Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


ESOC Sprint-O 2018 incorporating SOUL 2

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Broxburn and Uphall

Sun 04th Feb 2018

Info updated: 17th Jan
Type of event: Regional, Sprint
Type of terrain: Urban

General Information

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. 

Broxburn and Uphall is a newly mapped area.  This will be the first orienteering competition to be held there based on the new map.  Both races will be linked to the same event centre although not necessarily on the same part(s) of the area.

This competition will incorporate a SOUL (Scottish Orienteering Urban League). Confirmation of whether the combined times will score SOUL points or whether only the first race can score SOUL points will be posted here later.  Note however that it is a single entry for both races.

EVENT CENTRE: The event will be centred on the Strathbrock Partnership Centre, 189a, West Main Street, Broxburn, EH52 5LH.  We have a small room and use of toilets in the centre.  Use ENTRANCE DOOR B only.  Please note that the room we have is small and can really only accommodate Registration, Download and Results.  We are unable to provide changing or bag drop facilities in the room apart from for those competitors coming by bike or bus.  

TOILETS: We have use of a group of toilets in the Strathbrock Partnership Centre.  

OTHER USERS: There will be other groups using the centre at the same time as we are there though this should be mostly in the morning.  These include church groups.  Please respect their right to be there and potentially to use the same facilities. 

FOOTWEAR:  Please take off any very dirty, muddy or studded footwear before entering the main building.  Metal studs are not required.

TERRAIN:  Urban housing, some parkland, riverside paths and open ground.  Paths, tracks and grassy areas could be muddy however metal studs are not required.  

SAFETY:  The Brox Burn and the Union Canal all run through the competition area.  These should only be crossed at bridges.  Juniors should be advised that there are paths and tracks alongside waterways which may figure on their courses.   



map location

Nearest town: Broxburn


Parking is in the car park at the Strathbrock Partnership Centre, 189A West Main Street, Broxburn, EH52 5LH.  This is a just off the main A899 which is the main road through Broxburn and Uphall.  It is signed at a set of traffic lights on the A899. The centre is on the South side of the A899 and the traffic lights are a short distance East of the Police Station. You are turning into a dead end road (for traffic).  Turn right from this road into the car park and head straight ahead and park anywhere on the right. The public area of the car park has no barrier though you will see a controlled entry car park to your left as you enter the car park.

We are using Entrance B which is towards the far end of the car park (West end) - effectively behind the Police Station.  

Registration & Start Times

TBC but first start likely to be from around 10.30am to around 11.30am and second start likely to be from around 1pm.

Course Information

This is a two-race competition. Both races will be 'sprints'. 

Classes will follow the guidelines on the BTO Urban League section of the SOA website. The age classes are as follows:
M/W 12-
M/W16- (with regard to the BOF requirements for under 16’s running in urban areas)
M/W Open
M/W Vet (40+)
M/W Supervet (55+)
M/W Ultravet (65+)
M/W Hypervet (75+) 

Provisional information (subject to final controlling) is there is likely to be 5 separate courses with class combinations as follows:
Course 1  - MO, MV, WO
Course 2  - WV, MSV, WSV
Course 3  - MUV, MHV, WUV, WHV
Course 4  - MJ, WJ (planned to under 16 guidelines)
Course 5  - MYJ, WYJ (planned for TD 1-2)

Competitors should enter their age class course.  If you don't want to enter your age class for any reason you are welcome to enter and run any course none competetively.

Very provisionally (again; subject to final controlling), the course lengths will be in the region of:

Course 1    2.8 - 3.0 k
Course 2    2.5 - 2.7 k
Course 3    2.2 - 2.4 k
Course 4    2.2 - 2.4 k
Course 5    1.5 k

Terrain - urban housing, some parkland, riverside paths and open ground.  Very little climb.

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

Pre-entry is required and is via Fabian4.

Pre-entries will be cheaper if made before midnight on Sunday 28th January.  After that you can still pre-enter up to midnight on Thursday 1st February with a supplement.  There MAY be very limited entry on the day (EOD) but with a higher supplement.  If you have no alternative but to EOD please check this website which will be updated on the evening of Saturday 3rd with map availability.   

SI Air (SIAC) will be used and these will be available via the pre-entry system for hire. 


  Pre-Entry Pre-Entry EOD
  To midnight 28th Jan To midnight 1st Feb On 4th Feb
Seniors (born 1997 or earlier) BOF member £9.00 £10.00 £11.00
Seniors (born 1997 or earlier) non BOF member £11.00 £12.00 £13.00
Juniors (born 1998 or later) BOF member £4.50 £5.00 £5.50
Juniors (born 1998 or later) non BOF member £5.50 £6.00 £6.50
Students BOF member £4.50 £5.00 £5.50
Students non BOF member £5.50 £6.00 £6.50

Sportident (SI) electronic timing will be used.

£2.50 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.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Katy Lessells (ESOC)

Controller: Ted Finch (FVO) for advance controlling. On the day controller TBC

Organiser: Margaret Dalgleish (ESOC) 

Entry Queries (only):  

Safety and Risk

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