Scottish Inter Club Team Relays Guidelines


The Scottish Inter Club Team Relay will be hosted by each Scottish open club according to a rota. In the event of a club being unable to stage the event, the Competitions Convenor must be alerted at the earliest possible stage

The rules of orienteering apply to relay events in the same way as they do to individual events, except that there is no explicit prohibition on following.

  1. The Scottish Inter Club Team Relay takes the form of a relay at BOF level 2.
  2. A Club may enter as many teams as they wish. To be competitive the team must comprise 11 different members of the same SOA club. Non SOA Clubs, teams comprising members of more than one club and teams with runners doing more than one leg are welcome,
    but not eligible for prizes. There are no age group constraints.
  3. The area to be used shall be approved by the Competitions Convenor and thereafter the event should be registered with the Fixtures Secretary. Suitability for all technical levels and an appropriate assembly/changeover area are the key criteria.
  4. First Aid cover shall be available.
  5. Forms for preentry shall be distributed to Scottish clubs, including universities, and shall be made available to non-Scottish clubs. Teams, but not individuals, must be preentered.
  6. The event consists of 5 separate “legs” as shown below
Leg 1 Leg 2 Leg 3 Leg 4 Leg 5
1 runner 3 runners 3 runners 3 runners 1 runner
  TD3 20>25 TD3 20>25 TD3 20>25  
TD5 20>25 TD4 25>30 TD4 25>30 TD4 25>30 TD5 20>25
  TD5 30>35 TD5 30>35 TD5 30>35  

TD = Technical Difficulty.

The times above are shown in minutes and indicate the range of the estimated leading time when the course is run by an appropriate competitor as outlined below.

Change Over Rules

There is a Mass Start of all 1st Leg runners.

Leg 1 runner tags ALL 3 Leg 2 runners simultaneously.

Leg 2 runners on their return tag a Leg 3 runner of their choice

Leg 3 runners on their return tag a Leg 4 runner of their choice

Leg 4 runners must ALL return before the Leg 5 runner may start.

The winning team is the first team to complete ALL their courses correctly and the Leg 5 runner cross the finishing line.


The planner shall plan in accordance with the assumptions given below: that certain courses are planned specifically to be suitable for Juniors / Novices.

TD5 Courses – Estimated Leading Time for top M35>45s & W21Es of 20 > 25minutes – 1st & 5th Legs;

Estimated Leading Time top M35>45s & W21Es of 30 >35 minutes – 2nd, 3rd & 4th legs.

Plan for M21Es beating this time but the achieving the range.

TD4 Courses – Estimated Leading Time of 25 >30 minutes – 2nd, 3rd & 4th legs.

Plan for competitors who normally run Blue / Green at Colour Coded Events

TD3 Courses – Estimated Leading Time of 20 > 25 minutes -2nd, 3rd & 4th legs

Plan for competent juniors & those who normally run Green / Light Green at Colour Coded Events

If a Club decides e.g. to run an M/W21E on the TD3/4 course the time returned may be well below the ELT range. The planner shall NOT plan for this possibility.

The various TD5 and TD4 courses shall be gaffled (forked) to inhibit following. The TD3 course may also be gaffled, at the planners’ discretion.

Competitors may run more than once, for the same or different teams, although in doing so they render their second and subsequent teams non-competitive. In such cases,
they should be reminded of the need to use different electronic punchcards if necessary. Younger juniors may be shadowed by adults without rendering the team non-competitive,
but any subsequent run by the adult will be non-competitive.

8 Person option

Teams of 8-persons may take part using the same courses, omitting the three “Leg 3” runners. A trophy is available for the fastest “small
club” as determined by the SOA executive on the 8-person course, provided they do not also have a team in the 11-person category.

Handicap option

At the discretion of the organising club, a handicap class may be offered for the first team of a particular composition, such as 50 points in the Scottish Relay Handicap
system (11 or 8 person). In either case, this should be stated in event publicity prior to accepting entries.