Autumn Street O (Lamp O) Series

Our series of fortnightly urban score events around the streets of Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon ran on alternate Wednesdays from September to December 2016.  Lampos are mass start street score events using lamp posts as controls where, using a basic street map, runners have 45 minutes to collect as many lamp post numbers as possible from the selection marked on the map.

Usual format – 30 controls for a 45 minute score event. Registration from 6.15pm for a 6.30pm mass start.

Remember to bring:

  • Hi-viz clothing (required for insurance – no start without)
  • Pen/pencil
  • Watch
  • Headtorch
  • £2 per adult,  £1 per junior
  • An adult (if you are U16)
 Date Venue Organiser
Wed 21 Sep 16 Otley Road area – meet at 5 Manor Road HG2 0HP – RESULTS  Lois Parker
Wed 5 Oct 16 Cold Bath Road area – meet by the Prologue Bike Shop on Cold Bath Road HG2 0NA – RESULTS  Ruth Ker
Wed 19 Oct 16 Knaresborough – meet at Chapel Street car park (SW side) HG5 8BT RESULTS  Mike Cope
Wed 2 Nov 16 Ripon – meet at the Water Rat pub
 David Day
Wed 16 Nov 16 Woodlands and Hookstone – meet by The Empress pub HG1 4SP RESULTS  Linda Kelly
Wed 30 Nov 16 East Harrogate – meet by The Empress pub HG1 4SP RESULTS  Vince Grealy

Lampos are simple events using the well tested format – the maps will be from Open Orienteering Maps – largely black and white representations of the chosen area, with streets marked on as black lines – no buildings to act as identifying features – so you’ll need good contact with the map.  All “controls” will be lampposts.  Individual lampposts will not be marked on the map – just those chosen as control sites.  Every lamppost is marked (somewhere on it!) by the council with a number.  Along with the map will be a card to write down the lamppost number when you get there, so you need a pen.  The maps should be on waterproof paper, but a map bag might be needed (though we should have some spares).

The events will all be mass start at 6:30pm with a 45 minute time limit, so you need a watch. Registration is from 6:15pm. 10 points for each correct lamppost, 10 point deducted for every minute (and part minute) late back.

Unfortunately, as the events are on public roads, juniors (Under 16s) can only take part if they are accompanied by a parent due to BOF insurance requirements.

Lampos are easy and quick to put on. There are clear instructions, and there is no lack of support from the rest of us. You even get to choose the venue. The idea is to start/finish at or near a pub (or occasionally someone’s house) for social reasons.  Many planners manage to do all of their preparation without leaving the comfort of their desks at home. Please consider having a go for the Winter series!

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