PFO Club Champs, Peel Park, Nov 24 2018

On the Start line - Peter explains, J Gray

Date of event: Sat 24th Nov 18
Type of event: Local (D)
Nearest town: Accrington



Club Championships 2018:  William Ellis won this year's PFO Club Championships, with a score of 230 points, much to the dismay of the club Chair - Judith Wood.  William (who was also Club Champ in 2015) won by the narrowest of margins - one point !  William, as champion, now has the honour of planning next years PFO Championship course.

Other prizes:
First adult female, and PFO Women's Champ, was Judith Wood - 229 points.
First non-PFO competitor, was Cath Wilson SELOC - 220 points
First adult male PFO member was Andy Ellis - 205 points.
The winner of the 2018 "Toffee Prize" was Graham Denny of SAXONS, who travelled the furthest to take part.  All the way from Kent!

Following the event, members and friends met at the Peel Park Hotel (a pub!) for pie & peas (until they ran out), route choice analysis and social. 

Any guesses for where next year's event will be? 

Pre-event info below here:

1 hour score course for all at Peel Park, Accrington.  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 below.

This is a championship event for PFO club members, however all-comers, guests and friends may participate for a modest fee of £5 adult / £2 juniors + dibber hire £1..

Peel Park is a small but very varied area.  There is a good path network, with some patches of parkland, mixed with conifer woods, deciduous woods, scrubland, open moorland, contours, water features and curious ditches.  It's ideal for the club champs as there is terrain for every age and ability.

The event will be followed by the prize-giving and social get-together at the nearby Peel Park Hotel (actually it is a pub!), about 400m from the Start & Finish.

Registration will be in the car park of the Peel Park Hotel (its a pub!), Turkey St, Accrington, BB5 6EW between 10:15-10:45am. 
The pub does not open until 12:00 noon, conveniently just as our champs is finishing.  Download will be in the pub (no muddy shoes please).  Thereafter drinks and meals can be ordered at the bar (usual pub grub), then there will be a short prize giving Men's Champ, Women's Champ and any special prizes for who knows what!

You may park in the pub car park as a patron of the pub, otherwise use local street parking.  At 10:45am, we will walk en masse from the pub to the Start, which is approximately 10 minutes away.

Good luck everyone!

events location


Nearest town: Accrington
Grid Ref: SD771293
Postcode: BB5 6EW
Latitude: 53.75858
Longitude: -2.35435
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Planner: Peter Stobbs PFO
Organiser: George Crawford-Smith PFO
Controller: N/A
Contact: For general enquiries -

Info for dog owners

Dogs are permitted on the area, but we recommend that you exercise them after the event rather than during, unless extremely well behaved.  There are sheep fields adjacent to the area..


Pub facilities after the event, not before!
No muddy shoes please.

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On the Start line - Peter explains, J Gray

On the Start line - Peter explains

Tom Gray deep in heather at 103, Vegetation change, J Gray

Tom Gray deep in heather at 103, Vegetation change

Christian Wood PFO in full flight, J Gray

Christian Wood PFO in full flight

Trevor Smith PFO amongst the ditches, J Gray

Trevor Smith PFO amongst the ditches

Graham Denny SAXONS,, winner

Graham Denny SAXONS,, winner "2019 Toffee Prize"

Deborah Alexander nearing the Finish, J Gray

Deborah Alexander nearing the Finish

William Ellis PFO Club Champion 2018 at the Finish, J Gray

William Ellis PFO Club Champion 2018 at the Finish

Judith Wood, PFO Women's Champ 2018 at the Finish, J Gray

Judith Wood, PFO Women's Champ 2018 at the Finish

At the Finish, J Gray

At the Finish

About the area/map

Peel Park

Original event details below here:


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