Wessex Region Night League

The Wessex Region Night League is organised as an annual league over the winter months, with events contributed by clubs in the SWOA region. All of the events are open for entry by anyone, with the majority organised in a 60 minute score format – although there is always something unique.

Having reviewed the announcements yesterday, as well as the guidance set out by BOF, it is with a heavy heart that we have taken the decision to cancel this year’s Night League. We should not consciously be encouraging the movement of people across different areas, particularly now that the large proportion of areas are in Tier 4. Also, it is likely that the current restrictions will be in place for some weeks/months to come and this makes the re-arrangement and coordination of events much harder to plan for, whilst also overloading the end of the winter season before the evenings get lighter.

We hope you can appreciate that this is the right decision to make. We would encourage organisers to share their planned events on MapRun for local participants to try their hands at. However, we remind all club members that movement from or within Tier 4 is not permitted other than for essential journeys and local exercise. We should not be traveling long distances to try our hands at any provided MapRuns whilst these restrictions are in place. We would also understand if organisers do not wish to share their planned events as Maprun and instead save these for the 2021/22 Night League, brought to you by Oxford Astrazeneca… 🙂

Jo Pickering and Lawrence Shaw

  • Latest Post Event comments after WNL 7 – Friar’s Cliff, Christchurch:

    Monday night saw 37 runners come out to experience a rather chilly run in Christchurch. After 3 events now, the top positions are looking very close still with Alan Blanchflower only just taking the lead by 6 points in the male category. It's all still to play for! Julie Astin is leading the way for the ladies with Becca and Jo behind. In the Handicap league, Gavin is currently out front and Julie is taking both spots with being top of the Handicap too! In the Novice league we have 2 competitors, Luke and Debs who surprisingly are winning both their categories! 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).Jo Pickering

    Becca Ellis' comments about the race: 
    Three things sum up the night league race at Friar’s Cliff for me; it was ridiculously cold, it was great to see orienteering friends again after the lockdown (even if only briefly!), and Ian Sayer planned a fantastic course where the optimum route was not at all obvious resulting in some great competition.  Having been caught out by Alan’s planning at Upton, I was determined not to make the same mistakes again (I managed to run a lot of KMs for relatively few points).  I saw there were quite a number of 10 pointers north of the start clustered together so I decided to turn around and run backwards through the start to complete the course clockwise (and rightly or wrongly it looks like I was the only person who decided to do this).  The terrain was mostly flat so it was fast racing and the longer legs in the south contrasted well with the controls closer together in the north.  I enjoyed the detail of the alleyways and woods at the top of the map and had to really slow down at this point, especially as I ran this part last, to make sure I was making the best choices. Having had a look at the routes others took, there’s a lot of variety in sequence even between those with similar points and distances so I think that indicates some great planning.  Thank you again to Ian and Julie for a really enjoyable event.

Remaining events in this season:

Completed events in this season:

Previous seasons:

Season Events Archive WinnerSeason Summary
Handicap WHandicap MNon-Handicap WNon-Handicap M
2019-2020Tereza-Maria RushGavin CleggJo PickeringRob FinchHandicap


2018-2019Tereza-Maria RushPeter SubaJo PickeringNicholas JarvisHandicap Final;

Open Final

2017-2018Charlotte ThorntonChris BranfordTereza-Maria RushPeter SubaHandicap FinalOpen Final
2016-2017Charlotte ThorntonGavin CleggAnnie PickeringGavin CleggFinal Report; Handicap-FinalOpen-Final
2015/2016Charlotte ThorntonGavin CleggAnnie CrookshankAndy SnellFinal ReportLeague TableNon-Handicap League Table
2014/2015Charlotte ThorntonChris BranfordN/ADale PagetFinal Report, League TableNon-Handicap League Table
2013/2014Jane MorganChris BranfordN/ADale PagetLeague TableNon-Handicap League Table
2012/2013Charlotte ThorntonGavin CleggN/AN/ALeague Table
2011/2012Charlotte ThorntonGavin CleggN/AN/ALeague Table
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