Festive Frolic: Levenhall Links
Monday 28 December 2020

Festive Frolic: Levenhall Links  Monday 28 December 2020

Levenhall Links, Musselburgh

Results

These simple results show how you ranked based on the time of your run and penalty of 2 minutes for each control you should have passed.
This page shows the results (pdf) after giving the bonus 2 minutes for each item you matched to the correct site.
This sheet (pdf) shows the correct answers for the Christmas Items / Control Description puzzle.

More details of the results and a report will be added later. Contact us if you see any problems.

Pre Event Info

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 Monday 28th December will be different, but we hope still fun and challenging.

The Course – a Line Course

Levenhall Links is not a technically difficult area, it is a good one for a bit of easy running around, so we are only planning one course, but not one like normal, in fact just the opposite of the score event that we usually have, it will be a ‘Line’ course. Your map will have a purple line winding its way round your course, and your aim is to follow the line as closely as possible, and then look out for the controls most of which will not be marked on your map. There is likely to be something else to think about at each control (but we are still working on the details). There will be a selection of distances to choose from on the day, from approx 3km to 10km.

If you, or junior members of your group, are concerned that this might be too difficult, put a note to say so in the comments section of the entry form, and we will look at giving you a simpler map.

Competition Information

Date: Monday 28th December, 2020
Location: Levenhall Links, starting from the west end.

Planner: Sheila Strain

Courses and Entry

Enter using the Google form – one form per entry i.e. per person/pair/group

One entry per individual, pair or group going together on one ‘dibber’.

At the time of writing this event would only be open to residents of East Lothian (and Borders?) but we hope that the rules will change and more of our friends can take part. If outside East Lothian, please complete a form if you will come if allowed (but see below for payment).

Payment

No cash or other payments are to be taken on the day. Best way of paying for your entry is by an on-line payment to the ELO account:
East Lothian Orienteering Club.  You will receive an email with a note of the bank details.
In the place for Reference please put FF followed by your name so that we can match the payment with your registration slip.

If you are not resident in East Lothian, we do not expect you to pay until it is clear that you can take part.

If you can’t do online banking, then try making a payment at a bank branch. Bottom line is to put it into a sealed envelope and we will have a bag in which to drop it and which we will not handle till 72 hours have passed.

The amount you are due is as follows:
Single Senior £4; Single Junior £1.50; Pair of Seniors £5 (two maps available); Pair of juniors £2 (two maps); Junior with accompanying adult £2.50 (two maps)

For larger groups, add £1 for each additional adult and 50p for each additional junior.

There is an additional charge for non-members – add an extra £2 for an adult or £1 for a junior.

If you are in credit having paid for the Vogrie event, then we will be transferring that to this event.

Parking

In the outer, open, car park at Outdoor Education behind the racecourse buildings. Take Balcarres Road from behind Loretto and take care at the last junction as the priority road swings round to the left.

Get Directions

Start Blocks

No mass start this year, unlike most Festive Frolics, starts will be at one minute intervals as with our other recent events, and the start list will be emailed out once it is prepared.

Early 11 – 11.30; Middle 11.30 – 12; late 12 – 12:30.

‘Dibbers’

If you require to hire ‘dibbers’ they will have been labelled individually at least 72 hours ahead of the day and then laid out in a box for uplifting. After downloading, drop the dibber into the container provided.

Start

Unless you need to collect a dibber you should go straight to Start. Exit the gate to the car park then double back along the path immediately north of the fence. Not far.

The Course – a Line Course

Levenhall Links is not a technically difficult area, it is a good one for a bit of easy running around, so we are only planning one course, but not one like normal, in fact just the opposite of the score event that we usually have, it will be a ‘Line’ course. Your map will have a purple line winding its way round your course, and your aim is to follow the line as closely as possible, and then look out for the controls most of which will not be marked on your map. There is likely to be something else to think about at each control (but we are still working on the details). There will be a selection of distances to choose from on the day, from approx 3km to 10km.
If you, or junior members of your group, are concerned that this might be too difficult, put a note to say so in the comments section of the entry form, and we will look at giving you a simpler map.

Finish

Finish will be near the car park. Remember to head straight to Download then direct to your car. Sorry, unlike every other Festive Frolic, no socializing, no results display, no prize giving. All just for fun!

Download

The download unit will be on a table well in front of the person supervising. We are not yet sure how we will be working out any results, more in the final details.

General Safety

When thinking about Covid safety, bear in mind that any person could be infectious and any surface could be contaminated. The 2 metre physical distancing rule (for adults) should be stuck to throughout.
While we are allowed up to 30 in an area such as start and out in the competition area, the rule of 6 people from 2 households applies outwith the competition area, specifically around Download and the Car Park.

Although masks are not required outdoors you are advised to carry one in your pocket just in case you need to be closer to someone.
Hand gel will be available and should be used as described below, but you are advised to carry your own bottle and use it any time you might be touching something such as stiles or gates.

Reminder – this is a fun event, keeping physical distancing is more important than a few moments onto your time so if someone else is at a control, hold back till they have moved away.

‘Dibbers’ should be inserted into the SI unit without touching the unit. Please supervise children for this.

BOF Code of Practice: This is included on the entry form and must be read before entering. Entering confirms that you have read it and will comply.

Symptoms/Self isolating
No-one must come along if they or anyone in their household is showing any symptoms of Covid-19 or if they have been asked to self-isolate or quarantine. Entry fees will be returned to anyone who has to withdraw because of this.

We have been asked to point out that people in higher risk categories as set out by the government should be aware that attending puts you at increased risk.

The most important Guideline is to be kind and considerate to everyone you may meet – helpers, other competitors and the general public. We will be very much in the public eye at Levenhall.

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