Next Fixture: Shooting Greens, 23rd Nov 2014

Shooting Greensmap

Nearest town: Banchory

Level C.

Shooting Greens car park, off the minor road between Potarch and Strachan, west of Banchory.
Access - the public road between Potarch and Shooting Greens is to be closed from 10th November for two weeks.

“Early Email Entry” (EEE)
If you are planning to come to the event, and have a fair idea of which course you would like to run, please email your name, BOF number, and course to:, by 10pm on Friday 21st Nov.
To help us filter the emails, please include EEE in the subject line of the email.
For those who send in an early email entry, you just come along to registration at the event, pay for your run and pick up a timing brikke – there is no need to complete an entry slip. A map will be reserved for you up until 12 noon on Sunday.
Please note that this is not a full pre-entry. It’s entirely on a “no obligation” basis and no charge will be made if you cannot come to the event. No money is being taken in advance. This is simply a way of speeding up the registration process.
If you decide to run a different course, that’s fine. Still come to registration, tell us what course you would like to run, and, if there is a map available, we will change your entry.
If you cannot come to the event after all, that’s fine too. There is no need to email to let us know, and no apologies or explanations are necessary.
Anyone who chooses not to make an early email entry will not be disadvantaged – everyone is still welcome to register for a course in the standard way on Sunday morning.

The priority for all orienteering events is the safety of all competitors and any other users of the area. A draft event risk assessment is attached and the finalised assessment will be posted at Registration. Before you arrive, please note: select a course within your capabilities; check the forecast and wear suitable clothing for the weather conditions; wear suitable footwear, minimise the risk of bio-hazards such as ash dieback by cleaning footwear at home before the event; be aware of the risks such as twisted ankles, slips, trips and falls; be aware of the hazards of competing in strenuous exercise if you are feeling unwell. No water stations will be provided and there are no toilet facilities.

Planners Notes:
There is a large area of gorse and broom north of the car park, marked as dark green on the map, which looks innocuous from a distance but really is impenetrable. The longer courses that use this part of the forest have been planned so that runners can by-pass this.

Much of the area marked as white on the map is covered by rocks and fallen (or felled) branches which may hidden by undergrowth, posing a trip hazard, and recent wet conditions have made them slippery.

There are numerous boulders which are not marked on the map, which could affect navigation. These are normally less than a metre in height even though they may be larger in their other dimensions.

There is extensive bracken in the area, which has started falling but may still pose problems for visibility and runnability in places.

There are some extended areas of windblown trees (marked on the map) through which it may be possible to find a route but they are best avoided.

Some of the paths in the area have been used by mountain bikers and are consequently churned up and muddy in places. Please bear in mind that there may be mountain bikers (and possibly horse riders) in the area during the event.

Because the underfoot conditions are slow in places and the amount of climb is quite high, course lengths for the longer courses have been kept relatively short.

Planning restrictions have meant that the white and yellow courses are a bit on the long side but are not physically difficult.

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21st Nov 14  

Last Results: Level B, Balmoral, 18th Oct 2014


Classic orienteering in the grounds and forests of Balmoral Castle - the Queen’s official residence in Scotland.

Winsplits Online
Link to results

03rd Nov 14  


World Ranked No1: Olav Lundanes at Balmoral, Wendy Carlyle


Many of the worlds top orienteers converged on Deeside last weekend for the third race in a four event “Race the Castles” series at the Balmoral Estate near Ballater. Taking place after races in Edinburgh and Stirling, and before the last race at Forvie Sands, the Balmoral races organised by MAROC were part of the build up to the 2015 World Orienteering Championships to be held near Inverness. 

03rd Nov 14  

Junior Colour & Participation Badges

The lists of Junior Colour & Participation Badges have been updated up to Monday 20th October (post Forvie)

20th Oct 14  

Reminder to MAROC Event Organisers

Andy Tivendale has taken over the role of MAROC Results Secretary. Organisers, please send Andy a .csv file of the results as soon as possible after the event.

24th Sep 14  

Training opportunity October 13-17 2014

Join the world’s best orienteers as they train in Deeside forests.

The week before Balmoral (13th – 17th October) there will be training available in 8 Deeside forests.  This is being organised as a training camp for the World Orienteering Championships in Inverness next year (combined with the Scottish 6-Days).

The forests will all have controls placed in them and suggested courses, all at TD5 but open to anyone who wants to visit them.

Check out the following link to find details of areas and how to get hold of maps:

22nd Sep 14  

Jon Duncan Junior Deeside Cup 2014

The positions after the last event (Inchmarnoch) have now been updated
Latest Positions

Shadowing is shown in the results tables by the number being in italics.  If you notice an incorrect record of shadowing at any event in the results,  please email Trevor Ricketts to correct.

21st Sep 14  

Maroc AGM Friday 5th December 2014

Folks,  please make a note…

Maroc Annual Celebration (prize giving, potluck supper, AGM, party etc) is booked for…

Friday 5th Dec, Finzean Hall, starting from 6:30pm.

More details to follow.. all Maroc members, family, friends, potential members and visiting in-laws are very welcome,

02nd Sep 14  



Classic orienteering in the grounds and forests of Balmoral Castle - the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. After many years of negotiations we finally have use of an area you’ll never forget. Visit the Race The Castles website for full information.

15th Aug 14  

2014 Croatia Open, Sarah Dunn

MAROC in Italy & Croatia 2014

The Musgrave / Dunn clan headed for the Croatia Open via the last 2 days of the World Champs in northern Italy and a week in the mountains of Slovenia. Read more for Sarah’s account of the trip.

10th Aug 14  

Swiss O week Day 5 Start,

MAROC in Romania and Switzerland 2014

Roger and Trish Coombs made the Transylvania Open in Romania their warm-up for their prime 2014 summer focus, the Swiss O Week. Read more…

06th Aug 14  

Rhona McMillan at JWOC, BOF

Rhona runs at JWOC 2014

The Junior World Orienteering Championships are the pinnacle of junior orienteering and this years GB team included MAROCs Rhona McMillan. Originally a reserve Rhona was pleased to be asked to complete the team when a drop-out occurred. Competing in all four race discipline during the week long competition Rhona put in some strong performances and particularly so in the relay where running in the GB 2nd team she helped them to an impressive 10th place, one ahead of Team 1.

02nd Aug 14  

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