Apr 1, 2024

St Leonard's Sprintelope # 15 - Wednesday 24th July 2024

15th Sprintelope of 2024, in St Leonard's




The 15th Sprintelope of the 2024 season takes place in the St Leonard's area of Edinburgh on Wednesday 24th June. Starts are between 6:30 - 7:30pm. Please sign up in advance on Race-Signup - entries will open around a week before the event - to guarantee a map, up to midnight on the Monday before the event. There should be plenty of maps for EOD (entry on the day) as well but it's always better to sign up before.

See the Sprintelope Facebook page for any last minute updates.

Location and Directions

The event is in the St Leonard's area of Edinburgh. Registration / Start / Finish / Download are all located together at The Lodge at the north end of Holyrood Park Road, just at the entrance to Holyrood Park:

  • StreetMap
  • OS Grid: NT269727
  • Postcode: EH16 5BQ
  • What3Words: ///clown.spaces.minds

Public Transport options are as follows:

  • Bus numbers

Car parking is on local streets.

Courses, Start and Finish

There will be a short and a long course, planned and organised by Tricia Alston, with help from Ann Haley. As courses cross main roads, all under-16s must be shadowed by an adult. (This is a requirement of our insurance.)

Starts are betwen 6:30 - 7:30pm. Courses close at 8:30pm, so if you think you will be out a while, please consider starting early! Timing will be using SI Timing. Dibbers can be hired for free - please request when signing up - but there is a £30 charge if lost.

Courses are as follows:

  • Short 2.9km straight line / 4.2km optimal, 85m climb
  • Long 4.1km straight line / 5.6km optimal, 120m climb

When you have finished, please remember to download at the finish so we know you are back and don't end up sending out a search party for you. Results will be posted to the website when ready - this may not be on Wednesday evening though! You can view the Munro League for Sprintelopes here.


Entries will open a week or so before the event. You can request a hire dibber

Start times are between 6:30 and 7:30pm, and are unallocated. Please don't all turn up right at the end!


  • Senior (member of SOA-affiliated club) - £4
  • Senior (non-member) - £6
  • Student (member) - £2
  • Student (non-member) - £3
  • Junior (member) - £2
  • Junior (non-member) - £3
  • Extra map for shadowing / pairs - £1


As typical for an urban environment, there are of course risks from dogs, dog mess, bikes, litter / broken glass, uneven surfaces and trip hazards such as steps.

Obviously, wear appropriate footwear with decent grip for non-paved surfaces you may choose to encounter along the courses, and wear appropriate clothing for the conditions (including rain gear / sun protection if necessary).

Be mindful and considerate of other people and dogs that may be encountered around courses.

In extreme weather conditions, the event will be cancelled and participants notified via email / Twitter.

A first aid kit will be located at the Assembly point.

Competitors with existing high risk medical conditions will be asked in the event final details to notify the organisers of relevant information. This will be kept confidentially.



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