Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Bush Estate (Sprintelope)


Informal local 'Sprintelope' event

Wed 09th May 2018

Info updated: 11th May
Type of event: Local, Sprint
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland


Results in simple pdf format.  On the Long course Brian Miller is shown as dsq but he retired.  Janice didn't punch the start but retired due to injury. 

The Bush is a delightful place on a warm spring evening.  We were unlucky not to get one of these tonight, but nevertheless, about a hundred people came to enjoy Jon Ellis's Long and Short courses, and everyone soon warmed up by running.  The intricate buildings were a bit curtailed by recent fencing around some of them, but the area still provides an interesting mixture of terrain.  We were delighted to have a big party of Girl Guides at the event, along with seasoned "Sprintelopers" and members of other clubs; all are very welcome.   Thank you to Jon Ellis for  planning, to the small but hardworking ESOC team of helpers, and to Bush Estate for welcoming us once more to use their lovely parkland for our event. We will be back here in September for the ESOC Ultrasprint (the event with the Maze).  
Janet Clark

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.   Shorts should be fine.  There are brambles in parts of the woods however these can largely be avoided.  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


Parking will 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). 

NOTE: At the time of writing (Monday 7th May) there are still signs out near Hillend on A702 suggesting there is limited access to the Bush Loan road from A702 i.e. the road referred to above.  There have however been no restrictions for quite some time now, it seems the sign has simply not been removed.

The event will be signed from the entrance to Bush Estate (opposite the road in to the Easter Bush campus of Dick Vet and various forestry research stations).  There is no access from the roundabout via the Moredun Institute. Once in the estate follow the signs to parking.  

Registration & Start Times

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

START TIMES: from 6.30pm (or earlier if the controls are all in place) to 7.30pm.  


NOTE FOR UNDER 16s - Both courses likely to be suitable for under 16s however parents/adults can decide on arrival.  See above about traffic and speed limit on estate roads. There is no through road through the estate.

Course Information

There will be a Short course of around 3k and a long course of around 5k. Both courses are likely to be fine for under 16s as the only roads are estate roads with limited traffic in the evening.  There are  also speed limits within the estate for all vehicles.  

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

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