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Postbox O

Another exercise for those of you in the larger towns. Pauline has made up some maps where the controls are postboxes. Set your own target of say a 30 minute Score. Note that these courses aren’t part of an organised event so you take part at your own risk. Suitable for members and non-members. Take care crossing roads.

Links to the maps:

Gala A

Gala B

Hawick A

Hawick B

Kelso A

Kelso B

Melrose

MapRun courses

MapRun is an App which allows you to use your smartphone to enjoy orienteering without needing to set up physical control points on the ground. Reivers now have 7 local courses for folk (members and non-members) to enjoy.

Available courses:

  • Bowmont Forest, near Kelso (Easy Trail 4.7km course)
  • Bowmont Forest, near Kelso (Long course, Urban style i.e. only paths, rides, roads allowed)
  • Bowmont Forest, near Kelso (Shorter course, Urban style)
  • Gala Policies (Light Green course)
  • Hawick Town (All controls)
  • Hawick Town (8 controls)
  • Tweedbank (Orange, medium, urban course)
  • Wilton Park, Hawick (30 minute Score)

Go to HERE and towards the bottom of the page you’ll find some instructions then the list of available events, in alphabetical order, under that.

The App is called MapRunF. Once you’ve installed this it’ll find events near you automatically when you tap the “Events Near Me” button on your phone. Ideally you would print off the PDF and run using that to navigate but it’s also perfectly possible to just use the map on your phone.

There’s a short video of MapRunF HERE

Important: Note that these courses aren’t part of an organised event so you take part at your own risk. Take care crossing roads.

Elibank 29/2/20 – Results

The results from today’s event at Elibank are HERE

Planner/Organisers report from James Purves:

As an orienteer every time I have competed at Elibank I have found it very challenging both on navigation and fitness which is why it has been the venue for the Scottish Score Championships in 2018 and a Scottish Orienteering League 2016 event among others. Rough, steep, cold north-facing, hillside terrain, covered in mature coniferous and beech forest, with tiring deep, dead bracken hiding lots of fallen trees, branches and debris, plus the time of year, February, when the weather might be horrible played a large part in planning courses.
My task was to plan a small local event with three levels of difficulty: Yellow (easy, fun level to attract children and families); Orange (medium difficulty) and a Green course (hard navigation, physically difficult, to attract experienced orienteers). As there was a date clash with an ELO event at Butterdean Wood we didn’t expect huge numbers – in the end we ran out of maps!
Organising and planning an orienteering event needs assistance from several willing and enthusiastic helpers: Sam is a dab hand with the Condes maps and recced the courses beforehand with me, Judith helping put out higher up controls on the Friday and Saturday morning and mentor Ian Maxwell who checked and advised on the maps before printing and also ran the courses in the morning to “wake” the controls. Ian then did a well-attended coaching session on contours. Robin Sloan communicated with the different owners of Elibank forestry, private and Forestry and Land Scotland re permissions and access / risk whilst Lindsey Knox helped with registration and downloads, etc – the event couldn’t have happened so easily without everyone working together as a team. Thanks again to Rob, Robin and Ian for collecting controls at the end.

On the day we were lucky with the weather which deteriorated only after the event was finished. The Green course attracted a good turnout of 20 competitors from a range of clubs, with lots of positive feedback at the end and plenty mention of the 160 metre finish and gradient !

However it was very encouraging to see the large turnout of families with children who entered the Yellow and Orange courses – we should have had more maps as we ran out. Colin Williams had played a part in spreading the word about the event and it just shows the benefit of promotion. Orienteering must be the ultimate family sport where parents and children of all ages can take part together, in a sort of treasure hunt adventure, finding controls, climbing over fallen trees and scrambling up and down slippery grassy banks. Some enjoyed it so much they went back out and did another course! There were plenty happy faces at the finish and most of them, parents and children, said they would be keen to do it again.

Elibank event 29/2/20

Full details via the events panel to the right hand side. Note that the courses are Yellow, Orange and Green, not our usual Light Green as the forest is more technical that most of our other forests.

There will be a coaching session on contours starting at 11.00am prior to the event. This session is set at TD5 level and is aimed at more experienced orienteers. If you intend attending the coaching session please make sure you have let Ian Maxwell know beforehand.
Future beginners sessions are planned and will be notified but Club Coach Ian will be available at the start on Saturday to offer advice to any inexperienced competitors.

Bowhill 8/2/20

The results from this morning’s event at Bowhill are HERE

Routegadget (where you can add your own route) is HERE

When I got word during the week of the approaching storm I did start to wonder what else might happen. Away back whenever, I agreed to plan an event at Elibank but couldn’t do it on the proposed date. I started planning in the hope that the date could be changed. When it couldn’t, I had to begin again. Initially I had thought to try and take the courses to parts of Bowhill that hadn’t been used for some time. After 2 visits, I gave up on this as it would have needed too many map corrections. As I was running out of time, I planned courses using sites that had been used in the past and parts of the forest that I had visited. There were, however, a couple of parts that I hadn’t checked, and I apologise if these caused any problems.

It is also getting quite tricky to plan a Light Green course which doesn’t present W12, Ellie with too much of a challenge while still giving the “more experienced” orienteers some level of challenge. From the results, it looks like Ellie was doing fine up to control 9 when she realised she needed to get back, to accompany her friend Ava round the yellow course. Some of the more experienced orienteers seem to have found controls 9 & 10 quite challenging!

Well done to everyone on the Orange and Yellow courses. Everyone managed to come first on at least one leg of their course. I apologise again for leg 7 – 8 on the Orange course. It looks relatively straightforward on the map, but I didn’t check it!

A very big thank you to Bowhill House and Grounds and especially to Michael Paton, their Learning and Engagement Ranger. He brought the weather warning to my attention and was very supportive when I suggested moving the event to an earlier start time. I’m listening to the wind and rain battering my house now and am glad that we got everyone safely away before the weather deteriorated. A second big thank you to Lindsey whose role as “buddy” started off with reminders to put the course closing time on the maps but ended with a massive effort to put out controls on Friday afternoon and very early on Saturday morning (and then manage registration) so that we could beat the weather. Thank you to those who brought in controls: Rob, Eb, Andrew and James and to everyone who came along and took part in the event, making all the effort to organise it worthwhile.

Pauline (Planner/Organiser)