For longer than most of us can remember ELO have put on a fun orienteering event between Christmas and New Year. As well as finding the controls there has been a puzzle to add to the challenge. A mass start, a social gathering and a lively prize giving have made up for a great way to work off some of the Christmas excesses.
This year’s Festive Frolic at Levenhall on Saturday 30th December will be fun and challenging.
Orienteers of all abilities are welcome to join us on the day when we will have something to suit everyone.
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!
Butterdean is near Gladsmuir village between Tranent and Haddington. It is a flat wood densely planted with conifers and patches of birch or ash. There is a good track and path network. The wood is home to a range of wildlife and some animal sculptures. It is managed by the Woodland Trust and East Lothian Council.
Please note that we are using a new event base: Parking, Enquiries and Start/Finish are all on the east side of the wood – see detailed directions below.
Usual thanks to all the very many who came to run and to the many helpers who made the event possible.
Score events require an extra set of decision making skills and many runners enjoyed this change. Well done to those brave souls who added the challenge of “Odds before Evens”.
More than 30 tried the RetrO course. Sample comment – “I’ll never complain about SI timing again”. Special mention to Fran Humphrey who entered into the spirit by actually bringing a stamped addressed envelope for the results – just like pre-internet days.
Saartje’s reduced refreshment stand raised £35 for Mary’s Meals.
It was great to be able to welcome so many people to Yellowcraig! Hopefully the wait at registration for a few folks was more than made up for by the excellent courses and convivial atmosphere afterwards. Patchy mobile reception meant that live results online weren’t possible but hopefully you saw the results screen (and thankfully we didn’t have to wait a week for the stamped address envelopes to arrive through the post – even for the retro course).
We look forward to seeing you next month in Butterdean where we will have a little more space for registration and can spread out! September saw experienced Orienteers having their route choice decision making challenged and next month you can have a go at a map memory course where your only chance to see each leg is on the map extract at the controls.
Yellowcraig is varied but a very small area so it’s hard to fit in a long course without tedious loops. I had thought that adding the wrinkle of “Odds before Evens” on a Score would slow down the finishing times – but many finished comfortably inside the limit even with this extra option. Perhaps for next time an even more arcane restriction is needed …
Sadly, Ian Rowland, today’s planner couldn’t be present in person. His courses each provided a tough challenge on a very hot afternoon and his Green course squeezed every drop of variety out of a small area.
Thanks to all who came to run and to help. See you in three weeks at Yellowcraig when we will be back in our regular ‘last Saturday of the month’ slot.
After an enforced summer break it was good to have a strong turnout for today’s club event at Berwick Law. The routes took runners up and down the slopes, through woodland, and along lochans. Memories of the day include the sweltering heat, the ponies repeatedly knocking down the Start banner, the ponies failing to break into the lush community allotment – and ice lollies at the finish. Thanks to Ian Rowland for planning the courses, to all the helpers beforehand and on the day, and to the catering team who raised £67 for Mary’s Meals.
It’s always a bit tricky putting out controls on courses planned by someone else – “Am I putting this control on the same feature which the planner envisaged?”. Ian couldn’t be with us today but his courses won many compliments. If any controls weren’t perfectly placed the blame is with me. Pete Younger