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Festive Frolic – Saturday 30th December 2017

Festive Frolic – Saturday 30th December 2017

This year’s Festive Frolic will be at John Muir Country Park outside Dunbar on Saturday 30th December.

John Muir Country Park near Dunbar is an area of woodland, coastline and sand dunes which is ideal for orienteering. The nearby mud-flats are home to a wide range of wildlife and the remains of second world war coastal defences provide some exciting control sites.

The Festive Frolic is a chance to burn off some of that Christmas turkey in a fun event with a festive twist.

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Membership 2018

Membership 2018

You can now join ELO or renew your membership for 2018 and the remainder of 2017.

There are two membership options depending on whether or not you wish to join British Orienteering as well as ELO and Scottish Orienteering…

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Butterdean Woods – Saturday 25th November 2017

Butterdean Woods – Saturday 25th November 2017

Results

Report

A good turnout on a chilly day enjoyed Debbie Riley’s first attempt at course planning. Debbie’s courses made the most of  Butterdean’s limited area.

Around 80 took part with a huge range of age and experience – several older hands and plenty of youngsters. East of Scotland juniors held a training session before the event and a contingent from East Linton cubs and scouts worked towards their map-reading badges. And many new families and individuals who were also very welcome.

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SoSOL 2017 – final table

The South of Scotland O League (SoSOL) 2017 programme has completed and the final tables are published. SoSOL events are Level C which means they are slightly larger and more formal than local Saturday events.  There were seven events this year and a runner’s best four results on a course count for the league table. You can run any course but clearly it pays to run the same course at each event.

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East of Scotland Championships – Riccarton 19th November

East of Scotland Championships – Riccarton 19th November

Report: There was no silverware for any of the dozen ELO members who took part in this year’s ESOA Champs (and final SoSOL of 2017) at Heriot Watt university’s leafy Riccarton campus hosted by EUOC.

The courses were urban style so it’s not surprising that closest to winning trophies were Sheila and Robin Strain who have each won their SOUL (urban) league events this year: Sheila missed her ESOA title by just 7 seconds and Robin recorded the fastest time but missed a control.

The championships were generally well supported by juniors and older seniors but in some categories (such as M21) there were no qualifying competitors.

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Yellowcraig – Saturday 28th October

Yellowcraig – Saturday 28th October

Results:

Report:

Thanks to everyone who braved the wind and ran the courses which were all on the tough side. Thanks also to the ELO members who helped – especially Neil for doing the SI – and also Trina, Ian and Godfrey and family.

Apologies for the lack of hire dibbers and for the printing error on White course maps. Normal service will doubtless be resumed at Butterdean next month!

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Fixture planning for 2018

Fixture planning for 2018

We are currently putting together the ELO event programme for 2018 and hope to have it finalised before December.

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ESOA AGM – 12th October 2017

ESOA AGM – 12th October 2017

East of Scotland Orienteering Association AGM

Report: The ESOA AGM was a fairly routine event this year with ESOA finances in good health (largely thanks to high numbers at the 2017 Scottish Championships held in East Lothian in May) and the various event programmes (SoSOL at level C and Saturday Local events at Level D) running well with generally good attendances.

Most discussion centred on Junior training which co-ordinated and supported by ESOA. While some individual juniors have had great success in recent years the East area is still some way behind the North and the West in depth of talent and participation. ESOA is subsidising team hoodies* for those going to the Junior Inter Area Champs at the end of October. It was agreed that all clubs should work to raise the profile of the support available for juniors.

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Saartje swims East Lothian coastline

Saartje swims East Lothian coastline

On Sunday 8th October ELO member Saartje Drijver completed her swim of the whole coast of East Lothian from Fisherrow harbour in Musselburgh to Cove harbour near Cockburnspath. Saartje completed the 65km swim in sections over four weekends. Most sections were approximately two hour swims but Sunday’s finale between Barns Ness lighthouse and Cove harbour was a four hour marathon.

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Silver medal for Sheila

Silver medal for Sheila

Congratulations to Sheila Strain who won a silver medal at the British Sprint Championships held on Saturday 30 September at Milton Keynes. She missed out on gold by just 4 seconds.

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