(4/4) Calf Hey Regional - Spring Series, Apr 7 2018

The long view over Calf Hey Reservoir,

Date of event: Sat 07th Apr 18
Type of event: District (C)
Nearest town: Haslingden, Lancs


Results, splits and colour standards
RouteGadget Winsplits

Orienteers have become used to high spec and high tech equipment at major events.  PFO trialled both SIAC contactless controls and a new (BOF approved) printer for the competition maps.  It seems both met with approval as I didn't hear any adverse comments.  At least we know that the printing does not wear off in the rain!

One apology: we forgot to print loose descriptions.

Controller's Comments:

Just a quick thank everyone who helped out yesterday at Calf Hey, another successful event where we trialled the use of SIAC in preparation for our event in Hurstwood on 8th and 9th
of September. Would all PFO members make a note of this date as we will need all hands on deck to ensure the smooth delivery of the Senior Home International event and the relays as well as the National event running in parallel to the international competitions.

Judith Wood PFO - Controller

Planner's Comments:

Thank you for all the positive comments received at the download tent. Calf Hey has changed somewhat since I last planned courses here and not for the better with planned clearances and natural windblown making the going quite challenging in places. I owe Judith a debt of gratitude for her assistance in the planning stages as I was unable to get to the area when I needed to and it was Judith who did all the hard work taping control sites and feeding back up to date information to allow a lot of tweaking of the original plans. I hope we were able to offer something for everyone and that you enjoyed the challenge of competing at Calf Hey at it's very wettest.

Tom Gray PFO - Planner.



Pre-event details below here:

Important note:  This is a traditional MORNING event with first starts from 10:30. 

PFO Spring Series, event 4 of 4.  Courses from Yellow to Brown.

Calf Hey offers fast running through much of the area.  However, the slopes above the reservoir are steep in places contributing to greater climb and shorter courses.  The competition area includes a good path network around the reservoir, technical conifer and beech woodland on the flanks of the valley, and open moorland on the tops.  Here there is a complex mix of pits, knolls, marshes and ruins left by old quarry workings.

WARNING:  The main car park and Registration are on the opposite side of the main road to the competition area.  The road crossing en route to the start and back from the finish will be manned, but we recommend that young children are accompanied.

events location


Nearest town: Haslingden, Lancs
Grid Ref: SD752231
Postcode: BB4 4AU
Latitude: 53.70407
Longitude: -2.37850
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Planner: Tom Gray PFO
Organiser: Bill Griffiths PFO
Controller: Judith Wood PFO
Contact: For general enquiries -

Info for dog owners

This is sheep country - no dogs on courses.  Dogs may be exercised after the event under control.


Cafe.  Public toilets.

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The long view over Calf Hey Reservoir,

The long view over Calf Hey Reservoir

Good path network,

Good path network

Traditional forest,

Traditional forest

Steep in places,

Steep in places

About the area/map

Calf Hey

Calf Hay is a typical Lancastrian water catchment area with a mix of grazing land, forest and rough open moorland.  Old ruins, tracks and quarry workings from a past industrial age add interesting features to the area.  This gives rise to some fast running coupled with complex navigation approaching control sites.  Steep-sided water catchment ravines are difficult to cross and compromise route choice.

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Posted by George Crawford-Smith