Category: Fixtures/Events

Veteran Home International 2017

The Veteran Home International was held in conjunction with Basoc’s Highland WOLF weekend. Back on home turf with the strongest team for a few years, the Scots were hoping to have a stronger challenge for the title than in the last few years. Read More…

Scottish Inter-club championships (SICC), rules and guidelines


This competition is only open to SOA Open Clubs & their members who compete, on the day, for their Open Club. Counting runners must be current members of their Club/SOA.

There is no entry fee for a Club to pay.


Clubs are split into “Large” & “Small” categories based on the number of entrants in the previous years’ Scottish Individual Championships.

For 2017

CLYDE, ECKO, ESOC, FVO, GRAMP, INT, INVOC, MAROC & MOR with more than 20 entrants in any of the 2013-2016 Scottish Individual Championships are in the Large Clubs Competition where the 12 best scores count.

AYROC, BASOC, ELO, KFO, RR, SOLWAY, STAG, TAY & TINTO with less than 20 entrants in each of the 2013-2016 Scottish Individual Championships are in the Small Clubs Competition where the best 6 scores count.

Scoring System

Shall be based on position within Courses NOT Classes with the 1st placed person receiving 100pts; 2nd place 99 pts; 3rd 98 pts etc. For courses 17 and 18 this is 1st 100pts, 2nd 98pts, 3rd 96pts etc.

A computer programme shall calculate the results with the Trophies being presented the following day at the Scottish Championships Prizegiving ceremony.

Only competitors competing in Age Class not Colour Coded shall score points for their Open Club.

In the event of a tie the score for 13 best / 7 best runners shall determine the winning club & if necessary 14 best /8 best respectively in Large/Small categories etc.

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    

Scottish Night and Sprint Championships

*Please note the deadline to enter has been extended to midnight on Sunday 12th February – enter online at After that, we are sorry there will be no capacity for late entries or Entry On the Day for either Championship. There is limited EOD for Race 1 of the Sprint Event, but not eligible for the Championship/Urban Leagues.*

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The AUOC 100

Aberdeen University Orienteering Club (AUOC) welcomes you to take part in its first ever major orienteering event on Sunday 27th November. And we are going BIG! We offer our competitors a 100 (or 50) control point race based around the Aberdeen University campus.

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Scottish Junior Inter Area Competition 2016

The Junior Inter Area relay comprises an Orange, a Yellow and a Light Green leg. Encouraging participation is an important part of the competition and this year a record 121 young athletes took part in the relay, with more than half from North Area.

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BTO SOUL 6/7, Sprint Scotland, Jul 16/17

Sprint Scotland is an orienteering training camp with a difference

  • Professional maps
  • Professional course setting
  • Professional analysis
  • Set in the heart of beautiful Scotland
  • Short travel distances
  • Good social elements
  • Talks from World Class sprint orienteers

All training sessions and races in Stirling or nearby (and all accessible without car).
Stirling is 30-40 minutes from Edinburgh and Glasgow (both have international airports and train connections to Stirling).
Recommend Stirling Youth Hostel or other accommodation in Stirling.

All maps new or updated for Sprint Scotland, including Stirling City Centre (Race The Castles 2014) and Bannockburn (World Ranking Event 2015).


Thursday 14th – Training day north of Stirling

1) Dunblane Long training session with 'skill sections' challenging different aspects of sprint orienteering.
2) Bridge of Allan Standard sprint course with a mix of leg lengths and urban and forest elements.
3) Braco Sprint relay training in Roman Fort – grassy terrain with complex contour detail. Sport Ident.

Friday 15th – Training day in Stirling

1) Stirling Old Town and Riverside Route choice training around the castle, old town and riverside area of Stirling. Sport Ident.
2) Stirling City Centre Standard sprint course in modern city centre.
3) Braehead, Broomridge, Bannockburn Sprint interval loops in complex housing estate area.

Saturday 16th – Hallglen (2 races organised by Sprint Scotland team)

Complex housing estate area on a slope with many grassy areas. Never used before. Morning race will be a World Ranking Event.

Sunday 17th – Grangemouth (race organised by Forth Valley Orienteers)

Complex housing estate area. Never used before. World Ranking Event and Scottish Urban League.

Sprint Scotland is organised by

Graham Gristwood (4th WOC Sprint 2011, 2nd World Cup Final Sprint 2010)
Fanni Gyurko (14th WOC Sprint 2012, 18th WOC Sprint 2015)
Kris Jones (2nd JWOC Sprint 2010, 8th WOC Sprint 2015)

More details on the Sprint Scotland website