Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


ESOC Sprint-O 2015 incorporating SOUL 1


ESOC 50th Anniversary Weekend - Riccarton

Sat 31st Jan 2015

Info updated: 18th Feb
Type of event: Regional, Sprint
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland, Urban


Results now available.

WinSplits: Prologue | Chase

RouteGadget: Prologue | Chase

bto SOUL points

British Orienteering website Results: Prologue | Chase

Thanks to all who came to this anniversary event. Mark's courses were very well received. I have never been among so many runners going in so many directions - you really had to keep your finger on the map. Approximately 2/3 were in the chasing start before going onto 30sec gaps. ESOC helpers were great (as usual); several came to help who weren't running and I appreciated that. It is more difficult to share a job when the start period is only 1 hour. Give someone a job and relax knowing they will get on with it and deal with any problem that crops up. Thanks also to Heriot-Watt Union for its use, perfect on such a cold day (I believe they ran out of cakes), and weren't we lucky with the weather?
Lost: a pair of Trimtex black over trousers, size small, white trim round knees. Please check you didn't accidentally scoop them up with your own clothes.
Fiona Findlay - Organiser.

General Information

Final Details and Start List are now available.

This event kicks off ESOC's anniversary weekend.  It will be followed by a ceilidh in the evening and a cross country event the following day, Sunday 1st February, at Dalkeith Country Park.  

Information about the ceilidh is here. If you haven't yet bought ceilidh tickets and would like to, please email by 5pm Friday 30th for advice.


map location

Nearest town: Edinburgh


Head for Riccarton Campus of Heriot Watt University which is on the western outskirts of Edinburgh.  Most people will arrive via the A71, following signs to the University from the P&R just west of the city bypass. Parking will be in the large car park on the right as you enter the University campus. It is reasonably easily accessible by bus, visit the Lothian Buses website for travel information. Assembly and toilets  will be in the students’ union which will be signposted from the west side of the car park.  

Registration & Start Times

Registration will be open from 11.00 to 11.30 for SI pick up and very limited EOD. Prologue starts will be 12.00 – 13.00 and chasing starts, prologue time relative to 14.15 (note the slightly later time).  Please do not be late for your start as you could have a long wait for a slot!  Electronic timing with Sportident (SI) will be used.  

Course Information

The ESOC Sprint-O is a two-race competition. Time from the first race, the Prologue, determines the starting position for the second race, the Chase. The first past the post in the Chase wins the competition.  SOUL points will be based on both races.

The area comprises the university campus with adjoining woodland and parkland.  











Distance (k)


Distance (k)


   1        3



  Open     N/A      2.8      3.0
   2        3    55+    40+     N/A      2.3         2.4
   3        3    65+




    N/A      2.0      1.8
   4        3    16-    16-



     1.9      1.8
   5        2    12-    12-     S1/2      1.1      1.0

The above course lengths are all subject to final controlling.

Distances quoted are as the crow flies.

There will be traffic and a regular bus route passes through the area. 16- MAY NOT enter the open 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.

Entry Details

Advance online entries have now closed.  If you haven't yet bought ceilidh tickets and would like to please email   by 5pm Friday 30th for advice.

There will be very limited entry on the day (EOD) depending on maps available. Maps available as at lunchtime Friday: course 1 - 5, course 2 - 7, course 3 - 8, course 4 - 7 course 5 - 8.

The charge for EOD will be £10 (£12) for Seniors and £5 (£6) for juniors/students.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Fiona Findlay (ESOC) - email:  Phone: 0131 538 2597 before 10pm

Planner: Mark Wood (ESOC)

Controller: Crawford Lindsay (ESOC)

Safety and Risk

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