Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club

‘Tinto Twin’ Night Event, Blackford HillSat 29 Oct

Last updated: Wed 21 February, 2024

Regional level event

Explanation of event levels

Local events are usually low key and in the 'localised' area, ideal for newcomers to try the sport and Training events are non competitive and used for training and coaching, aimed at members of the club, but they can attract people from neighbouring clubs, and are often ideal for newcomers to try the sport. Regional events attract participants from around the local Region, National events are high quality competitions that will attract people from far away, Major events are Major Events such as a British Championships. Virtual events are where there are no physical controls being used. Your presence at a control is registered using an App on your mobile phone, normally the free MapRun App.

Terrain type: Parkland & Woodland


Results for Day and Night

Officials' Reports

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.

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The first of 2 linked events of the 'Tinto Twin' (comprises this night event and an urban day event the following day at South Gyle).

Pre-event Information

Location Info

Near: City of Edinburgh
Lat,Lng: 55.92575,-3.19902
Postcode: EH10 6BR

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Directions / Parking

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.

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.

Read more about Course lengths and Difficulty here

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.

Registration and 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.

Contacts / Officials

PLANNER: Janice Nisbet (ESOC)



Enquiries: EMAIL

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