Yellowcraig is a mixed coastal area of forest, sand-dunes and open grassland which provides plenty of challenge for new and experienced orienteers. The map was updated for the 2016 Scottish Championships and there is a network of paths and ditches through the woods and dunes.
The island of Fidra, reputedly the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, lies just to the north-west and is an RSPB nature reserve.
We have a guest course planner in David Robertson of ESOC who has set the courses…
- Simple result and split times
- Winsplits – compare split times with others
- Routegadget – draw your route for others to see
Barns Ness and Whitesands consist of coastal grass along with a mixture of sandy and rocky shorelines. The area has had limeworks for centuries, and as you explore the area you’ll see a number of 18th-century limekilns.
Orienteers of all abilities are welcome to join us on the afternoon of Saturday 30 June where we will have a range of courses to suit everyone.
The Jamie Stevenson Orienteering Competition was held up in Braemar on 17th June. The courses were just for juniors and ELO had a very small team of just three people:
Many thanks to everyone who came to any of the five ELO Sprintelopes this year. Thanks also to all those who helped – especially Robin for the SI and to all our urban planners – Ian (twice), Sheila, Michael and our guest planner Graeme Ackland.
The urban courses were well supported and popular but we didn’t have cubs, scouts, guides etc on the park courses as in previous years. Perhaps we will rethink the format for 2019 – please contact us with suggestions about the format and when and where you would like to see these events.
Although ELO didn’t have a lot of successes to shout about at the two big events held in Scotland last month we do send hearty congratulations to two successful members …
- Emily Atkinson won a silver medal in her age group at the British Orienteering Individual Championships at Balmoral on 20th May
- Sheila Strain won her age group at the Scottish Championships at Achagour on 27th May and is therefore a Scottish Champion
This was the fourth ELO event in the summer 2018 Sprintelope series taking place on Wednesday evenings. These are lightweight informal events featuring a mix of traditional White and Score courses within a public park for youngsters and Urban Sprints around the surrounding streets for adults.
Again this year we were based near the main gate of Lewisvale Park which is a landscaped public park near the town centre.
East Lothian Schools held an event at Levenhall on World Orienteering Day – 23 May 2018
Graeme Ackland of Interlopers kindly offered to be guest planner for Urban courses this week – so this event will fit our usual SprintELOpe pattern …
This is the third ELO event in the summer 2018 Sprintelope series taking place on Wednesday evenings. These are lightweight informal events featuring a mix of traditional White and Score courses within a public park for youngsters and longer Urban courses in the surrounding area for adults.
This was the second ELO event in the summer 2018 Sprintelope series taking place on Wednesday evenings. These are lightweight informal events featuring a mix of traditional White and Score courses within a public park for youngsters and Urban Sprints around the surrounding streets for adults.
The event was based at Haddington’s Neilson Park beside the rugby pitch which is across Mill Wynd from the Aubigny Centre.
There were long (5km) and shorter (3km) versions of the urban courses planned by Iain Rowland.
Special thanks to Hanne Robertson (ESOC) for making the mini controls available for this event.
Saturday afternoon saw us at a brand new area for orienteering in East Lothian: Gosford Estate.
Many thanks to all the many competitors and helpers who came and especially to Tim Harding for planning the courses. Although the area is quite large it is tough for the planner to avoid the many OOB areas and impassable barriers – those two metre ha-has – but Tim found a full range of technical difficulty.
Thank you to everyone for coming, and to everyone who helped. Sorry we ran out of Green maps so early — we were too humble when deciding numbers. Guiding people around all those obstacles ate up a lot of controls, and I wanted the Green to get into the Limekiln and Barr Moon strips, and that used even more — apologies to those Green runners champing at the bit while I was still setting out the last few!
It was interesting seeing how rapidly the terrain changed during the month or so I was planning: when I began, there was no vegetation on the ground, no leaves on the trees — so sightlines were much longer — and the wide ditches were seriously full, quite hazardous. At one point, the area round the ponds was closed to the public, because of waterlogging, which would have killed the event. It was a big relief when it re-opened, as I think if we’d had to postpone even a week, the vegetation would have changed the dynamics of the courses.
I’d particularly like to thank Pat Blashill from Stirling Surveys for his mapping, and for going the extra mile (kilometre!) to get every detail right.
Many thanks go to the Glassel Park Association for giving us permission to run on the privately owned parkland and footpaths through the centre of the village and enabling us to start our summer series in Longniddry. It was super to see the weather improve in time for the event and so all the competitors enjoyed a sunny spring evening orienteering.
Thanks go to Pete for planning the park-based courses – both the white and the score course certainly seemed to go down well with those who did them – and to Sheila for the urban courses round the new map of Longniddry which was very enjoyable.