ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians
Sat 14th Jan 2017
Info updated: 17th Jan
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland
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Cammo always turns up trumps for us in January. However dire the weather forecast, we've always been lucky, and today was a record-breaker in lots of ways. Nearly forty Juniors doing the coaching beforehand. Nearly 150 separate entry forms , and record- breaking takings of money. The statistics don't mention a lovely welcome from the Friends of Cammo, beautiful winter sunshine through the frosty trees, great courses by first-time planners, long cold shifts by the many volunteers necessary to put on such an event, and some significant personal achievements in the results. Sincere thanks to one and all for your contribution to this great event. Let's have many more like it in 2017.
Janet Clark Organiser
As if we didn't have enough on our minds in planning our first event, the wintry weather forecast had us worrying all week that we'd be sending runners out in snow and wind or on ice. In the end, the weather gods literally shone on us, it being a glorious winter day. The only issue with the conditions being that the sun was blinding some of the runners - what a great problem to have in Scotland in January.
An updated map (thanks to Bill) opened up the northern field, which we used to give the light green runners an immediate route choice and a deceptively challenging run from control 1 to 2. We also gave the orange runners a slightly tricky first control. We'd like to say that we planned the courses around the groundworks at the canal, but as these only popped up in the few days before the event, we really need to admit that having no controls in that area was just lucky.
The biggest planning challenge we had was in making sure the yellow and white courses had the right level of difficulty. We ended up with a bit of a hairpin bend on white, which with the benefit of hindsight, we should've removed. All runners arrived safely back at the finish though, and even though this is the norm, it certainly gave these planners an immense sense of relief!
It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience planning these courses and we've learned a lot with Maureen and Janet's guidance. We're told planning will help our own orienteering skills ... here's hoping.
Michael & David McPhillips
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. on Tuesday 10th January the weather forecast shows a mixed bag of weather for Saturday 14th and it certainly could be icy and cold, please be prepared for this.
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.
Nearest town: Edinburgh
- Grid Ref: NT177748
- Postcode: EH4 8AW
- Latitude: 55.96017
- Longitude: -3.31972
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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.
There will be White, Yellow and Orange courses for newcomers and improvers. There will also be a Light Green course for more experienced orienteers. This is an excellent area for beginners and improvers. It's also a very good area for training for more experienced orienteers.
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.
Seniors (born 1996 or earlier)
British Orienteering members - £4
Non-members - £6
Juniors (born 1997 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.
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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