MAROC members in Moray for Scottish Night Championships

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This weekend runners from Mar Orienteering Club headed to Moray for a two-day competition kicking off with the Scottish Night Orienteering Championships held at Darnaway Estate, Forres.

Joe Wright (M18) and Eilidh Campbell (W16), Banchory, and Matthew Gooch (M16) of Aboyne showed great form, picking up the championship trophies in their categories.

Other Maroc successes were Drew Tivendale (1st M45L), Alistair Chapman (2nd M16), Josh Dudley (2nd M21L), Jake Chapman (3rd M18) and Abi Mason (3rd W18).

On Sunday, sunny Lossiemouth was the venue of the Scottish Sprint Championships held over two Sprint races and made particularly competitive with GB Talent Squad athletes taking part while training on Speyside.

Making it a double for the weekend, Banchory Academy pupil Eilidh Campbell clinched the W16 trophy with convincing wins in both races. The M16 title was won by Edinburgh’s Peter Molloy however Maroc boys took second, third and fourth places as Alistair Chapman, Matthew Gooch and Luke Graham were close behind. In the men’s open, Joe Wright had great performances in both races in his M18 age group.

Several local juniors also took part in a North Area Juniors training day alongside members of Moray, Inverness and Badenoch & Strathspey clubs in preparation for the hotly-contested Scottish Inter Area Championships later in the year. The training took place in beautiful Culbin forest and was lead by GB orienteers Jess and James Tullie. Jess recently won the Women’s race in the OMM held at Glentrool as shown on this weeks BBC2 Adventure Show.

This year’s orienteering season is now well underway with several members travelling to the Lakes next weekend to compete in the Northern Night and Orienteering Championships followed by the Midlands Championships in Warwickshire in March. The JK Easter Festival is always popular with Maroc families, this year taking place in Sussex and not forgetting the Banchory and Aboyne Academy teams heading to the World Schools Orienteering Championships in Palermo, Italy in April.

In between, preparations are on track for the Scottish 6 Days Orienteering Festival in Royal Deeside from July 30 to August 5. Over 1800 entries have been received so far from all corners of the globe.