Vogrie Festive Frolic
Wednesday 28th December 2022

Vogrie Festive Frolic  Wednesday 28th December 2022

Vogrie - Open Woodland on steep slopes

For longer than most of us can remember ELO have put on a fun orienteering event between Christmas and New Year. As well as finding the controls there has been a puzzle to add to the challenge. A mass start, a social gathering and a lively prize giving have made up for a great way to work off some of the Christmas excesses.

This year’s Festive Frolic at Vogrie on Wednesday 28th December will be fun and challenging.

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!

Orienteers of all abilities are welcome to join us on the day when the score course will allow everyone to pick their own suitable routes!

Limited entry on the day will be available near the cafe between 10:30 and 10:50.

Organiser’s Report

I have checked all your calculations and about 1/4 of you will find your points have changed, many because you didn’t realise that Santa Panda and Big Brown Bear didn’t break a sequence. Apologies to Colin L whose score was typed in as 20 rather than 200 (although it was really 190). Some family rivalries may have been reversed!


  • Simple results are here.
  • Routegadget allows you to plot your route, either by hand or by downloading a gpx file from a watch or phone and to look where you and others went.

General Information

Type of event:

Local event in the East of Scotland Orienteering Association (ESOA) series

Vogrie Burn and Tyne Water – Photo Credit: Jim Barton – geograph.org.uk/p/3705507


  • A mixture of parkland, woodland and disused quarries with fast running over a former golf course and slower going along steep sided deans.
  • Please observe any out of bounds areas.

Other Users

The area is 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.


The area is well used by dog walkers so dogs are welcome to come with orienteers.


Toilets are available near registration.


Insert a description of the accessibility of the courses/area here.


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.

Public Transport

A limited bus service travels to the Edgehead and Dewarton crossroads, from where the park can be accessed on foot.

Nearest Defibrillator:

Thanks go to Vogrie parkrun for lending us their portable defibrillator for this event.

Registration & Start Times


This will be online – look for the ELO flag and tent to pick up hire dibbers.

Start and Finish:

There will be a mass start at 11:00.

Anyone who is uncomfortable with a mass start, should hang back and come to start five minutes later and you will be given a timed start.

Courses Close:

Course closure time will be 12:20

Entry Charges

Senior (per person):£8 / £10
Junior/Student (per person):£4 / £5
Family Group (per team):£8 / £10
A family group should include at least one child and one adult.
Cheaper fee applies to SOA/BOF members.
To allow us to order the right number of maps there will be £2 supplement for all entries made after Sunday 18 December.

Course Information


The map is printed at 1:7500 with 5m contours.


SportIdent (SI) electronic timing will be used – we will have SIcards 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 and SIACs to take advantage of this can be hired for £2.50.


60 minute Score course with control sites suitable for all abilities.

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

Medical Conditions:

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.


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