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The new permanent orienteering course at Linn of Dee was recently opened as part of the Cairngorms Nature BIG weekend. The course has been installed through collaboration with National Trust for Scotland at Mar Lodge estate as part of the Community Orienteering and Protection of the Environment project, funded by Cairngorm LEADER.
The After-School Orienteering club in Aboyne will re-start on Thu 19th April with a block of 4 weeks up to 10th May and then a further block of 4 weeks runing from 31st May to 22nd June. The club is suitable for anyone from complete beginner up to "orange" standard and meets at Aboyne Community Centre. We use small nearby areas of woodland in the village to practice basic orienteering skills incuding map setting, symbols and compass work.
Further information and application form for the Aboyne club is available here
Looking for something to do in the holidays?
There are now two Maprun virtual orienteering courses set up in Aboyne: an urban style course of ~8km all round the village and sprint style course round the grounds of the school and neighbouring woodland.
The courses are set up so that you can run them whenever you like. Read on to find out how...
There was success for MAROC at the Aberdeenshire Sports Awards held on Friday. Aberdeenshire Sports Council awarded Team of the Year to MAROC and there was individual success for Eilidh Campbell and Matthew Gooch. Eilidh won the junior women's award and Matthew was short listed for the junior men's award.
After success in the local DNC, Joe Wright travelled down to South Wales last weekend where he proved his skill and fitness on a bigger stage by winning the British Night Champs M18 class by 9'.
Further afield, the Gooch family scooped an orienteering hat trick with Matthew Gooch winning his age class at the recent Portugal O Meet, whilst Joel and Dan both took 2nd place in theirs.
Over 30 orienteers found their way to Rock, Salt and Sole in Banchory on Wednesday for a meal and prize giving marking the end of the 2017/18 Deeside Night Cup Series.
Members of Mar Orienteering and Grampian Orienteering Clubs shared their stories over tasty fish and chips as the final scores were being totalled up from the closing event earlier that evening on Sluie estate.
I'm sure the sharp-eyed amongst you will have noticed some people in the wrong age categories in the previously published standings! Here is a revision of the standings, hopefully with the correct age categories for everyone this time: JD2C standings. Further update after the Shooting Greens event to follow soon...
Results in italics indicate that the competitor was shadowed and score half points. The coordinator has asked that people get in touch if the status (shadowed or not shadowed) is incorrect for your family members.
2-4th Mar 2018
We will be hosting some introductory orienteering events suitable for all at the Braemar Mountain Festival at the beginning of March. There will be 3 sessions on Fri, Sat and Sun afternoon which will take place in Creag Choinnich woodland and up onto Carn nan Sgliat.
Orienteering is an excellent way of practising skills for application to mountain navigation, with the particular bonus that there is an opportunity to successively repeat and reinforce skills over a short duration.
Participants in the morning festival navigation sessions may wish to test out their new skills by trying out the afternoon orienteering courses.
Maroc Talent Squad aims to inspire our top juniors to develop their orienteering skills and train harder in order to improve their results.
MTS members for 2018 are: Joe Wright, Felix Wilson, Eilidh Campbell, Kirsty Campbell, Alistair Chapman, John Getliff, Luke Graham, Matthew Gooch, Amber Graham
If you would like to be selected for the squad in the future, read on to see what you have to do:
Maroc will be organising a block of 4 introductory orienteering sessions for families in the New Year. Full coaching will be provided and there will be an opportunity for both children and adults to have a go.
The first session is on Sun 14th January at Tilquhillie near Banchory, with subsequent sessions on 21st Jan at Potarch, Aboyne; 28th Jan at Cambus o' May, Banchory and 4th Feb at Bennachie, Inverurie. Full details and an application form are here.