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Festive Frolic: John Muir Country Park
Saturday 28 December 2019

John Muir Country Park is a wonderful area for orienteering. The woods have an excellent path network and the fringe of dunes covered by spiky marram grass provides a technical challenge.


Simple results, order of controls visited and split times
Routegadget Let others see where you went.

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.

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Planners needed

In 2020 ELO will again offer an ambitious programme of events and activities.

Please let us know if you can help as Planner or Organiser. Some of these 2020 events already have planners pencilled in but there are still several volunteers needed. Don’t worry if you haven’t planned before because you will work with an experienced mentor offering advice and guidance.

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SoSOL: Duns Wood
Sunday 24 November 2019


Thanks to everyone who came – and especially to Lindsey Knox for being event Controller, to Alick Hay of Duns Castle for permission to use the woods, to Duns Rugby Club for use of their palatial facilities, and to the many ELO members and family who put in a long shift to make the event possible. Coffee & Cake (& soup!) stall raised £65 for Parkinson’s UK

Ian Rowland’s courses were well received as was Godfrey Beddard’s update on the map. And – despite the mud – everybody enjoyed the beautiful woods.

Lost property: A Sprayway coat in black and grey with a navy Rab jacket lining,  a pair of Scarpa trainers

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ESOA Championships 2019
Loch Ordie

Congratulations to Robin Strain on retaining his trophy at the 2019 ESOA Championships.

The event was staged by Tayside Orienteers on the high moorland west of Loch Ordie. Members of any ESOA club (including ELO) are eligible to become champions provided they run the correct course for their age category.

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Membership Open for 2020

2020 membership is open from 1st November whether you are renewing your membership or joining ELO for the first time. If you pay now you will be a member until the end of 2020.

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

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North Berwick Law
Saturday 26 October 2019


We have now distinguished those who took the Odd-Even Score Challenge.

Thanks to everyone who came from near and far (Sweden! Preston!) and to all the helpers especially Robin and Sheila Strain and Jamie Wilson who were kept very busy on a sunny October afternoon.

Apologies for my error in transposing two SI boxes (133 and 134) on the Score course and I hope it didn’t delay you for too long.

Congratulations to Daniel Halliday for completing the Score clean sweep and rose to the Challenge of doing all the Odds before the Evens – and braved the gorse in shorts!

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Monday 28th October 2019

It’s that time of year again – with both ELO and ESOA holding their 2019 AGMs.

ELO’s AGM was held at the Outdoor Learning base near Musselburgh racecourse on Monday 28th October. There was a very healthy attendance this year for a very full agenda. Detailed minutes of the proceedings will be available shortly.

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Lochend Woods, Dunbar
Saturday 28 September 2019


ELO’s event was back in our usual slot of the last Saturday of the month. It was in Lochend Woods, Dunbar. The shorter courses were within the woods but the longest course also included some urban style orienteering.

With the extensive path network in the woods this was ideal area for juniors and those new to orienteering and it was good to see some new faces!

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ELO Club Championships 2019

This year, for the first time, we held a club championship. The club champions for 2019 are the ELO members who performed best on the day at Scottish Orienteering League (SOL) event on the North Pentland Hills staged by ESOC on Sunday 22nd September.

ELO Club Champions …

  • Male adult – Ian Rowland
  • Female adult – Sheila Strain
  • Light Green junior – Joel Atkinson
  • Orange junior – Emily Atkinson
  • Yellow junior – Peter Atkinson.

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VHI Relays at Binning Wood

East Lothian was host to an international orienteering event on Saturday 21st September. Binning Wood near Tyningham was the venue for the Veteran Home International Relay races and Trina Rogerson of ELO was the Organiser for the day.

Each of the four ‘home’ nations of Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland fielded teams of 24 – 12 men and 12 women ranging in age from 35 to 70. With three runners per relay team there were eight teams from each country. There are two races – one for teams of male / female / male and another for female / male / teams.

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