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 19 Jun: Astley Ainslie Sprintelope near Edinburgh

Sat 22 Jun: Davidson’s Mains Park and Royal High School Local Event near Edinburgh

Wed 17 Jul: Pollock Halls and Newington Sprintelope near Edinburgh

All events have courses for beginners.

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WOC 2024 website link

British MTBO Championships 2024Callendar/Devilla/Beecraigs, 7-9 June

Setting off on Friday's Sprint course, against the scenic backdrop of Callander House

Over the weekend of 7th-9th June, Scotland managed an unfortunate fixtures clash between Taylor Swift's debut UK concert at Murrayfield and our own 3-day festival of fast and furious pedalling round the forests of Falkirk (Sprint @ Callendar Park, Long @ Devilla Forest, Middle at Beecraigs). However - with great areas, great maps, great courses, great attendance, great fashion choices, and pretty good weather, our mountain bike orienteering British Champs was the place to be! This was also a round in the World Masters Series and attracted competitors from nine nations including locations as far-flung as Turkey and New Zealand. Whilst current & ex stars of GB's international MTBO team came and showed us how it's done, we also managed some age class ESOC success, with Mary Williams claiming the British W70 Champion title!

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May Social 2024Roseburn, Tuesday, 21 May

Sarah McAdam writes:

Our May Social brought us to Roseburn in the West of Edinburgh for a Harry Potter themed 60 minute
orienteering score event. Firstly the Sorting Hat got to work, allocating club members to one of the four
houses, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin. Some competitors had arrived
wearing the colours of their preferred house in the hopes of influencing the Hat.

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Scottish Championships 2024Craig Leach & Roseisle, 25-26 May

Scottish Champs 2024 M/W21E podium. Alison O'Neil and Helen Bridle take 1st & 2nd for ESOC ahead of Ellie Bales (EUOC). The top 3 M21E were Graham Gristwood (FVO), Luke Fisher (INT) and Josh Dudley (MAROC).

Inverness played host to the 2024 Scottish Orienteering Championships, with the quality terrain attracting over 350 competitors including a fair few pilgrims from south of the border. ESOC managed a turnout of 30 competitors with ages spanning from 12 to 80 years old, who admired the bluebells, enthused about the quality terrain and courses, and animatedly compared tick counts (totals ranging up to "about 200" and "it took me 45 minutes to remove them all" and "have you tried Rhona's sellotape technique?"). Individual results featured 3 Golds, 2 Silvers, and 4 Bronze medals, whilst in the relays a superb trio of runs from Alison Harding, Helena Nolan and Kevin Harding gave us Bronze overall in the 23+ points age class and as first team from a Scottish club we came away the 23+ points Scottish Champions!

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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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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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