Co:Durham 2024

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Co:Durham 2024

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Another new city, another new host, and another exciting co-event to add to the mix.

For the first time, letters, numbers and conundurhams are coming to the historic cathedral city of Durham.


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Date and times
Saturday, 6th July 2024

Doors open: 10:00

First half
Introduction and first round draw: 10:30–10:45* (15m)
Round 1: 10:45–11:55 (1h 10m)
Round 2: 12:00–13:10 (1h 10m)
Lunch: 13:15–14:15 (1h)

Second half
Round 3: 14:15–15:25 (1h 10m)
Round 4: 15:30–16:40 (1h 10m)
Grand final (15-rounder): 16:50–17:30 (40m)
Prize presentation: 17:30–17:50 (20m)

Close: 17:50

*Please be aware that if you are late, you will be "Pruned" for each game that has already started at the time of your arrival.

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Venue
Durham Community Association, Shakespeare Hall, North Rd, Durham, DH1 4SQ.

We'll be in the large hall for the event.

Getting to the venue:
The centre is located behind a big green door (weird, I know) on North Road, in the middle of Durham City Centre — at the time of writing this, it is situated next to Ramsden's and over the road from Babylon (Babylon is identifiable by it's big half-circle sign exhibiting a lowercase 'b'). It is a 7-minute walk from Durham Railway Station.

For anyone planning on driving in, parking is very limited in the city centre, so it's highly recommended you use the Park and Ride scheme. There are three Park and Ride sites: one in Belmont, one in Sniperley, and one in Howlands. The Belmont site is located on the A690, approximately 300 metres east of Junction 62 of the A1; the Sniperley site is located approximately 400 metres north of the A167/A691 junction; and the Howlands site is located less than one mile after joining the A177 at the A167/A177 roundabout. The PR1 and PR2 buses run up to every 15 minutes and take you right into the city centre via Millburngate Bridge (alight here). They are £2 per person each way. The last bus back to the Belmont site is at 18:30; the last bus back to the Sniperley site is at 18:36; and the last bus back to the Howlands site is at 18:37. Please note: the car parks close at 19:00. All information is available at https://www.durham.gov.uk/parkandride.

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Overview

The event will be carried out in the “Lincoln” style. This comprises tables of three, at which there are two players and one host. You will rotate with those on your table, hosting one game and playing two in each round.

You will play eight preliminary games of Countdown in the 9-round format. There will be a random draw ahead of the first game to determine the fixtures. In the games that follow, Atropine's Swiss generator will pit you against similarly scoring contestants, so don't worry if you're completely wiped out in the opening match.

Once the four preliminary rounds have concluded and the scores have been gathered, the two contenders with the most wins and points will compete in the grand final to determine the event champion. There will be a 15-minute break to set the final up. In what is now the typical grand final setup for a “Lincoln”-style event, it will involve my board at the front of the room, which is elevated to give everyone involvement in the game and potentially better the players.

As a subtle twist, the grand final will additionally by a charity match in aid of the mental heath organisation, Mind. At the end of the game, I will convert the combined scores of the two finalists to pounds (£1 per point) and donate the amount to the organisation. This will be a personal donation; it will not come out of entry fees or FOCAL expenditure. https://www.mind.org.uk/

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Prizes

The top 8 will receive prizes for their performances.

The following will also receive a prize:
• Rudest word offered
• Most obscure word declared (any length)
• Closest game result(s)
• Closest score to a random number at the end of the heats

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Admission
£12 per person.
This can be paid directly to my PayPal at https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/adambeach99/12. ‼️ Remember to select the "Family/Friends" option when sending through the payment. I am also happy to accept cash payments on the day.

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Lunch and snacks
As with most co-events now, lunch will not be provided. There are a number of shops and coffee shops on North Road (if they're still in business come July) including Sainsbury's, Tesco, Greggs, Subway, Starbucks, and a cat café for Maus.

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Evening plans
Still being finalised.

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Parkrun
For the parkrunners among us, the Durham course takes place at the Graham Sports Centre within Durham University. Location: Maiden Castle, Stockton Road, Durham, DH1 3SE. The average finish time is 00:28:18, which will hopefully be sufficient time for everyone to get back to their accommodation for a shower before the first round draw takes place at 10:45.

Full details here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/durham/course/

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Entries (as of 1st February 2024)
1. James Robinson
2. Matt Gould
3. Euan Crabb
4. Paul Craib
5. Archie Rodger
6. Phil Stanton
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Re: Co:Durham 2024

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I'd love to come but am not sure at the moment – I have potentially a lot of travelling to do in July! Have you got enough of your fancy letters/numbers boards to go round?
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Re: Co:Durham 2024

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Assuming I get the time off work, I'll be there. Durham is about as local as the event could get (until I get up the nerve to try and run CO:Hartlepool).
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Re: Co:Durham 2024

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IMPORTANT UPDATE

Due to Durham’s annual Miners’ Gala taking place on the same day as the event’s original date (13th July), for which the hotel companies have naturally put their prices through the roof, Co:Durham will now be held the week prior, on Saturday, 6th July 2024.

My sincere apologies to anyone this may have affected. I completely forgot about the Gala when planning this event out.

Refunds will be immediately issued to any current sign-ups who can no longer attend.
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Re: Co:Durham 2024

Post by Stewart Gordon »

That puts me out of it. :(

Hopefully there'll be a next time....
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