Inverness Orienteering Club, or INVOC as we are better known, is the local orienteering club for the Inverness area and much of the rest of highland Scotland. If you are new to orienteering, our New to orienteering? page offers a starting point  to find out a bit more about the sport, and our About INVOC page tells you a little bit about the club.

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BASOC

 

MOR

 

MAROC

 

GRAMP

 

 

 

 

 Welcome to the INVOC website.

Recent website updates:

21st August: Information for Achtemarack coaching

15th August: Summary info and sign up form added for Achtemarack training on August 24th.

13th August: Pre-entries open for Nairn East Beach


Our next event(s):  

Sunday 1st Sept: Nairn East Beach, Nairn.  Courses from white to green.    Something for everyone at the end of summer.  Forest, sand, running, navigating and all at the seaside!  What more can you ask for? Starts from 11am, but M/W10s on the white/yellow should start before midday.

Preliminary details: here

Pre-entry: here

 

Fridays 6th/13th/20th Sept: Autumn Urban Series at Lochardil, Kinmylies & Dalneigh, all in Inverness.  Classic urban orienteering around Lochardil, sprint style orienteering in Kinmylies on a newly extended map, and urban orienteering on the newly mapped Dalneigh. Long and short courses.  Winning times of 35 mins on the long.  Juniors 13 years and under must be accompanied.  Juniors 14yrs and 15yrs can run the short course unaccompanied.  Juniors 16 yrs or over can run what they wish.

Preliminary details: here.

Pre-registration by Google form: here


Training and Coaching:

Technique training: Saturday August 24th PM (1.30pm to 4pm)  @ Achtemarack, Drumnadrochit.  iJOS and STS groups.  Coach led training or map for doing your own thing.  Sign up by Thursday August 22nd using Google Form here.  Details including directions now coaching page.

iROMP:  Controls are now out in Achtemarack, Drumnadrochit.  Maps have been distributed to the training groups.  If you want a map for own training please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..    

Running training: The park run is a regular for many INVOCs including our best runners. For those using Strava as a training log join the INVOC Strava club. This week's Strava training league table is here 


Our next Team INVOC races:

Sat/Sun 9/10th November 2019.   Inter-Areas, Deeside.  Run for Team North at this important fixture for the juniors.  Accommodation in Aberdeen youth hostel.  Keep the date free.


The next few 'local' events 

DATE

CLUB

TYPE

AREA

Sat 17th August BASOC

Local

Loch Vaa, Boat of Garten

Sun 1st Sept INVOC Local Nairn East Beach
Fri 6th Sept INVOC Local urban (1 of 3) Lochardil, Inverness
Fri 13th Sept INVOC Local urban (2 of 3) Kinmylies, Inverness
Sat 14th Sept MOR Local Findhorn
Fri 20th Sept INVOC Local urban (3 of 3) Dalneigh, Inverness
Sun 29th Sept INVOC Regional urban race (part of SOUL series) Nairn
Sat 5th Oct MOR Local Lossiemouth


See the Events page for all forthcoming INVOC fixtures and links to other clubs' and national fixture lists.   

For 2019 Scottish Orienteering League fixtures: SOL1 Feb 24th Birsemore, SOL2 Mar 31st Dumyat, SOL3 Apr 14th Falkland, SOL 4 May 12th tbc, SOL5 Sept 8th Drummond Hill, SOL6 Sept 21st Edinburgh, SOL7 13th Oct Teviothead.  2019 Scottish Championships: May 25th Dalbeattie


Scottish 6 Days 2019 - July 28th to August 3rd

[posted 6th August 2019]

Congratulations to the 47 INVOCs running at the Six Day. And many thanks to those 47 and others who just came down to help on our day.  This year there was an average of 2,800 people running each day.  Six areas in Perthshire.  The weather was amazingly sunny and warm, making for a very social arena.  Excellent areas, excellent course planning and excellent organisation.  Our key personnel were Dave Summers and Kevin Holliday (planners) and Jon Shepherd (INVOC volunteer coordinator and car park supremo on Day 5).  Many thanks to them, and also those INVOC members who did a double shift on the control collecting.

Special mention to our podium places - all girls!!! Girl power! 2nd place to Megan Keith in W18L, 1st place to Connie Nicolson In W14B. 2nd place to Lexie Nicolson in W12B, and 3rd place to Rona Laird in W12B. 

Results and more post race stuff on the Six day website: https://www.scottish6days.com/2019 


Junior World Orienteering Championships - Denmark, July 2019

[posted 6th August 2019]

          

 

 

Fantastic results at the Junior World Orienteering Championships earlier this summer.  Megan Keith was part of the winning relay team, alongside fellow Scot Grace Molloy and Fiona Bunn. This is the most successful result GB has had at JWOC.  Megan ran the first leg and sent Fiona Bunn out in 4th place.  The rest is history so they say.

INVOC was very well represented at JWOC with Finlay Todd also getting selected.  Only 3 clubs in the world (aside from university clubs) had two club members running at JWOC.  Selection and racing at JWOC represents years of hard work by both Finlay and Megan, and we must congratulate them on their achievements.  

Finlay also had a good run in the relays sending his second leg runner out in 10th place and just over a minute down.  He also had us all on tenterhooks with what looked like an amazing run in the sprint - showing his true cross-country speed and leading the field - until it became apparent he skipped 3 controls out.  It was a complex map and course and a number of other top runners made the same mistake. Even the best in the world make the mistakes we do. ;-)

Well done Megan.  Well done Finlay.  From all of us in INVOC. 


Keppernach - Sunday June 16th

[posted June 17th]

Results up from our event at Keppernach.  Thank you to organiser Carolyn Cload, planner Iain Shepherd, controller Eddie Harwood and SI lead Pablo Alvarez-Icaza and to all the on the day volunteers who helped on putting this brilliant event on today. The rain even stayed away🌞. Some really good results from some of those juniors who have only just started orienteering in the schools series this year on the white, yellow, orange and light green.  Don't forget to check for ticks and to report them to TickApp, link is on the poster in the photo and there’s a direct link in the comments below (15 ticks on one person earlier).

Results, Winsplits and Routegadget are available here.


Event Safety Workshop

[posted 13th June 2019]

Many thanks to Suzanne Robins-Bird for running an event safety workshop for 6 of our members who are taking if not have already taken on planning and organising responsibilities this year.  These were Steve Scott, Fiona Keir, Mairi Nicolson, Megan Keith, Eilidh Simpson and Angus Laird.