Scottish Champs 2018 Relay

Preliminary details

Sunday 27th May, Roseisle

Hosted by: Moravian Orienteers
Organisers: Denise Main and Elizabeth Furness, MOR (email: dmartin007 ‘at’
Planner: Jon Hollingdale, MOR
Controller: Hilary Quick, BASOC

15th Mar 18

Scottish Relay Champs 2018 - Roseisle. Credit: Anne BurgessScottish Relay Champs 2018 - Roseisle. Credit: Anne BurgessEntries/fees

Entries must be made by Club via SI Entries. 

Fees : £36 for classes 1-6 and £18 for Junior classes 7-8. 

In the event of cancellation, the organising team reserves the right to retain all or part of the entry fees to cover any costs associated with the event.

The closing date for pre-entries is Sunday 13th May 2018. Late entries may be possible, please contact the Organiser.

Relay Team Declarations (ie individual names) should be input via SI Entries by the closing date. Late changes can be made using a change form, available up to 5pm on Saturday 26th at Individual Day Enquiries tent.

Any team shall be competitive in any class, however to be eligible to be Scottish Champions, teams must have three members of the same Scottish club or a neighbouring club “alliance”. BOF membership is not required: As of 2018, “Scottish” members, ie members of SOA+club may enter and compete for prizes at the Scottish Orienteering Championships.

The SI timing system will be used; SIAC will not be available.
Club captains should collect Relay team numbers and SI cards hired just for Relay from Enquiries tent at the Individual day, and in extremis from 9.00am on the day of the event. Numbers must be worn by all competitors. 

Relay team information for individual competitors who would like to run:
We know that it's difficult for some clubs to put relay teams together. If you would like to run and haven't been entered in a team with your club, you may either enter with another club, or email the Entries Secretary (nikkihoward ‘at’ with your name, class, course preference (A/B/C/D) and contact details (mobile phone number). We will compile team sheets as best we can and recommend that you come to Enquiries tent on Saturday as soon as possible after 3pm to see what's available.
Costs will be £12 per person for adults and £6 per person for juniors (whatever class). Please pay with cash/ cheque on the day.


The event is being held at the north end of Roseisle forest accessed from Burghead, a village 8 miles north west of Elgin. Parking will be mainly along the sea front in Burghead with additional parking on nearby roads. Access to parking is via B9013 and Church Road; the route will be clearly signed and marshalled. Parking may be tight, so please consider sharing transport if possible.

Max distance from Parking to Assembly 1.5km

There is hard standing for coaches within 1.5km of Assembly but please let the organiser know if you are planning on bringing a coach.

The main road in to Burghead passes the Assembly field and whilst we will aim to accommodate dropping off club tents on the way to parking, we must not cause obstruction on the main road so please comply with any requests from Marshals. 


Assembly area

The assembly area is in a field just outside the wood; all competitors and spectators must approach and leave via the main road in Burghead. NO-ONE may take routes through the competition area (ie forest).

There will be plenty space for club tents and banners.

ONosh  and Compass Point are expected.

Public toilets are located by the harbour (end of Church St); there are event toilets at Assembly.

First call up will be 10.15 (further details re classes etc coming later)



Complex, forested sand dunes - a mix of fast and slower running.



A new map surveyed 2017/8 based on Lidar data.

All courses will use the same map ; Size A4

Scale 1:7,500   Contour interval 2.5m

All courses will have pictorial control descriptions on the front of the map.

The Yellow course map will also have control descriptions in text format.

Yellow and Orange course maps will have a legend.



Lengths & (minimum) climb (subject to final controlling)

Course Length Climb Expected winning time (EWT)
A courses 6.0km 150m for M21, 35 mins
B courses 5.1km 130m for W21, 35 mins
C courses 4.5km 110m for M60, 35 mins
D courses 3.6km 100m for W60, 35 mins
Light Green 3.2km 90m  
Orange 2.5km 55m  
Yellow 2.2km 25m  


FURTHER DETAILS giving call–up times, further notes about the map and terrain, parking and Assembly layout, will be posted in due course


Championship Classes

There are six Scottish Relay Champions: M/W36-, M/W44-, Junior, Men’s Open, Women’s Open and Age-Class. These are awarded to Scottish Clubs. There will be additional prizes and mementoes for other course-winners, regardless of composition or nationality.

The Junior courses are intended for teams containing three individual runners whose total BOF age is equal to or below 36 or 44 respectively. Teams with total ages exceeding this, pairs, or shadowed runners may participate but are not eligible for prizes.

The handicap courses allow teams with different age-class composition to compete head to head. Each team member has an age-related handicap and the courses to be run are determined by the sum of these handicaps. The Junior handicap winners are the first team comprising three juniors. The Age-class handicap winners are the first team with at least one senior runner.

The winning team will be the first across the finishing line after completing three legs.  The final punch is after the finish (or changeover) - please stay in order.

Class Courses to be run
1. Men's Open A   A   A
2. Handicap: 8+ point A   B   C
3. Handicap: 11+ point / Women's Open B   C   C
4. Handicap: 14+ point B   D   C
5. Handicap: 17+ point C   D   C
6. Handicap: 20+ point D   D   D
7. Junior: Total BOF age 44- LG   O   LG
8. Junior: Total BOF age 36- Y   Y   O

Please take note of the SOA relevant rules & guidelines for the Scottish Relay Championships when entering teams:

  • Any team shall be competitive in any class, however to be eligible to be Scottish Champions, teams shall comprise three members of the same Scottish club or a neighbouring club “alliance” of neighbouring clubs. Teams comprising competitors of inappropriate age or gender shall not be eligible to become Scottish Champions. Other course winners should be acknowledged, but will not be designated Scottish Champions.
  • Competitors may run more than once, however only the team of the first run can be eligible to be Scottish Champion.
  • Teams eligible for Men’s Open, Women’s Open or Junior Competitions are not also eligible for the Age-Class Competition.
  • Courses A, B, C and D are TD5 with an estimated winning time of 35mins for good M21, W21, M60 and W60 respectively; LG, O and Y correspond to the colour coded system.
  • Team captains are encouraged to ensure club members run appropriate length courses, even if this means they are not able to become Scottish Champions.
  • Alliances of neighbouring clubs may enter teams at the competition convenor’s discretion. The spirit of this is to allow as many people as possible to take part, not to encourage the formation of especially strong teams. Any combination team which appears much stronger than their likely competition will not be accepted.
  • Typically, two neighbouring clubs will be allowed to compete as an “alliance” if one or both have insufficient competitors at the event to make a full team. The neighbouring clubs alliance at the Scottish Relays applies to all classes not just the open and may include, e.g. only one or two juniors in a club with many adults. The concept of “neighbouring” will be interpreted flexibly for particularly far-travelled clubs.

FURTHER DETAILS giving call–up times, further notes about the map and terrain, parking and Assembly layout, will be posted in due course

Posted on 15th Mar 18