Mar 13, 2024

Event Cancelled - Calder Wood Middle Distance SoSOL, Saturday 6th April 2024

Event Cancelled due to storm force wind forecast

The BBC now forecast storm force winds gusting to 56 miles per hour during the event which make the conditions dangerous


Welcome to our Calder Wood SoSOL (South of Scotland Orienteering League) event, set in the beautiful Calderwood Country Park and great preparation for the Scottish Middle Champs at Hill of Alyth on 20th April 

Printable version of Final Details...

Entries are now closed, although we have a good number of extra maps available, please make any entry enquiries to

The event is "Middle Distance" which means we anticipate courses to be won in around 35 minutes.


Event is based at Calder Wood with parking and assembly in Forthview Court which is at the end of Oakbank Industrial Estate


By train: one mile walk from Livingston South station

By bus: LothianCountry buses X27  and X28 stop at Lizzy Bryces Roundabout, about one mile from the event

By car: Head to Oakbank Roundabout on the A71, one mile south of Livingston, turn into Oakbank Park, then left on Oakbank Park Way, parking will be at the end of the estate by the Pres Dec offices at Forthview Court.


Online entries are now closed. A number of extra maps will be printed and available on a first come first served basis, please contact in advance if possible.

Seniors: £12 (SOA/BOF-affiliated club members) / £14 (non-members)

Juniors / Students: £6 (SOA/BOF-affiliated club members) / £7 (non-members)

Pairs, Groups and Families should make one entry paying the rate of the oldest participant, put the second runner / group name in the comment box, and order any extra maps (£1 each) on the entry form.

Entry on the day (EOD) will be at non-member rates, and subject to map availability so please pre-book to guarantee a map.


Portaloos will be available at event centre


Calder Wood has been previously used for a SoSOL in 2016, routegadget here...

Map was last updated in early 2024.


Map will be to 1:7,500 scale, with courses planned by Louise Adams.

Planned to Sports Governing Body standards. Maps will be printed on waterproof paper
White 1.1 km Controls (checkpoints) are very easy to find, mostly on main paths, ideal for younger children and complete beginners
Yellow 2.0 km Controls (checkpoints) are easy to find, mostly on or near main paths, ideal for older children and family groups
Orange 2.1 km Moderate, controls are on or near paths, with more route choice. Good for progressing juniors and beginner adults who are reasonably confident reading a map.
Light Green 2.5 km Suitable for orienteers with some experience
Short Green 2.3 km Short course suitable for experienced orienteers
Green 3.6 km Medium course suitable for experienced orienteers
Blue 4.1 km Longish course suitable for experienced orienteers
Brown 5.2 km Long course suitable for experienced orienteers



The start is 500m from event parking and enquiries.  Finish is also 500m from enquiries in a different direction from start. 

Enquiries and registration will be open from 12:30, start times between 1 and 3pm.

Start times are not being allocated. Go to Start and queue for your course.

White and Yellow course maps will be available at enquiries.

Courses close at 4.30 at which time controls will begin to be collected in.  Please start early if you think you may take a long time on your course.

Everyone must report to the finish and proceed to Download, whether they finish their courses or not. Otherwise you may trigger a search party and/or call to the emergency services!



  • The map has quite a few extra paths that aren't mapped so be careful when using them to navigate.
  • White course has a taped route between 2 controls where there are a lot of close path junctions.
  • Yellow course doesn't have a taped route but there are some tapes that mark a path that is a bit indistinct.
  • The area is popular with dog walkers so be careful and respectful
  • There are some steep slopes in the area that competitors should be careful of, especially if it's wet.
  • The river should not be crossed - all courses stay within the boundary of the river



  • Planner: Louise Adams
  • Organiser: Graham McIntyre -
  • Controller: Neil Conway (FVO)



SportIdent (SI) electronic timing will be used, with SI Air enabled.  If you have your own SI dibber, please bring it.  Otherwise SI dibbers can be hired free of charge, but with £30 charge if lost.  This must have been requested when booking your place for the event.



Participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event. By entering the event you are accepting this condition. 

Parents/guardians should explain all safety aspects to all children and vulnerable persons in their care and if you are in any doubt about their ability to stay safe only allow them to participate with a carer.

A risk assessment has been carried out by the organiser. 

Please note:

      • Competitors on all courses must use the tunnel to cross under the main road A71. Nobody should cross the carriageway.
      • The area is used by the general public, including dog walkers and cyclists.  Please respect their right to use the area and make room to pass safely.  You are required to abide by the Scottish Outdoor Access Code (see, and if necessary give way or stop running temporarily for safety reasons, e.g. some cyclists, dogs, etc.
      • If you or one of your dependants have an underlying medical condition that might occur during the event, please brief the organiser in advance and leave a sealed written record at the event registration (to be destroyed afterwards).
      • The area in a few places can be rough underfoot, steep and slippery.
      • You are encouraged to carry a coat if there is a risk of bad weather and a whistle in case of injury (if injured give 6 long blasts, wait a minute, repeat).
      • As ever, if you have any COVID symptoms, please respect others and stay away.

 First Aid will be available on the day from certified first aiders. Anything more serious should be dealt with at the nearest A&E which is at St John's Hospital, approx 1 mile from the event at Howden Road West, Livingston EH54 6PP. Main reception 01506 523 000.


When entering our orienteering events your name may appear in the results section of the Interlopers orienteering club website.  We do not share your data with other organisations, other than the sport governing bodies for administrative purposes.  We do not use it for any marketing purposes.  By entering the event you are accepting this condition.



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