Apologies for control 17 on the Light Green being in the wrong-entrant, everyone has been re-instated.
We didn’t know who would come to this event – two weeks into the school holidays – or what colour course they'd want. It was lovely to welcome old-timers, first-timers, students, people practising for the 6-Day, more Orange people than usual, everyone who shared this lovely sunny (but not too hot) afternoon on Blackford HIll. Thank you all for coming, and thank you to the many ESOC members, slightly different people from usual, who did all the necessary jobs to make the event run smoothly. This is indeed a lovely all-inclusive sport.
It’s good too to let the usual dog-walking population of Blackford HIll see what else the area can be used for. The Friends of Blackford Hill have asked for an article on orienteering for their next Newsletter, so perhaps some of them will be tempted to come to our next event.
Apologies for all the rubbish course names, having not been at the event I failed to notice while putting results live online in a short time frame last night. If it was easy to change this retrospectively I would, but it's not. Boo.
Results are now available for the race on Saturday.
Orienteering is great fun when it's warm and dry and the sun is shining. Weren't we lucky to coincide with the first (or perhaps the second) day of spring. The Mary Erskine is one of our best areas for introductory orienteering, with its combination of open grass, woodland and a few tricky bits among the buildings, and it was great to see people from the whole range of age and skill levels enjoying it. It was good to be able to play around/stand and talk/discuss the routes afterwards without having to rush back to the cars to avoid hypothermia; let’s hope there will be many more lovely sunny days of orienteering in the coming months.
Apologies to all those on the light green and orange courses who were affected by the misplaced control no 203. It came about through a series of errors that started with the controller’s broken arm – not really a good enough excuse. Everyone who missed that control has been reinstated in the results.
It was wonderful to see so many people at Dalmeny to take advantage of the spring-like weather on this lovely estate and a full range of courses of all standards of difficulty. Only the mud was the same for everyone! New faces, well-known faces, all ages from six weeks old to over eighty; everyone was here today. I’d like to give a special welcome to everyone who came as a result of the advert in Primary Times – and to hope you enjoyed it and will be able to come again.