Around 16 junior orienteers and 9 or so parents from the east of Scotland went to St Magdalene’s Hill in Perth last weekend for a morning of coaching. This involved being put through their paces and answering the question: How long is the rope?
ScotJOS headed to the Moray coast for a training camp in March. Although the traditional Moray areas are all embargoed due to the Scottish 6 Days, we were able to visit some of the less well known areas. There was also the draw to return to the Duffus Hall – one of the favourite venues in the ScotJOS list of halls. It is a lovely big hall and has hot showers and a separate (carpeted!) hall for the coaches – who like a little more comfort than a hard wood floor!
Friday evening was the traditional night-O at Carsehill and a chance to stretch the muscles after a long drive and meet up with orienteering friends. We then headed to hall for dinner and the after dinner entertainment – lessons in erecting and taking down the new ScotJOS tent! You learn many skills at a ScotJOS weekend, not just orienteering.
ScotJOS and Talent Scotland had their 1st training camp of 2023 last weekend. The camp was based in Livingston with its multitude of underpasses, alleyways and complex housing estates providing the ideal location for a Sprint orienteering camp.
In the Large clubs, Forth Valley Orienteering Club (FVO) remains at the top of the table with Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club (ESOC) trailing by 18,0000 points in second position which is possibly too large a gap to make up in such a short period. Moravian Orienteering Club (MOR) and Mar Orienteering Club (MAROC) lie in third and fourth position respectively but are in all likelihood too far off the pace to challenge the top two at this stage given the location of the last few events. There is however potential for MAROC to overhaul MOR and take third place if they can get a better turn out for the final fixture at Balmedie.
For the Small clubs the race for the title is still wide open! Roxburgh Reivers (RR) are at the top of the table lying 2400 points ahead of the second placed St Andrew’s Orienteering Club Glasgow (STAG). The last weekend proved a good scoring weekend for STAG but with four of the last five events based in the Lothian region can they get the counting members to travel? East Lothian Orienteering Club (ELO) are currently in fourth position and 12,000 points off the pace, but they are hosting two of the remaining five events this may give them the opportunity to climb up the table as it gives some of their lower scorers an opportunity closer to home to shine.
The picture is similar to the seniors for the Junior Large clubs table with FVO topping the table but MAROC lying in second. MOR have six runs in hand which could allow them to overcome MAROC if they can get their runners out.
Whilst in the Junior small clubs, ELO are at the top of the table and as we said before as they are hosting two of the last five events this might give the edge to hold on to the first spot. RR have potential to gain a few more counting runners as events are relatively local but possibly not enough to challenge.
Looking to the overall individual scores, the juniors are leading the way with James Hammond of FVO in top spot, Finlay McLuckie of MOR climbing after a great run at the weekend into second and Sam Hunt of FVO being knocked down to third. The only senior in the top five being Will Hensman of FVO.
As we near the end of the year your feedback on the structure of the Inter-Club Championships would be appreciated. This is the first year of the competition in this format and are looking to incorporate any learning/ concerns into the structure of next year’s format. Please direct any feedback to either Steve Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org or Nikki Howard at email@example.com before 31st December.
Is the Scottish Junior Inter-area weekend on 3rd/4th September 2022 in your diary? With information going out to clubs soon, it is important that all juniors have the weekend in the diary as it’s a weekend not to be missed!
The review of the Performance Pathway for 16-18 year olds resulted in the creation of 3 Super-Regional squads – North, South and Scotland. Last week the 3 squads met together for the 1st time for a training camp in the Lakes.