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Night Street League 2 - Sale

Event #2 of the Night Street League Series 2022-23.

Results, comments and safety concerns ...

Thu 10th Nov 2022

Type of event: Local, Night, Street
Type of terrain: Urban
Info updated: 17th Nov


Event Report

Huge thanks to Emma Mason for stopping in her run to help Yeliena, who spent the evening in Wythenshawe hospital being treated for a broken finger. Hopefully recovery will be speedy and she won't be put off from Street Leaguing!

(again) We can't do the usual instant results service if people have to be chased to upload. 4 seems to be the going rate.

There were a few wrong written answers - in almost all cases, the fact that there was no beep and the answer was wrong suggests they weren't in the right place.

I wonder if MapRun is really a fair-weather technology. It seems to have behaved much better on a nice night than it did on last week's wild night in Macclesfield !

Safety Concerns at Sale NSL


In addition to choosing an area, drawing or updating the map, planning and checking the course and liaising with the venue, NSL planners and checkers spend considerable amounts of time addressing any safety issues at their events. In addition to a comprehensive risk assessment for the Sale event on Thursday 10th November, the event team (Peter and Jillyan) highlighted their concerns in an additional "Safety Briefing" document which was sent out, with the final details, to all pre-entries on the MDOC Entry site. 

The additional safety briefing included the following instruction:

There are several brooks/streams that cross the competition area. They flow in dangerous deep, steep-sided channels and are not to be crossed except by bridge.

Despite this, the explicit words "are not to be crossed except by bridge" were ignored by a number of competitors - as can easily be seen from their MapRun tracks. It is hugely disappointing to find that some people apparently have not bothered to read the final details, or (worse!) have read them but ignored the important safety instructions they contain.

We do not believe that any runners were deliberately trying to cheat, but, in the interest of fair competition, we have discussed various forms of sanction, as most people who crossed the stream unfairly gained substantial advantage over those who followed the instruction. However it isn't clear what sanction would actually be fair - deducting points ? time penalties ? disqualification ?

Unfortunately, the written instruction was not reinforced on the full safety map in the final details (also available near Registration in the pub) or (perhaps most importantly) on the competition map which ALL runners had. EOD runners did not have access to the final details.

In light of this omission on our part, we have agreed that, in this case, we will allow the scores achieved by the transgressors to stand - but will accept self disqualification from the runners involved.

For future reference

> NSL planners will ensure that any mandatory and / or safety critical information is clearly shown both on the safety map, in the final details AND the competition map (either on the map itself or in the legend),

> a copy of the final details will be available on the MDOC website,

> a copy of the final details will be available at registration - giving EODs an opportunity to read them,

> A3 copies of the safety map will be on show at Registration (reinstating a practice that was only withdrawn in response to Covid)

> competitors must understand the importance of reading any safety information sent out in the final details via the entry system; they should also be aware that if they ignore information or instructions on the competition map, there will be sanctions!

The NSL team

Pre Event Info

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.

Venue: The Moorfield, 131 Marsland Road, Sale M33 3NW

The event will be a MapRun event, enabling use of the MapRun6 app on your phone or the MapRunG app on to your watch. 

If you are new to the system, please read the instructions on our website

and download the MapRun apps to your phone or watch.  The event files will be available for download from Tuesday 8th November. You are strongly advised to download everything you need before you arrive at the event.

As usual at our NSL Maprun events, a traditional paper-based backup will be available for those who request it. 

Start and Finish will be timed using SI as usual.

Pre-registration and entry

To enter the event, everyone should pre-register using the MDOC Registration System Choose a start block, and hire a dibber if required.  This process will guarantee that a map is available for you on the night. 

If you are running as a pair, you both need to pre-enter the event.

Entries will close at midnight on Tuesday 8th November.

We would prefer to avoid entry on the day (EOD) but a limited number of maps may be available. Please do NOT rely on it.

On the night registration will be based in the pub. You will need to pick up your personalised clue sheet and a dibber (if requested) and pay for your entry. Our preferred system of payment is by contactless card - using the iZettle system. Cash payments will be possible, but not encouraged.

Please note that all runners will receive a map, and will be charged for it (£4 senior, £2 junior);  additional maps (for people running in pairs) will be charged at £2.


At the pub (additional information in the final details)


At the pub (additional information in the final details)


  • you don't have to use MapRun - you can just fill in the answers on your cluesheet,
  • in the (unlikely ?) event of a missing "beep" at a control, MapRunners MUST record a written response on their clue sheet.
  • you get points if you get a beep or if you write the answer down. Simples. 
  • photos of typical control sites can be seen on the Typical NSL Controls webpage,
  • final details - including a copy of the Safety Notice, and the safety map will be emailed to all pre-entries after entries have closed - they will not be available at registration.


Nearest town: Sale

Contacts / Officials

Series Co-ordinator: Grahame Crawshaw

Enquiries to 

Safety and Risk

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