Results

Pathhead Sprintelope
Wednesday 18th May 2022

Pathhead Sprintelope  Wednesday 18th May 2022

Sprintelopes are lightweight informal events featuring Urban style races around the streets of towns in East Lothian and other areas in and around Edinburgh on Wednesday evenings.

In 2022, ELO are contributing four races to the series – this is the second of them around the village of Pathhead. It is the second time the village has hosted one of these events.

Results

Controller’s Report

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)

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Dunbar Sprintelope
Wednesday 4th May 2022

Dunbar Sprintelope  Wednesday 4th May 2022

Sprintelopes are lightweight informal events featuring Urban style races around the streets of towns in East Lothian and other areas in and around Edinburgh on Wednesday evenings.

In 2022, ELO are contributing four races to the series – this is the first of them around the harbour and housing of Dunbar.

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Balgone Estate
Saturday 30 April 2022

Balgone Estate  Saturday 30 April 2022

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

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Gosford Estate
Saturday 26 March 2022

Gosford Estate  Saturday 26 March 2022

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.

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.

Organiser’s Report

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!

Planner’s Report

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.

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Seafield Pond, Dunbar
Saturday 26th February 2022

Seafield Pond, Dunbar  Saturday 26th February 2022

Results

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  • British Orienteering collect results from all events and publish ranking scores for larger events.

Organiser’s Report

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.

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Butterdean Wood
Saturday 5th February 2022

Butterdean Wood  Saturday 5th February 2022

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.

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.

Planner’s Report

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.

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Festive Frolic: Levenhall Links
Tuesday 28 December 2021

Festive Frolic: Levenhall Links  Tuesday 28 December 2021

For longer than most of us can remember ELO have put on a fun orienteering event between Christmas and New Year. As well as finding the controls there has been a puzzle to add to the challenge. A mass start, a social gathering and a lively prize giving have made up for a great way to work off some of the Christmas excesses.

This year’s Festive Frolic at Levenhall on Tuesday 28th December will be fun and challenging.

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

Results

Planner’s Report

After Storm Arwen pushed East Champs back two weeks, and threw trees around Yellowcraig, then finding that the security fencing at Levenhall had spread since my last visit, this was very much a dash to the deadline – firstly to get the maps prepared and printed before the Christmas break. Thank you, all, for coming along and for the many thanks and nice comments that have been received.

While it was December gloomy, we were lucky that the early dampness dried up. Calculating bonus points would have been much more difficult in the rain. Well done to all as you competed in the spirit of a fun event as intended.
Nevertheless praise should go to –
1st overall – Sacha Chepelin
4th/ 2nd Man – Michael Atkinson
5th/ 3rd Man – Jonathan Ellis

1st Woman/ 2nd overall – Rona Lindsay
2nd Woman/ 3rd overall – Kirsten Strain
3rd Woman/ 1st Junior/6th overall – Emily Atkinson

Joel Atkinson still managed to be 2nd Junior despite losing about 10 minutes in running back to registration to replace a dud (hired) SIAC part way through.

The full 40 controls were visited by Sacha, Kirsten, Emily, Terry (STAG) and Phil M; and Jonathan and Duncan E only missed one. Sacha actually visited 64 controls altogether.

A HUGE thank you to Robin who did amazing things with SI Timing to get the letters to print out, as well as preparing the map for printing and a load of other things; and to Kirsten for getting the bonus points added in, as well as much help with setting up and taking everything down.

Thank you to Ross, Jamie, Evgueni, Jeff, Duncan/Freya and all the Atkinson family for getting the controls out and/or collected in. Forty controls would have finished me off if I had had to put them out myself!

Appreciation also to David and Hanne who went in search of, and found, the control stake “K” at the play park which had been thrown into nearby undergrowth. The actual SI unit had been grippled and was still attached to the fence but at ground level and I know some people lost time before spotting it there.

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East of Scotland Championships
Vogrie Country Park
Saturday 11 December 2021

East of Scotland Championships  Vogrie Country Park  Saturday 11 December 2021

Results

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  • 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.

Organiser’s Report

We are SO glad that we managed to hold the 2021 East of Scotland Championships just in time before we get to 2022. It was touch and go, and many thanks are due to ESOC for postponing their scheduled local event till January to leave the date free for us.

Michael’s planning was meticulous and the work on Plan B courses in the two weeks between the cancellation and the new date took over his life. Thanks to Jenny and family for lending him to orienteering for the time it took. I heard nothing but praise for his mapping and courses from competitors as they finished. While just over two years ago I spotted the potential for the golf course area when it became a footgolf course, it was Michael who had the idea of mapping the very interesting quarry area and Trina who negotiated with the various landowners there. A map from the 1890s show ‘old quarries’, we have not managed work any further back to find out when they were active.

Thanks are due to many people. Jo Cooke, the park ranger at Vogrie gave us a lot of help, and the staff of Midlothian Council got the tree works completed just in time for the event to go ahead. Dee McEwan was very cooperative not only in allowing the Blue and Brown courses to cross the track through the stable fields but also keeping horses off the tracks on the day of the event. Kate Robertson of Currie Hill Farm and James Callander of Crichton Mains also allowed us to use their land.

With the change of dates, some of the ELO team who were to help on the first date had to apologise, but fortunately about an equal number of members who had not been able to enter on the first date, came forward in the last couple of days and offered help, enabling a rota of helpers to be prepared so that everyone who wanted to compete was able to do so. Thank you to Pete Y, Jamie, Jenny, Pete B, Chris, Steph, Duncan, Debbie, Martyn, Victoria, Dermot (and Magnus), Jonah, and of course, Robin who dealt with all the entries and start lists twice through, as well as download and results.

With 66 controls, 18 warning posts on the golf course and various notices and tapes in the quarry and stable areas and only a short window of daylight after everyone had finished their courses, we were very glad of the team of control collectors – Paul (Interlopers), Joel, Debbie, Duncan, Ian, Neil, Steph and Evgueni – and I was very grateful for everyone who not only packed up the kit from start, string, download, first aid and prizegiving but also carried everything across to the car park for me.

Two weeks till the Festive Frolic!

Planner’s Report

Little did I know in November 2019 when I agreed to plan this event at Vogrie that it would be subject to so much disruption. First covid meant that the ESOA Champs couldn’t take place in November 2020, then a local score event rearranged for September 2020 using the golf course extension was cancelled by the local levels changing in Midlothian the week before the event and finally Storm Arwen prevented the event taking place in November 2021. Here we are in December and thanks to many many people it finally took place. 

It was lovely to have permission from Vogrie and from neighbouring landowners to extend the map into the golf course and the former quarries to the south. Hopefully almost everyone was able to experience new parts of Vogrie that were previously unknown to them. 

Storm Arwen caused a panic two weeks ago! My thanks go to Sheila Strain and Roger Scrutton who helped to place the controls on the Friday morning before the storm hit and then for returning on Sunday to pick up the units again in the snow and put them back out again the day before the event actually took place. The Organiser and Controller definitely spent more time in the forest than normal. We had to replan a “plan B” of courses because of dangerous trees closing two paths but thanks go to Midlothian Council for getting the tree surgery done so quickly to allow the park to be fully open for the event!

It was a privilege to plan in an area of contrasting runnability and it was interesting to see that the transitions, particularly into the golf course did cause some time losses. It was good too see younger children enjoying the string, white and yellow courses, especially those who had gone along having intended to go to the ESOC event which was kindly moved to accommodate the championships. We hope you enjoyed a taste of a larger event and that we’ll see you again soon. 

The map and the courses benefited greatly from carefully thought through feedback from the controller, Roger Scrutton, and the day was a better one for that so I would like to finish by thanking him for his input.

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Lochend Woods, Dunbar
30 October 2021

Lochend Woods, Dunbar  30 October 2021

It was great to see so many new faces at today’s event despite the poor early weather and the muddy conditions underfoot.

Many thanks to all the competitors, to Godfrey Beddard for planning the courses, and to the many helpers involved in setting up and conducting the event as well as collecting controls afterwards.

There were many appreciative comments about Godfrey’s courses although some people found the Light Green tougher than expected from a partially urban course.

Results

  • Live results should be available here on the day of the event.
  • 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.
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North Berwick Law
25 September 2021

North Berwick Law  25 September 2021

Many thanks to all who came today and particularly to the team of helpers who made the event go smoothly, including…

SI team – Joel and Michael, and Robin setting up in advance
Start team – Jamie and Jeff
Control collectors – Joel, Pete B, and Sabine of ESOC

I apologise if you found your course or the terrain around the Law to be tougher than you expected. The good news is that next month’s event will be at Lochend Woods in Dunbar where there is unlikely to be more than a few metres of ascent or descent on any course.

Pete Younger – Planner

Results

  • Simple results are here.
  • Winsplits Online gives another way of comparing your times for each leg.
  • 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
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