Because of the Covid restrictions, it was not possible to hold the East of Scotland Orienteering Championships in November 2020 as orienteers from other clubs were unable to travel to the event.
This event will now take place in November 2021 instead.
Vogrie Country Park is a woodland estate managed by Midlothian Council. The Tyne Water runs through the park in a steep sided valley which can provide a physical challenge. Vogrie usually hosts a Saturday parkrun and has a popular playground but its varied terrain and 12 mile path network make this a popular venue for orienteering, particularly for those new to the sport. For the more experienced there are plenty of ways to navigate between controls both on paths and off them!
For the East of Scotland Orienteering (ESOA) Championships we are grateful to the ranger service and neighbouring landowners who have allowed us to greatly extend the range of the map into the former golf course and into some areas of disused quarries which provide regions of intricate contour detail.
Type of event:
East of Scotland Orienteering Association (ESOA) Championships;
East Lothian Orienteers Club Championships; and
South of Scotland Orienteering League (SoSOL) event.
- A mixture of parkland, woodland and disused quarries with fast running over a former golf course and slower going along steep sided deans.
The woods are very well used by the general public including dog walkers and families. Please respect their right to be there at the same time as you are orienteering. Please observe all out of bounds areas, particularly the unfenced.
Horses – Vogrie is adjacent to a riding stables and you may encounter horses on any course. Please walk and give way to horses especially on the Blue and Brown courses.
The area is well used by dog walkers so dogs are welcome to come with orienteers.
Toilets are available at next to the car park and adjacent to the start and finish.
The White course is suitable for buggies although it does have some steep sections.
Nearest Town: Gorebridge
Grid Ref: NT 276 632
Nearest Postcode: EH23 4NU
Vogrie is on the B6372 which runs from the A7 at Gorebridge to the A68 North of Pathhead.
There is a £2 parking charge which is paid (in cash or by card) at the barrier on exit.
A limited bus service travels to the Edgehead and Dewarton crossroads, from where the park can be accessed on foot.
Registration & Start Times
This will be online only!
Please select an early start time if you think you might take a long time to complete your course.
Start and Finish:
Start times will be TBC.
Start and Finish are adjacent to Vogrie House
The courses will close at TBC so it is essential that you report to the Download by then, even if you have not completed your course.
A free string course for the youngest orienteers (follow the string from control to control with a map) will be available. Details on registration will be available soon.
The map is printed at 1:7500 with 5m contours.
SportIdent (SI) electronic timing will be used – we will have SIs for hire free of charge but there is a £30 charge if lost.
Units, apart from start and finish, will be set for contactless punching.
There will be White, Yellow, Orange, Light Green, Short Green, Green, Blue and Brown courses.
|Course||Length / Ascent||Difficulty|
|White||1.7 km / 45 m||Very Easy|
|Yellow||2.1 km / 55 m||Easy|
|Orange||2.5 km / 85 m||Moderate|
|Light Green||2.8 km / 100 m||Difficult|
|Short Green||3.2 km / 85 m||Very Difficult|
|Green||3.8 km / 90 m||Very Difficult|
|Blue||5.7 km / 170 m||Very Difficult|
|Brown||7.7 km / 240 m||Very Difficult|
More details about the colour coding is available on the Scottish Orienteering website.
Roger Scrutton (ESOC)
As ELO is part of the ESOA all members can run competitively in these championships. To win your category you must run the correct course for your age-class…
|Age Class||Course||Age Class||Course|
|M14||Light Green||W14||Light Green|
|M75+||Short Green||W75+||Short Green|
Safety and Risk
A comprehensive risk assessment has been carried out by the organisers, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event
If you, or anyone in your group (including juniors), have a medical condition that first-aiders or health professionals should know about in the event of accident or illness during the course of the event please print off the Medical Form, complete it fully and bring it along to the event. You should complete a separate copy for each individual who has a medical condition. Please leave the completed Medical Form at Event Registration. If it is not in a labelled sealed envelope, it will be put in one and will be opened only in an emergency. It will be shredded immediately after the event if you do not claim it back.
When entering our events your name will appear in the results section of this website and may appear in newspaper reports.
We may also take photographs at the event for publicity purposes – please let us know if you do not want us to use your photograph in this way.