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South Queensferry Urban Race, SOUL

Scottish Orienteering Urban League 6

Sun 02nd Jun 2019

Type of event: Regional
Near: South Queensferry

Winsplits are here

Results are here

Routegadget is here

PLANNER'S COMMENTS: Richard Purkis writes:  I volunteered to plan this urban at South Queensferry as I am a fan of a good urban event and I was keen to be on the other side for once, and also to experience planning an urban having only planned forest events before.
Having not run here before I took at look at the 2016 sprint events courses for initial inspiration. With the community hub chosen as the ideal event centre and finish location, the initial puzzle was where to base the start so that all the senior courses could have some legs in the old town. This was solved very quickly on my first visit. Seeing that view and enough space for start boxes and a run out down to the road I knew nowhere else would beat that.  
I struggled to find decent long route choice legs for a long time and wasn't completely happy with the courses until very late on but in the end I was happy there was a good mix of legs with enough route choice to keep everyone entertained. I greatly appreciated the positive feedback coming in and was interested in what routes were taken. Please have a look at the document I have put together showing the route choice legs on each course.
It seemed destined that every time I visited South Queensferry it rained but thankfully it stayed clear on the day and I hope everyone enjoyed their run.
Lastly thank you to Jayne, Rob and Janet for making this such a pleasant event to plan.

ORGANISER'S COMMENTS:  Jayne MacGregor writes: Thanks to all the competitors that came to South Queensferry on what turned out to be a lovely day. Apologies to those at the North Start for the slightly out of sync beeping from the clocks, hopefully it didn’t disturb too much and that the view of the bridges and the Firth of Forth made up for it.

Organising urban events has its challenges, not least the amount of signage required but the benefits are often a great Event Centre with toilets and power!!

LOST PROPERTY: Only one item of lost property, an orange whistle on a short string loop with a safety pin. Contact me to be reunited  

FINAL DETAILS now available. Please read these as they contain extra and updated information. A pdf version is available to download in main web item.  Start Times available on Fabian4

  

Holyrood Park

ESOC local event in Edinburgh and Lothians (part of World Orienteering Day)

Wed 15th May 2019

Type of event: Local
Near: City of Edinburgh

The timing issues have been sorted out, so you will be pleased to see that the anomalous negative times have all been corrected. The results are here.

Winsplits are here. If you are new to orienteering, these splits allow you to compare how you did over every leg with the others on your course. Hopefully if you have a look it should be self explanatory.

ORGANISER’S COMMENTS: Janet writes - There's not much to beat a run around up on Arthur's Seat on a lovely sunny evening; perfect for World Orienteering Day.   The Results show a great mixture of regular orienteers, who would know what to expect, and relative newcomers who seemed to enjoy it just as much.  The large group of Beavers, who appear in the Results as Groups 1-8 were real stars with their excited enthusiasm.  
Coming after a morning spent down near Holyrood Palace introducing school groups - and an MSP - to orienteering through activities and games, some of the volunteer helpers put in a twelve-hour day; but the lovely sunshine and the appreciation of the competitors makes it all worth while!

 

An excellent orienteering area for every skill and level of experience. This early evening event will be part of World Orienteering Day events and activities in Edinburgh.  Read on for more information.

  

World Orienteering Day (WOD) Activities

Fun activities to introduce you to orienteering

Wed 15th May 2019

Type of event: Other
Near: City of Edinburgh

There are no results from this event.  It was a day of orienteering related activities designed to introduce newcomers to orienteering.

World Orienteering Day (WOD), Wednesday 15th May, is a day when people all over the world take part in orienteering activities and events.

  

Figgate Park

ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 16th Mar 2019

Type of event: Local
Near: City of Edinburgh

Results are here.

ORGANISER'S COMMENTS: It was touch and go whether to cancel this event due to the weather warnings; but I'm glad we didn't!  Once you get out into the sleety rain, three degrees above freezing, it's really not that bad, as evidenced  by the large number of first-timers who tried it and had a great time.  The sheltered park, with an urban option on the Green Course, catered well for everyone. There were wildlife bonuses in sightings of otters and nesting swans.  Local people, and Parkrunners too, came to try out this new activity in the Figgate Park, and  experienced orienteers enjoyed the urban option outside the park.   
Grateful thanks to all club helpers, including the many Juniors,  who battled with frozen fingers to do all the jobs, and to the competitors who made it all worthwhile. 
Janet Clark     
 

EVENT STILL ON. Figgate Park is low lying, quite near the coast, and not affected by snow. Attractive city park which provides good orienteering for beginners and improvers but there will also be something for experienced orienteers.

  

ESOC Sprint O, incorporating 2019 Scottish Sprint Championships and bto SOUL 2

Uphall and Broxburn

Sun 03rd Feb 2019

Type of event: Regional, Sprint
Near: Uphall & Broxburn

Here are the results

Here are winsplits for race 1

Here are winsplits for race 2

The list of Scottish Sprint Champions 2019 is here

BTO SOUL Urban league standings are here

The courses are now on our routegadget here.

PHOTOS of the events from Steve Rush

PLANNER’S COMMENTS: Roger Scrutton writes - This was the first time I had planned a major sprint race, but I've enjoyed running them for several years and had a feel for what was needed.  Uphall, north and south, presented a challenge for classic sprint because of significant areas of urban as opposed to sprint terrain, so the focus was on route-choice legs - which wasn't lost on participants.  King George's Field provided a nice space too good to miss for finishes adjacent to the event centre, even though it necessitated the timed out crossing at the busy main road in the afternoon race.  Winning times more or less met the requirements and, in the morning at least, would have been a little shorter with better underfoot conditions.  On several occasions it was mentioned that early February is not the best time of year for a sprint championships.  However, my impression is that everyone enjoyed their courses, and that is very gratifying.

Many thanks to Trina for some very effective controlling and to Anne and her team for organising a very friendly event.

ORGANISER’S COMMENTS: Anne Hoy writes - Saw blood, sweat but no tears. It was great to have a good turn out at Uphall for the Scottish Sprint Champs and Urban races. Seemed like lots of happy customers for Roger's courses, with a few personal frustrations! It was excellent to have the community centre as a base, with warmth, coffee and cakes (thanks to the World Schools team) making the event very sociable, despite the weather. The event even attracted a few locals to the local event in the afternoon.

Thank you to West Lothian Council who let us have the hall and parking and particularly to Audrey who was incredibly helpful with setting up the event and calm when she saw the floors afterwards (we did try and sweep them). Lastly, a big thank you to the ESOC team of volunteers who made the event run incredibly smoothly.

Lost property picked up at the end of the day:

Glasses

Compass

Adidas white t shirt

Dogtag ski mittens

Contact  to get them back

This major event incorporates the 2019 Scottish Sprint Championships and the bto Scottish Urban Orienteering League (SOUL) 2.  We have also designed a special course for local people to come and try orienteering. Uphall and Broxburn locals click here for more information.  FINAL DETAILS and START TIMES are now available for the MAIN EVENT. Read on for links.

  

Cammo Estate

ESOC local event in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Sat 12th Jan 2019

Type of event: Local
Near: Edinburgh

Results are here

Winsplits are here

ORGANISER’S COMMENTS from Leonne Hutchinson:  It was wonderful to see so many people at Cammo. It is a lovely estate and the weather was ideal for a New Year’s outing. I’m glad the wee drizzle mid-way didn’t amount to anything.  It was a shame on arrival to find a window had been broken at the lodge and much rubbish left in the ruined house but both were quickly sorted by our volunteers. 

Cammo is often a popular event, and today was no exception. There were 197 entries on the day, with many family groups and newcomers, as well as experienced orienteers. It did lead to a busy registration and subsequent wait for dibbers to be returned. I was impressed with everyone’s patience and understanding, maybe aided by ginger biscuits and cake. Thank you to those who loaned their own dibbers to save people waiting, even their SIACs.

The team of helpers worked calmly and efficiently in getting everyone out to enjoy Peter’s courses. It is always rewarding when people return from their courses having enjoyed themselves and with positive comments for the sport and for the team that worked so hard to make it happen. A special shout out to the juniors that helped today - Rowan and Tom at the starts, Joseph and Ben on the computers, and Senan, who helped put up the signs. 


PLANNER'S COMMENTS from Peter O'Hara: I hadn’t planned an Orienteering course for more than 25 years. Back then I used little fiddly metal rings and got covered in ink. Condes software was great fun to learn and pretty user friendly I felt. Really had fun playing around with different course designs.  

Cammo was a challenge at times to plan for, particularly because of dog walkers causing the rapid evolution of the paths, my initial draft courses were changed after some ‘ground truthing’ and head scratching, so I avoided some of the more confusing areas. Vegetation boundaries were also avoided as control sites, partly because of it being Winter and looking very different, but also things have move on in places compared to the map.  Katy provided key comments on early drafts to help me revise some rather silly proposed control sites in dangerous ruins etc. as well as sorting out many design flaws and mistakes. 

One suggestion I got from a beginner whilst planning the course was not to cover up the map key with the control descriptions as had happened in a previous event they had been to, something we do have to be careful about with beginners who find some O symbols baffling to begin with. When this happens competitors can usually get a copy of (or get a look at a copy of) a map legend at Registration. 

For the Green as well as trying to get the length up with not too much repetition, I tried my best to make it as challenging as possible in a very familiar area/control sites for many, by making most controls only visible when you were inside the circle, trying to disorient through rapid twists and turns, and provided as many route dilemmas as possible, including trying to use the out of bounds fields as an obstacle. This was only partially successful, I noticed a few foot prints across the soil by the end [��] , thankfully no one tried ‘route one’ through the canal. Although a few will have to wash their shoes after going for it through the swampy ditch. Sorry for that….there was always the option of the long way round. 
Orange used many similar controls to the Green, but coming in from a more visible angle. I worried some sites may be tricky for beginners, but also a good way to hook beginners by giving them a bit of a challenge. My wife Monette certainly got her money’s worth on her 90 minute run on the Orange, some of it spent entirely off the map.
I think the Yellow was possibly too short and possibly a bigger step down from the Orange than desirable. Thankfully Katy advised me to make the Yellow and White quite different in case those that ran the White wanted to do the Yellow also, good advice.  

The White and particularly Yellow I probably found the least fun to plan, my instinct was to try to get kids to have forest adventures and get muddy, but the guidelines said paths only. 

 I really enjoyed the experience of planning, learnt a lot, would recommend it to others to try and definitely up for it again in the future if there ever is a need. Thanks especially to Katy for the wise mentoring and to Janet for gently keeping me on track in preparation milestones and also very impressed by the well-oiled machine of so many dedicated ESOC volunteers, calm under pressure on the day. Apologies that us Peebles outliers don’t do more. 
 

Super area for newcomers and a training opportunity for experienced orienteers.

  

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