Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club

Corstorphine HillSat 19 Nov

ESOC Local Event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Last updated: Wed 21 February, 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


Results and splits

Officials' Reports

Janet Clark, Organiser, writes: After the last two days of continuous downpours, Corstorphine Hill in the winter sunshine felt very special and absolutely everyone was there! Regular ESOC members, new ESOC members, several members we hadn't seen for quite a while, a huge group from the Mary Erskine School, friends from other clubs, some quite far away, complete beginners; old and young - everybody!

The organising team was a wonderful combination of old hands and newcomers to the team, working together to the highest standards to give all competitors a great experience. We shared the hill with an enthusiastic children's mountain-biking group, and there was room for all, with our extra marshals being hardly needed.
Thank you very much to everyone, competitors and helpers, who contributed to this most successful event.

Mark Sanderson, Planner writes: I am very glad the weather decided to change its run of form for Saturday! Thank you for everyone who attended, I hope you found the courses fun and interesting. My main aim was to avoid excessive climb on the shorter courses and hoping the paths were clear enough with the autumn fall. My other aims was making the longer courses as technical as possible given the area and the path network.

It was my first time planning and the whole ESOC team made it a great experience. Peter helped enormously as Controller, lending his experience and wise guidance, many thanks. Janet coordinating just about everything and kept things organised and ticking along, thank you! To all the other volunteers on the day, you helped make the event happen and your dedication to ESOC and promoting orienteering was very impressive! A final thanks to the control collectors, Sally, Crawford, Alison and Peter, your help avoiding a late finish was greatly appreciated. A reward collecting in controls was seeing the monkeys in the zoo from control 226 (Blue and Green courses) playing around before their bedtime!

Winsplits are here


City area technical enough to put on courses for all orienteering skill levels.

Pre-event Information

Location Info

Near: City of Edinburgh
Lat,Lng: 55.95263,-3.27650
Postcode: EH12 6UT

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Directions / Parking

TRAVEL ALERT: There is an international rugby match between Scotland and Argentina at Murrayfield at 3.15pm on same day as Corstorphine Hill event. This will affect much of the travel to and from Corstorphine Hill. The area around Murrayfield Stadium, including Roseburn, should be avoided and an alternative route found to get to and from the Corstorphine Hill event. The attached map provides details given by the Council of the road closures/times. The link below to Lothian Buses website will be helpful for details of any re-routed services that day. If this affects you there should still be plenty of options to get to Corstorphine Hill via an alternative route.

LOCATION OF EVENT: The event will be based at the GTC, 96 Clermiston Road, Edinburgh EH12 6UT. Please note that parking is not available here.

There are plenty of options for getting there. Please use public transport or share cars if at all possible.

By Bus: Check Lothian Buses website to plan your journey. Other (out of town) bus services run along St John’s Road, Corstorphine and also Queensferry Road and these could be more convenient. Get off at the stop nearest Clermiston Road to walk to the event.

By Bike: A variety of quiet cycle route maps throughout the city are available on the Edinburgh City Council Quiet Routes web pages. It should be possible to find a place to lock your bike close by while you run.

By Car: Please park in the residential streets in the general area of Corstorphine Hill (near Clermiston Road). Please do be considerate to local residents when parking. Please also be aware that you are likely to be parking in a very public place so if changing in your car please be sensitive to this. There is no competitor parking at the GMC (see Registration item below).

Course Information

As usual for ESOC local events we will have WHITE, YELLOW and ORANGE courses for beginners and improvers. We will also offer GREEN and BLUE courses for experienced orienteers.

Please note that the course information given below is provisional, subject to final controlling. Note too that whilst the length given is straight line, the climb given is based on optimal route choice.

White 1.7km 45m
Yellow 2.4km 85m
Orange 2.7km 85m
Green 4.1km 190m
Blue 5.6km 265m

Read more about Course lengths and Difficulty here

Entry Details

Pre-Entry via Racesignup is required for this event. Entries will open on Monday 7th November and will finally close at 10am on Saturday 19th November - the day of the event. To be guaranteed a map of your chosen course you MUST however pre-enter by 6pm on MONDAY 14th NOVEMBER. It is especially important to enter by this date (which is a day earlier than usual for ESOC local events) due to possibility of postal strikes affecting delivery of maps.

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 though this could affect your participation in the ESOC Club Championships.

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 at the RaceSignUp webpage link above but a flavour of the entry fee scales is given below for advance guidance.

Category No of Persons Per Entry Orienteering Club Members Non Members
1. 1 Adult (Senior) £4 £6
2. 1 Junior £2 £4
3. 2 Adults (Seniors) £5 £7
4. 2 Juniors £2.50 £4.50
5. 1 Adult + 1 Junior £4.50 £6.50
6. 1 Adult + 2 Juniors £5 £7
7. 2 Adults + 1 Junior £5.50 £7.50
8. 2 Adults + 2 Juniors £6 £8
9. 2 Adults + 3 Juniors £6.50 £8.50

Note that a Senior is someone born 2001 or earlier and a Junior is someone born 2002 or later. Currently matriculated students will normally be eligible to enter as Juniors and pay junior fees - check out RaceSignUp as before.

SportIdent (SI) electronic timing will be used.

We have SIs for hire free of charge via the pre-entry system 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.

Registration and Start times

REGISTRATION: will be open from around 12.45pm until 2.15pm. Registration and Download will both be in the GTC car park. We will be sharing the car park with a cycle club which meets there every Saturday so it is very likely that only a very few helpers' cars will be allowed to park there. Please therefore follow the instructions above about parking in local streets.

START TIMES: Starts will run from 1pm to 2.30pm. 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 4pm.

Contacts / Officials

Enquiries: EMAIL

Planner: Mark Sanderson (ESOC)

Controller/Mentor: Peter Halling (ESOC)

Organiser: Janet Clark (ESOC)

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