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Temple Newsam West

YHOA Night League.

Sat 06 January, 2018

Level of event: Regional

Type of event: Race, Night


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This event is linked to:

Yorkshire Night League

A night orienteering competition that takes place each winter, a series of events put on by each of the large clubs in the association.

Yorkshire Night League Website

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Controller Comments

As Richard and Chris are experienced officials my job as controller was relatively easy. Chris drafted an initial set of 3 courses which required only minor changes to ensure fair control sites and suitable technical difficulty in the dark plus avoiding too many common legs at the end of the medium and long courses. As a regular night orienteer I hoped I had considered well enough how the area would be in the dark as things that are blindingly obvious in daylight can become a whole new ball game at night. Looking at the results it seems that the courses were planned correctly and fairly.

Control 217 was visited by all courses but caused an issue for 4 people on the long course. We had reports of the si box missing but when checked the control and box were still there and were successfully collected at the end of the event. I suspect that these 4 people found a control in a gully some 60 metres to the SE of the re-entrant where 217 was sited and assumed as there was no si box on it that it had been stolen. Unfortunately this control had been put out in preparation for the event on Sunday but as that event had a different organiser, planner and controller, we had not been made aware that this was happening. I apologise that people would not have expected to find a control with no si unit on it and that this control may have caused confusion for some people. This a lesson learnt for future events, especially at night.

I hope you all enjoyed the event and I would like to thank Richard, Chris and all the Aire helpers for a well organised and efficient event.

Emma Harrison

Pre Event Info

Yorkshire Night League race at Temple Newsam West

Fast and runnable golf course and tricky areas of woodland

Please note car parking charges apply in the main car park at Temple Newsam before 4.30pm

There will be free soup (and possibly cake) for all competitors at Registration after your run. Donations will be welcomed in aid of UNICEF.

YHOA Night League Rules

Directions / Parking

From A63/B6159 follow signs to Temple Newsam House. 

Parking in the public car park immediately west of the House.

Note that car parking charges apply at Temple Newsham before 4.30pm.

Please make sure that no valuables are on display in your vehicles and that car keys are left at registration not under vehicles.

Registration & Start Times

Registration is in Temple Newsam Stable buildings (Just NE and next the main House) from 5.00 - 6.00. The route will be lit with glow strips from the car park.

Starts from 5.30 - 6.30. The Start is less than 50m from Registration outside the stable buildings. You will see the start as you come to registration. The finish is adjacent to the main car park and ~100m from registration. Follow the glow sticks!

Courses close promptly at 8pm and controls will be collected shortly thereafter in order to prepare for the event the following day

If you are likely to take a long time, please ensure that you start early please.

Please remember to download!

There are toilets at registration. No very muddy shoes in the buildings please.

Free soup at Download. Donations welcomed in aid of UNICEF

Entry Details

EOD only.

Seniors £9.00 (£2 reduction for BOF Seniors)  Juniors & Students  £3.00 

SI Card Hire 50p

Course Information

Long               (Green) - Technically hard                    6.3k      125m  20 controls

Medium          (Short Green) - Technically hard            4.3k      110m  13 controls

Short              (Orange) - Moderate difficulty               3.1k      60m  12 controls

Courses may cross the minor road that runs through the estate.  There are traffic calming measures throughout, but please take care - both when running and when driving along the road. 

In the event of possible severe weather, please check  for information about possible cancellation, or phone the organiser.

Please make sure that you bring suitable clothing - thermal layers, waterproofs, hat, gloves,etc to cope with whatever the weather throws at us.  Shoes with good grips are essential.

Carrying a whistle is strongly advised.

Remember that you must download even if you retire from your course.

Terrain Description

Areas of woodland, sports fields and golf courses, the latter partially abandoned.   There is a path network in parts of the area.

Dog restrictions

On a tight lead and not inside registration please.

Contacts / Officials

Organiser: Richard Foster 01132668323

Planner: Chris Mackenzie

Controller: Emma Harrison

Important Information

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