Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club

CademuirSun 17 Sept

South of Scotland Orienteering League (SoSOL)

Last updated: Sat 20 January, 2024

Regional 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: Moorland


Officials' Reports

Controllers Comments

I was approached to act as co-controller together with Lindsey Knox who had a City Race Euro Tour in London on the Saturday, trying to defend her 2022 title. Cademuir is a tough area, and unfortunately most of the short runnable grass is far away from the start and finish ! We tried our best to keep as much as we could of the courses away from the highest heather and the steepest climbs. Thanks to Mark for dealing with nitpicky comments from not one but two controllers, and Lindsey for doing a lot of work leading up to the event, including updating the map in places, even though she couldn't be there to reap the fruits of her labour.

Hearing from Moorfoot Runners that they had lost some equipment on Cademuir due to vandalism at their hillrunning event the previous weekend, it was decided to put out all the SI units, and all on-path controls, on the morning of the event. With checking controls the day before, this meant many visits to the Southwest hill of the map within a 24 hour period, but the scenery makes up for it.

Fredrik Nordvall Forsberg STAG

I've controlled for ESOC at Cademuir a few times and I enjoy the extensive views once you get the unavoidable climb out of the way. With no nearby parking there's no easy way of getting the controls out and that's probably the main drawback for planners and controllers but Mark sensibly limited the number of controls. Too often I see planners putting out far too many controls which generally reduces route choice and creates more work. Course winning times look about right apart from Brown which was perhaps marginally short and it looks like they coped with the climb and undergrowth quicker than we anticipated. My thanks to Mark and Frerick for all their hard work which seems to have resulted in a successful event.

Lindsey Knox RR

Organisers Comments

Long shifts, seamless changeovers, hard work, attention to detail; ESOC teamwork at its best! Everything worked smoothly and on time, very well done everyone. Makes you proud to be a member of this team and this club!

Janet Clark (ESOC)

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A Regional Event at Cademuir which is close to Peebles in the Scottish Borders.

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South of Scotland Orienteering League

Events in the SoSOL are designed for competitors of all ages and abilities and there will normally be eight courses: white, yellow, orange, light green, short green, green, blue and brown, ranging from short and easy to fairly long and easy, from short and hard to long and hard. There may also be a long, easy course; contact the club for details.

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Pre-event Information

Location Info

Near: Peebles
Lat,Lng: 55.64522,-3.19296
OS Grid Ref: NT251397
Postcode: EH45 9HB

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Directions / Parking

By bus: X62 Borders Bus runs an hourly service from Edinburgh on a Sunday, it takes about an hour and 15 minutes and there is a 0.6 mile walk at the Peebles end.

By motor vehicle: From the A72 at west end of Peebles High Street (at Old Parish Church) cross the Tweed Bridge. Fork right along Springhill Road for 400m to 1st right, Springwood Road (signed “High School”).

There will be a £2 parking fee.

Edinburgh based orienteers are welcome to join the newly expanded ESOC car sharing WhatsApp group. Please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required for the joining link.

Course Information

Provisional Course Lengths
Course Length (km) Climb (m)
Brown 7.4 415
Blue 6.4 300
Green 4.6 245
Short Green 3.0 160
Light Green 3.3 180
Orange 2.9 130
Yellow 2.1 105
White 1.8 50

Juniors may be shadowed, please make this clear in the comments field on the entry form

Read more about Course lengths and Difficulty here

Entry Details

Pre entry preferred by RaceSignUp, and entries open on Saturday 2nd September here and close on Friday 15th September at 8pm. However, in order for us to order the maps in good time the following conditions apply

  1. Entries by Tuesday 12th September at 2pm are guaranteed a map for your chosen course
  2. Entries will stay open until Friday15th September at 8pm, if maps are still available
  3. EOD will be available at registration if maps are still available

The RaceSignUp page will display the number of maps available (as an entry limit) on each course from Tuesday 12th at 2pm

Start Times

1. Entrants can select a 15 min start block from the range available at the time of making the entry on Race Sign Up

2. Please arrive at the Start in time to start within your chosen time block. It is not however necessary for everyone to be there at the beginning of their chosen block.

3. Juniors may be shadowed, please make this clear in the comments field on the entry form

Entry Fees

Brown, Blue, Green, Short Green & Light Green Courses
Seniors (born 2001 or earlier) BOF/SOA member £10
Seniors (born 2001 or earlier) non BOF/SOA member £12
Juniors (born 2002 or later) BOF/SOA member £5
Juniors (born 2002 or later) non BOF/SOA member £7
Students BOF/SOA member £5
Students non BOF/SOA member £7
Orange, Yellow & White Courses (ONLY)
BOF/SOA member £5
Non BOF/SOA member £7

SI dibber hire available via the entry form:

Free standard SI card hire, if required, but there will be a £30.00 charge if lost.
Hire of SIAC (touch-free) cards is £2.50 and a charge of £60 will be made if lost.

Registration and Start times

Registration: Will be open from 10.30 - 12noon for the collection of hired dibbers, Yellow and White maps and EOD.

Start Times (more information below under Entries): 11.00 - 13.00

Course Closure: 15.00

Start and Finish
From the Peebles High School Sports Hall there is a walk of about 1km to the Start plus 30m climb at the end (allow 20-25 minutes) and the same (without the climb) back from the Finish, along the same route. The Start and Finish are close together.

The route to the Start is along pavements, a short wood section, and 3 residential road crossings (which should be quiet on a Sunday) The walk is suitable for buggies but the courses are not.

Contacts / Officials

Planners: Mark Sanderson (ESOC)

Controllers: Lindsey Knox (RR) & Fredrik Nordvall Forsberg (STAG)

Organiser: Janet Clark (ESOC)

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PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE INFORMATION: Please note that all participants will be covered by Public Liability insurance provided by British Orienteering's insurance policy.

To become a member of an orienteering club, such as ESOC, which includes membership of British Orienteering and/or Scottish Orienteering visit our website www.esoc.og.uk or ask at Registration. There are many benefits of being a member of an orienteering club and one of these is lower entry fees at most events.

Acknowledgements: We are grateful to Patricia Anderson for acess to Cademuir Hill and to Peebles High School for the use of their Sports Hall.

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