Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


St Andrews Urban Race, SOUL

Image of the St Andrews map

Scottish Orienteering Urban League

Sun 29th Jun 2014

Info updated: 19th Feb
Type of event: Regional
Type of terrain: Parkland, Urban


Simple Results

RouteGadget (BIG thank you to Robin Strain for putting this up - all should be well now)

SOUL Points updated

No BOF ranking points for score races, sorry!

Organiser's Comments:

Thank you to everyone who competed today at St Andrews.  Everyone I spoke to enjoyed the score format for urban orienteering and there were many animated control choice and route choice discussions going on near Registration afterwards.  

Apologies that we had to move the Finish a few metres from the site shown on the map. The pipeline trench and subsequent re-laying of slabs would make it obvious to everyone why it had to be moved!!  This work started very unexpectedly on Wednesday of this week and we thought it was finished at close of business on Friday afternoon. It was something of a surprise to find a man and 2 machines working there on the morning of the event!  The contractor was extremely helpful and moved his machines so we could put the Finish where it would cause fewest problems for competitors. We are very grateful for his understanding and cooperation. 

Margaret Dalgleish (Organiser)

General Information


NOTE: There are more than 30 controls on the urban score course so very fast runners, who can run, while navigating, more than 10k in an hour need to make sure their SI can hold this number. We have arranged for hired SIs to take this into account and an alert has also been sent to pre-entrants via Fabian4. If you are a very fast runner with an older SI, or if you just don't know, then check at Registration in plenty of time before your start time. We'll have extra SIs there for those who need them. Most people should be fine.

This urban competition will be part of the Scottish Orienteering Urban League (SOUL) and offers excellent urban orienteering challenges.

Terrain: The town of St Andrews (all of it); old town, housing estates, ancient quads, new science campus, parks and woodland.  Very fast in all conditions.  

Map:  Updated in 2014, includes new terrain, not previously used. 1:4,000, ISSOM symbols and 5m contours. Waterproof and overprinted.  A3, back to back map.

Safety:  Urban score is on streets and pavements with no attempt to control traffic.  In keeping with developing trends in UK street races only competitors who are aged 16 or older on the day of the race can compete on these courses.  Park Score is on campus terrain with no roads and are suitable for children of all ages who can cope with TD3 level courses (orange).

Facilities: There are indoor toilets adjacent to Registration, Start and Finish.  There are picnic benches nearby.

Timing:  Sportident timing will be used.  SI cards will be available to hire but a charge of £30 will be made if lost.

Dogs:  Dogs permitted in car park only.


map location

Nearest town: St Andrews, Scotland


Parking:  In free public car park adjacent to roundabout on the A91 at NO501169.

Registration & Start Times

Start Times will be from 11am to 1pm (with 4 minute call up)

Registration Times from 10.30am to 12noon

Car Parking is very close to Registration, Start and Finish which are all adjacent to each other.

Course Information

Urban Score:  Open to all competitors over 16.  60 minutes.  

Park Score:  For under 16s.  45 minutes.  TD 3 controls. All on parks / campus,  same start and finish as urban score.






Men's Open (over 16)

Women's Open (over 16)


Veteran Men (M40+)

Veteran Women (W40+)


Super Veteran Men (M55+)

Super Veteran Women (W55+)


Ultra Veteran Men (M65+)

Super Veteran Women (W65+)


Junior Men (M16-)

Junior Women (W16-)


Young Junior Men (M12-)

Young Junior Women (W12-)

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-entries have now closed.  There will be limited entry on the day (EOD) but this will depend on map availability. 

Entry Fees

Seniors (born 1993 or earlier) - BOF member £8.00
Seniors (born 1993 or earlier) - Non-BOF member £10.00
Juniors (born 1994 or later) £4.00
Students - £4.00

Free SIcard hire, if required, but £30.00 charge if lost.

Limited EOD if maps available at surcharge of £2.00/£1.00 per person.

Contacts / Officials

Planner:  Clive Masson, ESOC
Controller:  Rab Philp, KFO
Organiser:  Margaret Dalgleish, ESOC
Entry Enquiries (only):  Simon Firth (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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