EckO Autumn Newsletter 2023

Posted: Sun 27 Aug 2023

Lots of news and dates for your diaries.

Lots of news and dates for your diaries.


The schedule of events can be found on the EckO website. It is intended to hold a local orienteering event on the first Sunday of every month. The first event is at Ganavan/ Dunollie on Sunday 3rd September. All details will be found on the website soon. This event is suitable for all orienteers from beginners to the more experienced orienteer.

Scottish 6 Days - Moray 2023

Over 20 EckO members had great fun at Moray 2023. The areas used were Lossiemouth Forest, Darnaway, Roseisle and Culbin East and West with a sprint held at Forres, trail orienteering and 3 mountain bike orienteering events on the ‘rest day’.

EckO’s day for helping was on the second day at Darnaway. A huge thanks must go to Ross for being assistant controller and Finlo for being assistant planner. This was a huge committment both beforehand and on the day. It is safe to say that the day ran very smoothly and it only started to rain as the courses were closing.

Each area presented its own challenges but on the whole everyone enjoyed themselves. There was a lot of post run analysis going on in the tent. The tent was invaluable offering protection from both the sun and the rain. It was also a great place to gather and socialise. Many thanks to Dave Bleazard for lending EckO Adventure Oban’s tent.

Event Safety Workshop

EckO in conjunction with SOA are running an on-line Event Safety Workshop on Tuesday, 26th September in the evening. This workshop is aimed at anyone who orienteers but particularly those who have an interest in volunteering at an event eg, organising, planning, controlling as well as all the club coaches.

More details will follow but if you are interested please let me know as soon as possible.

Coach CPD Day

Coach CPD - Welcoming beginners into the sport - keeping athletes engaged at TD1 & 2

Kinnoull Hill Outdoor classroom, Perth - 23rd Sep 10.30 - 16.00

Detailed joining instructions will be issued nearer the time. Please fill out the registration form if you are interested. Any questions ask suzanne@scottish-orienteering .org


Beavers/ Cubs/ Scouts

EckO are running 3 sessions for our local Scout group on Monday 4th, 11th and 18th September starting at 6pm. These sessions are being organised by Ross and myself but we are looking for EckO members to help if possible. This is particularly applicable to all our new coaches looking to expand their coaching experience but all are welcome. Please can you let me know as soon as possible if you are available to help on any or all of the evenings.

Argyllshire Gathering

EckO members spent a very wet Thursday at the Highland Games last week. They set up a maze as a ‘come and try’ activity complete with SI timing under the umbrella of Adventure Oban.


Congratulations to Iris, Ruari and Finlay who have all been selected to represent Scotland in the upcoming Junior Home Internationals.

Junior European Cup

Iris Macmillan and 12 other athletes have travelled to the beautiful forests of Wallonia, Virton, Belgium to compete in Junior European Cup 2023, with over 150 competitors representing 13 countries. This is a fantastic achievement and we wish Iris all the very best.

Uath Lochans

BASOC have kindly asked us to share this.

If you happen to be in Strathsey in September and October you might like to visit Uath Lochans and try some of the orienteering exercises that will be available.

All details can be found on their web page

Events further afield for September

There are two great weekends of orienteering coming up as well as many others. Have a look at the SOA event page to find out more

Club Kit

We have had quite a few enquiries about club kit. Further details will appear shortly.