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Last update 31 Mar 2010
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.

The HOC Night Street League Coordinator is John Embrey.

2009-10 league table after all 9 events
Coordinator's end-of-season update: Whilst the series Long title was a foregone conclusion, due to lack of entries throughout the series, the winners of both the Short and the Medium were decided on the night, with overall leaders changing in both classes.
Many thanks to Russ for putting on the event, and to all the other organisers who arranged events over the winter.
I would like to think we can get a few more participants next winter to help make the organisers' efforts worthwhile. If you have never tried one why not give it a go. It's not forest orienteering, but some of the events have been every bit as challenging in a different way.

The series winners were (trophies presented by former HOC member and Salinae resident Alex Wing):

Short course winner

1st Marian White 59 points
2nd Russ Fauset 58 points
3rd Jacky Embrey 52 points

Medium course winner

1st Adrian Bailey 58 points
2nd Andy White 58 points
3rd Colin Spears 45 points

Long course winner

1st John Embrey 60 points
2nd Iain Embrey 10 points
3rd= Tom Lewis & Dave Nevell 9 points

2009 - 2010 Programme

  Date Venue Organiser Details Results
1 Tue 10 Nov Walsall Barry McGowan Results
2 Wed 25 Nov Worcester Brian Hughes Results
3 Tue 08 Dec Stratford-on-Avon Geoffrey Foster Results
4 Tue 15 Dec Malvern Wells Lester Hartmann 01684 577062 Results
5 Thu 21 Jan Halesowen North/Rowley Regis Peter Langmaid Results
6 Tue 02 Feb Redditch John Pearson Results
7 Thu 18 25 Feb Bourneville Colin Spears Results
8 Thu 04 Mar Kingstanding Adrian Bailey Results
9 Fri 26 Mar BIMM at Salinae (Droitwich) Russ Fauset Results


  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, or (if the NSL Coordinator and Club Captain are one and the same) the Club Chairman.
  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

2008-2009 page
2008/2009 season league table
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

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