Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Scottish Night Championships, Braid Hills (Edinburgh)

Sat 12th Feb 2022

Info updated: 18th Jan
Type of event: Regional, Night
Type of terrain: Parkland

General Information

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 quarantine or self-isolate.  The event will be managed to take account of all Scottish Government Guidelines.  Additionally, the event will be run in accordance with Scottish Orienteering Association (SOA) Guidelines.  Please: 
- do not arrive too early for your start block
- keep a 1m distance to others outwith your household
- use the hand sanitiser provided at the Start and Download.
These precautions are specifically required during your ‘race’ ie from the time you leave you car to go to the start to after you download (ie while you are in the “field of play”). Apart from this you should follow all Scottish Government Guidelines for the general public.

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 Covd.  Anyone making an entry on behalf of someone else should advise them of this.

The 2022 SCOTTISH NIGHT ORIENTEERING CHAMPIONSHIPS will be run in accordance with the Scottish Orienteering Association (SOA) Rules and Guidelines (these are currently being updated and a link will be added when the updated guidelines are available).

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA TO BE A SCOTTISH NIGHT CHAMPION: This is basically the same as for the Scottish Individual Championships.  Members of Scottish open Clubs will be automatically recognised as “Scots”. Other orienteers (see below for further definition of 'Scots') wishing to be classed as “Scottish”, such as those born in Scotland or long-term Scottish residents currently living outside Scotland or competing for their university, must make their status known to the organiser by the day before the event.  It is likely that this will also be covered on the online entry form.

“Scots” who are not currently a member of a Scottish open club are any one of the following a] born in Scotland b] have at least one Scottish parent c] be a member of the Scottish Orienteering Association.  

Terrain: It is anticipated that most of the courses will be on the Braid Hills Golf Course and the adjoining Mortonhall Golf Course. It is possible that the longer courses may extend on to the southern part of the Blackford Hill map. Typical golf course terrain, mostly very runnable with patches of gorse, crags, scattered trees, blocks of trees and very few paths.

Map: The map of Braid Hills and Mortonhall belongs to Interlopers Orienteering Club. It was used for the Scottish Night championships back in 2011. 

Course Maps and Control Descriptions: Course maps will be printed on waterproof paper.  The map scale is not yet confirmed. Control descriptions will be printed on the map and it will be confirmed nearer the event if loose control descriptions will also be provided.  

Timing: SI electronic timing will be used.  SIAC will be enabled.  If you don’t have your own dibber, these can be hired free of charge via the online entry system.  There will be a £30 charge if it lost. 

Toilets: A toilet should be available at the Braid Hills Golf Centre.

Start, Finish and Download: All in or close to parking. 

Dogs: TBC but will not be allowed on courses.

Safety:  All competitors take part in this event at their own risk.  Further specific risks will be added later.

First Aid: Basic first aid can be provided by event officials with relevant certificates but we suggest you bring your own first aid supplies and, where possible, administer yourself. The nearest Accident and Emergency department is at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary - return to Edinburgh City Bypass and head eastwards. Exit at Sheriffhall Roundabout on the A7 northwards towards the city which will take you right past the hospital entrance.

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 with the Organiser in a sealed envelope that will only be opened if required and destroyed after the event. If you can't track down the Organiser leave at Download for passing on to the Organiser. 


map location

Nearest town: City of Edinburgh


The event will be based at the Braid Hills Golf Centre, 91 Liberton Drive, Edinburgh  EH16 6NS (note that although the mapped area includes Braid Hills Golf Course the event is based at Braid Hills Golf Centre, NOT the Golf Course clubhouse).  This is on the south side of the city of Edinburgh and is fairly easily accessible by public transport from within the city and from the Edinburgh Waverley Station.  Further details will be added later.  It is also easy get to by road from the Edinburgh City Bypass (A720).  Exit at the Straiton junction and follow the A701 towards the city.  Soon after passing Mortonhall Crematorium on the left turn left into Alnwickhill Road and left into Liberton Drive.  The golf range is on the left and is very easy to spot by the strong lights visible from Liberton Drive.

Registration & Start Times

There will be no actual registration at this event but all the action will either be in the car park at the Braid Hills Golf Centre or within easy walking distance of here.


Course Information

Course Classes Length

M20, M21, M35


M40, M45, M50

W20, W21, W35

M Open 2

M18, M55, M60

W40, W45, W50

M Open 3, W Open 3

M16, M65, M70, M75

W18, W55, W60

M Open 4, W Open 4


W16, W65, W70, W75

M Open 5, W Open 5


M Novice, W Novice


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 will be available via Fabian4 from 21st January to Sunday 6th February.  Entry on the day of the event (EOD) will not be available.


to midnight 6th Feb

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

Planners: Sabine Oechsner and Simon Gregersen (ESOC)

Controller: Rob Hickling (BASOC)

Organiser: Anne Stevenson (ESOC)

Early enquiries:  

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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