John Muir Country Park near Dunbar 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.
John Muir Country Park was used earlier this month for the Scottish Night Orienteering Championships but this is the first ELO Saturday event here for nearly three years.
Please note the change of venue from Seafield, Dunbar.
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.
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.
10 minutes allowed for puzzle
no limit on puzzle time
|1st Man||Andrew Lindsay||Ben Stansfield||1st Vet man|
|2nd Man||Paul Caban||1st Vet man||Oli Warlow|
|3rd Man||Duncan Edmondson||2nd Vet Man||Walter Clark||2nd Vet Man|
|1st Woman||Rachel Brown||1st Junior Woman||Rachel Brown||1st Junior Woman|
|2nd Woman||Alison Cunningham||1st Vet Woman||Alison Cunningham||1st Vet Woman|
|3rd Woman||Heather Thomson||2nd Vet Woman||Lizzie Stansfield||2nd Junior Woman|
10 minutes allowed for puzzle
no limit on puzzle time
|1st Supervet Man||Martin Caldwell||Graham McIntyre|
|1st Supervet Woman||Pauline McAdam||Pauline McAdam|
|1st bigger Junior Man||Stanley Flint||Ben Brown|
|2nd bigger Junior Man||Pierre Lardet||Stanley Flint|
|2nd bigger Junior Woman||Lizzie Stansfield||Lizzie Stansfield|
|1st smaller Junior Woman||Megan Brown||Megan Brown|
|1st smaller Junior Man||Benji Edmondson||Benji Edmondson|
|1st Family group||Wright family||Wright family|
|2nd Family group||Rathjen family||Rathjen family|
Well done to everyone who came along to Levenhall today, and especially welcome to visitors from elsewhere and particularly those from foreign parts. Despite the wet forecast in the middle of the week we were able to enjoy wonderful weather, although running back westwards into the wind was harder, perhaps more exhilarating, than running out eastwards.
We are sorry that combining the results of the orienteering scores and the puzzle scores took longer than anticipated and that most people had drifted away before we could hold the prizegiving. A list of winners will be posted soon. We were a bit overstretched at registration and download. On Friday morning we had 37 pre-entries. When entries closed in the evening it had more than doubled to over 80, then almost 40 entries on the day took us up to an amazing, but slightly overwhelming, 120.
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.
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
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.