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Night Street League Series 10, 2021-22

League details and overall league results

This is our tenth series of events and features one new area as well as some we have used before.

Three of the events were planned as Virtual events where you could use the MapRun app on your smartphone or watch to record your route and the controls you visit.

The overall results after all 8 events are now available, and a list prize winners ...

Prizes for the seriers were awarded at the NSL Cup Final event on Tuesday 8th March at Chapel-en-le-Frith.

Amended 11th March 22 ... Winners and Prizes in the Men's Gross Points competition - an explanation ...

11th Mar 22

NSL2021-22 Prizewinners

Gross Points (Men) -  Winner Nathanael Booker; prize awarded to Mark Burley (see explanation below) 

                  (Women) -  Fiona Blagg

Handicap Points (Men) 1. John Embrey (Big Owl); 2. Peter Gorvett; 3. Nathanael Booker

                       (Women) 1. Ruth Beresford (Big Owl); 2. Cecilia Fenerty; 3. Jacky Embrey

Non members of an O club - Jo Miles and Julian Brown (MaccH)

Level Best - Siobhan Henn

Most Improved - Doug Edwards 

Junior Prize - Dominic Wathey

Hydrant trophy - Rachel Munday

Congratulations to them all.

Winners and Prizes in the Men's Gross Points competition - an explanation

The final Overall results tables clearly show that Nathanael won the Gross Points competition, and was placed 3rd in the Handicap. 

He should therefore receive 2 prizes, but we have a long-standing tradition that no-one can receive more than 1. 

Mark Burley is 2nd in the GP and 4th in the Handicap, and on the face of it, should win no prizes. But, as Nathanael can only win 1, Mark is in line for either winning the GP or 3rd place in the Men’s Handicap.

All our perpetual (engraved) trophies are based on performance in the Handicap competition. Winners of the gross points competition receive a small ‘prize’ but not a perpetual trophy (these small prizes (Owl coasters this year) are identical to those awarded to the competitors in 2nd and 3rd place in the Handicap results).

I took the view that the Handicap competition is more ‘important’, and awarded Nathanael the 3rd place prize. I also decided to award the Gross Points prize to Mark. With the benefit of hindsight, I can see that Nathanael may have reason to feel aggrieved by this, and may prefer to be recognised as GP winner rather than 3rd in Handicap. Having contacted him, and explained the reasoning behind the decisions, he has sportingly agreed to accept them. I promised that I would put this note on the website, and make it clear that he was, in fact, the winner of the Gross Points Competition, but the prize would go to Mark.

Grahame C (Series Co-ordinator)

Overall Results

The Overall League Tables after all 8 events:

For people unfamiliar with the Overall League Tables:

  • There's separate tables for gross and handicap scores.
  • Over the 8-race season, your best 4 scores count.
  • Organisers and Planners get a yellow blob on their event, and are rewarded with a 4th score equal to their 3rd best.
  • The "average" column on the end is a good indicator of where people with less than 4 scores at the moment will end up when they get a 4th score.
  • After each event, please check your results carefully for spelling/club/handicap factor/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.

Format

A series of 8 events between October and March, plus a 'Cup Final'  where trophies and prizes for the 2021-22 series will be presented.

All the events are SCORE events using specially drawn maps, with a time allowance of either 40, 60, or 75 minutes. The control sites will mostly be items of street furniture (telegraph poles, hydrants, green boxes, post boxes etc. - see Typical NSL Controls page for examples). Evidence of your visit will involve noting down a (hopefully obvious) identification mark on an answer sheet supplied at registration, or be recorded by the MapRun app when used. There will be no O-kites and no SI boxes at individual controls, although we will use SI timing for the start and finish.

The controls will have a range of point values, adding an additional dimension to route choice and planning. As usual in score events, there will be (severe!) penalties for exceeding the time limit.

Event Schedule

(Clicking the Map name will take you to the individual Event page for more information on parking, food etc.)

Date Map Venue
Thu 28th Oct 2021 Heatons (MapRun) The Moor Top SK4 4DU
Tue 9th Nov 2021 Macclesfield The Weaver pub SK11 7XZ
Thu 25th Nov 2021 Altrincham Malt Shovels WA14 1EY
Tue 7th Dec 2021 Marple (MapRun) Norfolk Arms SK6 5DS
Tue 11th Jan 2022 Poynton The Kingfisher SK12 1NJ
Thu 27th Jan 2022 Wilmslow (MapRun) Unico Lounge SK9 1DS
Tue 8th Feb 2022 Congleton The Railway Inn CW12 3JS
Thu 24th Feb 2022 Cheadle Hulme P5 (Platform 5) SK8 7AA
*Tue 8th Mar 2022 Chapel-en-le-Frith The Roebuck Inn  SK23 0EN

* Street League Cup Final (Prize-giving) Event 

Essential Equipment

  • high visibility top (you will not be allowed to start without one, and we have a few available to borrow)
  • dibber (lots available to borrow if necessary)
  • pen / pencil (maps and answer sheets will be printed on waterproof paper)
  • torch / head torch
  • compass (optional)
  • a backup light and a whistle (or an alternative means of summoning attention / assistance)
    NB A mobile phone with a torch app would serve as a backup light AND a means of summoning assistance

Please also read the Safety Notice:

Further Information

You may run individually, or in pairs; however, under 16s MUST be accompanied by an adult, and they must stay together at all times - i.e. no shadowing is allowed; 16 and 17 year olds may run unaccompanied, but must have written consent from a parent / guardian.

As the events form a league, scores from each event will be added together to reveal the eventual winners; your best 4 scores from the 8 events will produce your overall total. Trophies will be awarded to the winners of the Handicap Competition.

Newcomers to street league events may find John Britton's words of wisdom helpful:

  • What are you looking for? The control sites will mostly be items of street furniture e.g. telegraph posts, hydrants, green boxes, post boxes, lampposts etc. Photographs and examples can be seen on our Typical NSL Controls page. It won't be long before TP, LP, H and GB become second nature.
  • Controls with different values. This seems complicated but is essential for street league to work - it means you have to think carefully about where the value is and how much of it you can get to. One useful thing I always do is to take a highlighter and pick out the top values (the 40s and 50s, say). It takes a few seconds, but gives you a very quick feel for the distribution.
  • Sensible watches are essential for score events. I always carry a little compass just in case of disorientation. And a spare writing implement - pencils are most effective for waterproof paper.
  • Thinking time. Even on a 40-minute event it has to be sensible to spend some time thinking about your strategy before charging off. I usually take a good couple of minutes to highlight the values and ponder the consequences before leaving the start. I'm trying to decide what I'm going to do for the first 15-20 minutes, where big decision points might be, and what return route leaves most options available.
  • Some words of warning ... map scale, number of controls, values of controls, penalty rate are not guaranteed to be the same every week. Check them all before you start, to make sure your decisions are going to be correct for the way each event is set up.

 

Series co-ordinator: Grahame Crawshaw

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