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.

North Clubs

 

BASOC

 

MOR

 

MAROC

 

GRAMP

 

 

 

 

 Welcome to the INVOC website.

Recent website updates:

16tth Sept: Inter-areas info added.  Homepage tidy up incl. event reports for Lochardil and Kinmylies

13th Sept: Kinmylies Urban Results and Urban Leagues after RD2

9th Sept: Leagues updated after Nairn, 1 RD to go.


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Junior Inter-areas - Nov 9th/10th

Individual and relay in Deeside area.  Run for the north of Scotland.  Overnight accommodation in Aberdeen youth hostel.  Stay in youth hostel with rest of Scottish juniors, or with your family elsewhere.  More info here.

Sign up by Sept 27th.  Fill in this google form

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Our next event(s):  

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

Urban leagues standings after two events here & Kinmylies Urban Results 


September 29th: Nairn SOUL (Scottish Orienteering Urban League)

The venue of the WOC 2015 mixed sprint relay, for the penultimate SOUL event of 2019. The terrain consists of intricate street orienteering in Fishertown, along with areas of more typical urban terrain with small green spaces, and one large open area of parkland and dunes.

Provisonal Details

Online entry


Training and Coaching:

Technique training:  To be announced.

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.  Sign up by Sept 27th.  Fill in this google form.


The next few 'local' events 

DATE

CLUB

TYPE

AREA

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
Sun 24th Nov INVOC Regional Carse Wood, Ardesier


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


INVOC Urban Series - 6th, 13th and 20th Sept

[posted 16th Sept]

Urban event 1 at lochardil down. Great running and good chat afterwards. Some little tricks catching people out. Thanks to Steve Scott, Marsela McLeod, Ronan and Susan Blackwood for putting the event on. 

Results now available for Kinmylies Urban O. Thank you to the event team of David and Jenny Hall, and David Summers, for the fantastic courses. Great to see so many people there. 

Urban leagues standings after two events here

Lochardil and Kinmylies Results 


Nairn East Beach - Sunday 1st Sept

[posted 2nd Sept]

Nairn East Beach results are now up, with Winsplits and Routegadget.  

Many thanks to the event team who persevered with the event in unusual 1st September conditions!, hand marking course changes to the maps into the late hours of Saturday night. It was a tad chilly early on, as witnessed by the start team dressed in their winter clothes, but the sun did come out late on, brightening the day up. 

Many thanks to Mairi Nicolson for organising, Angus Laird (planning), Jacquie Laird (planning), Ronan Blackwood (SI) and Joan Noble (Safety Sign off).  Mairi and Angus were first time organisers and planners, and in Angus and Ronan we had two juniors in event official positions.  Many thanks to them all.  And many thanks to the 150 odd people who came, ran and conquered the rising water table and sea levels! 

Don't forget to report ticks (or tick absence?) https://epidemiology.sruc.ac.uk/shiny/apps/tickapp/

username: invoc3

 

password: orienteer


Young volunteers

[posted 2nd September 2019]

The club has nominated Finlay Raynor for Young Volunteer of the year in the Highland and national SportScotland volunteer and coaching awards.  This year Finlay has planned/is planning two events (Culloden and Dalneigh). He has also helped with map checking/surveying of the map extensions of Culliard Woods and more recently Dalneigh.   In addition he has been involved in the coaching of BSGI, taking a P7 group, with positive feedback from that group.  This has shown a strong commitment to the club and the sport in general for someone who is quite young (he was S3 for most of the time he was doing this).

In addition to Finlay, we have had a lot of support from juniors this year.  Oscar Shepherd has a planned one event, is planning the next iROMP and coaches at Culbokie primary school.   He was also awarded the SOA young volunteer award in May 2019.   Pablo Alvarez-Icaza has led the SI at 6 events in the last 12 months, Ronan Blackwod has planned one event and has led the SI at three events in the last year, and David Hall has planned one event and led the SI at two events. 

It is hard to see where our fixture list would be without these juniors.  Congratulations to Finlay, and many thanks to Finlay, Oscar, Pablo, David and Ronan from the club.

If you or one of your children would like to know more about volunteering with INVOC please contact James Laird, Susan Blackwood or Alison Matheson.  Volunteering with INVOC can contribute to the following award schemes: Saltire Awards, Highlife Highland Leadership Programme and Duke of Edinburgh.  Juniors have been great contributors to the club, and we do our best to accommodate all volunteering contributions - within the constraints of guidelines set down by our mother organisations.  There is some more information on our junior page.


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.