Next event: FWTN 2 on Blackford Hill and the Hermitage

Date/Time: Thursday 7th Novermber 2019. Starts from 19:00-19:45 with a mass start at 19:30. Courses close at 20:30.

Entries: £2 per map. Enter on the night. Remember dibbers, but if you need to borrow there will be some spares on the night. Further equipment required: a head torch (with some charge) and of course the compulsory whistle + backup torch.

Courses and Saftey: This week there will be a long course (~4.8km) and a short course (~2.4km) available. There is no roads to cross this week however there is a couple of other hazards to consider this week. Please bring shoes with suitable grip – the steeps slopes within the hermitage can be especially tricky. Please also be aware that within the area there are several high crags and quarries! These shall not be taped so please take care in the dark! The courses have no reason to cross the crags but anyone who wanders off the optimal routes in the dark please be extra cautious. And as always please be courteous to all members of the public using the area.

Weather may be unpredictable: please bring plenty of layers as not to get cold before, during or after. There will always be someone at the start/finish to keep an eye on left clothing etc whilst running.

Juniors (16-): The courses this week cross no roads so juniors can run either course if they so wish (short recommended). Please though be aware that both courses are planned at a high technical difficulty (as to fit the demands of the majority) so juniors less confident in their navigation skills (especially in the dark) may wish to be shadowed anyway by an accompanying adult.

Location: The start/finish and assembly will be held just south of the observatory on Blackford Hill (approx. 50m from the car park). Or here if its easier :


Grid Reference : NT 25855 70468

Post Code : EH9 3HJ

Results : The results from FWTN #2 can be found here:


And the overall standings can be found here :


A special thanks to Robin and Ben for sorting these for me.

What is FWTN?

Fight with the Night (FWTN) is a fortnightly orienteering series hosted by EUOC members in and around Edinburgh from October to March. There are 10 events, with 5 in each semester, trying to alternate between urban and ‘forest’ orienteering every 2 weeks.

Each event will have two top quality courses: Long and Short. The short course is suitable for beginners or tired people, while the long is a course planned for orienteering pros and anyone who enjoys long runs in the Edinburgh darkness.

The long course this year will also have an optional mass start at 7:30pm, with a fair gaffling format for some high quality head-to-head racing experience. Please feel free to join even if you’re not competitive, it is unlikely all runners joining in will be racing anyway!

There is a points system, counting your best 5 results from the 10 events, and those at the top of the table at the end of the year might win a prize, but will definitely win respect.

To run, you’ll need a head torch and an SI card. If you don’t own these don’t worry too much, just post on the EUOC Facebook page or fire me off an email and we’ll do our best to find one for you to use. Some decent shoes are also recommended.

Starts are 7:00-7:45pm with courses closing about 8:30pm. The cost is £2 per map.

If you would like to be added to the FWTN mailing list to get emails containing the week’s details or just want to chat, send me an email at   events.euoc@gmail.com

2019-2020 events are as follows:

  • 10th October – Meadows/Exchange – Urban
  • 24th October – Deans Village – Urban
  • 7th November – Blackford Hill/Hermitage – Non Urban
  • 21st November – Morton Hall – Urban
  • 5th December – Braids – Non Urban
  • 24th January (FRIDAY – Big weekend) – Carlton Hill – Urban
  • 6th February – Craigmillar – Non Urban
  • 20th February – TBA
  • 5th March – Whinny Hill/Arthers Seat – Non Urban
  • 19th March – Liberton – Urban

2019/2020 results: https://munro-leagues.herokuapp.com/leagues/Fight%20with%20the%20Night%2019-20

2018/2019 results courtesy of Robin Strain are available here.

2016-2017 results are available here and they are collated here. Many thanks to Andrew Dalgleish for doing this.