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Types of event
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Types of event
There are quite a lot of different types of orienteering event, including
National events, multi-day events, night events, bike orienteering events,
The most common types of event, though, are District Events and Regional
Note: District Events used to be called Colour Coded Events,
and Regional Events used to be called Badge Events. The
British Orienteering Federation (BOF) decided to change the names to try
to clarify the event structure -- from small Local Events through District
and Regional Events to the large-scale National Events.
Orienteers are still getting used to the new names, and you'll probably
still hear people talking in terms of Colour Coded Events and Badge Events.
District Events are the "bread and butter" events in the orienteering
calendar. Each event offers a range of courses of different lengths and
navigational difficulties, and you can choose whichever course suits your
levels of fitness, orienteering experience and competitiveness. They
used to be called Colour Coded Events because the courses are identified
by colours. For example, the yellow course is very short and
navigationally easy, so it's suitable for young children and absolute
beginners. By contrast, the brown course is considerably
longer and much more navigationally challenging. It's intended
for the fittest and most competitive of the experienced orienteers.
See the Selecting a Course page for
more details of colour coded courses.
Regional Events are larger scale events. Your competition
course is determined by your age class -- although you do have a choice
between a short course and a long course -- and your results count
towards the national ranking system. The adult courses at
Regional Events have pretty challenging navigation, so they're not
really suitable for complete beginners. However, Regional
Events almost always include three or four colour coded courses as well
as the age class courses, so you can select an easier course if you
District Events are almost always run on a "turn up and enter on the day"
basis. Regional Events require entries to be sent in before
the event, although there are often a limited number of places available
for entry on the day. The constraint is usually the number of
maps that have been printed. Once all the maps for a given
course have been allocated that course is closed to further entries on
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