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Last update 09 Sep 2013
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.

Each event has a choice of 3 courses - Short approx. 4 km, Medium approx 6km, Long approx 8km. A headlamp / torch is highly advisable, but it need not be a full-power terrain night-O one. You should also wear a light / reflective top to help ensure you are seen.
Whistles are now also required.

2013 - 2014 Programme (so far)

  Date Venue Organiser Details Results
1 Thu 07 Nov Walmley Bob Scott Results
2 Thu 13 Dec Hawkesley, S Birmingham John Embrey Results
3 Thu 20 Dec Malvern Lester & Lynden Hartmann Results
4 Thu 24 Jan Halesowen Adrian Bailey This event is POSTPONED to Thu 07 Mar Results
5 Thu 28 Feb Redditch Mike Baggott Results
4 (rearranged) Thu 07 Mar Halesowen Adrian Bailey Results
6 Thu 21 Mar Worcester John Leeson Results


  1. There will be 3 courses at each event. Short around 4km, Medium 6km, Long 8km or more.
  2. 2. There will be a trophy awarded to the highest-ranked Harlequin on each of the three courses at the end of the season. The winner will be determined by the best 6 scores over the series, or best (n-2) results, where n is the number of events in the series, whichever is the lower.
  3. The highest-ranked Harlequin on 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; max. one such score per runner per season. If anyone plans more than one event in a season, for the second and subsequent events they plan they will receive the highest score they have achieved by running their nominated course at an event where they actually run.
  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. If there are more than 10 runners on a course, the 10th and all subsequent runners will each receive 1 point. All competitors, whether Harlequins or not, are eligible for points.
  7. If there is a tie at the end of the season then the competitor with more scores of 10 from running on his/her course wins the trophy. If there is still a tie the most running 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 and placings. Planners should ensure no one is disqualified and comes away with no points. Generally 1 minute is added for each minor mistake e.g. next lamppost along a straight road and 2 or 3 minutes for each more serious miss.
  10. In the event of a dispute the NSL Coordinator will make a ruling
  11. In the event of a dispute the NSL Coordinator will make a ruling.
  12. Start times are normally 6.30 - 7.30pm but may be altered at the planner's discretion
  13. 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.
  14. Start times are normally 6.30 - 7.30pm but may be altered at the planner's discretion.
  15. 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 Sunday) 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

2012-2013 page
2012/2013 season league table
2011-2012 page
2011/2012 season league table
2010-2011 page
2010/2011 season league table
2009-2010 page
2009/2010 season league table
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

The nerve centre of the 2010 BIMM Russ Fauset in charge at the 2010 Droitwich event centre.

control kite at night street lamp control
night street scene
street lamp