Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club

ELO Festive Frolic 2013Vogrie Country Park, 28 December

As usual, there was a great turnout from ESOC for the East Lothian Orienteers’ Christmas event.

Vogrie Country Park is SE of Edinburgh, near Gorebridge. It’s a fairly small area, including the steep-sided wooded valley of the Tyne Water, as well as open fields and parkland. The event was a 60-minute score, with a mass start.
There were 15 controls marked on the map, and each had a clue to the location of a ‘hidden’ control that wasn’t marked on the map. The ‘hidden’ controls all had tinsel instead of a kite, and a box of coloured beads – competitors had to collect a bead from each control, keeping their beads on a wire that was handed in at the finish. For speedy competitors, there were 3 extra controls available for bonus points.
Points were available for each control punched, and each bead collected, with the usual penalty points for anyone late back.
There was much socialising and discussion of route choice in the café afterwards.

The maximum score available was 480, which was achieved by 6 people, including Andrew Lindsay (4th) and Craig Nolan (5th), who both won a prize. Crawford Lindsay gained 450 points, and won a prize as 1st male veteran. Rona Lindsay gained 430 points, and won a prize as 1st female junior.
Other ESOC members in the top half of the results were as follows (there were 78 competitors):
Alistair Hindle 11th, Heather Thomson 14th, Jo Stevenson 17th, Martin Caldwell 24th, Margaret Dalgleish 27th, Maggie Scrugham 29th, Chris McLeod 30th, Judy Bell 32nd, Anne Stevenson 35th, Mike Stewart 36th.

Full results are available on the ELO website.

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