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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 Welcome to the INVOC website.

Recent website updates:

23rd Feb: Littlemill details, social and AGM update.  Coaching updated.

20th Feb: Club Leagues updated after the 1st 2 rounds, updated Littlemill details

17th Feb: Coaching info on homepage and coaching page


Our next event(s): 

All of INVOC's 2020's fixtures can be found by clicking the link here

Sunday Mar 1st: Littlemill, Inverarnie, Regional  Event followed by Social, Club League Prize Giving and AGM

Regional event on the classic esker and kettle lake terrain of Littlemill.  Event HQ in Farr Community Hall.  Courses from white through to brown - so something at all levels.

Preliminary Details    Online-entry

Food (pizza, soup and bread) for £3 from 1.30pm.  Needs to be pre-booked by emailing Veronica This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Members of other clubs are welcome to join in.

AGM and club league prize giving to begin at 2.15pm.

 

Sunday Mar 15th: Compass Sport Cup at Errochty, Blair Atholl area.

Our first team INVOC event of the year, and the closest the event has been to us in the last five years.  A good club turnout might help us to our best position ever.  You usually run the colour for your age.  More details soon - but save the date.  Usually we are very short of juniors running at orange standard or above.

Contact Dave Summers, our Team Captain, for more info.  And it counts for the club league.

Preliminary details

 


Training and Coaching:

 

Technique training:  Last in the block of coaching next Saturday.  Orienteering games for the juniors and training for the teenagers and adults (and games if they wish).  

4. Saturday 29th Feb (1.30 to 3.00pm) - Achnasoul, Muir of Ord (All training groups)

Please register by the Thursday before using Google Forms here

iROMP:  Controls are now out in Achnasoul near Marybank.  Maps have been distributed to the training groups.  If you haven't received one and 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:

Sun March 15th 2020.  Compass Sport Cup, Errochty near Blair Atholl.   Closest the event has been to us for years.  Let's aim for a big turnout across all age groups.  Contact Dave Summers who is Team Captain for more info.


The next few 'local' events 

DATE

CLUB

TYPE

AREA

Sun March 1st INVOC Regional & AGM Littlemill, Inverarnie
Sun March 15th STAG Compass Sport Cup - TEAM INVOC Errochty, near Blair Atholl
Sat 21st March MOR Local Brodie Castle, Brodie
Sat March 28th  INVOC Local urban UHI & Raigmore 
Sat April 18th MOR Local Quarrelwood, Elgin
Weds Apr 29th INVOC Local evening incl schools Craig Phadrig, Inverness
Weds 13th May INVOC Local evening incl schools Ord Hill, North Kessock
Sat 23rd May MOR Local Culbin, Forres
Weds 27th May INVOC Local evening incl schools Craigmonie, Drumadrochit


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

For 2020 Scottish Orienteering League fixtures: SOL1 Feb 15th Darnaway, others to follow.  2020 Scottish Championships: to follow


Sunday Feb 2nd: Culloden Woods, Local Event

Thanks to the Nicolson family for putting on a great little event in Culloden, with this being Zoe's first time as organiser.  Good turn out of nearly 130 people, for our first (daylight) event of the year.  Thanks also to The Hudson family who ran the SI timing for the first time and Laurence Cload on his first time controlling! A lot of firsts!  

Culloden  Wood results, winsplits and routegadget


Weds Jan 15th - Cuillaird and Ness Castle Woods NNC Event

[posted 16th Jan 2019]

Thanks to the event team of James Laird (organiser/planner), Alison Matheson (Assistant Organiser), Ian Shread (SI), Jon Shepherd (safety sign off).  Thanks to the additional helpers on the day Jon Shepherd, Marsela McLeod and Finlay Raynor.  Many thanks to Makar Ltd for parking and letting us use one of their portacabins.

Ness Castle and Cuillaird Wood Results

Organiser/planner comments

Some wild weather preceded the 5th Northern Night Cup event, but this had in the main dissipated by the time of the event leaving only the debris of storms in its wake - primarily a very high watertable.  The wood was very wet, muddy and the water features were a lot bigger than they usually are!  Still 38 brave souls  took on the courses.  Comments received were polarised between it was great, to that was a lot rougher than I enjoy. 

There was some uncertainty about what parts of the area we would get access to due to the impending construction of Phase 3 of Ness Castle housing scheme, so I planned a compact set of courses with the majority within Cuillaird Wood (which unfortunately is the roughest bit).  Having said that I felt that given the extensive path network and close proximity of the controls to the path network that if people wished they could spend 80% of the course in Cuillaird Wood on the path network. With hindsight I should have checked the height of some of the control kites a bit more carefully on placing them - particularly those on indistinct features in deep heather. Control 165 on the marsh edge/vegetation change probably the most.  On placing that control I was distracted by the large body of water that had formed enroute to everyone's first control.  I was wondering if it's presence would mean cancellation of the event or a major hand drawing re-working of courses.  As it was I was able to mark a route through/around the new water feature!  Having changed into dry leggings, socks and put wellies on after the control hanging, I then went and tripped up in this new water feature, whilst marking the route round it, filling both wellies completely and spending the rest of the evening with swamp feet!!! The extra time involved in doing this extra weather related on the day checking and the additional tasks it entailed meant starts were delayed 10 minutes or so.  Thanks everyone for your patience.

Undoubtedly the weather and the water combined with the usual night orienteering made it very challenging conditions for everyone. Big kudos to all those who showed up on the day and gave the courses a good bash.

James Laird

 


Weds Dec 18th - Nairn East Beach NNC event

[posted 23rd Dec 2019]

Thanks to Team Keith for hosting the event and Joan Noble on SI, and Alec in particular who is struggling to move.  We do at last know why the Keiths are so successful at running as their ankles are mid-thigh for most of us (that ankle deep stream crossing.....)

Nairn East Beach results

Organisers/Planners comments

Thanks to everyone who made it along to Nairn East Beach last night, we hope you enjoyed the event despite some "challenging" conditions - there was far more frozen terrain than we had been expecting, and well done on persevering and also showing a sense of humour at the river crossing - perhaps a flash tidal rush had deepened the channel recently, or maybe as Alison believes my ankles are unusually located!

If anyone entered but didn't take part and wants their map, please let us know and we will provide.

Huge thank yous to Gilly, Megan, Joan,  Iain, Steve, Wullie, Alison and all others who helped make the event work.

Best wishes for the festive season

Alec Keith