Pathhead Sprintelope
Wednesday 18th May 2022

Pathhead Sprintelope  Wednesday 18th May 2022

Pathhead 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 2022, ELO are contributing four races to the series – this is the second of them around the village of Pathhead. It is the second time the village has hosted one of these events.

Controller’s Report

If you failed to punch a control in the Shrubbery you have been given a 30 second penalty. We hope you enjoyed the challenge and didn’t lose too much blood in the process. Thanks Oleg and Evgueni.
RS (Not really the controller)


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 are usually drainpipes – which are less conspicuous than flags.

There will be two course options – Longer and Shorter options. Their straight line distances are 3.7km and 2.2km respectively although actual running distances will be “far longer”.

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


  • Urban.
  • 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.




The terrain is almost all urban although there is some shrubbery involved.

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!


Nearest Town: Pathhead
Grid Ref: NT 395 641
Nearest Postcode: EH37 5QY


A68 to Pathhead from Edinburgh, turn right onto Crichton Road (sign posted Crichton Castle), then left onto Crichton Drive. Please park considerately on the streets and navigate to 36 Crichton Terrace for registration.

Public Transport

51 Borders bus will get you there from Edinburgh but will not get you back. Rail options at Gorebridge but 7 km from Pathhead.

Registration & Start Times


There will be online entry and EOD at Registration (36 Crichton Terrace, Pathhead).
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 TBC.

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 fist 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 1:4000 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.

CourseLength / 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.


Evgeni Chepelin


Oleg Chepelin

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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