Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Scottish Night Championships, North Pentland Hills

Sat 06th Feb 2016

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

The results are available here. The winsplits are here



Various items of lost property were found after the Scottish Night Championships.  These were taken to the Sprint event the next day at South Queensferry but remain unclaimed.  These items are listed, along with lost property from the Sprint event on the web item for the South Queensferry Sprint.  If you lost something at the Night Champs please have a look there for full details of what was left behind over both events and a contact email to arrange return. 

The area to be used for this event will be the North Pentland Hills which includes part of the Bonaly Park map, used for the attached thumbnail map.


Cammo Estate

Local event in the East of Scotland series

Sat 16th Jan 2016

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

Organiser's comments:

It is just amazing that over 200 people can have such a good time on a freezing cold afternoon in a city park!   Thank you so much to everyone for coming to enjoy it.  (I gather that the "skating rink" on the White Course was one of the main attractions!)   Everyone was here; first-timers, old hands, old people, young families; good runners, self-confessed plodders.  It just goes to show what we already know, that absolutely everyone can enjoy orienteering at their own level.  At the beginning of a New Year, let's hope many of you will continue to do lots more orienteering.

A slight hiccup in the results processing has meant that  a few people do not appear on the published results.   However everyone received their individual splits printout, so would be able to see where they had come in the results.   I'm sorry about this; it was just a glitch on the day.

The results are here. Winsplits are here.

Local event on the edge of Edinburgh for newcomers and experienced orienteers alike.


Royal High School and Davidson’s Mains Park

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

Sat 14th Nov 2015

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

I can hardly believe that this event managed to squeeze into the window of calm between Storm Abigail and the next lot of heavy rain.  There was snow on the Pentlands ; but down here it was fine till about 5pm.

Two special things about this afternoon were Ailsa's twelfth birthday party (complete with compass-shaped cake and good performances on the Orange course  by her and her friends) and a large group from the local Boys' Brigade (who tackled the Yellow course with their leaders and are all keen to do lots more orienteering).  In addition there was a brave turnout (because it could easily have been quite cold and wet) both of regular orienteers of all ages and of first-timers.

We are very grateful to Dominic from the Sports Hub who welcomed us to make ourselves at home along with  all the other activities going on in and around it, to today's Planner Eddie Harvey, Controlled and assisted by Mike Stewart and Calvin Crane and to the team of ESOC helpers.

That's it for 2015 now; our next Local Event is at Cammo on Saturday 16th January.  Keep up your training over Christmas and New Year! 

Janet Clark      Organiser    0131 225 7771   

The results are here. Winsplits are here.

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


Hopetoun House (SoSOL 1 and ESOA Championships)

South of Scotland Orienteering League 1, incorporating East of Scotland Individual Championships

Sun 11th Oct 2015

Type of event: District-(C)
Near: South Queensferry

The results and splits are here. Winsplits are here.

List of ESOA Champions

Planners Comments

Thank you to all who came to sample the pleasures of running through Hopetoun House grounds and estate on a beautiful autumn day.  The courses were planned to offer the challenge of quick decision making and route choice, as I was aware that no control sites were going to be too hard to find, nor was the terrain going to be overly physical. 
Unfortunately the overprint of the red line demarcating the boundaries that were uncrossable was not terribly clear on the map.  However we hoped that everyone would be aware of these restrictions by reading their final details and seeing the maps and notices in the start lanes.  However once out in the terrain it was much more difficult to see what was crossable and what wasn’t and a few people did try to cross where they should not have.  Thank you to those who were honest enough to own up and apologies to those who found it difficult to read.
Despite the lengths being considerably longer than the straight line route, and the climb on the longer courses being far from “negligible” as stated on the final details (!)  the winning times were as expected.  Congratulations to all who won trophies.
Many thanks to Hopetoun House and Estate for allowing us access to this delightful area, and especial thanks to Maree Morison, Head Ranger who was very helpful throughout the planning process.
Katy Lessells


Adidas trainers (kandolia)  Black & grey with red soles.  Found in the car park.

"Mountain Equipment" top, grey with green trim.

Contact Janet Clark 0131 225 7771   

This is the first South of Scotland Orienteering League (SoSOL) event of the season and will incorporate the East of Scotland Orienteering Association (ESOA) individual championships. START LIST and FINAL DETAILS are both now available.


Holyrood Park

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

Sat 10th Oct 2015

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

Holyrood Park is a great place for orienteering; but it is far from easy, either for the Planner or the runners.  Many of us run up there regularly, but still can't locate the exact small crag or vegetation boundary.  The revised map of Whinny Hill, which was used today, is a masterpiece of accurate mapping but it is still all too easy to take the wrong path or search around the wrong thicket.   Congratulations to everyone who tackled a course today and achieved success.  Orienteering is often  a lot easier than this; although the Colour-coded courses always conform to the same set of guidelines, the actual terrain can make some places feel a lot harder.

If this was your first event, please come again.  If you're a veteran of Holyrood Park, I hope you found some new challenges.  Grateful thanks to the Planner Jim Morrison and mentor Margaret Dalgleish, who produced a first-class event.   Thank you too to the team of ESOC members who  put in long cold hours on the computer, the start, and the registration table.

Our last Saturday event of the year is at Davidsons Mains Park and the Royal High School on 14th December.  Let's do it all again then - and it will feel easier, I promise!

Janet Clark  Organiser    0131 225 7771    

Results and splits are here. Winsplits are here

Something for everyone at this event regardless of your orienteering skill level.


ESOC Ultrasprint

Controls in a Maze combined with park orienteering.

Sun 20th Sep 2015

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

Results for the individual course are here. Overall results are here. Winsplits are here

FINAL DETAILS now available.


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