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:

3rd July: iROMP and MAPRUN schedule, INVOC event survey

19th June 2020: Homepage - tidy up, Phase 2 info and JST Alternative write up

17th June 2020:  Nairn Google StreetView Virtual Event


Tell us what you want from INVOC events up to Xmas 2020?

Want to orienteer before Christmas?  Want to run in competitions, or happy with iROMPs and MAPRUNs?  Or not happy with either.  What should INVOC do as we come out of Lockdown?  Tell us what you want in this survey.  Please do so before 20th July.

Submit your response here.


Our next event(s): 

All of INVOC's 2020's fixtures including iROMPs and MAPRUNs can be found by clicking the link here

Ord Hill iROMP. early July 2020 to mid-August.  Tapes for yellow, orange and green courses in Ord Hill will be out soon.  Maps and info will be distributted by email.  Self-timing and input your time via a form on our website.  This is a personal training activity and you need to be responsible for your own safety. 

More info when the courses go out, meanwhile try some virtual orienteering around Nairn. 


Virtual Orienteering event(s) on your sofa: 

Nairn Google StreetView Sprint Orienteering: Based on WOC 2015 Mixed sprint course.  Planners iJOS member Finlay Sime and coach James Laird. Open to all orienteers (not just INVOC) [free].

Record your time and results will automatically be registered. Map, link to start point, rules and control quiz are available at the link below:

Go to Nairn Google StreetView competition [free]

Lockdown Orienteering Junior Weekend.  July 17th -19th.  More info at: https://lockdownorienteering.com/junior-weekend-entry-information/ 

 


Training and Coaching:

***** STAY LOCAL, STAY HOME, STAY SAFE, DO YOUR O TRAINING ON THE SOFA WITH VIRTUAL O'ING **********

Technique training:  On hold.  2020 Training Groups

iJOS Lockdown Website

iROMP (forest) & MAPRUN (urban) :   iROMP distribution list.

DATE

TYPE

AREA

 early July to mid-August  iROMP  Ord Hill
 1st August to mid-September  iROMP  Littlemill
7th August for 2 weeks MAPRUN Inshes Park
21st August for 2 weeks MAPRUN Kinmylies
1st September to mid-October iROMP Craig Phadrig
10th September for 2 weeks MAPRUN Raigmore and UHI
24th Sept for 2 weeks MAPRUN Dingwall


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

Running training: The park run is a regular for many INVOCs including our best runners  ***** park run is on hold due to Covid-19 ****. 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 Oct 18th. Compass Sport Cup Final.  Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands
  • Sat/Sun Oct 24/25: Junior Inter-Areas Stirling and Glasgow.  

The next few 'local' events 

******* ALL INVOC EVENTS ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19 **********

******* WE HAVE STARTED A PROGRAMME OF IROMPS AND MAPRUN COURSES - SEE TRAINING SECTION ABOVE *****************

DATE

CLUB

TYPE

AREA

 Sun 27th Sept tbc  INVOC  Local tbc  tbc
 Sun 8th Nov  INVOC Local tbc  tbc


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


The JST Alternative - 7th to 14th June 2020

[posted 19th June 2020]

Last week the 2020 ‘Alternative Jamie Stevenson Challenge’ set the interesting challenge of devising and running a course in the shape of a horse (one of the JST trophies). The juniors proved themselves to be both fast thinking and creative with some stunning results carefully crafted in their local woodland and parks. It was great to see the spread of local venues selected; from Ord Hill (definitely the most difficult terrain for fine artwork) to Inshes (where the Cload family made imaginative use of the streets and parkland near their house). We had several prize winners at the SOA Zoom Presentation on Sunday night: Angus Laird, 1st M14 for his “Horse with 2 foals”; Iona Scott 3rd M/W12, Erica Cload, 3rd M/W12 and special prize for Hazel Cload for her “Snail Trail”, W10, Henrik Borrowman 3rd in M/W10, and Charlotte Burton W14 for her mapmaking

The junior team effort has been outstanding and the following have been awarded additional “INVOC” prizes for exceptional effort. 

  • Charlotte Burton who went the extra mile of mapping her own local woods at Milton – meticulous work and creative with her horse!
  • Oscar Shepherd. It may have looked like a cat but it inspired the younger juniors to get out there and give it a try. Many Thanks!
  • Henrik and Lucie Borrowman for their handsome Craig Phadrig stallion

Well done to all. Pictures of all the INVOC entries can be viewed here.

Scottish Orienteering write up with lost of mentions of INVOC can be viewed here.  


PHASED RE-OPENING OF ORIENTEERING  

[posted 19th June 2020]

Phase 2 orienteering information from Scottish orienteering.  No real change from Phase 1. 

[posted 2nd June]

Phase 1 of opening up orienteering has been released by Scottish Orienteering. It’s a step but we don’t see much changing from an orienteering perspective in Phase 1. INVOC is now starting preparations for iROMPs and MapRunF. There will be a lead in time from when planners/organisers are allowed to visit an area and when an event can be held.  We will be putting a call out soon for volunteers.

In the meantime if you are intending on doing a training run on an old map please be considerate of the local residents and landowners, who we depend on for access for our events - eg by not driving more than the 5 mile limit, parking considerately, avoiding touching gates and stiles where possible and not parking in ‘closed’ car parks.

In terms of actual events these look like local club only events will be permitted under Phase 2, with regional events permitted under Phase 3.  We have taken the decision to cancel our national SOL event at Anagach at the end of September, and are postponing Achtemerack by a month subject to Scottish Orienteering developing guidelines for the safe running of our sport and landowners giving us permission.  Inbetween times the committee decided to try and run some virtual competitions based on iROMPs and shifting the September urban series to MapRunF, but bringing it forward slightly. More information will be circulated shortly including calls for volunteers.

Keep safe, keep others safe and keep active. 

INVOC Committee