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Night Street League 1 - Macclesfield SW

Event #1 of the Night Street League Series 2017-18

Updated Results (another late run) ...

Thu 02nd Nov 2017

Type of event: Local, Night, Street
Type of terrain: Urban
Info updated: 05th Dec


Event Report

Please check your results carefully for spelling/club/age group/correct timing and score, and let us know asap of any errors. If your score is not what you were expecting, and you don't feature in the wrong-answers list, one of us has made a mistake.

Don't forget that if you can't make a particular event, you can get the map and questions from Grahame , and run by yourself before or after the day, and have your score included.

Marker's Comments

15 control sites attracted at least one wrong answer. Codes on #30 and #61 were not absolutely clear, so Doug E, Marie R, Tom D, and Leon all have 30 more points than shown in the preliminary results, with David W, Alan O and Sophie R picking up an extra 60. No other (wrong) answers were credited. 

Please get in touch if you have any other queries.

Planners Report

Many thanks to all those who came to the first event of the new NSL season.  We’re glad that most people seemed to enjoy themselves, despite the double difficulty of shaking off the NSL cobwebs and the 50th event special features.

We had a debate during planning as to whether to make the clueless 50-point controls ‘truly’ clueless or whether to give a confirmatory check digit.  We went with the second option but, as it turned out, a few runners reported that the check digit system caused more confusion rather than helping.  Next time we’ll either go ‘truly’ clueless or use a clearly pre-defined check digit (e.g. the last digit of the answer).

The other ‘special feature’ (try to finish on a total score of ‘something and 50’ for a bonus 50 points) was exploited to good effect by a number of crafty orienteers by either (i) crossing out a low value correct answer or (ii) deliberately being slightly late, to achieve a total of xx50.   We’d thought of the second tactic and made the time penalties harsher to compensate, but didn’t think of the first.   Well done to those ingenious (devious?) runners who made the most of one or both tactics – your 50 point bonuses are well deserved (you know who you are and so do we J)

Clare, Mike and Rik

Pre Event Info

Venue: The Weaver, Thornton Sq, Macclesfield SK11 7XZ

Register 6.00 to 7.00pm. Starts 6.30 to 7.30pm. Fee £3/£1.50.

Score event with 40 minute, 60 minute or 75 minute time limit. Under 16s MUST be accompanied by an adult. 16 and 17 year olds can compete alone but ONLY with written consent from parent/guardian. Lights essential (+ back-up). High-visibility clothing compulsory.

Further information on the format and event schedule, including tips for beginners, can be found on the Night Street League Series 2017-18 page.

This will be MDOC's 50th NSL event since we held our first one (in Marple) in 2011.

In celebration of our 50th event, there will be a couple of minor tweaks to the scoring system - planner Clare Griffin explains ...

As it's the 50th NSL event and you're all now experts, there will be two slight twists on the usual format: 

  1. all 50 point controls will be 'clueless'.  Your answer sheet won't state what item you're looking for.  However all clueless controls will be standard NSL items of street furniture and will be unambiguous - there will be only one possible object within the control circle.  We'll also give you a single check digit for clueless controls, for confirmation.  (The planning team will be available in the bar afterwards, and are willing to have a philosophical discussion on the true meaning of 'clueless' for the price of a pint.)
  2. if your total score ends in 50 (e.g. 450, 550, or, for the optimistic, 1050), you will get a 50 point bonus.  Only correct answers count and if you're late back your final score will be calculated after your penalty deductions - not what it would have been if you were on time.

Higher value controls will be available, for those who think the above all sounds a bit complicated.

Additional information from the organiser

The Weaver has a car park with space for about 20 cars which we are welcome to use. Vehicle access is from Thirlmere (not Thornton Square). There is a free public car park serving the shops on Thornton Square and ample space on nearby streets (please park prettily to avoid offending residents).

The pub has offered a choice of three set meals for £6. These are:

Chicken Rogan Josh curry
Beef chilli
Vegetarian pasta bake

Reserving a map and food

As usual, we are unsure of the numbers of runners who will come along, so if you are interested in attending please email Grahame Crawshaw  by 13.00 on Sunday 29th October, indicating the number of maps required and (if you’d like to eat) which of the THREE choices you’d like.


Nearest town: Macclesfield

Contacts / Officials

Series Co-ordinator: Grahame Crawshaw (0145 786 6264; mob 0758 720 6420)

Enquiries to 

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