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(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.
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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
https://www.ssoa.org.uk/results/2017/

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

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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 btinternet.com) 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

 

 

 

(30th May) West End the Winners at Findhorn but Bishopmill still Top

There was a close contest in the latest round of the Moray & Nairn Schools Orienteering League which was held as part of our Findhorn Event. The two Elgin schools West End and Bishopmill have been nip and tuck all year, and Saturday's event was one of the closest yet.

Pupils from both schools will be travelling to the Scottish Schools Festival near Glasgow this Friday' along with Kinloss Primary and Forres Academy. The trip has been made possible by generous sponsorship from Inverness-based solicitors and estate agents, Innes & Mackay who have covered the £650 cost of the coach. (you can see the full competitor list here)

Kate McLuckie was West End's top points scorer for her winning run in the Primary Orange class earning 98 points, while Finlay McKay led the challenge for Bishopmill with his 6th place scoring 93. His Bishopmill team mates, the quick-running Seton brothers (Andrew and George) took the top 2 places on Primary Yellow to score 92 and 91 respectively. Both lads are regulars at Elgin parkrun where Andrew has an impressively-quick PB of 21:51 for someone so young. Bish's scoring was completed by Chloe Stinson in 11th (82 pts) at what we think is her first event with us. Good "packing" by West End made the difference. Finlay McLuckie (3rd - 90 pts), Aiden Wallach (5th - 88 pts) and Rose Christie (7th - 86 pts) took West End's final score to 362 against Bishopmill's 358.

The capture of the Kenyon kids during the transfer window has seen a bit of  a resurgence by Applegrove who were 3rd and have also taken over in 3rd spot in the league.

But Bishopmill still lead the league table by 36 points - not an uncatchable margin but if the remainder of this year's events are this close it could be significant.

Full results (points have been corrected from those originally posted on Facebook)

1. West End 362 pts
2. Bishopmill 358
3. Applegrove 336
4. Anderson's 300
5. Alves 219

6. Pilmuir 192

7. Logie 184

8. Millbank 161

9. Keith 142
10. Dyke 140

11.Auldearn 132
12. East End 131
13. Seafield 129
14. Rosebank 122
15. Aberlour 112
16. Kinloss 96
17. Newmill 67
18. New Elgin 57

(24th May) Junior Badges for May at Findhorn

Have you won a badge this month? These will be awarded at our Findhorn event this Saturday

 

5 Award:

Bill Symon (if he does one more)

Callum Cowan

Calum Simpson (if he does one more)

Euan Simpson (if he does one more)

Fergus Turner (if he does one more)

Matthew Bishenden

Michael Bishenden

Patrick Turner

Robert Whitelaw

Rose Christie (if she does one more)

10 Award

Callum Thompson

Emily Fraser (if she does one more)

Ewan Thompson

George Seton (if he does one more)

Logan Grant

Robert Whitelaw

25 Award

Glenn McKay (if he does one more)

Luca Chiappa

50 Award

Hannah Wiseman

Kirsten Main

100 Award

Isobel Howard

 

(23rd May) Moravians on a Road Trip - Scottish Champs 2017

Thanks to Lil Kenyon & family for producing this entertaining report from our trip to East Lothian for the Scottish Champs 2017!

We're always on the lookout for event reporters for Moravian awaydays. If anyone would like to report on the Scottish Schools Festival (2 June) or the Moray & Higland Junior Champs (4 June) please let Mike know. We are also needing a reporter for the Jamie Stevenson Trophy trip at the end of June.

Enough of that for now, here's what Lil & Co had to say............................

 

Team MoravianA whole heap of Moravians made their way down to East Lothian, some faster than others, for a super long weekend of adventures, oh and some orienteering too!  The accommodation ranged from, camping, caravanning, B & Bing, scrounging off family members and staying in peachy flats. North Berwick was in the middle of it all, and what a superb area to visit. Beaches (with optional rock climbing), castles, chippies, paddling pools, boat trips, BBQs and a gambler's paradise to boot. (More on that later.)

Friday night was urban night at Tranent.  A mixture of speedy running, quick decision making and not going down any dead ends (Phil!) made for fast and fun orienteering around local housing estates, complete with some curious natives to contend with.

Top performers on the night were;

Jon Hollingdale & Andrew Campbell, 1st & 2nd in the Mens Vets.

Isobel Howard; 1st in the Young Junior Women.

Mairi Weir & Hannah Kingham; 2nd & 3rd in the Junior Women.

There was a fabulous Moravian tussle in the Women's Vets with only 9 seconds separating Nikki Howard, Morag McLuckie and Liz Barr in 6th, 7th & 8th.

The Trying to shelter from the rain whilst waiting to start!day dawned on Saturday in traditional Scottish style; mist with lashings of rain!  The Scottish Champs event was in an area of open dunes, at Gullane, with potential fine views of the Firth of Forth.  A lot of runners had a soggy 30 minute walk to the start, and another 30 back to download. The lucky ones, if there were any, missed the showers.

The courses were long. M45/50 was 9.8km, there were also 28 controls on the yellow course, which was in the Archerfield Estate, along with the white course which was a tough 2.4km.  There were some physical areas for orange and above with long dune grass to wade through, prickly bits too, hands up who was pulling thorns out later?! 

Results (of the MORAVIAN SUPERHEROES)

M10 1st Finlay McLuckie

W10 1st Kate McLuckie

W12 1st Isobel Howard

M21V 1st Colin McArthur

W21S 1st Kirsty McArthur

W50S 1st Pippa Weir, 2nd Caroline Hornby

M45S 1st Peter McLuckie

M50L 1st Jon Hollingdale

That is some list of achievements, but also deserving a mention are;

W10B 2nd Anna Howard, W12 3rd Faith Kenyon, W14 4th Hannah Kingham, M14B 2nd Joshua Britain, W16 5th Mairi Weir, M16 6th Daniel Campbell, W40S 3rd Nikki Howard & 4th Ali Wiseman. Andrew Campbell also finished well, 13th in M50L.

 

Sunday was the relay event at Binning Wood, an area of mature deciduous woodland with plenty of paths and thickets to negotiate. The area had 3 round clearings with paths coming out from the centre, rather like spokes on a wheel, which was the downfall of many runners.  There was a great team atmosphere, particularly amongst the young ones (well, maybe not when Finlay said “if Kate misses that last control I’ll…….” He possibly couldn’t think of a polite torture punishment for his big sister!

Great team spirit among the juniors

 

 

 

 

 

Great team spirit among the juniors.

Moravians managed 2 second places (but were first Scottish teams and hence Scottish Champs):

The MORe Challenge team of Andrew Campbell, Pippa Weir & Alan Halliday in the +17 handicap.

Also, team meMORable Monkeys of Daniel Campbell, Isobel Howard & Hannah Kingham in the junior 44-.

 

 

 

 

 

Well done to Pippa for matching the team members up so well, have a look in the results! Also for the great team names.

All in all, it was a truly fabulous weekend.  We are already looking forward to the next adventure. We’ve learned a few do’s and don’ts along the way;;;;;;;;;;;;;

DON’T:

*Expect to get a clear round on a 32 control course when your dibber only holds 30!

*Fall over in the woods and land on the only rock for miles around!

*Do 18,000 steps before you run and expect to be fast!

*Allow your young son to lead everyone astray in the amusement arcade on the campsite!

DO:

*All stay in the same town, we love the get together.

*Ask you son how the buggy folds up before he leaves you to put it in your boot!

*Read the final details explaining what to do on courses with more than 30 controls!

*Get you doggy friends to chase you around the motorhome!

*Bump into Nikki Howard, when you go off your map, for hugs and reassurance. Fergus says thanks!

 

Urban League Tranent Results

Individual Champ Results

Inter-Club Competiton Results (we were 5th)

Team Relay Results

(22nd May) Remarkable Weekend for Moravian at the Scottish Champs

We had a terrific Scottish Champs down Edinburgh way, with our junor section excelling.

The individual day  produced four Moravian Scottish champions - 3 juniors and 1 senior.

Finlay McLuckie (M10)
Kate McLuckie (W10)

Isobel Howard (W12)

Jon Hollingdale (M50)

In addition Faith Kenyon was 2nd Scot on W12, as was Hannah Kingham on W14. Nikki Howard was 3rd on W40L while in the W50 short course Pippa Weir and Caroline Hornby took the top 2 places. Anyone noticing a female bias here?

In Sunday's realys, our 44- team (combined age of the 3 runners 44 or less) of Daniel Campbell, Isobel Howard and Hannah Kingham finished just 4 seconds behind West Cumbria in a sprint finish for 2nd place, but was first Scottish team hence another trophy.

We also won the Handicap 17 team made up of Andrew Campbell, Pippa Weir and Alan Halliday. Great work everyone, and thanks to everyone for battling away with great humour and determination to make for a fantastic club weekend away.

The full list of winners for both competitons is on the SOA web site:

The proper event report from the Kenyons will follow as soon as time and inspiration permits!

 

(17th May) Findhorn Event Next Weekend - Book Your Map Now

Saturday 27th May. That's the date for our next event on Findhorn Dunes. There will be 4 courses - something for everyone no matter what your age or orienteering ability. As with all our events it's open to non-members and members alike. Please book your map by completing this simple survey - we'll be getting maps printed towards the end of next week so please do this sooner rather than later.

This doesn't constitiute an entry or commit you to coming. All entries are done on the day. But it does help us work out the print run. Maps cost about 50p a piece as they're done on special waterproof paper, so having an accurate idea of numbers helps us keep costs down by minimizing wastage.

Event details are HERE

(15th May) Moravian's Oban Weekend - by Kate McLuckie

Kate McLuckie (W10) has been showing her talents in more ways than one this weekend. Second in the Young Junior Women class in the Scottish Urban League race on Saturday was followed up by 1st in W10A at Glen Nant in SOL4. To top off those fine runs, Kate has produced this report on what sounds like a terrific weekend away for team Moravian. Thanks for your efforts Kate (especially impressive to see a 10 year old not afraid to use a semicolon!), and well done to everyone who took part - not a single "DNF" to report!

Next week you can look forward to reading a report from the Kenyons from the Scottish Champs. Maybe there will be even more semicolons to get excited about.
 

SOUL 4 and SOL 4

The picturesque scenery stretched out towards Oban while intrepid orienteers faced SOUL 4 on Saturday. It was raining but very warm so the running wasn’t too hard! Quite a few Moravians were there: the McArthurs, Barrs, Hornby x1, McLuckies and former Moravians, the Riddles were there too. On Course 7 Kate and Finlay battled it out, with younger brother Finlay beating Kate by 4 secs (“No we didn’t do it together!!”). While Kathryn Barr whizzed round Course 2 in 39:53 mins coming 3rd in the Women’s Open, mother Liz Barr came 1st Moravian on Course 3 beating Morag by 80 seconds. The controls were spread out through a variety of terrains from ruined churches, beaches, boat yards, fields and some urban. Moravian did very well because everyone got a clear round. SOUL 4 was excellent and everyone was excited for what was coming next in SOL 4 on Sunday!

It was Sunday at SOL 4 at Glen Nant, the sun was shining (even though it was meant to rain) and the scenery definitely didn’t let the orienteers down. The terrain certainly didn’t give the orienteers a break as it was up down, up down, crags, battling through bracken and heather; but that didn’t stop anyone as everyone got clear rounds again! Great to see more Moravians joining in for SOL 4.  A great run for Daniel Campbell coming 9th out of 45 on the Blue and 5th in M16. A very good run too from Faith, as she came 4th on the Orange Course with some tough competition. Liz Barr was again victorious coming 1st Moravian on the Short Blue Course. There was another good run from Finlay and Kate on Yellow with Finlay coming 1st overall and Kate coming 1st girl. The weekend was a great success (and PS - Happy Birthday Fergus!)

 

What will the Scottish Champs hold for the intrepid Moravian orienteers next weekend?!

Results and splits from SOUL 4 (Sat 13th)

Results and splits from SOL 4 (Sun 14th)

 

 

(11th May) 35 Moravians Contest the Monaughty Forest Run

The Moray Forest Runs Series got under way at Monaughty on Wednesday night and there was a brilliant turnout of Moravians.

Thirty five ran in the 3 races, mainly juniors it has to be said, although there were several more parents there in support. Among the 31 juniors was Fraser Haig who was our fastest competitor in the 4-mile open race with one enormous hill. Fraser had a good time of 30:42 to finish 26th in a race won by GB biathlete Vinnie Fountain (26:50). Next best was another junior, albeit a rather senior one in Kathryn Barr (56th in 35:57).

In the junior races, star Under-16 man was 12-year-old David Spencer who was 3rd, beaten only by 2 14 year olds). Lewis Hay came 6th with Isobel Howard one place behind as fastest girl.

We went even better in the Under 12s. Bruce Evans won the race, Faith Kenyon was fastest girl (16th overall) and Eilidh Hay was 3rd girl (22nd overall).

The next event in the MFR series is at Culbin on Wed 24th May. As this is World Orienteering Day we'd like as many people as possible to run in their Moravian kit, and we'll see if we can organize a team photo at some stage in proceedings.

Full results can be found on our Facebook page

Other runs in the series are:
 

Quarrelwood Wed 7th June

Roseisle Wed 21st June

(7th May) Bags Packed for Perth!

With the number of big events in far-flung places of late, Moravians are no strangers to packing their bags. But it was bags of a different kind that were being filled on Saturday when a large crew of members set up camp in Tesco’s Forres store.

Club member Karen Curran had been speaking to the Forres Community Champion Kerry Speed on Thursday when she learned that there had been a cancellation for charity bag packing in two days’ time. One message on the club Facebook members group, and some beating of jungle drums later, and a crew of 18 had been formed – almost a tenth of our total membership!

It was decided that the money raised would go to fund the rest of the cost of the Jamie Stevenson Trophy trip, for which we have already secured a grant from Elgin Rotary Club’s Marafun proceeds. What nobody was prepared for was the amount we raised. A staggering £511.13 which might leave us with a surplus for some other club project. A super bit of public relations for the club too. Fantastic!

“What an amazing day.” said Karen afterwards. “Thank you everyone for your help today especially with it being at such short notice. The kids were amazing, they were working like little teams helping each other, speaking to customers not just about the club and our activities but about themselves as well. A huge thanks to Tesco's for having us and to their customers for their patience and kindness. Just shows what an amazing club this is to be part of.”

Photos of the day can be seen on our members’ group on Facebook, as well as a few more on our public Facebook page.

A huge well done the Curran Family, Kenyon Family, Pippa Weir, Liz Campbell, the McLuckie Family, Liz Barr, and Nikki and Isobel Howard. Thank you all for giving up some of your Saturday.

The JST trip has become an annual treat for our families, and this year’s trip is on 25th June. The Jamie Stevenson Trophy is the annual inter-club junior team competition for Scottish Clubs. Named after Britain’s only male World Championships gold medallist who was a Scot, this competition has been run each June in the Perth area for many years. Since our first trip in 2011, it has become a Moravian tradition to hire a luxury coach to go to Perth each year and we usually muster the biggest team of all Scottish clubs.  We like to make this as low cost as possible to make sure that nobody misses out because they can;t afford to go.

The event itself is just as inclusive. It's set up so that anyone who can run a Yellow course on their own can contribute, and even those who can’t can join in by running as a pair!  It's a wonderful day out, a chance to make friends with others in the club and a one where you can experience the legendary Moravian junior bus quiz! You can see the full details of the JST here.

Although there's the Moray & Highland Junior Champs still to come on 4th June, the JST trip is our next proper “Team Moravian” away day after the Scottish Champs is over, so make a note of the date and look out for the announcement from Pippa about booking your place. Parents can accompany their children on the trip or they can come on their own. There is plenty of adult supervision provided.