Musselburgh Sprintelope
Wednesday 1st June 2022

Musselburgh Sprintelope  Wednesday 1st June 2022

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 2022, ELO are contributing four races to the series – this one around Musselburgh is the third of them.

Orienteers of all abilities are welcome to join us on the day when we will have a range of courses to suit everyone.

Organiser’s Report

Thanks to Duncan Leishman for planning tonight’s courses which were enjoyed on a warm summer’s evening – perfect sprintelope weather which we haven’t seen too much of recently.  Hopefully you didn’t get trapped going to 19 and that the grounds of Loretto not being marked as OOB didn’t put you off.  It looks like there is some nice terrain on the west side of the river so hopefully our map will develop in that direction!


General Information

Type of event:

Local event in the summer Sprintelope series.

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

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.

Lewisvale Park, Musselburgh (Kim Traynor –


  • Urban.
  • Please observe any out of bounds areas – especially private gardens.

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 may be available at the nearby sports centre depending on opening hours.


All controls are accessible although some are in parkland and are approached via grassed areas or other vegetation..

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 a white and orange kite you are looking for a more discreet white drainpipe which is usually hung on a tree, a lamppost, 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!


Nearest Town: Musselburgh
Grid Ref: NT 346 722
Nearest Postcode: EH21 7AR


Off the A1

Public Transport

Musselburgh is well served by buses and rail and is easy to access by public transport.

Registration & Start Times


As well as advance online entry there will be EOD at the western entrance to Lewisvale Park – look for the ELO flag.
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 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.

The Start and Finish locations are at the western entrance to Lewisvale Park off Inveresk Brae in Musselburgh.

Courses Close:

The courses will close at 8:30pm, so if you have not completed your course by then, you should stop and must return to assembly. Controls in the first half of the course will be brought in from 8:00pm.
You must report to the Download point, whether you complete the course or not, so that we know you are not lost or injured in the town!

Course Information


The map is printed at 1:5000 with 2.5m contours.


There will only be SI Units at the start and the finish – we will take it on trust that you visit the rest of the controls.


There will be Short and Long courses.

Course Length / Ascent Description
Short3km / Moderate (no under 16s)
Long5km / Moderate (no under 16s)

More details about the colour coding is available on the Scottish Orienteering website.


Duncan Leishman

Other Information:

Because of the road crossings involved ALL under 16s must be accompanied throughout their run by an adult!

Entry Charges

Entry is cheaper if you are a current 2022 member of a club affiliated to Scottish or British Orienteering.

Please ensure that your membership has been renewed for 2022.

Orienteering member*
Full-time Students£2£3
(must be shadowed by a free adult)
*Members of any orienteering club will receive a discount for pre-entry only.
**Note that although non-members are now permitted to take part, Covid regulations still limit the support we can give beginners.

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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