NWNL Night, Tockholes, Dec 2 2017

NWNL League,

Date of event: Sat 02nd Dec 17
Type of event: Local (D)
Nearest town: Tockholes, Blackburn


Simple Results
RouteGadget Winsplits

Organiser's Comments:

2018 NW Night League table after 2 events published below.

Combining the NWNL event with the Regional event on the Sunday imposed a few retrictions on staging the event, but all controls were put out for both events on Saturday.  There was only a 40% overlap of controls between the two events so hopefully those who competed in both the night and day events had very few repeats.

This was Chris Goddard first TD5 event planning.  All credit, as standard of navigation was high and the post-event comments were positive   Competition was strong at the top, with Quentin Harding SROC just haging on to top spot on Blue, with Steve Richards SELOC putting in a strong performance on Green and Ann Edwards TVOC winning by a margin on Orange.  There was a higher than normal retirement rate on Green (30%) due to a combination of energy sapping conditions underfoot, tough TD5 navigation and all with the added hinderance of thick mist with light rain obstructing visibility for much of the evening.  Errors were made!  Fortunately the main river was low and direct crossings were easy to make.

Our hosts at the Royal Inn in Tockholes (Registration) put on a fantastic meal of Wilf's style vegetarian "Lancashire Hotpot", topped off with a drink and post event analysis.  We are most grateful to the Inn for the warmth and comfort of their snug bar.  A great evening all round.

Thanks to our several PFO helpers too:  Hamish and Mary for Registration, Andrew for road marshaling, Jim and Bridget for Start duties and Peter for putting out and much more.  Finally, to Tom Gray PFO, your Controller, who presided over O-matters technical and dinner monies / portion sizes, despite being splint bound following recent ligament surgery.  Our thanks.  May ye run pain free afor long!

George Crawford-Smith - Organiser.


Pre-event information below here:

This is the PFO event in the 2017-18 North West Night League (NWNL) series.  The league is sponsored by BrightBikeLights.

The competition area is Tockholes Woods.  Very runnable and full of interesting features and challenging direct-line navigation.  The map has been fully revised with the benefit of Lidar contours and will be our first map using ISOM2017 symbols. 

Registration will be in the Royal Arms in Tockholes village.

Meal deal:  Sorry, a la carte is not available, so we have ordered 25 Wilf's style vegetarian "Lancashire Hotpot" meals with trimmings.  Please put your name on the pre-order list when registering to be assured of a meal.  £5.00 per head.
If you are staying for food or drink, please change first if you are wet or muddy.

Safety:  This is a winter event - WHISTLES and WATERPROOF JACKETS and RESERVE LIGHTING are MANDATORY and must be worn or carried - unless specifically relaxed by the controller.  Carrying hats, gloves, additional thermal layers and waterproof trousers may also be necessary.  
The next day, Sunday 3rd, there will be a Level C Regional event, but starting elsewhere in Tockholes Woods.  Usual courses.

Other NW night events are:  

  • 18/11/2017  DEE Delemere Forest, Nr Frodsham.  DEE results and Routegadget here.
  • 02/12/2017  PFO Tockholes, Nr Blackburn
  • 13/01/2018  LOC event venue Esthwaite Intake, Hawkshead – To be Confirmed
  • 03/02/2018  SELOC event venue Darcy Lever, Bolton
  • 17/2/2018  SROC Northern Night Champs, Nicky Nook, PR3 1BA
  • 3/03/2018  MDOC Brereton Heath Country Park, off M6/J18
events location


Nearest town: Tockholes, Blackburn
Grid Ref: SD665215
Postcode: BB3 0PA
Latitude: 53.68914
Longitude: -2.50881
Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)


Planner: Chris Goddard PFO
Organiser: George Crawford-Smith PFO
Controller: Tom Gray PFO
Contact: For general enquiries -

Info for dog owners

No dogs on courses.


Usual pub facilities.  Vegetarian Lancashire Hotpot available, £5.00.

Downloadable Documents

NWNL League Table - after 2 of 6 events,

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NWNL League,

NWNL League

Sponsored by BrightBikeLights,

Sponsored by BrightBikeLights

Tockholes - clearing.,

About the area/map


Tockholes was voted best area in Lancashire in the recent best 100 areas in the UK listing.  

95% of the competition area is woodland covering the catchment for Rodlesworth Reservoirs.  A wide stream bisects the area with many tributaries and deep valleys on the steeper slopes.  The area is mostly mature deciduous woodland including beech, almost all of which is fast runnable terrain with minor undergrowth.  There are also areas of coniferous plantation which are slower but passable.  Some open areas and semi-open areas have seasonal growth making them slower.  Old quarry workings give intricate contour detail and ruins.  Rock features include some 10m high crags!

The whole area gives some of the best traditional orienteering in Lancashire.  Fast, runnable and intricate.

The area is open to the public and you may encounter walkers, runners, cyclists and horse riders.  Please be considerate.

Tockholes was used in October 2012 for the Lancashire HotPot weekend incorporating the UK Relay Finals and Middle Distance event.

Preparatory work began in 2017 for forestry operations that will take place in 2018.  The extent of felling is not yet known but we believe it will not exceed 10% of the area and will be retricted to the northern half.  PFO will progressively update the map as work proceeds.

Read more about the Tockholes area and map


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Posted by George Crawford-Smith