Having given due consideration to the changes outlined in the First Minister’s speech on the 24th June which outlines several amendments to the Scottish Government’s Route map we have updated our Route map to reflect what may be possible in the coming weeks.
Following the First Minister’s statement yesterday we will take time to re-consider what activities may be permitted in July as we move through Phase 2 and into Phase 3. We await further clarity on some of the details and subsequent approval of our guidelines as restrictions are gradually reduced.
We welcome the First Minister’s announcement yesterday in terms of a move through the route map process. We recognise and take seriously our collective responsibility to do what we can to continue to supress the spread of the virus. We understand that public health and wellbeing remains the most pressing priority as a nation. With travel restrictions for leisure still roughly at 5miles this has meant there is little in the way of change in terms of permitted orienteering activities in Scotland. It was again emphasised that we are not yet in a ‘return to sport’ phase but instead a further extension of exercise guidelines.
How apt that the Jamie Stevenson Trophy is a horse as this year our ‘alternative’ event was alive and kicking! We set a challenge for young people to devise and run a course that included nine orienteering features and send in a selfie from their favourite control. In addition, as an extra challenge we asked if they could design a course in the shape of a horse.
VIDEO of all the JSA contributions now available here. What an impressive set of entries!
2020 was the most difficult year yet to decide on the winners of the President’s Medal to be awarded by Richard Oxlade (Acting President) following some fantastic nominations from across the country. This year the President’s Medal has been awarded to Janet Clark (ESOC) for her commitment and contribution to the sport.
The total number of openly available MapRun courses in Scotland passed the 100 milestone last week. Read on for some observations from different clubs about the courses they have set up as well as two further opportunities to join in MapRun workshops.