Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Mary Erskine School and Ravelston Woods (CANCELLED)

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Sat 16th May 2020

Info updated: 17th Mar
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland

General Information

As most orienteers will now be aware British Orienteering has requested all clubs to suspend events active immediately, for the next 12 weeks.  ESOC has acted in accordance with these requirements and has cancelled all events to the end of May 2020. Later events will remain under review.

Dress: Please check the weather forecast and dress appropriately.  

Terrain:  School grounds and adjoining woodland.  

Other Users: There are likely to be other sports users around the pitches of the Sports Centre and School.  Ravelston Woods are used by the general public, including those with young children using the adjacent playpark, and dog walkers.  Please respect their right to be there at the same time as you are orienteering.

Dogs: Dogs allowed on leads in the car park only. Not to be taken into the school grounds at all.

Course Closure Time: Please note that courses have a closure time of 4pm after which controls will start  to be brought in.  

MEDICAL CONDITIONS: You have the option of downloading and completing this Medical Form. It could be life saving if the organisers are aware of any existing medical conditions in the event of an incident. 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: City of Edinburgh


Head for the car park for the Mary Erskine Sports Centre which is entered from Craigleith Rise, off Ravelston Dykes, Edinburgh.  You should be able to get close to this event by bus.  Check out Lothian Buses for information about services.

Registration & Start Times

TBC but both will be a short walk on a path from the car park.

This will be an afternoon event with Registration/Starts likely to be from 1.30pm to 3pm.

Course Information

As usual for ESOC local events there will be White, Yellow and Orange courses. There will also be a course specially designed for 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

TBC but this local event is entry on the day only.

Contacts / Officials

Advance enquiries can be made by email to:  

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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