Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club

Victoria and St Marks ParksWed 12 Apr


Last updated: Sat 20 January, 2024

Local 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: Urban


Results are here.


Post event comments added Thursday 13th. Click on read more .... to find them

Pre-event Information

Location Info

Near: City of Edinburgh
Lat,Lng: 55.97431,-3.19578
OS Grid Ref: NT254817
Postcode: EH6 4RG

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Directions / Parking

The event is based in the SW corner of Victoria Park. There are several entrances to the Park from Craighall Road, and parking should be possible along here or the adjacent streets. What 3 Words: above.deal.inner

Lots of buses go along Ferry Road, and the North Edinburgh cycle network goes right through both Victoria and St Marks Parks.
Please try to walk, use public transport or bike if you possibly can.

Course Information

There will be a long (5km) and a short (3km) option although these are most likely to be straight line distances so expect to run further than that.

Because of the road crossings ALL under 16s must be accompanied at all times by an adult when running. Due to the informality of the event the adult can also be competitive (see Entries section).

The planner has made the following last minute comments: The race will take place in an area that is 70% woodland, 25% park, and 5% urban. There will be areas where the run pace will be high while other areas it would decrease because of the vegetation. It is recommended to cover both arms and legs. Due to the expectation of rain, it is highly recommended to wear shoes with goodgrip.
Athletes must be careful of other path users (especially cyclists) when running along the Walkway.
You can run along the pavement on Ferry Road, however it is forbidden to run across the road. Instead, to cross it, you must use the two tunnels that go under it.

Read more about Course lengths and Difficulty here

Entry Details

Pre-Entry strongly advised: Entries open on RaceSignUp on Wednesday 5th April and close at 8pm on Tuesday 11th April. We'll print some extra maps so if you miss this deadline send us an email email hidden; JavaScript is required to ask about a late entry. Entry on the evening of the event may still be possible but this is subject to spare maps being available, payment by cash (correct money please) or bank transfer.

Remember all under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Either enter separately but run together or order an extra shadowers map for £1 if only the Junior is entered.

Fees: Senior £4, Junior (under 21)/Student £2. Shadowers map £1

SI hire, via the entry system, is free but there's a £30 charge if lost.

Registration and Start times

Registration and Start will be in south west corner of Victoria Park and the Finish will also be close by.

Registration will open shortly before the first start time at 6.30pm. Pre-entered competitors can head straight to the start.

START PERIOD: 6.30pm - 7.30pm.

COURSE CLOSURE: We hope you will be finished your course by about 8.15pm as it will be getting pretty gloomy by then. If you are unsure and don't want to run in dusk/dark then please come and start early.

Contacts / Officials

Enquiries can be made by EMAIL

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