Tayside Orienteers win Galaxy funding

The Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund has awarded Tayside Orienteers £300 in their weekly round for community funding. Voting took place online and Tayside won the People’s Choice award for most votes last week. Galaxy give five donations weekly, with four chosen by a panel of judges, and one voted in by the public.

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Golf for orienteers

Scottish Orienteering has been offered a complimentary fourball at the Macdonald Spey Valley Golf & Country Club (to be played before end April 2017). Coffee and bacon roll included.

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British Orienteering Coaching Conference

The national British Orienteering Coaching Conference is a biennial event; the next one takes place over the weekend of 14th and 15th January 2017. The location is Crewe (at the Crewe Campus of Manchester Metropolitan University, a short walking distance from the train station).

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Ray Heyworth 1929 – 2016

He helped at many events and contributed as an organiser (at the Scottish 6 days), planner of SOLs and SoSOLs and controller of many events. He travelled throughout the country to compete: Cannock Chase, Epping, the New Forest, The Lakes, Wales (Croesco ’88) and Cornwall. He also went to the Swedish O-Ringen (’84). His best result was 4th at the British Championships in 1984, but other highlights included contributing to the winning of the CompassSport Trophy in 1996 and competing in the VHI in Pembrey 1990.

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Scottish Championships 2017

ELO Sprint Race

Friday 19th (evening), Tranent. 

All new map of the tricky Urban estates where multiple British Champion Murray Strain learnt to run.

ESOC Individual Race

Saturday 20th May Gullane, Archerfield, and Yellowcraigs

The finest area in East Lothian featuring an extensive series of open and forested coastal dunes between Aberlady and Dirleton, remapped from LiDaR with sections new to orienteering. We have access to Archerfield Estate, the exclusive new golf course.


INT Relay Race

Sunday 21st May.  Binning Wood

Newly remapped and derhodoed, with a complex ride network unchanged since the original 1755 map.

Binning Wood now and in 1755

Scottish Junior Inter Area Competition 2016

The Junior Inter Area relay comprises an Orange, a Yellow and a Light Green leg. Encouraging participation is an important part of the competition and this year a record 121 young athletes took part in the relay, with more than half from North Area.

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Senior Home Internationals Victory

It was a narrow victory in the end but that just makes it all the sweeter (1 point in 50!). 17 out of the 18 in the team scored points over the weekend (and Emma – the 18th – was right behind Claire in the individual and had a coin toss gone the other way could have been in a scoring relay team too) which just goes to show how important it is to have depth and to keep going, no matter how tough it feels – every place matters.

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Orienteering on ITV

The ITV Border programme ‘Border Life’, 21st Oct, included a report of a Solway Orienteers event at Mark Hill that was held in August. It’s about 18mins into the programme. They had an Austrian club visiting that week so they also feature, and one of the victorious GB relay team from the World University Championships the previous week was warming down by having a holiday in the region, so Megan Carter-Davies was also interviewed.

Ward Junior Home Internationals 2016

Team Manager’s Report

Well done to all the team and thank you to our supporters over the weekend. Everyone put their all in to both races – and the disco! – and were a credit to Scotland. On Saturday at Simonside we had some excellent results on what was a very physically tough and demanding area.

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Moray Schools Sponsorship Deal

Innes & Mackay

The Moray Schools took place on Thursday 6th October in glorious sunshine at Gordonstoun School with 20 primary and 3 secondary schools represented. The event was administered by Active Schools with Moravian providing all the technical support. Winning the right to battle it out with schools across the rest of Scotland were Forres Academy while the top two primary schools were Bishopmill (Elgin) and Kinloss. Read More…