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(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.

 

 

(6th May) Twelve Moravian teams to contest Scottish Champs Relays

Once again Moravian have pulled out all the stops to field 12 teams at the Scottish Champs Relays on 21st May.

Given that the event is 200 miles from home this is fine effort by everyone concerned, especially Senior Club Captain Eddie and Junior Club Captain Pippa for pulling it all together. Eddie deserves special thanks as he's unable to take part himself due to injury. Thanks to everyone taking part.  Your enthusiasm has made it possible for the club to be so well represented in Scotland's top team event.

Around 40 Moravian runners will be competing in the Individual race the previous day. The best 12 runs will score for the club in the Scottish Inter-Club Champs. Athough we have a strong squad, not all of our best runners are available, so we don't expect to be able to rival the might of FVO or MAROC. However we have the potential for a good showing given the wide range of age groups in the team. 

The Senior teams are:

14+ handicap courses (Course B, Course D and Course C)
Ade Chapman Morag McLuckie Roo Hornby 
Colin McArthur Carole Chapman Lil Kenyon
Colin Matheson Ali Wiseman Pete McLuckie
Phil Kenyon Steve Wiseman Fran Britain

17+ handicap courses (Course C, CourseD and Course C)
Andrew Campbell Pippa Weir Alan Halliday
Nikki Howard Elizabeth Furness Kirsty McArthur
Paul Furness and Caroline Hornby plus Cath Bunn from INVOC

There are three junor teams in the age 44- class and two in the 36- class made up from the following. The very best of luck to all concerned.

Mairi Weir    
Scarlett Britain    
Josh Britain    
Daniel Campbell    
Hannah Kingham    
Chris Hornby    
David Spencer    
Faith Kenyon    
Fergus Kenyon    
Kate McLuckie    
Finlay McLuckie    
Isobel Howard    
Sophie Howard    
Fraser Haig    
Eva Wiseman

 

 

 

(2nd May) Latest Club Newsletter

Our latest club newsletter was emailed out to all current members this morning. You can find this, and all previous issues of the Moravian TUES NEWS in the Members Area. View Newsletters

If you're a member and haven't been receiving the newsletter, this is probably because the email address we have for you is wrong. Please let us know if this is the case. 

(29th April) Scottish 6 Days Entry Fees go up on Monday

There are 56 Moravians entered so far for Royal Deeside 2017 (30 July - 5 August). Our oldest is 80 and youngest under 10! You can see who's already entered HERE

If you're wanting to run in any of the championship (age category) classes, remember that the entry fees go up by £1.50 per day at midnight on Sunday 30th April. Junior fees stay the same at £7 per day.

For newer members who aren't quite so competitive you don't have to worry, as fees for the colour-coded courses (White, Yellow, Orange, Light Green, Green) don't increase til 30th June. And you can take part for as little as £4.

Whatever you do, don't miss the opportunity to run with 4,000 others in the UK's biggest orienteering event, even if you can only only attend one day. It will inspire you for ever. You don't have to enter for the whole week, but we recommend you try one of the earlier days. Many people who have entered for one day have found themselves coming back for more!

Remember that Moravian's day for heping out is Day 5 - Friday 4th August. If you're looking to make new friends in the club and help a massive team effort involving volunteers from all Scottish orienteering clubs, let our day co-ordinators (Roo Hornby and Andrew Campbell) know they you're available.

See the Royal Deeside 2017 Website for full event details

(27th April) Coaching Opportunities with INVOC

INVOC have very kindly offered us the opportuity to join with their coaching sessions at Lochandinty, near Croy (Nairn) on Sunday 30 April and 7 May (1100-1230).

There are separate sessions for Yellow, Orange, Light Green and Green+ standards.

Names, and the level you want to train at are required by the Friday tea time before each session, along with the ages of any juniors.

Any Moravian coaches who would like to go and help please let Suzanne (INVOC's coaching co-ordinator) know. This is a great opportunity to develop inter-club relationships, and pooling resources like this will open up opportunities that we might not otherwise be able to offer members.

coaching@invocmail.org.uk

Details on INVOC's coaching page.

 

(25th April) Scottish Champs Relay Teams

There's been an excellent response so far from people wanting to be in a Moravian relay team at the Scottish Relay Champs near Edinburgh on 21st May.

We have to enter teams by 5th May so if you've not already put your name forward please inform Pippa (juniors) and Eddie (seniors) of your availability by the absolute deadline of Sunday 30th April.  Please remember that you need to make your own entry for the individual champs the previous day.

Email addresses to cotat are:

phweir (at) btinternet.com (juniors)

eddie (at) go-plus.net (seniors)

As of 25th April, the names we have are:

Juniors   Seniors
Mairi Weir   Roo Hornby
Scarlett Britain   Andrew Campbell
Josh Britain   Lil Kenyon
Daniel Campbell   Phil Kenyon
Hannah Kingham   Fran Britain
Chris Hornby   Nikki Howard
David Spencer   Stephen Wiseman
Faith Kenyon   Ali Wiseman
Fergus Kenyon   Pippa Weir
Kate McLuckie   Colin Matheson
Finlay McLuckie   Peter McLuckie
Isobel Howard   Morag McLuckie
Sophie Howard    
Fraser Haig    
Eva Wiseman    

 

(20th April) Over 4,000 people go orienteering at Brodie - without knowing it!

The Brodie Castle Easter Egg Hunt is always a popular activity at this time of year. Each Easter weekend there is some sort of adventurous challenge set out in the Castle grounds which kids have to complete with ther families to earn their Easter Egg - or chocolate bunny as it was this year.

This year, Moravian (in the form of Paul Furness) teamed up with National Trust for Scotland staff to devise a "Haggis Hunt" orienteering style. Ever since they hosted the event campsite for the Scottish 6 Days Event "Mory 2013" Brodie Castle have been very keen to use orienteering as part of the mix of activities they use to attract families to the property. The club was invited to get involved with the Easter event after we staged our Christmas relays at the Castle in the Christmas holidays.  "Turn orienteer and hunt for haggis. Follow the trail, solve the puzzle and claim a chocolaty reward - your very own chocolate bunny" went the sales pitch.

Two courses were set up using proper orienteering maps incorporated in the map design by event sponsors Cadburys. There was a short, easy 0.9 Km affair for the wee ones using traditional pin punches plus a longer and slightly more challenging 3 Km route with 20 controls. There was a letter at each one that participants had to write down. Not quite orienteering as we know it, but the concept was pretty much the same.

Over the 3 days (Easter Saturday to Monday) Brodie Castle reported 2,024 children taking part, with at least that number of accompanying parents. Not surprisingly there were mixed reviews, with the majority saying that they really enjoyed the challenge of something different from previous years. A few found the maps too hard to understand, and others were confused by the lines joining the "controls" thinking that they had to follow the line rather than navigate their own way.  All things that can hopefully be taken on board for next time.

For those who really enjoyed it, hopefully the details about the club shown on the map will not have gone unnoticed!

 

Big thanks to Paul for all the work he put in to set this up. It's not every day we have over 4,000 people taking part in orienteering round these parts. One wonders how many of these people would have ever taken part in a regular orienteering event. Not many we suspect, so hopefully this event will have given many people a taste of what it involves "by stealth". Who knows, we might see some of them at an event soon.

(18th April) - NOT the JK - The Kenyons' Adventures in Tayside

The Kenyons, who will be our event reporters for the Scottish Champs, have been getting in some journalism practice. Here's what they got up to in Tayside last weekend.

Not The JK

Faith announced at New Year, that in 2017 she wanted to “orienteer all over Scotland and get my 100 badge”.

So, after waking the children up at 06:30, the Kenyon Family (including dogs and puppies) headed off to Balkello Hill, just North of Dundee, for the “Not The JK” event.  This was Faith and Fergus’s 19th run so far, this year, putting them well on the way to 100.  Balkello Hill was last year’s Jamie Stevenson’s venue.  Unfortunately, the weather was not as kind this time when we arrived, grey and damp, but not enough to spoil the views.

Fergus chose to run Orange because he “just does sightseeing on Yellow, coz it’s too boring”.  2km, 120m of climb and 9 controls later he finished in 47 minutes with no mistakes.  5 and 6 were his best controls, “because there were mini-eggs!”.

As there was no light Green, Faith thought she “should do something harder” than her little brother. So, she ran her first Green with Lil, 3.2km, 210m ascent and 9 controls.  The course started steeply into the woods then out onto open hillsides which were covered with heather and dead bracken.  There were a few tricky controls in pits and at the bottom of small crags but Faith was particularly pleased to find she could navigate on Green.  The views were great and the weather was improving all the time.   

Faith later said “It was good running with Mum but she spent a lot of time discussing the map and I just wanted to run.”

Mini eggs were on the Green course too but we had to wait until the 8th control for ours.

After his disappointing first run in his new Inov8s, Phil decided to try out his racing clogs.

The Blue course was a very scenic 4.8km, with 275m of climbing and 13 controls, but not a single Tulip in sight. 

Phil was victorious in the family sprint challenge, despite Prince’s best attempts to sabotage it. Faith and Lil were an equal 2nd, whilst Fergus was hindered by his mini egg consumption at controls 5 and 6.

Overall a great day and a big Thank You to Tayside Orienteers for not only hosting the event, but for making us so welcome.  We can highly recommend the “Not The JK” if you cannot make the original.

 

(16th April) Moravian at the JK - Day 3

Pippa wins W50! More on this and other Moravian performances in Donald's final report from down south.

Greetings… quines and loons from Southern Englandshire; today at Holmbush and Buchan Country Park for Day 3 of the 50th JK. Just 13 Moravian starters for today with 11 finishers – a tough day at the office. …but not as tough as the M21E – Graham Gristwood completing the 17.7km (390m height) in 87’42” – that’s 4.94 minute kms !

 

Pippa Weir once again delivered the goods in style finishing 1st on W50S, ensuring a 2nd place finish for the weekend splitting a Finn, Norwegian and Swede – nae bad Pippa.  Just 8 seconds faster and she would have been 1st  overall – worth brushing up your technique around the control to see if you can shave milliseconds of your punching time ! Mairi gave another solid performance in W16A to come in 12th – consistency  over the weekend to finish 12th  on both days and overall.

 

Improvers from Saturday to Sunday included Liz Campbell (W50L), Carole Champman (W55L), Adrian Chapman (M50L), Daniel Campbell (M16A), Donald Grassie and Alan Halliday (M60L) , and Oonagh Grassie (W60S): who finished 6th overall after a clean run today.

 

A strong performance from Bob Daly (Gramp) (M60L) (an ever present at our Moravian events) meant that for a short period he was the overall leader on M60L, ending up 6th overall. When we were comparing notes and the fact that he had completed the course in 2/3 my time, he said there must have been a part of the course he had missed – DG put in his place.

 

Today’s problem – how would you navigate the 1.5km from 8 to 9 on our M60L course… (see attached map).

 

And the answer to yesterday’s question… yes Steady Eddie’s exertions on Day 1 & 2 were just too much – it was too big a hurdle… and he was left to enjoy the delights of the Assembly Area and catching up with old friends. (ed's comment - Eddie reports on his Facebook page that he can now hardly walk - that foot looks rather painful)

 

Holmbush and Buchan Country Park was an excellent area for this classic  distance race, with some excellently planned courses – my only gripe the 1.5km of open park run at the end, but I thoroughly enjoyed the expereince. A nice variety of vegetation, and nothing too physical with rhoddies, semi open and white forest throughout. Once again a well organized event with ease of parking and access to assembly.

 

With no relays on Monday, I’m off to re-visit my old haunts in Richmond before flying home after a very enjoyable weekend.

 

I won’t be at the Millbuies event on Saturday, but I know Morag has planned some excellent courses for you to enjoy – be there !

 

Donald