John Muir County Park, Dunbar
Saturday 25th February 2023

John Muir County Park, Dunbar  Saturday 25th February 2023

John Muir Country Park

Thanks to everyone who took part on a chilly day of raw east wind across the dunes of Spike Island. Particular thanks to Godfrey who planned the courses and to the many ELO members who helped in advance and on the day.

Apologies to any runners on Green who were delayed by the misplaced SI units – controls 16 and 19 were in the correct places but their units were swapped.


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  • 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.

General Information

Advance information:

For this event we will not be venturing into the woods of JMCP because the trees felled by Storm Arwen in 2021 have yet to be cleared.

Instead all courses will be in and around dunes on either side of the protected tidal marsh. These dunes are covered by spiky marram grass with a good path network on the inland side and a visit to coastal Spike Island providing a navigational challenge for the more technical courses.

Type of event:

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

John Muir Country Park
John Muir Country Park


  • Paths for shorter courses with longer courses venturing into the sand dunes and onto Spike Island.
  • Please observe any out of bounds areas.

Other users:

The area is very well used by the general public including dog walkers and families. Please respect their right to be there at the same time as you are orienteering.


The area is well used by dog walkers so dogs are welcome to come with orienteers.


Toilets are available adjacent to the parking.


White and Yellow courses are negotiable by buggies although there may be muddy sections even on the paths and some narrow paths in the dunes.


Nearest Town: Dunbar
Grid Ref: NT652787
Nearest Postcode: EH42 1XF


Follow signs to Dunbar and West Barns from the A1. Turn left at the brown signs.

Public Transport

The X7 stops nearby.

Registration & Start Times


This will be online (and for newcomers at the car park) – look for the ELO flag and tent!
Please select an early start time if you think you might take a long time to complete your course.

There is a charge for parking. The reference number on the RingGo app is 21006.

Start and Finish:

You can start at any time between 1:30pm and 3:00pm.

The courses close at 4:00pm so if you think you may take a while we would advise starting nearer 1:30.

Start and finish are close to registration.

Courses Close:

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

Entry Charges

Entry is cheaper if you are a current 2023 member of a club affiliated to Scottish or British Orienteering.

Please ensure that your membership has been renewed for 2023.

British/Scottish Orienteering member* (Pre-entry)Non‑member
& late entry
Pair of Seniors£5£7
Pair of Juniors (no accompanying adults)£2£3
Junior and Parent£2.50£3.50
Family Groups (one or more children accompanied by one or more adults)£6£8

*Members of any orienteering club will receive a discount for advance entry only (usually by the Monday before the event so we can order maps).

Course Information


The map is printed at 1:5000 with 2.5m contours.


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.


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

Course Length / Ascent Description
White1.9km / 10mVery easy
Yellow2.8km / 20mEasy
Orange3.7km / 30mMedium
Green4.6km / 40mHard

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


Trina Rogerson


Godfrey Beddard

Safety and Risk

A comprehensive risk assessment (RA) 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.

Small children should be supervised when near the pond.

The RA will be available for inspection at Registration.

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.


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