Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


ESOC Ultrasprint 2018, Bush Estate

Image of the Bush Estate map

Maze combined with Park orienteering

Sun 16th Sep 2018

Info updated: 17th Sep
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Parkland


These are the results for the courses

The totals are here

Organiser's comments
The Ultrasprint is something special, and it was great to see such a mixture of people enjoying it today.  Top-class international athletes  and little five-year-olds mingled in the Maze.  Experienced orienteers raced against each other, and some beginners had never done anything like this before.  The sun came out and it was just lovely running around the parkland.  David chose some delightful control sites.  I hope not too many people stopped to eat blackberries like I did!  Most people - but not all - navigated accurately without the control code numbers (a unique feature of this event).   The helpers changed places seamlessly so that everyone could get their runs.  
And the icing on the cake, literally, was Sheila's 70th birthday celebration, generously shared with everyone.

Someone left behind a tattered turquoise cagoule in the tent; contact me to get it back.  

Janet Clark     Organiser     0131 225 7771     

General Information

FINAL DETAILS now available. For those who are newer to orienteering and perhaps more used to local events, these Final Details should be read in conjunction with the information below.  There will inevitably be some overlap in detail but it is important that everyone reads the Final Details.  In addition, the Final Details are easy to print off to bring with you if you need to do so.

This promises to be a fun day out; A fantastic event for families, youngsters, oldies, experienced and those new to orienteering. The orienteering is straightforward and the emphasis is on fun with a maze and easy running around grassy parkland.  Some courses may go a bit further afield on to tracks and woodland but nothing too diffcult under foot.

FORMAT: 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.

MEDICAL CONDITIONS:  If you have a pre-existing medical condition you have the option of downloading and completing this Medical Form. In the event of an incident or emergency during the event it could be life saving if the organisers are aware of any existing medical conditions. You can leave it at registration/enquires in a sealed envelope that will only be opened if required and destroyed after the event.


map location

Nearest town: Penicuik


On hard standing within Bush Estate with Registration, Start and Finish close by. 

Bush Estate is approx 3 miles south of Edinburgh and can be accessed via both the A701 (turn off towards the Pentland Hills at Gowkley Moss roundabout) and the A702 from close to Easter Howgate (when coming South from Hillend this is the turning on the left after Boghall). 

Registration & Start Times

Registration, start and finish will all be close together and close to parking.   

REGISTRATION: 13.00 to 14.00

STARTS: 1st race:  13.30 – 14.30            2nd race:  up to 15.00               3rd race:  up to 15.30

There are no allocated start times.  The start procedure is described under 'Course Information'.

DOWNLOAD: You must download immediately after you complete each course. You are then free to clear your SI dibber and start your next course.


DATA PROTECTION UPDATES MAY 2018:  Entry to this event is by online entry or by completion of the ESOC entry form on arrival at the event.  By using the online entry system or by completing the registration form at the event to enter this event you agree that we may publish your Personal Information as part of the results of the Event and may pass such information to the governing body or any affiliated organisation for the purpose of insurance or for publishing results either for the event alone or combined with or compared to other events. Results may include (but not be limited to) name, any club affiliation, race times and age group.

Course Information

Four separate courses.  Courses 1,2 and 3 will each be approx. 1.3km in length and will all visit the maze as well as the surrounding parkland.  These courses will have no control codes in the second column of the control descriptions.  It is up to you to make sure, by accurate map reading, that you are at the right control. The winner's time is the combined time for Courses 1, 2 and 3.  A penalty of 2 minutes will be added to your time for each control wrongly punched.

You will be allocated to a course for your 1st run at 'check' then join the other queues when you come back for your 2nd and 3rd runs.

At the finish you will be asked to hand in your map after your first and second run and will be able to keep your third map.

Course 4 is a maze only course and is particularly suitable for youngsters to have fun with.  Everyone is welcome to have a go at course 4 and though timed, will not count towards overall time for the Ultrasprint competition.   Course 4 will have control codes in the control descriptions on the map in the usual way to make it easier for juniors.

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

Advance entry via Fabian4 is preferred however entry on the day (EOD) is possible at extra cost - see below. Advance entries opened on 1st September.  Entry fees are shown below.

Entry Fees

  Pre-Entry Pre-Entry EOD
  To midnight 9th Sept To midnight 13th Sept Entry on the day (16th Sept)
Seniors (born 1997 or earlier) BOF/SOA member £8 £9 £10
Seniors (born 1997 or earlier) non BOF/SOA member £10 £11 £12
Juniors (born 1998 or later) BOF/SOA member £4 £4.50 £5
Juniors (born 1998 or later) non BOF/SOA member £5 £5.50 £6
Students BOF/SOA member £4 £4.50 £5
Students non BOF/SOA member £5 £5.50 £6

Contacts / Officials

Planner: David Robertson (ESOC)

Controller: Roger Scrutton (ESOC)

Entry enquiries (only): 

General enquiries: 

Safety and Risk

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