2020 Series is CLOSED:  For final positions by year use links below.


XCmap - 2020      (Final positions)

XCmap - 2019     (Final positions)

XCmap - 2018       (Final positions)


The 2021 Series will *OPEN 8th March (this is a change due to Covid lockdown 3) and close on 31st October.  Minor changes can be accessed by the downloads under the latest (Jan '21) Rules and Aims.  *The OPEN date above applies ONLY if the resident club has notified the site as being open.


The Background and Aims are worth a read if you're unfamiliar with the NCS.


NEW FOR 2021


There are two new tasks for 2021. These are Stags Fell (NOTE - DHPC Members Only) and Murton .... the task has been changed to allow progressive scoring.


In addition to the two main winners, there will (tbc) be an EN C and below winner.

What lies behind the NCT and how to use the NCT Series.
NCT background and Aims.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [590.4 KB]

                           Powered by XCMAP.NET (with thanks to Chris Foster)

The Northern Challenge Series is an extended competition offering a fresh approach to accommodating the British weather and pilot availability through a series of standing, focused tasks. In short, it provides maximum convenience and flexibility for pilots wishing to be involved. In large part it's a response to the difficulty of getting enough pilots and the weather to coalesce around fixed date events. The NCS is designed to overcome current difficulties and add extra spice (and learning) to a day's flying.


The NCS runs from 1st February - 31st October and offers up a series of 14 main tasks plus a subsidiary set of four Hike and Fly tasks running as separate events. ALL tasks are open to full members of the BHPA members. There is no entry fee or prior registration. Please note ... the odd site  (Stags Fell)  may be 'members only'. Read the Club site guides.


For those not of a competitive nature then tasks can be viewed as useful pilot development challenges with the emphasis on instrument and navigation use, decision making and exploring what's possible (pushing your own envelope). They could form useful coaching activities.


The tasks are hosted on xcmap.net which provides for  easy downloads of the tasks in various formats, task map with cylinders and straightforward uploads with integral scoring. 


Full details are provided via the two downloads. These are:


*  AIMS and RULES  

*  Additional GUIDANCE NOTES on the main and subsidiary tasks




              Windrose for tasks including task types.      Courtesey of Tam Morrison

Updated and current Jan 2021
MAIN AIMS and RULES - 2021.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [852.7 KB]
Task guidance notes plus HIKE n FLY rules/guidance at Jan 2021
Guidance notes on tasks - 2020.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [780.1 KB]

The tasks for 2021 can be download and stored as a 'set' direct from the the xcmap task page.  Below are zipped folders for the Oudie, LK8000 and a gpx set for the Skytraxx. Thanks to Tim McDonald for the Oudie set and Tim Rogers for the LK8000 set.   As many now use xctrack or flyskyhy the formats can be found on the task pages. 

GPX full set for Skytraxx.
Note the GRIDS have identifiers, CLO (Clough), DOD (Dodd), PAR (Parlick), MOD (Model Ridge).
NCT SET 2021.gpx
GPS eXchange file [29.0 KB]
Main task set in .cup format for the Oudie
All 14 tasks for the MAIN set. Check before use.
NCT .cup set - main 2021.zip
Compressed archive in ZIP format [8.3 KB]
NCT task set for the Hike & Fly in .cup format for the Oudie
Suitable for Oudie users. Check before use.
NCT .cup - HF set.zip
Compressed archive in ZIP format [2.5 KB]
Main task for LK8000 - with thanks to Tim Rogers.
Compressed archive in ZIP format [8.6 KB]
HIKE and FLY tasks for LK8000 - with thanks to Tim Rogers.
Compressed archive in ZIP format [2.3 KB]
Submitted article to Clubs for background reading.
Northern Challenge Trophy - background.p[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [953.1 KB]
A ppt .... no commentary but another way of understanding the NCT without the long read.
NCT 2018.pptx
Microsoft Power Point presentation [6.8 MB]
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