ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians
Sat 20th Jul 2019
Info updated: 28th Jun
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland
Blackford Hill is near the centre of the city of Edinburgh but still offers great orienteering.
Dress: Please check the weather forecast on the day and dress appropriately. This event is in the city but it can still be cool and windy on the top of the hill even on the sunniest of summer days.
Map: The map has been updated recently by Stirling Surveys. The map scale for this event will be 1:4000 and the map will be A3 size.
Terrain: Mixture of open hillside and wooded area, steep in parts; good track network, crags, streams and a river.
Other Users: Blackford Hill and The Hermitage are very well used by the general public, including dog walkers, runners, families out for a picnic and even bikers. Please respect their right to be there at the same time as you are orienteering.
Dogs: Dogs are allowed but should be kept under close control at all times.
Course Closure Time: Please note that courses have a closure time of 4.00pm after which controls will start to be brought in.
MEDICAL CONDITIONS: You have the option of downloading and completing this Medical Form. It could be life saving if the organisers are aware of any existing medical conditions in the event of an incident. You can leave it at registration/enquires in a sealed envelope that will only be opened if required and destroyed after the event.
Nearest town: City of Edinburgh
- Grid Ref: NT258706
- Postcode: EH9 3HJ
- Latitude: 55.92320
- Longitude: -3.18786
- Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)
Head for the Royal Observatory car park, Obervatory Road, Edinburgh.
You can get pretty close to this area by public transport, check Lothian Buses for information.
Registration & Start Times
REGISTRATION: This will be close to car parking and will be from 1.30pm to 2.30pm for newcomers to orienteering and will run from 1.30pm to 3pm for experienced orienteers.
It is not necessary - or possible – to pre-enter for this event. Everyone is very welcome, just to turn up. Whether you are a newcomer or have been to a lot of events, please try to come and start early if you think you might take a long time over your course.
Registration Form - We know how time consuming, and occasionally frustrating, it can be for our competitors to have to complete the Registration Form outside in the cold and wet of a Scottish Saturday afternoon so we have produced an ESOC ADVANCE REGISTRATION FORM for you to complete and print off and bring with you to the event. This will save a lot of time and the forms easier to read!! Apologies to those experienced Saturday attendees who feel they don't need the sample at the top of the page but it will be very helpful to our newcomers and properly completed, legible registration forms are a huge help to those manning our computers during and after the event.
Thank you in advance for helping us by completing the form and bringing it with you.
If you would like a little more advance information about the registration process at a local event why not read our QUICK GUIDE TO REGISTRATION?
NOTE: Current members of an orienteering club who have their own registered SI can continue to come to Registration and go through the speedy entry system. If in any doubt whether this applies to you then it is best to complete the attached application form and bring it with you.
START AND FINISH: both will be close to Registration.
COURSE CLOSURE TIME: Please note that courses have a closure time of 4pm after which controls will be brought in. You should be back at Registration/Download by 4pm.
As usual at local events there will be White, Yellow and Orange courses. In addition there will be a Score course with an optional extra strategy element planned especially for experienced orienteers.
The extra strategy option will provide opportunities for experienced orienteers to practice strategic planning and route choice.
NOTE that the Score course map will be available after the Start line.
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 FEES are shown below. Note that entry fees are lower for those who are members of orienteering clubs. If you would like to join ESOC you can find out how to do so on our MEMBERSHIP PAGE.
Note that a Junior is a competitor who was born in 1999 or later and an Adult (Senior) is a competitor who was born in 1998 or earlier.
|NOT AN ORIENTEERING CLUB MEMBER||ENTRY FEE|
|Additional Junior (under 21)||50p|
|ORIENTEERING CLUB MEMBER|
|Additional Junior (under 21)||50p|
|Additional Maps||£2 each|
|Hire of SI-Card||Free but £30 charge if lost|
SportIdent (SI) electronic timing will be used. If you would like to buy your own dibber (SI-Card) then a variety are available directly from SportIdent UK. The choice may be confusing and it may help you to know that the SI-Cards which ESOC hires out are very similar to the most basic model shown on the linked page - the SI-Card 8.
PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE: You are only covered by our public liability insurance if you have joined an orienteering club, or are competing in one of your first 3 events. If you would like to join ESOC you can find out how to do this here.
Contacts / Officials
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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