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Last update 05 Aug 2019
Night Street League

Informal after-dark urban orienteering, controls normally numbers on street furniture.

Each event will normally consist of a 60 minute score with a mass start, normally 7:00pm. Late starts will be permitted but the common finish time will still apply. Exceptions to this format may be permitted by special pleading to the Co-ordinator.

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.

The Night Street League Co-ordinator is John Leeson

HOC put on a series of seven NSL events in 2018/19, including events in some new areas and some which were planned by some new organisers.
Across the seven events, the highest points scorers were Robert Rose and Peter Langmaid on 150 and 149 points respectively. However, with five events counting for the Men's NSL trophy, Dave Aldridge's near perfect score of 124, from the five events he competed in, put him in first place with Robert Rose, Andy White and Peter Langmaid coming 2nd, 3rd and 4th on 113, 112 and 111 points respectively.
In the Women's NSL competition, only Marian White competed in all seven events with a total score of 105, reducing to 83 from her best five events. In second place Kerstin Mitchell, had 46 points and then the third placed HOC lady was Julie Evans who took part in the King's Heath event.
We don't normally have a Juniors NSL trophy but accompanied juniors can take part and this year Kieran Rose navigated either his mum or his dad around four events amassing a total of 36 points.
As we no longer have short, medium and long NSL trophies, I've tried to prepare a handicapped set of results using the Bert Pardoe (BP factors) to adjust the points scores.
This shows that newcomer Richard Price, who scored a respectable 86 points from just four events, is the handicap winner. Richard is obviously a fast learner (as well as a fast runner) as he was the only person who beat Dave Aldridge, thus preventing him getting a perfect score in the events he entered. Robert Rose and Peter Langmaid were 2nd and 3rd on handicap.
In the women's series, the BP factors did not change the overall results with Marian in 1st place, Kerstin 2nd and Julie 3rd.
For next year, I'm hoping to encourage a few new organisers, as well as rely in this year's team, who all put on great events across our region, including a wonderful post-run supper put on by Kerstin and Martin Mitchell. We also enjoyed well attended post rum meals at many of our other events in a variety of local pubs and a cobbled together HOC team even won a post-run pub quiz in King's Heath.
Please let me know if you have an idea for an event and I'll help slot it into our autumn/ winter calendar.
Many thanks to everyone who planned a NSL event in 2018/19 and to everyone who supported this great series of events.
John Leeson

Final League table and end-of-season summary after all 7 events

2018 - 2019 Programme (all Thursdays unless stated otherwise)

  Date Venue Organiser Details Results
1 22 Nov Redditch Greenlands Peter Rose Details (pdf)
Details (Google)
2 29 Nov Kingswinford Kerstin Mitchell Details Results
3 10 Jan Worcester Robert Rose Details Results
4 24 Jan Kings Heath John Leeson Details Results
5 07 Feb Halesowen Peter Langmaid Details Results updated 13 Feb | Comments
6 21 Feb Warndon Nigel Cousins Details Results | Comments
7 07 Mar Birmingham City Centre Andy White Details updated 28 Feb Results | Comments

  1. Each event will normally be a score event with a 60 minute time limit, with penalties for late returns. Late starts will be allowed but the common finish time will still apply.
  2. The former long, medium and short course trophies will be awarded to the highest-ranked Harlequins based on their performances relative to their Bert Pardoe handicaps.
  3. 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.
  4. The planner scores 10 points; 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 at an event where they actually ran.
  5. In the event of a dispute the NSL Coordinator will make a ruling.
  6. 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.


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The normal time for the mass start is 7:00pm, in order to avoid the worst of the rush hour traffic.

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 handicap winners at the end of the season.

Previous Seasons

2017-2018 page
2017/2018 season league table
2016-2017 page
2016/2017 season league table
2015-2016 page
2015/2016 season league table
2014-2015 page
2014/2015 season league table
2013-2014 page
2013/2014 season league table
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.

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