On Sunday morning a group of us met up at the Ipswich Cornhill to be issued with maps & instructions for our Elm-O - basically a fun score event trying to visit as many of the 55 elephant sculptures as we could in 90 minutes. There were no SI units or gripples to be seen; we had to collect a certain letter from the sponsorship information from each statue (a way of ensuring that we didn't just sit in the pub & fill in our control cards from one of the official glossy brochures!). Urban 'O' planners could take note that the prominent placement of the statues meant that we visited some of the best parts of the town - shopping centres, railway station, waterfront (the latter two linked by a delightful path along the Gipping, depending on your route choice) - there was even a statue inside the library - no poking about in the back of car parks or under stairs to find hidden controls!
There were approximately 37 participants, a mixture of experienced orienteers, local runners & family groups, some aiming to visit all 55, some just wanting to explore the town centre & spend a bit more time enjoying the patterns on the different elephants. A total of £60 was raised for the St Elizabeth Hospice. Our thanks go to Clive & Sally for devising & organising the event. The Elmers will be on display until 7th September & if you weren't able to join us on Sunday you can still obtain a copy of the O map from Clive & Sally - perhaps at Hardwick Heath on Saturday? - if you'd like to try the run on your own.
An account of the event can be read in the EADT.