Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club

Mary Erskine School & Ravelston WoodsSat 11 Mar

Mary erskine and ravelston woods
Mary erskine and ravelston woods

ESOC Local Event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Last updated: Sat 20 January, 2024

Local level event

Explanation of event levels

Local events are usually low key and in the 'localised' area, ideal for newcomers to try the sport and Training events are non competitive and used for training and coaching, aimed at members of the club, but they can attract people from neighbouring clubs, and are often ideal for newcomers to try the sport. Regional events attract participants from around the local Region, National events are high quality competitions that will attract people from far away, Major events are Major Events such as a British Championships. Virtual events are where there are no physical controls being used. Your presence at a control is registered using an App on your mobile phone, normally the free MapRun App.

Terrain type: Parkland & Woodland


Officials' Reports

Organiser, Catherine MacColl writes: It was a beautiful sunny day for our local event in the grounds of Mary Erskine School and Ravelston Woods. We had postponed the event from September, following the death of the late Queen. It was interesting to see the progress that many young orienteers had made in the intervening months - we needed to go back to the printers for more copies of the more advanced maps as there was lots more demand for these than we had in September.

The courses were very well received, there's quite a lot to see in this small area and many people commented on a surprising level of challenge in the woods. It is a good area for beginners though, and it is a great pleasure to send family groups off on courses and see them come back full of energy and smiling. We saw lots of enthusiastic children and teens completing their own courses too.

I was greatly supported in organising my first event by a crack team made up of both experienced volunteers and fresher faces. Lots of the kit was passed on directly to the organiser of next weekend's events in the North Pentlands. ESOC is indeed a "friendly and very active club!"

Provisional results are here

Winsplits are here


Comments from the Organiser have been added, click on 'Read more.....'

Pre-event Information

Location Info

Near: City of Edinburgh
Lat,Lng: 55.95286,-3.25421
OS Grid Ref: NT221739
Postcode: EH4 3NN

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Directions / Parking

The event will be based just outside the Mary Erskine School Sports Centre (PC: EH4 3NT) which is approached from Craigleith Rise, off Ravelston Dykes. There is a small car park for Mary Erskine School/Sports Centre just off Craigleith Rise. You are welcome to use this if there are spaces left otherwise please park in surrounding streets. Please be considerate of local residents if you are parking in public streets. If you are changing your clothes in your car please try to be discreet!!

Please try to walk, use public transport or bike to the event if you possibly can. The following websites should be useful in planning how to get there by bus/bike - Lothian Buses and Edinburgh City Council Quiet Routes.

Course Information

As usual for ESOC local events there will be White, Yellow and Orange courses for beginners and improvers. There will also be a Light Green course for experienced orienteers.


Light Green 3.4km 100m climb

Orange 2.7km 65m climb

Yellow 1.9km 40m climb

White 1.1km 25m climb

Read more about Course lengths and Difficulty here

Entry Details

Pre-Entry via Racesignup is required for this event (a specific link will be added soon). Entries open Monday 27th February at 10am and will finally close at 9am on Saturday 11th March - the day of the event. To be guaranteed a map of your chosen course you MUST however pre-enter by 2pm on Tuesday 7th March.

Late pre-entries - As mentioned above, entries will remain open until 9am on the morning of the event BUT entries will only be accepted by Racesignup if there are course maps remaining. RaceSignUp will not accept your entry once the maps for your chosen course have sold out. You could maybe try entering a different course if your first choice is full.

Entry on the Day (EOD) at the event will be possible only if there are course maps available. If you have to resort to coming to the event without pre-entering please read bring the correct money or be prepared to pay by card (note there is a small charge for using a card for payment).

You can view an entry list for all competitors and their chosen start blocks on RaceSignUp (scroll down to Start List section). Please note that you can arrive at the start any time within your block.

Entry Fees: As well as individuals the entry system also allows pairs, groups or families who wish to go round a course together to enter using a sliding scale of fees. Full details will be on the RaceSignUp webpage but the grid below gives some details of the fees.

Category No of Persons Per Entry Orienteering Club Members Non Members
1. 1 Adult (Senior) £4 £6
2. 1 Junior £2 £4
3. 2 Adults (Seniors) £5 £7
4. 2 Juniors £2.50 £4.50
5. 1 Adult + 1 Junior £4.50 £6.50
6. 1 Adult + 2 Juniors £5 £7
7. 2 Adults + 1 Junior £5.50 £7.50
8. 2 Adults + 2 Juniors £6 £8
9. 2 Adults + 3 Juniors £6.50 £8.50

Note that a Senior is someone born 2002 or earlier and a Junior is someone born 2003 or later. Currently matriculated students will normally be eligible to enter as Juniors and pay junior fees - check out RaceSignUp as before.

SportIdent (SI) electronic timing will be used.

We have SIs for hire free of charge via the pre-entry system but there is a £30 charge if lost. If you would like to buy your own SI-Card then a variety are available directly from SportIdent UK. The choice may be confusing and it may help you to know that the SI-Cards which ESOC hires out are very similar to the most basic model shown on the linked page - the SI-Card 8.

Registration and Start times

REGISTRATION: This event will be based at, or very close to, Sports Centre building within the School grounds which is visible from the car park entrance. Opening times confirmed as 12.45pm to 2.15pm. Download will be very close Registration and the Start and Finish will also be close by.

START TIMES: As the daylight hours are getting longer we are moving the start time back to more 'normal' local event start times of 1pm to 2.30pm. The course closure time will be 4pm (by which time all competitors should have returned to Download. Controls will start to be brought in at 4pm. Please choose an early start time if you think you might take a long time out on your course.

Contacts / Officials

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