Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Peebles, Urban Event (SOUL)

Urban event in the 2022 Scottish Orienteering Urban League (SOUL)

Sun 06th Feb 2022

Info updated: 06th Feb
Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Urban


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General Information

UPDATED FINAL DETAILS (V3)now available.  Changes: addition of 'ALL competitors must punch Start & Finish Units', new postcode and extra information about one of the car parks and a change to collection point for hired SI dibbers).

START TIMES are available via Fabian4 

We hope to have live results available during the event here

ALERT: ALL competitors should punch the START and FINISH units regardless of whether you are using SIAC or non-SIAC SI dibbers.

SOUL Rules and Guidelines: This event will be run in accordance with the Scottish Orienteering Urban League (SOUL) Rules and Guidelines.

COVID 19: You should not attend the event if you are showing any symptoms of Covid 19 even though you have pre-entered. You should also not attend if you have specifically been asked to self-isolate.  The event will be managed to take account of all current Government rules and guidelines.   

The event will be run in accordance with Scottish Orienteering Association (SOA) Guidelines around social distancing and hand sanitising so please:
- do not arrive too early for your start time;
- keep at least 1m distance from others outwith your household;
- use the hand sanitiser provided at the Start and Download.
These extra precautions are only required during your ‘race’ and in what the SOA defines as the 'field of play'.  For this event the field of play will be from the time you arrive at the Community Centre on your way to your start (or from the time you leave your car to go to directly to the start if you aren’t going via the Community Centre) until you download after your run.  THOSE WHO ARE ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE: If you have such vulnerabilities that require extra precautions, you are advised to take responsibility for implementing these extras. 

BRITISH ORIENTEERING PARTICIPANT CODE OF CONDUCT: All competitors are asked to read and abide by the British Orienteering Participant Code of Conduct in relation to Covid.  Anyone making an entry on behalf of someone else should advise them of this.

TERRAIN: Typical small Borders town. The old town area has many fine features and many small alleyways. The river Tweed flows through the town as does another smaller river.   There has been some very recent clear felling in a woodland in the SE corner of the map which is a route choice option on some courses. This will now be shown on the ground as a taped route and is a viable path/track route, but dependent on weather conditions it may be less suitable for those running in trainers. This will be marked on the map.

​TIMING: Sportident timing will be used and SIAC will be enabled for those who have this contactless  option.

DRESS: Please check the weather forecast and dress appropriately for the predicted conditions.  

TOILETS: In the Community Hall.  Masks will have to be worn and social distancing will be necessary when queueing to use the toilets.  It is likely that the toilets will be the only indoor facility available to competitors due to coronavirus restrictions. This will be confirmed closer to the event.

DOWNLOAD: This is scheduled to be at the Community Hall. Due to current uncertaintly about coronavirus restrictions further details will be added here nearer the event.

GENERAL PUBLIC:  Peebles is a small, relatively quiet town however there will be pedestrians throughout the area. Please be mindful of this, especially in narrow alleyways.  

SAFETY: The roads in and through Peebles will be busy despite this being a winter Sunday.

MAP: Scale TBC. Course maps will be printed on waterproof paper and control descriptions will be printed on the map.  Loose control descriptions will be provided in the Start lanes. 

MEDICAL CONDITIONS: (not Covid): 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 put it in a sealed envelope and hand it to the Organiser on the day.  It will only be opened if required and destroyed or handed back to you after the event. If you can't easily identify the Organiser on the day please leave it with the start official (who will give it to the Organiser).


map location

Nearest town: Peebles


The event will be centred on the Peebles Community Centre (also known as Drill Hall), Walkershaugh, Peebles  EH45 8AU and parking will be in public car parking areas within easy walking distance of here.  Gytes car park, EH45 8GL or at the Edinburgh Road car park EH45 8FB (note slightly changed postcode) (entrance on A703, Edinburgh Road) are the closest options. Both car parks are free and are 5 mins walk from the event centre. There are no height restrictions into either car park. 

Registration & Start Times

No Registration or enquiries at this event.

START PERIOD: 10.30am to 12noon.

START and FINISH will all be within very easy walking distance of Peebles Community Hall. DOWNLOAD will be in the Hall.

Course Information

Provisional course lengths are given below.  Note, these are subject to final controlling and could change. The final course lengths will be provided in Final Details during week before the event.

The course lengths given below are straight line and actual running length could be half as much again.

You are welcome to enter any course but to be competetive in the SOUL series you should enter the appropriate course for your age class.  

Course No Classes Course Length
1 Men's Open 7.2km
2 Women's Open, Vet Men (M40+) 6.3km

Vet Women (W40+), Supervet Men(M55+)

4 Supervet Women (W55+), Ultravet Men (M65+) 4.4km

Ultravet Women (W65+), M/W Hypervet (M/W75+)

6 M/W Junior (M/W16- ) 4.2km
7 M/W Young Junior (M/W 12-) 2.1km

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

Pre entry via Fabian4 was available from 19th January to Sunday 30th January but is now closed.  You can see start times via the same link.

Entry on the day of the event (EOD) will not be available.


to midnight 30th Jan

Seniors (born 2001 or earlier) BOF/SOA member


Seniors (born 2001 or earlier) non BOF/SOA member


Juniors (born 2002 or later) BOF/SOA member


Juniors (born 2002 or later) non BOF/SOA member


Students BOF/SOA member


Students non BOF/SOA member


Free standard SI card hire, if required, but there will be a £30.00 charge if it is lost.
Hire of SIAC cards is £2.50 and a charge of £60 will be made if it is lost.

Contacts / Officials

Early enquiries:  

Planners: Keith Dawson and Martin Quirke (ESOC)

Controller: Richard Oxlade (ESOC)

Organiser: Karena Hanley (ESOC)

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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