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Types of events

All clubs will put on several events during the year. These range from informal club training events (often a MapRun course), low-key local events (known as level D's), bigger regional events (level C's) and National Level B events and even Major Level A events including British Championships. World Championship events are also held in the UK, with the next being in 2024 in Edinburgh.

There are several types of orienteering events:

The different types of cross-country orienteering courses are:

Colour Level of technical difficulty Description Length
White 1 Very easy, with all controls on paths. Suitable for 6 - 10 year olds or family groups. 0-2.5km
Yellow 2 Controls are on simple linear features like walls, streams or paths. Suitable for under 12's or family groups. 2-3km
Orange 3 Some basic use of a compass may be needed and there will be more choice of route. Suitable for novice adults or experienced youngsters. 3-4km
Light Green 4 Will use simple contours and point features like rocks. For improving adult beginners and young teens graduating from orange courses. 3-4.5km
Green 5 Hard navigational challenge using contours, lots of route choices and compass work. For adults and experienced under 18s. 3-5km
Blue 5 Longer, more physically demanding course with hard navigational challenges. For experienced orienteers. 5-7.5km
Brown 5 Even longer, physically demanding course with hard navigational challenges. For experienced orienteers. 7.5-10km
Black 5 The longest, most physically demanding course with hard navigational challenges. For experienced orienteers. Over 10km

Some of these colour course have shorter versions, e.g. Short Green, Very Short Green and Short Blue.