Over the Easter weekend almost 40 members of Mar Orienteering Club (MAROC) joined almost 3000 other orienteerers in packing up their cars with running shoes, compasses, club strips and of course, plenty of Easter eggs, to head down to the Chilterns in Southern England.
Over the weekend there were four races, starting with a spring race round Reading University on Good Friday.
MAROC began with a successful start when two juniors climbed onto the top of the podium - Jennifer Ricketts in the girls under 16 category and Alistair Chapman in the men’s under 12.
As well as that success, Jake Chapman graced the podium in third place in the under 14s and finishing in second place in the women’s age 18 elite class was Rhona McMillan.
On the Saturday, the race venue was in the chalky Chilterns, with kites flying above. It was described as fast and furious racing, with little undergrowth to slow runners down.
Saturday’s race was combined with Sunday’s to give the overall winners of the orienteering festival. Overnight it was looking good for Alistair Chapman, Abigail Mason, Jennifer Ricketts, Rhona McMillan and Helen Palmer, but the unpredictability of orienteering meant it was all to play for.
The star of the day was Jennifer who, by winning both days, secured a clear victory in her class. Unfortunately Alistair Chapman made two mistakes dropping to 4th in the overall standings. Rhona McMillan gave a strong performance, showing she’s put in a good winter’s training by finishing in 2nd overall and new signing, Helen Palmer made the podium in the women’s elite classification.
Monday morning arrived, and with it the last day of racing and MAROC were out to do battle in the team relay events. The juniors gave the club the most excitement, with the youngest boys racing head-to-head to get onto the podium. The best result of the day came from the Junior boys Joseph Wright, Alistair Chapman and Jake Chapman, with a finishing result of 4th.
MAROC had a very successful weekend and are now back in training before the British and Scottish Championships in the next couple of months.