Towneley Park & Colliery Day (Level C), Dec 7 2014

Date of event: Sun 07th Dec 14
Type of event: District (C)
Nearest town: Burnley, Lancs


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SELOC Club Championships run at Towneley:

SELOC elected to run their club champs at both the Night and the Day events.  How this could possibly work was a mystery until after the event.

The SELOC website explains "This is a rare chance for everyone to compete, and using our 'complicated handicap quadratic formula' everyone has an equal chance to replace the current champs, Clive Atty and Lucy Seddon, as the new 2014 Club Champion and Junior Champion respectively."

Members could run either the Night or Day event, but not both.  It seems that the members Championship score is based, not on how you ran against others, but how you ran against yourself, i.e. compared to your current BOF ranking.  The most improved performance wins the day.  It could be anyone!  

No results posted at the time of writing, so keep an eye on the News section of the SELOC website.  It could be YOU!

Controller's comments:

After around 25 years of controlling what are now level C and D events, Towneley Night and Day are my last.   I am handing over responsibility for club D events into the capable hands of Judith Wood and I hope she has as much fun as I have had over the years.  I shall miss jogging through sunlit Spring and Autumn woods in early morning checking controls, but at the ripe old age of 72, it's time to call it a day.

Towneley Colliery with Towneley Park had excellent attendances at both the Night and Day events, and courses were generally well-received.  My grateful thanks to organiser George and his team of willing helpers, and of course to Tom, whose courses needed few amendments from me.

Planner's comments:

I hope the courses for both events were sufficiently interesting and challenging enough to make up for cold and, at times, wet and windy conditions! Feedback in the Clubhouse following the night event centred mainly on an elusive control 118 at the side of a large spur.  A quick check the following morning found it to be correctly placed albeit somewhat obscured by the large tree root it was fastened too, making it invisible from above.  With hindsight, adding 'foot' to the description 'spur, east side' may have helped clarify it's location.  I hadn't appreciated so many competitors like to have additional paper descriptions to carry round their course (I prefer to keep the weight down myself!) and as a result some were left a little miffed/disappointed. Note to self for future events - place PDF file of descriptions on web site one week before the event, problem solved.

Thanks to the club members who came together on Sunday afternoon to help bring in all the controls - Hamish and Kate Willis, Tony Peacock, along with George and Jim.  Finally, I would like to thank Jim for his support and advice on my course planning and for his thorough checking of the control sites and placement of the markers.  It is a mark of Jim's dedication that he even rechecked all 41 controls on Sunday morning to ensure that none went missing overnight. He has recently declared that he is hanging up his controllers cap for the last time - I hope it won't be too long before he slips it back on again!

Tom Gray, Planner


Organiser's comments:

We could have done without the early morning downpour that soaked not only the officials setting out, but the ground and vegetation too.  It was a lot muddier for the Day competitiors than it had been for the previous night Night competitors.  

By torchlight the map was difficult to read, but by daylight it was much clearer and there were few queries about control placement or map interpretation.  However, I expect that the next event here will be at 1:7500 instead of 1:10000.

We are indebted to to Burnley Borough Council (Park) and Lancashire County COuncil (Colliery) for permission to use the areas.  Those who sampled the cafes enjoyed cakes and beverages.  The younger competitors enjoyed the children's play area between the Finish and the car park (see Yellow course GPS trace for Anna Wilson).

As always, thanks to the road marshals (Mark, Mike and Dave), the registraion/SI/results team (Carole, Lucy, Wendy, Kath, Hamish, Steve), Start team (Jim, Tony).  To Tom and Jim for all the hard work of putting on the event.  

We wish Jim a happy retirement after many years of dedication to the task of "Controller in Chief for PFO", though we don't expect him to give up competing.  See you soon Jim!

George Crawford-Smith. 


Original Event Details:

The competition area is a combination of Towneley Park and Towneley Colliery site across the main road (timed out).  Shorter courses will stay within the park boundaries.

Towneley Park is a combination of intricate paths, rhododendron thickets, open areas and maturing plantations.  Fast but tricky.  Towneley Colliery by contrast is steeply contoured with many old mining features.  Not so fast, but just as tricky.

The map shown is for the park only.

Information on Towneley Hall and Park can be found here.  Also on Wikipedia.  The Hall and associated cafe are open from 12 noon till 5:00PM.  A good chance to visit after your run.

events location


Nearest town: Burnley, Lancs
Grid Ref: SD857314
Postcode: BB11 3RQ
Latitude: 53.77832
Longitude: -2.21745
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Planner: Tom Gray PFO
Organiser: George Crawford-Smith PFO
Controller: Jim Mitchell PFO
Contact: For general enquiries -

Info for dog owners

No dogs on courses.
Dogs may be walked under control after the event.


Toilet and Tea/Coffee Kiosk at parking/registration.  Also sit-down cafe at Towneley Hall, 500m walk.

About the area/map

Townley Park, Burnley

Towneley Park near the centre of Burnley is large and varied, with Towneley House and visitor centre as the centrepiece.  The area is crossed by formal paths in the open areas and informal paths through rough scrub, rhododendrons and semi-mature plantations that surround the playing fields and two golf courses.  There are a lot of water features, streams, ditches, ponds, marshes and the main river.  Don't be surprised if you encounter a deep ravine, a tunnel, a memorial or a route choice through a building.  Winning times are usually fast.

Read more about the Townley Park, Burnley area and map


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Posted by Steve Wilson