Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Blackford Hill and The Hermitage

Sat 23rd Jul 2016

Type of event:
Near: City of Edinburgh

The results are here.

Planner's Comments:  Mike Stewart writes - The area lent itself well for a SCORE event. I tried to make it so that as many people as possible could collect them all without penalty for arriving back late. Hopefully everybody enjoyed the challenges of which order to pick them up in.
Thanks to my dogs for accompanying me around the planning of the event and Margaret for getting out of bed early to bring me the equipment on the day.

Organiser's Comments:  Ewart Scott writes - Thank you to those who attended our local event at Blackford Hill today.  Numbers were perhaps a little down compared to other local events through the year, understandably being the middle of the school holidays.  However, the area was as busy as ever with dog walkers and strollers.  The variety of courses planned by Michael Stewart was very good with excellent use made of the whole area and some small sections seldom visited on orienteering courses.  A small hold up when the first finishers arrived was due to a problem with a download unit, but a change of unit solved that.

Thanks also to the small but efficient ESOC team for helping and control collecting in rounding off a very pleasant afternoon.


Bonaly Park

ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 18th Jun 2016

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

The results are here. The winsplits are here.

How did we manage to pick the one dry day among many wet ones and, better still, a day with no midges around?    This was Bonaly at its best, and Saturday afternoon orienteering at its best, with a challenge for everyone no matter what level of age or experience, and an equal variety of people coming to tackle these challenges.  It was a good idea of Walter's to take the Green Course beyond the rather small Bonaly Park map.  The local knowledge of Keith and Margaret was very helpful in putting out the controls.  Several people added another event to their Junior Record card; and Zoe brought a lot of her school friends.  Congratulations and thanks to one and all.
Janet Clark  Organiser    0131 225 7771     

Your opportunity to run on the Pentland Hills but remain very close to the city of Edinburgh.  


Hillend Park

Evening local event and part of WORLD ORIENTEERING DAY 2016

Wed 11th May 2016

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

Results now available, including splits    Note that one competitor on the Orange course didn't download before heading home so no time is included.  We know the competitor punched the clear, start and finish boxes and was safely back in the car park so we can work out a total time.  We don't however know if all the correct controls for the Orange course were punched so we have had to leave this competitor off the final results.  

Hope you all enjoyed a lovely evening at Hillend to help celebrate World Orienteering Day!

Organiser, Ewart Scott writes:  Thanks to those who attended the ESOC local event at Hillend.  As with many local events, it’s great to see so many families attending.  The turn out of over eighty was a great contribution to World Orienteering Day.

Mark’s courses were very well received, especially the Spanish Score, where competitors had to keep a tally of controls already visited to ensure they all were.  Counting occasionally proved a problem!  Conditions with the descending mist and decreasing visibility increased the technical challenge more so on the upper parts of the hill.

Unusually, an SI unit failed.  I hope this didn’t cause too much time loss to those who visited that control.

Thanks too, to all the ESOC helpers including the control collectors.

Our next local event is at Bonaly on 18th June 2016hope to see you there.


Castlelaw Local Event

Local event in the East of Scotland series

Sat 16th Apr 2016

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

The results are available here. Winsplits for the event are here.

LOST PROPERTY: Blue polar buff.  Please email  with details.

Something for everyone, whatever their orienteering skill level, at this local event.


ESOC Long O, Castlelaw

Sat 16th Apr 2016

Type of event: Long
Near: Penicuik

The results are here. The local event results are also included. The points for the missing controls have been manually added.

LOST PROPERTY: Blue polar buff.  Please email  with details.

Controller's Comments

I would like to thank the Planner, Organisers and the many volunteers that helped to bring a fantastic day of orienteering. We are very grateful for all the positive feedback we got from you.
We did encounter problems on the day with some controls going missing, which affected every course.   In the published results we've given the benefit of the doubt to everyone who completed their course except for the missing controls.  But it is not possible to give a result to anyone who didn't punch the Finish control, which unfortunately included almost everyone except those on the Score Course.   
 A problem with the map scales, which should have been picked up, resulted in the actual course lengths being much longer than the stated distances.  We do apologise most sincerely for this. 
Also, maps were printed at 1:40,000 not the 1:25,000 marked on the map, and the print quality of the maps was not as good as we would have liked.  All these factors combined to make everyone's run much longer and seem much harder than intended. 
Thanks again to everyone who contributed to the great spirit of this ambitious event, despite the problems.   
Jim Martin (ESOC)   Controller

An opportunity to enjoy some longer orienteering courses on the Pentland Hills.


Mary Erskine School and Ravelston Woods

Local event in the East of Scotland series

Sat 19th Mar 2016

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

First of all, if you or your children were trying Orienteering today, welcome to the sport, and we hope to see you again soon. If you enjoyed it, your next local event could be at Vogrie Country Park on 2nd April (see link on Events page for further details). To develop your Orienteering skills contact ESOC for Junior and Senior training sessions. 
Today's event was attended by over 100 participants in splendid warm sunshine. The courses ranged from White around the school grounds to Light Green taking in the woods plus fast zig zags in the grounds. There was a lot of opportunity for playing, picnicking and sunbathing after completing your courses. 
Thankyou for respecting the taped Out of Bounds area (waterlogged playing fields and very tempting long-jump sand pit), and of course thankyou for coming. 
Katherine Kirk, Co-Organiser

The results for today's event is here. The winsplits are here

A local event with something for everyone.


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