BTO Urban League guidelines

Updated for 2018

SOUL events should follow as closely as possible the comprehensive BOF Urban events guideline (Rules of Orienteering Appendix B, section 11), the Feb 2018 version of which can be found here.

This provides guidance on course lengths, combinations and specific advice regarding safety for juniors.

NB Urban sprint, middle distance or score events may also be included in the SOUL series to provide variety and increase geographic spread. In these events distances/ times will be relevant to the discipline / category.

Junior courses

In addition to the BOF guideline the following guidance is provided to SOUL series event organisers and planners regarding junior courses. They should also provide helpful information to parents.

  • All junior courses should comply with BOF guidance that under 16s should not cross roads with busy traffic (see BOF guidelines for alternative ways of dealing with this matter).
  • In line with BOF guidance on shadowing, juniors being shadowed on junior courses shall remain competitive for the SOUL series. Note It is possible that the guidance for any individual SOUL event may require shadowed juniors to declare themselves as non-competitive for the purposes of the event, but that will not prevent them from gaining the appropriate SOUL points. It is the responsibility of the competitor/parent to clarify with the event organiser if they are unsure.
  • Course M/W 12- maps should where possible be provided to competitors at registration to allow parents to judge whether or not shadowing is appropriate.
  • Where possible the Technical difficulty (TD) and distance of the junior courses should be provided at the pre-entry stage. This is particularly important if the course for M/W12- has controls above TD2 standard.
  • Whilst there are clear restrictions for Junior courses, nevertheless planners should still aim to produce courses that provide appropriate technical navigational challenges to the participants.

Series events

Scottish Clubs will be invited to submit events for inclusion in the SOUL series. Once accepted they will be added to the event list.  The expectation is that events would be level C or above, and should provide courses suitable for all 7 of the current age categories (see below).

There is currently no set number of events which make up the series. The series coordinator will endeavour to include all events that apply and meet the designated criteria. However if there is considered to be an excessive number of potential events, the coordinator reserves the right to limit the number.

Normally events will not be added to the list after the first event of the series has been held.

Events are open to all SOA / BOF members.

When the series consists of between 6 and 8 events the best 4 scores will count towards overall outcome of league. For a series having between 9 and 11 events the best 5 results will count towards the overall score whilst for 12 or more events in the series the best 6 results will count.

Prizes will be awarded for the 1,2,3 in each category at the end of the league with trophies being presented to the winners.

The winner's name will be added to the SOUL Roll of Honour.


(as per above BOF guidelines) ie.

  • M/W 12-
  • M/W16- (with regard to the BOF requirements for under 16’s running in urban areas)
  • M/W Open
  • M/W Vet (40+)
  • M/W Supervet (55+)
  • M/W Ultravet (65+)
  • M/W Hypervet (75+)

Points will be awarded to finishers on each category as follows: 100, 96, 93, 91, 90, 89…

At any given race, a competitor may score in only one category. Unless specified otherwise beforehand, he / she will score in the lowest category for which he is eligible; for example, if W Vet and W Supervet share a course, a W55 would score only as a W Supervet. A competitor who runs a course above that designated for his category will score in the lowest category for which he is eligible, e.g. an M55 running up on a course designated for M Open, W Open and M Veteran would score only as M Veteran.

  • In a competition with parallel heats and a set of graded finals, points will normally be awarded from the top of the A final downwards. Anybody not finishing both races will not be eligible to score points.
  • Coordinator reserves the right to amend the scoring system during the year, with the aim of promoting competition or improving fairness in unforeseen circumstances.


In the event of a tie in SOUL scores at the conclusion of the league, the outcome will be determined by the head to head scores between the relevant competitors. This will include any DNF, which will attract a nil score.

Roger Thetford who administers the UK Urban League scoring system has agreed to administer the league scoring software for this league. A BOF or SOA number will be required to be included in the series results.


When setting up pre-entry it is sensible to ask people to enter by category rather than by course.

The correct abbreviated categories for uploading for results (to save time later) are (in order of ascending age):


You may also find it helpful to add additional open categories for each course (Course 1 open, Course 2 open etc) to allow people to run down without having to modify their age/gender.

Organisers please read Roger’s comprehensive guidance on the scoring system before opening up for pre-entry, as the guidance includes information about how best to set up the event to allow results to be exported for the league scores.

When the series consists of between 6 and 8 events the best 4 scores will count towards overall outcome of league. In the event of the series having 9 or more events the best 5 results will count towards the overall score.

Certificates and prizes will be awarded for the 1,2,3 in each class at the end of the league.

The winners name will be added to the SOUL Roll of Honour

Event information

Event organisers should provide some information in the Preliminary / Final details as to the nature of the terrain to be expected and the appropriate form of footwear / leg cover that should be worn e.g. terrain is 70% tarmac 30% forest with some brambles and steep slopes. Leg cover is recommended but road shoes will be suitable.

Last edited: 30th Aug 18

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