Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club

Davidson’s Mains Park and Royal High SchoolSat 22 Jun

Local Event

Last updated: Sun 14 April, 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


A great area especially for beginners and improvers but still offering challenges for experienced orienteers.


We plan to upload live results during the event to: Live results link
But sometimes things happen and it may not be possible.

Location Info

Near: Edinburgh
Lat,Lng: 55.96561,-3.28067
Postcode: EH4 6AH

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Directions / Parking

The event (registration and download) will be based at the Royal High Clubhouse (Sports Centre) on the Royal High School campus adjacent to Davidson's Mains Park

We do not have permission to park in the main School car park but limited parking may be available in the car park beside/behind the sports hub along the main drive to the School. If this is full please park considerately in nearby streets. eg East Barnton Avenue. Please be aware that even in the school car park you are in a very public place so if changing in your car please be sensitive to this

Please try to use public transport or cycle if you possibly can.

Public Transport Options

By Bus: Check Lothian Buses website to plan your journey. Lothian Buses Service 47 stops nearby. Note that other out of town buses which travel along Queensferry Road also stop close to Davidson's Mains (Quality Street stop)

By Bike: A variety of quiet cycle route maps throughout the city are available on the Edinburgh City Council Quiet Routes web pages. Cycles may be secured close the event centre in the Sports Hall while you run.

Map / Terrain

City park with grassy areas, woodland and school grounds and some rock and contour detail.

Map scale is 1:3500

Safety Notes

General notes - please also read the Course specific notes below

  • Other Users: Davidson's Mains Park is very well used by the general public, including dog walkers, runners and children's games. Please respect their right to be there at the same time as you are orienteering.
  • Dogs: Competitor’s dogs are allowed and should be kept under very close control at all times.
  • SAFETY NOTE RE DOGS: Please give any dog walkers you encounter whilst running on your course extra space ie don’t run too close, especially if their dog/dogs are off lead. This applies to all competitors, not just those running with a dog. We always need to respect other people's right to be there.
  • Course Closure Time: All courses have a closure time of 4pm after which controls will start to be brought in . All competitors should be back at Download by 4pm.
  • You must report to Download even if you do not complete your course, so we know you are back safely, and we don’t have to mount a search for you.
  • Please check the weather forecast on the day and dress appropriately. The area can be exposed especially when windy and the grassy slopes slippery of wet, , so please wear the most appropriate clothing and footwear for the course you are entering.

Please read and respect the British Orienteering Participant Code of Conduct.

Course Information

There will be White, Yellow, Orange and Long Orange, for beginners and improvers and technical courses for more experienced orienteers. Details TBC

Read more about Course lengths and Difficulty here

Entry Details

Pre-Entry and pre payment via RaceSignUp are required for this event. Entries open Monday 10th June and will close at 8pm on Friday 21st June

However to be guaranteed a course map on waterproof paper for your chosen course you MUST pre-enter by 2pm on Tuesday 18th June

Entry on the day (EOD): Entry on the day will be available at Registration as long as maps on waterproof paper are available, thereafter maps on "normal" paper will be available.

On the RaceSignUp page you can view

- an entry list for all competitors and their chosen start blocks (scroll down to the Start List section). Please note that you can arrive at the start any time within your block.
- number of maps left, ie entry limit-no of entries in the Courses box, from 3pm on Tuesday 9th April

Entry Fees: For 2024 we have a new range of Individual entry fees following membership restructuring by British Orienteering and increases in levy charges to support insurance cover for all competitors

CategoryBOF MembersSOA MembersNon Members
Seniors (26 and over)£4.50£5.50£6.50
Juniors/Students/Young adults (21-25)£2.50£3.50£4.50

As well as individuals the entry system also allows pairs, groups or families who wish to go round a course together (sharing one map and dibber) to enter using a sliding scale of fees. Full details of how to enter pairs and groups (or as a Student) are on the RaceSignUp entry page. NB The RaceSignUp entry process for these categories has also changed for 2024

CategoryBOF membersSOA only membersNon members
2 Seniors£5.50£6.50
2 Juniors
1 Senior + 1 Junior
1 Senior + 2 Juniors
2 Seniors + 1 Junior
2 Seniors + 2 Juniors
2 Seniors + 3 Juniors

SportIdent (SI) electronic timing will be used.

We have SI dibbers 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 12:45am -2.15pm for

  • Entry on the Day (EOD) if maps are still available. Payment by cash, bank transfer or by card/contactless. Please try to have the correct money if at all possible.
  • Collection of hired dibbers, White and Yellow maps:
  • Advice and help for beginners

Start and Finish: The Start and Finish will be close to Registration TBC

Start Times: From 1.00pm to 2.30pm with course closure at 4pm. You should be back at Download by 4pm as controls will start to be brought in by 4pm so if you think you'll take a long time to complete your course please enter early so you can choose an early start time.


  • Toilets available in the Sports Centre

Dog restrictions

Sorry but dogs are not allowed at this event as it takes place on school grounds. TBC

Contacts / Officials

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