ESOC Penicuik Weekend, Penicuik Estate, SoSOL
South of Scotland Orienteering League, incorporating ESOA Championships
Sun 06th Nov 2016
Info updated: 18th Feb
Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland
List of ESOA Champions
Thanks to everyone for attending our SoSOL on Sunday at Penicuik Estate after a long gap since our last visit. Thanks too, to the Clerk Family for use of the area and to the Ranger Service for use of their office which allowed us power to provide a comfortable area for registration and displaying live results. The weather held with no rain as forecast and we really did have a beautiful setting.
We are aware of comments on social media in relation to a protest about control 209. This has been considered by the Planner, Controller and Organiser along with a senior Controller from another club. While we apologise to anyone whose run was affected by this control, we remain supportive of our officials’ decision.
Ewart Scott (Organiser)
This event is the 7th South of Scotland Orienteering League (SoSOL) race and is open to everyone to enter.
The event also includes the ESOC Club Championships and the East of Scotland Championships and to be competitive in either of these there are specific courses for specific ages/age ranges.
East of Scotland Individual Championships - Details of which course you need to run to be eligible for an ESOA Trophy can be found here.
ESOC Club Championships - Junior ESOC members should enter the usual course they run regardless of age and they will still be compitive in the Club Championships. To be competitive in the Club Championships, senior ESOC members should enter courses as follows:
Men's Open - Brown course
Women's Open - Blue course
Veteran Men (M40/45/50/55) - Blue course
Veteran Women (W40/45/50/55) - Green course
Ultra Vet Men (M60/65/70) - Green course (Ultra Vet Men older than M70 should enter the Short Green course)
Ultra Vet Women (W60/65/70 and older) - Short Green course
The Penicuik Estate map has been updated specially for this event.
PENICUIK HOUSE - HISTORY: Since 1654, the Penicuik Estate has been home to the Clerk Family. One of the focal points of the estate is Penicuik House which is now a ruin, having been damaged by fire in 1899. In 1985, the Penicuik House Preservation Trust was created with the aim of preserving and allowing public access to the ruined house for the first time in over a century. Work began in 2007 and was completed in 2014. The ruin of Penicuik House is now open to the public and competitors may want to visit look around. More historical information and visitor information can be found on the Penicuik House website. The picture opposite is of part of the preserved area and was taken by Organiser Ewart Scott during one of his visits to the area. There are more pictures of on the Penicuik House website via the link above.
Present members of the Clerk family live in the stable block adjacent to Penicuik House which was converted by Sir George Clerk, 8th Baronet, and his wife Aymée, following the 1899 fire, to make the family home. This area is out of bounds to competitors; this is mentioned in the final details for this event.
Nearest town: Penicuik
- Grid Ref: NT215595
- Postcode: EH26 9LA
- Latitude: 55.82108
- Longitude: -3.25124
- Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)
At Penicuik Estate. More information in final details, see link above.
Registration & Start Times
Registration times: 10.00 - 12.00 Start times: 11.00 - 13.00 Courses close: 15.00
White, Yellow, Orange, Light Green, Short Green, Green, Blue and Brown courses.
See above for information about which course to enter to be competitive in ESOC Club Championships and the East of Scotland Championships.
There will be a free string course.
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.
Advance entry via Fabian4 is now closed. Entry on the day (EOD) will be subject to map availability and a surcharge of £2.00 Seniors/£1.00 Juniors added to the entry fees shown below.
Seniors (born 1995 or earlier) - BOF member £8.00
Seniors (born 1995 or earlier) - Non-BOF member £10.00
Seniors (born 1995 or earlier) - White, Yellow, Orange courses (only) £4.00
Juniors (born 1996 or later) - BOF member £4.00
Juniors (born 1996 or later) - Non-BOF member £5.00
Free SIcard hire, if required, but £30.00 charge if lost.
Contacts / Officials
Planner: Alastair Lessells (ESOC)
Controller: Trina Rogerson (ELO)
Organiser: Ewart Scott (ESOC)
Entries (only): Simon Firth:
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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