CLYDE Urban Race 2 - Houston

Race report

In August we are putting on a series of 3 Urban events on areas around Glasgow. These races are designed to introduce people to Urban Orienteering and to provide a fun series of races to kick off the Autumn season.

Sunday 15 August - Mosshead Results RouteGadget, WinSplits, SplitsAnalyser

Sunday 22 August - Houston Results  RouteGadget, WinSplits, SplitsAnalyser

Sunday 29 August - Glasgow West End

All will feature pre-printed maps and SI punching. Pre-entry is available and is encouraged (click here to enter) but entry on the day will also be welcome.
There will be a simple scoring system based on your best 2 scores from 3 events and even some prizes.
There are no set courses for particular age classes, enter whatever course you want.

Any questions contact Dave the series organiser.


Travel Directions

From Glasgow take the M8 leaving at junction 29 onto the A737 Irvine road. Leave the A737 at the junction for Houston/Bridge of Weir (about 3 miles from junction 29).
Turn right onto B789 and follow this road into Houston. in Houston turn right at the prominent roundabout just past the shops and take the 3rd turning on the right into Ardgryffe Crescent. Parking is at Ardgryffe Park (grid ref NS419664) which is about 600m along on the right. If car park full please park safely on the left hand side of the road after the car park. Assembly/registration at Clyde tent adjacent to car park.
From Ayrshire leave A737 at junction for Houston/ Bridge of Weir and turn left onto B789. follow directions as above.


Due to road resurfacing work which commenced on 9 August, there is a diversion in place which affects access to Houston.
When you leave the A737 onto the B789 for Houston you will be diverted left at the first roundabout onto the A761 towards Bridge of Weir. It is important that you take this diversion even though the route straight on appears open as it is closed further on and you wll end up in lost in Linwood!
Carry on to Bridge of Weir on the A761 until you come to a set of traffic lights at which it is possible to turn right signposted to Houston on the B790. Stay on this road and when you reach the roundabout at Houston go straight on. Take the 3rd road on the left which is Ardgryffe Crescent and follow instructions for parking as described.
The roadworks keep changing and according to the planner it’s getting too complicated to describe.
The best we can say is head towards Houston form the A737 junction with the B789 and look for the O signs!


None at the event, nearest ones at Morrisons Supermarket (adjacent to the junction of the A737 and B789 above).


Registration, Start and Finish will all be in the same place.

The course distances are measured as the direct line between control points, your actual running distance will be almost double this! The long course is roughly equivalent to a 10k road race.

Note that as these are all urban events all courses may involve crossing roads which have not been closed to traffic. You are responsible for your own safety, and that of any juniors in your care. The Short course will be planned to involve crossing as few roads as possible. Parents of Under 16s should either shadow them or be happy that their charges are competent to safely cross roads on their own in the heat of competition. Unaccompanied Under 16s should complete and hand in a signed parental consent form before starting. These forms will be available at registration and for download shortly.

Planners comments

Running/trail shoes with reasonable grip are likely to be suitable for this event, if wet good grip will be helpful. Houston has a number of wooded areas but these have not been used signficantly for this event as undergrowth in summer means that routes through the wooded areas, even on paths, may have signficantly more undergrowth and less visibility than is apparent from the map.

The Houston map is bisected by two rivers. The larger of the two, the Gryffe is mapped as uncrossable along its length (dark blue with a black edge) and must only be crossed at the marked crossing points (bridges). Please note that it is against the rules to cross the Gryffe at any other point, and this will result in disqualification. The smaller of the two rivers is mapped as crossable (light blue with a blue edge) and can be crossed at any point deemed safe to do so by the competitor. In the event of heavy rain immediately prior to the event further advice may be given at the start.


1.  The competition will include the 3 Urban Series events, Mosshead, Houston and Glasgow West End.
2.  People are free to run whatever course they wish. There are no dedicated Junior or age class courses, although age classes will be included in the results where known.

3.  The scoring is simple. On each course the runner finishing in first place will score 100 points, 2nd scores 98, 3rd scores 96 etc.  All runners who fail to complete the course will be given joint last place, but will still score points appropriate to that placing.  Groups will count for the series, but must be labelled as such.

4.  The organiser/planner/mapper of any race that is included in the competition will score 96 points
5.  The best 2 scores from 3 events will count

6.  In the event of a problem on any course (controls being stolen or wrongly placed etc.) the organiser and series coordinator will try and find a fair resolution.  This is subject to discussion with any affected competitors and will take into account the spirit of the overall competition.  Formal protests and such like will be very much frowned upon.
7.  These rules may be further developed as the competition progresses.


Downloadable Documents

Consent form for under 16s

Results for Houston Urban Race

Overall results after the first two Urban Races

Map of Houston & Crosslee MapTerrain description

This largely urban map was produced by local residents Donald and Andy. It is an interestingly complicated mixture of urban, open and forested terrain and the rapid changes of terrain mean you really have to keep your wits about you.  The map had its first use at the AGM and street race in 2009.

Photo of authorPosted on 22nd Aug 10
by Dave Robertson - Mapping Consultant


Other Results

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CLYDE Autumn Urban Event Series 2019 #1 Kilmandinny Loch, Bearsden

Spring Thursday evening race 5 and BBQ - Auchengillan - 20 June

Spring Thursday evening race 4 - Baljaffray (Bearsden) - 6 June

Spring Thursday evening race 3 - Linwood - 23 May

Spring Thursday evening race 2 - Duchess Woods, Helensburgh- 9 May

Spring Thursday evening race 1 - Balloch Country Park - 25 April

The Scottish Compass Sport Cup and Trophy Heat at Dunrod Hill on Sunday 17th March 2019

Sunday 9th September - South of Scotland League race at Windy Hill (Clyde Muirshiel)

Thursday Evening Race 5 - Houston - 21 June

Thursday Evening Race 4 - Balloch Country Park 7 June

Thursday Evening Race 3 - Croy Hill - Auchinstarry Marina - 24 May

Thursday Evening Race 2 - Mugdock Country Park - Visitor Centre - 10 May

Thursday Evening Race 1 - Mugdock - Clober Road Car park - 26 April

STAG/CLYDE Spring Series 10 - 22nd June 2017 - Balloch Country Park

STAG/CLYDE Spring Series 8 - 8th June 2017   - Mains Estate

STAG/CLYDE Spring Series 6 - 25th May 2017   - West End

STAG/CLYDE Spring Series 4 - 11th May 2017   - Linwood

CompassPoint SOL1 2017 – Mugdock Country Park, near Milngavie

Clyde Scottish Orienteering League 6 including JEC Spectator Race 3 - 2nd Oct 2016

CLYDE/STAG/GUOC Spring Series 11 - Thursday 9th June 2016 - Cumbernauld Park

CLYDE/STAG/GUOC Spring Series 10 - Thursday 2nd June 2016 - Mugdock Country Park (and BBQ)

CLYDE/STAG/GUOC Spring Series 9 - Thursday 26th May 2016 - Northside Cumbernauld

CLYDE/STAG/GUOC Spring Series 8 - Thursday 19th May 2016 - Croy Hill

CLYDE/STAG/GUOC Spring Series 7 - Thursday 12th May 2016 - Drumpellier Country Park

CLYDE/STAG/GUOC Spring Series 6 - Thursday 5th May 2016 - Linwood Moss

CLYDE/STAG/GUOC Spring Series 5 - Thursday 28th April 2016 - Linn Park

CLYDE/STAG/GUOC Spring Series 4 - Thursday 21st April 2016 - Garscube and Dawsholm

CLYDE/STAG/GUOC Spring Series 3 - Thursday 14th April 2016 - Pollok Park

CLYDE/STAG/GUOC Spring Series 2 - Thursday 7th April 2016 - Glasgow University/West End

Paisley urban race (and bto SOUL 3) - Sunday 3rd April

Clyde 40th anniversary event at Mugdock - Saturday 7th November

CLYDE/STAG Spring Series 8 - Thursday 11th June - Mugdock Country Park (and BBQ)

CLYDE/STAG Spring Series 6 - Thursday 28th May - Glennifer Braes East, Paisley

CLYDE/STAG Spring Series 4 - Thursday 14th May - West End, Glasgow

Clyde/Stag Spring Series 3 - Thursday 7th May Dalzell CP

CLYDE/STAG Spring Series 2 - Thursday 30th April - Mosshead, Bearsden

Scottish Sprint Champs - 14th Feb 2015

Croy Hill SoSOL - Sunday 9th November 2014 - including Scottish Student Individual Championships

GUOC sprint relay races - Saturday 8th November 2014 - including Scottish Student Relay Champs

STAG evening races at Pollok Park - Tuesday 9th Sept

STAG evening races at Bellahouston - Thursday 4th Sept

STAG event at Springburn - Tuesday 26th August

STAG races at Kelvingrove - Thursday 21st August

STAG event at Drumpellier this Sunday 17th August

Whitelee Windfarm permanent course races & coaching - Saturday 14th June

Spring Series 7 of 8 - Thursday 5th June - Drumpellier

Spring Series 6 of 8 - Thursday 29th May - Mains Estate, Milngavie

Spring Series 5 of 8 - Thursday 22nd May - Erskine

Spring Series 4 of 8 - Thursday 15th May - Linwood

Spring Series 3 of 8 - Thursday 8th May - Houston

Spring Series 2 of 8 - Thursday 1st May - Glasgow West End

CLYDE CompassPoint Scottish O League 3

Spring Series 1 of 8 - Thursday 24th April - Pollok Park

Glasgow Thursday Series No 10 - Queens Park 20th June

Clyde Summer Barbecue and Evening Races - Thursday 13th June

Glasgow Thursday Series No 8 - Drumpellier 6th June

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Glasgow Spring Series No 7 - 30th May - Dawsholm & Garscube

CLYDE/STAG joint Spring series - Race 6 - 23rd May 2013 - Rouken Glen Park

CLYDE/STAG joint Spring series - Race 5 - 16th May 2013 - Mains Estate, nr Milngavie

Glasgow Spring Series No 4 - Springburn Park - 9th May

CLYDE/STAG joint Spring series - Race 3 - 2nd May 2013 - Whitelee Wind Farm

Glasgow Spring Series No 2 Linn Park - 25th April

CLYDE/STAG joint Spring series - Race 1 - 18th April 2013 - West End

Clyde Scottish Night Championships - 23rd Feb 2013

Clyde Milngavie Sprint Race - 23rd Feb 2013

SOL 6 - Clyde - Fairy Knowe and Doon Hill - 21st Oct 2012

Clyde Tuesday Club Night - 18th Sep 2012

Clyde - Thursday 28th June - Glasgow Spring Series 2012 - 8th of 8

STAG - Thursday 21st June - Glasgow Spring Series 2012 - 7th of 8

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STAG - Thursday 14th June - Glasgow Spring Series 2012 - 6th of 8

Clyde - Thursday 7th June - Glasgow Spring Series 2012 - 5th of 8 and Barbeque

Clyde - Thursday 31st May - Glasgow Spring Series 2012 - 4th of 8

STAG - Thursday 24th May - Glasgow Spring Series 2012 - 3rd of 8

Clyde - Thursday 17th May - Glasgow Spring Series 2012 - 2nd of 8

STAG - Thursday 10th May - Glasgow Spring Series 2012 - 1st of 8

Mugdock Beginners’ Event - Saturday 21st April

Clyde middle distance race - Sat 17 March - SOL 1 weekend

Clyde SoSOL:  Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park - 12th Feb

Barshaw Park Sprint O Races - 28th Jan

West End Urban Race - Sunday 15th January

Nopesport Urban League final standings

Scottish Score Championships 27th Nov 2011

Penrith Urban Event 26th Nov 2011

MAROC SOL 5 11th Sep 2011

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Scottish Interclub Relays 28th Aug 2011

Clyde Thursday Urban Races #3 - Houston 23rd Jun 2011

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Compass Sport Cup Results

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CLYDE Urban Race 2 - Houston

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