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.
Thanks to all competitors and the many ELO helpers today – especially to Michael for his courses which managed to find some tough new control sites and to Tim and Neil for running the SI timing and results. Michael’s invitation (below) promised a ‘fun-filled’ Saturday afternoon – perhaps the bleak weather didn’t quite allow that but most of us certainly enjoyed our runs. It was very gratifying to see so many ELO juniors taking part – with several of them successfully stepping up to tougher courses.
Apologies for the shortage of maps on Light Green – we were pleasantly surprised that so many people ignored the rival attraction of Britain’s biggest orienteering festival taking place only 300 miles away.
Found property: Black quilted jacket by Harry Hall, XL
- Results and split times
Well done to anyone who completed today’s courses – tougher than usual with steep climbs and slippery conditions underfoot.
Many thanks to the small ELO team today – Michael (liaised with junior training session at Yellowcriag), Saartje (meeting and greeting) and especially to Tim who ran the entries and timing almost single handed – and then ran – and then collected some controls. Robin checked maps and set up the timing for us beforehand.
It was great to see so many new faces today – we hope you enjoyed it. Next month’s event is at Vogrie Country Park on 31st March – and we can guarantee there won’t be so many hills to climb there.
ELO hosted the second SoSOL of the 2018 series at Binning Wood on Sunday 28th January.
Many thanks to all who came and to the many helpers – ELO members, friends and family. Trina’s courses got lots of good feedback – and it didn’t hurt that the rain stopped just as the courses opened. PY
This year’s Festive Frolic was held at John Muir Country Park outside Dunbar on Saturday 30th December.
- Results and split times (not very phone friendly)
- pdf showing final total results
- Routegadget to see how your route compared with others.
- All controls map showing the bonus controls and the Christmas Tree.
Thanks to all runners and helpers – especially Sheila Strain for her inventive Score course and for Robin Strain for incorporating the special bonuses into the SI results.
A good turnout on a chilly day enjoyed Debbie Riley’s first attempt at course planning. Debbie’s courses made the most of Butterdean’s limited area.
Around 80 took part with a huge range of age and experience – several older hands and plenty of youngsters. East of Scotland juniors held a training session before the event and a contingent from East Linton cubs and scouts worked towards their map-reading badges. And many new families and individuals who were also very welcome.
Thanks to everyone who braved the wind and ran the courses which were all on the tough side. Thanks also to the ELO members who helped – especially Neil for doing the SI – and also Trina, Ian and Godfrey and family.
Apologies for the lack of hire dibbers and for the printing error on White course maps. Normal service will doubtless be resumed at Butterdean next month!
You can view older results by year: