Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Mary Erskine School and Ravelston Woods


ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 20th Apr 2013

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


Results are now available for the race on Saturday.

Orienteering is great fun when it's warm and dry and the sun is shining.  Weren't we lucky to coincide with the first (or perhaps the second) day of spring.  The Mary Erskine is one of our best areas for introductory orienteering, with its combination of open grass, woodland and a few tricky bits among the buildings, and it was great to see people from the whole range of age and skill levels enjoying it.  It was good to be able to play around/stand and talk/discuss the routes afterwards without having to rush back to the cars to avoid hypothermia; let’s hope there will be many more lovely sunny days of orienteering in the coming months.

Janet Clark    Organiser    0131 225 7771    

General Information

Competitors are advised to dress appropriately for the weather on the day.  Depending on the weather immediately before the event it could be wet and muddy in places, especially in the woods and on the sports pitches, so please be prepared for this. 
There will be a course closure time after which controls will be brought in - this is most likely to be 4pm but please double-check on the day.

Dogs: Dogs are welcome on a lead in the car park only.  They are not allowed on any part of the school grounds so if you have no alternative but to bring your dog please be prepared to leave it behind in your car while you run and to exercise it only in the car park or surrounding streets.  Please help us by respecting the wishes of the school on this.

Results will be published on this website as soon as possible after the event.


map location

Nearest town: City of Edinburgh


Head for the car park for the Mary Erskine Sports Centre. Entry to the School and Sports Centre is from Craigleith Rise, off Ravelston Dykes, Edinburgh. The postcode is EH4 3NT.

Registration & Start Times

Registration and Starts will both be between 2pm and 3pm.
For this event, as for the whole East of Scotland Saturday series, it is not necessary - or possible - to enter in advance. Everyone is welcome to turn up and enter on the day.

Course Information

There will be White, Yellow and Orange courses and something for more experienced orienteers. 

This is a great area for newcomers, juniors hoping to try out a course at a higher skill level and also provides good training for more experienced orienteers.

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 1992 or earlier)
British Orienteering members - £3
Non-members - £5

Juniors (born 1993 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

SI Card Hire is free but there is a £30 charge if lost.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser is Janet Clark: 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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