Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Hillend Park

Local event in the East of Scotland Orienteering Association (ESOA) Spring series

Wed 13th May 2015

Type of event: Local-(D)
Near: Edinburgh


Hillend is the best place to be for an evening run on a good night and the worst on a bad one.  We were lucky that tonight was one of the best nights; sunny, lovely views, brilliant yellow and green colours on the hillside; good hill training for the young and fit, and easier courses for the less experienced.   It was specially good to see several of the newer members of ESOC here tonight; also a big group from the University, several families of young children and quite a few first-timers, in addition to the usual regular gluttons for the punishment of a tough hill run.  
Thank you to everyone who came, to the Planner Martin Caldwell,  and to all the members of ESOC who made the event run smoothly.

Janet Clark  Organiser    0131 225 7771


Mary Erskine School and Ravelston Woods

Local event in the East of Scotland Orienteering Association (ESOA) Winter series

Sat 25th Apr 2015

Type of event: Local-(D)
Near: City of Edinburgh

Results now available (plus WinSplits split time analysis too)

Everyone woke up to a torrentially wet morning; and we'd seen the forecast which showed that the rain would pass over by the afternoon.  This seemed hard to believe.  It was amazing how the sun came out, the  temperature hotted up, and the Mary Erskine school grounds and Ravelston Wood revealed themselves in total spring perfection; pink blossom, bright green grass, trees bursting into leaf, etc.  If anything, the customers this afternoon were even more varied than usual; old hands, young families, newcomers of all ages; not forgetting a special welcome to the Edinburgh Walking and Socialising Group, some of whom are becoming very keen.   

Thank you all for coming, and thank you to the large team of ESOC members who planned the courses, put out the controls, carried everything up from the car park and back, and generally gave advice and support to all the competitors.   It was a great afternoon; and all the better for the contrast with the wet early morning.


Corstorphine Hill local event

Part of the East of Scotland Orienteering Association (ESOA) Winter Series

Sat 28th Mar 2015

Type of event: Local-(D)
Near: Edinburgh

The results are now available here. Winsplits is available here


Organiser's comments:

Windy today; the tents would never have survived.  We walked all round the building to find the sheltered side, and crouched behind the walls for Registration, with the computers safely in the van in case of rain. It could have been much worse; the forecast was scary.  Numbers were down a bit on some of our Saturdays, but those who were determined enough to come were well rewarded.  Winning times on all courses were good, and Corstorphine Hill lived up to its reputation for proving tricky enough in parts even for those who know it well.

Many thanks to Maureen Brown who planned the courses, Katy, Anne and Alastair who put out the controls, and a large team of ESOC helpers.  We are also most grateful to the General Teaching Council of Scotland who let us use their car park so willingly and so often.

Janet Clark     0131 225 7771

An excellent local event suitable for orienteering at all skill levels.


Dalmeny Estate

Local event in the East of Scotland Orienteering Association (ESOA) Winter series

Sat 28th Feb 2015

Type of event: Local-(D)
Near: South Queensferry

The results and splits are available here. Winsplits results are here

The weather was kind to us on the day, the rain holding off until after the last competitor had finished. There was a great turn out and it was good to see such a large number of people on the green course as well as so many family groups on the other courses. I hope that some of the juniors there with their parents will go on to learn to do courses on their own. If they then join the club there will be further opportunities for them to take part in junior training and further improve their skills.

We are very grateful to Dalmeny Estate and Lord Rosebery for allowing us to hold our event in this beautiful place. It was wonderful to see all of the snowdrops out in full bloom. This was not thought about when the date was chosen but was an unanticipated additional bonus.

If anyone has lost a very nice red woollen glove I have it and will be happy to return it to its owner if they get in touch. From where it was found it is likely that the owner was going round the Orange course.


This area isn't often used for local events so make the most of the opportunity to experience Dalmeny in its Winter glory.


Dalkeith Country Park, SoSOL

Part of ESOC Anniversary Weekend and event 6 of South of Scotland Orienteering League (SoSOL)

Sun 01st Feb 2015

Type of event: District-(C)
Near: Dalkeith

Results available



British Orienteering Rankings

Organisers' Comments - A fine bright sunny day though a bit cold made for perfect conditions at  Dalkeith Country Park  for this SoSOL, the last event in the ESOC 50th Year Celebration Weekend.

There was an excellent turnout of over 230 competitors. It really does make all the work organising events worthwhile when you see so many Orienteers turn up and enjoy themselves on the day.  Thank you to all that participated in the event.

Conditions were generally firm underfoot and the courses benefited from extensive new mapping that had taken place over several months to bring the area up to date with recent changes.

I benefited from excellent support from a long line of individuals who manned car parks, registration, starts, a brilliant team to sort out computing etc.
So thanks to the full team of helpers who turned up and did the job they were are allocated and the other volunteers on the day.

Thanks Mark, the courses were well planned (that’s the competitors' comments). Well done Mark. Thanks also to John for all his time and hard work as Controller.

Organisers' job probably the easiest of the lot as the work is done by the time the event happens, just the tidying up at the end and this time we were all away by 4PM.

Special thanks to Iain Herbert and his staff for all their help and allowing us to use the grounds and computing room of Dalkeith Country Park.

Jim/Tyler Morrison, Organisers

Lost property: 3 items remain unclaimed:

1. Black glove   2. Buff   3. Compass.  To claim any of these items contact:


ESOC Sprint-O incorporating bto SOUL 1

ESOC's 50th Anniversary Weekend starts off with this Sprint O

Sat 31st Jan 2015

Type of event: District-(C), Sprint
Near: Edinburgh

Results now available.

WinSplits: Prologue | Chase

RouteGadget: Prologue | Chase

bto SOUL points

British Orienteering website Results: Prologue | Chase

Thanks to all who came to this anniversary event. Mark's courses were very well received. I have never been among so many runners going in so many directions - you really had to keep your finger on the map. Approximately 2/3 were in the chasing start before going onto 30sec gaps. ESOC helpers were great (as usual); several came to help who weren't running and I appreciated that. It is more difficult to share a job when the start period is only 1 hour. Give someone a job and relax knowing they will get on with it and deal with any problem that crops up. Thanks also to Heriot-Watt Union for its use, perfect on such a cold day (I believe they ran out of cakes), and weren't we lucky with the weather?
Lost: a pair of Trimtex black over trousers, size small, white trim round knees. Please check you didn't accidentally scoop them up with your own clothes.
Fiona Findlay - Organiser.


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