Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Sprintelope, Livingston

ESOC local evening event

Wed 19th Jun 2019

Info updated: 20th Jun
Type of event: Local
Type of terrain: Urban


Results are here

Planner’s Comments: Ewart Scott writes:  Thanks to everyone for coming to the ESOC Livingston Sprintelope last night and for the
positive comments on the courses.
Janet, Fiona and Robert deserve thanks for looking after the assembly.  Thanks too, to Graeme Ackland for use of his map and drawing recent changes.
You were lucky with the weather. I got a soaking when collecting the markers as had no rain jacket, starting off when very fair. Markers at 5 and 17 were missing, all others there.

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 Livingston suburban streets and parks. There is a wooded section on the Long course.  

MAP: 1:4000 with 2.5m contours.  Course maps are usually printed on normal printer paper (not waterproof) and will be A3 size.  Try to bring a plastic bag if raining. Map produced by Graeme Ackland.

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: If you are doing a bit of shopping before going to the event there are toilets in The Centre and also the Livingston Designer Outlet both of which are about 5 minutes walk away. HOWEVER BOTH THE CENTRE and the DESIGNER OUTLET CLOSE AT 6PM.  You might also be shopping in Asda which is attached to The Centre at the east end.  There are toilets just outside Asda (near the Asda cafe) which could be open later. There are also other major supermarkets a little further away (for walking) which could have toilets for shoppers e.g. Sainsbury's and Morrison's. 

CONTROLS: Informal - tubes or coloured tapes. 

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


map location

Nearest town: Livingston


Head for Howden Road South, B7015, and park nearby (double yellow lines on this road but there is a small car park on the south side of the A7015 soon after the mini roundabout just off the A899). Look out for a kite. The area to be used for the event is north of Howden Road South and east of St John's Hospital. 

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

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

The Short course uses the same map as the Long course and there are instructions within the control descriptions for Short.  Map, 1:4,000 with 2.5 m. contours.  
NOTE RE OUT OF BOUNDS AREAS: Some OOB areas on roads MUST be obeyed as bus routes, crossing points and underpasses are shown on the map and must be used.

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: Ewart Scott (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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