Recent News and Information

(5th April) Good take-up for coaching evening - but more novice members would be nice

There's been a very good initial response to Steve's next training session at Darnaway on the 19th. 20 people coming as at 5th April. Several experienced members have offered to help newer members get to grips with contours.

The only disappointment so far is that it's the same crowd who always come to training sessions. This is exactly the sort of informal, laid-back club session that people have been asking for in the member survey. Newer members should try to get along if you possibly can - it doesn't matter how new or inexperienced you are.

It's a glorious bit of woodland, and the session will give you the opportunity to learn from the experts. You'll be able practice some skills in your own time without any pressure of competition.  There are few better ways of getting to make friends with others in the club!

(3rd Apr) Go on an Away Weekend - MOR does Double Dukes


Several Moravian families made the trek to the Callander and Trossachs area for the Forth Valley Orienteers ‘Double Dukes’ Weekend, named in honour of the Dukes Pass which splits the two areas that were used.  These weekends are great fun to see what it is like Orienteering elsewhere whilst still having a few familiar faces around.  In the next few months look out for a weekend in Oban on 13/14 May run by and, most importantly the Scottish Championships Weekend (19-21 May) near North Berwick, which is also a Moray schools long weekend and offers 3 events on Fri, Sat & Sun. The areas are excellent

·         Fri 19 May – Urban Sprint Event at Tranent to East of Edinburgh

·         Sat 20 May – Scottish Individual Champs at Gullane – like our Dune areas (most like Findhorn)

·         Sun 21 May -  great opportunity to run a Relay at Binning Wood, which offers a historic (18th Century) complex former garden that is now forested.  It would be great to get plenty of relay teams entered; the atmosphere is excellent.  Eddie Harwood and Alan Halliday will be looking out for names soon and MOR pays half your entry fee for a relay J

The entry fees for these events are a bit more because of the complexity and costs of putting on much bigger events (like our October Culbin and recent Feb Night and Sprint).

Now back to the Double Dukes…..The Orienteering was interspersed with a Scottish Orienteering Junior Development Conference, where we were really well represented by John Bonsall and Pippa Weir.  John did the Juniors really proud and reminded everyone that it is not all about developing ‘elites’ among the juniors.  All results and Routegadget from the weekend are available here.

We were blessed with beautiful Spring weather in a region that is not well known to many of us and 2 very different areas.  Saturday offered a Middle Distance Event (course lengths similar to Sat League) on the edge of Aberfoyle.  The area was a mixture of deciduous woodland, marshland and streams; an excellent area for the event; check out the video on the Moravian Public Facebook page (you don’t have to be on Facebook to see it) to get a feel; also, spot the Moravians, which isn’t easy because not many are wearing MOR O tops!  The McLuckies took in the Saturday event on their way on holiday.  All of them had good runs and on the Blue Course, Roo Hornby enjoyed a head-to-head battle with Peter, who is improving really rapidly. Others taking part included Colin Matheson, the Kenyons, Grassies, Hornbys, Weirs, Hannah Kingham, ably supported by her mum and sister Siobhan who is a Scottish Junior Athletics International formerly coached by our own Scott Hamliton.  There were plenty of family dogs on show as well, but not the Kenyon puppies. Hannah Kingham was delighted to have finished ahead of all her peer group and everyone else ran close to their best.  A special mention goes to Fergus Kenyon who completed his first Orange Course.  

The villages of both Aberfoyle and Callander were looking at their very best in the sunshine and hosted everyone in a variety of campsites, camper vans, and local hostelries overnight.

Sunday moved to The Trossachs for a Scottish Orienteering League (SOL) fixture.  This is THE toughest area in the UK both technically and physically.  Courses are shorter than normal, but times are longer!  It was great to see that the Curran Family (all 6 of them) made the journey down and the girls very definitely came out on top with Mum Karen on Orange and girls Hayley and Gemma doing well on White; although Dad Mick, wisely decided not to venture out on a course by himself (he needed his daughters’ guidance).  Many of us came down to earth with a bump, each with a story to tell of what might have been.  Have a peak at Routegadget to see Roo Hornby’s walkabout on Short Brown leg 13-14 and Colin Matheson on Blue leg 1-2.  The trick here is to identify the marshes, streams and wet ditches and use them as line feature (along with a few very distinctive crags); often it is quicker taking 3 sides of a square via the low routes than trying to plough ‘over the top’ in a straight line; Roo and Colin just didn’t quite execute right!  Whilst there were some disappointments, everyone was incredibly proud to have given it their best and the venue was looking at it’s best.  Furthermore, the drive home on Sunday afternoon had the highlands looking absolutely amazing.

(2nd April) Moravians Tough It Out in the Trossachs

17 Moravians made the long trip down to Aberfoyle and the Trossachs for Forth Valley O Club's "Double Dukes" weekend. On Saturday, Pippa Weir and John Bonsall represented the club at the SOA Conference to map out the future of junior and schools orienteering in Scotland. Big thanks to them both for giving up their time and energy to contribute to this important debate on behalf of our club - and especially to John who sought the opinons of other club juniors before taking his place on the 6-person junior project team. John had to rush back on the train straight after the conference to get a flight to Germany at 6am on Sunday!

If you can't remember what the conference was about, here's a reminder

Saturday's race was a middle-distance event where there were some quite impressive Moravian performances, wkth Hannah Kingham 2nd on Light Green among the best. Sunday's Scottish O League race was at the man-eating Trossachs where many an elite orienteer has come to grief in the past.  This is probably the toughest, most technical orienteering area in the UK. Character-building stuff indeed!

Times for most people were predictably on the long side - except for young Hayley Curran who was 2nd on the White Course. Well done to Hayley, and to everyone else who toughed it out.

Results from South Achray Middle-Distance Race 1st Apr

Ranking Points from Achray

Results from SOL2 - The Trossachs 2nd Apr

Ranking Points from The Trossachs

(1st April) Committee Minutes Published - Some Big News

It's no April Fool! We're looking at (subject to obtaining funding) changing to Sportident! All this and other news in the committee minutes that are just out.

New format for Club Champs - Relay Events - Scottish Score Champs and lots more.

The links below are where you can see the full minutes, plus some the the information behind the SI/Club Champs decisions.

Link to minutes

Pros and Cons of SI vs EMIT as presented to the committee

Alan's Presentation of the new Club Champs format


(30th March) Moravian Kids Star in Schools Cross Country

There was some tremendous running from Moravian juniors in the Moray Primary Schools Cross Country races that were held at Lossie on Monday 27th March. An amazing 770 kids from 37 schools took part - almost 200 in each race! Active Schools have published the top 25 in each of the 4 races together with the team results. See…/moray-primary-schools-cross-co…/

The Moravian members we've picked out are the ones finishing in the top 25 in their race. The names are listed below. Hopefully we haven't missed anyone! Well done also to everyone who took part but finished outside the top 25.

P4/5 Girls
2nd Sophie Howard (clearly another Isobel in the making!)
11th Scarlett Britain

P4/5 Boys
7th Finlay McLuckie
24th Andrew Seton

P6/7 Boys
2nd Bruce Evans
11th Michael Bishenden
25th Will Chetwynd

Keep up the effort with the running kids. If you can work on your orienteering technique while developing your running speed you'll become an amazing orienteer! 


(30th March) Nairn Practice Courses Updated - Last Few Days for Culbin Training

The permanent practice courses at Nairn Links have just been updated and checked. As well as maps being available for download via the British Orienteering Permanent Course Portal, they are also available from James's Cafe by the Putting Green, and also Nairn Swimming Pool.

There are 3 course options, and while the navigation isn't difficult, they do make a good sprint training run for established members, while for beginners and children they are excellent for getting familiar with o maps and the basics. Perhaps best of all they are great for members who want to introduce friends to orienteering before bringing them to an actual event.

Our practice courses at Culbin are only available for a few more days. If you're intending using them please act fast. Maps are available via the "Coaching/MAD" tab, but you will need to be logged in with your user name to access them.

(26th Mar) Moravians in Action Up and Down the Country - Ali does an o-biathlon act at Uath Lochans!

Click on the title to read the story.......

Facing the big guns in the Midlands

Ali goes swimming at Uath Lochans
Moravian kids ooze confidence
Two New Embryonic Moravian Coaches

It was a big weekend down in the English Midlands where the latest round of UK Urban League at Rugby on Saturday coincided with the British Junior Team Selection races at Warwick University. Then on Sunday it was the Midlands Championships at Bentley Woods near Atherstone. Kathryn (W18) and Daniel (M16) were both up against the best in Britain - the standard was incredibly high! We had a few senior members taking part, with the Furnesses enjoying a reunion with their former club.

Liz Barr and Andrew Campbell both had decent runs at Rugby, ending up 6th in their respective W50 and M50 classes. Liz had the best run on Sunday, just missing out on a "Championship" time by 12 seconds

Saturday Results from Rugby
GB Junior Sprint Selection results from Warwick
Sunday results from Bentley

Also on Sunday a good contingent of 19 members managed to outnumber host club BASOC at Uath Lochans in a well-attended event in glorious sunshine at a splendid venue. Being a Level D event with nothing much at stake other than personal pride, it was great to see some members really stretching themselves by taking on longer/harder courses than they are used to in what is a very technical and tough area. David Spencer in particular, after his sensational time at Elgin parkrun on Saturday (first to finish in 18:58) successfully got round Green which is no mean undertaking for a 12 year old! He refused to be put off by a 40-minute leg to No 2 which is a great example to be setting to everyone! Mastering those difficult skills is all about making mistakes and learning from them. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Ali Wisman was seen SWIMMING across the lochan to reach one of her controls instead of taking the much longer path option! Thanks to Chris Spencer for revealing that gem!

Isobel Howard continues to impress whenever she sets foot in a forest. Her 2nd place (1st junior) on Light Green was another great run. Faith Kenyon, now with a few light greens under her belt, seems to have no fear of this standard and was 4th out of 15 runners; Ida too showed that Light Green has no fear for her, even in a unknown forest miles from home. No mean achievement for kids still at primary school.


 It was nice to see Kirsten Main back in action on the White course where she managed to win by 34 seconds. With every right to be especially proud of herself is young Hannah Wiseman who completed a White course all on her own for the very first time - without even having mum waiting at the finish. Great to see such confidence developing in our youngest members!

Perhaps the other gold star has to go to Katherine Taylor who finished 6th in a good field of 33 runners on Green, claiming bragging rights over hubby Warwick by 4 minutes. New member Linda Rawlinson, who has been getting a bit of coaching from Rachel Provan, coped gamely and was unlucky to get "DQ'd" after missing one control after refusing to be put off by a couple of large time losses.

These sort of events are all about learning those skills so really well done to everyone who "stuck with it".

Results from Uath Lochans


And to cap it all, Fiona Newcombe and Morag McLuckie were away doing their coaching foundation course which they really enjoyed by all accounts. They took no persuading to sign up to do their UKCC Level 1 coaching course in the relatively near future - so that means two new Moravian coaches in the pipeline. Fantastic stuff ladies!

(20th March) MAD bonus in Culbin is open and Lossie MAD closes Friday 24th

At the weekend the Scottish Junior Squad were training in Culbin and have left the controls out so we can go MAD. Elizabeth Furness planned the exercises and has provided the brief coaching notes to go with them. They are planned for Technical Difficulty 5 (ie Green standard and beyond). There are no numbers on the kites and most are hung on trees/sticks so we’ll leave them out for 2 weeks max. Enjoy!

For more info see Coaching/MAD page

MAD = Moravian Athlete Development. It's our DIY training facility where training controls are set out in one of our wonderful outdoor gyms for members to practice in their own time.

Lossie Controls will be removed after Friday 24th March.



(18th March) Mayne Wood Results

Another good attendance with about 150 people at the event including our great band of helpers. 107 people ran the courses; results are now in our results section (see below). Click on the title to read more.

There was a corruption in the display of everyone's times which has now been fixed, although the "win splits" display is still wrong. To see your split times go to the other split times link.

Huge thaks go to organizer Ali Wisman and course desgner Steve Smirthwaite, both of whom have put in a great deal of work to make this event as good as it was. Steve even re-drew part of the map to make it as up-do-date as possible. Both had to travel through from their homes in Nairn to do all the pre-event work and we thank them for the time they have spent commuting as well as everything else!

Here are Ali's cmments after the event:

"At Mayne wood on Saturday the sun shone, the courses were great and made very inventive use of the area and got rave reviews...when regulars are sweating and smiling and newcomers go back round again we know we've done something right.   It was fun to see people doing the warm-up ideas on the way to the start - next time I would make the signs bigger and bolder.
A big thanks from me to everyone who helped make the event such a success.  We are very fortunate to have a good member team who help run our events, and with more newer members helping out it meant that some people who had been very busy with our big events in February actually had the day off.  Big thanks especially to all the young people who helped out very keenly and capably, and also those who gave up their maps to let others run their course."

On the subject of recycling maps, we had a few problems with map shortages which should be avoidable. Please note the following which Ali has sent in based on comments receved from various people:

"The organiser for each event needs to estimate the number of maps needed.  Maps are usually ordered on the Thursday morning before the event, so we ask that you try to complete the survey by the Wednesday evening. It doesn't either oblige you or guarantee you a map on the day; it merely gives us an idea of numbers required.  We always order a few extra especially on the easier courses.  We know changes in the weather and all sorts of other things might change your mind by Saturday, and that's OK...  you can still do the survey to warn us, or tell us on the day.  When you register and confirm on the day, choose a course and then please stick to it.  It seems on Saturday some people changed their mind from Short to Long Light Green by the time they got to the start, meaning that others who had registered and paid in good faith did not get a map, very annoying and very awkward for the volunteers at the start who have to sort it out. Fortunately others who had finished lent their maps, but it shouldn't be necessary.. thank you very much!"


Our next event is on Sat 22nd April at Millbuies, but between now and then there are various other events coming up run by neighbouring clubs. In particular there are events tomorrow (Sunday) near Aboyne and also just South of Inverness at Littlemill, near Farr (a lovely area incidentally)


Check out the "events by other clubs" section at the bottom of our home page to see a few that we've picked out in the coming weeks and months. There's a full fixture list covering the whole of the UK on the British Orienteering Web Site - you can fliler them by location to find the nearest one to wherever you happen to be at the time!

(16th March) Our Event at Mayne Wood (Elgin) This Saturday

Please pre-register HERE

On Thursday morning we ordered the course maps based on the number of people who have registered by the requested deadline of 15th March. We have ordered a few spares to cater for people who find out about the event after the deadline so hopefully everyone should get a run on whichever course they want. Entry numbers are listed below.

Make sure you take a look at the event info before coming along. Please complete a registration slip on arrival at the event even if you've pre-registered - if you want, you can print one off from the link on the left hand side of our home page. There are 4 different courses to choose from.

And don't forget to bring some extra cash for the refresments that the school are putting on towards their Zimbabwe project.

White course (1.5 Km) 13 entries, 25 maps

Yellow course (1.8 Km) 18 entries 40 maps

Junior Light Green (2.8 Km) 29 entries 37 maps

Senior Light Green (3.5 Km) 28 entries 33 maps