Recent News and Information

(20th Jan) Burns Night Special in Forres - Have you entered?

Our event at Forres Golf Club this coming Wednesday is set to be something special. Haggis neeps and tatties are being served after your Burns Night run. By today (Fri 20th) we had 49 entries and 41 food orders.

The chef needs to know numbers by this weekend so if you're eating with us please place your order now.

Colin Matheson has planned us 3 excellent courses. The shortest stays entirely within the golf course so is ideal for juniors/families.

There will be no entry on the night but on-line entry will remain open until 9am on the morning of the event. Last-minute entries are fine but it would be very helpful to have all entries in by Sunday night. Most of the maps are being printed on Monday. 

Enter here

Event details here

 

(17th Jan) Are you Getting our Weekly Newsletter?

Our weekly newsletter for all club members (Tues News) goes out each Tuesday. If you're a member, either now or last year, you should have had today's edition in your inbox by now.

We've noticed that there are quite a few members who do not open the newsletter. In some cases you probably know the news already, but in others we wonder if the email address we have for you is out of date.

If you have changed your email address please give British Orienteering's Membership Dept a ring on 01629 583037 so they can update the records. Please also advise our membership secretary via the "contact us" section of the web site. It's also helpful if we have a note of your phone number if you're happy for us to have it.

For members who have still not renewed for 2017 this will be the last newsletter you receive. We have now removed lapsed members from the mailing list. Anyone who renews will be reinstated on the mailing list so please make sure you renew soon if you want to keep receiving them (and getting your member discount at events).
 

(13th Jan) NEW INITIATIVE AIMED AT JUNIOR ORIENTEERS Orange standard and above

A message from GB international orienteer Jess Tullie:
 
In an exciting new development for 2017, we will be introducing North Area Junior Orienteering training days!

 

Main aims:

To provide coached training opportunities outwith club orienteering for TD3 and above juniors.
To provide fun and motivational opportunities for juniors in the North of Scotland.
To provide a stepping stone between club and national squad level.

 

Who can join in?

The training days will not be selected, however all juniors attending need to be confident at completing anorange (TD3) course independently.

 

2017

First training day will be at Culbin, 18th February, 11am – 3pm. Complete consent form to guarantee your place!
Another date to be confirmed, but late summer to get us ready for the Inter-Areas.
 
Logo competition
The North Area needs a logo! Have a go at designing one and submit to Jess Tullie at jjtullie@gmail.com We will vote on the designs at the first training day in Culbin. The chosen logo will be used for all correspondence initially and maybe in the future on some kit?!
 
 

 

 
Alan

 

(9th Jan) Hannah's Route to Success

Hannah Kingham from Fochabers has just become the 4th Moravian junior in recent years to make the Scottish Junior Orienteering Squad.

Hannah took part in her first orienteering event at Aberlour in March 2012 when aged just 7. She came 16th on the Yellow course. A month later she came to an event at Lossie where she improved to 8th on a course won by another of our ScotJOS members – Daniel Campbell. The rest, as they say, is history! It's been especially commendable for Hannah as she, like Mairi Weir, lives quite a way outside our "main" orienteering areas so has to travel quite a distance to most of our events which can be quite a challenge for a busy family.

We caught up with Hannah during the holidays to find out what she felt about being the latest Moravian youngster to be selected for the Squad.

Hannah has had a fantastic season in 2016. The pinnacle has to be her win at the Scottish Championships at Balmoral when she won the W12 class, a race incidentally where the top three were all Moravians; Isobel Howard came 2nd with Eva Wiseman 3rd. Hannah also won the W12 category in the Scottish Orienteering League where her best 4 results from the 7-race national series counted. It’s been especially rewarding for Hannah who’s had to look up to her older sister Siobhan for so many years as she made her name in athletics. Siobhan has been tipped for future Commonwealth Games stardom in the triple jump where she is the Scottish Schools Champion as well as competing in pentathlon and heptathlon.

“I was really happy for Siobhan because she has had such a great time competing at national level” said Hannah. But when Hannah got the call-up towards the end of last year to attend a ScotJOS training camp, she got the chance to prove to the coaches that she has the determination and talent to justify selection, and so set her own course to stardom.

“I am really pleased that I was chosen to join ScotJOS.” added Hannah “It's what I've wanted for the last few years. I think it's good that we're doing different things - even in athletics we specialise in different events. The ScotJOS squad are great fun to be with and even on the selection weekend I learned such a lot - I'm really looking forward to the training weekends this year. I hope that I am as successful in orienteering as Siobhan has been in athletics.”

In junior orienteering, due to the 2-year age groups, there can be a great variation in athletic capability, especially in the younger age classes.  One of Hannah’s strengths is her maturity at realizing that it’s all about developing her skills and talent at this stage, as she takes on the harder challenges that being in the Squad will entail if she is to build on her achievements. “My aim for this year is to enter as many competitions as possible to get as much experience as I can competing in a higher age class (W14) - I'm really looking forward to the Scottish 6 Days in the summer as it's the first time I've been able to attend a big multi-day event. Hopefully, if I put what I learn on the training weekends into action I'll do well enough this year to be reselected in September.”

Hannah has certainly been true to her word, travelling down to Royal Deeside last Sunday to run in some very technical Deeside terrain at Light Green standard. This is the colour standard that M and W14s compete at. True to form she was 2nd, beaten only by an experienced adult runner.

To finish our chat with Hannah we asked her what advice she would give to other youngsters in the club, bearing in mind that she started out in the sport aged only 7 – exactly the age that many of our younger members are joining the club today.

“Attend lots of local events and try to get along whenever there’s a coaching session - the coaches are all super friendly and helpful and you learn so much while having a fun time with lots of others.  Talk to them at events and get to know other people in the club.”

Hannah also sang the praises of the club’s commitment to taking part in the Jamie Stevenson Trophy which is the annual inter-club junior competition for Scottish clubs. “A great introduction to bigger events is to go to the annual Jamie Stevenson competition near Perth - the club puts on a luxury coach and it's great fun meeting lots of people from other clubs around Scotland.”

She is no stranger to helping out at events and like many others has found that you learn as much about orienteering by helping to put on events as you do from taking part, if not more. “Helping and planning events is great fun and you get lots of help and support. It not only helps you understand more about orienteering but it also makes you appreciate the effort everyone puts in to make events happen.”

We wish Hannah all the best for the coming season, as we do our other ScotJOS representatives Daniel Campbell (M16), Mairi Weir (W16) and Kathryn Barr (W18). It’s particularly good to have 4 secondary schools represented in Milne’s High, Elgin Academy, Speyside High and Forres Academy, and with so many of our younger juniors showing great potential who knows what the future will hold!

If you're interested in one day becoming a ScotJOS member, it’s never too early to set your sights on it. It’s possible to be selected at age 13 but once you start getting comfortable at running Orange courses, try to get to as many larger events as you can so you can compete against other juniors your age around Scotland. The Scottish O League events and Scottish Championships are great events to enter, and this year there is the Scottish 6 Days on Deeside where you can compete in very large fields of young people the same age as you from all over the world! At local events, when you feel confident enough, try running a course at a harder technical difficulty to that what your age group normally calls for. Don’t be afraid of failure – treat it as training and worry about performance at the big events that really matter!

Read more about ScotJOS selection

(4th Jan) Time to get entered for next events

There's was a lot of interest in Wednesday's night training event at Nairn. Steve had 38 people turning out for a great night's training and you can see everyone's times on our Facebook page. The next night training is on Wed 15th Feb at Findhorn

Then there are 2 great events coming up soon, both of which need you to enter in advance. Hard to believe (as of 4th Jan) that there's only 1 Moravian entered for next Wednesday with the closing date only a day away (edit 7th Jan - closing date moved to 8 Jan and now 16 Moravians entered). It sounds like it will be a terrific event so why miss it?

The Northern Night Cup resumes on Wed 11th Jan at an amazing new area called Lochandinty near Croy. If you're new to orienteering it will be a real eye opener to discover just how much work has gone on behind the scenes to make this event a reality. From discovering the area in the first place, to getting permission to use it, and then producing the map and finally doing the course planning there's a real story to be told. You can read that story on the Northern Night Cup web site. Then sign up to be one of the first ever first-footers at Lochandinty.

And of course there's our own Quarrelwood event on Sunday 15th Jan. This is a Clan Campbell production, with Scottish Junior Squad member Daniel in charge of planning while mum and dad Liz and Andrew are masterminding the organization. Afterwoods, in the indoor registration venue of the Eight Acres Function Suite, there will be the Moravian annual awards. So get your 2017 orienteering off to a great start and enter both events.

The Story of Lochandinty

Enter Lochandinty (closing date 5th Jan)

Enter Quarrelwood (entries by 11th Jan please)

(28th Dec) Nairn Urban Sprint Session - Wed 4th Jan - Nairn Links

Steve's night-time urban sprint training sessions resume next Wednesday at Nairn. With less than 2 months to go before we host the double-header Scottish Night and Sprint Championship weekend on 18-19 Feb this is the latest chance to practice combining the speed of urban orienteering with the accuracy of running in the dark - and enjoy a post-run drink with friends afterwards.

Check out the event details and remember to add yourself to the on-line sign up sheet to make sure Steve reserves you a map.

(28th Dec) Brodie Xmas Relays - 10am Today

We have a few spare maps available for anyone turning up on the day who hasn't pre-registered, but please arrive early (10am) to register. Starts 1045-1115

 

MAD Open - Lossie Forest

There are now some training kites out in Lossie Forest with Blue, Green, Orange and All Controls maps.

There is Forestry Activity at the South end of the forest which must be avoided; just use the main track to get up to the Start.

You find the maps, coaching notes and control descriptions on the website under Downloads in the Members Section-Coaching-MAD.  If you do not have access to the Members Section you need to conatct the Webmaster (go to About us-Contact Us and select Website Managers) or find someone that does have access and get them to print you the maps.....

ENJOY......

(13th Dec) Saturday League Medals Decided

There have been some incredibly close things in the league this year. Check out the final league tables to see where you finished.

Senior Leagues

Junior Leagues

(11th Dec) West End Primary and Forres Academy are the 2016 Schools League Champs

West End produced a rugby team's worth of runners at Grant Park to extend their 9-point lead at the top to a clear 31 points over last year's champs Anderson's. The Elgin school have fielded a full team of 4 or more at all 11 races this year and are deserved winners.

There are encouraging signs of more primary schools starting to field more runners, and the 2017 league will begin at Quarrelwood on 15th Jan.

We've continued to struggle to make the secondary school league a viable contest. Despite strong support from Forres Academy who have run away with the secondary schools league yet again, other secondary schools are not showing any interest in the competiton. Hopefullyo as some of the many Elgin-based primary school kids get older and move up to secondary, they'll be able to get together with their mates and produce some opposition and reivigorate the secondary scchools league.

The trophies will be engraved soon and hopefully presented to the respective schools before Christmas, or soon after.

Final primary school table

Final secondary school table