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It's Schools Festivals Season again

Moray's Active Schools team is once again organizing a series of schools events that is set to culminate on 5th October with the Moray Schools Festival at Gordonstoun - the event's 10th anniversary.

Lil Kenyon has taken over as Moravian's Schools Liaison person and she's co-ordinating the club's support. There will be 5 mini festivals which are designed to help schools prepare for Gordonstoun, plus the big Gordonstoun event . Some of these will be quite informal, while others, such as Forres and Elgin where there are some very strong orienteering schools, will be quite slick affairs with computer timing, just like our own club events.

The dates and venues are as follows:

28th August Aberlour
18th September Fochabers
20th September Elgin
21st September Lossiemouth/Roseisle
26th September Forres
5th October the big series final Gordonstoun

All these events are in the mornings. If you can spare some time to help, please let Lil know by completing her Doodle Poll

It would be great if parents of Moravian juniors associated with the participating schools could manage to attend, but any club member who can offer some help will be warmly welcomed by the Active Schools team.

Club Champs and Next Event

92 Moravians took part in what's been hailed as the best club champs ever. Masterminded by Alan Halliday the "Score" format proved a big hit, with everyone following the rules and nobody getting in to minus figures. You can see the full handicap results for each of the categories here
 

"We had great fun though we had no idea how different it would be today!" was a comment on Facebook from one of our newer members while others said "Thankyou for a brilliant time. We all really enjoyed ourselves. Loved the score format great fun."

So there should be no shortage of runners, from this club at least, when we host the Scottish Score Champs at Quarrelwood in November.

Huge thanks to Alan for the obvious time, effort and attention to detail that so clearly went in to today.

The next event is next Sunday (27th) at Nairn East Beach. Although it's being organized by INVOC it counts for our Saturday League so there will be plenty of Moravians there. We'll be hard pushed to beat last year's turnout of 100 from the club, but after today you never know. You can enter up to Frday 25th on SIEntries, or enter on the day, altough it does help the organizers enormously if you pre-enter. Enter here

Could you be the new Public Face of Moravian Orienteers?

We're looking for people to assist Suzanne with publicity for the club.

 

Mike Rodgers took on the self-appointed role of Moravian Publicity Person around 10 years ago when the club was under threat of extinction due to dwindling numbers. Mike is taking a break from the role so we're on the lookout for people who'd like to help keep the club in the public eye, and ensure continued recognition for the many achievements of our members. Suzanne Lynch-McKay has taken on the lead publicity role, especially with our Facebook page and event promotion, and it would be great to form a publicity team to share the workload. Could you help to make a difference?

In the beginning, most of our publicity was through the local press - weekly newspapers including the Nairnshre Telegraph, Northern Scot, Forres Gazette and Banffshire Herald have all featured orienteering stories for many years, while the Press & Journal have covered some of the bigger stories. Thanks to some terrific colourful imagery, much of it supplied by Chris Spencer, readers have seen orienteering portrayed as a vibrant, fun sport enjoyed by young and old. Few people in the area aren't aware that an orientering club exists in Moray. 

As time moved on, social media became much more important. Readership of the local papers reduced as many got their news fix on line. Mike, although he insists he's very much an amateur and still doesn't own a smart phone, was the driving force behind our presence on Facebook and Twitter which is now contributed to by a great many people in the club. But rather than making the job easier, it doubled the workload! Social media is only going to get more important as the years go by, so anyone with great skills in that department would be a perfect fit for the role.

One of the best things about the role, according to Mike, is that you soon become very familiar with most people in the club, and very tuned in to what's happening. So the role would suit anyone who is sociable and enjoys getting to know people - how great an orienteer you are is irrelevant. Some flair for creative writing also helps, but this tends to be something you pick up as you go along. An increasingly important part of the role is connecting with groups, clubs and people outside orienteering, which means keeping a good eye out on social media and in the local press for relevant opportunities.

In summary, the main aspects to the role of publicity officer are listed below. The good news is that all of it is no more than "nice to do" so it doesn't carry with it the pressure that some club roles do. We are such a big club now that we don't need to attract new members to survive, so all publicity we get is a bonus rather than a necessity.

If you're interested, speak to Suzanne - or you'll have no trouble getting hold of her via Facebook!

 

The lead publicity officer ensures that someone (ie not necessarily you).......

 - writes regular articles for the local press

 - lisises with event organizers regarding event publicity

 - submits timely info about events to local "what's on" listings"
 - keeps the web site updated with regular news stories. Always try to keep something interesting and current on the front page.
 - submits publicity items to the weekly TuesNews
 - keeps the public facebook page supplied with club news that might be of interest to the wider public, including monitoring wider social media to engage with other clubs/agencies (sharing stories, interacting with posts etc).

 - runs paid event promotions on Facebook.

 - and does anything publicity-wise that's not been thought of before.

 

Club Champs - Roseisle Sat 19th Aug

Members should by now have registered their interest if they are doing the Club Champs on the 19th. Well over 100 people are registered with other helping out (more than half of our entire membership). Alan needs to know who's coming so maps etc can be prepared - quite a job he has on too. Event details including the link to sign-ups are here.

Remember to bring something for our annual club picnic which will include the AGM at approx 1pm. Details on this will be sent out to all members via the weekly Tues News members' newsletter on 15th Aug.

Our Week at the Scottish 6 Days

This blog has been updated each day and provides a summary of how we got on at the Scottish 6 Days last week, including results, photos and those terrific Poppycock films. An even quicker summary can be seen in this "how did we all do?" table. Members can leave comments by clicking the "comment" link at the bottom. Please let us all know what you thought of the 6 Days - it might just persuade a few others to make holiday plans for 2019. Well done to all who took part, and special thanks to the many who helped to stage Day 5 - see the comments from our Acting Chairman further down

We were delighted to see a few of our newer members dipping their toes in to a big summer orienteering festival for the first time. We hope that this will have given you an exciting flavour in to just how much fun, and how suitable for beginners, the bigger events in our sport are.

There were no fewer than 14 Moravian top 10 finishes on Day 1, a day of lovely sunshine and a lovely area at Glen Tanar. That was followed on Day 2 (an equally sunny Balfour) by another 14 top 10s, with Isobel claiming her second win in 2 days. Isobel needs to explain to the rest of us mortals how it's possible to make a 6-minute mistake and still beat everyone else.

Day 3 was at Birsemore Hill, next to the Day 2 area and using the same car parking and assembly areas. We had 15 top-10 places today, although some found it hard going. Scottish orienteering at its toughest!

Pride of place has to go to Hannah Kingham who was just 2 seconds off a win in W14A, beaten only by the current series leader. They had the exact same time at the final control but reigning Brtish Champion Rachel Brown (ESOC) was just that bit faster down the run-in. A fine run too from Dave Weir whose 2nd place on M55L pulled him up to overall 5th in this exceptionally-competitive class of hardened veterans. There have been several good runs from people who never quite made the top 10, and bear in mind that on the Long/A classes there are most of the best orienteers in the land as opposition. Enjoy the rest day folks, and if you're doing the urban event in Ballater, enjoy the smooth surface!

On the euphemistically named "rest day" 588 runners, including several Moravians, couldn't resist the lure of the Urban Sprint Race round the streets, nooks and crannies of Ballater. Normally they'd be scaring the tourists but given the fact that most of the tourists were probably orienteers they'll have had to settle for worrying the locals. Well done again to Isobel for her third win of the week!

You just can't beat consistency. On  Day 4 at Creag Choinnich by Braemar we once again had 15 top tens, and the seniors outdid the juniors for a change. Signs of stamina starting to show through perchance? It was nice to see the Turners, one of our newer families from Aberlour, making it down for the day where Fergus and Patrick tackled the Yellow very succesfully. Not having been there, I'm finding it hard to call the performance of the day but Donald Grassie's 4th place on M60S must come close considering there were 51 runners. Of course, we could be celebrating Oonagh Grassie's win on the female equivalent course, but how could we possibly acknowledge someone running for GRAMP (which is of course Oonagh's 1st club). At least Donald has the good taste to run in Moravian colours, but in the spirit of tact and diplomacy who can argue with husband and wife running for different rival clubs?  One thing that most certainly was worth celebrating was our oldest competitor here at the 6 Days reaching his 75th birthday. Derek McNeil marked the occasion by mispunching on M75L to stop him getting his best result of the week so far!

Day 5 was our organizing day. It's not easy running after a long stint on your feet, so our 13 top 10 places were a fair return. An excellent run from Mairi today to claim 4th on W16A.  Roo, our acting Chair said "What an amazing bunch of volunteers you were! Thank you all so much for your help in putting on an outstanding event at Glen Feardar on Day 5 of Scottish 6 Days. You presented the event and the club at its very best and can all be incredibly proud." Hard to argue with that.

Normal service was resumed on Day 6 when we were back to 15 in the top 10. There was much to play for, as some of our top performers were in with a shout for an overall podium place (see below). It can be tough on the final day as accumulated fatigue plays a factor - some seem to thrive on it while others are just hanging in there! But for everyone, whichever end of the results table they finished at, it's been a wonderful week of cameraderie, fresh air and exercise in the most stunning surroundings. Here's to the next one in 2019, and of course we can all return to Rotal Deeside next May for the Brtish Championships which will be a wonderful opportunity for our juniors in particular - especially our legendary junior relay teams!

The overall championship standings are based on each individual's best 4 runs on the week and are included in the highlights below. In the final standings we had 1 class winner (Isobel Howard W12A), 1 second place (Kate McLuckie W10A), 1 third place (Finlay McLuckie M10A), 2 fourth places (Pippa Weir W50S, Katy McNeil W45S). Hannah Kingham was 6th on W14A and Kirsty McArthur 7th on W21S. 

Day 1 Highlights:

1st: Kate McLuckie (W10A), Isobel Howard (W12A), Katy McNeil (W45S)
2nd: Finlay McLuckie (M10A), Faith Kenyon (W12A), Pippa Weir (W50S)
5th: Alana Coutts (W10A)
6th: Sophie Howard (W10A)
7th: Hannah Kingham (W14A), Josh Britain (M14B)
8th: Mairi Weir (W16A)
9th: Kirsty McArthur (W21S)
10th: Hannah Wiseman (White), Dave Weir (M55L)

Results Day 1

Film Highlights Day 1

Photo Gallery Day 1 (Wendy Carlyle)

 

Day 2 Highlights:

1st: Finlay McLuckie (M10A), Isobel Howard (W12A)
3rd: Kate McLuckie (W10A)
4th: Scarlett Britain (W10A)
6th: Alan Halliday (M60S), Faith Kenyon (W12A), Pippa Weir (W50S)
7th: Katy McNeil (W45S)
8th: Alana Coutts (W10A), Hannah Kingham (W14A)
9th: Paul Coutts (M45S), Dave Weir (M55L), Penelope Smirthwaite (W55S), Josh Britain (M14B)

Results Day 2

Film Highlights Day 2

Photo Gallery Day 2 (Steve Rush - BOC - most Moravians are on pages 6-8)

Overall standings for the week (after 2 events)

 

Day 3 Highlights:

2nd - Dave Weir (M55L), Kate McLuckie (W10A), Isobel Howard (W12A), Hannah Kingham (W14A)
3rd - Finlay McLuckie (M10A), Andrew Barr (Green), Nick Barr (Lt Green)
4th - Katy McNeil (W45S), Pippa Weir (W50S)
5th - Donald Grassie (M60S)
7th - Hannah Wiseman (W10B)
8th - Josh Britain (M14B)
9th - Faith Kenyon (W12A)
10th - Scarlett Britain (W10A), Eva Wiseman (W12A)

Results Day 3

Film Highlights Day 3 (not on You Tube yet so you'll need to find it on the Facebook page the link points to)

Day 3 Photo Gallery (Wendy Carlyle)

Overall standings for the week (after 3 events)

 

Urban Race (Rest Day) Highlights:

1st - Isobel Howard (Young Junior Women 12-)
5th - Kate McLuckie (Young Junior Women 12-)
4th - Mairi Weir (W16-), Jon Hollingdale (M40+)
8th - Jane Halliday (W55+)

And a special mention to our only runner in the open class - Kirsty McArthur 23rd/53.

Urban Results

 

Day 4 Highlights:

2nd - Kate McLuckie (W10A)

4th - Elizabeth Furness (W60S), Finlay McLuckie (M10A), Donald Grassie (M60S), Penelope Smirthwaite (W55S), Nick Barr (Light Green)

5th - Isobel Howard (W12A)

7th - Hannah Kingham (W14A), Kirsty McArthur (W21S), Katy McNeil (W45S), Pippa Weir (W50S)

8th - Carole Chapman (W55S)

9th - Faith Kenyon (W12A)

10th - Alan Coutts (W10A), Jane Halliday (W55L)

Results Day 4

Day 4 Photo Gallery (Wendy Carlyle)

Film Highlights Day 4

Overall standings for the week (after 4 events)

 

Day 5 Highlights:

3rd - Finlay McLuckie (M10A), Kate McLuckie (W10A), Faith Kenyon (W12A)

4th - Alana Coutts (W10A), Isobel Howard (W12A), Mairi Weir (W16A), Kirsty McArthur (W21S)

6th - Katy McNeil (W45S), Penelope Smirthwaite (W55S)

7th - Dave Weir (M55L), Hannah Kingham (W14A), Josh Britain (M14B)

9th - Scarlett Britain (W10A), Jane Halliday (W55L)

 

Results Day 5

Film Highlights Day 5

Overall standings for the week (after 5 events)
Day 5 Photo Gallery (Steve Rush)

Day 5 Photo Gallery (Wendy Carlyle)

 

Day 6 Highlights:

1st - Kate McLuckie (W10A)
3rd - Isobel Howard (W12A)

5th - Anna Howard (W10B), Penelope Smirthwaite (W55S), Elizabeth Furness (W60S)

6th - Hannah Kingham (W14A), Kirsty McArthur (W21S), KatyMcNeil (W45S)

7th - Josh Britain (M14B), Derek McNeil (M75S), Faith Kenyon (W12A)
9th - Finlay McLuckie (M10A), Alana Coutts (W10A)
10th - Scarlett Britain (W10A), Hannah Wiseman (W10B)

Day 6 Results

Final Overall standings

Mike's report on the final results

Club Get Together During 6 Days (Monday 31 July)

If you've not seen the thread on our Facebook Members Chat Group, here's the info from Ali on Monday's social at the 6 Days:

All things considered I'm proposing Monday (Day 2) as the best day and a BBQ as easiest to have lots of us at. We have quite a large grill to fit lots of food on... but probably not all so bring your own if you want (ours is a grill we can put over a pit dug in the riverbank). And your own food, drink etc too! Aboyne has a co-op. See you on the northern bank of the Dee (really is Deeside!) in Aboyne at NO 516 976 from about 4pm. Go down Rhu-na-haven Road (Rhu-na-haven house marked on OS map). Park on road or the track leading to river. I'll show you on a map before then if you want. Swimming (washing?) on site!

Several members are planning on attendind the 6 Days ceilidh on the Tuesday night. Get your tickets in advance if you're going to this as it's usually a sellout. 

Whatever you get up to during the 6 Days, have a great week!

(11th July) Opportunities to Train with GB Junior Squads

The Junior Regional Squad Training Camp based at Lagganlia will be training in Culbin (25th July) and Roseisle (27th July). Moravian members are invited to participate in the training which is expected to run from 0930-1530 each day.

The youngsters are M/W14s and the training will be at a level appropriate for that age category. It's ideal for juniors who are confident at Orange, moving to Light Green and above, as well as less experienced adults. You can read more about the camp HERE

(update 24/7/17) The Survey Monkey for people to request to take part is now closed. If you would like to take part in either or both days, but haven't signed up, you can still turn up in the hope of gatting a map, but please do not assume there will be a place for you. Also make sure you take a packed lunch with you on the day. 

(30th June) 6 Days Training Mapped out as WOC2017 gets Under Way

Today was the opening race of the 2017 World Championships in Estonia. All 6 British runners qualified in the sprint-distance heats for Saturday's final. GBR have an exciting sprint squad so the sprint relay on Sunday could be very thrilling indeed.

If you'd like to follow WOC, the WOC2017 web site is excellent, with live updates as things happen, and free TV coverage from 1200 the day after each race. There is also pay-per-view TV for live coverage of every race - ideal for anyone laid up in bed!

As WOC gets under way, the pre-entries for the Scottish 6 Days are about to close - midnight on the 30th to be precise. We have 60 Moravians entered from just under 3,000 total entries, despite a couple of unfortunate withdrawals due to injury. This makes us one of the best-represented clubs in the event, although Forth Valley seem to have the prize for most runners among the Scottish clubs - exactly 100 with local club MAROC just 10 behind. As anticipation for this massive event builds, our secretary, Ali Wiseman, has set up two training sessions on the next 2 Wednesdays to help everyone get in shape, and we hear that there will be controls out in Culbin during the week leading up to the 6 Days, left out for us by the GB Talent Squad who will be around here doing some training. More details on that as soon as we know for sure.

 

Do come and take part - these sessions are being put on because of demand from members for more training and coaching. If they are well supported it will provide more incentive for others to put on more sessions. There is a sign-up link in the "event details" in our fixtures section for each session.

(25th June) Moravian Come 2nd in the Jamie Stevenson Trophy- Our Best Ever Result

Our juniors acheved the club's best-ever result in the Jamie Stevenson Trophy last Sunday. 

 

25 youngsters plus their supporter's club (the 2nd biggest team behind MAROC) made the trip to Perth and despite tying on points, managed to pip FVO for third on the strength of having the highest-placed 7th runner. Ordinarily, just the best 6 runs count for the team, but after tying with FVO on 588 points a piece, it turned out we had two other runners scoring 96 pts to outdo the Forth Valley team. Their best-scoring 7th runner had 93 points.

But there was no stopping MAROC who have won this event goodness nows how many years on the trot. They won by a clear 8 points so we have to hand it to them and say "well done". That said, most of our success was at the younger end while the majority of MAROC's points came at the older end, so this bodes very well for the future.Next year maybe?

We were celebrating in more ways than one, as Faith Kenyon had her birthday complete with a fantastic cake in the shape and colours of a Moravian running top! Class! You can see it on Facebook.

Our 6 scorers were:
Isobel Howard 100 pts (winner girls orange)

Kate McLuckie 99 pts (2nd girls yellow)

Hannah Kingham 99 pts (2nd girls light green)

Finlay McLuckie 98 pts (3rd boys yellow)

Michel Bishenden 96 pts (5th boys yellow)
Ida Oikkonen 96 pts (5th girls orange)
 

Scarlett Britain (5th Girls Yellow) and Carrie Brown (5th Girls Light Green) also scored 96 and could have counted as our 5th and 6th scorers (or been the 7th runner tie-breaker).

1. MAROC 596
2. MOR 588
3. FVO 588
4. Interlopers (Edinburgh) 583
5. INVOC 567
6. ECKO 555 (Loch Eck - Oban)
7. BASOC 555
8. ESOC (Edinbburgh Southern) 551
9. ELO (East Lothian) 536
10. TAY 365
11. GRAMP 187

12. SOLWAY 165

Full results are avaiable HERE and as usual there are tons of photos/comments (incuding Faith's amazing cake) on our Facebook Members' Group

(20th June) Wednesday Evening Club Activities

We're starting an exciting new venture of club evening activities, at least once a month, or whenever suits the activity organiser.  They will involve a variety of activities including formal coaching, physical training and social events, or a mixture of all.  We've chosen Wednesday so they fit in alongside the winter night events, Steve's training and Moray Forest Runs. Some outside, some inside, some for adults only, others aimed at families or everyone.
 
The first one is planned for the 28th June- 'Mental Strategies' and the next for the week after- terrain training- see 'Events' for details.
 
Do you have an idea for an activity and /or would you like to plan an one?  It may be that you have a particular skill you could share, or just want to get better at something and would like other people to join you (as with the terrain training one which Ali has planned because she really needs the practice).  If you have an idea, get in touch with Ali Wiseman or Roo Hornby.
 
Ali Wiseman
Club Secretary

 

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