ESOC Sprint O, incorporating 2019 Scottish Sprint Championships and bto SOUL 2
Uphall and Broxburn
Sun 03rd Feb 2019
Info updated: 13th Feb
Type of event: Regional, Sprint
Type of terrain: Urban
PHOTOS of the events from Steve Rush
PLANNER’S COMMENTS: Roger Scrutton writes - This was the first time I had planned a major sprint race, but I've enjoyed running them for several years and had a feel for what was needed. Uphall, north and south, presented a challenge for classic sprint because of significant areas of urban as opposed to sprint terrain, so the focus was on route-choice legs - which wasn't lost on participants. King George's Field provided a nice space too good to miss for finishes adjacent to the event centre, even though it necessitated the timed out crossing at the busy main road in the afternoon race. Winning times more or less met the requirements and, in the morning at least, would have been a little shorter with better underfoot conditions. On several occasions it was mentioned that early February is not the best time of year for a sprint championships. However, my impression is that everyone enjoyed their courses, and that is very gratifying.
Many thanks to Trina for some very effective controlling and to Anne and her team for organising a very friendly event.
ORGANISER’S COMMENTS: Anne Hoy writes - Saw blood, sweat but no tears. It was great to have a good turn out at Uphall for the Scottish Sprint Champs and Urban races. Seemed like lots of happy customers for Roger's courses, with a few personal frustrations! It was excellent to have the community centre as a base, with warmth, coffee and cakes (thanks to the World Schools team) making the event very sociable, despite the weather. The event even attracted a few locals to the local event in the afternoon.
Thank you to West Lothian Council who let us have the hall and parking and particularly to Audrey who was incredibly helpful with setting up the event and calm when she saw the floors afterwards (we did try and sweep them). Lastly, a big thank you to the ESOC team of volunteers who made the event run incredibly smoothly.
Lost property picked up at the end of the day:
Adidas white t shirt
Dogtag ski mittens
This major event incorporates the 2019 Scottish Sprint Championships and the bto Scottish Urban Orienteering League (SOUL) 2. We have also designed a special course for local people to come and try orienteering.
UPHALL & BROXBURN LOCALS who would like to come and try orienteering click here for more details of what we are putting on especially for you.
MAIN EVENT COMPETITORS PLEASE READ THE FINAL DETAILS which include all the information you need for this event. These are available via the links immediately below. Please note that most of the information that was previously on this web item has now been incorporated into the final details apart from details of eligibility to be a Scottish Champion which remain below. There are some updates and changes to the information so please read the Final Details to be sure you are fully up to date.
Late additional note from Planner about map and courses:
The map was produced by Peel Land Surveys in 2017 to ISSOM specifications. It will be printed at 1:4000 scale; contours at 2m intervals. Map size will be somewhat less than A3. Controls will be secured to trees, fences, etc., on trestles or L-bars. Blank maps will be on display at the Starts. Course lengths are straight-line distances.
DOGS – Dogs are not allowed in the Uphall Community Centre and you are requested not to take them on the competitive courses.
START TIMES FOR 1ST RACE (Scottish Sprint Champs/SOUL/SprintO) and for the Scottish Night Champs are now available on Fabian4.
ELIGIBILITY TO BE A SCOTTISH SPRINT CHAMPION: To be eligible to be a Scottish Sprint Champion you need to be recognised as a “Scot” Members of Scottish open clubs are automatically recognised as “Scots” for this purpose. Other orienteers who have entered and wish to be classed as Scottish, such as those born in Scotland or long term Scottish residents currently living outside Scotland or competing for their university, MUST make their status known to the Organiser before the day of the race. This avoids any potential embarassment at the prizegiving.
“Scots” are one of the following:
a) born in Scotland
b) have at least one Scottish parent
c) be a member of the Scottish Orienteering Association
Shadowed juniors will not be competitive in the Scottish Sprint Championships but will be eligible for SOUL points. Any adult intending to shadow a junior should complete their own run first on each course. If this applies to you please request appropriate start times for both races. We rely on individuals to report if shadowing changes to helping a junior during the course of the race.
Nearest town: Uphall & Broxburn
- Grid Ref: NT072719
- Postcode: EH52 5LH
- Latitude: 55.931624
- Longitude: -3.485922
- Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)
PARKING: Note that all the latest information is now in the Final Details via the link above.
Registration & Start Times
Please refer now to the Final Details via link above for the most up to date information.
Start times are now available, see links above.
The Final Details via the link above includes final course information.
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.
Pre-entry is now closed.
Limited entry on the day (EOD) for SOUL courses - fees shown in grid below.
SI Air (SIAC) will be used and these will be available via the pre-entry system for hire.
|PRE-ENTRY (to Midnight on 27th January||EOD, on 3rd February|
|Seniors (born 1998 or earlier) BOF/SOA member||£10||£14|
|Seniors (born 1998 or earlier) non BOF/SOA member||£12||£16|
|Juniors (born 1999 or later) BOF/SOA member||£5||£7|
|Juniors (born 1999 or later) non BOF/SOA member||£6||£8|
|Students BOF/SOA member||£5||£7|
|Students non BOF/SOA member||£6||£8|
Sportident (SI) electronic timing will be used.
£2.50 to hire SIAC (touch free SI), 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: Roger Scrutton ESOC
Controller: Trina Rogerson ELO
Organiser: Anne Hoy ESOC
Assistant Organiser: Jayne MacGregor ESOC
Entries (only): Simon Firth
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.
Privacy: when entering our events your name may appear in the results section of this website or in newspaper reports.
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