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SoSOL: Duns Wood
Sunday 24 November 2019

ELO invites you to the final entry in the 2019 SoSOL series at Duns Wood on Sunday 24th November.

Duns Wood comprises varied blocks of woodland with an extensive path network. The conifer blocks vary in maturity and density while the deciduous areas are generally clear and runnable in autumn. With the last leaves clinging to the trees the woods are looking delightful just now – although they are wet underfoot this year.

This is the first event at Duns for six years. Godfrey Beddard has expanded and redrawn the map to include much of the point detail missing from the previous version.

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Membership open for 2020

2020 membership is open from 1st November whether you are renewing your membership or joining ELO for the first time. If you pay now you will be a member until the end of 2020.

There are two membership options depending on whether you wish to join British Orienteering as well as Scottish Orienteering and ELO …

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North Berwick Law
Saturday 26 October 2019


We have now distinguished those who took the Odd-Even Score Challenge.

Thanks to everyone who came from near and far (Sweden! Preston!) and to all the helpers especially Robin and Sheila Strain and Jamie Wilson who were kept very busy on a sunny October afternoon.

Apologies for my error in transposing two SI boxes (133 and 134) on the Score course and I hope it didn’t delay you for too long.

Congratulations to Daniel Halliday for completing the Score clean sweep and rose to the Challenge of doing all the Odds before the Evens – and braved the gorse in shorts!

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Monday 28th October 2019

It’s that time of year again – with both ELO and ESOA holding their 2019 AGMs.

ELO’s AGM was held at the Outdoor Learning base near Musselburgh racecourse on Monday 28th October. There was a very healthy attendance this year for a very full agenda. Detailed minutes of the proceedings will be available shortly.

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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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