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Night Street League 1 - The Heatons

Event #1 of the Night Street League Series 2016-17

Updated results (another late run) ... 

Thu 27th Oct 2016

Type of event: Local, Night, Street
Type of terrain: Urban
Info updated: 02nd Feb


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

Many thanks to all who attended our opening fixture in The Heatons last Thursday. Running conditions were ideal, and, fortunately, the rain held off!

There were a number of wrong answers affecting 10 different controls, 6 of which were lamp posts. Of these, #31 (8 wrong answers from 20 visits), #36 (8/44), #65 (7/28) and #68 (3/42) caused the most problems.

Chris Rostron, one of our most experienced street leaguers (20 + years of competition), was the mapper and planner for this event, ably assisted by Richard Evans who has planned or checked in each of the last 3 NSL series.

On Friday, Chris checked all the problem control sites, and has sent the following comments:

The problems of using lamp-posts as control sites is well-known, and I really should have known better. My advice to future planners (please note!) is to avoid them unless they are unique in the circle.  I also need to apologise to people who approached #65 from #22 and found a dubious-looking path where a substantial path hair-pinned right. It did go through, but I understand their reluctance in the dark!

I have now decided that the answer 4 is acceptable for #36, so 4 people have had 30 points added to their scores – see below.

Taking each control in turn

  • #31 (answer should be 8); Steve Fellbaum, Matt Driver, Pete Ross, John Williams, Darren Baker, Steve F/Andy M, Mike Greenwood, Mike Smithard ALL wrote 9.

Rejected LP 19 was at the end of the cul de sac south of the junction where the red dot was at the junction left side. The turning space at the end of the cul de sac may look like a black dot and perhaps people assumed that was the control site but it is nowhere near the centre of the circle.

  • #36 (9); Pete Ross 1, Leon Foster 4, Steve Ingleby 3, Liz whitfield 5, Sam Drinkwater 4, Alan Mullock 4, Trevor Jackson ?, Kath Speak 4

Answer 4 is accepted. The dot was near a junction and could be seen as on the east-west path which is where LP4 was, rather than the small north – south path. However, I reject LP 3 and 5 as they were too far from the junction and not sure why 1 (A wrong box answer?)

  • #38 (5); Mark Sammon 396

Guessed after forgetting to write the answer down!

  • #54 (4); Pete Ross 5

Rejected: The clue said S side road and there was a number 3 and 2 number 5’s north of the road – read clue

  • #56 (0); Alberto Ranedo 9

Rejected: Wrote down the LP number next to the GB - read clue

  • #57 (4); Julie Laverock 6

Rejected: Could not find a 6 anywhere nearby so perhaps wrong box answer?

  • #62 (1); Warren Mason 0

Rejected: Could not find a 0 anywhere nearby so perhaps wrong box answer?

  • #64 (55);  John Williams 62

Rejected: Whilst there were two numbers on the sign there was only one in brackets i.e 55 - read clue

  • #65 (4); Tom Skelton 3, Steve Ingleby 3, Matt Driver 3, Julie Laverock 3, Mike Smithard 3, Steve Fellbaum 3, Liz Whitfield 11

Rejected: The red dot was clearly at the end of the cul de sac and after the turning area. LP 3 was near the road junction to the west and before the turning area. Could not find 11 so maybe a wrong box answer. 

  • #68 (3); David Wathey 4, Ian Watson 16, Trevor Roberts 4 (I visited this one, and the position of the dot in relation to the open area is LP 3)

Rejected: LP 4 was on the path junction to the south. LP16 was on the turning area of the cul de sac to the east. However the dot is clearly to the west of the North South path and the answer was a single digit.

Lessons to be learned

For planners:  think long and hard before using lamp posts as control sites,

For runners: 

  1. check the map and the position of the red dot in the circle carefully
  2. read the clue carefully
  3. ensure your answer is written in the appropriate box
  4. check that you have an answer for each of the controls visited in the appropriate box before you hand in your answer sheet

Hope to see you all in Knutsford on 8th November.

Pre Event Info

Venue: The Griffin Hotel, 552 Didsbury Road, Stockport SK4 3AJ

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 2016-17 page.

Additional information from the organiser

Chris Rostron (Planner / Organiser) has provided the following information about The Griffin Inn:

There is a large car park to the Didsbury side of pub, and East Didsbury Metro station is only approximately 400m along Didsbury Road.

The pub do not serve food from their menu in the evenings. However, they will provide a Hotpot with accompaniments or Vegetarian Pasta dish for £5.

The Weekly Pub Quiz starts at 9:30 so make an evening of it and form a team! 

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 Friday 21st October indicating the number of maps required and (if you’d like to eat) which of the TWO choices you’d like.


Nearest town: Stockport

Contacts / Officials

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

Enquiries to 

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