Peel Park & the Coppice, Jun 25 2014

Date of event: Wed 25th Jun 14
Type of event: Local (D)
Nearest town: Accrington, Lancs


Results (including splits)
League positions after 4 events. Best 3 to count.

June Score Series Comments:

As series co-ordinator it was gratifying to see so many competitors turning out for a mid-week bash.  The numbers have steadily grown from 4 at our very first such event 2 years ago (heavy rain!) to 32 (warm and dry) for Peel Park.  In 2014 the Maxi course attracted 44 different competitors over the 4 weeks and the Midi 17.

This is the 3rd year we've run the series which is now standardised as 21 controls for the MAXI and 14 for the MIDI course.  We use small areas that have good terrain.  The format is as simple as we can make it, 21 controls, 2 courses, start & finish at the car park/registration and all requiring minimal manpower.

The planner's challenge is to provide good route choice options and to make it difficult for most competitors to visit all controls within the allotted 45 minutes.  In the table below the top number is the total entries and the bracketed number is how many visited all controls in under 45 minutes.

June Score Series Stats:
Week PFO Planner Terrain Maxi Midi Comments
Bill Griffiths Urban 15
Midi course.
Spring Wood
Forest 18
Scale 1:4000
Brun Valley
Tom Gray Forest park 21
Scale 1:7500
Peel Park
Forest park
& open
Scale 1:5000

As co-ordinator I'd like to mention and thank those who soldier on week-by-week to ensure smooth running and minimum fuss.  
Registration & results:  Carole Pilling, Gillian Rowan-Wilde, Lucy Wilson & Hamish Willis.
Results posting:  Steve Wilson.
Planners, Organisers and Permissions:  Bill, Tom and George, as above.
Control collectors:  many folk, especially Peter Stobbs who competed, collected and then went for his own training run each week!

We are working on next year's venue already.

Don't forget our Turn-Up-And-Go mini-series of night training events (prior to NWNL) in November, Saturday 15th and 22nd.  Format: Snook-O by Candlelight.


Original event information below here:

This is the FINALE of the June Wednesday evening series.

Designed for competition, practice and training.
Simple format – Open to all abilities - Turn up and go.

SEASONAL VEGETATION:  Long legwear is recommended as nettles and brambles are at their seasonal high.  Some of the harder control approaches are affected.

June Score Series Events:
Week: Date: Area: Location: Car Park:
25th June Peel Park
& the Coppice
Accrington Left at top of
Peel Park Av,
hairpin to CP.


events location


Nearest town: Accrington, Lancs
Grid Ref:
Postcode: BB5 6HF
Latitude: 53.75931
Longitude: -2.35172
Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)


Planner: George Crawford-Smith PFO
Organiser: TBA
Contact: Series coordinator -

Info for dog owners

Dogs permitted.



About the area/map

Peel Park

The Coppice is popular with runners, dog walkers, horse riders, mountain bikers and orienteers.  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.  Below the scarp there are rough meadows, becks, ponds and old mine workings to add interest.  One curious feature of the area is the maze of ditches on the top moor, looking harmless on the map but devilishly difficult to find in the undulations, heather and bent grass.  By all accounts they were dug by Italian POWs as a defence against Luftwaffe gliders landing.  In this endeavour they were entirely successful!
In 2012 Plantation Road was added to the map.  Here the mill owners great houses once stood by the cobbled highway, but now the house grounds are a plantation where you can now run under the canopy.  The whole area gives fantastic variety and the best technical orienteering in the district.

Read more about the Peel Park area and map


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Posted by George Crawford-Smith