Scottish Night Championships, Braid Hills (Edinburgh)
Sat 12th Feb 2022
Info updated: 16th Feb
Type of event: Regional, Night
Type of terrain: Parkland
SCOTTISH NIGHT CHAMPIONSHIPS (SNCs) MEDALS: Arrangements for medals for individual classes for these SNCs will be posted as soon as possible on the SOA website.
Comments from the Controller - Rob Hickling (BASOC): It only became clear late in 2021 that Covid restrictions would be eased sufficiently to allow a Scottish Night Championships to be staged this winter. SOA is most grateful to the organising club ESOC for offering to host the champs at such short notice. Officials were appointed in November/December. This was a much shorter time scale than normal for a championship event and required concentrated efforts by all to produce an event of the necessary standard.
There was no existing map of the whole area, and separate forest and sprint maps of Blackford Hill (ESOC, and INT) and sprint map of The Braids and Mortonhall (INT) had to be merged together, aligned to current magnetic north, geo-referenced, and symbol sets brought into compliance with the ISOM 2017 standard. This was carried out in the first half of December. Courses were mainly planned between mid-Dec and mid-Jan, and Simon and Sabine did an excellent job in producing very nicely shaped courses of correct length, which used the area well. In parallel, the Planners made numerous corrections and updates to the draft merged map, and map updates continued to be made right up until the maps were sent for printing on 6th February. The final map was of very good quality despite the highly compressed timescale.
On race evening, the event went ahead smoothly and safely and the Organiser and helper teams should be complimented for this. All controls were re-visited, checked, SI-boxes fitted and kites hung in the final 2 hours before the race started, which helped to ensure there was no vandalism despite being in a popular urban area. There was one issue with the timing software configuration, and split times for the road crossings on courses 1 and 2 were not correctly removed in the provisional results. Prize-giving still went ahead on time, and the provisional results were corrected on-line the following day. From the feedback I heard from competitors, I believe it was a very successful event which resulted in worthy Night Champions.
NOTE: Updated information is now contained in the Final Details via link above.
COVID 19: Please see Final Details (link above).
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) Night Championships Rules and Guidelines. These guidelines have very recently been updated (1st February).
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.
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. On the night you can leave it with the Organiser in a sealed envelope that will only be opened if required and destroyed after the event.
Nearest town: City of Edinburgh
- Grid Ref: NT266694
- Postcode: EH16 6NS
- Latitude: 55.91335
- Longitude: -3.17808
- Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)
The event will be based at the Braid Hills Golf Centre, 91 Liberton Drive, Edinburgh EH16 6NS Grid Reference NT266694 with parking in the lit car park there. Lothian Buses – 7, 37 and 47 connect the City Centre to Liberton, along Liberton Road from where it is an approx. 500m walk to the Golf Centre. What3Words for car park location: lowest.dock.rocks
Registration & Start Times
There will be no registration or entry on the night at this event. Please refer to Final Details for all other information.
START TIMES - 6.30pm to 7.30pm.
Please refer to the Final Details for information about courses and any other information related to the courses.
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.
Start list is shown on Fabian4 Entries closed on 6th February, no entry on the day/night of the event.
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)
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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