The Wessex Region Night League features night events organised through the winter months by WIM, WSX, SARUM & SOC.
Night League fixtures 2021-22 (revised Nov '21)
Winchester event is now Dec 15th (moved from 22nd). No Brighton race this year.
SOC events now confirmed, the WSX events at Corfe Castle and Canford Heath have swapped places.
Event 1 - Hamworthy Results Handicap results
It wouldn’t be the start of a new Wessex Night League series without a classic Alan Blanchflower marathon and those of us who attended Hamworthy on a wet and windy Monday night were not disappointed. Monday 18th October marked the first event of the new league and it was a pleasure to see so many happy, familiar and new faces.
With over 30 competitors in attendance the league kicked off with a bang as individuals set out on their pursuit of the Open, Handicap and Novice trophies. Comprising of 28 controls, Alan’s course looked to cover 13 kilometres (for those of us that could plan and run it quick enough). Encompassing Hamworthy Park, Lower Hamworthy and Ham Common, competitors were tasked with managing their ambitions whilst also looking to score highly with controls ranging from 10 to 30 points. The result, a thoroughly enjoyable event.
The course had clearly been designed to make competitors think about their routes, offering alternative exits and variations, with only one control placed in a location that was in and out. This combination of distance and route options resulted in varying successes. Unlike Upton last year, Alan was not able to achieve the perfect single competitor completion, with James Crickmore coming closest, clearing the course but coming in 51 seconds late therefore gaining a 10 point penalty.
All in all a fantastic start to the league with many happy faces and map comparisons to be seen in the pub after everyone had finished. One thing that was also of particular note was the number of new faces that will be participating in this year’s Novice League and how well they all did, a competition that is sure to be one to watch.
In Jan 2021 we have took the decision to cancel this year’s Night League.
Jo Pickering comments:
"Another event down and big thanks to Sarum for putting on this forest event at Martin Down. There have been a few changes in the ladies side of things with a good run from Jo on Monday night but all still to play for!
Also to update you on changing fixtures from the recent lockdown. Here is the latest:
Wednesday 23 Dec, BAOC Winchester has unfortunately got to be cancelled due to not being able to obtain permissions. This will now hopefully be 5th Jan with a new location at Hogmoor - Forest event and quite technical! Allan will 100% confirm shortly SOC's postponed event from 3rd Dec is now on 14th Jan and being held in Brockenhurst. They are hoping to put on an additional event later on to make up for the event lost.
WIM's Alderholt (from 2nd Nov) will now be held on 25th Jan and WIM are looking at moving Blandford event to sometime in Feb - date TBC
Please let me know if you wish to be entered into the novice league (rules are you are new to orienteering within the last 2 years). If you wish to receive the League emails directly, please fill in this form: https://forms.gle/yFxrS1jf9CjLcRiC8
Season 2018-19 Results and League Scores (Links to WSX website)
Final Report 2015-16