Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Sprintelope, Edinburgh (Blacket)

Includes Pollock Halls & Causewayside (no WOC embargoed areas)

Wed 05th Jun 2019

Info updated: 06th Jun
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Urban


Results are here

Sprintelope league is here

General Information

'SPRINTELOPES' are low key urban events in the Edinburgh and the Lothians for members of local orienteeering clubs and visitors from other orienteering clubs.  Come along, pay, register and run.  Very, very informal. 

TERRAIN: Typical Edinburgh, or other towns in the Lothians, suburban streets and parks.

MAP: Check the scale on arrival.  Maps are usually printed on normal printer paper (not waterproof) and usually, but not always, A4 size.  Bring a poly pocket or similar if raining.

SAFETY, OTHER USERS and TRAFFIC: Please take extra care when crossing roads as some roads could be busy.  Please be courteous to pedestrians, cyclists, dog walkers and any other members of the public you encounter when running.

CLOTHING: Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for running in a city/town in summer.  Weather could be anything!

FACILITIES: These are small informal events and there are often no facilities. 

CONTROLS: Informal - tubes or coloured tapes, check at Registration.


map location

Nearest town: Edinburgh


Event will be based at 1 Mayfield Terrace, EDINBURGH, EH9 1RU on the corner of Mayfield Terrace and Blacket Place. On-street parking is fine in Mayfield Terrace, in Blacket Place and in any of the surrounding streets. Please park considerately.

Registration & Start Times

Registration, Start and Finish will be close together and close together.   
REGISTRATION: from 6pm to 7pm.  Bring your SI with you.  Timing will be used for start and finish. 

START TIMES: from 6.30pm (or earlier if the controls are all in place) to 7.30pm.  


NOTE FOR UNDER 16s - Under 16s are welcome to run with an adult.

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Course Information

There will be 1 Short course of around 3k and 1 long course of around 5k. Neither Course is likely to be suitable for unaccompanied under 16s. Under 16s are however very welcome to run with an adult.  

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

COST: £3 for Seniors, £1 for Juniors (see above for information about under 16s). Turn up, register, pay and run.

Contacts / Officials


Planner: Walter Clark (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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