Our most recent local event was held at Butterdean Wood on Saturday 24th March 2021.
Due to CoVid restrictions it was only open to club members living within East Lothian. We hope this was the last event subject to the residence qualification and that all our future events will be once again open to all.
Many thanks to the whole team of helpers and particularly to Pete Brownsort, for planning such good courses, and to Sheila Strain, who devised the thorough CoVid protocols which convinced the Woodland Trust that we could go ahead with the event in their wood. See Pete’s comments below.
Many thanks to everyone who took part today and contributed to an optimistic return to orienteering in 2021. This was our first local event after the relaxation of the most recent CoVid19 restrictions. It took place one day short of a full year from its original scheduled date last year.
With many restrictions still in place this event was only open to current paid-up members of ELO who live within East Lothian. But although several members were debarred by living outside the county there was a full take-up of the 70 places available.
Special thanks to Godfrey Beddard who planned the courses including a proper Green which would have been a stern test at any time – and with most of us rather rusty after the lay-off it was a real challenge. Many thanks also to Sheila and Robin Strain who organised a way for the event to be as normal as possible while observing all the restrictions imposed by the current CoVid situation.
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.
With regret we have had to cancel or at least postpone this event. Following the announcement that Midlothian does not move into level 2 along with East Lothian this week it has become impossible to stage the event.
Anyone who has already entered will be contacted by email regarding refunds.
We still hope to stage the event in the near future if the changing CoVid regulations make that possible.
Many thanks to our planner, Michael Atkinson, who set up this event at short notice after we decided we could not host the scheduled SoSOL & ESOA Champs on this weekend .
Thanks to all who came and the many helpers on CoVid measures, timing, starts and control collection.
Here are some comments by the course planner, Saartje Drijver:
Judging by the feedback I received at the finish banner, today’s event was a success. It was good to see such an even spread across the courses. Some commented on how much more varied the area was than they had appreciated. Most importantly all orienteers are accounted for.
The main learning from my first attempt at planning an event is to see the area from a visitor’s point of view rather than from a local perspective. For instance, I really did not expect any Light Green runners to go through the deep marsh when there is a gate that takes you through a dry strip of communal land – sorry about that.
I would welcome entries on Routegadget to learn about the choices people made.
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. 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.