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Last update 07 Jan 2021
Winter Urban League

This winter, HOC members will be able to participate in an informal urban orienteering league using the MapRunF smartphone app as restrictions permit (see below). For more information about MapRunF, please see our Virtual Courses page.

Courses will be available for personal training only whilst the current National lockdown applies. League points will not be awarded for runs during this time.

Each event will normally consist of a 60 minute score which participants can run at a time of their choosing. We have dropped the "Night" element as some may feel safer or find it more convenient to run in daylight hours. No penalty/bonus will be applied for runs at any particular time of day.

If your run does take place in the dark, 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.

The Street League Co-ordinator is John Leeson

Covid Update 07 Jan:
The guidance issued by British Orienteering on 06 Jan states
POCs and VOCs can still be used for individual exercise... They must not be used for competitions or leagues.
Therefore we are leaving our MapRun courses open, but we will not award any Winter Urban League points for runs which took place during the current lockdown.

2020 - 2021 Programme (all events opening on Thursdays unless stated otherwise)

1 19 Nov - ? Hawkesley John Leeson Details Map Results
2 06 Dec - ? Bournville Dave Williams Details Map updated 10 Dec | Control Descriptions Results
3 24 Dec - ? Stourbridge Robert Vickers Details Map Results
4 07 - 14 Jan St Johns, Worcester Ian Pickering
5 21 - 28 Jan Birmingham Andy White
6 04 - 11 Feb Coseley Richard Price (TBC)
7 18 - 25 Feb North Birmingham James Thomas
8 04 - 11 Mar Malvern East Brian Laycock
9 18 - 25 Mar Greenlands, Redditch Peter Rose (TBC)

  1. Each event will normally be a score event with a 60 minute time limit, with 20 minutes per control and a 10 point penalty per minutes or part thereof for late returns.
  2. Only competitors' first runs within the time window (which will be extended as necessary depending on coronavirus restrictions) will count for the league. The event may continue to be available on MaprunF after the closing date for training, practice or as a longer term VOC.
  3. There will be three age group trophies for competitors of both genders which will be awarded to the highest-ranked Harlequins based on their performances in M/W Open (to 45), M/W Vets (45-65) and M/W Super Vets (65+) classes.
  4. This is a street competition not night orienteering. The events will take place in towns, using streets or public paths. Short, safe stretches in open parkland, where powerful torches are not needed, may be included, but will not become the norm.
  5. The planner receives 25 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.
  6. The winner of each event, in each gender, will receive 25 points, second 24 points and so on.
  7. In the event of a dispute the NSL Coordinator will make a ruling.
  8. In the event that this ruling is not acceptable, appeal may be made to the Club Captain or the Club Chairman.


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Events use urban streets and paths, with the occasional stretch of open space or canal towpath. A headlight or torch is often useful, 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

2019-2020 page
2019/2020 season league table
2018-2019 page
2018/2019 season league table
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