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Well, that was a bit of a surprise, and a bit of a different background to our usual events. Fortunately a rumour reached us last night that a rock/music/dance festival was taking place at Vogrie, and it seems that the Midlothian Events people who booked this in, did not tell the Park Rangers nor the Information Point about it! We arrived plenty early and scouted out the security fencing even before parkrun and found that the positions of the final controls and finish were now tucked inside the security fencing. Immediately parkrun was over, the maps and courses were studied and alternatives worked out. Finish was moved to the west of the car park so that the White course could be taken safely round to the north. Orange and Green course competitors were left to work out the route choice of heading north or south of the newly marked out-of-bounds but changing the Yellow course was the hardest as the more obvious route would have had them running through the carparking which we deemed was not safe, so we had to have them doubling back on themselves with controls 11 and 12 being the same as 8 and 7, which took them back to the west and safely to the run-in to Finish. Most people seemed to have coped with the changes and the hand drawn alterations to the maps and were very understanding of the problems. There were rather mixed feelings about the musical (?) background which did rather drown out the woodpecker we had heard earlier as well as the other birdsongs we had been expecting to hear.
Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who made today’s event succeed. Orienteering is run by orienteers for orienteers and would not happen if we did not all play our part in putting events on.
As well as the ELO helpers, special thanks to Margaret and Les Dalgleish (ESOC) who spent their post-parkrun coffee time drawing on the changes to the Orange and Green course maps. Michael Atkinson drew the changes onto the White Course maps.
Neil McMillan (planner), Michael Atkinson and Peter, Peter Brownsort, Andrea Davidson (ESOC), Julian Hall, Tim Harding, Martyn Pegg and Jonah, Trina Rogerson, Ros Shepherd and Robin and Sheila Strain all helped.
ELO’s next local event is at Vogrie Country Park on Saturday 29th April.
Neil McMillan is our Planner for the usual range of local event courses:-
- White: very easy
- Yellow: easy
- Orange: medium
- Green: hard
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland
Terrain: A mixture of parkland and woodland with some muddy sections for White, Yellow and Orange courses. The Orange and Green course could include some wading across a burn, but this can (should) be avoided by using the bridges.
Grid Ref: NT376632
Postcode: EH23 4NU
Registration & Start Times
- Seniors (born 1995 or earlier)
British Orienteering members – £3
Non-members – £5
- Juniors (born 1996 or later)
British Orienteering members – £1.50
Non-members – £2.50
- Groups (Adults + children)
Each additional adult in a group: add £1
- Each additional junior in a group: add 50p
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