ESOC Ultrasprint 2016, Figgate Park
Maze combined with Park orienteering
Sun 04th Sep 2016
Info updated: 18th Feb
Type of event: Local, Other
Type of terrain: Parkland
Thank you very much for joining us for what I vaguely calculate as our 10th annual Ultrasprint! I had picked out Figgate Park as an ideal location for one a couple of years ago and here we are, a glorious sunny day and lots of smiley faces :)
In a slight break from tradition I made the courses different lengths to spice things up, aiming for 15/10/5 mins winning times respectively, and ideally people running them in a random order, so I'm pretty happy with the results.
Apologies if you got caught out by my mistake with the thicket that was actually a bench, the dodgy leg 8-9 on Course 1 or the slightly wonky map (in places). I'm slightly less apologetic for anyone who couldn't find controls on the map or missed any out, that's the challenge of an ultrasprint, got to punch them all or you get a 2 minute penalty!
Andrew Dalgleish, Planner
FINAL DETAILS now available. Note the very slightly different postcode and grid reference to that posted on this website earlier. Please read the Final Details in combination with the information below.
Controls in a Maze combined with some park orienteering. The challenge is to navigate around the controls in the Maze 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.
Nearest town: City of Edinburgh
- Grid Ref: NT 300 737
- Postcode: EH15 1NA
- Latitude: 55.94942
- Longitude: -3.12411
- Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)
Parking is in the streets around Figgate Park. This is a residential area so please park considerately and be prepared to park further away from the park and walk in.
Registration & Start Times
Registration: 13.00 - 14.15
Starts: from 13.30
Four separate courses. Courses 1,2 and 3 are each approx. 1.3km in length and all visit the Maze. Winner's time is the combined time for Courses 1,2 and 3. Course 4 is entirely within the Maze and is suitable for children.
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.
Advance entry via Fabian4 closed Sunday 28th August 2016. There will be some entry on the day (EOD).
EOD entry fees: Seniors: £7.00 /£8.00
Family groups: £7.00/£8.00
This entry fee covers all four courses.
Contacts / Officials
Planner: Andrew Dalgleish (ESOC)
Organiser: Janet Clark (ESOC) - email:
Controller: Roger Scrutton (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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