Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Sprintelope, Edinburgh (Morningside & Royal Edinburgh Hospital Grounds)

ESOC local Wednesday evening event

Wed 17th Jul 2019

Info updated: 18th Jul
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Urban


Results are here

League can be viewed 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 suburban streets and parks plus the grounds of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.

MAP:  SCALE is 1:5000 and North is at the top of the map (not printed on map). Course maps are usually printed on normal printer paper (not waterproof) and usually A4 size.  Try to bring a plastic bag or poly pocket 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: No facilities at the start and finish area.   

CONTROLS: Informal - tubes or coloured tapes. 

TIMING: Bring your SI which will be used for start and finish only.


map location

Nearest town: City of Edinburgh


Meet at the south entrance to Morningside Park which is on Morningside Drive (west of the cemetery). The start and finish will be close together near the entrance to the park. 

Parking is on surrounding streets in this residential area, please park considerately.

BUSES: It is easy to get to this event by public transport, please use a bus if you possibly can. Lothian Buses services 5, 11, 16, 23, 36 and 38 all go close by and they cover a big chunk of Edinburgh. The 36 goes straight past the event start/finish area!

Registration & Start Times

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

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

A Short course of 3.3k and a Long course of 4.9k. Neither Course is 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: Mike Stewart

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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