eNews, February 2018
There is a lot taking place over the next few weeks and months - make a note of dates in your diary so that you do not miss any orienteering opportunities!
First of all, thank you to all who have renewed their membership of the club, Scottish Orienteering and some who have also taken out British Orienteering membership. Jane (Cox) will be in touch if you have forgotten. Please do consider joining, as a minimum, the club and Scottish Orienteering, it does help to support the development of our sport.
Membership info here on the BASOC website
Dates for your diaries, please make a note!
Tuesday 27th February: There will be a Strength & Conditioning session for all at Kincraig Community Hall, I survived last week so can vouch for the fact that all can take part. After this, along with some soup & bread, Hilary (Quick) and Lynne will lead a discussion around "What training would you like on Tuesday = O?". Be there to make your voice heard!
Tuesday 6th, 20th & 27th March: Hilary is devising a series of 'Readjust to DayO'; for these the base will be the car park beside the Community Hall at Boat of Garten, using the north end of the Loch Vaa map (which was also used recently for the successful event planned & organised by Gemma). This will be an excellent opportunity to start working on those navigation skills.
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March: some are heading to Stirling to take part in the Scottish Sprint Champs and the CompassSport Cup. If you are going, have you entered yet? Please do enter straight away!!
Tuesday 13th March: are you 16 years or over? If so there is an opportunity to know more about 'Safeguarding & Protecting Children', 6:30pm to 9:30pm at Grantown Grammar School. The club will cover the cost of your attendance (£15 each) as we feel that the more people who have knowledge of this topic the better prepared we all are. If you would like to attend then please let Lynne know by Friday 2nd March. I (Lynne) attended an update in September and found it to be an interesting and interactive course, thoroughly recommended.
If you are not going to the Safeguarding course, have a look on the website to find out what training will be available that evening.
Tuesday 3rd, 10th & 17th April: to be decided, look on the website for details.
Tuesday 24th April: the first of 5 sessions to prepare BASOC members for the British Champs (Balmoral, 19th & 20th May) and the Scottish Champs (near Cawdor & Burghead, 26th & 27th May). More details will be on the website soon.
Tuesday 1st, 8th & 15th May: did you come along to the 'family' sessions in the last couple of years? If so, come along to these sessions to remind yourself about orienteering skills and learn some new ones. More details will follow in the next BASOC eNews. After refreshing your skills you could come along to the British & Scottish Champs, entering a colour-coded course. Another couple of events are mentioned below.
Tuesday 29th May, 5th, 12th & 19th June: over these 4 Tuesdays, a practical introduction to 'equip competent orienteers with skills and understanding which will allow them to give an effective introduction to orienteering'. Come along and learn more about this - it will also improve your own orienteering, guaranteed!
Saturday 9th June: Moray & Highland Junior Champs. BASOC are hosting this, the area will be Anagach west at Grantown.
Sunday 17th June: Jamie Stevenson Trophy. This is an event for juniors only. All who have been in the past have found it to be a great experience. This year it will be held on Royal Deeside (exact area to be confirmed).
Volunteer posts available
Details regarding the volunteer roles, post holders and vacancies will shortly be on the club website. At the moment we are looking for the following:
Events coordinator, Mapping coordinator, Schools liaison, Volunteer coordinator, WOLF coordinator for 2019. If you are interested in any of these then please contact Lynne.
Jo Cumming has taken on the role of coordinating club clothing (hoodies, T shirts, O tops, O jackets). If you are interested in any BASOC clothing then please contact Jo.
Many think that orienteers are a bit 'weird'. How about accepting this as your 2018 challenge? On Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th August The STARMAN Night Triathlon is a mid-distance triathlon that starts with a 1.2 mile swim at midnight in Loch Morlich, followed by a 56 mile cycle on Speyside roads and ending with a half marathon over Cairn Gorm and Meall a’ Bhuachaille as the sun rises. It is a unique, wild triathlon under the stars.
The inaugural event took place in August 2017 and was a great success with participants giving fantastic feedback - please check the reviews on Facebook: www.facebook.com/STARMANTRI
You can enter SOLO and take on the whole challenge or you can enter a RELAY TEAM and share the load with others.
The Early bird is currently being extended for a 2-week period ending on Sunday 4th March: simply use the code EARLYBIRDSPECIAL when registering and you’ll get £15 off the entry fee. Check out the website here: www.starmannighttri.com
Let us know if you are interested - maybe solo (doing it all yourself) or as part of a team (Hilary Q is an open water swimmer, who would cycle and who would run?)
Well done in reading this far! More news to follow in a couple of weeks after the next committee meeting.
Chair: Lynne Walker