Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


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.


Lauriston Castle

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

Sat 12th Sep 2015

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


Today could have been a disaster.  The big blue rain  areas on the weather charts looked very threatening.  It began to rain when we were setting up, and we thought probably nobody would come.
However.......   You know the rest of the story.  Lots of people trying orienteering for the first time.  Lots of fast runners trying to knock seconds off the leading time.  Lots of small children with their families.  Lots of bigger children bravely going it alone.  A large and efficient team of helpers making it all run smoothly; especially at the clearing up stage.  Meeting old friends; making new ones.  "Sport for all" in a nutshell.
Special thanks to Hugh Duffy for Planning his first event, and to Ewart Scott for expert Controlling.

Our next Saturday event is at  Holyrood Park on 10th October.  Details on the ESOC website.  Please come again!

Janet Clark     Organiser     0131 225 7771


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


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