eNews, November 2018

Posted: Thu 15 Nov 2018

Even although the days are becoming shorter and the weather cooler, there is still loads going on in the orienteering world!

The items below are in no particular order so please read through them all, there could be something of interest to you or you might think ‘I could offer to do that”, ‘I know who could do that’.

  1. Saturday 2nd December: a reminder about the Club champs and AGM. Details for the club champs with the AGM details club champs are free to club members!
  2. Planning for Northern Night Cup Round 2 at Loch Vaa N is well under way. Soup / Alba chocolates available for purchase after your run; further details will be added to the website as they become known.
    Remember to pre-enter the series of events for the NNC through SIEntries. This helps the volunteers on the night and you will not have to fill out a registration form in the dark / wet / cold and then queue to pay etc.
  3. BASOC grant application/s for finance.
    As a club we are in need of funds to do a variety of things which will help us to develop. The main area we require funding for is to update existing maps e.g. Nethy, Beachen, Glen Gynack. We also need to increase our stock of orienteering kites (and chuck out old faded ones!) and keep the SI electronic equipment up to date. Finally we want to take orienteering more out into the community and have a project outline for this; funding would help with fliers, venue hire, map printing etc. for this project.
    A small working group is being formed to take the grant application forward. At the moment there are a couple of volunteers who are willing to help BUT a working group leader is required. Are YOU willing to do this? Please contact Lynne for more details and to show interest.
  4. Tuesday=O will continue to happen throughout November, December, January . . . The BASOC website has details of where and what for each week. Please let Hilary Q know if there is any particular training you would like to have OR if you are prepared to host a Tuesday.
  5. I would like to welcome a new member to the club – Rob Hickling has joined BASOC. Rob has many years experience as an orienteer and he is also an experienced planner and controller. Recently he has been a member of GRAMP but a move to Edinburgh has meant a move of club; as Rob also lives at Insh he has decided to join BASOC. Welcome and we look forward to seeing you in the area and also running in BASOC colours in 2019.
  6. British Orienteering membership emails will have dropped into your Inbox. Please do try and renew promptly as it is easy to forget with a busy time of year coming up. Then 2019 comes along and you are no longer a member of BASOC, Scottish Orienteering and British Orienteering. If you are a Scottish Orienteering & BASOC member then there will be a reminder for renewal coming soon. The prize for fastest renewal from BASOC goes to Donald McCarthy – thank you Donald for the fast renewal!
    Information about how to renew your British Orienteering membership:
    “Renew your British Orienteering membership now for 2019
    If you have set up a direct debit you don't need to do anything. The best way to renew is online. To renew please go to the British Orienteering website (www.britishorienteering.org.uk) and click the 'Log in' button at the top right-hand side of the screen. If you have forgotten your password click on the 'Forgotten Password' link or contact National Office on 01629 583037. Then click on 'My Settings' button on the left-hand side of the screen. If you prefer you can always pay by cheque or give us a call.”
  7. CompassSport Cup / Trophy qualifying round 2019: a message from our club captain.
    Hi BASOC Members
    Next year’s CompassSport heat is being held at Doon Hill and Fairy Knowe in Aberfoyle on Sunday 17th March. If you are interested in going could you please get back to me at . Options are either going down on Saturday 16th with someone organising some training for enroute, and then possibly staying at Stirling youth hostel (or some other budget accommodation). Or we all just go down on the Sunday.
    Look forward to your replies and another exciting year of orienteering.
    Ann McGougan
    Your Captain
  8. BASOC Equipment store: thanks to all who have helped this project get to the stage we are at just now – a built waterproof shed! The next thing is which is happening is to work out how the space is best used for the storage of the BASOC equipment, put the shelving etc. up and then move from the old store to the new one.
  9. There are other events happening locally – Saturday 17th November Moravian have an event from Logie Steading (near Forres)
    while INVOC have a Regional event at Loch of Boath (near Cawdor) on Sunday 25th November. https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?elid=Y&event_id=5014
    There is also the Scottish Score Champs at Elibank (Walkerburn, Scottish Borders) on 25th November.
    Keep an eye on the Moravian and INVOC websites for details of future events.
  10. From Ben Brown, asking for help with regard to some research he is doing. Please complete the survey if at all possible to support him.
    My name is Ben, I am a member of ESOC and I am currently studying Advanced Higher Computing. For my assignment I have to develop a piece of software, I have chosen to create a website which will calculate and display the results of a series of Orienteering events. As part of the process I have to research what people would like from the software and what solutions currently exists and their pros and cons.
    As part of this research I have created a survey to see what people think of current systems so I would be very grateful if you could send the survey out to your members as the more data I can get the better my research section of my assignment can be. The survey is available at https://tinyurl.com/OrienteeringLeagueSurvey and a message is below. No personal data is collected in the survey and the data will only be used for my assignment.
    If you have any questions or issues please feel free to contact me at

Published by Lynne Walker