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Night Street League 5 - Timperley

Event #5 in the Night Street League Series 2013-14

Tue 07th Jan 2014

Type of event: Local, Night, Street
Type of terrain: Urban
Info updated: 19th Mar


Event Report

Planner/Organiser/Checkers - Peter Ross and Jillyan Dobby

Marker's Comments

A few silly stats to begin with; including John B's early run, there were 1133 control visits during the event; all the controls received at least one visit - pride of place going to #55 (phone Rupert?!) with 37 visits and just one person bothering to find that it was Harry's name on the bench at #28. Steve Lang made an ominous return to Street League by picking up the prize for most controls visited - 40 - covering over 17km in the process. For lesser mortals, it was encouraging to see that he was more than 4 minutes late back!

22 "wrong" answers were submitted from 15 different control sites; #11 (1 wrong from 5 visits), #22 (3/22), #24 (1/23), #29 (2/21), #31 (1/29), #32 (1/35), #35 (1/22), #36 (2/9), #41 (1/25), #52 (1/24), #53 (1/31), 58 (1/14), #60 (1/28), #63 (3/23) and #64 (2/25). Peter and Jillyan revisited these sites on Wednesday morning (before flying off to Trinidad in the afternoon!) to see if we could find legitimate reasons to credit the wrong answers. We could find no reasons to give credit for controls with a single wrong answer, but looked hard at those with more than one wrong.

At #22, the description was LOW sign, where the correct answer (14) was clearly visible; there was a high sign (where the answer looked like 11 (but was 14!)) close by ….. but the decision was do NOT allow.

At #36, the correct answer was no STUDS; the 2 wrong answers looked like guesswork - NOT allowed.

At #64, 23 of 25 visits correctly identified SMITHS field. The 2 wrong answers were much longer responses; the number of dashes on the answer sheet indicates the number of letters to write down, so - do NOT allow.

#29, #31, and #63 were all post boxes; it was obvious that some people were not clear which set of numbers / letters were required. As usual, it was the last 2 digits in the code at the bottom of the information on the post box (and admittedly in fairly small print!). Those getting the wrong answer did not use the information given on the answer sheet to pinpoint the response required. The marking team generously credited an alternative code (M45AA) on the night, but we have withdrawn the points because this code is actually on ALL the PO boxes in that area, so… NOT allowed.

For future reference, please note that a photograph of a PO Box control site is provided at registration.

Results processing prior to publication on the website also introduced a couple of "firsts". It was the first time in the history of MDOC Street League that John B did not process the results. Following intensive training, the task was deputed to me, and I was mightily relieved to mail the provisional results files to Julie just before 2am. Julie uploaded them at about 9am on Wednesday morning, and I received a polite email from John (from the free-wifi area at Helsinki airport) at about 1.30 suggesting that all was not well. Fortunately, it wasn't a complete disaster, and easily sorted, but version 2 did look just a little bit different.

It was also the first time that some competitors achieved negative scores on the night - as a consequence of significant time penalties. Rather than use their negative scores, we have (most generously) allocated them a score of +1. I'll explain why when I've completed the next part of the training course!

Another great night - thanks to all who ventured out, and to Peter and Jillyan for providing the entertainment. See you ALL in Cheadle!

Grahame Crawshaw

Pre Event Info

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

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

Further details on the Night Street League 2013-14 page.


Nearest town: Timperley

Contacts / Officials

Contact: Grahame Crawshaw 01457 866264

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