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. This all is slightly subject to change: I’m sorry if it’s come as a shock to you that students aren’t the most organised people in the world.

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

2018-2019 events are as follows:

  • 18th October – Calton Hill – Urban
  • 1st November – Blackford Hill – Non Urban
  • 15th November – Mortonhall – Urban
  • 29th November – Redford/Swanston – Urban
  • 13th December – Craigmillar – weird Urban/Non Urban mix – Special Exam Edition
  • 25th January (FRIDAY – Big weekend) – Astley Ainslie TBC. – Urban
  • 7th February – Braids Hill/GC – Non Urban
  • 21st February – Gracemount – Urban
  • 7th March – Whinny Hill – Non Urban
  • 21st March – Buckstone – Urban

2017-2018 events were:

  • October 12th – Edinburgh City
  • October 26th – Blackford Hill
  • November 9th – Kings Buildings
  • November 23rd – Braids
  • December 7th – Dean Village
  • January 19th – Kings Buildings
  • February 1st – Liberton
  • February 15th – Craigmillar
  • March 8th – Whinny Hill
  • March 22nd – Gracemount

Results courtesy of Robin Strain are available here.

2016-2017 events were:

  • October 20th – Blackford Hill
  • November 3rd – King’s Buildings
  • November 17th- Whinny Hill
  • December 1st – Dean Village
  • January 20th – King’s Building *Note on a Friday as part of the EUOC Big Weekend*
  • February 1st – Liberton
  • February 15th – Craigmillar
  • March 1st – Gracemount
  • March 15th – Braids Golf Course
  • March 22nd – Buckston

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