Peel Park & Coppice, May 21 2017

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Date of event: Sun 21st May 17
Type of event: District (C)
Nearest town: Accrington, Lancs

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ADVERT:  Pits your wits against Peel Park again!  
Wedneday evening June Score Series.

June Score Series:
Registration 6:15 to 7:00 
Date: Area: Location:
7th June Peel Park etc Bowling Green car park.
Top of Peel Park Avenue.
14th June Witton Park
(North side)
Clog & Billycock pub.
21st June Sunnyhurst Park  Earnsdale Road, on street parking.
28th June Nick O'Pendle Car park halfway between NoP and Sabden.

 

Controller's Comments:

Peel Park is a small area, which more than compesates for this deficiency by offering a great variety of terrain.  Our thanks are due to the Peel Park ecology group who, in 2017, have removed several hundred metres of barbed wire fencing to open up some of the copses.  The map exchange on Blue and Brown courses were in one such copse, never before used for orienteering.

I must apologise for the misplacement of control 134 which caused some delays.  It was about 15m further downhill than the marked and not visible from the correct position.  Only one competitor was significantly delayed so I've allowed the results to stand. 

A number of people failed to punch properly at the map exchange, whether due box malfunction, forgetfulness, too much haste or panic we do not know.  However, those affected must have been there otherwise they could not have completed the course.  I have, therefore, reinstated those competitors.  However, by the rules of orienteering it is the competitor's responsibility to punch correctly so, be warned, in a large event you would have been disqualified! 

We had one "missing" competitor who, it transpired, had retired and gone home without visiting download.  Please always report back, whatever the outcome of your run.

I'm sure you all enjoyed Gillian's courses on what turned out to be a perfect day.  Thank you for coming.

PFO's next Level C is at Aitken Wood on 8th October.  

George Crawford-Smith - Controller.

 

Organiser's Comments:

Thank you to all club members who helped today. A big thank you goes to Gillian for planning the
event and George for controlling and helping Gillian put out and collect controls.

Despite a little hiccup at the beginning everything very went well.

Once again thanks for helping.

Hamish Willis - Organiser.

 

Pre-event details below here:

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Classic colour coded courses from Yellow to Brown for all orienteers.

The whole competition area (Park, Coppice, Plantation and open moor)  is popular with runners, dog walkers, horse riders, mountain bikers and orienteers.  Please give way to other users.

Peel Park comprises a very small area of easy parkland with large adjacent areas of woodland and rough meadows, scrubland, becks, ponds and old mine workings to add interest.
The Coppice is the 1970's coniferous plantation on the hill scarp which offers open running.  Above this is open moorland with an unusual pattern of ditches.
The Plantation area is mostly young deciduous woodland with old ruins and contour features.  Longer courses will visit this new area.
The whole area, criss-crossed by an extensive path nextwork, gives great variety at both easy and technical orienteering standards.

The mill workers park and the Coppice were bequeathed by William Peel to the people of Accrington town in 1909, with the scarp of mature conifers being planted in 1972/3.  The curious maze of ditches on the top moor were dug by Italian POWs in WWII as a defence against Luftwaffe gliders landing.  They were entirely successful in this endeavour, but unwittingly bequeathed some novel navigation to later generations.  Plantation Road was where the mill owners great houses once stood by a cobbled highway.

events location

Location:

Nearest town: Accrington, Lancs
Grid Ref: SD766290
Postcode: BB5 6QR
Latitude: 53.75773
Longitude: -2.35509
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Officials:

Planner: Gillian Rowan-Wilde PFO
Organiser: Hamish Willis PFO
Controller: George Crawford-Smith PFO
Contact: For general enquiries -

Info for dog owners

No dogs during the competition.  They may be exercised in the competition area after the event.
Do not allow dogs to foul in the school grounds.  There is a walking route near to Registration and parking.  Please use this area and pick up after your dog.

Facilities

Portaloo Toilets.

PFO Junior cake stall will not be in attendance due to exam pressure! 
However,  should you require post-event refreshment, the Peel Park Hotel/Pub is just 100m from parking/registration.  You will pass it on the way to the Start.

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Peel Park

Original event details below here:

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The whole competition area (Park, Coppice, Plantation and open moor)  is popular with runners, dog walkers, horse riders, mountain bikers and orienteers.
Peel Park comprises only a small area of easy parkland with adjacent areas of woodland and rough meadows, scrubland, becks, ponds and old mine workings to add interest.
The Coppice is the 1970's plantation on the hill scarp which offers open running.  Above this is open moorland with an unusual pattern of ditches.
The Plantation was added to the competition area in 2012.  It is mostly a young plantation with old ruins and contour features.
The whole area,criss-crossed by an extensive path nextwork, gives great variety of both easy and technical orienteering.

The mill workers park and the Coppice were bequeathed by William Peel to the people of Accrington town in 1909, with the scarp of mature conifers being planted in 1972/3.  The curious maze of ditches on the top moor were dug by Italian POWs in WWII as a defence against Luftwaffe gliders landing.  They were entirely successful in this endeavour, but unwittingly bequeathed some novel navigation to later generations.  
Plantation Road was where the mill owners great houses once stood by a cobbled highway, but now the house grounds are a plantation where you can now run under the canopy.

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Posted by George Crawford-Smith