Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club


Saughton Park Sprint Challenge

Over weekend 31st October/1st November

BRAND NEW  MAP of Saughton Park 
Long, Short and Scatter courses on Maprun

Saughton Park (Balgreen Road, EH11 3BQ) has been upgraded significantly over recent years and has never been used before for orienteering. Particularly the walled garden is a beautiful area to visit, and from an orienteering perspective the area is really surprisingly technical!  So Saughton Park has something for absolutely everyone, from beginners to experienced orienteers, and including wheelchair users.  The Planners are David Robertson and Walter Clark. 

These courses are open to all to run at a time of your own choice over the weekend of 31 Oct/1 Nov and will be available on MaprunF  - in the EdinburghO folder - from Thursday 29th October at 18.00 (to allow time for people to print maps).  However the walled garden is closed in the evenings and so you will not be able to complete these courses in the dark, if for any reason that’s what you were thinking!

Note that if you want to print a pdf copy of one of the course maps you will find them on the MaprunF section on SOA website and will be called ‘Saughton Sprint Challenge' followed by Long/Short/Scatter.    The Scatter Course has been designed for our All-Ability-Adventure  project so is wheelchair –friendly: for this course you can start at any point and then visit as many controls as you like. In any order

To assist with Test and Protect data gathering we are requesting that anyone using an ESOC map during an advertised event completes this form to add their contact details to an ESOC MaprunF register. You should only need to complete this form once to be compliant for all future ESOC events where MaprunF is an option. Please note that if you use MaprunF as a group and want to add other names to the results you can use the Self-Time Google form below (otherwise the results for this Challenge will only include the MaprunF name)

If you prefer not to use MaprunF, you can record your own time and enter it into the Google-form at this link  These times will be merged with those recorded on Maprun F over the two days  31 Oct/1 Nov and published on the ESOC website as an informal set of Results.  (The courses will remain available on MaprunF afterwards).

In common with all MapRunF courses there will be nothing other than the beep on your phone to confirm you are at the control (taken on trust for those not using MapRunF). 

Everyone choosing to take up the challenge of one of the courses at Saughton Park does so at their own risk.

Since it’s the weekend of Hallowe’en, we are encouraging you (and this is totally optional!) to complete the courses in Hallowe’en fancy dress!   There will be awards for: 

•       Best Witch/Wizard

•       Best Hallowe’en Animal

•       Best Ghost

•       The “What on Earth is That!” Award

•       Overall Best Costume – Senior & Junior categories

To enter for the awards please post pictures on Social media or email to  All photos posted/submitted may then be used on Social media by the club.  

There is a cafe (Garden Bistro Cafe with toilets adjacent) in the Park. Usual daily opening hours are 9am to 6pm. Whether the cafe/toilets will be open over the weekend of the Challenge will depend on Government restrictions at the time. If these facilities are important to you please check before setting off.

FINALLY: If you  have enjoyed this lovely new map, and would like to make a contribution to the cost of it, ESOC would welcome the donation of an amount of your choice to:     

Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club  Sort Code: 80-06-20  Account: 00389701

Please do not go to Saughton Park if you or any of your household are feeling unwell (particularly with the Covid-19 symptoms of fever, new cough, loss of taste/smell), are self-isolating, in quarantine or are travelling from an area in Local Lockdown. 

It is your responsibility to abide by all the Scottish Government COVID guidelines prevailing at the time eg please do not car share with others outwith your household. or travel from within another Health Board area if advised otherwise.

Please do:
- Be considerate to all other park users
- Maintain 2m social distancing at all times and be especially aware on narrow tracks, blind corners and around the control sites (waiting your turn if necessary)
- Avoid the temptation to gather with any other orienteers you encounter (as per the Rule of 6)
- Bring your own PPE as required for your comfort (eg masks if busy and hand sanitiser as there are some gates).
- If you take your dog keep them under very close control and do not allow them to approach anyone.

You should also read and abide by the BOF Code of Conduct



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