and try to be selected and I am sure you will.

ScotJOS also promotes a huge variety of life skills such as independence. At the JHIs we were in self-catering cabins, we had to do all our meals and snacks apart from dinner. All the ScotJOS coaching builds on the foundations laid by Moravian coaches. Moravian is very lucky to have a fantastic selection of qualified coaches, I would like to thank ALL the Moravian coaches for helping me reach this level. I would like to give a special thanks to Mike Rodgers, without whom I would not be where I am today as he is the person who inspired me to start orienteering. 

North Area Junior Training at Dulnain Wood,7th October, by Eva Wiseman

Thanks to Eva for sending in her experiences of the training day organized by Jess Tullie recently for North Area juniors. As Eva says, this is such a good opportunity and we'd urge any juniors who've never been to one before to try and make the next one which will be in the first part of 2018.

Here's what Eva has to say:

I really enjoyed the training day that Jess Tullie organised.  There were about 5 helpers and eighteen kids there, 8 Moravians as well as others from our neighbouring clubs and it was lots of fun, and I learnt a lot from it as well.

We did work on contours, first with dirt from Jess’s back garden making model landscapes, as we copied diagrams of contours using dirt! Next we went into the woods, where we did an exercise where you follow tapes to controls whilst looking at a blank map. When we reached the control, we had to use a pin to very accurately mark where this control was on the blank map!  I got most of them right- except for the wrong boulder in a boulder field!

After lunch we did some relay practice, as the Junior Inter Area Relays are coming up soon! We got into groups of two or three people (two doing light green, one doing orange), and then we ran one by one round a course and practised handing over. Some people did it backwards as we had done the course at a previous event (Jess had had to change everything at the last minute because we were double booked with a shooting party in the original woods!).

We also had a fun orienteering game at the end where we had a partner, and we ran one after one another around a clock faced shaped layout of controls with a plant pot to put at the control for the other team member!

I would highly encourage other juniors who are orange level or above to come to the next one, because you definitely learn a lot, make friends and it’s great fun!  We are so lucky having Jess, a world class orienteer, and other really good coaches, coaching us. Next time we might get to play sardines again which is the best game ever.

Thanks to Jess and all the other coaches, I’m looking forward to the next one already!

Much to Shout About at SOL6

Twenty three Moravians made it across to Forvie Dunes for the penultimate round of the 2017 Scottish Orienteering League season.

The 7 SOL races are, with the exception of the Scottish Champs, the premier races in the Scottish orienteering calendar.  They tend to use the best quality areas and have top-quality course planning by experienced course planners. The series provides the opportunity for the best orienteers in the country to test themselves against their peers in their own age category, while at the same time offering an opportunity for novices to compete on the easier courses in a big exciting event.

The results from the SOLs are looked at by selectors when considering candidates for representative teams, and for juniors they are also a good barometer of who might be a candidate for the Scottish Junior Squad.

As is becoming customary these days, Moravian names could be found near to the top of the junior results. SOL6 followed a very definite trend!. Finlay, Kate and Fergus made it a Moravian 1-2-3 on the Yellow course while Isobel and Faith took 2nd and 3rd on Orange. They were the fastest 2 girls so these results will have done them no harm at all in the overall SOL standings where the best 4 races count towards the overall medals. Both girls will be in the top 3 in W12 when the tables are updated later this month. Kate and Finlay look likely to top the respective M/W10 standings while Fergus’s excellent run should keep him firmly in 4th. (Thanks to Lil Kenyon for the photos)

At this point I'd like to acknowledge and point out a selfless act by young Faith. Despite having a great run which she no doubt realized at the time, she stopped to help out young Connie Nicolson of INVOC who was a bit lost. Faith you should be really proud of yourself!

You had to have sympathy for Mairi who had a great run on Green in the W16 class, only to get DQ’d for missing no 13. (update 20/10 - Mairi has been reinstated after GRAMP inspected the "pin pricks" on her backup card). A similar fate befell Jon who posted the fastest time of Short Brown only to find he’d missed no 2. Morag McLuckie must be having nightmares about her no 3 which lost her about 15 minutes, without which she might have finished 3rd on Short Blue. It can be a cruel and unforgiving sport sometimes!

An ever bigger vote of sympathy goes to Kaisa and Ida. They missed their start time due to being held up en route by a road closure. With no map in the car they had to phone Ida's dad (in Finland!) for directions but they got there in the end. "I knew he would be close to a computer and he knew we were going to Forvie and he is good with road maps" said Kaisa. "I could trust his ability in getting us there. But even with all that we took some time!"

Kaisa's perseverance continued when she finally got out on her course. She threatened to record her first ever DNF but no, she got round intact in a time that even our much-esteemed secretary Ali Wiseman would have been proud to call her own. But as the only W35 running she'll have climbed to overall 2nd as a reward. You can only beat what's put in front of you after all. Ida had a testing time on Light Green but just like her mum she displayed that admirable Moravian tenacity in bucket loads to achieve a clear round and still finish above 9 other runners. The most tenacious and courageous orienteers never give up - no matter how bad a run they're having.

But no sympathy was needed for Denise Main who had a superb run in W50 on the Short Blue course, finishing overall 5th and fastest W50. Unfortunately Denise has only been able to make 2 of the SOLs so won’t manage to get the 4 results needed for a leading final position. Still, she had the satisfaction of beating the current 2nd and 3rd placed women. There were other good runs from Dave Weir (10th on Blue in M55 - and 3rd M55) and Andrew Campbell (8th on Short Brown in M50). It was great to see Eddie Harwood continuing to bounce back from his injury, finishing 5th on Green.

So well done to everyone who competed, and we now look forward to the final round in 2 weeks’ time at Aberfeldy when our juniors will also be running for North Area in the Junior Inter-Area competition.

You can see the full results, splits and routegadget on GRAMP’s web site and there's a report on the SOA web site too - and we should finally commend GRAMP for putting on an exceptional event with published results up on the web by tea time!

Below you can see a section from the amazing blue course map

Big Moravian Junior Contingent Set for Junior Inter-Areas

Thanks to our junior captain Pippa Weir for this news item. Pippa has done some great work in the past few years in to moulding our juniors into a real team. It's terrific to see so many making the long journey south to help North area to what we hope will be a win in 2 weeks' time. As always, this will be a great social occasion too. Oh to be young again!

Junior Inter-Area Competition Weekend

Eighteen Moravian juniors will be heading south next weekend as part of Team North to take on Team East and Team West. The weekend begins with exciting relays near Livingston on Saturday 28th in which our youngsters will be mixed into teams of three with other juniors from Invoc, Maroc, Basoc and Gramp. Some of us will be spending a fun and sociable night making new friends at Stirling Youth Hostel which has been booked in its entirety by the three areas but then we will all reconvene at Drummond Hill near Aberfeldy on Sunday for the final stage of the battle, this time with individual runs in the Scottish Orienteering League race. We hope we can help Team North come out victorious this year – it was so close twelve months ago at Culbin!

Joining team North are:

Josh & Scarlett Britain, Carrie Brown, Ben & Alana Coutts, Connor & Ryan Curran, Isobel & Sophie Howard, Faith and Fergus Kenyon, Hannah Kingham, Kate & Finlay McLuckie, Ida Oikkonen, David Spencer, Mairi Weir and Eva Wiseman.

Good luck to you all from everyone in the club!

 

By the way, it’s not too late for our other juniors to join in this competition by taking part in the SOL on Sunday 29th. Just enter your age-group class (M/W10 yellow, M/W12 orange, M/W14 Light Green, etc) via the website Fabian4 by Sunday 22nd and your result will be included in North Area’s total.

(The link to entries is http://www.fabian4.co.uk/default.aspx?EventID=1844 - ed)

(and the format of the JIA weekend is https://www.scottish-orienteering.org/soa/page/scottish-junior-inter-area-competition-weekend-guidelines)

An appeal from Sheila, the SCORE Editor

We received this note from Sheila Reynolds who edits the SOA's SCORE magazine. Given the talents of our juniors for writing orienteering stories we wonder if this might appeal to some of you youngsters out there. Go on, you know you want to!

Hello All,

 
I hope that you've all received, and read, the September issue of SCORE.  As is always the case, please feel free to contact me with any SCORE-related comments, questions or concerns.
 
I'm contacting clubs to ensure that all are aware of the copy date for the December issue.  Printing & delivery of SCORE typically takes nearly two weeks, so it is imperative that a print-ready document be sent to Groverprint before the end of December.  The more time available for layout, editing and sourcing & receiving permissions for photos and maps, the better the end product will be, so your cooperation with regard to submitting pieces at or near copy date is much appreciated. (NB - the copy date is 4th November - ed)
 
I welcome submissions from clubs, their members, and even tangential entities or organisations -- it's important that SCORE reflect the interests and activities of its members.  That being the case, I encourage you all to share my requests for submissions with all of your members and encourage them to contribute to SCORE.
 
As I noted in the September issue, the addition of a Junior-specific section arose from a conversation with a junior (who told me -- without being aware that I was the editor -- that SCORE is pretty boring, something that I did not take personally!).  So, if you have juniors willing and able to contribute pieces to SCORE, please point them in my direction.  If you have a junior SCORE-reader in your home, ask them what they would like to see in SCORE that may make them more willing to read it.  Are they interested in profiles of juniors?  How the ScotJOS and other juniors train?  Opportunities for juniors to grow, train and advance?  Let me know.
 
I would also like to continue including pieces about orienteers, those who are new to O, and those who have been doing it for decades.  This can only be done if members are willing to share their stories, so please encourage your members in this as well.
 
And finally, one thing that I notice is there are clubs who are keen to know what is working, &/or not working, with regard to attracting and retaining new members.  This could be related to social  media, local park runs, Active Schools engagement, and much more.  My opinion is that there is value in various clubs submitting short pieces (200-300 words) about what is or is not working for them, perhaps sticking to one thing to keep the piece short.  A series of these could then be strung together as a single feature.  If your club is interested in taking part in that sort of a piece, please let me know.
 
Thanks to all for your support over the last year, it's been very much appreciated.
 
Regards,
Sheila Reynolds