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Longniddry Sprintelope
Wednesday 15th June 2022

Longniddry Sprintelope  Wednesday 15th June 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 fourth of them, around Longniddry!

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

Results

Organiser’s Report

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 🙂

Controller’s Report

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.

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Musselburgh Sprintelope
Wednesday 1st June 2022

Musselburgh Sprintelope  Wednesday 1st June 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 one around Musselburgh is the third of them.

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

Results

Organiser’s Report

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!

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Congratulations Emily

Congratulations Emily

Emily Atkinson has become Scottish Champion in her W14 category. The Scottish Individual Championships for 2022 were held by Grampian Orienteers at Glen Dye which is a typically tough Deeside forest.

ELO’s other medal winners were Emily’s brother Peter and her mum Jenny who each came third in their own categories.

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Barns Ness
Saturday 28th May 2022

Barns Ness  Saturday 28th May 2022

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.

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.
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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.

Results

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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

  • 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.
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Congratulations to Joel

Congratulations to Joel

Joel Atkinson is now ELO’s highest ranked orienteer on the British Orienteering (BOF) rankings. As an M16 Joel only qualified for the rankings this year and has rapidly notched up six strong performances to take over narrowly from Duncan Edmondson as our top runner.

The Rankings system seeks to give a comparison between performances at different events and takes the strength of the other runners into account. So it scores more points to finish 20th in a very competitive event than to win a race against lower ranked opposition.

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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

  • 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.

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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