Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Alnwickhill, Sprintelope

Informal Evening Event in the Sprintelope Series

Wed 08th Jun 2022

Info updated: 12th Jun
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Urban


Results are here

Details of ESOC's next Sprintelope at Astley Ainslie are here

General Information

Weather Forecast: The forecast isn't very good for the event so please dress appropriately. Be prepared! 
Location of event: St Katherine's Park which is where the Registration, Finish and Download will be.  The Start will be across the road (A701) in SE poart of Liberton Park.  Please go to Registration first to pay and collect your map before heading to the Start.

Terrain: Typical city residential streets and parks. Take care at all times as there will be typical urban early evening traffic on all of the roads. 

Map: Map scale likely to be 1:4000 but this will be confirmed later. The maps will NOT be on waterproof paper. Please bring a poly pocket or plastic map bag to use if it is raining or if your hands are likely to be sweaty enough to rub off the print.  

Timing: SI timing will be used BUT because the events are informal, there are only SI units for the start and finish – the rest of the controls are usually tapes (maybe tied to lamp posts or other street furniture), flour on the ground or perhaps white tubes.  There are not usually any control kites and there is rarely any electronic punching at the actual controls however sometimes planners sneak in a couple of punches.  If this happens you will be alerted in advance to look out for punches. It is just possible that these punches would have a kite. Again, check on the evening of the event.

It’s taken on trust that you visit all the controls.

Facilities: None. Usual advice is to 'go before you go' to the event.  Please remember you'll be in an urban area potentially with members of the public around most of the time. 

Dogs: Dogs are allowed so long as they are kept under very close control at all times.

COVID: The legal restrictions related to Covid have been removed however much of the Government guidance remains the same and the precautions we have been taking at orienteering events for some time now will continue for the time being. 

Please don’t come to the event if you have Covid or symptoms of Covid.

Please also try to:

1. Respect other people's personal space at all times; 

2. Make use of the hand sanitiser wherever it is made available; 

3. Give way to other participants and members of the public especially on narrow paths and slow down on blind corners.

Please read and respect the British Orienteering Participant Code of Conduct.

First Aid: The Organiser will have a very basic first aid kit available, please ask for what you need.  

If you possibly can we encourage you to bring your own first aid kit and administer as necessary.  For further specific advice please call 111 or for a life threatening emergency dial 999.  The Organiser will be happy to advise and support you as required, including use of a mobile phone if you do not have one with you.  

The main hospital for A&E services in Edinburgh is:

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
51 Little France Crescent
Old Dalkeith Road
EH16 4SA
Telephone: 0131 536 1000


map location

Nearest town: City of Edinburgh


Location:  Registration, Finish and Download are in St Katherine's Park and the Start is across the main road (A701) in SE part of Liberton Park.  Everyone must go to Registration to pay and collect their map before heading to the Start.

What  3 Words for Registration/Download etc: cages.poetic.fallen 

Public transport: Please try to use public transport to come to this event if you possibly can. Check Lothian Buses to plan how to get there.  Bus 7, 37 or 47 all stop very close to St Katherine's Park.

Bike: It should also be easy to come to the event by bike especially if you live in the city or close to the city.  A variety of quiet cycle route maps throughout the city are available on the Edinburgh City Council Quiet Routes web pages. It should be possible to find a place to lock your bike while you run.

Vehicle: Parking is in residential streets near to the Registration/Finish/Download. Please park considerately and respect the locals who may not be used to extra cars being parked in their street. Parking on side roads should be free at this time of the evening. The Planner recommends St Katherines Brae, St Katherines Crescent, Burnhead Crescent or Burnhead Grove.

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be open from approx 18.15 for you to pay and collect your course map. Please try to have the correct money for yourself and anyone else you are paying for.  

Starts will be from 18:30-19:30.   Please choose a 30 minute time slot when you are entering to give us an idea when you might arrive however on the evening you may find that you can start when you are ready. 

Course Information

Long course of around 5km

Short course of around 3.5km 

The above are straight line distances so expect to run a good bit further than that.  Sometimes the short course is simply a shorter version of the long course using the same map. Please check this on the evening when you arrive.

The courses on city streets and sometimes include city parks and open spaces.  ALL under 16s MUST be accompanied by an adult throughout their course.

Explanation of colour courses

  • White are very easy with all controls on paths. They are mainly used by 6-10 year olds and family groups.
  • Yellow use simple linear features like paths, walls and streams. They are mainly used by under 12’s and family groups.
  • Orange progress to basic use of the compass and route choice. They are ideal for novice adults or experienced youngsters.
  • Light Green are ideal for improvers as the navigational difficulty begins to increase and uses simple contours and point features.
  • Green are used mostly by experienced under 18’s and adults wanting a short but challenging course with a very hard navigational difficulty.
  • Blue are a longer, more physically demanding course in comparison to the green. The distances are more varied between controls and the course attracts experienced orienteers.
  • Brown & Black are very physically demanding and have a very hard navigational difficulty. They are for experienced orienteers only.
  • Score means visiting as many controls as possible in any order in a specific time, like 45mins.

Entry Details

Pre-Entry strongly advised to guarantee a map.  Pre-entries closed at 6pm on Tuesday 7th June.  After that you are welcome to EMAIL to check if there is still a map of your chosen course available. 

Entry on the evening of the event may be possible, subject to spare maps being available, but to be guaranteed a map you must pre-enter or at least check via email as above that there is a map available. 

Fees: Senior £3, Student £2, Junior (under 21) £1, Shadowers map £1 -  to be paid in cash on the night. Please bring the correct money (or correct money for your group/family) ready to hand over in exchange for your course map.

Remember that because of the road crossings ALL under 16s must be accompanied at all times by an adult when running. An adult shadower may request as additional map (£1) or may register separately if they want a map and a separate result. It is ok to run together and both get results.  These events are very informal.

Contacts / Officials

For enquiries: EMAIL

Safety and Risk

A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

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