Informal after-dark urban orienteering, controls normally numbers on street furniture.
Each event has a choice of 3 courses - Short approx. 4 km, Medium approx 6km, Long approx 8km, or is of a score format with 3 different time limits, eg 30/45/60 minutes.
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 also required.
League coordinator Andy writes: So the 2016-17 Night Street League drew to a close at Kerstin Mitchell's excellent Wordsley post-box hunt cum convivial soiree.
After 7 events the coveted Long Course trophy looked like a dead heat between John Leeson and Robert Rose with BOK's Tereza Rush one point behind and Andy Johnson two points further back. I was about to insist that John and Robert have a special head to head run off event but I don't suppose they would have relished that. Luckily a quick re-read of the rules gave me the answer.
Rule 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.
Thus the trophy went to Robert Rose, as John's 10 pointer came from organizing rather than running. However, no-one on the Long actually ran a full set of counting events - it could all have been so different.
The medium course went right down to the wire too, with Andy White leading Adrian Bailey by one point going into the final event. But as Adrian had an event 'in hand' with only 3 scores to Andy's 4, and Adrian having beaten Andy at each those 3 events where they had met it looked likely to be Adrian's title. The drama continued to mount on the final night as Andy forgot to punch the start-box as he started the course. Consequently neither he nor Adrian would know what time he would be given until Peter Langmaid had managed to extract a time from the check-box later that night. The time on the check-box when used as a start time gave Andy a win and 10 points for the event. Adrian just needed 9 points for 2nd place to secure the title based on count back rules. However, Sue Howarth swapped from her usual Long course to the Medium and snuck into 2nd place on the night, meaning Adrian only scored 8 points giving Andy a 1 point lead over Adrian in the final table.
On the short course, the first few events saw honours being split between Peter Langmaid, recovering from a broken ankle, Russ Fauset and Colin Palmer. However a solid set of results in the last 4 events saw Marian White take the title from fast BOK junior Ella May Rush.
PS - Should anyone like to take on the role of Night Street League Co-ordinator for next winter then please email Andy White
Final 2016-17 League Table after all 7 events
2016 - 2017 Programme (all Thursdays unless stated otherwise)
|1||17 Nov||Worcester||John Leeson||Results|
|2||01 Dec||Wombourne||Barry Houghton||Results|
|3||12 Jan||Ledbury||Colin Palmer||Results|
|4||Wed 25 Jan||Sutton Coldfield||COBOC||Results|
|5||09 Feb||Bewdley||Russ Fauset||Results|
|6||23 Feb||Birmingham City Centre||Adrian Bailey||Results|
|7||09 Mar||Wordsley||Kerstin Mitchell||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.
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.
Trophies are awarded for overall winners on each course at the end of the season.
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Russ Fauset in charge at the 2010 Droitwich event centre.