Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Bush Estate (Sprintelope)

Image of the Bush Estate map

Informal local 'Sprintelope' event

Wed 09th May 2018

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

General Information

'SPRINTELOPES' are informal urban events in the Edinburgh and East Lothian area for members of local orienteeering clubs and visitors from other orienteering clubs.  Come along, pay, register and run.  Very, very informal. This event is not a true urban event as the terrain is mixed.

TERRAIN: Bush estate is a mix of estate roads, buildings, open grassland and some runnable woodland.

SAFETY, OTHER USERS and TRAFFIC: The Bush Estate should not be too busy in the evening however there are still plenty of dog walkers and cyclists and there will be some cars on the estate roads. Please take care when crossing all roads and also in the car parking area

CLOTHING: Please wear appropriate footwear for mixed terrain.   If the weather is poor please be careful as the ground may be slippery. 

FACILITIES: There are no facilities available for this event at Bush Estate.


map location

Nearest town: Penicuik


TBC but likely to be on hard standing within Bush Estate with Registration, Start and Finish close by. 

Bush Estate is approx 3 miles south of Edinburgh and can be accessed via both the A701 (turn off towards the Pentland Hills at Gowkley Moss roundabout) and the A702 from close to Easter Howgate (when coming South from Hillend this is the turning on the left after Boghall). 

Registration & Start Times

Registration, Start and Finish will  be close to the car park.   
REGISTRATION: from 6pm to 7pm.  

START TIMES: from 6pm to 7pm  


NOTE FOR UNDER 16s - The courses are both likely to be suitable for under 16s however please check the week before the event when more details of the courses will be posted here.

Course Information

TBC but likely to be 1 Short course of around 3k and 1 long course of around 5k. Please check nearer the event for details of suitability of courses for under 16s going out unaccompanied.  

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

COST: £2 for Seniors, £1 for Juniors (see above for information about under 16s).

Contacts / Officials


Phone: Janet on 0131 225 7771

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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