Scottish Champions!

Recent weeks have seen lots of activity in the orienteering world. At the end of May, several youngsters from Mar Orienteering Club came hot off the plane back from the World Schools Championships in Italy to join other club members at the Scottish Orienteering Championships, near Crieff.

The individual race took place in a tough area combining a mix of thick plantation forest with a more mature complex hillside. The storms of the preceding week had caused windblow and combined with long courses, lead to some long winning times on many of the older junior and senior classes and many competitors found themselves out in the forest for over two hours. Maroc was up for the challenge and four club members were crowned as Scottish Champions (Alistair Chapman M10, Jennifer Ricketts W14, Rhona McMillan W16 and Jon Musgrave M45).

The following day involved a team relay competition in a newly mapped area of park and woodland around Drummond Castle. This had been billed as a fast runnable area, but with more windblow and recent growth in vegetation the courses were once again longer than expected. Maroc achieved three team podium successes with two second places in the junior classes (Jake Chapman / Jo Wright / Jennifer Rickets and Callum Roberts / Rhona McMillan / Frances Wright) and a third place for one of the senior teams in the age handicap classes (Cara McMurtrie / Marjory Craig / Keith Roberts).

Last weekend another double header of competitions took place on the Moray coast with an urban race round the RAF base and streets of Lossiemouth on Saturday and the fourth of the Scottish Orienteering league races held in the sand dunes of Culbin forest on Sunday.

In the urban race, Rhona McMillan was the only class winner from Maroc, taking victory in the Junior Women’s race. Out in the forest on Sunday there were a lot of strong runs from Maroc juniors, with top three placings as follows: Jo Wright (2nd M12), Abigail Mason (1st W14), Rosie Getliff (2nd W14), Bronwyn Matthews (2nd W16), Catriona Walker (3rd W16), Joshua Dudley (2nd M16), Jessica Mason (2nd W18) and Finlay Langan (2nd M18). A record 9 juniors from the club have been selected to compete for Scotland at the Junior Inter-Regional Championships in the Lake District at the beginning of July.