Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club

Cammo EstateSat 14 Jan

ESOC Local Event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Last updated: Sat 20 January, 2024

Local 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: Parkland & Woodland


Officials' Reports

ORGANISER'S COMMENTS FRIOM JAYNE MACGREGOR: The weather improved from very wet early morning to a bright day with just a few sharp showers making the underfoot conditions even muddier and the course planned by Sam supported by grandad Peter were well received especially the Windows/Corridor course which was tricky even for those that know the area well.

Thanks to everyone for coming to Cammo yesterday - another bumper entry and nice to see most of our Local event regulars. Interestingly a lot of these regulars are non-members paying the~£2 levy per entry. This additional payment would soon be recouped by joining ESOC and this will not only have the benefit of being able to pay the reduced member entry fee but will give access to regular training and coaching opportunities and encouragement to try more “serious events” such as the SOL (Scottish Orienteering League) event at North Pentlands in March, details here.

Thanks also to:

  • all the ESOC officials and helpers (efficient and willing as always) and Assistant Organiser Heidi who is learning the ropes as an Organiser and had a go at all the roles before and during the day and especially the more physical aspects.
  • The Ranger service from Edinburgh City Council for not only giving permission for the event (and use of the Lodge) but for the new Wetland area and the Leaf & Bean coffee van who, it appears, had their best day ever for takings.
  • The Friends of Cammo group for their hard work in keeping Cammo looking great by maintaining paths, adding seats etc (one of their members was still shovelling home-made chipped bark onto muddy paths in the twilight when I left at 3:30pm)

Results are here

Winsplits are here


Post event comments can be seen via the Read more ... option below.  Organiser's comments added Sunday 15th. LOST PROPERTY added Wed 18th.

Pre-event Information

Location Info

Near: Edinburgh
Lat,Lng: 55.96017,-3.31972
OS Grid Ref: NT177748
Postcode: EH12 8AN

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Directions / Parking

The event is based close to the Ranger Centre/Visitor Centre (What3words: ///hints.camp.trying) at the junction of Cammo Road and Cammo Walk and can easily be reached …

By car - Please park in Cammo Road or other surrounding streets eg Strathalmond Road or the start of Cammo Walk (currently a no through road) and enter the Estate through the Lodge Gates on foot. Please park carefully and give due consideration to residents and note the double yellow lines on Cammo Walk and at the bottom of Cammo Road near the Lodge. There are 2 small dedicated estate car parks to the South and North of the area but these are likely to be very busy.

By bus – Lothian buses, Lothian Country buses and Stagecoach Express buses (heading for Fife) all have stops within 500-700m. Check the Lothian Buses (Lothian Country Buses is part of same company) and Stagecoach websites for timetables and route maps. (NB Please get off the Stagecoach Express bus at the Barnton Junction, the next stop is the Forth Road Bridge!)

By bike – It is less than 1km from Cammo to join one of the Edinburgh City cycleways, please see this map on the Edinburgh Council Quiet Routes website.

By rail or tram – It is an approximate 30-minute walk (along Maybury Road/Cammo Walk) to/from the Edinburgh Gateway station which is served by both Scotrail trains and the Edinburgh Tram.

Course Information

As for all ESOC local events, there will be White, Yellow and Orange courses for beginners and improvers, a Light Green course for more experienced orienteers and a Corridor/Window Course for experienced orienteers who would like an extra challenge.

Provisional Course Details (slight tweaks may be made):

White 1.4k with 20m climb

Yellow 2.0k with 50m climb

Orange 3.0k with 70m climb

Light green 3.8k with 90m climb

Corridor/Window Course - length TBC but will be just under 4k with modest climb

Notes re The Corridor/Window Course - this is a good training exercise for experienced orienteers. It is a normal course, but with much of the map blanked out! On Corridor legs only a narrow strip of map is shown on either side of a route between the controls. You need to keep in contact with the map and within the corridor. On Window legs all that is shown are small blocks of map around the controls, and perhaps part way through the leg. You have to make your way between the blocks using compass and distance estimation, and then re-locate when you get into the next block. The planning makes sure that there are no bad obstacles in the blank sections between blocks – you may find open ground or forest, all runnable, although sometimes only slowly. You will also meet paths, but they will probably not be going in the right direction!

Read more about Course lengths and Difficulty here

Entry Details

Pre-Entry via Racesignup is required for this event. Entries open Monday 2nd January at 10am and will finally close at 10am on Saturday 14th January - the day of the event. To be guaranteed a map of your chosen course you MUST however pre-enter by 2pm on Monday 9th January (a day and a few hours earlier than usual due to uncertainty over postal strikes and deliveries).

Late pre-entries - As mentioned above, entries will remain open until 10am on the morning of the event BUT entries will only be accepted by Racesignup if there are course maps remaining. RaceSignUp will not accept your entry once the maps for your chosen course have sold out. You could maybe try entering a different course if your first choice is full.

Entry on the Day (EOD) at the event will be possible only if there are course maps available. If you have to resort to coming to the event without pre-entering please read bring the correct money or be prepared to pay by card.

You can view an entry list for all competitors and their chosen start blocks on RaceSignUp (scroll down to Start List section). Please note that you can arrive at the start any time within your block.

Entry Fees: As well as individuals the entry system also allows pairs, groups or families who wish to go round a course together to enter using a sliding scale of fees. Full details are on the RaceSignUp webpage.

Registration and Start times

REGISTRATION: This will be very close to the Ranger Centre and will be open from around 11.45pm until 1.15pm. Download will be very close Registration and the Start and Finish will also be close by.

START TIMES: Starts will run from 12 noon to 1.30pm. Please choose an early start time if you think you might take a long time out on your course. You must be back at Download by 3pm as it will be getting dark early at this time of year.

Contacts / Officials

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