Jenny and Rhona selected for EYOC 2013

EYOC 2013,

Congratulations to Jenny Ricketts and Rhona McMillan who have both been selected to represent Great Britain at the European Youth Orienteering Championships, being held in Foz do Arelho, Portugal from 23rd – 28th October 2013. Both throughly deserved their selections after a string of great results this year.

08th Aug 13  

Great results for Rhona at O-Ringen 2013

Rhona achieved a top 20 place overall (18th) in the D18 Elite category. This is despite a rather poor start to the week when she was 51st on day 1 but consistent performances thereafter delivered an excellent overall result. Rhona’s best result was In Thursday’s middle distance race where she was 7th, just 2:30 behind the winner (who incidentally won silver at JWOC this year).

07th Aug 13  

2013 Summer Holiday Orienteering

Have your kids got a sense of adventure? Who love to learn new skills, make friends and enjoy having fun in the fresh air?
Learn how to map read, navigate and problem solve in a fun and social environment, whilst walking, jogging or running.
Summer Orienteering Flier and Application Form

01st Jul 13  

2013 Jamie Stevenson Trophy - now 6 wins in a row

JST Champions 2013, Trevor Ricketts

Well done to all 37 Maroc juniors that turned out to represent their club.  There were podium results from Frances Sealy (1st girls yellow), Matthew Gooch (2nd boys orange), Jennifer Ricketts (2nd girls green), Josh Dudley (2nd boys green), Abigail Mason (3rd girls light green), Jake Chapman (3rd boys light green).
More photos in the MAROC 2013 gallery.

18th Jun 13  

World Schools Championships 2013

Banchory Academy Junior Girls Team, Jessica Tullie

The Junior Girls Team (Megan Ricketts, Abi Mason, Rosie Getliff, Katie Skinner and Amy Hamilton) won Team Bronze and Abi Mason picked up two silver medals in the Middle and Long races at the World Schools Championships recentlyin Portugal. Great results all.
Full results including full details of all MAROC athletes competing for Banchory and Aboyne Academies can be found on the championship web site
Also more information on the Banchory Schools Orienteering Club site.

23rd Apr 13  

Club coaches needed

We are currently needing more club coaches to help at our regular training sessions.  To qualify as a UKCC Level 1 coach you need to be able to complete Light Green courses at a certain standard and then attend a 3 day course (usually at the National Centre, Glenmore Lodge) which includes assessment.
The courses are intensive but very worthwhile and good fun.
Further details are available at

Maroc covers all cost of the course – in return for expecting qualified coaches to plan at least 2 training sessions a year for 2 years (mentoring and help is available).

If you are interested please check out the SOA site or speak to any of the existing club coaches.

Jon Musgrave

27th Mar 13  

Festive Frolics

Festive frolics at Potarch,

Juniors got into the festive spirit with their training session at Potarch which involved a mass start pairs race for elves and their reindeer. The usual map and compass challenges were interspersed with a sprinkling of carrots, red noses, Christmas carols and lots of chocolates. Read more for photos.

16th Dec 12  

Talent Squad Winter Weekend at Tomintoul

Talent Squad on Carn Daimh,

A plentiful supply of snow, clear blue skies and a warm comfortable cottage with sauna and hot tub provided the setting for the latest training weekend away for MAROCs Talent Squad. Seven athletes and three coaches made the most of the opportunity and put in some quality training sessions and made the most of the superb hill conditions. Read more for photos.

02nd Dec 12  

MAROC success at BSOC 2012

Congratulations to all the MAROC athletes on their successes at the British Schools Championships held last weekend in Delamere Forest. Joseph Wright (Year 7) was the only Scots winner (Year 7) as he led Banchory to 2nd team in the Large Secondary category. He was backed up by Frances Wright, runnerup in Y13 and Sasha Chepelin (GRAMP) 3rd in Y11. Josh Dudley produced Aboyne Academy’s best result whan he finished 2nd in Y12. Read on for more.

20th Nov 12  

Jon Duncan Junior Deeside Cup 2012

The final positions are now available.

19th Nov 12  

Training Dates November and December 2012

The next club training dates are as follows:
9th December - club training
16th December - club training
More details will be sent out via email nearer the time.

12th Nov 12  

Maroc Juniors representing Scotland at the World Schools Orienteering Championships 2013

Banchory Academy Junior Girls Schools Team, Trevor Ricketts

Maroc juniors are again going to form a large part of the Scottish Schools contingent to the World Schools Orienteering Championship in 2013.  Read on for the full details.

05th Nov 12  

GB Performance Squad Selection for Rhona

Rhona McMillan has just been selected for the GB Talent Development Squad for 2012-2013. Well done Rhona.

11th Oct 12  

Top results in September SOL races, 2012

There were some top results for club members at the two recent Scottish O League races at Forvie and Errochty.

24th Sep 12  

June 20th 2012 - Junior Update

Maroc win JST again,

Trevor’s update follows:

I’d like to add my congratulations to the MAROC junior team that retained the JST last Sunday.  In spite of our large numbers,  the way it is scored also gives smaller clubs a good chance,  and ECKO and FVO both ran us close…..

20th Jun 12  

2012 Jamie Stevenson Trophy - 5 in a row!

Jamie Stevenson Trophy,

“Congratulations to everyone that took part in the JST today and achieved another terrific win against stiff opposition. That’s the 5th time in a row that we’ve won, proving once again that we have the best junior team in Scotland. Its a great team event, and I was particularly pleased that no one miss punched or didn’t turn up.  I was especially impressed with the juniors that have only just started orienteering with us this year, and how quickly they’ve improved and how well they did today.”


17th Jun 12  

June 10th 2012 - Junior Update

Lots of great new on the junior front. Read on for Trevor’s report covering the Jubilee5 and the Scottish Championships, JIRCs, badge qualification updates and summer tour selections amongst other things. Congratulations to a lot of juniors!

10th Jun 12  

Holiday Fun - Christmas 2011

Night runners on the top of Morven on the shortest day of the year,

Club members have been getting together over the holidays for some physical training.

28th Dec 11  

Good MAROC representation in Scotjos 2012


Seven MAROC juniors have been selected for the 2012 Scottish Junior Squad.
Congratulations to Abigail Mason (W14), Evelyn Mason, Bronwyn Matthews and Jennifer Ricketts (all W16), and Rhona McMillan, Jessica Mason and Frances Wright (all W18)

16th Dec 11  

Talent Squad Weekend in Glen Urquhart

Running in the hills,

Last weekend, Maroc junior talent squad travelled across to Glen Urquhart for a full weekend of training. They worked hard and had lots of fun. Read on to find out more.

If you would like to join the junior talent squad in the future this is what you need to do:
(1) Be in age class M/W 16 or older
(2) Have reached a technical level where you are achieving consistently high performances on TD5 courses (green and above)
(3) Have demonstrated commitment to improve your orienteering
Contact one of the talent squad coaches (Jon, Sarah, Roger) if you would like to find out more.

05th Dec 11  

MAROC Juniors excel at British Schools Champs

Aboyne Academy winning B9 Boys Team, Hilary Ford

Banchory Academy came out top, and Aboyne Academy finished 5th, in the Large Secondary School competition at the British Schools Championships at Llinlithgow this weekend. Banchory Primary finished 2nd in the competition for Primary Schools.
MAROC members, Abigail Mason, Frances Wright, Joseph Wright and Alistair Chapman won their respective classes with plenty of other great individual results.
Photos now uploaded

25th Nov 11  

Jon Duncan Junior Deeside Cup 2011

Final Results are now available. Congratulations to all those who came out top of the pile.
2011 Final Results

16th Nov 11  

Junior Talent Squad for 2012

Three youngsters have been selected to join the Maroc Junior Talent Squad for 2012. Congratulations to Ewen Kerridge, Jenny Ricketts and Callum Roberts who will join the existing 2011 squad.

02nd Oct 11  

MAROC 3rd in 2011 Peter Palmers Relay

Top small club!, Jon Musgrave

MAROC’s juniors finished an excellent third in this years Peter Palmer relay held yesterday (start 04.45 am) organised by BAOC and held near Stafford. The team finished behind Lakeland and South Yorkshire but took the small clubs trophy. The long journey south was obviously well worthwhile. Great result!


12th Sep 11  

Juniors win North Area Club Trophy

Abi Mason, one of MAROC's class winners,

MAROC juniors won the North Area Inter-Club Junior Trophy at Cambus O’May at the weekend.  With six class winners in Abi Mason, Luke Graham, Alistair Chapman, Gemma Collins, Megan Ricketts and Grant McMurtrie, last years winners INVOC were pushed into 3rd place with GRAMP 2nd.

12th Sep 11  

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