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  • 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 usually 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!

    For the East of Scotland Orienteering (ESOA) Championships we are grateful to the ranger service and neighbouring landowners who have allowed us to greatly extend the range of the map into the former golf course and into some areas of disused quarries which provide regions of intricate contour detail.

    Update at 17:00 Saturday – please read carefully

    The controller visited Vogrie this morning and there were some fallen branches overhanging paths, but nothing to cause him alarm. However Midlothian Council have identified other dangerous sites and although they have contractors working today they have said that the park will remain closed until Monday. This leaves us with no alternative but to postpone.

    We are hoping to reschedule the event to Saturday, 11th December subject to permissions. Further details about a final decision and transferring your entry or getting a refund will follow early in the week.

    Sorry to disappoint you; just imagine how we feel.

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  • 2022 membership is now open 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 2022.

    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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  • It was great to see so many new faces at today’s event despite the poor early weather and the muddy conditions underfoot.

    Many thanks to all the competitors, to Godfrey Beddard for planning the courses, and to the many helpers involved in setting up and conducting the event as well as collecting controls afterwards.

    There were many appreciative comments about Godfrey’s courses although some people found the Light Green tougher than expected from a partially urban course.

    Results

    • Simple results are here.
    • Routegadget allows you to plot your route, either by hand or by downloading a gpx file from a watch or phone and to look where you and others went.
    • Winsplits Online gives another way of comparing your times for each leg.
    • British Orienteering collect results from all events and publish ranking scores for larger events.
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  • Many thanks to the very healthy turnout of members who took part in our ELO AGM held over Zoom on 13th October. Most of the existing offfice holders were re-elected to continue in post but Jamie Wilson takes over as the new club Chair. Under the unusual circumstances the agenda was again slightly shorter than usual but we managed to make all the required decisions. Full minutes will follow.

    Remember that the ESOA (East of Scotland Orienteering Association) AGM will be held in person on Thursday 4th November 2021 from 19:00 at The Steading at Hillend west of Edinburgh. ELO is part of ESOA so all our members are invited and entitled to attend that meeting too.

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  • In 2022 ELO will again offer an ambitious programme of events and activities.

    Please let us know if you can help as Planner or Organiser. Some of these 2022 events already have planners pencilled in but several volunteers are still needed.

    Don’t worry if you haven’t planned before because you will work with an experienced mentor offering advice and guidance.

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  • Many thanks to all who came today and particularly to the team of helpers who made the event go smoothly, including…

    SI team – Joel and Michael, and Robin setting up in advance
    Start team – Jamie and Jeff
    Control collectors – Joel, Pete B, and Sabine of ESOC

    I apologise if you found your course or the terrain around the Law to be tougher than you expected. The good news is that next month’s event will be at Lochend Woods in Dunbar where there is unlikely to be more than a few metres of ascent or descent on any course.

    Pete Younger – Planner

    Results

    • Simple results are here.
    • Winsplits Online gives another way of comparing your times for each leg.
    • Routegadget allows you to plot your route, either by hand or by downloading a gpx file from a watch or phone and to look where you and others went
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  • Barns Ness and Whitesands consist of coastal grass along with a mixture of sandy and rocky shorelines. The area has had limeworks for centuries, and as you explore the area you’ll see a number of 18th-century limekilns.

    Orienteers of all abilities are welcome to join us on the day when we will have a range of courses to suit everyone.

    Results

    • Simple results are here.
    • Winsplits Online gives another way of comparing your times for each leg.
    • Routegadget allows you to plot your route, either by hand or by downloading a gpx file from a watch or phone and to look where you and others went
    Read more…