Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Bonaly Urban ‘Sprintelope’, 28th Jun

Informal local urban event in the Bonaly/Colinton area of Edinburgh

An informal 'Sprintelope' urban event in Bonaly/Colinton area of Edinburgh.  Come along, pay, register and run.  Very, very informal


Image of the Bonaly Park map

Bonaly Park, 17th Jun

ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Local event on an area suitable for orienteers of all skill levels.

The results are here

Winsplits are here

Organiser's comments
This was Bonaly at its best.  Warm and sunny with just enough breeze to keep away the midges.   Top quality courses (even if it was a bit hard going over the moorland on the longer ones).  A huge variety of competitors, young and old, experienced and first-timers.  Junior training beforehand, with a chance to practise new skills on a course afterwards.  Lots of interest from other people, wondering what all the fun was about.   Best of all,  great team spirit from ESOC members new and old,  young and old, who all pulled together to make this event happen.   Special mention to Malcolm, all by himself down at Torduiff Road, saving the upper car park from getting totally overwhelmed.   Thank you very much indeed to everyone who played a part in today's event.
Janet Clark     Organiser.   


Planners commentsBonaly is one of my favourite areas to run from in the Pentlands but unfortunately it does come with hills and rough open so even the white and yellow courses had a bit of climb and despite careful planning I couldn’t avoid quite considerable climb on the orange and green courses; and then it was very hot today…!  As a fairly novice planner I really enjoyed my visits to the area and eventually built up an understanding of Condes, which I enjoyed using; but I found using the two files for different scales difficult as the maps were different and the paper map I used to plan on was different again. Many thanks to Judy for doing all my map corrections, including the addition of several paths which opened up the area to the West for the yellow and orange courses. My apologies for any confusion on the orange course around control 11 where the crossing point close by may have suggested that this should be used on the next leg.

Notes to self for next time just because you plan the course doesn’t mean that you can run the course without paying any attention to the map, and take an antihistamine before spending 7 hours surrounded by grass and pollen when you suffer from hayfever!  

Many thanks to Margaret for all her help and guidance with planning, to daughter Katie for coping with all my computer crashes and for helping me put out the controls and to everyone else who helped put out and take in the controls  - you are all brilliant!




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