Month: April 2017

Seasonal Orienteering at Glenmore Lodge

Maps can be collected at Glenmore Lodge (£1.50 each) or pdfs are available free of charge to SOA members.  School and other groups are welcome to use the area for training or other events.  A copyright charge of £1.50 for the first 30 maps (hard copy or pdf) applies thereafter £1 per map. Contact colin.matheson”at” for further information.

Event Safety Tutors

Event Safety Workshop tutors as at April 2017:

  • John Mason MAROC
  • Sheila Strain ELO
  • Ross Lilley ECKO
  • Suzanne Robins-Bird INVOC
  • Donald Grassie MOR
  • Tim O-Donoghue SOLWAY
  • John Emeleus KFO
  • Anne Hickling GRAMP
  • Roger Scrutton ESOC
  • Lindsey Knox RR
  • Hilary Quick BASOC
  • Lynne Walker BASOC

Please contact if you want a ESW to be run for your club or if you'd like to become a tutor.

Start Clocks

Each clock set has two displays: one for the start line which shows race time and one for the pre start / call up line. The start signal counts down the last few seconds with a beep, beep, BEEP to send the runners on their way. The internal Real Time Clock can be adjusted and synchronised to ‘internet time’ by using configuration software.

The clocks are looked after by Ted Finch who has more details and a Request Form on his web site… Each pair of clock displays is supplied in a robust box with charger. The box can be used as a stand for one of the displays. Tripod stands are also available for major events where crowds of waiting runners may obscure the pre start display.

The clocks may be borrowed by SOA clubs or hired by other orienteering or running clubs for events or training. Please contact Ted if you wish to use one. “Request a Clock
The clocks were developed with the benefit of a grants from Sports Scotland.

SOL3 Drumlanrig Woods 23rd April

Preparations are well under way for the SOLWAY round in the challenging mixed woodlands and policies of Drumlanrig Castle. For those of you travelling to JK2017 please make time to visit SiEntries to enter SOL3 before you go.  If you have a special start time preference please use the Special Request area to advise the organiser of your preferred Early, Middle or Late start times.

For more information on the event, visit SOLWAY's website or SiEntries.

Scotland Vets Selection Policy for VHI 2017

In 2017 the Scotland  team for the Veteran Home Internationals will be selected using the results of the following races:


Scottish Night Champs Darnaway, Sat 18th Feb

Scottish Sprint Champs Lossiemouth, Sunday 19th Feb


Northern Champs, Sunday 26th Feb, LOC Bigland. Cumbria


JK Middle, Saturday 15th April, SEOA Ambersham

JK Long, Sunday 16th April, SEOA St Leonards and Holmbush


The four Spring Scottish O League events. Mugdock, Trossachs, Drumlanrig and Glen Nant.


British Long Champs.; Sat 5th May.  Newby Bridge. Cumbria


Scottish Champs, Saturday 20th May Gullane


Orienteers need to compete in at least two of these races to be considered. Greater weight will be given to the results of the JK and in National Championships.

If competitors run up then their results will be taken into account on a minutes/km basis. 

On occasions a competitor may be recovering from injury or illness, and know beforehand that he/she may not perform well in a selection race. In such circumstance, the competitor should let a selector know in advance together with their wishes regarding the inclusion of their result for selection purposes.

In general a ‘retired’ or ‘disqualified’ will be taken to be the equivalent of a very poor run: those wishing to be selected should take every precaution to avoid mispunching in a selection race.


Team Manager: Janice Nisbet (ESOC)

SOL Competition rules and guidelines

Other key objectives include: elite development and selection, encourage national level competition, act as a flagship and publicity vehicle, to create continuity of quality, and coordinate with other high-quality BOF events.


  1. Except where noted below, events shall be run under the
    British Orienteering Rules of Orienteering. Organisers should familiarise themselves with these rules.
  2. Elite classes will normally be staged on Black (M-E) and Brown (W-E), however in negotiation between event organisers and SEDS other courses may be chosen.
  3. Course/Colour/Age combinations are shown in the table below.
  4. SOL points may be awarded to people “running up” in the one of the age classes associated with the colour they run.  By default the oldest such age class is used for seniors.
  5. SOL points will be awarded by the system detailed in a separate article (SOL Scoring system by Trevor Hoey).
  6. A competitor’s total SOL score from the season will be the sum from the best 4 events.  All entrants who are members of SOA are eligible.  Non-SOA orienteers are welcome at all events, but may only compete in the league provided they notify the SOL coordinator and finish at least 4 events.


  1. Maps for courses 11 & 12 shall be collected at the car park/assembly. It is the competitor’s responsibility to collect his or her own map before proceeding to the start.
  2. Junior competitors must state both their age class and course when entering an event.
  3. When entering an event, competitors select a course to enter rather than an age class. If an online entry system is used this must be set up in such a way that this is accommodated.
  4. If the event is combined with a UK-level competition (National event, Future champions cup, British elite championships etc.) some variation in course length and/or course combinations may be permitted.
  5. Pre-entries may to be required by a maximum of 15 days prior to the event but clubs may set shorter deadlines if they so wish. In addition, clubs should adopt a flexible approach to late entries and EOD, possible at higher rates.
  6. All pre-entered competitors shall receive pre-marked maps.
  7. Only one map scale shall be used per course. Normally 1:10,000 shall be used for junior and over-45 courses and either 1:10,000 or 1:15:000 for courses 1 & 2. Course planning must not be compromised for printing convenience.
  8. The map shall be accurate and recently-surveyed.  Map corrections should be included on the competitor’s map either by overprinting or updating the electronic map file.
  9. Results shall be displayed by course (not class) but shall show age class in an additional column.
  10. Every effort must be made to issue published results within 7 days.
  11. Only IOF pictorial descriptions shall be available for all courses. Where possible these should be available with the online or posted final information;  otherwise they shall be available for collection on the day at assembly or before the prestart.
  12. Final event information should be published at least 7 days prior to the event.
  13. Final information for events shall state “Competitors take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety.”
  14. The organising club shall make arrangements for first aid cover and be prepared to assist any competitors who get into difficulty or who become overdue for whatever reason.
  15. Competitors from the same club on the same course (not just the same class), shall start at least four minutes apart.
  16. Electronic timing shall be used. Split times from this may be used to determine the final result (e.g. excluding legs around a misplaced control), at the discretion of the controller.
  17. A start list shall be provided and competitors should start at the assigned time: punching starts shall be possible but should only be available to some competitors (e.g.  event helpers, split start parents, those missing their start through no fault of their own) at the discretion of the organisers.
  18. SOL events must be registered with the SOA Fixtures Secretary by 31st March of the year of competition.
  19. An embargo shall be observed by those wishing to score points in the SOL.  The embargo period is one year, or from the date on which the venue is announced if this is less than a year
  20. It the SOL is part of a multiday event, the embargo does not affect those other events (e.g. a Night race may be held the night before the SOL).
  21. The award of SOL status to a club will be made by the SOA Fixtures Secretary in consultation with the Competitions Convenor at least one year prior to the competition season.
  22. Entry fees for all non TD5 courses should be charged at the student/junior rate (entrants are likely to be juniors, newcomers or injured).
  23.  A string course or similar activity for very young children should be provided.


Parents are reminded they should declare if they are actually helping a Junior competitor as opposed to following.  Assisted juniors are competitive in their colour course (e.g. White) but not in age class (e.g. W10B)

If you are the ‘shadower’ then you must have completed your own race before undertaking any shadowing.

Course/Colour/Age mapping table

CrseTechCorrected Age Classes
No.DiffCrse lgth CourseJuniorAdult
  Ratio  MenWomenMenWomen
151.00Black  M-E 
350.69Short Brown  M45
450.56Blue M16W18
550.45Short BlueM18S
650.39Green W16M70
750.33Short Green W18S
840.30Light GreenM14
930.50Long Orange    

Future LiDAR coverage

The cost per square kilometre is likely to drop the greater the area coverage.  For Strathearn 2019, the next Scottish 6 Days, we will almost certainly look to have LiDAR data capture.  If aerial survey companies are already flying missions the additional cost of data capture can be reduced.  For Highland 2015 the cost of acquisition for 40 square kilometres was £125 per square kilometre (Digital Terrain Model plus Digital Surface Model).  A recent quote for similar coverage was £550 per square kilometre!  If time is not of the essence and clubs have flexibility on dates it is hoped that something like the former figure can be achieved.  Marked-up maps showing preferences and priorities should be sent to  Note that the SOA is unlikely to be able to financially support many mapping projects and alternative funding sources and/or club funds will be required.