Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Corstorphine Hill


ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 08th Apr 2017

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


Results in revised spreadsheet format.  See Organiser's Comments below for explanation of the different results format for this event. 

ORGANISER'S COMMENTS: Corstorphine Hill redeemed itself today; all memories of last year's snowy February afternoon were quite forgotten in the warm sunshine, dry underfoot  conditions and accompanying birdsong and budding green leaves which welcomed us today.   It was just lovely to be able to sit around discussing routes and future plans, with the whole summer ahead.   
The only thing which let us down was the faulty Start unit.  It chose just the wrong moment to run out of battery.  The accompanying Results are not quite complete, and are the product of much manual labour by Alistair; apologies to those affected, but I hope everyone will agree, whatever their results, that this was  a lovely afternoon.  For the ESOC Team who provided the event, it was a welcome change too, not to be wet and freezing all afternoon.
Many thanks to everyone who took part today; and hope to see you all again before long.

Janet Clark

General Information

Dress: Please check the weather forecast and dress appropriately. Corstorphine Hill, although in the city, can be very slippery and muddy if the weather in the weeks before the event have been wet or icy/snowy.   This year the recent weather has been quite kind and the forecast for Saturday is reasonably good (at time of writing on Thursday) so all should be well.

Terrain:  City parkland with a mixture of open fields and woodland, with rock and contour detail; some steep slopes.

Other Users: Corstorphine Hill is very well used by the general public, especially dog walkers.  Please respect their right to be there at the same time as you are orienteering.

Dogs: Dogs are welcome but must 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. 


map location

Nearest town: Edinburgh


Park at the car park at the General Teaching Council for Scotland, Clerwood, 96 Clermiston Road, Edinburgh EH12 6UP.  The event will be signposted off the East side of Clermiston Road, towards the South end of Corstorphine Hill.

Note: Coming to this event by bus is a good option - check out Lothian Buses.

Registration & Start Times

REGISTRATION: This will be in a Club tent adjacent to the GTC building.

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 make 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-Card can continue to come to Registration and go through the speedy entry system.  If in any doubt whether this applies to you then you could read the quick guide as above for more information about the registration process.

START AND FINISH: These will both be close to Registration. Start times will be from 1.30pm to 3pm.

COURSE CLOSURE TIME: 4pm.  Controls will start to be brought in from this time.  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 also be a Green course for more experienced orienteers.  Although this area is in the city of Edinburgh it is excellent for all orienteering skill levels.  

NOTE: We last used Corstorphine Hill for a local event in February of last year.  That day it snowed all day and very few people ventured outside far less to the event.  We therefore decided to use the same courses as last year for this event.  Even if you did come last year, hopefully Saturday will provide a chance to run the course in better weather, when it will look quite different. The weather forecast is certainly very much better than it was for last year!

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 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

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