Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club



Image of the Castlelaw map

ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 21st Apr 2012

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


Results are now available.

General Information

This was quite a big day, with the Coaching Conference and Junior Training added on to the normal Saturday event.  The forecast was not good, and the clouds were right down on the Pentlands first thing in the morning.  I visualised everyone ending up wet and unhappy.  But we were lucky; the clouds cleared, a small stone barn materialised to serve as an “Event Centre” and a day of constructive activity was enjoyed by over 150 people, ranging in age from nearly 80 to two weeks old.  The Juniors worked very hard, starting with exercises in their graded groups and then mostly running a course afterwards.   The Coaches worked even harder, doing exercises all morning as well.   No-one had to park on wet grass, and everyone was out of the MOD car-park by the time they closed the gate.   Just as we were leaving, triplet lambs were born in an adjacent barn.

Great place; great day; many thanks to the Planner Janice Nisbet and all the people who helped to make it happen, and to all the competitors who came to enjoy it.

Coaching available at this event We are fortunate that the SOA are holding a training day for their Coaches on the day of this event, so there will be lots of people on hand to offer assistance at all standards to participants. Whether you are a complete beginner trying orienteering for the first time, or a White, Yellow or Orange standard competitor who would welcome some extra guidance on particular techniques, help will be available. This is a great opportunity, so come along and make the best use of it! Other general notes As with all other orienteering events all competitors take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety at all times. Please come dressed appropriately for the weather on the day and bear in mind there could potentially be muddy and slippery conditions. This area is mainly open hillside and can be very windy. SI timing will be used so please bring along your Si card if you have one. If you are taking up orienteering then you might like to read our 'new to orienteering' information. To save time you might consider printing off the ESOCRegistration_Form.pdf which you could complete in advance of the event. Remember to complete one form for every competitor, pair or small group.


map location

Nearest town: Penicuik


Head out of Edinburgh on the A702 southwards for just under 3 miles. The turn-off towards Castlelaw Ranges is on the right just after some bad bends.
Parking is adjacent to the Castlelaw Ranges. There will be a £1.00 parking fee.

Registration & Start Times

Between 2pm and 3pm
Please come early if you know you will be out for a long time.

Course Information

There will be White, Yellow and Orange courses and something for more experienced orienteers.  This area is suitable for all orienteering skill levels and is ideal for beginners and more experienced orienteers alike.
Courses will close at 4pm at which point controls will start to be brought in.

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

Juniors (all) - £1.50
Seniors who are members of British Orienteering - £3
Seniors who are not member of British Orienteering - £4
Small Groups (all) - £4
SI Hire is free (£30 charge if lost)

Contacts / Officials

Contact is Janet Clark -

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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