Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Figgate Park

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ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 20th Sep 2014

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


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We were lucky today that the wet morning turned into a lovely sunny afternoon, enabling the Figgate Park to be enjoyed at its best.  The live music by the Caleerie Buskers made for a lovely atmosphere, and this event to celebrate the life of Tom Ryan was well supported by both regular orienteers and their families and by local residents who live near the Park.    Several children took the big leap forward into doing a course by themselves for the first time.  Bigger people over 16 were more challenged in the surrounding streets.  Everyone you meet is always very welcoming at the Figgate Park, which encourages us to hold more events here.

Janet Clark     Organiser    0131 225 7771    

General Information

Tom Ryan: ESOC is dedicating this event to the memory of Tom Ryan, who very sadly died last December.  Tom was a member of ESOC when he first started orienteering.  He lived near the Figgate Park and helped to make the first orienteering map of the area we will be using for this event.  A collection will be made at the event for the Des Ryan Memorial Fund.  If you are not able to make the event but would like to make a donation  to the fund, you can do so via the Cyrenians' website.

Dress: Check the weather forecast and dress appropriately.  Late Summer/early Autumn in Edinburgh can bring weather of any kind.  Hopefully it will be warm and sunny.

Terrain:  City park.  There is a pond so adults should make sure young children are supervised at all times.

Other Users: Figgate Park is very well used by the general public.  Competitors should respect the right of other users at all times when they are out on their course.

Dogs:  Figgate Park is a popular dog-walking area so dogs are allowed.


map location

Nearest town: City of Edinburgh


Park in Hamilton Drive and adjacent streets on the south side of the Figgate Park. Assembly will be at the West end of Figgate pond.

Registration & Start Times

REGISTRATION: open from 2pm to 3pm.  West end of Figgate Pond.  It is not necessary - or possible – to pre-enter for this event.  Everyone is very welcome, just to turn up.  Please try to come early if you think you might take a long time over your course.

START AND FINISH will be very close to the West end of Figgate Pond. Start times will be from 2pm to 3pm.

COURSES CLOSE at 4pm and controls will be brought in from that time, so it is essential that you report to the Finish by 4pm, even if you have not completed your course. 

Course Information

There will be White, Yellow and Orange courses and a course for more experienced orienteers.  Figgate Park is a great area for beginners to orienteering and a good training area for more experienced orienteers to hone their fitness skills. 

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)
British Orienteering members - £3
Non-members - £5

Juniors (born 1994 or later)
British Orienteering members - £2
Non-members - £2.50

British Orienteering members - £2
Non-members - £2.50

Groups (Adults + children)
British Orienteering members - £4
Non- members - £5

SportIdent (SI) electronic timing will be used.  If you have your own SI please bring it with you. We will have SIs for hire free of charge but there is a £30 charge if lost.

Contacts / Officials


Phone Janet on 0131 225 7771

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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