Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club

Bonaly ParkSat 21 Oct

ESOC Local Event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Last updated: Sat 20 January, 2024

Local level event

Explanation of event levels

Local events are usually low key and in the 'localised' area, ideal for newcomers to try the sport and Training events are non competitive and used for training and coaching, aimed at members of the club, but they can attract people from neighbouring clubs, and are often ideal for newcomers to try the sport. Regional events attract participants from around the local Region, National events are high quality competitions that will attract people from far away, Major events are Major Events such as a British Championships. Virtual events are where there are no physical controls being used. Your presence at a control is registered using an App on your mobile phone, normally the free MapRun App.

Terrain type: Woodland


Final Results

Officials' Reports

Planners Comments

I hope everyone enjoyed the courses. They were planned to make use of the new area, which I hope you agree is nice place to run around, although it is quite a difficult shape for orienteering courses and very hilly! I had considered sending the blue course up white hill for a bit more length but am not sure anyone would have thanked me for the extra climb. I really appreciated all the help and efficient ESOC system which made planning a fairly painless process!

Organisers Comments

Superb co-operative effort from an even bigger team than usual, enhanced by the Chinese students from Moray House, and greatly helped by the lovely weather; thank you everyone!

Janet Clark

Results are here

Winsplits are here

Routegadget is here


Superb area on the southern edge of the city of Edinburgh, just south of the Edinburgh City Bypass (A720).  

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Pre-event Information

Location Info

Near: Edinburgh
Lat,Lng: 55.89930,-3.26803
OS Grid Ref: NT208680
Postcode: EH13 0QY

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Directions / Parking

The meeting point will be at the Hoyland House Hall (part of the Tiphereth Centre), 37-39 Torphin Road, Edinburgh EH13 0PG

By vehicle: Parking will be at the dedicated Hoyland House Hall car park located on Torphin Road 50m after crossing the City Bypass (look out for marshals). Overflow parking further along Torphin Road. Do not park in the adjacent bus turning circle and be considerate to residents.

By bus: Lothian bus number 16 has its terminus at the bus circle next to the parking. Lothian bus no 10 has stops within walking distance. https://www.lothianbuses.com/

Course Information

As usual at ESOC local events there will be White, Yellow and Orange courses for beginners and improvers and, for this event Green and Blue courses for experienced orienteers.

Course Details: Course lengths and climb estimates below are provisional. Note that the courses are shorter than usual as the area is quite hilly! The Green course crosses one very quiet local road, please be careful.


  • The Blue and Orange course maps will be printed double-sided ie control descriptions will advise to turn map over part way through
  • The yellow course visits the same control twice. It should be punched both times.

  • The ‘charcoal burning ground’ control description symbol is being used for platforms. These are disused golf tees. A grpahic of control descriptions is available here

  • Competitors must not cross the marked Out Of Bounds (especially pertinant on the Bluew and Orange courses)

Course Length Climb
Blue 5.0km 205m
Green 3.2km 150m
Orange 2.5km 115m
Yellow 1.8km 100m
White 1.0km 50m

Read more about Course lengths and Difficulty here

Entry Details

Pre-Entry and pre payment via Racesignup are advised for this event. Entries open 10am Monday 9th October and will close at 9am on the day of the event. However to be guaranteed a course map for your chosen course you MUST pre-enter by 2pm on Tuesday 17th October.

Late pre-entries - Entries will remain open until 9am on the morning of the event but entries will only be accepted by Racesignup if there are course maps remaining. The Courses section on the RaceSignUp page will indicate the number of maps remaining after 2pm on Tuesday 17th. You could enter a different course if your first choice is full.

Entry on the day (EOD): If you wish to come to the event without pre-entering please read the Registration Section above for details of what to do.

You can view an entry list for all competitors and their chosen start blocks on RaceSignUp (scroll down to Start List section). Please note that you can arrive at the start any time within your block.

Entry Fees: Individual entry fees are:

Seniors - £4 for orienteering club members, £6 for non members

Juniors - £2 for orienteering club members, £4 for none members

As well as individuals the entry system also allows pairs, groups or families who wish to go round a course together to enter using a sliding scale of fees. Full details of the various group entry fees are on the RaceSignUp web pages (link above).

Note that a Senior is someone born 2001 or earlier and a Junior is someone born 2002 or later. Matriculated students will normally be eligible to enter as Juniors and pay junior fees - check out RaceSignUp as before.

SportIdent (SI) electronic timing will be used. If you have your own SI (dibber) please bring it with you.

We have SIs for hire free of charge via the pre-entry system but there is a £30 charge if lost.

Registration and Start times

REGISTRATION: Registration, Download and toilets will be in Hoyland House Hall.

Follow the signs from the car park and look out for the ESOC banner; Registration will be open from approximately 1pm to 2.15pm for very limited Entry on the Day (EOD) but only if maps are still available. See also section on Entry Details below – payment for EOD will be in cash, bank transfer or card reader. Please have the correct money if at all possible.

WHITE and YELLOW COURSE MAPS: Please collect these from Registration before going to the Start. Course maps for other courses are collected after punching the start.

START/FINISH: The Start will be signed from Registration, approximately 300m (5-10 minute walk) away and the Finish will be close by. Start times from 1.00pm to 2.30pm (in 15 minute start blocks selected when entering) with course closure at 4pm. You should be back at Download by 4pm as controls will start to be brought in by 4pm so if you think you'll take a long time to complete your course please try to start early.

Contacts / Officials

EMAIL for any advance enquiries.

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