Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Corstorphine Hill

Image of the Corstorphine Hill map

ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 17th Feb 2018

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


The results are here.

Winsplits are here.

Organiser's Comments
The Corstorphine Hill event was well attended, and it was lovely to welcome so many newcomers and family groups as well as experienced orienteers.   I hope everyone will be keen to do more orienteering, and it was very encouraging to hear so many enthusiastic comments.

Thanks to Ian and Eleanor for their great courses – and it was even a nice day! 
Pepsi’s compass: contact me to get it back, or collect it at the event at Mary Erskine School and Ravelston Woods.

Anne Thom           Organiser     07798 646423

General Information

Note this is a late change of area for the 17th February event.  The event was originally scheduled to be at Dalmeny Estate but had to be changed in early January 2018, some time after the 2018 local event fliers were distributed.  Corstorphine Hill is an equally good area, suitable for orienteering at all skill levels.

Dress: Please check the weather forecast and dress appropriately. Corstorphine Hill, although in the city, can be very slippery/icy/snowy/muddy depending on the weather in the days and weeks leading up to the event.   If the weather is poor, cagoules may be compulsory.

Terrain:  City parkland with a mixture of open fields and woodland, with rock and contour detail; some steep slopes and crags.   Parents: there are log piles near the finish, please tell your children to stay well clear of them.

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. It will be dark early at this time of year so the course closure time is particularly important.

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: City of Edinburgh


Head for Clermiston Road North in the city of Edinburgh.  Registration, start & finish will be near the small public car park on the east side of Clermiston Road North.  There will be a kite at the entrance to the car park.  However please do not attempt to park in this car park: orienteering competitor parking will be on the west side of Clermiston Road North (north of Drum Brae Drive and south of the public car park) or in the residential streets off Drum Brae Drive (west side of Clermiston Road North).  Please park considerately: do not block residents’ entrances. Please then cross Clermiston Road North to get to the event. This is a fast, busy road; take great care, and parents, please stay with your children at all times going to and from the event.

Clermiston Road is CLOSED at its southern end, close to its junction with St. John's Road, so those coming from the east should approach from Queensferry Road into Clermiston Road North, or via Kaimes Road and Cairnmuir Road.  If coming from the west, there is no right turn allowed from Queensferry Road into Clermiston Road North; approach instead from Drum Brae Drive.

Coming to this event by bus is a pretty good option - check out Lothian Buses

Registration & Start Times

REGISTRATION: This will be in a Club tent close to the small public car park, mentioned above, on the east side of Clermiston Road North.  The entrance will be marked with an O kite.

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 online, print off and bring with you to the event. This will save a lot of time and the typescript makes the forms so much 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, typed registration forms are a huge help to those manning our computers during and after the event. 

Thank you in advance for helping us by typing in your details on to the form in advance 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 short GUIDE TO REGISTRATION?

NOTE: Current members of an orienteering club who have their own SI-Card, which is registered in their own name, and who are going out on a course alone 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, and a Green course for more experienced orienteers.  

White     0.9 km, 40 metres climb

Yellow    1.3 km, 60 metres climb

Orange   2.4 km, 120 metres climb

Green     3.1 km, 200 metres climb

Map scale for all courses:  1:5,000                 Contour Interval for all courses:  5 metres

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/Scottish Orienteering members - £4
Non-members - £6

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

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

Family Groups (Adults + children)
British/Scottish 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.

FACILITIES: There are no event toilets.   The nearest public toilets are at Drumbrae Leisure Centre (on Drumbrae Terrace, just north of Drumbrae Drive), which also has a cafe.

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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