Balgone Estate
Saturday 30 April 2022

Balgone Estate  Saturday 30 April 2022

The Loch at Balgone cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Keith Burns - geograph.org.uk/p/2959761

Thanks to all who came to compete and to help at our first event in this beautiful area. Special thanks to Godfrey Beddard for organising a strong team of helpers including those who volunteered to collect in controls as the weather was deteriorating.

Apologies to Green runners for the missing kite for your control #7.

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.

Advance Information

Balgone is a brand new area for orienteering in East Lothian and has been professionally mapped for this event. It is a wooded area with two lochs and plenty of spectacular landscape features.

We are very grateful to James Grant-Suttie and the Balgone estate for permission to map and use this beautiful area for orienteering.

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

Type of event:

Local event in the East of Scotland Orienteering Association (ESOA) series

Balgone Heughs – photo credit: M. Atkinson

Terrain:

  • Shorter courses are limited to the path network around the two lochs.
  • Longer courses also venture along the wooded corridor of the John Muir Way and include some steeper terrain along the great escarpment which runs east to west.
  • Please observe any out of bounds areas including private gardens of houses in the estate.
  • Runners on Orange and Green courses are likely to follow a 50 metre section of path which passes along near the top of a 5 metre crag. The path is always a couple metres from the edge but care is needed here.

Other Users

The area is used by the general public including horse riders, cyclists and families. Please respect their right to be there at the same time as you are orienteering.

Dogs

Dogs should be kept on leads as there are ground nesting birds in the area

Toilets:

There are no toilets at the event. Nearest public toilets are in North Berwick.

Accessibility:

The White course is on paths which are buggy accessible.
The Yellow course includes a short uphill section which is less smooth.

Location

Nearest Town: North Berwick
Grid Ref: NT563824
Nearest Postcode: EH39 5LB

Directions

Parking and assembly will be at Balgone Barns just north of the competition area.
Approach from west only – this is the Balgone road junction near Carperstane at Grid Ref 556 824. This route will be signed from the crossroads on the B1347 at Grid Ref 549 828.
Drivers should not use the access lane from the north although anyone walking or cycling from North Berwick is welcome to use that route.
There will be a parking charge of £2 per vehicle – please bring coins.

Public Transport

The nearest public transport links are at North Berwick and you can walk, run or cycle south along the John Muir Way to Balgone.

Nearest Defibrillator:

North Berwick Sports Centre

Registration & Start Times

Registration

Please enter in advance online if possible although there will be some entry on the day (payable by credit/debit card) while map numbers allow.
Please select an early start time if you would like help or advice before running or if you think you might take a long time to complete your course.

Start and Finish:

Start times will be from 1:30pm to 3:00pm.
Start and finish locations are very close to each other – approximately 400 metres from assembly and car park.

Courses Close:

The courses will close at 4:00pm so you should report to the Finish by then, even if you have not completed your course.

Course Information

Map

The map is printed at 1:7500 with 5m contours.

Timing

SportIdent (SI) electronic timing will be used – we will have SIs for hire free of charge but there is a £30 charge if lost. Units, apart from start and finish, will be set for contactless punching.

Courses

There will be White, Yellow, Orange and Light Green courses.

Course Length / Ascent Difficulty
White1.1km / 20mVery Easy
Yellow2.6km / 40mEasy
Orange3.2km / 70mModerate
Light Green4.2km / 90mDifficult

More details about the colour coding is available on the Scottish Orienteering website.

Organiser:

Godfrey Beddard

Planner:

Pete Younger

Entry Charges

Entry is cheaper if you are a current 2022 member of a club affiliated to Scottish or British Orienteering.

Please ensure that your membership has been renewed for 2022.

British/Scottish
Orienteering member*
Non‑member
Seniors£4£6
Juniors£1.50£2.50
Parent and Child 
(one parent with one child)
£2.50£3.50
Larger Family Groups 
(one or more children accompanied by one or more adults)
£3£5
Pair of Seniors£5£7
Pair of Juniors 
(no accompanying adults)
£2£3
*Members of any orienteering club will receive a discount for pre-entry only.

Safety and Risk

A comprehensive risk assessment has been carried out by the organisers, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event

Medical Conditions:

If you, or anyone in your group (including juniors), have a medical condition that first-aiders or health professionals should know about in the event of accident or illness during the course of the event please print off the Medical Form, complete it fully and bring it along to the event.   You should complete a separate copy for each individual who has a medical condition.  Please leave the completed Medical Form at Event Registration.  If it is not in a labelled sealed envelope, it will be put in one and will be opened only in an emergency.  It will be shredded immediately after the event if you do not claim it back.

Privacy

When entering our events your name will appear in the results section of this website and may appear in newspaper reports.
We may also take photographs at the event for publicity purposes – please let us know if you do not want us to use your photograph in this way.
Read our privacy policy.

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2 thoughts on “Balgone Estate
Saturday 30 April 2022

    1. Michael Post author

      I believe that EOD maps will be distributed on a first come, first served basis but we have ordered extra!

      We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

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