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Festive Frolic: Levenhall Links
Saturday 29 December 2018

Levenhall Links is an interesting area in that the whole of the western part, the main section of the map, has been built up over the years from the ash from Cockenzie Power Station. Old maps show the racecourse as being on the shore originally. The sea wall was built and then the lagoons were filled with the ash slurry which was pumped from Cockenzie and sprayed out. As the sections were filled, they were landscaped, forming the pond and the bird sanctuary (the out of bounds area just east of the pond). Now that the power station has closed and been demolished, the remaining dark ashy bits are gradually becoming more attractive.

The map includes the old Morrison’s Haven, a once-thriving harbour which was infilled for safety reasons after it fell into disuse in the early twentieth century. Prior to that, the area around the harbour was an industrial site with chemical based factories, making sulphuric acid, soap, glass etc.

The Festive Frolic is a chance to burn off some of that Christmas turkey in a fun event with a festive twist. As usual there will be a score orienteering event (find as many controls as possible within an hour) which is open to all! There will be a mass start at 11am.

As ever, there will be a twist so that just visiting the controls isn’t the only way to gain points and win prizes. What will Sheila have devised for us this year?

Information about how to pre-enter will be here very soon.

There might be a few more details here nearer the event, but don’t expect the whole story!

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Membership 2019

This is a good time to join ELO or to renew your membership for 2019.

New members joining now get membership until the end of December 2019.

There are two membership options depending on whether you wish to join British Orienteering as well as ELO and Scottish Orienteering…

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Planners needed

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…

  • 10 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.

Scottish Score Champions

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.

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Saltoun Woods
Saturday 24 November 2018


Our November local event was in Saltoun Woods.

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Dalkeith Park
18th November

Almost 20 ELO members made the short trip to Dalkeith on Sunday for ESOC’s contribution to the 2018 SoSOL series.

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.

ESOA Championships and INTrepid 2018

Interlopers staged a big weekend of orienteering in the Livingston area at the start of November…

Saturday 3rd November – SOUL – urban style orienteering in the Scottish Urban Orienteering League

Sunday 4th November – SoSOL incorporating ESOA (East of Scotland) Championships

There were strong performances by ELO members on both days including…

  • SOUL – first place for Emily Atkinson and second places for Joel Atkinson and for Robin Strain
  • ESOA Champs – wins for both Sheila and Robin Strain

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Lochend Woods, Dunbar
Saturday 27 October 2018

Our October local event took place in the woods and streets in the south of Dunbar, with registration at Hallhill Sports Centre.

Having a Score event rather than the usual linear courses confused some but proved a welcome change for others. Thanks to everyone who came and to the many ELO members who helped before, during and afterwards. We had some technical glitches but hope nobody had to wait too long in the cold to register or download.

Over £45 was raised for charity by Anna Harding’s baking – her cakes were vegan and delicious.


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It’s that time of year again – with both ELO and ESOA holding their 2018 AGMs during October.

ELO’s AGM was held at the Outdoor Learning base near Musselburgh racecourse on Wednesday 24th October at 18:30.

Many thanks to all who attended. The minutes are here so everyone can see what was reported and discussed

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Butterdean Wood
Saturday 29 September 2018

Our September event was at Butterdean Wood on Saturday 29th September.

Attendance was again helped by junior training preceding the event and there was a good mixture of ELO members and new faces. Godfrey’s courses were well appreciated and managed to wring every ounce of difficulty of what can appear to be a limited area.


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Improve your Orienteering…
Saturday 29 September 2018

You may have seen lots of juniors getting the chance to have some coaching and do some training before some of our events and maybe you’ve wished that you could have the same opportunity as them.  Well, on Saturday we have a chance for everyone to improve their orienteering.

Join us a little bit earlier than usual at 12:30pm at Butterdean on Saturday 29th September for a chance to do a training exercise in the woods before you go out on a normal course.

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