Month: September 2016

Junior Inter-Regional Championships 2016

Event Report

The Scotland team converged on Cambus O’May near Ballater on Saturday 24th September ready to take on the 9 regions from England, plus Wales and Northern Ireland. It soon became clear that the courses planned by Jon Musgrave would be a tough physical and technical challenge but our athletes were equal to the task and the local wi-fi meant we were able to enjoy (!) nail-biting moments waiting for anticipated runners to appear within the finish times already posted.

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Spectator Races

Routegadget doesn't cope very well with the way we ran the Relay Spectators' race. All of your results are under the final entry of Men or Women.

After that you have got to cope with the fact that both halves of your course are on the same map.

This report shows you who were running the same gaffle and also you can compare with the JEC runners times on your gaffle.

New SCORE Editor

I’m Sheila Reynolds.  My husband, Scott, and I are expats from the U.S.
Some of you may know our youngest daughter, Charlotte, who introduced us
to orienteering through MAROC’s Active Aberdeenshire After-School
Orienteering programme.  This is our second stint in Scotland, and
although we are expats, we live here because Scotland is the home of our
hearts, and are thankful every day to be able to live in such an amazing

My background is in the oil industry and technical writing, but it’s been
a while since I’ve done either, so I do hope that everyone will bear with
me as I take on the editing of SCORE.

I was born and raised in Alaska, so am no stranger to the outdoors or to
forests, but am new to the world of orienteering.  While Scott has moved
from walking through white courses with Charlotte to running in races
himself, I don’t see that in my future, as I am perfectly content to cheer
them on and volunteer where I’m needed.

We are, as a family, passionate about orienteering as the newly-converted
tend to be, and are very much enjoying meeting new people and exploring
areas of Scotland through this new-found – to us – sport.  We’ve all very
much appreciated the kindness and support of the orienteering community as
Scott and Charlotte have begun their orienteering journey with MAROC, and
volunteering to edit SCORE will be my attempt to pay that kindness and
support forward.

You can send a message to Sheila from the Contacts page

New Regional Development Officer Central / South appointed

In Rona’s words:

Orienteering has been a part of my life since 2001 when I started with my family, and I haven't stopped since! I came through the Scottish and British Junior Squads before going to Edinburgh University to study Genetics. I live in Edinburgh, am a member of ESOC and when I'm not orienteering I enjoy baking and spending time with friends.

Please join us in welcoming Rona to the team! 

SOA Patron Karen Darke wins Gold at Rio

Congratulations to Inverness-based hand cyclist Karen Darke, who has won gold for Great Britain in cycling’s H1-3 time trial at the Rio Paralympics.

Development Officer changes at Scottish Orienteering

Mike Rodgers

Mike RodgersMike started back in August 2012 to focus on the club development of Moravian. Thanks to his vast experience in orienteering and his enthusiasm, he was able to support the club to raise membership to well over 200. He can be proud of his achievements over these past four years and we are wishing him all the best with his career at the National Trust for Scotland’s property, Brodie Castle.

Mel Nicoll

Mel NicollLocal to Birnam, Mel has focussed on Tayside Orienteers and has been working hard to develop and promote the benefits of membership – a healthy programme of local events, coaching opportunities, regular training nights, improved capture and retention of potential member contact details and regular communication with them. Mel will continue to be involved in the club and will otherwise focus on her work with the John Muir Trust.

Sarah Dunn

Sarah DunnSarah’s home in Aboyne was a perfect base to work with MAROC and she has done so since February 2015. A primary focus initially was to re-invigorate membership in the Aboyne area where it had declined significantly in recent years, while aiming to maintain the club’s strong base in Banchory. Activities have focussed on autumn and spring blocks of introductory sessions for families and after-school clubs in both Banchory and Aboyne. 

With Sarah's contract coming to an end, she has been working on an application to the Cairngorms LEADER Programme for funds for a completely new kind of project, called Community Orienteering and Protection of the Environment (COPE). This is an innovative departure for orienteering and we of course hope the application will succeed – watch this space!

Johannes Petersen

Johannes PetersenAnd last but certainly not least, Johannes Petersen will remain the Club Development Officer for INVOC and BASOC until October 2016. At which time his role will morph into the new Regional Development Officer North. We are delighted that Johannes will stay on board in this exciting new role after all his great achievements with his local clubs. Great to have you on board, Johannes!

We hope to be appointing a new Regional Development Officer (Central / South) within the next few weeks.

Scottish Orienteering is extremely grateful for the dedication, hard work, bright ideas and new initiatives that all four have brought to their jobs. Our thanks to sportscotland and the Robertson and Davidson Trusts for helping us to fund these positions. Here is to the next chapter of development work within orienteering!