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Last update 22 Feb 2017
Winter Evening Events

These events are intended to provide both a challenge to experienced night orienteers and a good traing ground for novices or newcomers to this version of the sport. They will include a number of easier controls, mainly on line features, plus more difficult ones to test skills as experience is gained. There will be a Ladies and Mens Trophy at the end of the series for the respective winners. We also make sure we have a tent or room as a focal point.

As many of the areas available to us for NSL are small or otherwise unsuitable for a 60 minute score, most events have a format whereby there is one course and controls are taken in order and will each be worth 10 points. We still limit the time to 60 minutes. Any time over this will be penalised at the rate of 1 point for each 6 seconds or part thereof late. Controls can be missed out but any taken out of sequence will not count. For example, 1-2-3- -5-6 scores 50 but 1-2-5-3-6 only scores 40 because 3 was taken out of sequence. The courses should be planned so that the fastest may possibly clear all controls just inside the 60 minutes, but for most it will be a matter of deciding which ones to miss or when to quit and head for the finish.

Colin writes: Sadly, this is likely to be the last night event at Old Hills, as the Madresfield Estate feel that night events pose too much potential disturbance to farm stock and wildlife. No doubt a really imaginative planner could create a challenging 1:5,000 course on the common only (which is managed by the Malvern Hills Conservators) - but that thought is for the future.

Probably the area providing the best opportunities for losing contact with the map is the area with the complex path network adjacent to the wood in the centre of the map - so this is where (with the assistance of the rather excellent WEE scoring format) that around 30% of the controls were placed. The basic planning concept was a clover leaf design with a central axis close to controls 18 & 22. These were positioned to make the gates and gaps a natural route choice out of the wood or field. The aim was to permit shorter courses to be relatively easily identified by omitting the outliers, leaving controls in the southern fields for the fleetest of foot. For example, an efficient, if rather messy 2.4km 110 pointer could be 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 18, 22 plus options of adding controls 17, 19, 20 at the end of the run if time allowed. An extra "leg" (controls 23 & 24) was included to stretch the fastest even further, with Richard Perkis the only competitor to reach them, albeit at the cost of a few minutes of lateness. David W and Ifor Powell both visited all but these last two controls, with David continuing his winning ways with a slightly faster time.

Finally, the mea culpas. Apologies to those who had problems with controls 10 & 15 - both, I'm afraid as a result of planner errors. I hadn't spotted the potential confusion between stile and gate at control 10, and a last minute move of control 15 some 30m away from the public footpath was not accompanied by a move of the control circle. I hope these errors did not spoil your runs.

2016-17 league table after 5 events

2016 - 2017 Programme
All events on Thursdays unless otherwise stated

  Date Venue Organiser Details Results
1 24 Nov Walton Hill Kerstin Mitchell Details Results
2 08 Dec Walsall Airport Barry McGowan Details Results
3 19 Jan Hartlebury Common Andy Hemsted Details Results
4 02 Feb Dudmaston Barry Houghton Details Results
5 16 Feb Old Hills Colin Palmer Details Results
6 02 Mar Burlish Top and Rifle Ranges Andy Johnson Details
7 16 Mar Coombeswood Adrian Bailey

The Winter Evening Event coordinator is David Williams

Volunteers to organise and plan events are very welcome and will receive 25 points for their efforts. Volunteers please contact the league coordinator.



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The time for starts is typically 18:00 to 19:00 but it does depend on when it gets dark! If cloudy the first runner normally can go off 10 minutes after the end of "Civil Twilight".

Obviously a torch or headlight is needed (the more powerful the better)! Participants are responsible for their own safety and take part at their own risk. PLEASE NOTE that the carrying of whistles is compulsory at all HOC events (we usually have a few to hire or borrow).

Before setting off for an event please check the HOC website for updates

Previous Seasons

2015-16 WEE Page
2014-15 WEE Page
2013-14 WEE Page
2012-13 WEE Page
2011-12 WEE Page
2010-11 WEE Page
2009-10 WEE Page
2008-9 WEE Page
2007-8 WEE Page
2007-8 League Table
2006-7 League Table
2005-6 League Table

Post-run fish & chip refuel at the 2013 WEE final
Competitors at the 2013 WEE final tuck into their fish suppers whilst the (then) League Coordinator works out the results.

Dave Williams birthday cake at the 2011 WEE final
Dave Williams cuts cake at the 2011 WEE final

Dave Williams' birthday cake at the 2011 WEE final