Jul 23, 2023

Livingston SOUL, Saturday 2nd December

Welcome to Interlopers' SOUL (Scottish Orienteering Urban League) in Livingston ...

Our event is based in the Knightsridge area of Livingston. It is the last SOUL (Scottish Orienteering Urban League) event of the year, and the SOUL prizegiving will take place on the day.

Entries are now open on Fabian4:

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Event is based at Carmondean Community Centre, Livingston.


By train: Regular trains (roughly half-hourly) to Livingston North (station info / timetables) from Edinburgh and Glasgow. It's a short walk from here - more info in final details.

By bus: West Lothian Council Bus information

By car: Ideally don't as parking is limited and there's good public transport. If you do need to, please car share. From the M8 come off at J3 to Livingston. Follow the A899 south. Take the first exit, and turn right under the A899 heading east (Houstoun Road). At the Eliburn North roundabout head right towards the station, Knightsridge West and Deans. At the next roundabout go straight over, then right at the second roundabout past the school and the pedestrian crossing. The community centre is then first right, then left, but you may be directed to a different parking location by a marshal at this point.


Entry link will be posted here when entries open.

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Entries close at midnight on Monday 27th November, after which maps will be ordered on the Tuesday morning. Entries will then reopen but be limited by the map order. Any remaining maps will be available for EOD entry, and we will likely laser-print some further maps locally if necessary (with polypockets if wet).

For any last minute queries or to reserve a map after entries close, please contact:

Seniors: £10 (SOA/BOF-affiliated club members) / £12 (non-members)

Juniors / Students: £5 (SOA/BOF-affiliated club members) / £6 (non-members)

Pairs, Groups and Families should make one entry paying the rate of the oldest participant, and put the second runner / group name in the comment box, along with any request for extra maps.

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


In a return to an earlier tradition, the presentations for this year's SOUL competition will occur at our event, around an hour after the last start.

Those who have podium ambitions are encouraged to plan their start time requests accordingly (or run quickly!).

Full details of the presentation will be included with the event's published final details


There will be toilet facilities at the Community Centre, though as ever please go before if you can.


Urban orienteering, comprising a complex semi-pedestrian housing estate with many intricate alleyways and cut-throughs.  All courses primarily use areas not used for many years, with the longer courses visiting a complex area not used previously.


Map will be 1:4000 scale, on A3, with courses planned by Pat Bartlett and controlled by Crawford Lindsay. Planned to Sports Governing Body standards. Maps will be printed on waterproof pape.

Course SOUL Age Classes Length (optimal route) Comments
1 Men's Open 8.9 km Includes road crossings; not suitable for under-16s

Women's Open

Men's Veteran (M40+)

7.4 km Includes road crossings; not suitable for under-16s

Men's Super Veteran (M55+)

Women's Veteran (W40+)

6.4 km Includes road crossings; not suitable for under-16s

Men's Ultra Veteran (M65+)

Women's Super Veteran (W55+)

4.4 km Includes road crossings; not suitable for under-16s

Men's Hyper Veteran (M75+)

Women's Ultra Veteran (W65+)

Women's Hyper Veteran (W75+)

3.5 km Includes road crossings; not suitable for under-16s

Men's Junior (16-)

Women's Junior (16-)

3.8 km Suitable for any age. Any road crossings are minor, 20mph max speed limit, in quiet residential areas

Men's Young Junior (12-)

Women's Young Junior (12-)

2.4 km Suitable for any age. Any road crossings are minor, 20mph max speed limit, in quiet residential areas



Start times 11:30 - 1:00 for all. Allocated start times via Fabian4 self-selection; 2-minute intervals between starts on each course unless we have too many last-minute starters!

Courses close at 3pm at which time controls will begin to be collected in.

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!

If you think you may take a while on your chosen course, please ask for an early start time.


Event officials are as follows

    • Planner: Pat Bartlett
    • Organiser: Mairi Eades (beforehand) / TBC on the day
    • Controller: Crawford Lindsay


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:

      • 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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