Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Blackford Hill

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

Sat 18th Jul 2015

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



Hearing about the floods and gales afflicting the Open golf not very far away, it was  lovely surprise to find ourselves on Blackford HIll in a sheltered corner on a sunny afternoon.   I think today's attendance was a record in age range; from the month-old baby Bleakley  to veteran members of ESOC well over eighty.     Further proof, if any is needed, that orienteering is the ultimate "sport for all".   We welcomed many first-timers, dipping their toes into uncharted waters, and many old hands who found a good challenge on the map of Blackford hill with paths removed.

Thank you one and all for coming, and I'm sure everyone will join me in giving special thanks to Team Nolan who planned the courses and put out the controls, and the other members of ESOC who did all the other necessary jobs to stage an event like this.

If you enjoyed today's event, keep an eye on the news and the websites in the first week of August when the World Orienteering Championships comes to Scotland, based at Inverness.   You'll be inspired to keep coming to events!

Janet Clark    Organiser    0131 225 7771


Bonaly Park

Sat 13th Jun 2015

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

The results are available here

The splits are available using winsplits here.

What happened to the lovely sun we've enjoyed over the last few days?  Bonaly would have been lovely on a warm day, but it was pretty good today under the grey skies we are more accustomed to (and uphill running would have been awfully hot in the sun).

The recent dry weather has made some of the steep slopes very slippery; and uphill sections are unavoidable here, so any Colour-coded course at Bonaly seems harder than at, say, the Mary Erskine, although both comply with the same set of guidelines.  Well done everyone who tackled a course here and overcame the difficulties.  It was great to see several of the newer members of ESOC here, and a good number from Bonaly Primary School just down the road.

Grateful thanks as always to the large team of ESOC members who undertook the necessary jobs to run the event and mostly ended up frozen stiff, and a special mention to the lightning-swift team of Control-Collectors who brought everything in within half an hour so that the controls could be whisked up the road for their next assignment on Kinnoull Hill tomorrow.   

A pair of child-sized black trainers was found in the upper car park.  I put these beside the fence at the back of where the club tent was.  They might not have belonged to orienteers at all, but if they are yours, you'll find them there.

Janet Clark,  Organiser         0131 225 7771

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


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.


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