Recent News and Information

Schools Orienteering Festivals 2011

The date has just been confirmed for the Moray Schools Orienteering Festival which will be taking place at Gordonstoun School on Thursday 6th October. Active Schools are providing and co-ordinating most of the manpower, but we still need a few club members to help out on the course with confused kids!


In previous years the Gordonstoun Festival was held in April, but the schools wanted to change to a system where they concentrate one one sport per term.


The dates for the area festivals are:

15th Sept - Lossie Schools (Roseisle)

20th Sept - Speyside Schools (Aberlour)

28th Sept - Forres Schools (Grant Park)

30th Sept - Elgin Schools (Cooper Park)

Anyone who can make it to support any of these will be very welcome.

First Minister Demo at Elgin

Huge thanks to everyone who was involved today. The whole thing went really well and the sun shone despite a horrid forecast. There were so many club members involved - adults were Margaret, Dearman, Douglas Murray, Peter Cromar, Malcolm Aldridge, Jen Bichan, Nick Barr Donald Grassie (as SOA President) and we had loads of juniors helping to coach the West End P6s - Andrew Barr, Johntone Macpherson-Stewart, Johnny Bichan, Alana Young, Billie Young and Kenneth Maciver. Sorry if I've missed anyone.


Andrew got to speak to the First Minister, and we got lots of positive feedback from the Scottish Government party, plus lots of media coverage. It was also a great chance for the Scottish Orienteering and British Orienteering professional staff to discuss orienteering with some seriously influential people. They got lots out of it by all accounts.


Just as importantly, the kids from West End Primary had a throroughly fun afternoon. Great stuff and well done everyone.


Mike R

North Clubs Junior Champs - 11th September

Don't forget it's the Inter -Club Junior Champs at the Scottsih League event at Cambus O'May this Sunday! We need at least 10 juniors running white to Light Green.


Pre entries are now closed but juniors can enter on the day. Please try to make it if you can as we're still well short of a full team. ANYONE can enter, even if it's your first time with the club!

MOR has three new coaches!

At the end of July, Jenny Bichan, Ian Howells and Chris Spencer successfully completed the UKCC L1 Coaching course at Glenmore Lodge.

The three of them are qualified and licensed to coach up to TD3 – Orange standard.

Chris wants to concentrate on adult beginners coaching. Junior coaching will see some changes in the next few months.

Scottish Coaching Course

FREE UKCC level 1 coaching course to be held at Glenmore Lodge.

British Orienteering have recently publicised widely – including in Scotland – a UKCC Level 1 coach course to be held in County Durham in November, mentioning the subsidised price of £95.

Soa are running the same course at Glenmore Lodge Friday – Sunday 25 – 27 November, at NO COST to Scottish residents who are members of any SOA club.

Scottish residents probably don’t qualify for the BOF subsidised rate, as it is largely funded by sportEngland. British Orienteering will be able to advise on that.

Get in touch with Hilary Quick or Lynne Walker, SOA Coaching Co-ordinator. We do still have a few places on our November course.

Results and Routegadget

Hello All,

Please note that the results and Routegadget are available on the website for last Saturday's Roseisle event. Please add your routes and join in the fun!



Roseisle results correction

Runners on long and medium that punched the wrong control 5 have been reinstated with 1 minute added to their split for that leg. This is because having two controls on the top of neighbouring knolls was considered unfair. 

Scottish O League 5 including Inter-Club Junior Competition (Sunday 11th Sept)

The next Scottish Orienteering League event is being hosted by MAROC at Cambus O'May which is near Ballater. It's a super area, and with 400 runners likely to be attending it should be a terrific day's orienteering. If you've never done an event outside Moray, I very much recommend this as a day out. Ballater and Royal Deeside is a fine place to visit even without such a great orienteering event to take part in.


As part of the event, there will be an Inter-Club Junior competiton contested between the four North District clubs (MAROC, GRAMP, INVOC and Moravian). I hope this is of great interest to our junior members after we did so well at the Jamie Stevenson Trophy last June!


The format is very simple. You just enter which ever course you want, and the team result is based on the best 10 places across all juniors. As the junior competiton is aimed at the newer juniors in the clubs, the competiton will be based on the shorter courses only (ie White, Yellow, Orange, Long Orange and Light Green). For this event, you need to pre-enter at and but you can see all the event info by going to Juniors running the white course may be shadowed by parents.


In the Scottish O League, your best 4 results from the 7-event series count for the overall standings. Depending on your age category, the course you need to enter to feature in the series results can be found by looking at the following link..


But like any other orienteering event, you can enter whichever course you like - and there are 12 to choose from from Black(!) down to White.


I hope that this is of interest, especially to our new members - remember that the biggest events cater for complete beginners every bit as much as our own local events. We'll take the Moravian club tent and if the summer decides to make an appearance it'll be a grand day out.


Mike Rodgers

Oban 6 Day photos by Chris Spencer

Chris took hundreds of great photos at Oban and these are available for viewing by using the link below.

Chris Spencer - Scottish 6 Days 

Please feel free to contact Chris if you would like any high resolution copies of photos from his galleries.

The new website and the event on Saturday

Hello All,

I am sure you have noticed by now that we have switched to the new website and we hope you like it. One of the big benefits is that it has a forum and many other ways in which you can put new content up. Please set up a user name for yourself and join in the discussions.


I hope those of you who went to Oban enjoyed the amazing (midge free!!!!) week. Congratualtions to Kim for her 3rd place in W50S and to Eddie for his 4th place in M55L. You now have the chance to use those newly polished skills this Saturday (13th)  in Roseisle. Andy is setting up our next Saturday League event. If you are planning on going and could help Andy on the day please send a reply to the webmaster. Help with the computer or collecting controls at the end would be much appreciated.

 I am intending to send out this newsletter using two different methods so you should receive it twice. If you don't get two versions please let me know as the distribution list will need to be updated.