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Last update 12 Mar 2009
Night Street League

During the dark autumn and winter weekday nights Harlequins put on the Night Street League (NSL). This is street orienteering - in the dark. The highlight of the NSL year is the Bewdley International Mountain Marathon (BIMM) organised by Russ Fauset, which in recent years has been more International than Bewdley.

Adrian receives medium trophy John receives long trophy
Adrian Bailey (l) and John Embrey (r) receive the Medium and Long course trophies from retiring NSL Coordinator Brian Hughes.

2008-9 Summary
Brian writes: Congratulations to John Embrey who won the Long Course, the Baggott Trophy and title of Harlequins Night Street League Champion for the second year in succession. Once again, the Medium course provided the stiffest competition. Peter Langmaid looked as if he would win for much of the season, but the generously decided to run the Long in the last two events, allowing Adrian Bailey to scrape home as overall victor in his first season. Jacky kept another trophy in the Embrey household, winning the Short for the second time.

During the season, 32 runners participated. Thanks to all those who ran for making the efforts of the planners worth-while. Thanks too to all our planners for inviting us into their homes, and in particular to those who improved or extended maps to give us new challenges. Geoffrey invited us to Stratford again at Xmas for mulled wine and sausages and a good social atmosphere was generated at the after-eats and drinks at all the venues.

Final 2008-9 League Table

2008 - 2009 Programme
All events on Thursdays unless otherwise stated

  Date Venue Organiser Details Results
1 25 Oct (Saturday) City of London Russ Fauset Results
Chris Embrey's GPS trace
2 04 Nov (Tuesday) Erdington Andy Hemsted Results
3 20 Nov Central Worcester Brian Hughes Results
4 02 Dec Great Barr Adrian Bailey Results
5 17 Dec (Wednesday) Stratford-upon-Avon Geoffrey Foster Results
6 08 Jan Selly Park Alison Sloman Results
7 27 Jan (Tuesday) Kidderminster Dennis Mews Cancelled
8 19 Feb The Weoleys John & Jacky Embrey Results
9 26 Feb Stourbridge Robert Vickers Results
10 10 Mar (Tuesday) Malvern Link Jill MacKenzie Results

The NSL Coordinator is Brian Hughes. Brian is resigning from the role at the end of this season and any offers to take on the job would be greatly appreciated.


  1. There will be 3 courses at each event. Short around 3-4km, Medium 58km, Long 8km or more
  2. There will be a trophy awarded for the winner on each of the three courses during the season. The winner will be determined by the best 6 scores over the series
  3. The winner of the Long course also wins the coveted title of "Harlequin Night Street League Champion"
  4. This is a street competition not night orienteering. The majority of events should take place in towns, streets or on paths. Short, safe stretches in open country where powerful torches are not needed may be acceptable, but must not become the norm. If competitors are sent outside towns the organizer should consider the safety of possible route choices
  5. The planner scores 10 points and may allocate his/her points to the course of his choice
  6. The winner on each course scores 10 points, second 9 points and so on. In the unlikely event of a tie in an event, both competitors receive the higher score, with the next competitor scoring two points less
  7. If there is a tie at the end of the season then the competitor with more scores of 10 on his/her course wins the trophy. If there is still a tie the most scores of 9 determines and so on
  8. Under no circumstances may points be transferred between courses. A competitor must make it clear which course he is running before starting an event
  9. In unusual circumstances (e.g competitors not finding a control, controls being vandalised) it will be the planner's discretion to revise times or placings. (As a general principle planners try their best to ensure no one is disqualified and come away with no points)
  10. In the event of a dispute the NSL Coordinator will make a ruling
  11. In the even more unlikely event that this ruling is not acceptable, appeal may be made to the Club Captain
  12. Start times are normally 6.30 - 7.30pm but may be altered at the planner's discretion
  13. In exceptional circumstances the planner may allow a competitor who cannot make the official event to run at a different time. The result will only stand if the run takes place in the same week (Monday to Friday) as the official event. This is entirely at the discretion of the planner and competitors must not expect this by right


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The normal time for starts is 6:30 to 7:30pm, in order to avoid the worst of the rush hour traffic. Earlier starts will be available at some events and may possibly be negotiated by individuals at others.

Short (around 4km), Medium (around 6km) and Long (around 9km) courses are available. Trophies are awarded for overall winners on each course at the end of the season.

Events use urban streets and paths, with the occasional stretch of open space or canal towpath. A headlight or torch is often useful, particularly for the longer courses, but it doesn't need to be particularly powerful - enough to see your footing and read the map.

Participants are responsible for their own safety and take part at their own risk. Courses may cross main roads and some reflective clothing is advisable.

Previous Seasons

2007-2008 page
2007/2008 season league table
2006-2007 page
2006/2007 season league table
2005-2006 page
2005/2006 season league table
2004/2005 season league table
2003/2004 season league table