ESOC Sprint-O 2012
Blackford Hill & Easter Craiglockhart Hill
Sun 05th Feb 2012
Info updated: 18th Feb
Type of event: Regional, Sprint
Type of terrain: Parkland
Parking/Start/Finish: All close together at both venues. Toilets: at Craiglockhart in the University building. Grid References: Grid reference on this web page and on location maps is for the prologue at Blackford Hill. The grid reference for East Craiglockhart Hill is: NT235707 Maps and descriptions: A4 sized overprinted, waterproof maps. IOF control descriptions are printed on the maps and loose at the Start for the Prologue only. Please note that maps are not drawn to ISSOM standard. As with all orienteering events competitors take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety at all times. Most of the above information is contained on the attached document which is easier to print off.
Nearest town: City of Edinburgh
- Grid Ref: NT259705
- Latitude: 55.92268
- Longitude: -3.1867218
- Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)
DirectionsTo Blackford Hill:
Parking is at the Royal Observatory (post code EH9 3HJ), O-signed at the foot of Observatory Road, at the junction of Blackford Avenue and West Mains Road.
For East Craiglockhart Hill from Blackford Hill: Head west by Blackford Avenue, Charterhall Road & Cluny Gardens to cross Morningside Road into Balcarres St. Continue to the junction with Craighouse Road and turn left to find the O-signed entrance to Napier University campus (post code EH10 5LG).
Registration & Start TimesPrologue: 10.30 – 11.30
Start List for the prologue for all those pre-entered now available.
For enquiries about start times or any other issues specifically related to entries e-mail:
Chase: 13.00 plus your Prologue time for those finishing within 15 minutes of the leader. Thereafter, in order of the Prologue results at 30 second intervals.The Chase start list will be on display at Craiglockhart- please check it for your exact start time.
The ESOC Sprint-O is a two-race competition. Your time from the first race, the Prologue, determines your starting position for the second race, the Chase. The first past the post in the Chase wins the competition.
Course lengths are between 2.0 to 2.5km, with the Chase course being gaffled.
There will also be a course at each venue of approximately 1.3km, for less experienced orienteers and younger juniors. Times for both these races will be added together but there will be no chasing start.
EOD available for this at Blackford Hill only.
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.
Seniors £7 (+£2 for non BOF members)
Juniors and Student £3.50
The above costs include entry to both races.
Pre-entry is now closed. Start list for prologue is now available - see above.
e-mail: (for enquiries about entries only)
Limited EOD for the Prologue/Chase if maps available. EOD Registration is at Blackford Hill only, 10.00 – 11.00
SI hire is free, but £30 charge if lost.
Contacts / OfficialsOrganiser - Anne Stevenson (ESOC)
( 0131 332 3045 or )
Planners/Controllers - Alastair & Katy Lessells (ESOC)
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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