Recent News and Information

Faith's exciting adventures towards her 100 badge and on to who knows where.

During the Scottish 6 Days, Faith Kenyon was presented with her Scottish Orienteering badge for having completed 100 competitive races. The badge was handed over by none less than  international superstar Jess Tullie. Faith's achievement is all the more remarkable given that she only did her first event in April 2015! Since the start of this year, she's been keeping a wall map of all the places that orienteering's taken her. Here is what Faith has to tell us about it.

100 Badge

At the start of 2017 I was looking at a map of Scotland and I said that I wanted to go orienteering all over Scotland and to get my 100 badge this year.

 

I had done 63 events so far.  I did my first ever event near Elgin when I was 9 and got my 100 badge at the Scottish 6 days when I was 12.

 

The furthest south I have been orienteering was the SOL at Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries and Galloway.  The furthest north was Lossiemouth.  I did my first light green course with my mum in the sand dunes at Balmedie, the most easterly, but mum slowed me down!

 

I was really pleased when there was a SOL near Oban, Glen Nant, this meant I could go really far west.

I like looking at the stickers on the map because it reminds me of where we’ve been.  My favourite place ever is the Trossachs, I also enjoyed Drumlanrig Castle because it was a beautiful day and there were lambs.

I hope to continue going all over Scotland and complete at least 200 events.

Faith Kenyon

Daniel becomes a Young Ambassador

We're proud and delighted to say that Daniel Campbell has been made a Young Ambassador at Elgin Academy. The Sportscotland Young Ambasador programme is where, each year, two pupils from each secondary school in Scotland are chosen as Young Ambassadors to promote sport, and motivate and inspire other young people to get involved in sport in their schools, clubs and local communities.

Daniel has been a model junior in our club, setting an example to others who have seen how hard he's worked to achieve national representation, and excelling in events where he's run for our club. It's been clear to see how he's displayed fortitide, good humour and resilience to deal with injury that has held him back of late and we wish him all the very best in his year in post. We know he'll do Elgin Academy proud. What a marvellous opportunity!

Read more about the Young Ambassador Programme

Highland WOLF Weekend - Entries available til 21st September

One of the most exciting orienteering weekends to take place in the North happens on 23-24 Sept around Grantown/Aviemore. You need to get your entry in for the Hghland WOLF by 21st September!  The cheap rate deadline expired on 10th September so entries are now quite expensive, but the quality of the event should make it worth it. Note there aren't unlimited places for all classes so we don't recommend relying on trying to get entry on the day.

Sat 23rd am - Middle Distance Event - Grantown (Auchernack & Bailliefurth) - 42 MOR entries
Sat 23rd pm - Urban Event - Aviemore - 31 MOR entries
Sun 24th - Scottish O League - Inshriach (Feshiebridge) - 41 MOR entries

Latest British Orienteering Awards

After the massive Moravian turnout at Nairn on 27th August, a whole crowd of members have achieved awards in the British Orienteering Incentive Scheme (click on the link to read more about it).

 
Well done to the following, and especially to Kaisa and Fiona who have reached the highest level of 5 Stars Racing Gold. That means your orienteering apprenticeship is complete. You've made the grade!

Racing Challenge

 
5 Star Gold: Fiona Newcombe, Kaisa Oikkonnen
 
5 Star Silver: Stuart Thompson, Stephen Wiseman
 
4 Star Gold: Shauna Perry
 
4 Star Bronze: Eva Wiseman, John Pullen
 
3 Star Gold: Kate McLuckie
 
3 Star Silver: Kirsty Anderson
 
3 Star Bronze: Karen Fraser
 
2 Star Silver: Callum Thompson, Ewan Thompson
 
2 Star Bronze: Iona Thompson
 
1 Star Bronze: Gemma Curran
 
Navigation Challenge
 
5 Stars: Stuart Thompson
 
4 Stars: Eva Wiseman, John Pullen
 
3 Stars: Scarlett Britain

North District Cross Country League 2017-2018

It's not long until this season's local cross-country league gets under way. Over 20 Moravians are already registered for the league. None of the dates clash with any currently-registered North-Area orienteering fixtures.

 
The NDCCL is a very popular and sociable winter series which, like our orienteering events, caters brilliantly for all ages and abilities. There are categories for girls and boys under 11, under 13, under 15 and under 17 as well as adult classes.  The races offer superb physical training for anyone keen to improve their fitness and strength for orienteering races. They take place on Saturday afternoons with the first race (U11s) at 1.15pm and the last race (seniors) at 2.30pm.

Although guests can take part (at double the entry fee of £2 seniors £1 juniors!), it is best to become a registered runner through your local running club where you will also benefit from their training programme. This year's races (with one further fixture still to be announced) are as follows:

7th Oct - Keith
18th Nov - Nairn
25th Nov - North of Inverness
27th Jan - Dingwall area
10th Feb - Forres

More details are on the NDCCL web site

It's Schools Festivals Season again

Moray's Active Schools team is once again organizing (with our help) a series of schools events that is set to culminate on 5th October with the Moray Schools Festival at Gordonstoun - the event's 10th anniversary.

Lil Kenyon has taken over as Moravian's Schools Liaison person and she's co-ordinating the club's support. There will be 4 mini festivals which are designed to help schools prepare for Gordonstoun, plus the big Gordonstoun event (the original 5 is now 4 as Milne's and Lossie ASGs are combined in the same event) . Some of these will be quite informal, while others, such as Forres and Elgin where there are some very strong orienteering schools, will be quite slick affairs with computer timing, just like our own club events.

The dates and venues are as follows:

28th August Aberlour - complete - 140 took part
20th September Elgin
26th September Forres

28th September Lossiemouth/Roseisle (combined event for Milne's and Lossie ASGs) - changed from 21st
5th October the big series final Gordonstoun

All these events are in the mornings. If you can spare some time to help, please let Lil know by completing her Doodle Poll

It would be great if parents of Moravian juniors associated with the participating schools could manage to attend, but any club member who can offer some help will be warmly welcomed by the Active Schools team.

Club Champs and Next Event

92 Moravians took part in what's been hailed as the best club champs ever. Masterminded by Alan Halliday the "Score" format proved a big hit, with everyone following the rules and nobody getting in to minus figures. You can see the full handicap results for each of the categories here
 

"We had great fun though we had no idea how different it would be today!" was a comment on Facebook from one of our newer members while others said "Thankyou for a brilliant time. We all really enjoyed ourselves. Loved the score format great fun."

So there should be no shortage of runners, from this club at least, when we host the Scottish Score Champs at Quarrelwood in November.

Huge thanks to Alan for the obvious time, effort and attention to detail that so clearly went in to today.

The next event is next Sunday (27th) at Nairn East Beach. Although it's being organized by INVOC it counts for our Saturday League so there will be plenty of Moravians there. We'll be hard pushed to beat last year's turnout of 100 from the club, but after today you never know. You can enter up to Frday 25th on SIEntries, or enter on the day, altough it does help the organizers enormously if you pre-enter. Enter here

Could you be the new Public Face of Moravian Orienteers?

We're looking for people to assist Suzanne with publicity for the club.

 

Mike Rodgers took on the self-appointed role of Moravian Publicity Person around 10 years ago when the club was under threat of extinction due to dwindling numbers. Mike is taking a break from the role so we're on the lookout for people who'd like to help keep the club in the public eye, and ensure continued recognition for the many achievements of our members. Suzanne Lynch-McKay has taken on the lead publicity role, especially with our Facebook page and event promotion, and it would be great to form a publicity team to share the workload. Could you help to make a difference?

In the beginning, most of our publicity was through the local press - weekly newspapers including the Nairnshre Telegraph, Northern Scot, Forres Gazette and Banffshire Herald have all featured orienteering stories for many years, while the Press & Journal have covered some of the bigger stories. Thanks to some terrific colourful imagery, much of it supplied by Chris Spencer, readers have seen orienteering portrayed as a vibrant, fun sport enjoyed by young and old. Few people in the area aren't aware that an orientering club exists in Moray. 

As time moved on, social media became much more important. Readership of the local papers reduced as many got their news fix on line. Mike, although he insists he's very much an amateur and still doesn't own a smart phone, was the driving force behind our presence on Facebook and Twitter which is now contributed to by a great many people in the club. But rather than making the job easier, it doubled the workload! Social media is only going to get more important as the years go by, so anyone with great skills in that department would be a perfect fit for the role.

One of the best things about the role, according to Mike, is that you soon become very familiar with most people in the club, and very tuned in to what's happening. So the role would suit anyone who is sociable and enjoys getting to know people - how great an orienteer you are is irrelevant. Some flair for creative writing also helps, but this tends to be something you pick up as you go along. An increasingly important part of the role is connecting with groups, clubs and people outside orienteering, which means keeping a good eye out on social media and in the local press for relevant opportunities.

In summary, the main aspects to the role of publicity officer are listed below. The good news is that all of it is no more than "nice to do" so it doesn't carry with it the pressure that some club roles do. We are such a big club now that we don't need to attract new members to survive, so all publicity we get is a bonus rather than a necessity.

If you're interested, speak to Suzanne - or you'll have no trouble getting hold of her via Facebook!

 

The lead publicity officer ensures that someone (ie not necessarily you).......

 - writes regular articles for the local press

 - lisises with event organizers regarding event publicity

 - submits timely info about events to local "what's on" listings"
 - keeps the web site updated with regular news stories. Always try to keep something interesting and current on the front page.
 - submits publicity items to the weekly TuesNews
 - keeps the public facebook page supplied with club news that might be of interest to the wider public, including monitoring wider social media to engage with other clubs/agencies (sharing stories, interacting with posts etc).

 - runs paid event promotions on Facebook.

 - and does anything publicity-wise that's not been thought of before.

 

Club Champs - Roseisle Sat 19th Aug

Members should by now have registered their interest if they are doing the Club Champs on the 19th. Well over 100 people are registered with other helping out (more than half of our entire membership). Alan needs to know who's coming so maps etc can be prepared - quite a job he has on too. Event details including the link to sign-ups are here.

Remember to bring something for our annual club picnic which will include the AGM at approx 1pm. Details on this will be sent out to all members via the weekly Tues News members' newsletter on 15th Aug.

Our Week at the Scottish 6 Days

This blog has been updated each day and provides a summary of how we got on at the Scottish 6 Days last week, including results, photos and those terrific Poppycock films. An even quicker summary can be seen in this "how did we all do?" table. Members can leave comments by clicking the "comment" link at the bottom. Please let us all know what you thought of the 6 Days - it might just persuade a few others to make holiday plans for 2019. Well done to all who took part, and special thanks to the many who helped to stage Day 5 - see the comments from our Acting Chairman further down

We were delighted to see a few of our newer members dipping their toes in to a big summer orienteering festival for the first time. We hope that this will have given you an exciting flavour in to just how much fun, and how suitable for beginners, the bigger events in our sport are.

There were no fewer than 14 Moravian top 10 finishes on Day 1, a day of lovely sunshine and a lovely area at Glen Tanar. That was followed on Day 2 (an equally sunny Balfour) by another 14 top 10s, with Isobel claiming her second win in 2 days. Isobel needs to explain to the rest of us mortals how it's possible to make a 6-minute mistake and still beat everyone else.

Day 3 was at Birsemore Hill, next to the Day 2 area and using the same car parking and assembly areas. We had 15 top-10 places today, although some found it hard going. Scottish orienteering at its toughest!

Pride of place has to go to Hannah Kingham who was just 2 seconds off a win in W14A, beaten only by the current series leader. They had the exact same time at the final control but reigning Brtish Champion Rachel Brown (ESOC) was just that bit faster down the run-in. A fine run too from Dave Weir whose 2nd place on M55L pulled him up to overall 5th in this exceptionally-competitive class of hardened veterans. There have been several good runs from people who never quite made the top 10, and bear in mind that on the Long/A classes there are most of the best orienteers in the land as opposition. Enjoy the rest day folks, and if you're doing the urban event in Ballater, enjoy the smooth surface!

On the euphemistically named "rest day" 588 runners, including several Moravians, couldn't resist the lure of the Urban Sprint Race round the streets, nooks and crannies of Ballater. Normally they'd be scaring the tourists but given the fact that most of the tourists were probably orienteers they'll have had to settle for worrying the locals. Well done again to Isobel for her third win of the week!

You just can't beat consistency. On  Day 4 at Creag Choinnich by Braemar we once again had 15 top tens, and the seniors outdid the juniors for a change. Signs of stamina starting to show through perchance? It was nice to see the Turners, one of our newer families from Aberlour, making it down for the day where Fergus and Patrick tackled the Yellow very succesfully. Not having been there, I'm finding it hard to call the performance of the day but Donald Grassie's 4th place on M60S must come close considering there were 51 runners. Of course, we could be celebrating Oonagh Grassie's win on the female equivalent course, but how could we possibly acknowledge someone running for GRAMP (which is of course Oonagh's 1st club). At least Donald has the good taste to run in Moravian colours, but in the spirit of tact and diplomacy who can argue with husband and wife running for different rival clubs?  One thing that most certainly was worth celebrating was our oldest competitor here at the 6 Days reaching his 75th birthday. Derek McNeil marked the occasion by mispunching on M75L to stop him getting his best result of the week so far!

Day 5 was our organizing day. It's not easy running after a long stint on your feet, so our 13 top 10 places were a fair return. An excellent run from Mairi today to claim 4th on W16A.  Roo, our acting Chair said "What an amazing bunch of volunteers you were! Thank you all so much for your help in putting on an outstanding event at Glen Feardar on Day 5 of Scottish 6 Days. You presented the event and the club at its very best and can all be incredibly proud." Hard to argue with that.

Normal service was resumed on Day 6 when we were back to 15 in the top 10. There was much to play for, as some of our top performers were in with a shout for an overall podium place (see below). It can be tough on the final day as accumulated fatigue plays a factor - some seem to thrive on it while others are just hanging in there! But for everyone, whichever end of the results table they finished at, it's been a wonderful week of cameraderie, fresh air and exercise in the most stunning surroundings. Here's to the next one in 2019, and of course we can all return to Rotal Deeside next May for the Brtish Championships which will be a wonderful opportunity for our juniors in particular - especially our legendary junior relay teams!

The overall championship standings are based on each individual's best 4 runs on the week and are included in the highlights below. In the final standings we had 1 class winner (Isobel Howard W12A), 1 second place (Kate McLuckie W10A), 1 third place (Finlay McLuckie M10A), 2 fourth places (Pippa Weir W50S, Katy McNeil W45S). Hannah Kingham was 6th on W14A and Kirsty McArthur 7th on W21S. 

Day 1 Highlights:

1st: Kate McLuckie (W10A), Isobel Howard (W12A), Katy McNeil (W45S)
2nd: Finlay McLuckie (M10A), Faith Kenyon (W12A), Pippa Weir (W50S)
5th: Alana Coutts (W10A)
6th: Sophie Howard (W10A)
7th: Hannah Kingham (W14A), Josh Britain (M14B)
8th: Mairi Weir (W16A)
9th: Kirsty McArthur (W21S)
10th: Hannah Wiseman (White), Dave Weir (M55L)

Results Day 1

Film Highlights Day 1

Photo Gallery Day 1 (Wendy Carlyle)

 

Day 2 Highlights:

1st: Finlay McLuckie (M10A), Isobel Howard (W12A)
3rd: Kate McLuckie (W10A)
4th: Scarlett Britain (W10A)
6th: Alan Halliday (M60S), Faith Kenyon (W12A), Pippa Weir (W50S)
7th: Katy McNeil (W45S)
8th: Alana Coutts (W10A), Hannah Kingham (W14A)
9th: Paul Coutts (M45S), Dave Weir (M55L), Penelope Smirthwaite (W55S), Josh Britain (M14B)

Results Day 2

Film Highlights Day 2

Photo Gallery Day 2 (Steve Rush - BOC - most Moravians are on pages 6-8)

Overall standings for the week (after 2 events)

 

Day 3 Highlights:

2nd - Dave Weir (M55L), Kate McLuckie (W10A), Isobel Howard (W12A), Hannah Kingham (W14A)
3rd - Finlay McLuckie (M10A), Andrew Barr (Green), Nick Barr (Lt Green)
4th - Katy McNeil (W45S), Pippa Weir (W50S)
5th - Donald Grassie (M60S)
7th - Hannah Wiseman (W10B)
8th - Josh Britain (M14B)
9th - Faith Kenyon (W12A)
10th - Scarlett Britain (W10A), Eva Wiseman (W12A)

Results Day 3

Film Highlights Day 3 (not on You Tube yet so you'll need to find it on the Facebook page the link points to)

Day 3 Photo Gallery (Wendy Carlyle)

Overall standings for the week (after 3 events)

 

Urban Race (Rest Day) Highlights:

1st - Isobel Howard (Young Junior Women 12-)
5th - Kate McLuckie (Young Junior Women 12-)
4th - Mairi Weir (W16-), Jon Hollingdale (M40+)
8th - Jane Halliday (W55+)

And a special mention to our only runner in the open class - Kirsty McArthur 23rd/53.

Urban Results

 

Day 4 Highlights:

2nd - Kate McLuckie (W10A)

4th - Elizabeth Furness (W60S), Finlay McLuckie (M10A), Donald Grassie (M60S), Penelope Smirthwaite (W55S), Nick Barr (Light Green)

5th - Isobel Howard (W12A)

7th - Hannah Kingham (W14A), Kirsty McArthur (W21S), Katy McNeil (W45S), Pippa Weir (W50S)

8th - Carole Chapman (W55S)

9th - Faith Kenyon (W12A)

10th - Alan Coutts (W10A), Jane Halliday (W55L)

Results Day 4

Day 4 Photo Gallery (Wendy Carlyle)

Film Highlights Day 4

Overall standings for the week (after 4 events)

 

Day 5 Highlights:

3rd - Finlay McLuckie (M10A), Kate McLuckie (W10A), Faith Kenyon (W12A)

4th - Alana Coutts (W10A), Isobel Howard (W12A), Mairi Weir (W16A), Kirsty McArthur (W21S)

6th - Katy McNeil (W45S), Penelope Smirthwaite (W55S)

7th - Dave Weir (M55L), Hannah Kingham (W14A), Josh Britain (M14B)

9th - Scarlett Britain (W10A), Jane Halliday (W55L)

 

Results Day 5

Film Highlights Day 5

Overall standings for the week (after 5 events)
Day 5 Photo Gallery (Steve Rush)

Day 5 Photo Gallery (Wendy Carlyle)

 

Day 6 Highlights:

1st - Kate McLuckie (W10A)
3rd - Isobel Howard (W12A)

5th - Anna Howard (W10B), Penelope Smirthwaite (W55S), Elizabeth Furness (W60S)

6th - Hannah Kingham (W14A), Kirsty McArthur (W21S), KatyMcNeil (W45S)

7th - Josh Britain (M14B), Derek McNeil (M75S), Faith Kenyon (W12A)
9th - Finlay McLuckie (M10A), Alana Coutts (W10A)
10th - Scarlett Britain (W10A), Hannah Wiseman (W10B)

Day 6 Results

Final Overall standings

Mike's report on the final results