Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


ESOC Sprintelope, Portobello

Informal Evening Urban Event in the Sprintelope Series

Wed 07th Jun 2023

Info updated: 10th 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 - Portobello which is on the East side of Edinburgh. 

Terrain: City streets and parks.

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. There are public toilets on the Promenade which, according to Council website, should be open until 8pm.

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: Portobello


Park in the Bridge Street car park or in surrounding streets if the car park is full. The meeting point is adjacent to this car park and the start/finish very close by.  Those who are coming from the city should be able to get there using Lothian Buses.  Please come by public transport or walk/bike to the event if you possible can.  

Registration & Start Times

Registration is adjacent to Bridge Street car park and it will be open shortly before the first start time at 6.30pm.  Pre-entered competitors can head straight to the start which will be close by.

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. 

FINISH: this will also be close to Registration.

Course Information

There will be a long course of 4.3k with optimal running distance of around 6.5k and a short course of 2.3k with optimal running distance of around 4k. 

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).

Safety Note: Courses include crossing a main road at least once, please take extra care even though the speed limit will be either 30mph or 20mph.

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 31st May and close at 8pm on Tuesday 6th June.  

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 can be made 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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