PFO Club Champs, Midgley Moor, Oct 21 2017

Club Champs Midgley Moor, gathering for mass start, Mike Wallis PFO

Date of event: Sat 21st Oct 17
Type of event: Local (D)
Nearest town: Hebden Bridge


Simple results

Club Champs 2017:

Well weren't we lucky!  All done and dusted before storm Brian hit the region.  No rain, manageable wind, wet underfoot here and there, ankle or knee deep heather and the clock ticking away 60 fleeting minutes.  Tempus fugit - a recipe for worthy prize winners or panic and disaster.

Prize winners, and congratulations to all:

  • PFO Mens Club Champion 2017 - Peter Stobbs, 198 points (2018 PFO Champs planner)
  • PFO 2nd placed - Max Cole, 195 points 
    (Max also received the CAPRICORN Men's Trophy for his storming win on Cowpe Moor 3 weeks ago.  CAPRICORN 2017 was a 3 hour moorland score event.)
  • PFO Womens Club Champion 2017 - Helen Ellis, 145 points
  • PFO Junior Club Champion 2017 - William Ellis, 160 points 
  • Top placed from other clubs - John Embrey DEE, 198 points
  • Special Toffee prize for 1st EPOC (our hosts) and Midgley Moor mapper - Graham Lloyd EPOC, 195 points 

There was tough competition at the top of the rankings, with just 8 points separating the top 6 places, but giving Peter Stobbs a narrow victory over all comers. 

Congrats to Chris Goddard (last year's champs winner) for planning on Midgley Moor, borrowed for the day from EPOC (thank you), with no one able to scoop all 20 controls.  That means decisions for everyone.  Thanks too to Jim Mitchell for organising and guiding Chris on his first planning experience.  Hamish W and Mary BM for registration/results.  Mike Wallis for the start photo.  (Any others?  We'd love to publish them.)  The Hare & Hounds for coping with muddy feet and looking after our dietry needs.

In addition to PFO members, eligible for the club prizes, we hosted about 20 guests from other O-clubs and local fell runners mainly from Calder Valley Fell Runners (CVFR), some of whom had never orienteered before or, according to pre-event earwigging, even had to read a map before!

Signed:  A competitor.

Late amendment:  Our apologies to Reg Czudek of Todmorden Harriers.  You were credited with 155 points and a time of 17:01.  155 might be possible but 17:01 on a 60 mins score is not.  We think that the splits shown derive from a previous event still stored on your dibber, which used some of the same numbered controls.  This would be caused by not having successfully cleared your dibber before commencing the Champs event.  Unfortunately we must nulify your result.

Below here, pre-event details:

Club Championships -  1 hour score course for all on Midgley Moor near Hebden Bridge.  Mass start at 11:00AM sharp!  Anyone can win as there are handicap bonuses by age and gender to even up the field.  See chart.

This is a closed event for PFO club members, however all-comers, guests and friends may participate for a modest fee of £5.

Midgley Moor is managed heather moorland, with many rock, contour and water details.  There are also areas of quarry workings.  It's ideal for the club champs as most PFO members will be unfamiliar with the terrain.

The event will be followed by the prize-giving and social get-together at the nearby Hare & Hounds.  Meals and drinks are available, but to help the chef please pre-order your meal when you register for the event.

Registration will be inside the Hare & Hounds pub at Lane Ends (HX7 8TN) between 10:00-10:30am. They will kindly open up for us, which will also give you a chance to look at the menu and order your lunch before running. Please park along the adjacent roads rather than in the car park - there is plenty of space along the verge down Lane Ends Lane and up Nook Lane. At 10:40am, we will walk en masse from the pub to the start, which is 10-15 minutes away on the edge of the moor.

Good luck everyone!

events location


Nearest town: Hebden Bridge
Grid Ref: SE005279
Postcode: HX7 8TN
Latitude: 53.74841
Longitude: -1.99363
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Planner: Chris Goddard PFO
Organiser: Jim Mitchell PFO
Controller: N/A
Contact: For general enquiries -

Info for dog owners

This is sheep and bird country - no dogs on the course, please.


Pub facilities.

No muddy shoes please.

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Club Champs Midgley Moor, gathering for mass start, Mike Wallis PFO

Club Champs Midgley Moor, gathering for mass start


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Posted by George Crawford-Smith