2017/18 Guidelines, Rules & Scoring

General Guidance & Rules For Event Organisers & Planners, with some minor updates for the new 2017/18 season.

Competitors – please check individual organising clubs website for specific info about each event.


All NNC events should aim to follow the same timings.
Registration from 5:45pm.
Starts from 6 – 7pm, courses close 8pm

Missing cut off times. Failure to return by the 8pm cutoff causes safety problems and inconvenience. We appreciate that this sometimes occurs accidentally. Nonetheless the Series Organiser reserves the right to ask any competitor who misses the 8pm cutoff to enter a shorter course or to start nearer 6pm at subsequent Northern Night Cup events.


All NNC events should follow the charging structure below:

Orienteering club members

Senior: £6.00
Junior: £3.00

Non club members

Senior: £7.00
Junior: £4.00

SI Card / Emit Brikke hire: FREE (replacement charge to be determined by each club)

£1 honesty box donation for soup.

Event entries

All events registered with British Orienteering as Local and open for pre-entries in plenty of time please.


See also rule for “Juniors” below. We know these issues can be contentious! We have tried hard to draft rules that are inclusive, safe and fair. If you have any comments we are keen to hear them. Anyone is welcome to run in pairs or be “shadowed” on any course. Everyone in the group / pair must however declare themselves “non-competitive” to the organiser when you turn up on the night. Your time will appear as normal in the results but you will not score points in the overall league.
Some adults may want to shadow a junior on one course and subsequently have their own run alone on a longer course. This is fine (provided you are fit enough to get round before the last start / courses close time!) but again please declare yourself “non-competitive” to the organiser so that you will not score points in the overall league as you will have gained a competitive advantage by running round the short course.
NB for ease organisers should use the “non-competitive” option in AutoDownload / EMIT and have column for it on printed registration forms.


Juniors are warmly welcomed at all events. Parents should however be aware that winter night orienteering can be a serious undertaking. Therefore juniors who have not turned 14 on the day of the event must run together with an adult. Any parent wishing to gain exemption from this rule is welcome to provide evidence of their child’s competence at night orienteering to the Organiser of each event. This is in keeping with British Orienteering Rule 5.2.4. Juniors over the age of 14 are welcome to run unsupervised, provided their parents are happy for them to do so.


Spare torch & whistles strongly recommended at all events. It is very unpleasant and potentially dangerous to have your only torch fail in a dark corner of the forest (just ask the Series Organiser...) Random kit checks may take place. An extra top layer and high-vis reflective clothing may also be sensible choices. 

Course Planning Guidelines

All planners please test run at least some legs at night before finalising courses.

Where possible, the medium and long courses should ideally loop back towards the finish at around 2/3 total distance. This is especially important for the long. This gives competitors an easy option to retire.

For medium and long courses planners please beware risk of trains developing. This can easily happen at night with short start intervals and powerful headtorches. This can all too easily spoil the orienteering experience. Planners should consider using a spread of controls, particularly at the start of the medium and long courses.

  • Short – Night TD3, estimated winning time 25 minutes for a M/W14 or novice adult.
  • Medium – Night TD4-5, estimated winning time 35 minutes for a W50/M60.
  • Long – extension to or variation on the Medium course, Night TD5, estimated winning time 35 minutes for a M/W 21/35.

NB: darkness increases Daytime TD1 to Night TD2, Daytime TD2 to Night TD3, and so on. Therefore, for example, the Short course should meet the planning criteria for a Daytime Yellow course.


99 points for the winner at each event, 98 for second, 97 for third and so on. 0 points for a mispunch or DNF.

The planner of each event gets a score equal to their highest score achieved by actually competing in the same NNC series. NEW for 2017/18: these are designed to be low-key events so it would be usual for the Planner to also act as Organiser. However if there is a separate Organiser s/he can also ask to have their volunteering counted for the same points as the Planner.

The BEST 4 of 6 3 of 5 scores will count (changed due to Creag Leach cancelled).

We will once again be using o-results.net to provide the series results. Thanks go to Andrew Dalgleish for providing this service.


There will be a random prize draw at the end of series party. You will be eligible for a prize if you have turned up to a least 4 of the 6 events, and if you are actually present at the end of series party! In addition there may be prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd in each category – details to follow.


No age or gender categories, just long, medium & short. Special prize for most improved orienteer. Pairs or shadowed runners are not eligible for prizes in any category. 

13th Jan 18

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