This was our second Saturday event after the easing of the virus restrictions. It was staged using the same methods of meeting the distancing and hygiene requirements as at last month’s event – except that this time we were able to include some juniors and their families from other local clubs. Thanks to everyone who attended and co-operated with the special arrangements.
Thanks to the whole event team and to Pete Brownsort for his first event as planner – he certainly posed some tough challenges in our most technically demanding area. With the added bonus of blackberries – everywhere. Remember to check for ticks.
Everyone seemed to be unanimous that it was great to be out in a real tough orienteering forest, despite finding in places that the brambles were more of a hindrance than a tasty snack! The sun shone, the woods looked wonderful and with 50 starters spread over 90 minutes the current troubles seemed far away.
Thank you to Peter Brownsort who originally planned the courses for use in April and had to spend some extra time checking and updating them for autumn use, to Sir Francis Ogilvy and Winton Estate for access to the wood, and to Keith Stuart for the use of the hardstanding for parking. Thanks also to the volunteers: Trina, Robin, Pete Y, Jamie, Duncan, Jeff, Ross, Ian, David, Hanne and Michael.
As a first-time planner it was very satisfying to sit in the sun at the finish on Saturday and hear from many of you that my courses had actually worked out. Despite the thorns and the scratches, it looked like most of you enjoyed them, at least in some way. So thank you all for coming out, and for the feedback. And my particular thanks to Trina, Robin and Sheila for mentoring me through the planning, mapping and general organising aspects; and to Hanne, David and Ian for collecting and sorting controls on Saturday afternoon.
It was great to see everyone back to the first post-lockdown event in the East of Scotland. Thank you to the Council Ranger for facilitating this.
Well done to Godfrey for planning the courses and to Colin for helping him put out and collect in the controls.
Everyone seemed to be delighted to be getting the opportunity to be orienteering again although the excuse of “being rusty” was being used to explain the navigational errors!
The splits printer was working to begin with and we don’t know (yet) why it sulked and stopped printing but you can find your splits with the results and laugh at the variously variable times recorded.
Thank you to the Start team – Michael, Ian and Jamie for setting up and running the start and for cleaning all the start equipment and units at the end.
Well done to everyone for participating within the safety guidelines with good humour all round!
Although there are no results on display today and the splits printer refused to work, we hope you found them online. Final versions are now available –
You can view the live results for the SprintELOpe series on this page.
If you have used MapRun then your results will appear automatically. If MapRun thinks you have mispunched (and you didn’t) or you have just timed yourself then you can let us know your result for any of the SprintELOpe courses by filling in this online form and your result will then appear!
It was great to see so many people including lots of first timers and new club members at this event. And weren’t we lucky with the weather?
Thanks to everyone who came and to the many teams of helpers (mappers, coaches, computing, meet-and-greeters, control collectors) involved in putting on a complex day – a junior training programme followed by a traditional orienteering event. And because the assembly area has to be some way from the wood it is an extra challenge to stage any event at Butterdean. There were a few glitches but we hope you enjoyed the event overall.
The Festive Frolic is a chance to burn off some of that Christmas turkey in a fun event with a festive twist. As usual there will be a score orienteering event (find as many controls as possible within an hour) which is open to all! There will be a mass start at 11am.
Thanks to everyone who came – and especially to Lindsey Knox for being event Controller, to Alick Hay of Duns Castle for permission to use the woods, to Duns Rugby Club for use of their palatial facilities, and to the many ELO members and family who put in a long shift to make the event possible. Coffee & Cake (& soup!) stall raised £65 for Parkinson’s UK
Ian Rowland’s courses were well received as was Godfrey Beddard’s update on the map. And – despite the mud – everybody enjoyed the beautiful woods.
Lost property: A Sprayway coat in black and grey with a navy Rab jacket lining, a pair of Scarpa trainers
ELO’s event was back in our usual slot of the last Saturday of the month. It was in Lochend Woods, Dunbar. The shorter courses were within the woods but the longest course also included some urban style orienteering.
With the extensive path network in the woods this was ideal area for juniors and those new to orienteering and it was good to see some new faces!
Thanks to all who came whether to compete or to help – and especially to Godfrey for planning the courses
This was the last ELO event for ten weeks as we take a break after a busy spring and summer programme including four urban Sprintelopes as well as a Saturday local event. Sheila Strain has also delivered seven separate activities for various youth groups across the county. Our next event is not until Saturday 7th September at Yellowcraig.