Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


ESOC Ultrasprint 2017, Beeslack Woods

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Maze combined with Park orienteering.

Sun 03rd Sep 2017

Info updated: 17th Mar
Type of event: Local, Other
Type of terrain: Parkland


These are the results for the courses

This is a PDF of the overall results

These are the winsplits

Planner's Thanks - Thank you for attending today's event at Beeslack. We do hope you enjoyed it - the weather was kind to us which helped make it a fun day. I would like to thank Fiona and the team with their fantastic work on registration, start and finish; Roger for his help and advice with the fine details and course planning; and Mark for helping me put out the maze (the right size!). Thanks to the team that helped me collect all the controls and maze before the rain started!

Jim Martin

Controller, Roger Scrutton adds: I would like to echo Jim's thanks to all involved.  As far as I was concerned this was a stress free event.

Cheers, Roger

General Information

FORMAT: Controls in a Maze combined with some park orienteering. The challenge is to navigate around the controls in the Maze quickly and cleanly. The fastest runner may not be the most accurate. It is entertaining for the spectators and makes a very welcoming, sociable, fun event which everyone can enjoy.

TOILETS: These will be available in Beeslack School adjacent to the community lounge (near Registration and Download).

PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE INFORMATION: Please note that participants who are not members of an orienteering club automatically have Public Liability insurance cover provided byBritish Orienteering's insurance policy for their first three "taster" sessions. Thereafter, if they wish to continue with this cover, they should become a member of an orienteering club, such as ESOC, which includes membership of British Orienteering and Scottish Orienteering. Details of how to join ESOC are here or pick up an application form at this event.


map location

Nearest town: Penicuik


The event will be based at Beeslack High School (postcode is given for Beeslack High School). 

Beeslack is a community school and may well be busy on a Sunday. There will be VERY LIMITED  parking at the school itself. Please use public transport if possible; Lothian buses 37 and 47 both stop outside the school (use the underpass if you need to cross the road). The 47 calls at Straiton Otherwise you will need to park in surrounding housing estates, sensibly and showing consideration to residents. DO NOT PARK ON THE A701. 

Registration & Start Times

REGISTRATION AND DOWNLOAD: We have the use of the community lounge in Beeslack School for the event. Registration will be here along with download which you need to do after each race. You may leave bags here but accept it is at your own risk. 

Registration:  13.00 – 14.00

Starts: 1st race:  13.30 – 14.30            2nd race:  up to 15.00               3rd race:  up to 15.30

Courses close:  16.30

DOWNLOAD: You must download immediately after you complete each course. You are then free to clear your SI dibber and start your next course.

STARTS: Close to Registration.  There are no allocated start times.  Starts open at 13.30 and the start procedure is described below under 'Course Information'.

Course Information

Four separate courses. Courses 1,2 and 3 will each be approx. 1.3km in length and will all visit the maze.  These courses will have no control codes in the second column. It is up to you to make sure, by accurate map reading, that you are at the right control. The winner's time is the combined time for Courses 1, 2 and 3. Apenalty of 2 minutes will be added to your time for each control wrongly punched.

You will be allocated to a course for your 1st run at 'check' then join the other queues when you come back for your 2nd and 3rd runs.

The maze only course will have control codes in the usual way.

Course 3 crosses the road. During this run and whilst going between the school and start/finish please take great care crossing the road. It is usually a quiet road but there may be cars parked on it, particularly if sports matches are on. There will be 'runners on the road signs' but it is your responsibility to cross safely.

Members of the public also use this area. Please be considerate to them and also to other runners, particularly in the maze.

The courses are planned to avoid running across the sport pitches. If games are on there may be spectators so be careful and slow down.

At the finish you will be asked to hand in your map after your first and second run and will be able to keep your third map.

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

Advance entry via Fabian4 closed on Sunday 27th August 2017.  There will be some entry on the day (EOD).  

Seniors - BOF member £8.00
Seniors - Non-BOF member £9.00

Juniors - BOF member £4.00
Juniors - Non-BOF member £4.50

Family groups: £8.00/£9.00

Free SIcard hire, if required, but £30.00 charge if lost.   NOTE that SI air will not be used. This would not work because of the maze.

Entry on the day (EOD) will be subject to map availability.

This entry fee covers all four courses.

MAZE ONLY OPTION: There will be a Maze Only option available for £2.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser - Fiona Findlay (ESOC) (Email: )

Controller – Roger Scrutton (ESOC)

Planner - Jim Martin (ESOC)

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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