Winter League Review

Our monthly search for the numbers on hydrants, post boxes and pylons has come to an end after successful events between November and March.

The five events at Ellerton Lakes, Ripon, Hovingham, Harrogate and Heslington all went really well. There were no weather cancellations – although Hovingham came close! Harrogate got the most riders (43) and feedback from all the events was really positive. Thanks to Steve Willis, David Day, Brendon Smurthwaite, Tim Evans and Dave Robertson for the organising and planning. I think we were pretty lucky with the weather this year, even when it got worse later in the day (as it did at Ripon, Hovingham and Harrogate).

Planning a winter event has the added dimension of needing to find suitable clues in the right places – which can prove more challenging than where to put electronic controls. At Heslington last week I set a 30 point question “At the bridleway/footpath junction – on the danger sign what is the number written in red text” and I didn’t know why a number of riders came back with a consistently wrong answer. So this week I went back to check.

Control 26

It turns out that two pylons, on to the west of the actual control and one to the north both have danger signs on them with the emergency phone number in red text. Despite the navigation to the right place on the map being a little tricky at the junction with the golf track, I thought it was good question. But I didn’t spot the fact that the question had a similar answer nearby!

Next event is at Washburn Valley on April 27th, starting at Norwood. Hope to see you there!


Heslington Event results **updated**

Thanks to over thirty riders who cam to the Heslington event today and enjoyed riding the mostly quiet lanes and bridleways south of York.

I’ve now checked the scores and made a few adjustments – thanks to those who sent feedback. The results are here Heslington_results_V20190402. I don’t have a card for Paul & Joshua Foster – if you want your result added please send across. Congratulations to the top scorers!

Most people reported enjoying their ride, although three riders suffered punctures which had a big impact on their score, hopefully they still all enjoyed their ride before that happened!

Despite looking carefully at previous and recent courses, the course area was probably a bit too big. There were also a couple of errors, with controls 8 and 25 being on the wrong path junction. This was due to me finding a better question but not changing the corresponding location of the control! Control 10 being aligned to a stream rather than the farmtrack. The question for control 4 was also slightly wrong. I gave points to everyone who reported that. Control 26 proved navigationally challenging – which is why it was the 30 pointer close to home. I’ve been strict about the correct answer for this control, as plenty of people got the right answer but quite a few had the wrong sign entirely!

The other issue was that the map at 1:25k scale enhanced detail that the 1:50k doesn’t, and this caused some issues, especially the “non-track” southwest of control 7.

The updated control map that fixes those issues is attached for completeness!


It was great weather, and lots of riders commented about it being a good area to explore. Comments welcome!

Next event –> Saturday March 30th –> Deramore Arms, York | Enter by Weds 27th

It’s the final winter ‘treasure hunt’ format event on Saturday 30th March. 

Start & finish is at The Deramore Arms in Heslington, York; and the course takes in the bridleways, cycle paths and lanes to the south of York.

It’s the usual format – two hours; registration from 0915-1015 and starts between 0930-1030.

If you’re feeling like a run before the event, then the Heslington Parkrun is nearby and timings make it easy to do the run and then join this event.

The course map is below – and hopefully it will offer something for all riders.  The Swallow Hall Golf Club have kindly allowed us to use the track from Wheldrake Lane to Wheldrake Woods (watch out for golf balls!) The course is designed to avoid too much riding on the main roads, and despite the recent rain, I hope the tracks will have dried out.

Online entry is here – please enter before midnight on Wednesday March 27th

You’ll see that Tim and I have conspired to produce another “custom orientation” map to provide as interesting a course as possible!

Heslington 30th March 2019

Heslington 30th March 2019

2019 League

The dates for the 2019 NYMBO League are now online. This year, we’ve produced a single flier rather than one for each event. You’ll find that here NYMBO 2019 Events v1. This will be republished as required. but hopefully the two-page format is easier for everyone.

Squinting Cat results | Draft 2019 League dates

Thanks to Tim Evans for a challenging course across the lanes and tracks south west of Harrogate in what may have been the first day of Spring.  43 of you came out to enjoy the event and with the recent dry weather most tracks were fast riding . Tim was hoping that by going for a smaller area more people would get higher scores and the results show this was successful.

Results here: Harrogate, Squinting Cat  Congratulations to Edwyn Oliver-Evans ( and Tim’s Bike) for visiting all but 1 control he rode 44.76 km and climbed 833m who was overall winner with 512 points. Class winners were Ben and Steve Collins in generation class with 375 points, Adrian Parker was 1st Vet with 427 points , Pippa Archer was 1st Lady with 330 points and Steve and Andrea Foster were first mixed pair with 352 points.  Well done to all riders who were all back very close to time and thanks to Andy and staff at the Squinting Cat for their hospitality.

Our next event is the 5th of out winter series on the 30th March starting from The Deramore Arms, Main Street, Heslington, York.

The draft dates for the summer series are now out and the first event is on the 27th April from Norwood Village Hall.

Next event –>Saturday 16th February – Squinting Cat, Harrogate – Enter online now –>

Our 4th event in the 2018-19 Winter League is based at The Squinting Cat near Harrogate on Saturday 16th February . Blank course map below

Usual format – 2 hour event. Registration: 9:15-10:15. Start times: 9:30-10:30
With the option of pub lunch after the event.

Tim’s planned a great course, although looking at the orientation of the map it’s not only the cat that will be squinting!!!

Please get your online entries in by next Wednesday so we can print enough maps.

Online entry here – closes midnight Wednesday 13th

Don’t forget to renew your 2019 BMBO membership if it’s your first ride this year.

Hope to see you there.


Hovingham results

After 3 weeks of uneventful weather and nice fast trails, Friday night decided to bring sleet and snow! Saturday morning weather was much improved but the roads and trails were left wet and slushy.
Despite this we had a total of 30 riders who braved the conditions and, I hope, enjoyed getting wet, cold and dirty for 2 hours. Thankfully everyone got round safely.
Congratulations to class winners: Generation – Steve and Ben Collins 330pts, Ladies – Karen Blackburn 256pts, Mixed – Andrea & Steve Foster 285pts, Senior Men – Duncan Archer 390pts, Veteran Men and Overall – Martin Vesty 397pts.
Thanks to everyone who turned up despite the conditions, with special thanks to Adrian & Jemima Parker for bringing the Maps & Descriptions and helping me set up signage etc.

Results 20190118 – hovingham

Finally just a quick reminder that the next event is at the Squinting Cat, Harrogate on the 16th February.