2021 Series is CLOSED:  For final positions by year use links below.


2022   Running HERE




Final positions (MAIN)


XCmap - 2021     

XCmap - 2020     

XCmap - 2019

XCmap - 2018       


























The 2022 Series will *OPEN 1st February (this could be subject to change depending on Covid situation) and close on 31st October.  Minor changes can be accessed by the downloads under the latest (Jan '22) 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 2022                                         


MAIN series - FOUR new tasks (replacing old tasks)                               xcmap MAIN 2022

HIKE n FLY - ONE new 50k task (making a total of *five)                         xcmap H&F  2022

*(X Dales '22 added July 2022)



In addition to the two main winners, there will also be an EN C and below award.

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 five 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 2022
MAIN AIMS and RULES - 2022.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [854.2 KB]
Task guidance notes plus HIKE n FLY rules/guidance at Jan 2022
Guidance notes on tasks - 2022.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [788.0 KB]

The tasks for 2022 can be download and stored as a 'set' direct from the xcmap task page.  We  did have sets below for download but these became dated due to task changes. If anyone wishes to create sets in different formats for different instruments that would be great. If forwarded to me I will upload below.

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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