Tranent Urban Sprint
Friday 19th May 2017

ELO hosted the 5th event in the bto Scottish Orienteering Urban League as a prologue to the 2017 Scottish Championships.



Some people liked the event because, as long as you didn’t lose the place, you could run pretty fast, but not quite as fast as in this video starring Freddie Carcas, filmed by Alastair Thomas and edited by Max Carcas. Worth 4 minutes of your time!

Final Information (pdf)

Start times (pdf)

We welcome you to the historic town of Tranent, site of the first recorded coal mining anywhere, and the first tracked railway in Scotland.

The following provisional information may change and be updated or corrected if necessary.

9/5/17 – Final course lengths added
16/5/17 – Final Information available for download
17/5/17 – Start times published on here.

Entries / Fees

Enter now via Fabian4. Entries closed on 14th May 2017.

Entry fees:
Seniors: BOF members £8.00, non-BOF members £10.00
Juniors: BOF members £4.00, non-BOF members £5.00

There will be limited entry on the day subject to map availability.


The event will be based in Ross High School, Well Wynd, Tranent
Grid Ref: NT405726. Postcode: EH33 2EQ


From the traffic lights at the east end of Tranent High Street, take the right fork onto the Ormiston Road then after 50 metres, turn right onto Well Wynd and continue along this almost to the end.

Tranent is easily reached by public transport. Several bus routes run through the High Street and it is about a 2km walk from Prestonpans station.

Car parking

Parking will be in the staff car park of Ross High School. Overflow parking will be in the public car parks immediately to the east of the school.


Registration, toilets and space to leave bags will be available within Ross High School.
This will be open from 1810 till 2130.


Start will be approx 250m from the school, across Kings Road. There will be a marshalled crossing.

Start times will be between 1830 and 2030.


Mixed punching SPORTIdent (SI) electronic timing will be used, which means that both SIAC (contactless) cards and older SI dibber (contact) cards will work. SI cards (dibbers) will be available for hire at no charge, but there will be a charge of £30 if lost. Contactless SIAC cards will be available for hire at £3 per day, £5 for the weekend; £60 if lost.


Finish will be close to start. All runners must report to Download in the school immediately after finishing. Courses close at 2115, and controls will be removed from then.


All courses will visit a number of post war housing estates of different styles. There is a extensive path network so junior courses will be urban in nature. Although mainly on footpaths, they may meet cars in quiet cul-de-sacs.

Map details

The map has been produced by Robin Strain from LIDAR and OS data. All courses will use the same A4 1:4000 single sided map.

Safety information

A risk assessment has been carried out, but competitors take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event. Runners who have not reached their 16th birthday must run course 6 or 7 because of British Orienteering rules and insurance requirements.

In the interest of safety, juniors may be shadowed by an adult and still be competitive if the adult confirms at registration that they had not assisted the junior in any way. Likewise two juniors may run together and both will be considered competitive. For course 7 (M/W 12-) parents will have the opportunity to view the map at registration to decide whether they will need to shadow their child. Any adults shadowing should only do so after their own run to remain competitive.


Courses are slightly longer than at some sprint events, and have been planned for a 15-20 minute winning time.
The distances below are straight line and actual courses will be approx 1/3 longer.
These details are subject to controlling.

Course Length SOUL classes SOUL classes Open classes
1 3.8km Open Men
2 3.2km Veteran Men 40+ Open Women Open 2
3 2.9km Supervet Men 55+ Veteran Women 40+ Open 3
4 2.6km Ultravet Men 65+ Supervet Women 55+ Open 4
5 2.3km Hypervet Men 75+ Ultravet Women 65+
Hypervet Women 75+
Open 5
6 2.2km Junior Men 16- Junior Women 16- Open 6
7 1.7km Young Junior Men 12- Young Junior Women 12- Open 7


Dogs are welcome in the car park but MUST be kept on a leash.


Our thanks go to Ross High School and East Lothian Council.

Overall Scottish Championships Co-ordinator: Graeme Ackland, INT

Planner: Robin Strain ELO

Controller: Paul Caban INT

Day Organiser: Sheila Strain ELO

Organising clubs: ELO

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