ESOC Penicuik Weekend, Urban Race
1st event of ESOC's Penicuik Weekend is an urban race
Sat 05th Nov 2016
Info updated: 18th Feb
Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Urban
LOST PROPERTY: A compass was left behind at this event. Nobody claimed it at Sunday's event. If it belongs to you please email Ewart Scott at:
This was a new area and new map but from first visit it looked as though it could produce some interesting orienteering. We decided that to get the most out of it we would not limit courses to sprint distance. The mixture of woodland and urban terrain , requiring different techniques, helped to add to the interest. Apologies for those who found the slope down to the platform 129 too steep – it was a bit of a miscalculation to make it the first control on the ultraveteran women’s course – a control site I would not have appreciated myself. However you must admit it looked beautiful with the golden beech leaves glinting in the autumn sun !
At first the stream through the woodland seemed to suggest some good route choice legs to take runners back from the urban to the north side of the woods. However, as the stream was possibly crossable in some places but definitely not in others, we decided it could be potentially unfair and dangerous. Hence the control on the bridge at the east end, and some reduction in route choice.
The urban area was not too complex but required good concentration at speed to prevent wrong turnings, dead ends etc and quick decision making when there was a choice of routes.
The school staff were very helpful and accommodating. The public were inquisitive but we had no problems with control site vandalism, and most dog walkers were very courteous.
My thanks to Bill for his wisdom and help.
I hope you all enjoyed your run on such a beautiful crisp afternoon – thank you for coming.
This is a newly mapped area in Penicuik (Ladywood), incorporating Beeslack School and Woods.
The terrain is a mixture of woodland with river running through, some steep slopes; housing estate with complex street network and a few open, rough semi-open areas; school grounds and playing fields. The river will only be crossable at 2 bridges. More information will be in the final details in the week before the event.
Nearest town: Penicuik
- Grid Ref:
- Postcode: EH26 0QF
- Latitude: 55.84039
- Longitude: -3.21162
- Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)
The event will be based at Beeslack High School (postcode is given for Beeslack High School) but competitor parking will be nearby. Parking information and grid reference are provided in the final details.
Registration & Start Times
Registration times: 11.30 - 13.00 Start times: 12.00 - 13.30 Courses close: 15.30
Controls can then be brought in before it gets dark.
Courses will be available as follows:
1. - Men's Open
2. - Women's Open/Men's Vet (Men 40+)
3. - Women's Vet (Women 40+)/Men's SuperVet (Men 55+)
4. - Women's SuperVet (Women 55+)/Men's UltraVet (Men 65+)
5. - Women's UltraVet (Women 65+)
6. - Men/Women 16 -
7. - Men/Women 12 -
Course 7, M/W 12-, will only be on the woodland paths and in the school grounds and course 6, M/W 16-, will not cross the busy road, but will cross minor roads in the housing estate.
Course lengths likely to be from 2k - 5k
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 online via Fabian4 has now closed. Entry on the day (EOD) will be subject to map availability and at a surcharge of £2 for adults and £1 for juniors will be added to the prices below
Seniors (born 1995 or earlier) - BOF member £8.00
Seniors (born 1995 or earlier) - Non-BOF member £10.00
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: Katy Lessells (ESOC)
Controller: Bill Stevenson (ESOC)
Organiser: Janet Clark (ESOC) email:
Safety and Risk
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