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East Lothian Schools’ Orienteering Festival 2019

The annual East Lothian Schools’ Orienteering Festival will take place on Wednesday May 22nd.

East Lothian Schools' Orienteering Festival Results

As well as a chance to compete on a line Orienteering course for a P5, P6 or P7 trophy there will be other orienteering activities (mazes, literacy and numeracy orienteering challenges, Musical ‘O’, Orienteering dominoes, etc) available near the start.

The competition is open to all Primary schools across East Lothian and is FREE.  The festival will be open from 9.15am to 3pm. Schools are able to bring as many or as few pupils as they wish.

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Rankings watch

Following a strong run at the British Championships in Yorkshire on 4th May Ian Rowland has jumped back to be the highest placed ELO member in the British Orienteering (BOF) rankings. In doing so he also becomes our first runner in the British top 1000 since Kirsten Strain moved south.

Ian replaces Pete Brownsort as ELO’s top. Pete had himself enjoyed a few weeks on top since supplanting Tim Harding last month.

To appear in the rankings you need to be at least 16 and compete at a regional event (or higher). You also need to be a member of BOF – not just of SOA. Your best six scores of the previous year count to your ranking position.

With the Scottish Championships coming at the end of May there is plenty of scope for others to improve their own ranking positions. And the Scottish 6 Days this summer gives the possibility of clocking up six good ranking scores in a single week.

Ormiston Sprintelope
Wednesday 8th May

This was our second 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.

Jamie Wilson was making his debut as planner and his courses got plenty of encouraging feedback. A select bunch of hardy individuals braved the wet chilly weather to explore the many intricate lanes and closes of the older and newer parts of the village.


Simple results

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Vogrie Country Park
Saturday 27 April 2019

Our Saturday local event for April was at Vogrie Country Park.

Vogrie Country Park is a woodland estate managed by Midlothian Council.  The Tyne Water runs through the park in a steep sided valley which can provide a physical challenge.  Vogrie also hosts a Saturday parkrun and has a popular playground but its varied terrain and 12 mile path network make this a popular venue for orienteering, particularly for those new to the sport.  For the more experienced there are plenty of ways to navigate between controls both on paths and off them!


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Dunbar North Sprintelope
Wednesday 24th April

This was the first 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.


Both the Long and Short courses visited the harbours and the High Street with its warren of narrow vennels.

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Binning Wood
Saturday 30th March 2019


Event Report

Many thanks to everyone who made it out to Binning Wood on Saturday afternoon – the rain in the late morning didn’t deter many people and rightly so as the clouds dispersed at lunchtime and the afternoon was spent in the sunshine.  It was encouraging to see a lots of new folks out, particularly families discovering that orienteering is a great sport for everyone in the family.  We hope to see you again at our next event.

The clearings in Binning are notoriously tricky to negotiate cleanly and definitely reward those who routinely check which path to take using their compass. Hopefully most of you managed to stay out of the worst of the rhododendrons and brashings (it certainly appeared that way from the feedback afterwards) and enjoyed the nice parts of the woods and there are plenty of those.

It’s always nice to see results where there are no mis-punches but we do agree that there was something not-quite-right with the features and distances around control 110 which was on the orange and the light green courses and held some of you up.

The aim of the light green course was to give plenty of route choice so you may be interested to see some of the choices which were available:

Thanks also to all the volunteers – without you, we wouldn’t be able to hold fantastic events like this each month!

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Compass Sport Trophy
17th March 2019
Dunrod Hill

Well done to all of the ELO team who made the long trek to Dunrod Hill’s slushy moorland west of Glasgow for the Scottish heat of the Compass Sport Trophy. Despite valuable individual contributions across the team we were rather depleted this year and finished in 9th place of the eleven ‘small’ clubs attending.

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John Muir Country Park, near Dunbar
Saturday 23 February 2019

Our February event was in John Muir Country Park (JMCP) near Dunbar. Despite rival events on Deeside we had another strong attendance with many families as well as a sprinkling of more experienced orienteers.  The club tent didn’t (quite) blow away and everyone came back safe and sound and looking cheerful.

Many thanks to everyone who attended and to all the ELO helpers especially …

  • Neil who made the timing run smoothly and Robin who set it up in advance
  • Matt, Ian and Trina who collected controls as well as other roles.


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What is the Scottish 6 Days?

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.

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Membership 2019

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…

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