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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 Friday 3/12 – please read carefully

    After Storm Arwen, Midlothian Council identified dangerous sites in the park and the park had to remain closed on the original date of our event. This left us with no alternative but to postpone.

    We have rescheduled the event to Saturday, 11th December. If you have entered the event, you will get an email about the new details and we will have reopened SiEntries to allow new entries.

    We hope that if you have orienteered a few times on Saturdays that this is the perfect opportunity to come to a larger event where there is an even wider choice of courses to suit everyone!

    We look forward to seeing you at Vogrie (It was beautiful in the snow last Sunday morning and again on Friday doing the final safety check before re-opening entries)!


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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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Other News and Results

  • 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 Tuesday 28th 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.

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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.


    • Live results should be available here on the day of the event.
    • 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


    • 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…