Binning Wood was originally planted in the 1700s and was almost completely felled during the second world war to build Mosquito fighter-bombers. It was replanted with conifers and beech and has a complex network of rides, paths and ditches which can be disorientating to the unwary. Although much of the site had been overrun with rhododendron, work is ongoing to clear some of the site which has dramatically improved the runnability. In many areas visibility has improved and hidden ditches have reappeared, although the brashings will slow you down.
The map was updated for the Scottish Relay Championships in 2017 and shows the ride network radiating out from three large clearings along with an area at north of the map which is a green burial site – the Binning Memorial Wood. This area is marked on all maps as out of bounds to orienteers.
Well done to all of the ELO team who made the long trek to Dunrod Hill’s slushy moorland west of Glasgow for the Scottish heat of the Compass Sport Trophy. Despite valuable individual contributions across the team we were rather depleted this year and finished in 9th place of the eleven ‘small’ clubs attending.
Our February event was in John Muir Country Park (JMCP) near Dunbar. Despite rival events on Deeside we had another strong attendance with many families as well as a sprinkling of more experienced orienteers. The club tent didn’t (quite) blow away and everyone came back safe and sound and looking cheerful.
Many thanks to everyone who attended and to all the ELO helpers especially …
- Neil who made the timing run smoothly and Robin who set it up in advance
- Matt, Ian and Trina who collected controls as well as other roles.
The Scottish 6 Days is a week-long festival of orienteering – it’s also the largest orienteering event in the UK.
There are thousands of orienteers running around the forest every day and so there’s a great atmosphere, especially around the finish where all the clubs pitch a tent so they can socialise together, compare maps, talk about routes and commiserate about the mistakes they’ve made!
It is held every two years and is in a different part of Scotland each time. This year it’s taking place in Strathearn which is close enough to allow some day trips if you can’t manage to go for the full week.
This is a good time to join ELO or to renew your membership for 2019.
There are two membership options depending on whether you wish to join British Orienteering as well as ELO and Scottish Orienteering…
- Simple results and split times.
- WinSplits Online and
- Routegadget are other ways of looking back at the event and of letting others know where you went.
- Event Review
Winton Estate was a new area for orienteering in East Lothian which attracted lots of experienced orienteers and local families.
Thank you to Sir Francis Ogilvy for permission to map and run on this part of Winton Estate, and to Janis Ward, event co-ordinator for her help with the arrangements. £75 was collected for car parking which will be given to the estate as they do a lot not only to permit public access but do work in landscaping and improving and signing footpaths and walks.
“Everyone is a winner!” they say.
Although it took longer to work out the results than we had hoped, we were able to present some prizes to people who were still around on Saturday. We were a bit vague about the rules, as we weren’t sure how it was going to work out until you had started finishing. We have produced a second set of results (V2) in which a penalty was calculated for those who spent more than 10 minutes working out the puzzle and this did change the leaders in various categories.
There was some significant variation in the two lists, in particular:.
- Rachel Brown – jumped up from 3rd on V1 to 1st overall on V2
- Andrew Lindsay – 1st man on V2 having jumped up from 6th on V1
- Paul Caban – 3rd place, 1st Vet man having jumped from 8th on V1
- Duncan Edmondson – 3rd man, 2nd vet man on V2 from 11th on V1
- Ben Stansfield – 1st on V1 but dropped to 19th on V2 as he spent some extra time on the puzzle
- Oli Warlow – 2nd on V1 but dropped to 17th on V2
Below you can see both sets of prizewinners. We could justify both being “the official list” so we have tried, or will try, to distribute the (small) edible prizes to all named.
In 2019 ELO will again offer an ambitious programme of events. As well as our Level C SoSOL in November 2019 we will put on several local events at Level D…
- monthly Saturday events – cross country orienteering
- 4 Wednesday evening Sprintelopes – urban orienteering
- plus some evening park events in liaison with cub / brownie / scout / guide groups.
Please let us know if you can help as Planner or Organiser for any of these events. Don’t worry if you haven’t planned before because you will work with an experienced mentor offering advice and guidance.
Congratulations to Robin and Sheila Strain who each won their categories at the Scottish Score Orienteering Championships held at Elibank on Sunday, 25th November. Robin won by a convincing 30 point margin and Sheila beat her rivals by a huge 80 points.
In Score orienteering there is no set route but the aim is to visit as many controls as possible within the time limit. The point values of controls vary according to how hard they are to reach or to locate.
Our November local event was in Saltoun Woods.
There were plenty of good results including the winners of three courses – Peter Atkinson on White and his brother Joel on Orange, plus Matthew Bell on Green. Kathryn Neill was 7th on Green and Duncan Edmondson’s 10th place on Blue was our top performance of the whole year in terms of BOF Rankings at 1191 points.