Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Cammo Estate

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ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 13th Jan 2018

Info updated: 18th Feb
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland


Here are the updated results

Background to above results: The above results were updated Sunday evening (14th).  3 competitors (1 yellow, 1 orange and 1 green) will find their SI Card (dibber) number is still showing on the results rather than their name.   We haven't been able to match up an entry form to these numbers/times.  If you are one of these 3 people please email with details and we'll update the results.

Planners' Comments (Kerry and dad Mark)

We hope that you all enjoyed your courses at Cammo. We tried to make them as interesting as possible and from the discussions at the finish I think we achieved that for most.
For regular orienteers Cammo is well known so we had to do something different with the most difficult course hence the (very) long leg was introduced. We also tried to plan legs that offered opportunities to take shortcuts through the terrain rather than the longer path runs. The routes taken on the long leg  seemed to be split fairly equally with people either taking the western route through the wood (using different paths through this complex area) or the more straightforward route to the eastern side staying in the open but having to traverse (Tower) hill. Personally we would have taken the western route as this offered easier running but the best route all comes down to your own strengths and weaknesses. We’ll be interested to look at the splits if the computing issues last Saturday allow these to be uploaded to the website.
This was Kerry’s first attempt at planning and she really enjoyed the experience. I think she’ll be back to do more planning in the future.
And finally, thank you to Janet and all the ESOC (and Interlopers!) helpers on the day without them these events would not go ahead.

Organiser's Comments
Our Cammo event in January is always very well-attended, and it's great to see so many people starting the year with some good orienteering and resolving to continue with this.   The special features of this event were (in addition to the large numbers and quick times which caused the computer hiccups) the very well-planned Green course, which provoked much discussion about route choice, and the number of people who came back to do a second course.
Junior training beforehand seems to have inspired many of those coming near the top of the Green Course results.  It was great to see lots of new ESOC members, and just as good to welcome all the new families trying it out for the first time.  Please do all come back for more!. 
A dark blue/green jacket with a compass, a pair of black gloves and a Green course ticket in the pockets.
A red and black striped "North Face" hat.
A Sainsburys bag with a lunch box in it.  
Contact me to get them back
NOTE  Our next event, on 17th February, is at Corstorphine Hill instead of Dalmeny as printed in the fixture leaflet.  Check the ESOC website for details nearer the time.
Janet Clark    Organiser     0131 225 7771     

General Information

Dress: Please check the weather forecast and dress appropriately. In icy and snowy weather it can be very icy on the paths in Cammo Estate. 

Terrain:  Parkland with some wooded areas and a good network of paths.

Other Users: Cammo Estate is very well used by the general public, especially dog walkers and families with children.  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 4pm after which controls will start  to be brought in. 

Medical Conditions: If you, or anyone in your group (including juniors), have a medical condition that first aiders or health professionals should know about in the event of accident or illness during the course of the event please print off the Medical Form, fully complete it and bring it along to the event.   You should complete a separate copy for each individual who has a medical condition.  Please leave the completed Medical Form at Event Registration.  It will be put in a sealed envelope and only be opened in an emergency.  It will be destroyed immediately after the event.   If you prefer, you can bring your completed form in a sealed envelope with your name (or the relevant person's name) on the front and hand it in when you arrive.  


map location

Nearest town: Edinburgh


Head for the Ranger Centre at The Lodge at the end of Cammo Road.  Park in Cammo Road or other surrounding streets and enter the Estate through the Lodge Gates. Please park carefully and give due consideration to local residents who may be coming and going from their houses during the course of the event.  You should be able to come close to the event by bus, check Lothian Buses for more information about services.

Registration & Start Times

REGISTRATION: In the Ranger Centre at the Lodge at the entrance to the Estate.

Registration 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 will be very close to Registration. Start times will be from 1.30pm to 3pm.

COURSE CLOSURE TIME: Please note that courses have a closure time of 4pm after which controls will start  to be brought in.  It is dusk followed by darkness very early at this time of year so it is even more important to start bringing in controls at 4pm otherwise head torches would be needed!! Please make sure you arrive in plenty of time to register, get to the start and complete your course before controls begin to be brought in.

Course Information

There will be White, Yellow and Orange courses for newcomers and improvers.  There will be a Green Course for experienced orienteers and this has been specially planned as an exercise in route choice.  These maps will only be available at the Start.  You'll get a ticket at Registration to take to the Start.  All other maps can be looked at in advance and collected at Registration as usual.  

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

Seniors (born 1997 or earlier)
British Orienteering members - £4
Non-members - £6

Juniors (born 1998 or later)
British Orienteering members - £2
Non-members - £3

British Orienteering members - £2
Non-members - £3

Family Groups (Adults + children)
British Orienteering members - £4
Non- members - £6

Note: A family group for the above entry fee purposes comprises up to a maximum of 2 adults and up to 3 children. 

Extra adults are £1 each and extra juniors are 50 pence each. 

SportIdent (SI) electronic timing will be used.  If you have your own SI (dibber) please bring it with you. We'll have SIs for hire free of charge but there is a £30 charge if lost. If you would like to buy your own 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 INFORMATION: Please note that participants who are not members of an orienteering club automatically have Public Liability insurance cover provided by British Orienteering/Scottish Orienteering only for their first three "taster" sessions (i.e. events). Thereafter, if they wish to continue with this cover, they should become a member of an orienteering club, such as ESOC, which, depending on the membership option chosen, includes membership of British Orienteering and/or Scottish Orienteering.  Details of how to join ESOC are here or pick up an application form at this event. There are many benefits of being a member of an orienteeering club and one of these is lower entry fees at most events.

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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