Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


‘Tinto Twin’ Night Event, Blackford Hill

Image of the Blackford Hill and The Hermitage map

Sat 29th Oct 2022

Info updated: 05th Nov
Type of event: Regional, Night
Type of terrain: Parkland, Woodland


Provisional results for the Night Event are available here

Winsplits are here

Routegadget is here

General Information


Planners/Organiser's comments: Blackford Hill is quite a tricky area at night so the courses were planned to be not too long and not too hard.  It's almost impossible to keep up-to-date with the mapping of the gorse, and vague new paths are appearing all the time, too.  The bunkers on the former golf course make nice control sites.  It was good to see that nearly everyone enjoyed their courses, even those who took quite  a long time.  Local knowledge probably helped some people, but quite a few had never been here before, so well done all!
Organising a night event is a bit of a worry because of the obvious dangers.  However we were lucky to have an excellent indoor centre at the Braid Tennis Club, the Start could be set out under street lights, the weather was mild and dry and everyone  returned safely, so well done to the very streamlined team of helpers who made it all happen.

LOST PROPERTY: Saturday - found in the tennis club - a child’s pink Trespass zip-up hoodie (age 9/10 years)

Sunday - left near the download tent - a pink Chilly’s water bottle

Tinto Twin Lost Property enquiries to:



FINAL DETAILS (NIGHT EVENT): Please read in conjunction with (not instead of) information on this webpage.

START TIMES: These were self selected but please check anyway.

TINTO TWIN EVENTS: The 'Tinto Twin' comprises 2 events. This night event is first, followed by the urban event at South Gyle on Sunday 30th October.  To be eligible for a Tinto Twin trophy you should enter both events in the category which includes your age class.

TURF EVENT- Saturday afternoon: There is also a Turf Event from 15:00 to 16:30 on the Saturday afternoon before the Tinto Twin night event; full details are here.  

TINTO TWIN PRIZEGIVING: This will be  as soon as possible after 3pm on Sunday i.e. at the end of the Tinto Twin Day Event at South Gyle.  There are Tinto Twin trophies for the winners of all classes from M/W14 to M/W75 which will be decided on the results of both days.  As M/W10 and M/W12 won’t be running the Night event, these classes will be decided only on the Day event.

Location: The Tinto Twin night event will be based at the Braid Tennis Club, 58 Cluny Gardens, Edinburgh EH10 6BR (near junction with Midmar Avenue). See Parking & Directions section for more information.

Terrain:  Mixture of open hillside, an old golf course and some wooded areas. There is a good track network but there are also steep slopes, crags, streams and a reasonably sized river. 

Map: The map will be printed on waterproof paper, the control descriptions will be printed on the map (no loose control descriptions) and the map scale is TBC.

Other Users: Blackford Hill and The Hermitage is very well used, even at night, by the general public, including dog walkers, runners and possibly even bikers.  Please respect their right to be there at the same time as you are orienteering. 

Facilities, including toilets:  Toilets will be available in the Tennis Club.  There are no other facilities available.  The room is small and whilst it is sufficient to accommodate registration and download it is not possible to accommodate anything else.  Social distancing is required in this room.

Dress: Please check the weather forecast for the evening of the event and dress appropriately.

Dogs: Dogs are not allowed to accompany competitors whilst competing on the courses.

Covid:  Please don’t come to the event if you have Covid or symptoms of Covid.

Please also try to:

1. Respect other people's personal space at all times; 

2. Make use of the hand sanitiser wherever it is made available; 

3. Remain as quiet as possible at and around the start area, the start line and the download area;   

Please read and respect the British Orienteering Participant Code of Conduct.

Medical Conditions: You have the option of downloading, completing and handing in this Medical Form to the Organiser (via Registration) so that existing medical conditions are known about in the event of an incident. Please put in a sealed envelope with your name on it. It will only be opened if required and will be destroyed unread if you don't collect before the end of the event. 

First Aid: We encourage you to bring your own first aid kit and administer as necessary.  A basic first aid kit will be available at Registration/Download. Please ask there for anything you may need.  For further specific advice please call 111 or for a life threatening emergency dial 999.  The Organiser will be happy to advise and support you as required, including use of a mobile phone if you do not have one with you.  

The main hospital for A&E services in Edinburgh is:

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
51 Little France Crescent
Old Dalkeith Road
EH16 4SA
Telephone: 0131 536 1000

Depending on where you live you may prefer to attend A & E or the minor injury unit local to your home. Note that current advice is to ring 111 before attending A&E if the situation is not life threatening. 


map location

Nearest town: City of Edinburgh


The event will be based at Braid Tennis Club, 58 Cluny Gardens, Edinburgh EH10 6BR (near junction with Midmar Avenue). The action is likely to be accessed from the 'dead end' northern end of Midmar Drive which is just off Midmar Avenue which in turn is off Cluny Gardens A useful map of the immediate area is attached here.  Please park considerately in the local streets nearby. 

If you live in or around Edinburgh it is possible to come to the event by foot, bike or bus. The following websites will help you plan your route: Lothian Buses and Edinburgh City Council Quiet Routes

Note that Lothian bus 38 takes you directly to the Tennis Club but please note that the Saturday service is not as regular or as extensive as on weekdays. Several other buses also go to Morningside Road, from where the club is about a 10 minute walk.

Registration & Start Times

Registration:  In Braid Tennis Club from approximately 5.45pm until 7pm. Limited entry on the night (EON) will be available from 5.45pm for as long as map supplies last.

Start/Start times: Single Start, 500m walk slightly uphill, taped from Midmar Drive.  Start times are from 6.15pm - 7.30pm with sunset that day being 5.39pm. Start times can be self-selected on Fabian4.

Finish: Single finish, 150m walk back to Download (in the Event Centre) on a wide rough path.

Course Information

There will be 6 courses on offer as unfortunately we cannot offer a  course suitable for M/W 12-. 

COURSES, SPECIAL NOTE: Unlike previous Tinto Twin Night events these will use the same Classes/Categories (1-6) and Classes as the SOUL event on Sunday ( to make the combined results easier to calculate) but are equivalent to these colour coded courses. Course 1 = Brown,  Course 2 = Blue, Courses 3 & 4 = Green, Course 5 = Short Green, Course 6 = Orange.

You can enter any course you like but to be eligible for a Tinto Twin trophy you must also enter and compete in the day event and must have enter the category relevant to your age class/category for both events.  

1. (Brown) Men's Open  4.6km
2. (Blue) Women's Open, Veteran Men (M40+) 3.9km
3.&4. (Green) Veteran Women (W40+), Supervet Women (W55+), Supervet Men(M55+), Ultravet Men (M65+) 3.6km
5. Short Green) Ultravet Women (W65+), M/W Hypervets (M/W75+) 2.8km
6. (Orange) M/W Junior (M/W16- ) 2.3km

Note that all courses also have an 'OPEN' class which you can enter if you wish to enter a course other than in your age class/category.

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-entry via Fabian4 was available from Friday 14th October to Wednesday 26th October but is now closed.  

EON (Entry on the night): The numbers of course maps available for each course, as at Friday evening 28th October is Course 1 - 4 maps, Course 2 - 6 maps, Course 3/4 - 5 maps, Course 5 - 5 maps and Course 6 - 4 maps.



Late Pre-entry

  By midnight, Sunday 23rd October By midnight on Wednesday 26th October (Entry on the night)
Seniors (born 2001 or earlier) BOF/SOA member £10 £12
Seniors (born 2001 or earlier) non BOF/SOA member £12 £14


Juniors (born 2002 or later) BOF/SOA member £5 £6
Juniors (born 2002 or later) non BOF/SOA member £6 £7
Students BOF/SOA member £5 £6

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

PLANNER: Janice Nisbet (ESOC)



Enquiries: EMAIL

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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