SEGOL 2020: Call for competitions

Given the positive response to our recent consultation, we are please to announce that SEGOL, the Southern England GPS Orienteering League, will be starting with immediate effect. Thus, we now invite clubs to plan some courses. Please email Sandra and Tom at seoul.orienteering@gmail.com if you are willing to host a round.

The 2020 league will be a trial for next year, when we plan to run SEOUL and SEGOL concurrently but as separate leagues using the same scoring system. In 2020, the classes will be the same as SEOUL: M/W 12/16/Open/40/55/65/75. Like SEOUL, multiple SEGOL classes may run the same course. We would like a spread of course closing dates between late October and late December to build suspense in the league. Therefore, please tell us soon the earliest date you can open the course, in addition to any nearby fixed-date conventional competitions which travellers may find attractive.


  • A competition of the quality of SEOUL, which people will be willing to drive a couple of hours to attend.
  • A range of linear courses covering all age classes. We suggest at least three: junior (traffic free), short and long. It is up to the planner to decide the mapping between urban league classes and courses, and this must be stated in the event details. If in doubt, use the seven courses of appendix B11.6 of the British orienteering rules as a basis.
  • Proper ISSprOM (or ISOM) maps are strongly preferred, but a StreetO map is permitted.
  • Urban areas are preferred, but if your best offering is rural, go for that. Beware that trees and buildings can seriously degrade GPS signal quality.
  • The event details must state whether leg cover is unnecessary, recommended or mandatory.
  • Punching is by GPS. Both MapRun and UsynligO are supported; please enquire if you would like to use a different system.
  • GPS signal quality and accuracy at control sites must be checked. Your map may not be georeferenced as well as you might think; MapRun recommends using Google Earth to place the points.
  • Courses should be checked by an experienced orienteer, ideally a controller.
  • Control sites must not be placed where they can be punched from the wrong side of uncrossable features, which requires a margin of at least 30 metres.
  • Competitors have at least a three week window to run the course in their own time.
  • Each competitor’s first attempt of running the course counts. The organiser must reinstate any first runs marked as a mispunch if they are confident that the competitor visited the correct site and had GPS signal issues.
  • The organiser may state extra punching requirements such as you must pass within 1 metre of the lamppost at the centre of the circle, but must not require competitors to touch any such objects. Do not require close passes to where members of the public may be stationary, such as benches. Competitors must not be required to write down answers to questions, such as lamppost numbers.
  • The organiser is responsible for the integrity of the results, which may include spot checks of GPS traces, although everyone should appreciate GPS orienteering depends more on fair play than conventional punching.
  • Clubs are free to charge an entry fee or none, and may offer a map printing service. Note that MapRun requests a voluntary donation per run.
  • Competitors will be required to register annually for SEGOL, and will need to ensure their name and club match in the app. A BOF number is not required. Clubs do not need to provide us with any further data other than the results export.
  • Competitions should be in the area covered by SWOA, SCOA, SEOA and EAOA. Each club can host a maximum of one competition in 2020.