Thanks to everyone who came along to beautiful sunny June afternoon in East Lothian and to Joel who planned for the first time. Challenging courses were always going to be the order of the day at this time of year with the vegetation springing up in June.
Particular thanks to Robin, Sheila and Pete who all helped out without running and to Jenny, Jamie, Ian and Jeff who helped with the start and/or brought in the controls. There must have been a slight sinking feeling about volunteering for that when the heavens briefly opened later in the afternoon but thankfully it cleared up again quickly.
We look forward to seeing you in North Berwick at the end of August.
Thank you to everyone who joined us in Longniddry on a lovely summer evening. For a small event, there seemed to be a lot going on (not least, Robin and Sheila’s flat tyre). Our apologies for the problems with the card reader that held people up at registration — the reader just needed an on/off cycle, but Robin and I weren’t holding the button down long enough. A sleek piece of tech, but by the same token, totally devoid of instructions!
In retrospect we should have had a kite, or something else very visible, at the Finish — sorry to those of you who didn’t find it easily. Whatever it says on the map, no one should actually have to navigate the run-in!
Particular thanks to Robin and Sheila for IT and Start duty respectively, to Simon for his courses, and to Michael for showing us how to press a button correctly 🙂
Everyone I spoke to enjoyed Simon’s courses. They were predictably fast, with lots of route choice, but little time to pause and think. Both Simon and I knew there was an ad-hoc beer garden in the car park behind the Longniddry Inn — we could helpfully have marked that OOB on the map. The run-in to Finish was entertaining for friends and family, and gave the download team a handy heads-up, but some of you were dodging water bottles and flying footballs, which we didn’t bargain on! Thanks to you all for coming.
Thanks to Duncan Leishman for planning tonight’s courses which were enjoyed on a warm summer’s evening – perfect sprintelope weather which we haven’t seen too much of recently. Hopefully you didn’t get trapped going to 19 and that the grounds of Loretto not being marked as OOB didn’t put you off. It looks like there is some nice terrain on the west side of the river so hopefully our map will develop in that direction!
Despite many club stalwarts being away at the Scottish Championships we continued our regular slot of staging a local event on the last Saturday of the month.
Thanks, as usual, to all who came and to the team who stepped up to run the event. Special thanks to Jamie Wilson who was planning a cross-country style event for the first time and whose courses were well-received for making the most of the Barns Ness map.
If you failed to punch a control in the Shrubbery you have been given a 30 second penalty. We hope you enjoyed the challenge and didn’t lose too much blood in the process. Thanks Oleg and Evgueni. RS (Not really the controller)
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.
Gosford is a privately-owned estate stretching between the East Lothian villages of Longniddry and Aberlady. The area contains 18th-Century Gosford House and its park in the centre, sections of farmland, and surrounding deciduous woodland. Although the event will stay away from the House itself, the parkland contains many interesting features such as ornamental ponds, ha-has, a mausoleum, a grotto, and an ex-POW camp.
Orienteers of all abilities are welcome to join us on the day when we will have a range of courses to suit everyone including beginners.
It is much easier to plan and run an event when you know that the courses are going to be enjoyed and it was clear from the outset that this was likely to be the case. The earlier time of year meant that the daffodils would be out and the nettles wouldn’t be a problem. This resulted in lots of smiles as people returned to download after their courses.
My thanks go to all be those who helped with parking, issuing dibbers, welcoming folks and providing a smooth start and some friendly advice on navigation.
It was encouraging to hear positive feedback about all four courses and we look forward to seeing you in April when we will be revealing our brand new map of Balgone Estate south of North Berwick which a surprising number of folks from East Lothian have never visited before!
The club was pleased to provide such splendid weather for you to enjoy this afternoon at Gosford – all planned of course – and the woods and parkland were in equally good shape. I hope the courses matched up to this setting to some degree. Certainly, your feedback at the finish suggested most people enjoyed them.
Gosford is a great area and it has been a privilege to spend time there planning this event, seeing the woods, the lakes, the wildlife in different conditions through the winter, culminating in today’s superb spring atmosphere. My thanks are due to the Estate, particularly the Ranger, Stewart Lyle, for his help, and to Michael Atkinson for supporting me with the planning – and for all the rest of the event organisation. Also, thanks to the big team of control collectors – Hanne, Dave, Godfrey, Jamie, Duncan and Thomas – for making it quick and easy clearing up.
Many thanks to all who came and to the many helpers on the day. Thanks also to Neil for planning courses which squeezed every drop of interest from the small park area around Seafield Pond and included challenging dunes navigation on the longer courses.
We had to make a late change to one course due to a permission issue but hope that your start wasn’t too badly delayed.
The swans were not included in the Risk Assessment but they were very inquisitive about the controls.
Butterdean is near Gladsmuir village between Tranent and Haddington. It is a flat wood densely planted with conifers and patches of birch or ash. There is a good track and path network. The wood is home to a range of wildlife and some animal sculptures. It is managed by the Woodland Trust and East Lothian Council.
Please note that we are using a new event base: Parking, Enquiries and Start/Finish are all on the east side of the wood – see detailed directions below.
This was my first time as planner and was a learning experience. Fortunately I had a lot of support and the chance to visit the woods several times to check on potential control sites and conditions. These changed many times over the preceding months as several gales swept through the area. Many trees were brought down in Storm Arwen, some of which were cleared – But the white course required a diversion to avoid a dangerous area.
The woods were in very good condition, with low undergrowth and reasonably dry underfoot. Driving rain during the day caused the paths to churn up as time went on. It took 3 hours to put out the controls and less than 30 minutes for the winner to complete the Light Green course! I tried to absorb as much feedback as possible to distil into my next time as planner. Overall the comments were encouraging. There was one control that gained some notoriety for being a little hard to see, and the Orange course was perhaps at the upper end for that grade. But many claimed to have had fun, which is the most important thing for me.
Especial thanks to Ian for making several trips to assess the woods, Michael for updating the map, Beth for setting out the controls, and those that helped collect in the controls at the end of a long day. The hard background work of the ELO team goes without saying.