Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club

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Dreghorn, 18th Mar

ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

The competition area at Dreghorn is part of the general area of the North Pentland Hills accessed from the Dreghorn Junction of the Edinburgh city bypass (A720). 


This is the link to the results

This is the link for winsplits

Organiser's comments

The rain and low cloud this morning wasn't in the forecast.  Worst affected were David and Margaret, putting out controls.  Putting up the tents in the rain wasn't much fun either.   The route to Registration was a sea of mud before we started.  Would anyone come to this event?

Oh yes!  Before we knew it, the rain had stopped and loads of people arrived; the usual mix of familiar faces and new ones, all warmly welcomed.   We had a Birthday party, several people in Edinburgh for different reasons and looking for an event, some milestones achieved in running a White Course alone for the first time, and much appreciation of David's courses, which is very reassuring for a first-time Planner.   We all got out of the car park and through the barrier without problems, and are grateful to the MOD who let us in.  It's just amazing how much fun these events can be under any conditions!

Photos: There are some photos up on ESOC's facebook page, have a look at some fun in the puddles.

Planner's comments (written on evening of the event)

Well at 1230 today, when the rain was hammering down I must confess I wasn't expecting many people to brave the wet, wind and mud to come to our event...and on a rugby weekend.

My planning visits to Dreghorn flashed before my eyes, walking through a smoke grenade cloud between two groups of soldiers shooting at one another, finding bullets and booby trap trip wires when walking in the woods, helping rescue a trapped sheep...

But it got brighter and they came! It was good to see a group of girls splashing and kicking in the ankle deep mud to remember that orienteers, and the kids in particular, don't mind getting mucky.

As a novice planner I found the whole experience very interesting, from reading about course requirements, using Condes for the first time and getting out and about to see what was possible on the ground. I would recommend the experience to anyone and receiving the very polite and positive feedback from participants was a nice end to a long day.

My thanks to all involved in the day but to Margaret and Janet in particular for sharing some of their knowledge and experience and all their support and encouragement along the way.


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