(1/4) Spring SeriesNuttall ParkSat 24 February, 2018

Local level event

Explanation of Event levels

  • Training events are non competitive events used for training and coaching, aimed at members of the club, but they can attract people from neighbouring clubs, and are often ideal for newcomers to try the sport.
  • Local events are usually low key and in the 'localised' area, ideal for newcomers to try the sport. Most clubs run some 'mini series' throughout the year as local mid week events.
  • Regional events attract participants from around the local Region.
  • National events are high quality competitions that will attract people from far away,
  • Major events are Major Events such as a British Championships or the annual JK competition.



It was good to see so many competitors,especially on my, I hope, challenging Light Green course, which used the whole of the area. Good too to see new club members and friends from neighbouring clubs. The course was favourably received. Orange also provided quite a challenge. A pity we had so few runners on Yellow and White.

Thanks to George for organising, updating the excellent map and collecting in, to Gillian and Maureen for registration duties, to Mike for help on the Start and help in collecting in, and my partner Jim for invaluable advice.

Mary/Jim Planner/Controller.

Organiser's Comments:

Well, what a surprise! An unusually late start at 13:00 and glorious sunny weather brought out the crowds, most of whom wanted to run Light Green. We needed to recycle a couple of maps to accommodate all runners. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, barring a couple of small gripes.

Nuttall Park is a good mix of open parkland and surrounding woodland which covers old workings and industrial ruins. The park cafe, run by volunteers, was our registration point and post-event gathering point - thank you for your hospitality.

Our Registration team did a grand job of welcoming and encouraging novices, including new members Adam, Becci and newborn to go round the orange course. As first-timers they received a free entry!

Thanks are due to miscellaneous PFO members for lending a hand. Kite collection was shared and we vacated the park by 16:00. Done and dusted. Thank you all.

Next week - Gawthorpe Hall in Padiham (details here) - suitable for newcomers and prams - forecast cold but dry - starts from 13:00 again. Should be fun, especially for the technical 3 leg, one person relay course.

George Crawford-Smith

Pre-event information below here:

Spring Series event 1 of 4.

Important note: In order to avoid a clash with Saturday morning football games and a crush in the car park, we will start later than usual. Registration opens in the park cafe at 12:45 and first starts at 13:00. Please do not arrive before 12:30. We will use the later start time at the next two events in the Spring Series, though event 4, Calf Hey Regional, will return to 10:30 first start time.

Nuttall Park, on the banks of the River Irwell, is half parkland and half woodland. It is a great place to learn the basics of orienteering. For more experienced orienteers, the fringes of the park offer more technical terrain and route choices.

For beginners we offer coaching support to get you started. If time permits, you can try more than one course.


Is a web browser app for sharing and comparing orienteering routes. You can draw your own route or upload a GPS track from your watch. It also allows you to watch an animated replay with a simulated mass start.

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Last updated: Sun 09 February, 2020

Location Info

Near: Ramsbottom
Lat,Lng: 53.64285,-2.30967
OS Grid Ref: SD797163
Postcode: BL0 9LU

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Directions / Parking

Turn on to Nuttall Hall Road at the sharp bend on Bury New Road. Take care entering and exiting here.

Park in the public car park at the bottom of the hill on your right. Free of charge.

Registration and Start times

Event Registration 12:45 till 13:45

Starts: 13:00 till 14:00

Courses close at 15:30

Course Information

Registration: Bring you personal dibber to Registration to speed up the process!
Course offer:
Course: Length: Climb: Notes
White 1.1k 0m Very easy
Yellow 1.4k 25m Easy
Orange 2.5k 50m Moderate
Light Green 3.5k 100m Hard

The car park is part of the competition area. Competitors using this area should be aware of traffic movements. The access road is marked as out of bounds and is not to be used as a route choice.

Entry Details

Adults £5.00, Juniors £2.00

Dibber hire £1.00, but £40.00 if lost.

Dog restrictions

No dogs on courses. You may exercise your dog responsibly after the event.


On site cafe. Toilets.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Mary Barton-Marshall PFO, Controller: Jim Mitchell PFO, Organiser: George Crawford-Smith PFO