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!
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.
Our August event was at Dunbar in our regular slot of the last Saturday of the month. It was be based at the Seafield area of Belhaven and courses were planned by Godfrey Beddard.
Planner’s Comments:It was a very windy day so only the hardiest souls came out for orienteering at Barns Ness on Saturday. The East Linton and Gifford branch of the Cubs seemed to enjoy the White course and a handful of them took on the Yellow course too. The course area might be described as fast since there are lots of paths and the area is open so visibility is excellent. However some cubs were rescued having promised Jonathan (co-planner) a sausage from their BBQ. Most seemed to get round with few hitches. The ever-changing shape of the gorse is always a worry to any planner. The planning team discussed using the small kites next year so they are slightly harder to find. Next stop for the Si units is Ballater for the 6 days. I hope to see some of you there in August. Andrea
Thanks to everyone who came and particularly to Tim Day and the Aberlady Cubs and Scouts who have enthusiastically supported this SprintELOpe programme.
Michael’s urban courses were well received and we were again lucky with the weather – the heavens opened just as the last control was collected at 8:30.
After the previous day’s torrential rain the weather was kind – although with strong winds a tight grip was needed on the map.
There was a fair turnout bolstered by Brownies and Guides who took part enthusiastically and navigated (mostly) with accuracy around Winterfield and Bayswell parks.
Even those of us who know Dunbar well were taken to some hidden byways on the urban courses and there were many compliments for Trina’s planning.
Weren’t we lucky with the weather?! The rain held off until everyone had run, the controls were all collected, and we were all back home.
The Law is a tricky area to plan for. It is small, often steep, mostly open, contains several hazards, and since the arrival of the ponies and the efforts of the rangers to combat path erosion, is tightly fenced. So it is very constrained. The Whisky Bottle and the wooded area add a little variety, but the former has a steep-sided lake that make its nice path network questionable for junior courses, and the latter turned out to be largely full of brashings! I was very grateful for the urban map that permitted a new twist for the Light Green course. The White and Yellow courses didn’t work at my first attempt (looked great on paper!), but fell into place after I swapped them around and made some additions and corrections to the map.
ELO hosted the 5th event in the bto Scottish Orienteering Urban League as a prologue to the 2017 Scottish Championships.
Video:Some people liked the event because, as long as you didn’t lose the place, you could run pretty fast, but not quite as fast as in this video starring Freddie Carcas, filmed by Alastair Thomas and edited by Max Carcas. Worth 4 minutes of your time!
Thanks to you all for coming and special thanks to the volunteers who helped put the event on: Pete Younger (Planner), Michael Atkinson, Andrea Davidson, Saartje Drijver, Duncan Edmondson, Tim Harding and Sheila and Robin Strain.
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