Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Mary Erskine School and Ravelston Woods

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ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 22nd Mar 2014

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


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Organiser's Comments

Good cool conditions for running – yes.  Wet – no.  Windy – only a little.   Varied terrain with easy parkland for Juniors and a wooded area for Orange and Green courses – yes.  Good planning – yes.  A challenge for everyone – I hope so.  Mains electricity and proper toilets – yes.  Mary Erskine and Ravelston Wood ticked all these boxes today.  We were delighted to welcome back lots of the people who have been to our Saturday events before, and lots of new ones who’d heard on the “parentmail” grapevine that it would be fun.   Grateful thanks to the larger than usual team of ESOC helpers and to the very co-operative staff of the Sports Centre.   Hope to see you all again soon.
Lost Property:  Small pair of black gloves with the thumbs cut off.  Contact me to get them back

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General Information

Dress: Check the weather forecast and dress appropriately.  

Terrain:  A mixture of school playing fields, school buildings and grounds plus some woodland, with rock and contour detail.  There are many crags and some steep slopes.

Dogs: Dogs are not allowed in any part of the school grounds so best to leave your dog at home if you possibly can.  If you do have to bring your dog you will need to leave it in your car during your run though you can walk it on a lead in the car park.

General Public: The school playing fields and grounds are likely to be used by other sports people; please respect their right to be there too.  The general public walk in the woods regularly.


map location

Nearest town: City of Edinburgh


Car park is within the school grounds and the event will be based in the Mary Erskine Sports Centre which is entered from Craigleith Rise, off Ravelston Dykes, Edinburgh.

Registration & Start Times

REGISTRATION: close to car park and open from 2pm to 3pm. 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 close together and only a short walk from the car park. 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.

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

Organiser: Janet Clark


Phone: 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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