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”scottish-orienteering.org 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 info@scottish-orienteering.org 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)

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 colin.matheson@scottish-orienteering.org  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.