Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Royal High School and Davidson’s Mains Park

ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 19th Nov 2016

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

The results are here.

Winsplits are here.

This area has many paths for the white and yellow courses, but how could I create a difficult enough challenge to test the more experienced orienteers? Ask them to run without a map! This strategy is called Norwegian, in which competitors get to look at a small fragment of map every one, two, or three controls and must use memory to navigate to the next control, or controls. The course crossed and recrossed the park without warning. I think nobody fell into the trap of going up the wrong side of the fence between 18 and 19.
I had a mild panic at the sight of three lorries and a team of workmen digging holes in the course, but there was nothing to be done to change the situation. Fortunately nobody fell into those holes either.
The easier courses led through a variety of park and woodland. Even some local residents discovered paths they had never used before.
Martin Caldwell

Organiser's Comments:
"This annual November event always has its own highlights and today's were the beautifully planned Map Memory course, the sole use of the warm and welcoming room at The Hub, the icy sunshine, the Junior Training beforehand, and the large attendance of orienteers of all ages and levels of experience.    We are grateful to Dominic at the Hub for use of the room, to Jonathan Wallace, the Active Schools Co-ordinator at the RHS for his encouragement, and to the Friends of Davidsons Mains Park, who send the undernoted welcoming message:
"If you are interested in the park, its flora and fauna, the activities and welfare of the park, why not join us and have a say in what happens? 
We have been active for 7 years and work with the City of Edinburgh Council and other community groups.  Our website is currently under construction , but you can contact us on  for more information." 

Janet Clark

A good area for newcomers to orienteering and an excellent training opportunity for experienced orienteers.


ESOC Penicuik Weekend, Penicuik Estate

Incorporating ESOA Championships & ESOC Club Championships

Sun 06th Nov 2016

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

The results are here. Winsplits are here.

Routegadget is here

String Course

List of ESOA Champions

Organiser’s comments

Thanks to everyone for attending our SoSOL on Sunday at Penicuik Estate after a long gap since our last visit.  Thanks too, to the Clerk Family for use of the area and to the Ranger Service for use of their office which allowed us power to provide a comfortable area for registration and displaying live results.  The weather held with no rain as forecast and we really did have a beautiful setting.

We are aware of comments on social media in relation to a protest about control 209. This has been considered by the Planner, Controller and Organiser along with a senior Controller from another club. While we apologise to anyone whose run was affected by this control, we remain supportive of our officials’ decision.

Ewart Scott (Organiser)

This event is the 7th South of Scotland Orienteering League (SoSOL) race and includes both the ESOC Club Championships and the East of Scotland Championships.


ESOC Penicuik Weekend, Urban Race

1st event of ESOC's Penicuik Weekend is an urban race

Sat 05th Nov 2016

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

The results are here. Winsplits are here.

LOST PROPERTY: A compass was left behind at this event.  Nobody claimed it at Sunday's event. If it belongs to you please email Ewart Scott at: 

Planner’s Comments

This was a new area and new map but from first visit it looked as though it could produce some interesting orienteering.  We decided that to get the most out of it we would not limit courses to sprint distance.  The mixture of woodland and urban terrain , requiring different techniques,  helped to add to the interest.  Apologies for those who found the slope down to the platform 129 too steep – it was a bit of a miscalculation to make it the first control on the ultraveteran women’s course – a control site I would not have appreciated myself. However you must admit it looked beautiful with the golden beech leaves glinting in the autumn sun !

At first the stream through the woodland seemed to suggest some good route choice legs to take runners back from the urban to the north side of the woods.  However, as the stream was possibly crossable in some places but definitely not in others, we decided it could be potentially unfair and dangerous.  Hence the control on the bridge at the east end, and some reduction in route choice.

The urban area was not too complex but required good concentration at speed to prevent wrong turnings, dead ends etc and quick decision making when there was a choice of routes.

The school staff were very helpful and accommodating.  The public were inquisitive but we had no problems with control site vandalism, and most dog walkers were very courteous.

My thanks to Bill for his wisdom and help.

I hope you all enjoyed your run on such a beautiful crisp afternoon – thank you for coming.


Katy Lessells 


Covenanters Wood

ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 17th Sep 2016

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

The results are here. You can see winsplits here.

Organiser's comments

The new map of Covenanters Wood and the lovely sunny afternoon would have given a good event in themselves.   But this was a special one, our Junior ESOC Event.  The enthusiasm and competence displayed by the ESOC Juniors on the Start, on Registration, on Map Sales and Dibber Hire and on Finish & Download, together with the hundred-per-cent back-up from all their families, and the background support of a small core team of regular helpers gave us an event to be proud of.    Well done everyone. 
It was great to see "everyone" coming to enjoy it.  Some local people, some regular orienteers, some first-time families, every age from under two to over eighty; runners, walkers, blackberry-pickers; there was even a burn to play in afterwards.......the Covenanters Wood was a good place to be this afternoon.
Janet Clark,  Organiser      0131 225 7771    

This is a new area for ESOC local events.  It originally formed part of the greater Dreghorn Barracks map and also a previously used map of the North Pentland Hills which included both the Barracks and Covenanters Wood. 


ESOC Ultrasprint, Figgate Park, Edinburgh

Maze combined with Park orienteering

Sun 04th Sep 2016

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

Overall Results

Course Results


Planner's Comments

Thank you very much for joining us for what I vaguely calculate as our 10th annual Ultrasprint!  I had picked out Figgate Park as an ideal location for one a couple of years ago and here we are, a glorious sunny day and lots of smiley faces :)

In a slight break from tradition I made the courses different lengths to spice things up, aiming for 15/10/5 mins winning times respectively, and ideally people running them in a random order, so I'm pretty happy with the results.

Apologies if you got caught out by my mistake with the thicket that was actually a bench, the dodgy leg 8-9 on Course 1 or the slightly wonky map (in places). I'm slightly less apologetic for anyone who couldn't find controls on the map or missed any out, that's the challenge of an ultrasprint, got to punch them all or you get a 2 minute penalty!

Andrew Dalgleish, Planner


Blackford Hill and The Hermitage

Sat 23rd Jul 2016

Type of event:
Near: City of Edinburgh

The results are here.

Planner's Comments:  Mike Stewart writes - The area lent itself well for a SCORE event. I tried to make it so that as many people as possible could collect them all without penalty for arriving back late. Hopefully everybody enjoyed the challenges of which order to pick them up in.
Thanks to my dogs for accompanying me around the planning of the event and Margaret for getting out of bed early to bring me the equipment on the day.

Organiser's Comments:  Ewart Scott writes - Thank you to those who attended our local event at Blackford Hill today.  Numbers were perhaps a little down compared to other local events through the year, understandably being the middle of the school holidays.  However, the area was as busy as ever with dog walkers and strollers.  The variety of courses planned by Michael Stewart was very good with excellent use made of the whole area and some small sections seldom visited on orienteering courses.  A small hold up when the first finishers arrived was due to a problem with a download unit, but a change of unit solved that.

Thanks also to the small but efficient ESOC team for helping and control collecting in rounding off a very pleasant afternoon.


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