March Newsletter

Success for SWAT

Success for SWAT

Posted: Fri 18 Mar 2022

Happy Spring - looks like the better weather might be tempted to appear. Have I totally jinxed it?

The EckO committee would like to thank everybody who helped at the EckO SOL 2 at Fearnoch and Coille Nathais at the end of February. It was a tremendous effort and there was some great teamwork. We had approximately 30 volunteers and 200 competitors from all parts of the country.

Of some concern to us though was the lack of people/ families on the white, yellow and orange courses. Normally, we see lots of EckO families taking part. If you have any constructive thoughts or suggestions about how we can address this, please contact the committee via the website.

Congratulations to all who took part in the Compass Sport Heats at Callander Crags last Saturday. Everyone enjoyed some fantastic orienteering despite the challenging weather and terrain conditions. SWAT held a cake stall both days raising an incredible £630 ...£300 has been put aside for SWAT activities. The remaining £330 was given to DEC Ukraine appeal which was doubled by Natwest and potentially will be further doubled by the government.

This was a stunning effort and grateful thanks to all who were involved.

Dates for your diaries:


This year our AGM will be a zoom AGM on Wednesday, 30th March at 7.30pm. A zoom link will be sent out nearer the time. Please make every effort to attend and have your say in the future of your club.

Upcoming events - all details are on the website

  1. March event - Fearnoch/ Ardnaskie, Sunday 27th March 2022. Entries are now open on the website. Please come and support this event as our 2 new junior planners, Ruari and Finlay have planned an amazing yellow and orange course in Fearnoch whilst Susannah and Louis MacMillan have planned a light green, green and blue course in the nearby Ardnaskie. Why not bring a picnic and make a day of it!
  2. April event - Glencoe Lochan, Sunday 10th April 2022. This event is being organised by the newly formed EckO Lochaber Hub. It’s fantastic to see such an interest in orienteering developing. It is a ‘Come and Try’ type event, ideal for families and young juniors, with 3 main courses - yellow, orange and light green. Those who wish to do a more difficult course can have a go at one of the many MapRun courses available.

Finally, good luck to all 4 EckO competitors who are making their way to South Wales over the Easter weekend to take part in the JK which is British Orienteering’s biggest festival of orienteering attracting around 4000 competitors from around Britain and abroad.