ESOC Sprint-O 2017 incorporating SOUL 2
An urban run followed by a parkland run.
Sun 05th Feb 2017
Info updated: 13th Feb
Type of event: District-(C)
Type of terrain: Parkland, Urban
The results for the races are given below:
Notes from Controllers
At Bughtlin, control 112, on the junior courses was removed by vandals during the event and affected a number of runners. Rather than voiding the courses, we decided to remove the legs to and from that control on courses 6 & 7.
At Cammo, the start clock and start unit were 38 seconds fast, so overall times are short by that amount and splits to the first control were also 38 seconds too quick or, if you took less than 38 seconds, missing.
- Robin & Sheila Strain
Thank you to the the planner and controller as well as all the volunteers that made this event possible. The competitors really enjoyed the Bughtlin Scottish Urban League event in particular. The emphasis from my side was informality as it was a cold day and I didn't want people hanging around for too long. This theme worked well particularly at the chasing start and there were some great sprinting finishes.
- Mary Williams
It was great to use the new area of Bughtlin, a map drawn by Murray Strain for his World Championship training - many thanks to Murray. It is still a work in progress - please send any comments to me at and I will pass them on. I hope you enjoyed the courses - my aim was to make them challenging without being tricksy, demanding concentration all the way. If you haven't already, please plot your route on Routegadget, as I'd love to see where everyone went. The area is complex enough to be used repeatedly, and I hope to have the opportunity to run there myself soon.
Cammo, in contrast, is an easy parkland environment. Recent ploughing removed a third of the area, and there was more running about in fields than I would have wished. Although I know that some of you much preferred Bughtlin, Cammo did have the excitement of the chasing start, giving head-to-head racing.
- Crawford Lindsay
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.
The ESOC Sprint-O in 2017 is scheduled to take place on 2 separate areas. Race 1 is in the Bughtlin area of Edinburgh followed by the second race at Cammo Estate. Bughtlin is a new map and basic information about Cammo Estate can be found on our Permanent Course page.
Race 1 incorporates bto Scottish Orienteering Urban League (SOUL) 2.
EVENT CENTRES will be:
Race 1 - Drumbrae Leisure Centre for toilets and general facilities. Note however that Registration and Download will be from a car and a van respectively in the Leisure Centre car park and not actually in the centre. More information about Drumbrae Leisure Centre is on their website.
Race 2 - Ranger Centre in the Lodge at Cammo Estate. Toilets are available in the Lodge but there are no other facilities at Cammo.
See below for parking details for each of the areas.
More information will be added as soon as it becomes available.
Nearest town: Edinburgh
- Grid Ref: NT193745
- Postcode: EH4 7SF
- Latitude: 55.9565013
- Longitude: -3.2949163
- Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)
Parking and toilets for the first race will be at Drumbrae Leisure Centre, 30 Drumbrae Terrace, Edinburgh, EH4 7SF. The car park will also be used by Leisure Centre users and if it becomes full it will be necessary to park in the neighbouring streets. If this happens please park near to the Leisure Centre and please park considerately as this is a residential area. For those living in or staying in Edinburgh this area can be accessed reasonably easily by bus. Lothian Buses services 1, 21, 26 and 32 go closest to Drumbrae Leisure Centre. If you decide to travel by public transport then please head for Drumbrae Leisure Centre in order to follow directions to the start.
SPECIAL NOTE: It is essential to park at or very near to Drumbrae Leisure Centre for race 1 and certainly on the east side of Drum Brae otherwise there is a risk of parking within the competition area. Directions to the start and back from the finish will be from the Leisure Centre only.
Note that if you are taking part in both races of the ESOC Sprint O, getting to Cammo from Bughtlin by public transport between races will need careful consideration and planning.
Parking for the second race at Cammo will be in the city streets near the Ranger Centre at The Lodge at the end of Cammo Road. Park in Cammo Road or other surrounding streets and enter the Estate through the Lodge Gates. Please park carefully and give due consideration to local residents who may be coming and going from their houses during the course of the event. The Grid Reference for Cammo Estate is NT177748 and the postcode is EH4 8AW.
Registration & Start Times
Registration Times - TBC but will be at a car in the car park, Drumbrae Leisure Centre only. We do not have a room in the Leisure Centre, we are using cars and vans in the car park. There will be no registration at Cammo.
Start times for the first race at Bughtlin will be from 10.30am to 11.30am and the course closure time for the first race is 12.10pm. Note that for the first race there will be a 2.2k walk to the start and a 1k walk back from the finish. These will be easy walks on city streets but a main road needs to be crossed in both directions. These walks are unavoidable in order that we have access to toilets and parking for this part of the event.
Start Times for the second race at Cammo are from 1.30pm to 2pm and course closure time for the second race is 2.40pm. Start and finish will be close to the Ranger Service building.
Download for the first race will be in a van parked in the Leisure Centre car park and for the second race will be in the Cammo Estate Ranger Centre which is at the main estate gate.
2 races. The first is scheduled to be an urban area followed by a race in a parkland area. Race 1 will incorporate SOUL 2. It will be possible to run only race 1 in order to gain SOUL points but it is still a single entry for the ESOC Sprint-O.
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 required. This will be available online via Fabian4 from 1st January 2017. Advance entries will close on 29th January. After that it will be necessary to enter on the day. Entry on the day (EOD) will be subject to map availability and at a surcharge of £2 for adults and £1 for juniors which will be added to the prices below. Please enter in advance if you possibly can.
Seniors (born 1996 or earlier) - BOF member £8.00
Seniors (born 1996 or earlier) - Non-BOF member £10.00
Juniors (born 1997 or later) - BOF member £4.00
Juniors (born 1997 or later) - Non-BOF member £5.00
Students - BOF member £4.00
Students - Non-BOF member £5.00
Sportident (SI) electronic timing will be used.
£3.00 SIAC (touch free SI) hire, if required, but £60.00 charge if lost. SIAC (touch free SI) hire is limited to the first 50 participants requesting this option.
Free SIcard (punching) hire, if required, but £30.00 charge if lost.
Note that competitors who only wish to run the race 1 for the SOUL still need to enter the entire Sprint-O.
Contacts / Officials
Planner: Crawford Lindsay (ESOC)
Controllers: Robin Strain (ELO) for Bughtlin and Sheila Strain (ELO) for Cammo
Organiser: Mary Williams (ESOC) Email:
Safety and Risk
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