Claro Junior League 2019/20

Welcome to the Claro Junior Orienteering League.  This series of events provides an opportunity for young people, children and novice adults to try out orienteering in safe, easy to access locations.  Coaches are on hand to help you get started and improve your skills.

The League is open to all children and young people from the Harrogate, Knaresborough, Ripon and Nidderdale area, although anyone can take part in the events; we also welcome parents and adults who would like to try out the sport.

There will be 6 events in the 2019/20 League – league table to follow

Date Time Location
Sat 12 Oct 19 2pm-3.30pm Conyngham Hall (Riverside car park HG5 9AX)   RESULTS
Sat 30 Nov 19 2pm-3.30pm Hookstone Woods (Indulge Deli Bar HG2 8QT) RESULTS
Sat 18 Jan 20 2pm-3.30pm Killinghall Moor Country Park (carpark Barberry Close Jennyfields HG3 2NZ) RESULTS
Sat 14 Mar 20 2pm-3.30pm Jacob Smith Park (Scriven Road, Knaresborough HG5 9EG) RESULTS
Sat 16 May 20 2pm-3.30pm Valley Gardens (Magnesia Well Café, Valley Drive HG2 0JW)
Junior League 6 – and Club Picnic
 Sat 27 June 20 2pm-3.30pm Pinewoods ((Harlow Moor Road HG2 0QB)

Download the PDF flyer

Winners 2018/19

Full 2018/19 league results can be viewed here

M8           Jonny Marsh

M10         James Corfield/Edward Robson (Joint)

M14         Luke Fry / William Robson (Joint)

W8          Ella Corfield

Highest Scoring Senior/Adult Man (M)                             Richard Corfield

Highest Scoring Senior/Adult Woman (W)        Jennifer Velez-Calby


Information for competitors

The Claro Junior Orienteering League is run by Claro Orienteering Club.

The aim is to provide participants with the opportunity to learn and develop self confidence, decision making and map reading skills while improving their fitness in a fun, competitive and challenging outdoor sport environment. The League runs from October to June.

Claro Junior League Events. 
There will be 6 events through the year.  All events will be on a Saturday afternoon in urban parks or woodland in or near Harrogate. Events will be open to all, but the league only has categories for children and young people from 8 or younger up to 14 and over. It will use the British Orienteering classes for 2019 ages, so:

  • M8 & W8 for those who have their 8th or 9th birthday during  2019 (or younger)
  • M10 & W10 for those who have their 10th or 11th birthday during  2019
  • M12 & W12 for those who have their 12th or 13th birthday  in 2019
  • M14 & W14 for those who have their 14th or 15th birthday in 2019

M = Men/Boys    W= Women/Girls

There will be individual competitions (male and female) for each class. There will also be a (light-hearted!) open / parent’s competition. Prize giving is expected to be at the 2020 CLARO club picnic event.

Between 2pm and 3pm.  Participants complete an entry form and receive a map with the course and an electronic chip to record their times. There will be help available to show newcomers what to do.

Each event will have four courses, which are colour coded based on the established system used by British Orienteering. In ascending order of difficulty they are:

  • White for M8 & W8
  • Yellow for M10 & W10
  • Orange for M12 & W12
  • Long Orange for M14 & W14

Start Times. 
From 2.30pm to 3.30pm.  Participants start at 1 minute intervals. Please note that courses close at 4.30pm and control points will start to be collected from this time so it is important that people start with enough time to complete their course. Inexperienced participants should arrive early so they can start in good time.

All participants enter as individuals, but they are welcome to run with a friend. However, both must register separately and the time for each runner will count, even if they stick together throughout the course.

Individual entry on the day to cover costs. This includes the hire of an electronic timing chip (or “dibber”).
Juniors £3,  Adults £4.
(Claro club members get discounted entry £1.50 / £2 – you can join on the day or in advance here)
Individuals can have a second run for £1 (discounted 50p) but only the first run counts for the League.

No specialist equipment is needed for beginners. Wear suitable footwear for running on rough ground and clothing appropriate to being outside whatever the weather – preferably clothes that you don’t mind getting muddy. The electronic timing chips (dibbers) are loaned to participants as part of the entry fee for each event. Please take care to secure these carefully to fingers using the loop as they are small, expensive items and losses will be charged for. Participants on Orange courses may want to use a compass, which can also be borrowed at registration if necessary.

Primary Age Groups.
M8 & W8 will compete on the White course; normally between 1 and 1.5 km. M10 & W10 will compete on the Yellow Course normally between 1.5 and 2.5 km. Both courses will involve straightforward navigation and are designed so that they can be completed without the use of a compass. Children can expect to take between 10 and 40 minutes to complete the White course; between 20 and 40 minutes on the Yellow course. Whilst M8 & W8 is the youngest class, those aged below 8 can take part and count in the league.

Secondary Age Groups.
M12 & W12s will compete on the  Orange course and M12 & W12s and above will compete on the Long Orange course. The Orange course is around 2.5km in length and the Long Orange course is around 3.5km. Both provide a greater navigational challenge. Skilled navigators can risk taking shorter routes away from paths and line features while there will usually be easier, safer but longer routes between controls. Very skilled juniors might complete the course in just over 30 minutes while inexperienced participants can expect to take an hour or more. Inexperienced participants should therefore arrive early so they can take the earlier start slots. A compass, and knowledge of how to use it, is recommended. Youngsters tackling the Orange or Long Orange course with no previous experience of orienteering will find it challenging, and should be prepared to be patient as they develop their skills.

Assistance out on the Course.
Parents, guardians etc are encouraged to accompany beginners on the course. In orienteering this is called “shadowing”. This is different to an adult competing as the adult will have a map but not a timing chip. Anyone shadowing a participant should avoid ‘doing it for them’ with the participant in tow in an attempt to get the participant a fast time. This achieves nothing as the participant gets no sense of achievement and learns very little. Instead, shadowers should stay back and allow the participant to do all the navigation themselves if possible, and only help out where a mistake has been made or the participant asks for help.

Parents’ Competition.
Orienteering is renowned as a family participation sport and other family members are welcome to take part. Adults may run any course on offer, and there will be a parents’ competition which will use a handicap system to allow for degree of course difficulty. Parents should not compete if they have already been around any course shadowing.

Seriously lost children are a rarity in orienteering. However, anyone getting disorientated should not wander about aimlessly. Instead, get on to the nearest track or path and remain where you are and you will be found! If you see a control marker not on your course, remain with it and ask another passing competitor for help. Carrying a whistle is recommended. Courses will never cross or use public roads.

Each participant is given a hired electronic timing chip (commonly called a “dibber”) at registration (included in entry). This is used to record the time taken and to show that each control point has been visited. The chip is downloaded to a computer back at registration after completion of the course.

Points will be awarded depending on finish position, with the winner in each year category scoring 100, 2nd scoring 99 etc.

League Table.
The league table will be updated after each event. An individual’s best 3 results will count to their overall standing. Prizes will also be awarded to individual class winners.

Results will be published on the Claro website ( after each event, along with detailed ’split times’ for each runner showing the time taken to each control. This makes it possible to work out how much time you might have lost through either getting lost or making a bad route choice.

There will always be a CLARO coach on hand at each event to help you if you are a beginner, or would like more help with orienteering techniques.

More information can be obtained from:

Claro Schools & Development Officer – Jemima Parker. Email  or phone (01423) 560896