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Orienteering Club

Night Street League Series 2018-19

League details and overall league results

This is our eighth series of events, and features at least 3 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.

A table showing the new handicap factors for 2018/19 is given below.

The next event is on Thursday 29th November in Altrincham ...

25th Nov 18

Format

A series of 8 events between October and March, plus a 'Cup Final'  where trophies and prizes for the 2018-19 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.) and evidence of your visit will involve noting down a (hopefully obvious) identification mark on an answer sheet supplied at registration. There will be no O-kites and, although we plan to use SI timing for the start and finish, there will be no SI boxes at individual controls.

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 1st Nov 2018 Chorlton The Bowling Green M21 9ES
Tue 13th Nov 2018 Bollington The Vale Inn SK10 5JT
Thu 29th Nov 2018 Altrincham George & Dragon WA14 4PH
Tue 11th Dec 2018 Romiley Spread Eagle SK6 3DR
Tue 15th Jan 2019 Sale East The Moorfield M33 3NW
Thu 31st Jan 2019 Cheadle Micker Brook SK8 5NU
Tue 12th Feb 2019 High Lane The Dog and Partridge SK6 8HJ
Thu 28th Feb 2019 Gee Cross The Grapes, Gee X, SK14 5RU
Tue 12th Mar 2019* Urmston The Roebuck M41 6HD

* Street League Cup Final (Prize-giving) Event

​Essential Equipment

  • a 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 updated Safety Notice for the 2018/19 season

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. This will take place at the "Cup Final" event in March 2019.

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

If you can't get to the event on the night, you can contact us to get hold of a map and question sheet. You can then run the course when convenient, submit your answers and time taken, and we'll incorporate your score into the results.

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.

Handicap Factors

The Handicap table is intended to equalise running speeds according to age and gender.  For 2018/2019 we have updated the old tables a) to have a different value for each year (rather than 5-year bands) and b) to use latest global data for 10k race speeds - see http://www.howardgrubb.co.uk/athletics/wmaroad15.html.  Park Runs have something very similar. When people run in pairs or groups, we use the person whose handicap would be most generous. The brand new table is as follows:

BOF Age

YOB

M

YOB

W

5

2013

1.651

2013

1.638

6

2012

1.516

2012

1.563

7

2011

1.409

2011

1.498

8

2010

1.323

2010

1.442

9

2009

1.254

2009

1.393

10

2008

1.197

2008

1.350

11

2007

1.150

2007

1.312

12

2006

1.112

2006

1.279

13

2005

1.080

2005

1.250

14

2004

1.055

2004

1.225

15

2003

1.036

2003

1.203

16

2002

1.021

2002

1.183

17

2001

1.008

2001

1.163

18

2000

1.001

2000

1.148

19

1999

1.000

1999

1.138

20

1998

1.000

1998

1.135

21

1997

1.000

1997

1.135

22

1996

1.000

1996

1.135

23

1995

1.000

1995

1.135

24

1994

1.000

1994

1.135

25

1993

1.000

1993

1.135

26

1992

1.000

1992

1.135

27

1991

1.000

1991

1.135

28

1990

1.000

1990

1.135

29

1989

1.000

1989

1.135

30

1988

1.000

1988

1.135

31

1987

1.000

1987

1.136

32

1986

1.002

1986

1.137

33

1985

1.003

1985

1.138

34

1984

1.006

1984

1.141

35

1983

1.009

1983

1.143

36

1982

1.013

1982

1.147

37

1981

1.018

1981

1.151

38

1980

1.024

1980

1.157

39

1979

1.030

1979

1.162

40

1978

1.037

1978

1.169

41

1977

1.045

1977

1.176

42

1976

1.054

1976

1.185

43

1975

1.062

1975

1.194

44

1974

1.070

1974

1.204

45

1973

1.079

1973

1.214

46

1972

1.088

1972

1.226

47

1971

1.097

1971

1.239

48

1970

1.106

1970

1.253

49

1969

1.115

1969

1.268

50

1968

1.124

1968

1.283

51

1967

1.134

1967

1.298

52

1966

1.144

1966

1.314

53

1965

1.154

1965

1.330

54

1964

1.164

1964

1.347

55

1963

1.174

1963

1.364

56

1962

1.184

1962

1.381

57

1961

1.195

1961

1.399

58

1960

1.206

1960

1.417

59

1959

1.217

1959

1.436

60

1958

1.228

1958

1.456

61

1957

1.239

1957

1.475

62

1956

1.251

1956

1.496

63

1955

1.262

1955

1.517

64

1954

1.275

1954

1.538

65

1953

1.287

1953

1.561

66

1952

1.299

1952

1.584

67

1951

1.312

1951

1.607

68

1950

1.325

1950

1.631

69

1949

1.339

1949

1.656

70

1948

1.353

1948

1.682

71

1947

1.369

1947

1.709

72

1946

1.387

1946

1.736

73

1945

1.406

1945

1.764

74

1944

1.428

1944

1.794

75

1943

1.451

1943

1.824

76

1942

1.477

1942

1.855

77

1941

1.505

1941

1.888

78

1940

1.535

1940

1.921

79

1939

1.569

1939

1.957

80

1938

1.606

1938

1.999

81

1937

1.646

1937

2.045

82

1936

1.690

1936

2.097

83

1935

1.739

1935

2.155

84

1934

1.793

1934

2.221

85

1933

1.853

1933

2.296

86

1932

1.918

1932

2.381

87

1931

1.992

1931

2.476

88

1930

2.074

1930

2.586

89

1929

2.166

1929

2.712

90

1928

2.271

1928

2.858

91

1927

2.389

1927

3.027

92

1926

2.525

1926

3.226

93

1925

2.682

1925

3.464

94

1924

2.866

1924

3.751

95

1923

3.083

1923

4.103

96

1922

3.341

1922

4.547

97

1921

3.658

1921

5.117

98

1920

4.049

1920

5.883

99

1919

4.550

1919

6.953

100

1918

5.208

1918

8.569

 

Series co-ordinator: Grahame Crawshaw (0145 786 6264; mob 0758 720 6420)

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