Recent News and Information

(18th June) Jamie Stevenson Trophy Set for a Tight Contest

Pippa Weir, our junior Club Captain, has been organizing next Sunday's trip to Perth for the Jamie Stevenson Trophy. You can see just what a tremendous squad of Moravian juniors she's assembled in this story published a few days ago.

She's been in touch with the entries co-ordinator who has sent us some interesting facts and figures:

There are 150 entries from 12 different clubs. Orange is the biggest class with 49 entries, followed by yellow (38), Green (35) and Light green (28). We have 10, 9, 2 and 4 runners respectively in those classes.

The biggest team is MAROC (28), closely followed by Moravian with 25.

The smallest teams are SOLWAY and GRAMP who each have 2 entries.


The mighty MAROC has won the trophy for the past few years but perhaps this might be the year they are outrun. The competition looks like it will be tough this year and difficult to predict the outcome. Lots of the teams have strengths in different areas. This could be the year for the UK's senior team champs FVO, or even Interlopers, INVOC....... or .... just maybe..... Moravian!

Club members going on the trip will receive detailed information from Pippa regarding pick-up times, arrangements for the day etc. It will be such an exciting occasion and we'll try to keep everyone up to date of what happens on the day on social media.


(16th June) Moravian Juniors Burning up the Trails in Forest Runs Series

Our junior section has been doing extremely well in the Active Schools Trail Running Series that has been tagged on to this year's Moray Forest Runs. The final race is on Wednesday 21st June at Roseisle and several Moravian runners are in the frame for medals.

David Spencer lies 3rd in the Under 16s (he's 12) while Isobel Howard, despite not running at Quarrelwood, is 3rd girl (9th overall).

In the U12s, Bruce Evans, with 3 wins out of 3, leads the table. Michael Bishenden is 6th with Finlay McLuckie one place and 2 points behind. Faith Kenyon (13th) is 2nd girl, and beat the leading girl in the last race at Quarrelwood - so anything is possible at Roseisle!

We've had no shortage of adult runners taking part, and some of our "senior juniors" have been running in the open race for which there is no official series competition. 

Get along on the 21st and wear your Moravian colours with pride!

Registration from 6.15 pm

U12s start 6.45 pm, U16s 7.10 pm, open race 7.15 pm

Under 16s League Table

Under 12s League Table

(Moravian members are highlighted in yellow in both tables)


(14th June) Moravian Members - Have we got your latest contact details?

We've noticed from Mail Chimp readership stats that about 30% of our members aren't getting our weekly newsletters. We know that one or two members access the newsletter from the link in this web site (under the Members tab) which would stop you showing up in the stats, but we suspect that newsletters might be ending up in some people's spam. If you've not been getting yours, please check your spam folders.


We also wonder if some of you might have changed your email address. If this is the case, British Orienteering and the Scottish Orienteering Association won't have your correct address either, meaning you will be missing out on their mailings such as rankings or incentive scheme awards.

So if you've not been receiving your newsletter and there's nothing in your spam, please email and we will update our records.

Please also inform British Orienteering ( so they can amend their membership data base which is how we access our members' details. You can amend it yourself via your user log in on the BO web site

(12th June) Celebrate 50 Years of Orienteering with us at Culbin this Weekend

This Saturday, 17th June, is 50 years to the day since the British Orienteering Federation was formed, making orienteering an official sport in the UK. It's also the date of our next event.

We hope you can join us at Culbin at 1015 on Saturday morning to experience the wonderful world-class terrain of this amazing forest as we celebrate this momentous milestone in the short history of our sport.There's been a fairly encourging amount of interest - 138 by the time we closed pre-registrations to order the maps.

As you run around the lumps and bumps, give a thought to our past Chairman Bob Climie, a previous Chair of British Orienteering. Bob was one of the leading figures in the early days of the sport. His ashes, along with his wife Mary, are scattered in nearby Lossie Forest and he would be delighted to know how his beloved sport is thriving in Moray today

Orienteering's past features some very well known characters, and you can read more about it in this feature about our Culbin event on Inside Moray



(9th June) Jamie Stevenson Trophy Team Finalized

As usual, that has been great enthusiasm for our annual junior trip. And what a team Pippa has put together!

It's really nice to see some JST first timers (the McKay boys, Ida Oikkonnen and Michael Bishenden) joining our regulars.

Here is our team declaration. If anyone who thinks they'd asked to come has been missed off, please contact Pippa urgently (phweir at Pippa will be in touch with all team members with the arrangements for the day - and the very best of luck to you all!


Alana Coutts W10

Michael Bishenden M12

Finlay McLuckie M10

Kate McLuckie W10

Ryan Curran M12

Hayley Curran W12

Scarlett Britain W10

Sophie Howard W10

Fergus Kenyon M10 and Glenn McKay M10 (pair)



Ben Coutts M12

Connor Curran M14

Faith Kenyon W12

Lewis McWilliam M12

Ida Oikkonen W12

Josh Britain M14

Findlay McKay M12

Isobel Howard W12

Eva Wiseman W12

(Lewis Hay M14 - Lewis is a late request to be in the team and is subject to the organizers accepting a late entry)


Light Green

Carrie Brown W14

Scott Perry M14

David Spencer M14

Hannah Kingham W14



Daniel Campbell M16

Mairi Weir W16


Also travelling as fan club

Karen, Mick and Gemma Curran

Peter and Morag McLuckie

Either Paul or Lesley Coutts

Phil and Lil Kenyon

Liz Campbell

Debbie McWilliam

Pippa Weir




(5th June) Final Call for the JST Trip

Tuesday night is Pippa's deadline for our junior trip to the Jamie Stevenson Trophy on Sunday 25th June.

It's the best opportunity of the year for your kids to get to know others in the club, have fun and enjoy a great competiton against juniors of all the other clubs in Scotland. It's been a game changer in the past for many of our youngsters who now get so much more out of being a Moravivan member through friendships and developing their skills with like-minded buddies. The same can actually be said for quite a few parents!


The bus is paid for thanks to Karen & Co's bag-packing exploits in Tesco and the grant from Elgin Rotary Marafun. and it's not too far either (Perth).

So all you need to do is let Pippa know you weant to come (phweir at Just give your son/daughter's age class and what colour course they want to run (Yellow, Orange, Light Green or Green). ippa will send you detailed arrangements pnce they've been made. But before they can be made she needs to know numbers, submit our entry and book the coach.


So don't delay, act today.


Names received so far are:

Michael Bishenden

Josh Britain

Scarlett Britain

Carrie Brown

Alana Coutts
Ben Coutts

Daniel Campbell

Connor Curran

Hayley Curran

Ryan Curran

Faith Kenyon

Fergus Kenyon

Hannah Kingham

Finlay McLuckie
Kate McLuckie

Scott Perry

Lewis McWilliam

Ida Oikkonen

David Spencer

Mairi Weir

(4th June) Moravian Medal Haul at Moray & Highland Junior Champs

Lots of Moravian medals in the Moray & Highland Junior Champs today at Dulnain Bridge where Moravian runners made up over half the field. The medals were great, but everyone is talking about the great Moravian team spirit that was on show. Well done to all who took part - a great warm up for the Jamie Stevenson trophy at the end of the month.

Thanks to BASOC for putting on a great event with some very good courses.

Open Boys: (Blue Course)
1. Daniel Campbell

Under 19s Boys: (Light Green Course)
1. David Spencer
3. Fraser Haig

Under 19s Girls: (Light Green Course)
1. Faith Kenyon

Under 17s Girls: (Long Orange Course)
1. Isobel Howard

Under 15s Girls: (Orange Course)
1. Ida Oikkonen

Under 13s Boys: (Yellow Course)
1. Finlay McLuckie
2. Michael Bishenden

Under 13s Girls: (Yellow Course)
2. Kate McLuckie

Full results are here:…/2017-06-04-dulnain-mh…/index.html


See also THIS STORY about other awards gained at Dulnain Bridge


(4th June) Latest British Orienteering Incentive Awards

The British Orienteering Incentive Scheme helps you track your journey as you progress through the 5 difficulty levels in orienteering.
Certificates are emailed out automatically by British Orienteering HQ as you reach each level. For our younger members at primary school, these certificates are excellent for taking in to school to put in your achievements folder.
When you go to an event (provided that the organizing club uploads the results to the BO data base) your run will count towards the scheme. You can see whether they have done this by checking the "results" section of the British Orienteering web site. If it's not there, do contact the club that staged the event, as it's something that clubs can easily forget to do amongst all the other things that putting on an event entails.  When attending an event run by another club it's important to check with them that they have put your membership number in the event computer. At our own events we should have your number on our data base, although if you have newly joined it's worth checking with Ian or Rosie at the computer desk.
You get a Navigation Award for completing 3 "clear rounds" at whatever technical standard you've been running. There are 3 levels of Racing Awards for doing it in a certain "minutes per Km" (20 mins/K = Bronze, 15 mins/K = Silver, 12.5 mins/K = Gold). When you've reached Gold Racing Standard without assistance at whatever colour you've been doing, you're probably ready to try the next colour up. Once you've achieved the 5 Star Gold Racing Award you can consider yourself as well-and-truly "arrived" as a fully-fledged orienteering ace. Than all you need to do is get in training to get fitter faster and move up the results!  "You can read more about it HERE.

Several members have gained awards in the past month. Well done to Colin McArthur who has "arrived" at 5 Star Gold! Colin is co-planning our next event at Culbin with Kirsty who is on Silver, so you can judge for yourself whether his Gold award is merited on the 17th. If you find that all your controls are in the right place and you enjoy your course, seek Colin out and give him a big pat on the back!

There are now 37 Moravian members who have reached 5* Gold.
(NB - Feedback from members seems to suggest that the certificates and notifications to individuals aren't going out from BO as they should. Mike has taken this up with the BO National Office and they are investigating. Notification emails seem to have started reappearing in peoples' inboxes on 8th June so hopefully that's the system back working now.).
5 Star (Green Standard and above)
Colin McArthur - Gold Racing Award
Kirsty McArthur - Silver Racing Award
4 Star (Light Green Standard)
Faith Kenyon - Bronze Racing Award
3 Star (Orange Standard)

Fergus Kenyon - Bronze Racing Award & Navigation Challenge

Findlay McKay - Bronze Navigation Award
Karen Curran - Bronze Navigation Award
2 Star (Yellow)
Andrew Seton - Gold Racing Award
Kirsten Wallach - Gold Racing Award
Rose Christie - Bronze Racing Award & Navigation Award
Euan Gray - Bronze Racing Award & Navigation Award
1 Star (White)
Hannah Wiseman - Gold Racing Award
Owen Lewis - Silver Racing Award
Lucy McAlister - Silver Racing Award
Emily Fraser - Bronze Racing Award
Gracie Reid - Bronze Racing Award & Navigation Award
Well done to all award winners. You should have received an email from British Orienteering telling you about the award including a certificate which can be printed out if you want to. If you haven't received yours, please contact the British Orienteering admin office
Everyone can check what level they have reached by logging on to your British Orienteering member account via their web site and clicking on the "my account" tab.
(Update 6th June)
Following BASOC's results upload from Sunday's event, more awards have been gained. Congrats to Warwick Taylor who has "graduated" after reaching his 5 Star Racing Gold!

Other award winners are:

Aidan Wallach (1 star Racing Gold & Navigation Award)

Gemma Curran (1 star Navigation Award)
Ida Oikkonen (3 star Racing Gold Award)
Karen Fraser (4 star Navigation Award)
Katherine Taylor (4 star Racing Gold Award)
David Spencer (4 star Racing Gold Award)
Faith Kenyon (4 star Racing Silver Award)




(2nd June) Moray Kids Excel at Scottish Schools Orienteering Festival

This story is in two parts. The bit you really need to read is half way down.

The first section was written as the results came in. The second is Isobel Howard's account of how it went from the perspective of those who were there. Enjoy.

There were some terrific performances from Moray kids at Drumpellier Country Park near Glasgow today. A coach sponsored by Inverness Solicitors and Estate Agents Innes & Mackay took around 40 youngsters to the event. This was the first time any Moray schools have been represented at this event and without their support this success just wouldn't have been possible.

Top 10 results from today include:

David Spencer (Forres Ac) 1st S1 Boy
Isobel Howard (Forres Ac) 1st S1 Girl
Shauna Perry (Forres Ac) 2nd S4 Girls
Kathryn Barr (Forres Ac) 2nd S5/6 Girls...
Kate McLuckie (West End) 3rd P5/6 Girl (and she's a P5)
Scott Perry (Forres Ac) 4th S1 Boys
John Bonsall 4th S5/6 Boys
Robbie O'Neil (Bishopmill) 5th P7 Boy
Finlay Sutherland (Bishopmill) 7th P7 Boy
Millie Carr (Bishopmill) 7th P7 Girl
Rob Bichan (Forres Ac) 8th S2 Boy

Great credit in particular to the last 4 on the list who aren't regular orienteers (but maybe might be one day).

Forres Ac won the S1 Boys team award while Kinloss came 3rd in the P5/6 Boys with Bishopmill 4th. Bishopmill were 3rd in the P7 Boys where West End were 4th.

Full results and team placings at this link

A proper report will follow from Forres Academy's star S1 girl, Isobel Howard, in the next few days.

Next few days? What's he on about. It's 8pm on Friday and the kids have been back an hour. What should pop up on the email but Isobel's report. Do have a read - she's not just a talented orienteer!

Scottish Schools Orienteering Festival

With an extremely early start the members of the teams from Bishopmill , West End and Kinloss Primary and Forres Academy crammed on a bus kindly sponsored by Innes and Mackay of Inverness. It was a long haul down to Drumpellier in the Glasgow area in which the event was to take place. By 8 o'clock everybody was very lively especially the primary kids who had been on the bus longer than anybody (except the bus driver). After a few stops before Aviemore we were on a roll and even the teachers and parents seemed to be enjoying themselves. At nine o'clock we reached Perth and by this time everybody was awake ready to run, we still had a wee while to go though.

The bus reached Drumpellier just after 10 and had made good time. Our first start was 11:31 that of John Bonsall, Rob Bichan and Isobel Howard. The final start was 12:28 that was the start of Amie Ord, Kinloss Primary. It was easy terrain with a few marshes. But not enough to slow our teams down. For our teams the courses were a piece of cake. With times ranging from 11-45 minutes it was a soaring success. The courses were hardly the standard the teams were used to. Most of the courses could have been completed by some of Moravians youngest members as they were mostly TD1&2 (P5-S1) with the S2/3 courses being TD3 and the Seniors courses (S4/5/6) being TD4.



It was an enjoyable event for everybody and a great day out. Ida Oikkonen said " it was fun and great experience even if you got lost!" And Scott Perry commented " I enjoyed the event and it was a great experience. It was so good that everybody in the team did really well." Even the parents and teachers enjoyed it. " It was well organised and we had a really good time." commented Angela, a parent helper from Bishopmill.


The Podium places were as follows: 

David Spencer S1 Boys 1st place 

Isobel Howard S1 Girls 1st place

Forres Academy S1 Boys team 1st place- David Spencer, Scott Perry and Connor Curran

Shauna Perry S4 Girls 2nd place

Kathryn Barr S5/6 Girls 2nd place 

Kate McLuckie P5/6 Girls 3rd place

Kinloss P5/6 Boys 3rd- Daniel Terris, Jack Josee, Ben Webster

Bishopmill P7 Boys 3rd- Finlay Sutherland, Robbie O'Neill, Mitchell Smith


Overall an excellent day and very impressive especially for those who are very new to the sport. Let's hope some people qualify for the World Schools Championships in two years time.

Go Moravians!


Isobel Howard



(1st June) Junior Club Trip on 25th June - The Jamie Stevenson Trophy

Calling Team Moravian

A message from our junior club captain, Pippa Weir

The time has come for the highlight of our junior calendar - the club junior trip. Again, we're going to the Jamie Stevenson Trophy, and this year it's on Kinnoull Hill in Perth. Please mark Sunday 25th June on your family planners, keep it free and email me now (phweir at to reserve your place on the luxury coach. (ed's note - the cost of the coach is being covered by the club through fundraising/grants).

If you've not been on the trip before, the JST is an annual junior inter-club competition. All the Scottish clubs go and all ages and abilities are encouraged to take part. You just need to be able to do a Yellow course without help. The last few years we're taken roughly forty juniors aged 8 to 18, plus willing parent helpers, and had fantastic days out. Winning isn't the most important thing - it's about good camaraderie and making new friends. That said, it would be great to break in to the top 3 clubs this year!

More details will follow. Just email me NOW (but definitely BEFORE the end of next Tuesday 6th) telling me your BO age class and the colour course you usually run. Pippa

Photo credit Chris Spencer