Brun Valley Forest Park Regional, May 20 2018

Brun Valley - wild garlic fields, JWood

Date of event: Sun 20th May 18
Type of event: District (C)
Nearest town: Burnley, Lancs


Simple Results

Controller's Comments:

Predictably, because of Judith's total commitment to providing satisfying courses, working with her was a pleasure.  Courses were modified to our mutual agreement and the vast majority of competitors were pleased with the result.  Winning times were about right for the shortest four courses,but we were very impressed with the blue and green leading times! In five visits to the area over the last eight weeks, I found the undergrowth conditions getting progressively worse, so well done to you all for defying them!

Some maths,finally.  Time spent armchair controlling indoors - 4 hours approx.
Time spent outdoors - 22 hours approx.
I hope this was time well spent!

Jim Mitchell (PFO) Controller.



Organisers Comments:

What a cracking day for everyone, with many compliments received for Judith's courses.  The weather, of course, helped with wall to wall sunshine and minimum river levels.  We had competitors from much further away than our regular NW neighbours, no doubt for combined social and sporting reasons:  STAG, SN, NOC, OD, WREKIN, CLARO to name but a few far flung clubs plus two guests from Poland!  It was heartening to see several PFO members giving advice and guidance to several newcomers, for which we have received their thanks.

My task as Organiser was really quite easy as all the facilities are within a handspan and parking was never going to overflow.

Thank you Jim (Controller) and Judith (Planner) for all your labours in executing this event.  Thank you too to numerous PFO helpers who acted as marshals at the entry gate (Peter), parking (Danny and Richard), registration/results (Carole/Wendy/Gillian/Alice/Christian), start (Helen/Kevin) and Finish (Paul). Also a cadre of control collectors drawn from the above list.  Everthing was off site by 4:00PM and put away in our store by 4:45.  Job done.

None of this would have come tto pass without landowners' permissions.  Lanchashire County Council own the Registration cabin and part of the surrounding plantation, whilst Burnley Borough Council own the rest of the area.  Both are always supportive and helpful to our cause.

Oh!  And thanks, to you the competitor for tracking us down today.  We know the area can be tricky: fast in places, remarkable in others and slow and thorny here and there.  A perfect combination. 

George Crawford-Smith - Organiser

Pre-event details below here:

The competition area runs along either bank of the River Brun and its tributaries.  It is a patchwork of mature standing forest, old mine workings partly covered with regenerated young plantation and some contoured fields.  There is a network of paths for public access around Rowley Lake and the forest.  The new pedestrian river bridge makes planning the shorter courses much easier.  See course information for river crossing details.

Other users:  Brun Valley is popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders.  Please give way to other users.  There are two vehicle access roads that run partway through the competition area. There is very little traffic as they serve only a handful of properties and some small car parks.  All courses will use these roads, so do take special care when you run across or along them. 

events location


Nearest town: Burnley, Lancs
Grid Ref: SD851334
Postcode: BB10 3LB
Latitude: 53.79711
Longitude: -2.22784
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Planner: Judith Wood PFO
Organiser: George Crawford-Smith PFO
Controller: Jim Mitchell PFO
Contact: For general enquiries -

Info for dog owners

Dogs are permitted under control in the car park.  Dogs are not permitted on courses.  You may exercise your dogs responsibly in the competition area after your run.


Portaloos at Registration.

Downloadable Documents

EOD entry form,

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Brun Valley - wild garlic fields, JWood

Brun Valley - wild garlic fields

Brun Valley - tranquil waters, JWood

Brun Valley - tranquil waters

PFO Welcomes you to Brun Valley.,

PFO Welcomes you to Brun Valley.

Rowley Lake and runnable forest., GCS

Rowley Lake and runnable forest.

Brun Valley - young plantation., GCS

Brun Valley - young plantation.

About the area/map

Brun Valley Forest Park

The mapped area comprises both the newly created Brun Valley Forest Park and the contiguous areas of Queen's Park, Thompson Park and the lanscaped Bank Hall Colliery site.  The parks and colliery have been used for orienteering for many years.  The larger part of the map is Brun Valley, which Burnley Borough have progressively opened up for public recreation in recent years.  Much of this area was originally coal mines, which have been reclaimed, landscaped and planted.  Woodland ranges from mature stands to young trees, which are now large enough to run through.  Established alder creates a maze of thickets within the young trees.

The River Brun bisects the map, running through Rowley Lake.  There ar few bridging points, though a new footbridge is planned for 2014.  Except at times of prolonged or heavy rain, the river is fordable through the shallows.  The tributaries are fordable at most points.

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Posted by George Crawford-Smith