Night cup run

THE Deeside Night Cup saw the season’s best night turnout so far of 38 people.

The meet was held in Sluie Woods at Potarch and the December snow had done a good job of flattening the undergrowth in the forest and with the snow now largely melted, the running conditions were as fast as they get.

The courses used the most technically complex sections of the forest and there were few competitors who didn’t make navigational errors.

The Long course of 5km was won by last year’s overall league winner Finlay Langan (Maroc) in just under 50’. This was Finlay’s first win of this season but with a further seven races still to come there are plenty more opportunities to count towards the final results.

Roger Coombs (Maroc) was 2nd, just over 5’ down, with Grampian student Tim Gomersall a further 2’ behind in 3rd.

On the short course Tim’s younger brother Jack ran an excellent race to win in 32’, 3’ ahead of Steve Spencer (Maroc) with Calum McLeod, another Grampian youngster, in 3rd place in 38’. Maroc’s Rhona McMillan also ran an excellent race to finish in 4th place overall and 1st lady.

Eight Maroc juniors have been selected for the 2011 Scottish Junior Orienteering Squad. Abigail Mason and Bronwyn Matthews are joining the squad for the first time along with Finlay Langan, Rhona McMillan, Evelyn Mason, Jessica Mason, Jennifer Ricketts and Frances Wright and who have all been reselected this year. With a total of 28 athletes in the squad the Maroc contingent represents, as usual, an impressive proportion.

In recognition of the high standards of juniors that are now training with the club, Maroc have launched a new club Junior Talent Squad this year for over 15s. The squad aims to provide the opportunity for the club’s top juniors to develop their skills at a higher level and help them to attain personal goals at national and international levels. Nine athletes have been selected for the initial squad: Joshua Dudley, Finlay Langan, Jane Lenton, Evelyn Mason, Jessica Mason, Bronwyn Matthews, Rhona McMillan, Catriona Walker and Frances Wright.

The club held their annual fun Pudding Shaker event on Boxing Day at Dess Woods, organised this year by Andrew McMurtrie. Despite a very cold morning with temperatures well below freezing, 80 brave competitors turned up to take part.

The longest course was won by Evgueni Chepelin (Grampian). 2nd place went to local international athlete Duncan Coombs who had obviously eaten a bit too much pudding and only just managed to hold off his dad, Roger, who finished 3rd (both Maroc). Other courses were won by Calum Coombs, Trevor Ricketts, Sam Povey, Gemma Burnett and Grant McMurtrie (all Maroc).