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):
2009 - 2010 Programme
|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|
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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.
2008/2009 season league table
2007/2008 season league table
2006/2007 season league table
2005/2006 season league table
2004/2005 season league table
2003/2004 season league table