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.
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!
- You will find the simple results here.
- WinSplits online – a better way of comparing split times.
- Routegadget – for drawing your route and looking at others.
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.
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!
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.
- Simple results and split times.
- WinSplits Online and
- Routegadget are other ways of looking back at the event and of letting others know where you went.
- Event Review
Winton Estate was a new area for orienteering in East Lothian which attracted lots of experienced orienteers and local families.
Thank you to Sir Francis Ogilvy for permission to map and run on this part of Winton Estate, and to Janis Ward, event co-ordinator for her help with the arrangements. £75 was collected for car parking which will be given to the estate as they do a lot not only to permit public access but do work in landscaping and improving and signing footpaths and walks.
“Everyone is a winner!” they say.
Although it took longer to work out the results than we had hoped, we were able to present some prizes to people who were still around on Saturday. We were a bit vague about the rules, as we weren’t sure how it was going to work out until you had started finishing. We have produced a second set of results (V2) in which a penalty was calculated for those who spent more than 10 minutes working out the puzzle and this did change the leaders in various categories.
There was some significant variation in the two lists, in particular:.
- Rachel Brown – jumped up from 3rd on V1 to 1st overall on V2
- Andrew Lindsay – 1st man on V2 having jumped up from 6th on V1
- Paul Caban – 3rd place, 1st Vet man having jumped from 8th on V1
- Duncan Edmondson – 3rd man, 2nd vet man on V2 from 11th on V1
- Ben Stansfield – 1st on V1 but dropped to 19th on V2 as he spent some extra time on the puzzle
- Oli Warlow – 2nd on V1 but dropped to 17th on V2
Below you can see both sets of prizewinners. We could justify both being “the official list” so we have tried, or will try, to distribute the (small) edible prizes to all named.
Our November local event was in Saltoun Woods.
Having a Score event rather than the usual linear courses confused some but proved a welcome change for others. Thanks to everyone who came and to the many ELO members who helped before, during and afterwards. We had some technical glitches but hope nobody had to wait too long in the cold to register or download.
Over £45 was raised for charity by Anna Harding’s baking – her cakes were vegan and delicious.
Our September event was at Butterdean Wood on Saturday 29th September.
Attendance was again helped by junior training preceding the event and there was a good mixture of ELO members and new faces. Godfrey’s courses were well appreciated and managed to wring every ounce of difficulty of what can appear to be a limited area.
You can view older results by year: