The 2020/2021 season was severely impacted by Covid19. Three GPS courses were created and remain open for you to try as travel restrictions ease.
They use urban terrain, with occasional stretches of open space or canal towpaths, using an Open Orienteering style of map. You can download and print a map from the links below; you will also need a smartphone with the MapRun app. More information about this is on the GPS Orienteering page.
Each event is a 60 minute score which participants can run at a time of their choosing. The Winter Urban League is running during the Covid pandemic in place of the Night Street League. We have dropped the “Night” element as some may feel safer or find it more convenient to run in daylight hours. When allocating League points, 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.
Night Street League
These are informal after-dark urban orienteering events, often asking you to answer questions to prove that you have found the checkpoints. These could be the numbers on lamp posts or other street furniture.
They are usually held every other Thursday evening during the darker nights. The format is a 60 minute mass start score at 7.00pm, with late starts permitted by agreement with the organiser. Wherever possible the event will be based in a pub, community centre or similar to make the evening more sociable.
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 may be required, depending on terrain. SI cards are usually used for timing (and will be available to hire) but expect to use a pen/pencil to record the “answer” at individual checkpoints. There is a fuller explanation of the format here. Most importantly: without volunteers to plan and organise there will be no series; with guidance and support available, plus additional guidance for making the event accessible.
For previous years the winners, with links to league tables and results where available, are preserved in a archive (pdf file format).