Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


ESOC Sprintelope, Exchange & West End of Edinburgh

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Informal Evening Urban Event in the Sprintelope Series

Wed 21st Jun 2023

Info updated: 22nd Jun
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Urban


Results are here.

General Information

SPRINTELOPES are small, very informal events in Edinburgh and surrounding area. Although all are welcome these events are aimed at people who are already familiar with orienteering and orienteering events, especially urban events.  No frills at all, including no waterproof maps or control kites.

Location of this event - Meeting point is on Fountainbridge Green. 

Terrain: City streets though city parks are not ruled out.

Course Maps and Scale: Map scale likely to be around 1:4000 or whatever is closest that will fit on to an A4 sheet.  Course maps are NOT on waterproof paper. Please bring a poly pocket or plastic map bag to use if it is raining or if your hands are likely to be sweaty enough to rub off the print.  

Timing: SI timing will be used BUT because the events are very informal, there are only SI units at the start and finish.

Controls: No control kites. At ESOC Sprintelopes there will be red/white tapes tied to lampposts or other street/park furniture.  It’s taken on trust that you visit within approximately your arm’s length of each control. 

Facilities: None. No toilets provided specifically for the event. We think the toilets at Bruntsfield links could be open until 8pm. Check Edinburgh Council website. These are about 1k from the event meeting point. 

Bag Drop: If you decide to leave your bag beside the start/finish/download you do so at your own risk. 

Dogs: Dogs are allowed at the event so long as they are kept under very close control at all times. 

COVID:  Please don’t come to the event if you have Covid or symptoms of Covid or are unwell. Please respect other people’s space

First Aid: The Organiser will have a very basic first aid kit available. 

A & E Services: The main hospital for A&E services in Edinburgh is:

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
51 Little France Crescent
Old Dalkeith Road
EH16 4SA
Telephone: 0131 536 1000


map location

Nearest town: Edinburgh


Meeting point is Fountainbridge Green which is close to the west end of city centre so the best option is bus, bike or walking if you possibly can.  Parking might be possible on Gibson Terrace which is adjacent to the start and should be unrestricted after 17.30. However, these fill up quickly as people return from work. Parking in other nearby streets should be possible but please check times for parking charges and times. The area is generally busy so parking close by may be quite difficult.
Possibly the next best option would be the (charged) underground car park at Fountain Park, which is about 300 metres away.

Registration & Start Times

Registration and Start location are on Fountainbridge Green and are likely to be close to, or within sight, of each other.

Registration will open shortly before the first start time at 6.30pm.  Pre-entered competitors can head straight to the start.

START PERIOD: 6.30pm - 7.30pm.

COURSE CLOSURE: Courses will close at 8.30pm. If you are unsure about how long you will take to go around your course please come and start early. 

Course Information

There will be a long (approx 5km) and a short (approx 3km) option although these are most likely to be straight line distances so expect to run further than that.

Because of the road crossings ALL under 16s must be accompanied at all times by an adult when running. Due to the informality of the event the adult can also be competitive (see Entries section).

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 strongly advised: Entries open on RaceSignUp at 10am on Wednesday 14th June and close at 8pm on Tuesday 20th June.  Note that a specific link to this event will be added closer to the event.

We'll print some extra maps so if you miss this deadline send us an email  to ask about a late entry.  Entry on the evening of the event may still be possible but this is subject to spare maps being available, payment by cash or bank transfer.

Remember all under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Either enter separately but run together or order an extra shadowers map for £1 if only the Junior is entered.

Fees: Senior £4, Junior (under 21)/Student £2.  Shadowers map £1

Contacts / Officials

Enquiries by EMAIL

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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