Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Binning Wood, Veteran Home International Relays

A closed event for teams from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Sat 21st Sep 2019

Info updated: 24th Sep
Type of event: National
Type of terrain: Woodland


Results are here

Winsplits are here

Routegadget is here

Summary of VHI Points is here

VHI Coordinator's Comments: Margaret Dalgleish writes - The VHI relays had to take place on the Saturday before the Individual race.  This isn't ideal for the teams but in Scotland it would be very difficult to put on a separate event for the Individual race at the level required for such an important competition as the VHIs. This is the reason the Individual race was run alongside the Scottish Orienteering League event on Sunday 22nd September on North Pentland Hills. 

Binning Wood is an interesting area.  It was originally planted in 1707 by the 6th Earl of Haddington. The 6th Earl laid out Binning Wood with 13 rides converging at three different circles called Lord Haddington's Circle, Lady Haddington's Circle and Bruce's Circle. The majority was felled to help the war effort between 1942-45, with much of the timber being used to make the airframes for Mosquito fighter-bombers.  It was replanted after the war and at just 60 years old is still relatively young. The many rides, paths and the large circles suggest very easy orienteering but it can be very tricky indeed for the unwary competitor!

The weather on the day was particularly kind with bright warm sunshine for the entire event. This was especially good for spectating and for the after event relaxation at nearby beaches. 

Roger Scrutton planned some great courses to make the most of the area.  Colin Eades controlled the event with his usual aplomb and Trina and her small but select team from East Lothian Orienteers put on the event smoothly and successfully.  Keith Brown was the computing supremo for the whole weekend and Judy Bell was in charge of the results for the whole weekend.  Many thanks to all these people for ensuring the success of the Relay event.

General Information

The Veteran Home International Relays at Binning Wood is a closed event for teams selected to represent England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. 

Information about this event is made directly to Team Managers via Bulletins.  Bulletin 1 and Bulletin 2 have already been made available to Team Managers. 


map location

Nearest town: East Linton


Made available directly to team managers via appropriate Bulletins.

Registration & Start Times

Information is made available to Team Managers. 

Course Information

Courses are provided in line with specific British Orienteering Guidelines for Veteran Home Interantionals.

Explanation of colour courses

  • White are very easy with all controls on paths. They are mainly used by 6-10 year olds and family groups.
  • Yellow use simple linear features like paths, walls and streams. They are mainly used by under 12’s and family groups.
  • Orange progress to basic use of the compass and route choice. They are ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters.
  • Light Green are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and point features.
  • Green are used mostly by experienced under 18’s and adults wanting a short but challenging course with a very hard navigational difficulty.
  • Blue are a longer, more physically demanding course in comparison to the green. The distances are more varied between controls and the course attracts experienced orienteers.
  • Brown & Black are very physically demanding and have a very hard navigational difficulty. They are for experienced orienteers only.
  • Score means visiting as many controls as possible in any order in a specific time, like 45mins.

Entry Details

Entry is only possible directly via Team Managers.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Roger Scrutton (ESOC)

Controller: Colin Eades (INT)

Organiser: Trina Rogerson (ELO)

Safety and Risk

A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

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