Competitions are provided for all ages and physical and navigational abilities. Beginners' courses and tuition and training are regularly provided by YHOA clubs.
10 of these events are organised across the UK each year and provide the premiere competitions of the fixtures calendar. At least one will usually be in the YHOA region. A range of age and gender related courses are provided and pre-entry via a standard or special entry form is required. Details are available on the BOF website fixtures page. Cost of entry is usually around £10 or more for adult competitors - lower for juniors. A limited range of Colour coded courses may be offered on the day.
Entry in advance using a standard entry form, although some entry on the day may be available. There is a range of age and gender related courses which usually cost between £6-£9 for adult competitors. A limited range of Colour coded courses are offered on the day.
Entry on the day (EOD) with a range of colour coded courses which range in length and technical difficulty, to suit all ages and abilities. Courses range from White (usually about 1km with very simple navigational challenges) through Yellow, Orange, Red, Light Green, Green, Blue to Brown (which is typically around 8km and is physically and navigationally challenging) These events usually cost around £4 for adult competitors with start times normally from 10.30 - 12.30am
Entry on the day. Limited range of colour-coded courses.
Night events take place during the Winter months usually on Saturday evenings with start times spaced out over two hours shortly after nightfall. A restricted range of courses (usually Short, Medium and Long) are available to test the orienteers' navigational abilities in limited visibility conditions. Each club usually hosts one Night event each year which can be entered on the day.
A Major Event Fixture List appears on the Fixtures page
This competition is hosted by one of the clubs in the region each year, at a regional or national event. The competition is open to any member of a YHOA club – so the first YHOA club member in each age-class becomes the YHOA Champion for that year. YHOA provides a trophy memento for the YHOA champions of each adult class, and for the first three placed YHOA juniors.
This competition is hosted by one of the YHOA clubs each year, usually at a district (colour coded) event. The competition is targeted at school groups, but children who normally orienteer independently of their school (ie. with their parents) can represent their school at this event. There are individual and team (school) competitions. YHOA provides trophy mementos for the first three placings in each class. There are classes for individual boys and girls in each of Years 3 to 13 and the following team prizes.
This competition is held between November and February each year. Each club in the YHOA region organises a night event in the same format (four courses ranging from short/easy to long/difficult. Points are scored by each runner, and at the end of the league the highest ranked person in each class is crowned the winner. YHOA provides prizes for the winners.
The YHOA Park Race Series is a new competition to be held in the Spring. Clubs in the region take it in turn to host an event of short course races, generally in fast open parkland. The aim of this type of competition is to provide fast exciting orienteering, both for the competitors and the spectators. There are races for men and women in the open and veteran classes.
All the regional and national events in a calendar year count towards the YHOA Gallopen Trophy. Points are scored for every event you enter, with the best 6 scores to count. There are 6 classes: Mens and Womens Long, Mens and Womens Short and Mens and Womens Junior.
This competition is similar to the YHOA Championships, but is open to club members from across the northern regions. The competition is hosted each year at a regional or national event, rotating between the three northern regions (North West, North East and YHOA).
Like the Northern Championships – but in the dark! The competition is open to club members from across the northern regions. The competition is hosted each year at a regional or national event, rotating between the three northern regions (North West, North East and YHOA).
The CompassSport Cup is the annual national interclub competition. There is a quasi-regional knockout round, and a national final. The 2004 CompassSport Cup winners are YHOA club Airienteers.
The Yvette Baker Trophy is named after Britain’s World Champion orienteer. The Yvette Baker Trophy is a national junior inter-club competition, at which there is a regional knockout round and a national final.