Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Corstorphine Hill

ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 08th Apr 2017

Type of event: Local-(D)
Near: Edinburgh

Results in revised spreadsheet format.  See Organiser's Comments below for explanation of the different results format for this event. 

ORGANISER'S COMMENTS: Corstorphine Hill redeemed itself today; all memories of last year's snowy February afternoon were quite forgotten in the warm sunshine, dry underfoot  conditions and accompanying birdsong and budding green leaves which welcomed us today.   It was just lovely to be able to sit around discussing routes and future plans, with the whole summer ahead.   
The only thing which let us down was the faulty Start unit.  It chose just the wrong moment to run out of battery.  The accompanying Results are not quite complete, and are the product of much manual labour by Alistair; apologies to those affected, but I hope everyone will agree, whatever their results, that this was  a lovely afternoon.  For the ESOC Team who provided the event, it was a welcome change too, not to be wet and freezing all afternoon.
Many thanks to everyone who took part today; and hope to see you all again before long.

Janet Clark

A city area suitable for orienteers at all skill levels.



ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 18th Mar 2017

Type of event: Local-(D)
Near: Edinburgh


This is the link to the results

This is the link for winsplits

Organiser's comments

The rain and low cloud this morning wasn't in the forecast.  Worst affected were David and Margaret, putting out controls.  Putting up the tents in the rain wasn't much fun either.   The route to Registration was a sea of mud before we started.  Would anyone come to this event?

Oh yes!  Before we knew it, the rain had stopped and loads of people arrived; the usual mix of familiar faces and new ones, all warmly welcomed.   We had a Birthday party, several people in Edinburgh for different reasons and looking for an event, some milestones achieved in running a White Course alone for the first time, and much appreciation of David's courses, which is very reassuring for a first-time Planner.   We all got out of the car park and through the barrier without problems, and are grateful to the MOD who let us in.  It's just amazing how much fun these events can be under any conditions!

Photos: There are some photos up on ESOC's facebook page, have a look at some fun in the puddles.

Planner's comments (written on evening of the event)

Well at 1230 today, when the rain was hammering down I must confess I wasn't expecting many people to brave the wet, wind and mud to come to our event...and on a rugby weekend.

My planning visits to Dreghorn flashed before my eyes, walking through a smoke grenade cloud between two groups of soldiers shooting at one another, finding bullets and booby trap trip wires when walking in the woods, helping rescue a trapped sheep...

But it got brighter and they came! It was good to see a group of girls splashing and kicking in the ankle deep mud to remember that orienteers, and the kids in particular, don't mind getting mucky.

As a novice planner I found the whole experience very interesting, from reading about course requirements, using Condes for the first time and getting out and about to see what was possible on the ground. I would recommend the experience to anyone and receiving the very polite and positive feedback from participants was a nice end to a long day.

My thanks to all involved in the day but to Margaret and Janet in particular for sharing some of their knowledge and experience and all their support and encouragement along the way.

The competition area at Dreghorn is part of the general area of the North Pentland Hills accessed from the Dreghorn Junction of the Edinburgh city bypass (A720). 


Hopetoun House

ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 11th Feb 2017

Type of event: Local-(D)
Near: South Queensferry

This is the results link

This is the winspilits link

The prospects for today were not good; snow in the forecast and on the roads not far away; beginning of school holiday week, a bit further to travel for Edinburgh people; a very wet cold morning.   However, we pressed on.   Maureen and Bill spent a cold wet morning putting out controls.  The Support Team  set up at 12.30 safely sheltered in the Education Room.  The Juniors arrived for coaching at 13.00;  a bit reduced in numbers but happy and optimistic.   
It looked a bit quiet when Registration opened at 13.30, but before we knew it a steady stream of cars was arriving through the gloom and we were off!  Several people had been at our Cammo event in January and wanted to do it again.   A good number came to try orienteering for the first time; and seemed to be happy to ignore the weather and enjoy the fun of finding the controls.  Most habitual parkrunners confessed to having wimped out this morning so came orienteering instead.   It was a lovely mixed crowd of all ages, all getting  a kick out of running around Hopetoun on a wet afternoon.
Special thanks to Mark Kassyk who manned the Start throughout and must have been frozen.  Special mention to Calum Robertson who, after running  two courses afterwards, was presented with his Gold Badge for completing 100 events.  Very grateful thanks to Maree, the Hopetoun Ranger, who arranged this off-season entry to the Hopetoun House grounds for us.    We promised to avoid trampling any snowdrops, as  she is holding a Snowdrop Open Day tomorrow.    And Walter was remembering his wedding here at Hopetoun, fourteen years ago.  An old University friend, his son and his Mum were here with him today! 
Janet Clark

Local event with something for everyone, including scenic views of the Forth and over to the bridges.  This area is used for bigger events as well as local events.


ESOC Sprint-O 2017 incorporating SOUL 2

An urban run followed by a parkland run.

Sun 05th Feb 2017

Type of event: District-(C)
Near: Edinburgh

The results for the races are given below:

The results for Bughtlin.

The standings for the SOUL league

Winsplits for Bughtlin

The results for Cammo

Winsplits for Cammo

Overall results

Routegadget for Bughtlin

Routegadget for Cammo

Notes from Controllers
At Bughtlin, control 112, on the junior courses was removed by vandals during the event and affected a number of runners. Rather than voiding the courses, we decided to remove the legs to and from that control on courses 6 & 7.
At Cammo, the start clock and start unit were 38 seconds fast, so overall times are short by that amount and splits to the first control were also 38 seconds too quick or, if you took less than 38 seconds, missing.
- Robin & Sheila Strain

Organiser's Comments
Thank you to the the planner and controller as well as all the volunteers that made this event possible. The competitors really enjoyed the Bughtlin Scottish Urban League event in particular. The emphasis from my side was informality as it was a cold day and I didn't want people hanging around for too long. This theme worked well particularly at the chasing start and there were some great sprinting finishes.
- Mary Williams

Planner's Comments
It was great to use the new area of Bughtlin, a map drawn by Murray Strain for his World Championship training - many thanks to Murray. It is still a work in progress - please send any comments to me at  and I will pass them on. I hope you enjoyed the courses - my aim was to make them challenging without being tricksy, demanding concentration all the way. If you haven't already, please plot your route on Routegadget, as I'd love to see where everyone went. The area is complex enough to be used repeatedly, and I hope to have the opportunity to run there myself soon.
Cammo, in contrast, is an easy parkland environment. Recent ploughing removed a third of the area, and there was more running about in fields than I would have wished. Although I know that some of you much preferred Bughtlin, Cammo did have the excitement of the chasing start, giving head-to-head racing.
- Crawford Lindsay


Cammo Estate

ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 14th Jan 2017

Type of event: Local-(D)
Near: Edinburgh

This is the link for the results

This the link for winsplits

Organiser's comments
Cammo always turns up trumps for us in January.   However dire the weather forecast, we've always been lucky, and today was a record-breaker in lots of ways.  Nearly forty Juniors doing the coaching beforehand.  Nearly 150 separate entry forms , and  record- breaking takings of money. The statistics don't mention a lovely welcome from the Friends of Cammo,  beautiful winter sunshine through the frosty trees, great courses by first-time planners, long cold shifts by the many volunteers necessary to put on such an event, and some significant personal achievements  in the results.   Sincere thanks to one and all for your contribution to this great event.   Let's have many more like it in 2017. 
Janet Clark          Organiser    

Planners' comments:
As if we didn't have enough on our minds in planning our first event, the wintry weather forecast had us worrying all week that we'd be sending runners out in snow and wind or on ice. In the end, the weather gods literally shone on us, it being a glorious winter day. The only issue with the conditions being that the sun was blinding some of the runners - what a great problem to have in Scotland in January. 
An updated map (thanks to Bill) opened up the northern field, which we used to give the light green runners an immediate route choice and a deceptively challenging run from control 1 to 2. We also gave the orange runners a slightly tricky first control. We'd like to say that we planned the courses around the groundworks at the canal, but as these only popped up in the few days before the event, we really need to admit that having no controls in that area was just lucky. 
The biggest planning challenge we had was in making sure the yellow and white courses had the right level of difficulty. We ended up with a bit of a hairpin bend on white, which with the benefit of hindsight, we should've removed. All runners arrived safely back at the finish though, and even though this is the norm, it certainly gave these planners an immense sense of relief!
It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience planning these courses and we've learned a lot with Maureen and Janet's guidance. We're told planning will help our own orienteering skills ... here's hoping. 
Michael & David McPhillips 

Local event on the western side of Edinburgh for newcomers and experienced orienteers alike.


Royal High School and Davidson’s Mains Park

ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 19th Nov 2016

Type of event: Local-(D)
Near: City of Edinburgh

The results are here.

Winsplits are here.

This area has many paths for the white and yellow courses, but how could I create a difficult enough challenge to test the more experienced orienteers? Ask them to run without a map! This strategy is called Norwegian, in which competitors get to look at a small fragment of map every one, two, or three controls and must use memory to navigate to the next control, or controls. The course crossed and recrossed the park without warning. I think nobody fell into the trap of going up the wrong side of the fence between 18 and 19.
I had a mild panic at the sight of three lorries and a team of workmen digging holes in the course, but there was nothing to be done to change the situation. Fortunately nobody fell into those holes either.
The easier courses led through a variety of park and woodland. Even some local residents discovered paths they had never used before.
Martin Caldwell

Organiser's Comments:
"This annual November event always has its own highlights and today's were the beautifully planned Map Memory course, the sole use of the warm and welcoming room at The Hub, the icy sunshine, the Junior Training beforehand, and the large attendance of orienteers of all ages and levels of experience.    We are grateful to Dominic at the Hub for use of the room, to Jonathan Wallace, the Active Schools Co-ordinator at the RHS for his encouragement, and to the Friends of Davidsons Mains Park, who send the undernoted welcoming message:
"If you are interested in the park, its flora and fauna, the activities and welfare of the park, why not join us and have a say in what happens? 
We have been active for 7 years and work with the City of Edinburgh Council and other community groups.  Our website is currently under construction , but you can contact us on  for more information." 

Janet Clark

A good area for newcomers to orienteering and an excellent training opportunity for experienced orienteers.


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