SEGOL 2020

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The Southern England GPS Orienteering League started in October 2020 in response to COVID-19 restrictions and the cancellation of SEOUL 2020.

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Calendar

Best 2 scores to count.

The dates listed below are course closing dates; your run must be uploaded to the server by midnight on the date shown to count. Courses will be open for at least three weeks.

  1. Monday 2nd November – Kingswood East, Bristol, BOK
  2. Monday 21st December 23rd NovemberTaunton West, QO
  3. Wedensday 23rd December – Hatch Warren and Beggarwood, Basingstoke, BADO
  4. Wedensday 23rd December – Gloucester, NGOC
  5. Thursday 31st December – Brighton, SO

Entries

Do not sumbit anything to this form. It is undergoing maintenance, so any new data may be lost.

You need to enter each league once each year, ideally before your first run. League entry is free. Clubs may also require additional entry information and/or charge an event entry fee; check their websites for further information.

Your name and club must match those in the app used for recording your run. Write your forename before your surname; you may use a pseudonym. Orienteering clubs should in their abbreviated form in capital letters (e.g. BOK). Please keep the form of other club names short. Those not a member of a club should enter IND as their club.

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Once submitted, you cannot edit your entry online. Please email seoul.orienteering@gmail.com to make changes or to delete your entry.

Tips for GPS Orienteering Novices

Test everything before running your SEGOL course!

Courses will either use MapRunF or UsynligO, which are both apps that run on Android and iPhone – the event details will tell you which system is in use. For MapRun courses (not sure about UsynligO), a GPS watch can be used and the trace manually uploaded instead, although you will not get any feedback of successful punching in this case.

Garmin users: Check out MapRunG – the reviews are good. Make sure you set your watch to sample your location every second.

Many people have issues with their phone settings at first, so we suggest trying a different non-SEGOL course on the app first to check everything. Some problems take at least 20 minutes to become apparent, so run the full course when testing.

Tom’s three settings to check (for Android 10, but may be relevant for other OS):

  1. Allow the app to track your location in the background: Settings->Apps & notifications->See all->MapRun F/UsynligO->Permissions->Location->Allow all the time.
  2. Disable battery optimistation: Settings->Apps & notifications->See all->MapRun F/UsynligO->Advanced->Battery->Battery optimistation->Not optimised. This ensures your GPS chip is receiving all the power it needs and still gives me 8 hours of MapRun time.
  3. Set your media volume to maximum.

If these three don’t enable perfect operation, other users have suggested:

  1. Put your phone in flight mode. Some say this forces your phone to use GPS rather than triangulation off cell masts (less accurate) to determine your location.
  2. Press the power button on the side of your phone at each control to wake up your phone.

If all else fails, MapRun has the HITMO feature to allow you to resubmit your result with a more generous GPS tolerance, although it is up to the race organiser to accept it and reinstate you (or not). However, UsynligO does not have any such feature, so please do your best to find the punch.

Map Printing

Both MapRun and UsynligO allow you to display the map on your phone screen, but for best results, we recommend using a printed map. Note that sometimes the app and printed maps may be different, or have control circles in slightly different locations — often due to the map failing to match the ground with sub-metre accuracy, which can make the map more legible. Some clubs may require you to buy a paper map or offer an optional printing service — check the event details. When printing at home, make sure the scale is set to 100%; do not fit to page.

Rules for Competitors

  1. SEGOL follows the same classes and scoring system as the UK Urban League. About 40% of races to count.
  2. Runners are only competitive in their chosen class and must run the correct course to score.
  3. Only the first result for a given competitor will be counted. If the competitor feels they have failed to complete their course due to GPS signal issues, they should ask for reinstatement from the event organiser, who will do so at their discretion based on the GPS trace.
  4. Juniors on non-traffic-free courses must be shadowed by an adult and may still run competitively, provided the shadower does not given any navigational assistance.
  5. Competitors must ensure their name and club in the recording app matches their entry through the SEGOL website.
  6. Competitors must comply with all instructions issued by the organising club.
  7. Competitors must comply with all local and national laws currently in force, which includes remaining at home if you are required to self-isolate.

Requirements from Clubs

  1. A competition of the quality of SEOUL, which people will be willing to drive a couple of hours to attend.
  2. A range of linear courses covering all age classes. We suggest at least three: junior (traffic free if possible), 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.
  3. Proper ISSprOM (or ISOM) maps are strongly preferred, but a StreetO map is permitted.
  4. 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.
  5. The event details must state whether leg cover is unnecessary, recommended or mandatory.
  6. Punching is by GPS. Both MapRun and UsynligO are supported; please enquire if you would like to use a different system.
  7. 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.
  8. Courses should be checked by an experienced orienteer, ideally a controller.
  9. Control sites must not be placed where they can be punched from the wrong side of uncrossable features. Typically, this requires a margin of at least 30 metres, although any additional time taken to run round to the wrong side may be used as mitigation in some circumstances. Care should also be taken with multi-level structures, including the effect of blocked GPS signals.
  10. Competitors have at least a three week window to run the course in their own time.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Clubs are free to charge an entry fee or none, and may offer a map printing service, use of which may be optional or mandatory. If the map is larger than A4, the organiser must offer a map printing service. Note that MapRun requests a voluntary donation per run.
  15. Clubs will need to provide an XML results export after the closing date, which will need to be processed on the SEGOL website and then uploaded to the league tables using the password provided by the coordinators.
  16. 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.
  17. Competitions should be in the area covered by SWOA, SCOA, SEOA and EAOA. Each club can host a maximum of one competition in 2020.