Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club

Saughton ParkSat 18 May

Local Event

Last updated: Sun 19 May, 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


Results are here

Officials' Reports

Planners' comments

Thanks to everyone who came along to our event today and for all the positive comments received.

There is a limit to what you can put on at Saughton so I thought the Puzzle-O would give a little more to think about for established orienteers. It is a good format for practicing searching your map on the run, thumbing the map and constantly having to reorientate it. It was also a good exercise for me in the use of OCAD and it's course setting function.

Thanks to all of the helpers today for pulling together and making it all run so smoothly and for clearing up in no time. You were all really welcoming which was appreciated by the young folk in particular.

The only down side was having taken in the signage leisurely I missed the ice cream shop by 10 minutes.........

David Robertson

Organisers' comments

Local orienteering at its best! A sunny afternoon in a busy park, attracting lots of attention from passers-by. All-ability paths for the easy courses so that everyone could have a go. A cafe, a play-park and a skatepark for afterwards. The Rose Garden is an attraction in itself. An intriguing "Puzzle Course" to challenge experienced orienteers. A large squad of willing ESOC members to do all the talking and explanations. No wet equipment to take home.

Perfection really! Huge thanks to one and all, competitors and volunteers alike.

Janet Clark


Local event in this lovely city centre park, lovingly looked after by the Friends of Saughton Park being held during World Orienteering Week.

Pre-event Information

Location Info

Near: Edinburgh
Lat,Lng: 55.93330,-3.25227
OS Grid Ref: NT218718
Postcode: EH11 3HT

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Directions / Parking

The event will be based near the The Four Square Park Café buildings close to the Ford’s Road (western) car park which is approached from the junction of Stenhouse Avenue and Stenhouse Terrace. Follow signs for Saughton Sports Complex. Cars cannot approach Ford’s Road from Gorgie Road, as the river bridge is for pedestrians and cycles only.

If this car park is full please park considerately in the surrounding streets.

Edinburgh based orienteers are welcome to join the newly expanded ESOC car sharing WhatsApp group. Please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required for the joining link.

Public Transport Options

Public Transport: If you live in the city it should be quite easy to reach this event by bus. Check Lothian Buses to plan your route. It may help to know that is Lothian Buses services 3, 25, 30 and 33 have a stop called Saughton Park on Gorgie Road near the junction with Ford’s Road. Follow Ford’s Road over the river bridge to the event arena. Buses 1, 2 and 22 have a stop called Whitson Crescent on Stevenson Drive. This is near to an entrance to the park from which a tarmac pathway takes you SE through the competition area (past a few controls) to the event arena near the café buildings.

By Bike: If you live in or close to the city, you'll find it easy to come to the event by bike. An official cycle path crosses the park from Balgreen Road to Ford’s Road, and passes right past the café buildings in the Park.  

A variety of quiet cycle route maps throughout the city are available on the Edinburgh City Council Quiet Routes web pages.

It will be possible to lock your bike close by Registration while you run and there will be a tent to leave bags.

Map / Terrain

Busy city centre park with formal gardens, playing fields, play parks, café etc.

The map, first produced in 2020 by Peel Land Surveys (and updated in 2024), will be printed on waterproof paper at 1:2500. Control descriptions will be printed on the the map, loose copies will not be available.

Safety Notes

General notes - please also read any Course specific notes below

  • Other Users: Saughton Park is very well used by the general public, including dog , children, bikes etc. Please respect their right to be there at the same time as you are orienteering.
  • Dogs: Competitor’s dogs are allowed and should be kept under very close control at all times.
  • SAFETY NOTE RE DOGS: Please give any dog walkers you encounter whilst running on your course extra space ie don’t run too close, especially if their dog/dogs are off lead. This applies to all competitors, not just those running with a dog. We always need to respect other people's right to be there.
  • Course Closure Time: All courses have a closure time of 4pm after which controls will start to be brought in (before it gets dark). All competitors should be back at Download by 4pm.
  • You must report to Download even if you do not complete your course, so we know you are back safely, and we don’t have to mount a search for you.
  • Please check the weather forecast on the day and dress appropriately. The grassy areas can be slippery when wet, ,so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear..

Please read and respect the British Orienteering Participant Code

Course Information

At this Local event there will be 4 courses ie there will be White, Yellow and Orange for beginners and improvers plus Puzzle-O a more technical course for experienced orienteers.

  • White, Yellow and Orange are all suitable for wheelchairs and buggies
  • With Puzzle-O each leg will be on a mini map extract on a double sided page with each subsequent leg requiring a map flip. Extracts may also be orientated differently to keep you on your toes

Safety Issues

  • There is a pond with Deep Water warning sign near the south bridge so take care here.
  • There are likely to be football matches on the pitches so please avoid running across them

Provisional distances with negligible climb

And as this event falls within World Orienteering Week and there will be certificates for all.

Course Closure Time: Please note that courses have a closure time of 4pm after which controls will start to be brought in, so please return to download by 4pm

Read more about Course lengths and Difficulty here

Entry Details

Pre-Entry and pre-payment via RaceSignUp are recommended for this event. Entries open on Monday 6th May and will close at 8pm on Friday 17th May.

However to be guaranteed a course map for your chosen course you MUST pre-enter by 2pm on Tuesday 14th May.

NB We will print some extra waterproof maps for late entries and EOD but, once the stock has been used for any course (see below about entry limits), RaceSignUp will not let you enter that course. You can enter another course or contact email hidden; JavaScript is requiredand you will be offered a non-waterproof version at the same cost.

Entry on the day (EOD) will be available at Registration as long as maps are available, but these may be non-waterproof versions.

On the RaceSignUp page you can view

- an entry list for all competitors and their chosen start blocks (scroll down to the Start List section). Please note that you can arrive at the start any time within your block.
- number of maps left, ie entry limit-no of entries in the Courses box, from 3pm on Tuesday 9th April

Entry Fees: For 2024 we have a new range of Individual entry fees following membership restructuring by British Orienteering and increases in levy charges to support insurance cover for all competitors

CategoryBOF MembersSOA MembersNon Members
Seniors (26 and over)£4.50£5.50£6.50
Juniors/Students/Young adults (21-25)£2.50£3.50£4.50

As well as individuals the entry system also allows pairs, groups or families who wish to go round a course together (sharing one map and dibber) to enter using a sliding scale of fees. Full details of how to enter pairs and groups (or as a Student) are on the RaceSignUp entry page. NB The RaceSignUp entry process for these categories has also changed for 2024

CategoryBOF membersSOA only membersNon members
2 Seniors£5.50£6.50£7.50
2 Juniors
1 Senior + 1 Junior
1 Senior + 2 Juniors
2 Seniors + 1 Junior
2 Seniors + 2 Juniors
2 Seniors + 3 Juniors

SportIdent (SI) electronic timing will be used.

We have SI dibbers 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: Will be in the Quadrangle opposite the Café and toilets, and will be open from 12:45am -2.15pm for

  • Entry on the Day (EOD) if maps are still available. Payment by cash, bank transfer or by card/contactless. Please try to have the correct money if at all possible.
  • Collection of hired dibbers, White and Yellow maps:
  • Advice and help for beginners

Start and Finish: Will be close to registration

Start Times: From 1.00pm to 2.30pm with course closure at 4pm. You should be back at Download by 4pm as controls will start to be brought in by 4pm so if you think you'll take a long time to complete your course please enter early so you can choose an early start time.


  • Toilets are located near Registration and the Four Square Park café (open 9:30-4:30pm). See their website here

Dog restrictions

Well behaved dogs under close control welcome.

Contacts / Officials

Enquiries by EMAIL

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