Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


ESOC Ultrasprint 2014, Lauriston Castle

Image of the Lauriston Castle map

An informal event with a fun element

Sun 10th Aug 2014

Info updated: 18th Feb
Type of event: Local, Other
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland


The overall results are here. The separate results for each course are here.

Organiser's Comments

Few but orienteers would brave the ex-hurricane weather we had today to run 4 courses with a mentally challenging maze added in for a bit extra fun. I was certainly concerned about turnout when I saw the forecast- but, I needn't have worried. It was wonderful to see so many people of all ages come, so thanks to each and every one of you. Everyone I heard from really enjoyed themselves and the competitive but friendly atmosphere was excellent to see. Thanks go to Chris for the excellent, not-so-straightforward courses and, to all the helpers who braved the weather to make this event run so smoothly. Last but by no means least, sincerest thanks go to Lauriston Castle for letting us use their grounds. 

A blue cagoule that was found after the Ultrasprint please contact if it is yours.

Tyler Morrison    Organiser

General Information

Final Details are now available.

Controls in the Maze combined with some park orienteering. The challenge is to navigate around the controls in the Maze and those in the surrounding park, quickly and cleanly. The fastest runner may not be the most accurate. It is entertaining for the spectators and makes a very welcoming, sociable, fun event which everyone can enjoy.

Dogs: No dogs are allowed in Lauriston Castle grounds. Please try to leave your dog at home while you are at this event.


map location

Nearest town: City of Edinburgh


Parking for the event will be on Barnton Park or Lauriston Farm Road. Both, just off Cramond Road South, south of the main entrance to Lauriston Castle grounds.  

It is possible to come to this event on the bus - please use public transport if you possibly can. Visit Lothian Buses for more information.

Registration & Start Times

Registration for EOD: 13:00 - 14:15

Starts: First Race:13:30 - 14:30

Second Race: up to 15:00

Third Race: up to 15:30

Courses will close 16:30

Course Information

Three 2km sprint courses have been planned, all of which visit the maze. Entry is for all three courses which can be run in any order. You do not have to do all 3 courses but there is no reduction in entry fee if not all courses are run.

There is also a maze only course available which is suitable for children.

Controls will not have unique alphanumerical codes. It is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure they are at the correct point on the map and a 2 minute time penalty will be applied for each incorrect control punched.

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

Seniors (born 1993 or earlier) - BOF member £6.00
Seniors (born 1993 or earlier) - Non-BOF member £8.00
Juniors (born 1994 or later) £3.00

Free SIcard hire, if required, but £30.00 charge if lost.

Advance entry via Fabian4 is now available. Closing date for pre-entries will be 3rd August 2014.

Entry on the day (EOD) will be subject to map availability.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Tyler Morrison (ESOC)
Planner: Chris Lewis (ESOC)
Controller: Katy Lessells (ESOC)
Entry enquiries: Simon Firth (ESOC),

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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