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North Berwick Law
Saturday 26 October 2019

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday 26th October for our next local event. We will have the usual White and Yellow courses for juniors plus a Score course for older and more experienced orienteers.

The Score course will have a 45 minute time allowance and there will be an optional extra tweak for those who want a tougher challenge.

Footwear: At this time of year all the paths have muddy sections and steeper parts which are very slippery – so footwear with good grips is required.

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Monday 28th October 2019

It’s that time of year again – with both ELO and ESOA holding their 2019 AGMs in the next few weeks.

ELO’s AGM will be held at the Outdoor Learning base near Musselburgh racecourse on Monday 28th October starting at 18:30 and finishing by 20:30.

All members are very welcome to attend and give your opinions on the club’s direction for the next year.

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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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Saturday 7 September 2019

Thanks to everyone who came and especially to Duncan Edmondson our course planner. On a glorious day more than 160 people took part and many joined us at the barbecue area afterwards.


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Rankings watch

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.

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Scottish 6 Days
28th July to 3rd August

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 ***.

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Coming events

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 …

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Barns Ness
Saturday 29 June 2019

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.


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Haddington Sprintelope
Wednesday 12th June

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.


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