With a strong start to the week at the Scottish 6 Days festival Michael Atkinson becomes the highest placed ELO member in the current British Orienteering (BOF) rankings. Michael replaces Pete Brownsort as ELO’s top point scorer.
The biennial Scottish 6 Days festival was held this year in Strathearn in southern Perthshire with around 2,500 orienteers attending from all over the UK and from 26 countries in total. The areas used were varied in terrain but each provided a tough challenge in their different ways. The weather stayed fine and throughout the week there was a holiday atmosphere at the various venues.
More than twenty ELO members took part at some point in the week. In terms of results the highlights included …
- Kathryn Neill – 3rd overall on W40S
- Emily Atkinson – 7th overall on W12A
- Sheila Strain – 6th overall on W70L – and on Day 3 she was the course winner ***.
ELO is not staging any events in July or August this year. This unusually long gap is because we have completed our contributions to the Sprintelope series and (courtesy of Sheila Strain) delivered a full programme for junior groups – and because we have agreed to move our next local event at Yellowcraig from the end of August into September.
But there is plenty of orienteering going on. As well as the usual range of events staged by other clubs in the Edinburgh area, 2019 sees the biennial Scottish 6 Days event taking place not far away in Perthshire.
Here are some dates for ELO members to look forward to …
Thanks to all who came whether to compete or to help – and especially to Godfrey for planning the courses
This was the last ELO event for ten weeks as we take a break after a busy spring and summer programme including four urban Sprintelopes as well as a Saturday local event. Sheila Strain has also delivered seven separate activities for various youth groups across the county. Our next event is not until Saturday 7th September at Yellowcraig.
This is our fourth event in the summer 2019 Sprintelope series taking place on Wednesday evenings. These are lightweight informal events featuring Urban style races around the streets of towns in East Lothian and other areas in and around Edinburgh.
Today’s courses are planned by Michael Atkinson and cover the town of Haddington – mostly areas which have not previously been used for orienteering on a new section of map.
The Scottish Championships were held in the south west over the last weekend in May. Dalbeattie provided a very tough challenge for the Individual Championships on Saturday with Drumlanrig being a gentler venue for the following day’s Relays.
Sixteen ELO members attended one or both days. There were Individual wins for Peter Atkinson, Neil McMillan and Kathryn Neill with Sheila Strain coming second in her very competitive category. Others of us were glad just to complete our courses in dense forest with control flags in tight placements.
This is our third event in the summer 2019 Sprintelope series taking place on Wednesday evenings. These are lightweight informal events featuring Urban style races around the streets of towns in East Lothian and other areas in and around Edinburgh.
Today’s courses cover the village of Longniddry.
The annual East Lothian Schools’ Orienteering Festival will take place on Wednesday May 22nd.
As well as a chance to compete on a line Orienteering course for a P5, P6 or P7 trophy there will be other orienteering activities (mazes, literacy and numeracy orienteering challenges, Musical ‘O’, Orienteering dominoes, etc) available near the start.
The competition is open to all Primary schools across East Lothian and is FREE. The festival will be open from 9.15am to 3pm. Schools are able to bring as many or as few pupils as they wish.
Following a strong run at the British Championships in Yorkshire on 4th May Ian Rowland has jumped back to be the highest placed ELO member in the British Orienteering (BOF) rankings. In doing so he also becomes our first runner in the British top 1000 since Kirsten Strain moved south.
Ian replaces Pete Brownsort as ELO’s top. Pete had himself enjoyed a few weeks on top since supplanting Tim Harding last month.
To appear in the rankings you need to be at least 16 and compete at a regional event (or higher). You also need to be a member of BOF – not just of SOA. Your best six scores of the previous year count to your ranking position.
With the Scottish Championships coming at the end of May there is plenty of scope for others to improve their own ranking positions. And the Scottish 6 Days this summer gives the possibility of clocking up six good ranking scores in a single week.
This was our second event in the summer 2019 Sprintelope series taking place on Wednesday evenings. These are lightweight informal events featuring Urban style races around the streets of towns in East Lothian and other areas in and around Edinburgh.
Jamie Wilson was making his debut as planner and his courses got plenty of encouraging feedback. A select bunch of hardy individuals braved the wet chilly weather to explore the many intricate lanes and closes of the older and newer parts of the village.