Spring Wood - PJL (3/4), Feb 4 2017

Date of event: Sat 04th Feb 17
Type of event: Local (D)
Nearest town: Whalley, Clitheroe

Results

Simple Results
Splits

Organiser's Comments:

After early rain, the day turned out nice and bright if wet and muddy underfoot.  Green was hotly contested, with our guest Yamata Kohno from Japan setting a blistering pace on this his first experience of British orienteering.  

Danny Allen, our novice planner, produced well thought out courses in this small area, avoiding repetitions and dog legs as far as possible.  Unfortunately, without a controller, there were some placement errors which confounded some competitiors.  In a major event the Light Green and Green courses would have been voided, but at this small Level D event we've let all times stand.  Apologies to Yamata Kohno who was unable to find one of the misplaced controls.

Despite the mud and the mispacements everyone had a good time.  Thank you for coming.

George Crawford-Smith - Organiser.

 

Original information below here:
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Intro Spring Series event 3 of 4, incorparating the Pendle Junior League.

Events 1, 2 and 3 of our Spring Series are dedicated to introducing juniors and families to orienteering.
From 10:30 till 11:30 there will be introductory sessions for all the family showing participents what's involved.
From 11:30 till 12:30 will be start times for 5 competitive courses.  Juniors and adults may compete together or separately.

The Green course is planned at a more technical level and is not a Pendle Junior League course

events location

Location:

Nearest town: Whalley, Clitheroe
Grid Ref: SD740360
Postcode: BB7 9TD
Latitude: 53.82017
Longitude: -2.39504
Google Map (aerial) - Bing Map (OS)

Officials:

Planner: Danny Allen PFO
Organiser: George Crawford-Smith PFO
Controller:
Contact: For general enquiries -

Info for dog owners

No dogs on courses.  Dogs may be exercised responsibly in the competition area after the event.

Facilities

Toilets

About the area/map

Spring Wood, Whalley

Spring Wood is a traditional orienteering wood comprising runnable woodland set on a steepening hillside with small quarries and outcrops around the top of the hill.

There is contour detail from historic excavation, plus a mix of thicket, rock and water features. The area is a favourite with dog walkers as there are many paths, which makes it suitable for easier courses.  For more experienced orienteers there are many point features and alternative route choices.

For many years the area has been characterised by rhododendron bushes.  Due to their implication in spreading Sudden Oak Death, amongst other tree diseases, the rhododendrons in Spring Wood have been felled (2011/2012/2013) and in some cases burnt.  For the orienteer this has meant the disappearance of almost all of the areas of fight and, in their place, the appearance of brashings.  Some brashings are impassable (double hatch vertical green screen on the map) and some slowly passable (single hatch screen).  A few clumps, presumably not diseased, have been left standing and shown dark green, as are the more substantial hollybushes.  Interestingly, the rhododendron roots have not been killed and so new shoots are already appearing.  It remains to be seen whether fresh growth will be permitted or cut back once again.  

The most likely outcome is that the map will need updating again soon.

The map was extended for the event in January 2014 and now includes an area of rough land crossed by many tracks and bike trails.   This adds distance and interest to the original mapped woodland.  An underpass enables courses to cross the main road in safety.

Read more about the Spring Wood, Whalley area and map

 

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Posted by George Crawford-Smith