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Balmoral: Saturday 25th February 2023

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To celebrate 25 years of the Deeside Night Cup and in conjunction with the Balmoral Estate, MAROC are pleased to host the 2023 Scottish Night Orienteering Championships. It promises to be a fitting test of night orienteering in quality Deeside terrain. Indoor facilities have been secured for the Event Centre.

As part of a busy weekend of Orienteering MAROC are hosting a Sprint Event on the streets of Ballater on the Saturday afternoon and neighbouring club GRAMP are holding a Regional Event on Balmedie dunes on the Sunday. Details on the websites and entries through SI Entries.

31st Dec 22

Try the longest Orienteering Leg in the U.K!

Fancy a challenge one day this winter?

Why not have a go at the longest orienteering leg in the UK now that the vegetation has subsided somewhat and the snow is yet to come: Glen Tanar to Ballogie, through Glen Tanar, Birsemore and Balfour. Click on the map to see the full leg marked on it. Its about 11.5k with +600m elevation gain. It's been run a few times in recent years and certainly easiest when the vegetation is down.

If you want to do it in its purest form try straight lining it, sticking strictly and accurately to the west to east direction,.The only deviations allowed are, if it is necessary to avoid any stock in fields at Newmill, and also so you don't have to run through the kitchens of Ballogie House! Respect any OOB on the map too.

As usual please be respectful of anyone or anything you meet along the way. Use common sense for further avoidance actions.

Free liquid refreshment of your choice at the finish at Craobhach, Ballogie (if we have it in the cupboard, and if someone is in!) for all successful "completers".

21st Nov 22

2022 AGM a Great Success

Held 19th November 2022 in Finzean Hall.

Andrew McMurtrie took over from Nick Hale as Club President.

The Major Maroc trophies were awarded to:

Maroc Improvers Trophy: Emily Bichard (W14)

Maroc Junior Champion: Adam Barrie (M18)

Maroc Commitment Trophy: Sue Barrie

President's Report

21st Nov 22   Read more…

Maroc Take 2nd in CompassSport Trophy Final

The Trophy is the Annual UK Small Clubs Orienteering Competition.

Event held on Sunday 16th October 2022 at Tulliallan & Devilla, Fife. Hosted by Forth Valley Orienteers. Fifty Eight clubs competed in the Heats durung Feb/March this year and fifteen in Sunday's Final.

17th Oct 22   Read more…

Maroc AGM and Social 2022

Finzean Village Hall 7pm 19th November

Everyone is invited to come along to our Annual General Meeting at Finzean Village Hall at 7pm on Saturday 19th November. The meeting business is usually swift and followed by a pot luck supper. 

03rd Oct 22

Organisers and Planners Manuals 2022

Guidance for Maroc Organisers and Planners has been fully updated for use by both first-timers and the experienced.

Organisers Manual    Planners Manual

Use this link for help videos on how to use to SI Timing.

22nd Sep 22   Read more…

Autumn Activities 2022: Come and try orienteering at any of the following events.

Learn New Skills, Have Fun Exploring: Come and join us.

Activities Poster

Sunday 18th September - Bellwood, Aboyne. Beginner’s and near beginner’s training session.

Sunday 2nd October - Crathes Castle & Estate. Colour coded event. All welcome and help available.

Sunday 6th November - Corsedarder, Ballogie. Training session for beginners upwards.

Sunday 13th November – Birsemore, Aboyne. Colour coded event. All welcome and help available.

Sunday 18th December - Dess Wood, Kincardine O'Neil. Fun Christmas session and social for all the family

29th Aug 22   Read more…

Next MAROC event: Morrone Birkwood, Braemar. Sunday 28th August 2022.

Our next event is on the newly extended map of Morrone Birkwood at the western edge of Braemar. It is a beautiful area of heathland, juniper and birch woodland last used for the Jamie Stephenson Trophy in June 2018 and now extended westwards by Deeside Orienteering and Leisure Map to an area of detailed coniferous plantation.

Six colour coded courses available, Yellow to Brown, for Beginners to Experienced Orienteers.

See 'Events' for details.

18th Aug 22

GB Test Race hosted by MAROC

One of the two forest test races, used for selection of GB team for 2022 European Championships / World Cup 2, and also in selection for World Cup 3 was hosted by Maroc on July 10th. Glen Dye was the venue, using the map courtesy of our friends, Grampian Orienteers.

10th Jul 22

2022 Scottish Championships Weekend

The 2022 Scottish Orienteering Championships were held on Royal Deeside on May 28th/29th.

Saturday's individual races, organised by Grampian Orienteers, were held at Glen Dye, and the following day MAROC hosted the Relays at Sluie.

Major orienteering events have been held on both areas in the past, and whilst recent storms had taken their toll, it was an excellent weekend of competition.

31st Mar 22

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