BASOC eNews November 2020

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Kat Long JSR
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Posted: Fri 6 Nov 2020

AGM news, training, events and other delights for you!

1. BASOC AGM & Club Champs

Here are the up to date details about the AGM & Club Champs from Gemma.
The AGM will take place at 3pm on Sunday 6th December. PDF of the agenda. We will be using Zoom. The details have been sent out in the November eNews to BASOC members. Alternatively email Gemma (BASOC Chair) to get them.

The club champs will take place in the morning, provided the Covid situation doesn't prevent us having it. I'm waiting on permission before announcing the area. It will have a different format to previous years to avoid a mass start. Start blocks will be from 10:30am. As in previous years, entry will be free to members. Please enter online - entries will open as soon as we have the area confirmed.

Even if you can't make the club champs, please try to attend the AGM. I'm sorry to push it back as late as 3pm. It's difficult to know how long the club champs will take this year, with spread out start times and everyone needing time to travel home afterwards. I look forward to seeing you there.

2. Tuesday=DarkO

Tuesday Maprun continues for November. Reports from those who tried this on 3rd November were very positive. Aviemore N is 10th November before we move to a mixture of urban (Kincraig), open (beside Loch Insh) and woodland (Dunachton) for the 17th & 24th November.

Hilary Q is doing something in a forest for December and January, not yet decided where, so:
Tuesday training in December will be in a forest again, weather and Covid permitting. Please continue to check the website.

3. MORAVIAN events

BASOC are welcome to enter MOR events.
On Saturday 31st October Clare, Alice & Lynne enjoyed a run around Roseisle West on a ‘Light’ Green course. Some genuine TD4 competitors might have struggled with this course at times but it was worthy challenge for the rest of us.
Future MOR events:

Keep an eye on the MOR website for pre-entry via SIEntries.

4. Scottish Score Championships cancelled

ESOC regrets to announce that the Scottish Score Championships at Dalkeith Country Park on 22nd November 2020 will not now take place. The current travel restrictions clearly make it impossible for all eligible competitors to come to Dalkeith, so the concept of a Scottish Championships is unviable. Every effort will be made to hold the event at a future date when this becomes possible.

5. Lockdown O is back – as Orienteering Unlocked.

We're back! With a new name and a new competition. As winter is approaching and mini lockdowns are still taking place we've decided organising more competitions could provide some fun!

World Champs 1999 - Wednesday 11th to Sunday 15th November. We'll be going back in time to the Highlands of Scotland to sample the maps, look back at what happened in the races and chat to people who were there. More info on our new website.
The best of Lockdown Orienteering / Orienteering Unlocked 2020 - Christmas / End of December. More info end of November.

6. Spirit Autobiography – call for sporting stories

Spirit of the Highlands - an initiative specifically designed to help boost tourism and economic growth throughout the Highland area by promoting its culture and heritage. One of the project’s aims is to create an ‘Autobiography of the Highlands’, a unique collection of stories held in a digital archive, all told by the people who live, work and visit here. We’re looking for stories behind the headlines of history, stories about people you might hear at a ceilidh: the uncle who worked on the hydro schemes; the sister that set up the local fèis, the niece that kayaked the Great Glen in record time.

The call for these stories is now live, and people across the world are being invited to share them. Find out more through this short video narrated by Julie Fowlis (with a couple of short statements by Megan Keith, INVOC!).
The closing date for submission of these stories is November 30th 2020.
We’ll leave you with this thought:
We live in an extraordinary part of the world, rich in stories that make us laugh, cry or gasp in wonder. Stories that inspire and thrill us, that make us think and imagine, or sing and dance.
Whichever part of the Highlands we live in, these stories and legends reflect who we are and how we lived our lives in the past, how we live them now and how we might live them in the future.