Many thanks to everyone who came and especially to Tim and Val Harding for running the entries and SI timing as well as to Trina Rogerson and the Atkinson family for their invaluable contributions.
Considering the number of other events on today the turnout was gratifying and most people seemed to enjoy the gentle and varied pleasures of Levenhall Links.
Fastest six on Light Green were all ELO members with Thomas Brownsort in top spot – despite feeling under the weather! Congratulations also to Angus Wright and Joel Atkinson for very successfully stepping up to Light Green for the first time.
And well done to all the first time runners who skipped round the Long Orange course.
Course times were fast – perhaps helped by the recent mowing away of large areas of waist-high grass from the centre of the map. The balance between open land and woodland is constantly changing here and mapping stuggles to keep track with the new growth. In a few years the available area for courses should grow as the ash lagoons become covered in vegetation.
Our next event will be at Yellowcraig near Dirleton on 28th October. It will use the new map created for the Scottish Championships in May 2017.
ELO’s September event will be held at Levenhall Links between Musselburgh and Prestonpans.
Type of event: Local event in the East of Scotland Orienteering Association (ESOA) series.
There will be the usual Saturday range of courses plus a Long Orange course designed for strong runners who are new to orienteering or want a gentler navigational challenge.
This is the first ‘full’ event at Levenhall since February 2014 – although there was a SprintELOpe here in May 2015 too.
Levenhall Links is an interesting area in that the whole of the western part, the main section of the map, has been built up over the years from the ash from Cockenzie Power Station. Old maps show the racecourse as being on the shore originally. The sea wall was built and then the lagoons were filled with the ash slurry which was pumped from Cockenzie and sprayed out. As the sections were filled, they were landscaped, forming the pond and the bird sanctuary (the out of bounds area just east of the pond). Now that the power station has closed and been demolished, the remaining dark ashy bits are gradually becoming more attractive.
The map includes the old Morrison’s Haven, a once-thriving harbour which was infilled for safety reasons after it fell into disuse in the early twentieth century. Prior to that, the area around the harbour was an industrial site with chemical based factories, making sulphuric acid, soap, glass etc.
Nearest town: Musselburgh
Grid Ref: NT 363 733
Postcode: EH21 7PS
- White (very easy) 1.6 km
- Yellow (easy) 2.5 km
- Orange (moderate) 3.7 km
- Long Orange (moderate) 6.0 km – this course gives a longer run with a gentle navigational challenge
- Light Green (hard) 5.1 km
There is little significant climb on any course.
- Seniors (born 1995 or earlier)
British Orienteering members – £3
Non-members – £5
- Juniors (born 1996 or later)
British Orienteering members – £1.50
Non-members – £2.50
- Groups (Adults + children)
Each additional adult in a group: add £1
- Each additional junior in a group: add 50p
Planner: Pete Younger
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