Dean Clough Night NWNL, Dec 7 2013

Dean Clough reservoir and woods.,

Date of event: Sat 07th Dec 13
Type of event: Other
Nearest town: York village, nr Blackburn


Full results (including splits)
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Controller's comments:
It was a pleasure to work with John Ashton again, as the final courses needed few adjustments from his original ideas.  John's daughter Helen organised impeccably, and ensured that all PFO helpers had the opportunity to compete if they so wished.  We were highly delighted with the attendance for the Night event, and were pleased to receive so many positive comments from competitors.  Apologies for not printing enough Blue and Green maps, but we simply didn't expect 50% higher turnout than at any previous NWNL event held by PFO! Congratulations to all course winners, in particular, James Logue who held off a close challenge to win Blue Night event.

Jim Mitchell PFO - Controller.

Organisers comments:
We had lots of encouraging comments from competitors (and no, not just PFO members) all of whom enjoyed the event - or so they said after a couple of drinks and a hot meal. The numbers of competitors was above our expectation.  Thank you to the 59 who competed.  Dean Clough is a runnable area and the addition of Billington Wood and the linking scarp (quarry, gorse and crags) to the original area proved popular.  
A huge thank you to everyone who helped at the event.  All ran very smoothly very smoothly. 

The Lord Nelson are happy to have us back in the future.  PFO will be making a donation to their favouite charity on your behalf.  (More details when we have them.)

Helen Ashton - Organiser.


Original pre-event info below here:


This is one of the early events in the 2013-2014 North West Night League (NWNL) series.

The competition area includes the moorland and woods surrounding Dean Clough reservoir.  Some new woodland and a contoured scarp have been added to the previously mapped area.  

events location


Nearest town: York village, nr Blackburn
Grid Ref: SD709335
Postcode: BB6 8DU
Latitude: 53.79650
Longitude: -2.44294
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Planner: John Ashton PFO
Organiser: Helen Ashton PFO
Controller: Jim Mitchell PFO
Contact: - for general enquiries.

Info for dog owners

No dogs on courses - this is sheep country.
Dogs permitted around the car park, but be aware that the parking layby is on a busy and fast road.  We recommend that dogs are kept on leads around the car park.


Usual pub facilities at The Lord Nelson, York village, Langho..  Meals and snacks available - please order at the time of registration.

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Dean Clough reservoir and woods.,

Dean Clough reservoir and woods.

View over Dean Clough reservoirs towards Pendle Hi,

About the area/map

Dean Clough

Dean Clough is the water catchment area for two reservoirs west of Great Harwood.  The area is very runnable, being mostly sheep grazed rough open fields, but with drainage features, old workings, plantations and ruins.  The largest plantation offers good technical orienteering.  An extension to the north-east of the original map was added for the Night & Day event in December 2013, comprising Billington wood and Spring Bank.  This extension adds some classic forest, steep scarp, quarry, crag and gorse features).

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Posted by Steve Wilson