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Night Street League 5 - Hazel Grove

Event #5 of the Night Street League Series 2014-15

Final Results, with Marker's Comments and Planner's Notes ...

Tue 06th Jan 2015

Type of event: Local-(D), Night, Score
Type of terrain: Urban
Info updated: 17th Mar

Results

Event Report

Planner/Organisers - Jane & Dave McCann
Checker - Trevor Roberts

Marker's Comments

Jane apologises for the four controls where the question wasn't exactly as intended (21, 38, 57, 62) and a couple of controls where the dot wasn't placed accurately enough (35,39). Unfortunately, these errors crept in during the last stages of planning and Christmas festivities got in the way of the usual levels of preparation and checking. Also, the locked looking gate that caused confusion (46) - this had been wide open every time it had been visited during planning even mid evening on New Year's Eve! All attempts at these controls have now been credited, though we can't compensate for time lost hunting around.

On the other hand, people are still losing points by writing down wrong answers even where the dot and question are perfectly aligned ... Stephen Martin 10, Graham Nilsen 11, Dave Riley 13, Julian Brown 22, Amy + Sarah and Pete Lomas 31, John Williams and Rebecca Glen 49, Steve + Andrew and Pete Lomas 52.

Because mistakes do happen, if you have navigated accurately to the dot, had a look around and still can't answer the question - rather than waste further time, write something down that proves you were there and move on.

John Britton

Planner's notes

There was much discussion about whether or not to span the A6 with the mapped area for the event. Obviously it is a busy road, but by including the area east of the A6 I was able to include new areas, use a better spread of controls and provide more variation in route choice. It appeared successful on the evening, with those that crossed taking heed of the warnings to allow time to cross safely. 75 minute runners were also at risk of time penalties if you didn't cross the A6, as it was a long way to the western edge of the map. Thank you to everybody for their feedback.

Jane McCann

Routegadget Instructions

Because SI boxes weren't used, the steps to add your route are slightly different to normal.

  1. Go to http://www.mdoc.routegadget.co.uk/rg2/
  2. Select the event
  3. Select the 'Draw' tab
  4. Select your course (Score)
  5. Enter your name
  6. Enter your time
  7. Optionally, add your comment
  8. On the map either draw your route, finishing at the finish control, or load your gpx track.

Pre Event Info

Venue: The Fiveways, Macclesfield Rd, Hazel Grove, Stockport SK7 6BE

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

Further details on the Night Street League 2014-15 page.

Additional information from the organiser/planner:
The Fiveways www.joseph-holt.com/pubs/view/the-fiveways is located on the edge of Hazel Grove as you head on the A523 to Poynton and Macclesfield. The pub has a decent sized car park and a wide range of food is available to order from the bar on the evening.
But please note:
- the parking behind the shop must not be used
- last orders for food are at 9pm
- dirty shoes must be removed at the door after running (there is a carpeted area inside).

To add a twist to previous events in the area, we have mapped some new bits of Hazel Grove. Strategy will be the key to a successful run, as the A6 runs through the mapped area together with several other well used roads that may be busy with traffic in early evening. Can you gather enough points without crossing these roads or can you plan ahead and allow time for crossing there and back?

Safety is always important. There are many traffic light controlled pedestrian crossings in the area and critical points will be mapped to help you, but you will need to allow time to make the crossing safely. There are also linking sections through residential areas which will challenge your route choice skills. High visibility clothing must be worn. A torch is strongly recommended - connecting routes aren't always lit and neither is Torkington Park.

Location

Nearest town: Hazel Grove

Contacts / Officials

Contact: Grahame Crawshaw 01457 866264

Please contact Grahame beforehand to reserve your map and indicate whether or not you plan to eat by Wednesday December 31st (10 pm) at the latest.

Safety and Risk

A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

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