Take Part

The Tour offers a diverse range of orienteering races which are fully integrated with the official WOC Programme and use several WOC 2024 competition areas. Click on the schedule below for more details about each day.

Event timings on Friday, Sunday and Tuesday will be arranged to facilitate spectating the WOC races.

We encourage you to use the extensive public transport in Edinburgh to access events where possible. We will recommend parking solutions for the races where this is appropriate but for some race venues the only sensible way to access the event will be using public transport. Further information on options for travel will be available in due course.  We hope to offer competitors a reduced price transport pass for the duration of WOC Tour.

Event Timetable

World Championship

WOC Tour

Thursday 11 July

Model event / technical model event
Opening ceremony
Warmup race: grass open hill terrain
(Holyrood Park: 15:00 – 17:00)

Friday 12 July

Sprint qualification
(Leith: morning)
Sprint finals
(Central Edinburgh: late afternoon)
Urban sprint race
(Leith: 11:30–13:30*)

Saturday 13 July

Rest dayIndoor and urban campus race
(Kings Buildings: 11:00–13:00)

Sunday 14 July

Sprint relay
(Riccarton Campus: afternoon)
Urban and campus middle race
(Riccarton Campus: 15:30–17:30*)

Monday 15 July

Rest dayUrban long race
(Central Edinburgh: 10:30–12:30)

Tuesday 16 July

Knock-out sprint qualification
(Wester Hailes: morning)
Knock-out sprint finals
(Central Edinburgh: afternoon/evening)
Closing ceremony
Urban sprint race
(Wester Hailes: 11:15–13:15*)

*Timings to be confirmed

 

Entries now open

Entries are now open on SiEntries. You can enter your age class or one of the 10 Open courses, the choice is yours.

Parents must check the daily notes for children who are under the age of 16 and under the age of 12 on the day of each race – there are safety restrictions regarding unaccompanied children on some courses to comply with British Orienteering regulations.

Scottish Orienteering and British Orienteering members M85+ should read the important note about the Riccarton race on Sunday 14 July and the Historic Edinburgh race on Monday 15 July.

Warm-up race - Thursday 11 July

Edinburgh’s iconic Holyrood Park and Arthurs Seat, featuring rough open terrain.

Type of event: Colour-coded courses, informal event

Race Venue: Holyrood Park

Arena Location: Pollock Halls, Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh

Provisional Start Times: 15:00-17:00

Juniors: No restriction on juniors on courses but parents must accompany younger children to and from the Start/Finish as this involves road crossings.

Urban sprint race - Friday 12 July

Leith is an historic port with an asymmetric street plan and an eclectic mix of old and new properties. Running surfaces are mostly paved with some cobbles and limited grass, mostly flat.

Type of event: Sprint, urban

Race Venue: Leith

Arena Location: Today will use the WOC Race Arena at Leith Links

Provisional Start Times: 11:30-13:30

Juniors: Junior ages are age on race day. The only course juniors under the age of 12 are allowed to do unaccompanied is Course 10. The only courses juniors aged 12 to 15 are allowed to do unaccompanied are Courses 9 and 10. Juniors must be shadowed on other courses. There are no restrictions on children aged 16 or over on the day of the race. Any adult shadowing must run their own course first.

Indoor and campus race - Saturday 13 July

The James Clerk Maxwell Building is an 8 level university building. Courses will be a mix of indoor and outdoor on the campus.

Type of event: Middle, indoor and campus

Race Venue: Edinburgh University King’s Buildings campus

Arena Location: Edinburgh University King’s Buildings campus

Provisional Start Times: 11:00-13:00

Juniors: No restrictions on under 12s or under 16s, as there is no traffic within the race area.

Urban and campus middle race - Sunday 14 July

A typical Scottish University campus with a mix of paved and unpaved surfaces plus significant areas of grass and runnable woodland. Very few contours.

Type of event: Sprint, urban and campus

Race Venue: Riccarton Campus, Heriot-Watt University

Arena Location: Today will use the WOC Race Arena at Riccarton Campus, Heriot-Watt University

Provisional Start Times: 15:30-17:30

Juniors: Junior ages are age on race day. The only course juniors under the age of 12 are allowed to do unaccompanied is Course 10. The only courses juniors aged 12 to 15 are allowed to do unaccompanied are Courses 9 and 10. Juniors must be shadowed on other courses. There are no restrictions on children aged 16 or over on the day of the race. Any adult shadowing must run their own course first.

Special Information: Today is a counter in the Scottish Orienteering Urban League (SOUL). Please note that any Scottish Orienteering or British Orienteering members M85+ must do “Open Course 7” today if they wish to gain points in the SOUL.

Long distance urban race - Monday 15 July

The race is through the old town of Edinburgh, with its maze of narrow closes and wynds providing a navigation challenge throughout.

Type of event: Long distance urban (UKUL)

Race Venue: Central Historic Edinburgh

Arena Location: Pollock Halls of Residence, 18 Holyrood Park Rd, Edinburgh

Provisional Start Times: 10:30-12:30

Juniors: Junior ages are age on race day. The only course juniors under the age of 12 are allowed to do unaccompanied is Course 10. The only courses juniors aged 12 to 15 are allowed to do unaccompanied are Courses 9 and 10. Juniors must be shadowed on other courses. There are no restrictions on children aged 16 or over on the day of the race. Any adult shadowing must run their own course first.

Special Information: Today is a counter in the UK Urban League (UKUL). Please note that any British Orienteering members M85+ must do “Open Course 7” today if they wish to gain points in the UKUL.

Urban sprint race - Tuesday 16 July

Wester Hailes is a residential area with a mix of flats, tower blocks and newer low-rise housing. The Edinburgh and Glasgow Union Canal runs through the area. Running surfaces are a mix of paved roads, paths and communal grass between housing. Mostly flat.

Type of event: Sprint, urban

Race Venue: Wester Hailes

Arena Location: Today will use the WOC Arena at Wester Hailes

Provisional Start Times: 11:15-13:15

Juniors: Junior ages are age on race day. Due to road crossings it is not possible to plan a safe course for solo children under 12 so all under 12s must be accompanied by an adult. The only courses juniors aged 12 to 15 are allowed to do unaccompanied are Courses 9 and 10. There are no restrictions on children aged 16 or over on the day of the race. Any adult shadowing must run their own course first.

Entry Fees

Very Early
Bird

up to 16% saving
Enter by
9 February 2024
  • Senior Entry
    £20
  • Junior/student entry
    £10
  • Warm-up race
    senior entry
    £12
  • Warm-up race
    junior/student entry
    £6

Standard
Rate

Full Cost
Enter by
18 June 2024
  • Senior Entry
    £24
  • Junior/student entry
    £12
  • Warm-up race
    senior entry
    £16
  • Warm-up race
    junior/student entry
    £8

Late
Entry

extra 10% fee
While maps are
still available
  • Senior Entry
    £26
  • Junior/student entry
    £13
  • Warm-up race
    senior entry
    £18
  • Warm-up race
    junior/student entry
    £9

Estimated Course Distances

Warm-up race (Thursday 11 July)

CourseDifficultyLength (km)Climb (m)
BrownHard8.0450
BlueHard6.0350
GreenHard4.0250
Short GreenHard3.0150
Light GreenMedium-Hard3.0200
OrangeMedium2.5150
YellowEasy2.050

Urban races (Friday 12 July – Tuesday 16 July)

ClassesFriday
12 July
Saturday
13 July
Sunday
14 July
Monday
15 July
Tuesday
16 July
Course
Number
Men’s
(Age)
Women’s
(Age)
OpenLength
(km)
Climb
(m)
Length
(km)
Climb
(m)
Length
(km)
Climb
(m)
Length
(km)
Climb
(m)
Length
(km)
Climb
(m)
1M18, M20,
M21, M35
Open 14.5mimimal4.78 floors6.010010.02004.5mimimal
2M40,
M45, M50
W18, W20,
W21, W35
Open 23.9mimimal4.07 floors5.4908.31503.9mimimal
3M55, M60Open 33.5mimimal3.56 floors4.8806.71203.5mimimal
4W40,
W45, W50
Open 43.5mimimal3.56 floors4.3806.71203.5mimimal
5M65, M70Open 53.0mimimal2.75 floors3.9705.0903.0mimimal
6W55, W60Open 63.0mimimal2.75 floors3.7705.0903.0mimimal
7M75, M80W65, W70Open 72.6mimimal2.34 floors3.3504.0702.6mimimal
8M85+W75+Open 82.3mimimal2.13 floors3.0403.0502.3mimimal
9M14, M16*W14, W16*Open 9 / Adult novice2.6mimimal2.54 floors3.0605.0202.6mimimal
10M10, M12*W10, W12*Open 10 / Junior novice1.6mimimal1.82 floors2.2302.5101.6mimimal

*see individual day notes for restrictions

Amendments and Cancellations

Amendments

Amendments which affect the course/class entered and are within the same price band may be made free of charge up to 18 June 2024; otherwise the difference between the two prices will be charged (but not refunded if it is less). Most changes that don’t impact the price of the entry can be actioned online using the Edit function on your entry details page on SiEntries. If you are unable to action the change yourself please contact the event coordinator.

After 18 June 2024 new entries or changes to age-class courses will only be possible while there are maps available. Changes to SI card number will remain free unless it includes hiring an SI dibber when the hire fee will be charged.

Cancellations

Competitors cancelling their entry before 30 April 2024 will receive a full refund less the SiEntries booking fee. Competitors cancelling their entry between 1 May 2024 and 10 June 2024 will receive a 70% refund. We regret that no refunds of entry fees will be possible after this date.

If you wish to cancel your entry visit your WOC Tour 2024 entry details page on SiEntries and click the Cancel button.

In the unlikely situation where the entire event or parts of the event are cancelled the Organisers reserve the right to retain part of competitors entry fees to cover incurred costs. The Organisers can take no responsibility for the costs of accommodation or travel booked.

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