Recent News and Information

Results for the junior area competition at Cambus O' May

The results are now in the downloads/public section in Excel format. Click Here

Junior Success! Mairi Weir is Northern Lights Champ!

Well done to Mairi who was presented with the W10 'Northern Lights' Trophy at SOL 5 today down at Cambus O'May. Mairi was first girl on the Yellow course, beating Lizzie Stansfield from Forth valley by 43 seconds. Terrific performance Mairi - well done!

In the North Clubs Junior Inter-Club Competiton we couldn't field a complete team of 10. However, our 6 junior runners did brilliantly, with one 1st place, two 2nds, a 3rd, 5th and 10th.  The overall scores were:

1st MAROC 995 pts

2nd GRAMP 858 pts (9 runners)

3rd INVOC 771 pts (8 runners)

4th MOR 583 pts (6 runners)

5th BASOC 95 pts (1 runner)

Hopefully next year we'll be able to assemble a full team and give MAROC a run for their money.


There was another great run from Andrew Barr who was 3rd on M14, while Ashleigh got one over on Kathryn for a change, beating her by 4 seconds as they took 2nd and 3rd at W12. Hamish Weir was 8th on M12 while Christopher Hornby, recently moved up to Yellow standard, did well too. A fantastic set of results.


Mairi was leading the W10 table after SOL 4 while Kathryn was leading W12 with Andrew 2nd on M14.




SOA newsletter

The latest SOA newsletter is in the Downloads section.

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.