Prestonpans Sprintelope
Wednesday 5th May 2021

Prestonpans Sprintelope  Wednesday 5th May 2021

Sprintelope 2021 - Informal Urban Orienteering

Prestonpans Map Extract

Sprintelopes are lightweight informal events featuring Urban style races around the streets of towns in East Lothian and other areas in and around Edinburgh on Wednesday evenings.

In 2021, ELO are contributing six races to the series, three of which are on brand new maps, including this one in Prestonpans!


Results are available on this website. We are sorry that the first finishers did not feature in the provisional results which were published during the evening. All is fixed now, we hope. Please upload your routes to Routegadget for others to compare with. You can check you Sprintelope points at the Munro Leagues site.

Because they are informal, there are only SI units for the start and finish – the rest of the controls are usually drainpipes (which are less conspicuous than flags)!

Prestonpans Start and Finish

There will be a long (5km) and a short (3.5km) option although these are straight line distances so expect to run further than that.

Because of the road crossings ALL under 16s must be accompanied at all times by an adult when running.

Pre-event details…

  • Registration must be done in advance online – you can enter one race at a time or the whole series
  • Starts from 18:00 to 19:30
  • Urban Sprint for over 16s or shadowed juniors with SI for Start / Finish only
  • Courses – 5 km with a shorter option of approximately 3.5 km
  • £1 for juniors
  • £2 for full-time students
  • £3 for adults


  • Postcode – EH32 9AN
  • Grid Ref – NT391749
  • Parking – Car park between Lidl and the green hills
  • Nearest Toilets – TBC
  • By bus – 26 to Seaton Sands from Edinburgh
  • By train – start is a 20 minute walk from Prestonpans railway station

Because Urban courses involve road crossings, under 16s can only take part if accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.

What to Expect

Sprintelopes are informal events and as such there is no electronic punching at most of the controls.

It’s taken on trust that you visit them and instead of looking for a large white and orange kite you are looking for a more discreet white drainpipe which is usually hung on a tree, a drainpipe, a fence etc…

A drainpipe control

The only time you need to “dib” a control is at the start and the finish to record your total time.

At the start there is an all-in-one board to clear, start and then indicate whether you are running the short or the long course.

Start Board

After you’ve punched the long or short option its time to find the rest of the controls (but don’t try to stick your dibber into them as they won’t beep) and enjoy yourself.

You MUST report back to the finish and download even if you don’t manage to find all the controls so that we don’t go out hunting for you!

Wednesday evening events continue in the Edinburgh area – please see the Facebook page and the websites of the other clubs for more details Interlopers, ESOC and Roxburgh Reivers for details).

A thorough risk assessment has been carried out. By entering the event your accept that your name may appear in start lists and published results.

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6 thoughts on “Prestonpans Sprintelope
Wednesday 5th May 2021

  1. Heather Smithard

    I noticed that the start times shown are 2 minutes apart. Are there to be a max of about 45/46 competitors allowed at the event?

    1. Michael Post author

      Its not a hard limit but its easier to space folks out at 2 minute intervals.

      If it looks completely full then we’ll add in some odd minutes!

  2. Peter Brownsort

    Hi, if you do open more start times, it would be great if I can get an earlier one for Prestonpans please. Currently on 18:52. Cheers, Pete B.

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