||SMILE's are SuMmer Introductory Low-key Events
and they are held on either Saturday or Sunday mornings starting in
April and will offer
White, Yellow and Orange courses. SMILE events are aimed
particularly at developing orienteers and those juniors or seniors who
wish to practice these courses in a friendly atmosphere.
||The Summer Series is a programme of events scheduled for Saturday afternoons, between mid-May and early September.
. These are friendly low key events which are ideal for newcomers as well as being well attended by more experienced orienteers who wish to get some practise in over the Summer months.
||Regional events are now called National Events by British Orienteering. These offer age based for senior classes and ability
based for juniors and usually require pre-entry although there may also be
some colour coded courses with EOD. The senior courses are eligible
for ranking points if you are a member of British
Orienteering. These events
were once also called Badge events, Level 2 events, and Level B events
||District events Are now called Regional events by British Orienteering. These offer a full range of colour coded courses and are suitable
for all abilities. The colour coding of courses is related to ability providing a suitable entry point to orienteering and progression for all ages and abilities. When arriving at an event simply visit the enquiries/registration
area, as entries are taken on the day, and mention you are new to the sport. Courses are eligible
for ranking points if you are a member of British
Local and Regional are the most common types of orienteering events in Britain. There will be at
several events each month within reasonable travelling distance in most parts of Britain on Sunday mornings. The orienteering season runs from September to June but there often local events available during the summer.
WAOC Midweek Summer
Galoppens are a series of low-key orienteering themed events on Wednesday
evenings. The event genre varies, being conventional orienteering, a score
event, street orienteering, or something of the planner's own invention.
There are normally a couple of different courses, long and short for
example. No one takes them too seriously although there are prizes for the
overall winner at the end of the series. Starts will usually be from
6:00pm to 7:00pm, but you are advised to check this beforehand.
So, after a hard days work in the
office, lab, or garden, why not enjoy the long balmy summer evenings by
doing a bit of orienteering down the park. See you all in June.
||The CompassSportCup is the annual inter-club
competition. The regional round will be hosted by EAOA at
Hatfield Forest in 2016. The competition is open to all club members
and, as 25 competitors from each club across all the courses count
towards the final total, it is important that as many members compete.
||Chasing Sprints are made up of 2 races, the Prologue and the Chasing Start
The Prologue is similar to a normal event with a staggered start time. The winning time is expected to be 25 minutes.
The Chasing Start is about 1 hour after the Prologue and has a base start time. Your time from the Prologue is added
to the base start time to give you your actual start time. The race
is then on for the Finish with the first person to cross the line the
||Middle distance competitions have age related courses that
are designed to have an Estimated Winning Time (EWT) of 30-35 minutes.
||The UK Cup
events are Britain's premier orienteering competitions and are chosen to
challenge a competitor's orienteering skills and fitness. The series is
held during the spring season with races spread over the whole of the UK.
These events are open to everybody (you do not need to be of elite status
to enter) and are a great chance for you to test yourself against the very
||The Young Orienteers Festival (YOF) is for primary
and lower secondary juniors. It is being run alongside the British
Sprint Championships in Milton Keynes and gives juniors the chance to run
at the same event as the top British elites.
||Many orienteers regard night orienteering as the ultimate
challenge in the sport, requiring the highest standards of detailed
navigation and physical agility. Night courses are typically 2/3 the
distance of their daytime equivalent courses.
The Harvester is a Night/Day relay held every year, entry is via the club
The Peter Palmer Junior Relays are the junior version of the
Night/days Harvester relay.
||The Yvette Baker Trophy (YBT) is a junior inter club
competition. The qualifying round is held by the region in the
autumn and is open to all club juniors.
||The British Relay Champs and JK Relays are Britain's premier
relays. They are open to all club members and entry is via the club
||Try-O events are usually based on colour coded
courses but will only have the shorter courses. They are designed to
introduce newcomers to the sport of orienteering and to offer help and
advice on how to get the most out it.