The Essex and Suffolk Schools Orienteering League (ESSOL)
Results from the Nowton and Hardwick event have been added.
The Schools League Co-ordinator is Essex Straggler Julie Laver. Please send any ideas or feedback to Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01206 826152.
The League is run by the Essex Stragglers Orienteering Society in conjunction with our neighbours the Suffolk Orienteering Club (SuffOC).
ESSOL events are open to all young people of Junior or Senior School or Sixth Form age. You can compete individually, represent a school, youth group or club or do both.
Trophies are presented at the end of the season to each boy and girl with the best score in each combined year group (3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12/13) and to the best scoring school.
Free membership of SOS is available to all Schools, Youth Groups and Clubs which fall within the SOS catchments area (i.e. mid and North Essex) - details are
here. The SUFFOC juniors page is here.
Please download the current fixtures list Here
Please note these are preliminary fixtures and participants are advised to check Club websites before travelling -
The competition consists of a mimimum 8 events held during the school year (September to July). The majority will be
hosted by SOS or SUFFOC, and the remainder by adjacent East Anglian orienteering clubs.
ESSOL events are open to all young people of School age in the catchment areas of SOS, SUFFOC, WAOC and HAVOC clubs. Competitors can represent a school, youth group or club.
Competitors compete in the following classes and should normally enter the course appropriate to their age -
|School Year Class||Colour Coded Course|
|Years 3 & 4||White||Controls on paths with a control at every junction|| about 1.5 km.|
|Years 5 & 6||White||Controls on paths with a control at every junction|| about 1.5 km.|
|Years 7 & 8||Yellow||Controls on obvious line features|| no route choice|| about 2km.|
|Years 9 & 10||Orange||Controls on prominent point and contour features|| route choice|| about 3 km. |
|Years 11 & 12 ||Light Green||Controls on any feature|| significant route choice|| about 3-4km.|
|Year 13||Green||Controls on any feature|| significant route choice|| about 4-5km.|
Competitors and their teachers, leaders and parents are responsible for ensuring that the correct course is entered, but the scoring scheme adjusts for those who run a different course. Competitors normally run as individuals, but those lacking experience may run as part of a pair.
The winner of each class (boys and girls separately) is awarded 100 points.
|Other competitors in the same class are awarded ||
Winner's time (in seconds) |
Competitor's time (in seconds)
| x 100 points.|
Competitors running up one course (e.g. a Year 8 running the Orange course) will receive 110% of the points above.
Competitors running up two courses (e.g. a Year 6 running the Orange course) will receive 120% of the points above. They may run up more than two classes but would still only score a maximum of 120%.
Competitors running down one course (e.g. a Year 11 running the Orange course) will receive 90% of the points above.
Competitors running as a pair will each receive 75% of the points above, based on the class of the older member of the team with a default to the lower time if a mixed pair.
Competitors running in groups of three or more or with adult (or other) help do not score.
A related adult or supervising person who wishes to run the same course as the competitor must leave at least 10 minutes after the competitor has
started their run before setting off on their own run for white and yellow courses, and at least 15 minutes for other courses.
Competitors having a second run on the day must declare themselves non-competitive for the second course and will not receive points for the second run, and neither will any partner who runs with them.
There is no limit on the number of competitors from any school, youth group or club at any ESSOL event.
The team points score for each ESSOL event will be the sum of the best 6 individuals representing that team at that event.
A trophy will be presented to each boy and girl in each school year group class (3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12/13) who has the highest cumulative
points score from his or her best 5 results.
A certificate will be presented to each boy and girl who wins their year group course at each event and to those who score at least 100 points
cumulative during the league season.
Whole Team Trophy
A trophy will be presented to the team which has the highest cumulative points score from their best 5 results.
Junior Team award
An award will be presented to the team which has the highest cumulative points score in the Y3/4 & Y5/6 categories from their best 5 team
Senior Team award
An award will be presented to the team which has the highest cumulative points score in the Y7+ categories from their best 5 team results.
Competitors from the same team on the same course must have start at least 4 minutes apart.
Competitors must include the following details when registering for an event -
School Year (e.g. Year 6)
Every effort is made to avoid mistakes or omissions but should any be found then please email the details to the ESSOL co-ordinator.
The decision made by the ESSOL co-ordinator is FINAL.
Please download the current results Here - As at 12/09/2021