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Night Street League Series 2016-17

League details and overall league results

The 2016-17 MDOC Night Street League Series is our sixth series of events, and features 2 new areas as well as some that we have used before. Many of these have been extended and modified to ensure a new set of challenges awaits you. 

Prizes for the series were awarded at the NSL Cup Final event on Thursday 2nd March in Macclesfield. The prize winners are as follows ...

07th Mar 17

NSL Prize Winners

Men’s Handicap Trophy – Winner John Embrey (DEE); 2nd Peter Gorvett (SYO); 3rd Mike Smithard (DEE)

Women’s Handicap Trophy – Winner Rebecca Glen (MDOC); 2nd Jane McCann (MDOC); 3rd Kate Bryant (MDOC)

Gross Points Winners - Men – Leon FOSTER (AIRE); Women - Georgia BAYNES (UMOC)

1st “non-orienteers” in Handicap scores - Men - Steve Fairclough and Andy Mainwaring (Stockport/ Bramhall Runners), Women - Alice Willson (Glossopdale).

Hydrant Trophy – Anna Mackenzie (UMOC)

The Level Best – John Williams (MDOC)

Overall Results

Final results after all 8 events:

After each event, 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.


A series of 8 score events between October and March, plus a 'Cup Final'  where trophies and prizes for the 2016-17 series will be presented.

Format as last year:

  • 8 fixtures plus a Street League Final (Prize-giving) event
  • 4 on Tuesdays, 4 on Thursdays
  • 4 before Christmas, 4 after Christmas
  • Best 4 to count
  • Run-on-another-day if you can't make the proper fixture

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 27th Oct 2016 Heatons The Griffin Hotel, 552 Didsbury Road, Stockport
Tue 8th Nov 2016 Knutsford The Legh Arms, Brook Street, Knutsford
Thu 24th Nov 2016 Macclesfield Macc Cricket Club, Victoria Road, Macclesfield
Tue 6th Dec 2016 Sale The Moorfield, 131 Marsland Road, Sale
Thu 5th Jan 2017 Offerton The Harvester, 23-25 Turnstone Road, Offerton
Tue 17th Jan 2017 New Mills The Pride of the Peaks, 59 Market Street, New Mills
Thu 2nd Feb 2017 Alderley Edge The Drum & Monkey, Moss Rose, Alderley Edge
Thu 16th Feb 2017 Heald Green The Griffin, 124 Wilmslow Road, Heald Green
Thu 2nd Mar 2017* Macclesfield Macc Cricket Club, Victoria Road, Macclesfield

* Street League Cup Final (Prize-giving) Event

Summary Details

  • Score events with a choice of 40, 60 or 75 minute time limit
  • Under 16s MUST be accompanied by an adult.
  • 16 and 17 year olds can compete without an adult, but only if written consent has been obtained from parent / guardian
  • Specially drawn maps at around 1:12500
  • Maps and Q/A sheets printed on waterproof paper - bring a pen/pencil
  • SI timing (for start and finish only) - bring your dibber or borrow one from us
  • Lights (torch / headlamp) essential plus a backup light (mobile phone app?)
  • Means of summoning assistance (whistle / mobile phone) RECOMMENDED
  • High-visibility clothing COMPULSORY
  • Best 4 scores (from 8 events) count towards your position in the overall results tables
  • Trophies for winners
  • Registration: 6.00 - 7.00pm. Starts: 6.30 - 7.30pm. Fee: £3.00/1.50.

Further Information

The control sites will mostly be items of street furniture (lamp posts, telegraph poles, hydrants, green boxes etc etc) and evidence of your visit will involve noting down some (hopefully obvious) identification mark on an answer sheet supplied at the start.

The controls will have a range of points value - adding an additional dimension to route choice and planning. As usual in score events, there will be penalties for exceeding the time limit.

Essential equipment: a reliable watch, compass, dibber (available for hire if necessary), pen/pencil (maps and clue sheets will be printed on waterproof paper), torch / headtorch (there will be a limited number available to borrow for the event) and high visibility clothing.

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

All the events will be based in Pubs - offering food at reasonable prices, if you wish to stay for a drink and post-event analysis (highly recommended!)

Please contact the series co-ordinator before the event to reserve your map and indicate whether you plan to eat - so that we can give the pub a realistic estimate of numbers.

Newcomers to street league events may also find these words of wisdom from John Britton helpful :

  • What are you looking for ? There will be a display board in the pub explaining every type of control in use, with helpful photographs. This board will be at every event. Given that you get your questions when you register, you have plenty of time to look through them all and make sure you understand what you're in for. 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.
  • Studying the blank map display - first, you can work out where the start/finish is, so you don't have to hunt after you've started. Second, you can work out possible shapes of course and make some advance decisions about bits to do first or bits you won't be able to get to. It's also useful to know where North is and suss out the possible ways of leaving and returning while you warm up.
  • 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 (0145 786 6264; mob 0758 720 6420)

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