The results are here (Read Planner's Comments to find a link to his optimum route for the strategy score)
PLANNER'S COMMENTS: Mike Stewart writes: 'The Course was set up for a testing challenge with narrow fairways and some tricky pin positions. A warm and wet summer ensured the rough would sort out any competitors straying off the fairways.
The Challenge was to introduce a degree of strategy to what was a normal SCORE course. Most of the runners treated the Event as a normal SCORE and if you got the lot you scored 500 points. Congratulations to the girls at the top who showed the boys how to think on their feet and cleaned up with the quickest times.
There was the possibility of getting 620 points if you chose to collect each group in ascending CODE order. Only Graham McIntyre had a go at this and got the maximum score. Well done to him, though he was 18 minutes over time. I have provided you with the planners optimum route of 5km, so it could have been done in the 60 minutes if you had a good pair of legs on top of spotting the best pick order.
The Orange was a popular choice for many and this area lends itself to a great course in that category.
For those of you who enjoyed the afternoon sun, it wasn't like that while putting out controls. My shower at home has less output than those thunder heads over Blackford Hill at 1030 yesterday. Thanks to those who helped me out. I hope you all enjoyed yourselves.'
ORGANISER’S COMMENTS: Janet Clark writes: The lovely sunny afternoon was a bit unexpected and a lovely surprise. I'm afraid MIke and his helpers got soaked putting out the controls, but everyone else mostly remarked on it being too hot for running. And we didn't have to pack up wet tents.
Mike planned a masterly range of courses, from the easiest White, enjoyed by lots of young families, to a tricky "Strategy Score" which tested the best of orienteers. This is the great beauty of orienteering; it is truly a sport for everyone, at whatever level suits them.
Many thanks to everyone for coming, and hope to see you all at another event soon.
Excellent city centre area with surprisingly good orienteering for all skill levels and experience.
Planner’s Comments: Ewart Scott writes: Thanks to everyone for coming to the ESOC Livingston Sprintelope last night and for the
positive comments on the courses.
Janet, Fiona and Robert deserve thanks for looking after the assembly. Thanks too, to Graeme Ackland for use of his map and drawing recent changes.
You were lucky with the weather. I got a soaking when collecting the markers as had no rain jacket, starting off when very fair. Markers at 5 and 17 were missing, all others there.
Organiser’s Comments: Jo Rose writes - Would you fancy organising an event this year?' asked Janet in that winning way of hers... Back in the depths of winter it seemed a long way off, but it's been good fun and I've learned a lot. Covenanters Wood is a compact area but packed with features for interesting courses from Mark.
It was super to see plenty of people of all ages trying orienteering, some through leaflets and a local school assembly celebrating the success of their team at the Scottish Schools event. In the middle of a wet few weeks we managed a mostly sunny day too which was a bonus. Almost 120 entries kept Eleanor and her team in the computing tent typing furiously.
Huge thanks to the team of volunteers from ESOC who made it happen. Good to have some of our capable juniors helping too - well done Thea, Ursula, Robbie, Tim and Rachel. Special shout out to Judy who has mentored me with grace and tact along the learning curve. More to learn I'm sure!
Excellent little wood with something for everyone, whatever their skill level and experience.