Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club
New to Orienteering?

Orienteering is an exciting outdoor adventure sport which involves navigating around a course using a detailed map and sometimes a compass.
The aim is to navigate between a set of control points and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time.
It does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can go at your own pace.

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Join the Club

We would love you to consider joining our orienteering club! ESOC is a friendly and very active club, which organises a range of orienteering events in Edinburgh and surrounding areas. We have around 300 members of all ages and abilities and you will be made very welcome.

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Events coming soon

Wed 5 Jun: Penicuik and Ladywood Sprintelope near Penicuik

Sun 9 Jun: North Pentland Hills SOL 3 near Edinburgh

Wed 19 Jun: Astley Ainslie Sprintelope near Edinburgh

All events have courses for beginners.

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WOC 2024 website link

SoSOL 4, 2024Balkello Hill, 19 May

The fourth event in the 2024 South of Scotland Orienteering League was organised by Tayside Orienteers (the third event was unfortunately cancelled due to bad weather).

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STAG Glasgow City Race weekendGlasgow Caledonian Uni, Kelvingrove Park, City Centre

Montage of ESOC runners at the 2024 Glasgow City Race Weekend

Glasgow hosted the first of the "Euro City Race Tour" series last weekend, combined with some head-scratching indoor O at Glasgow university, and a WOC-relevant sprint (relay) at Kelvingrove Park. ESOC members were delighted to don their skimpiest racing vests and shorts, safe in the knowledge that this jungle was urban. ESOC president Walter Clark showed that age is no barrier in Friday's indoor sprint long race as he secured a 5th place. Sibling duo Ben & Megan Brown then came a close second in Saturday's 2-person Sprint Relay alongside 4 wins in the Individual Sprint (Emma Daley, Rebecca Daley, Helena Nolan and Luigi Lerose). Finally, at Sunday's eponymous City Race, we scored a trio of Silvers courtesy of Alexis Gow, Calum Robertson and Helena Nolan. Many thanks to the STAG organisers for yet again doing a sterling job putting on some great events with a great atmosphere.

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Sprint Scotland 2024Glenrothes, 4/5 May

Control 111, Race 3

Sprint Scotland 2024 was organised by Masterplan Adventure and featured 3 separate events, all in complex urban terrain, including the 3rd event in the 2024 Scottish Orienteering Urban League.

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British Middle Champs + Northern Champs 2024Danefield / Kilnsey South, 27-28 April

Rachel Fawthrop punches the final control at the British Middle Champs 24

A double-header Yorkshire weekend didn't stint on orienteering riches, offering bouldery forest fun at the British Middle Championships at Danefield followed by challenging exposed moorland for the Northern Champs at Kilnsey South. ESOC came away with 2 shiny Silver medals for Janice and Eleanor in W70 and W80, a frustrated 4th for Megan in W16, and plenty of smiles from the whole ESOC contingent!

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Scottish Middle Champs + SOL 2, 2024Hill of Alyth & Balfour, 21-22 April

An inhabitant of Hill of Alyth (site of Scottish Middle Champs 2024), spotted by Richard Oxlade (controller) whilst checking control sites

A double weekend saw relieved Scottish orienteers returning to home terrain with such comments as "my O shoes are now clean of mud from the British" and "proper technical orienteering". At Saturday's Middle Championships event, ESOC runners achieved some great results including 2 Golds, 3 Silvers, and 4 Bronzes.

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About Us

We organise a regular programme of local orienteering events, regular junior coaching sessions, weekly club training for members and also club socials. In addition, we organise larger orienteering events at regional and national level, some of which are further afield in Scotland. Why not come and join us?

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