Despite snowy weather on Deeside and road closures across the hills, Maroc members turned out in force to represent the club in the Scottish round of the orienteering inter-club Compass Sport Cup competition at Faskally by Pitlochry.
As one of only three “large” clubs in Scotland, Maroc were up against Edinburgh Southern and neighbouring Grampian orienteering clubs.
Members scored points for the club according to their finish position in classes of different lengths and technical difficulty according to their age classes, with the top 25 scorers for each club counting towards the overall total.
Although covering only a small area, the forest at Faskally provided good technical and physical challenges for all runners through some tough rocky and hilly terrain.
Three Maroc members scored maximum points for the club: Rosie Getliff on the junior girls’ course, Ewan McMillan on the junior boy’s course and Andy Tivendale on the super veteran men’s course.
Overall the club scored well, but were just pipped into second place by Edinburgh Southern, who managed to turn out more runners in the super veteran classes.
This week the final round of the Deeside Night Cup competition will be held at Crathes.
With 8 from 12 races scoring towards overall league positions, top placings in the competition are already fairly clear.
Visitor and elite competitor Chris Smithard, who has been training in Deeside over the winter, already has maximum points on the Night Cup Long course, having won 9 out of the 11 races so far. Veteran Jon Musgrave (Maroc) appears to have just held off Ali Robertson (Gramp) to take 2nd and 3rd places respectively. On the shorter Mini Night Cup course, 14-year old Sasha Chepelin (Gramp) will be a clear winner. 2nd place looks to go to David Kirk (Gramp) with Ross McMurtrie (Maroc) likely to take 3rd.