ESOA Championships / SoSOL 1
Hopetoun
11th Oct

ESOC staged the first event in this winter’s South of Scotland Orienteering League (SoSOL) programme. And the event doubled up as the East of Scotland Orienteering Association (ESOA) Championships for 2015.

The terrain at Hopetoun is generally fast in the House gardens and in the surrounding parkland with its complex fence structures used in equestrian cross country events. An extra level of complexity is provided by the limited number of allowed crossing points through the high wall separating these two areas.

Sheila retained the W65 trophy

Sheila retained the W65 trophy

ELO was one of the best represented clubs and several members put in strong performances. Once again Sheila Strain was the star performer – winning her course and her ESOA championship. Angus Wright was only a few seconds behind the winner of his category and Pete Younger came second in his. Trina Rogerson, Martyn Pegg and Robin Strain were third in each of theirs, and  Ian Rowland came fourth in the very competitive M50 category.

The next event in the SoSOL series is our own at Lothian Edge near Dunbar on 8th November.The series may be shorter this winter so you can’t afford to miss many if you want to feature in the overall SoSOL table.

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Hopetoun
11th Oct

  1. Tim Harding

    Well done, all!

    I don’t know about the other courses, but the Brown was all about the crossing points. I lost count of how many times I passed the guy at the gate by the little house on the western side. (Perhaps that means I should have been using some of the other crossings!) It was made more difficult by the fact that a lot of the uncrossable linear features were eminently physically crossable, and the pink “uncrossable” line was quite thin on the map, so you had to keep your wits about you. All in all, I thought the fast running and the centrality of the uncrossable features gave it a bit of an urban feel.

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