Lancashire HotPot UrbanBarrowfordSun 12 September, 2021

Regional 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.



Organisers Comments

A new map was produced for the Barrowford Urban event (12th September 2021) and Andy Ellis planned 7 courses (Yellow through to Black). The shorter courses stayed within Victoria Park, but many others ventured Northwards into Barrowford. We had lots of positive comments from finishers and several courses enjoyed some routes along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Getting off the canal tow path proved a little tricky in places and a couple of competitors commented to me that they found they had to double back on themselves.

Thanks must go from me to both Andy Ellis (Planner) and Jean Lockhead (Controller) for the effort that went into this event and the well planned courses. They put the Start and Finish were very close to each other in Victoria Park. This gave a compact area for Enquiries / Dibber issue and Download, which happened also to be close to the parking and made my life very easy as an Organiser!

Thanks must go to the Pavillion Community cafe, who opened up early for us, provided toilets, as well as serving delicious food. In addition, we are very appreciative of all of the organisations who gave us permissions for use of the area.

Orienteering is a sport run by volunteers, so again thanks must go to the PFO members who put work in behind the scenes or who helped out on the day. You know we can’t run events without you, so all your contributions made day run smoothly, thank you again.

Planners Comments

Thanks to all who turned up and ran in this newly mapped urban area. The middle of the area caused some complications with planning courses due to the large motorway junction and limited routes between the northern and southern halves of the area. Victoria Park was an ideal area to have start / finish / download and parking with the added advantage of toilets and cafe within 50m!

Due to an issue with control 129 on the Black course, this leg has been excluded from the published results, although this did not affect the placings of the competitors.

Special thanks to George Crawford-Smith for the hours spent creating this extensive map and to the local authorities for allowing permission to run over the area. We will certainly revisit this area in a couple of years.


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Pre Event Info

Urban event. New area.

Part of the NWUL (North West Urban League) for 2021. See also NWUL league standings page.

Location Info

Near: Barrowford
Lat,Lng: 53.83911,-2.22320
OS Grid Ref: SD856387
Postcode: BB9 7ST

Open an interactive map in:
GoogleMap - Streetmap (OS 50k)
OpenStreetMap - BingMap (OS 50k)

Directions / Parking

Nearest postcode BB9 7ST. What3Words ///rucksack.speakers.nasal

From the M65 exit at junction 13. Be aware of traffic lights!
From the west bear left at the end of the slip road on to Barrowford Road.
From the east exit at J13 slip road, follow the one way lollipop under the M65, keep in the left lane and take the first exit left on to Barrowford Road.
After 700m, having gone straight ahead at a roundabout, turn left on to Carr Road (signed). Follow this for 550m to Lomeshaye Way (signed) on your right.

Parking will be in Lomeshaye Way, Nelson, BB9 7ST.
Follow marshals instructions to a tuning point and head back to park on your left behind the rear car. Do not leave large spaces.

Follow tapes/signs to Download (for dibber issue) and the Start.

Map / Terrain

New area, new map. Classic urban terrain, which Includes old and new townscape, parkland, rivers and canal. Maximum height differential across the area is 50m.

Registration and Start times

There is no Registration. On-line entry only via SIEntries.
Entries close at midnight on Thursday 9th September.

First starts 10:30. Last start 12:00 noon.

Courses close at 14:00.

Course Information

Provisional course offer:

CourseAge Classes:Length:Climb:Map Notes:


Men’s Open (M18, 20, 21, 35)

7.92001:4000 A3

Double sided


Women’s Open (W18, 20, 21, 35), Men’s Vets (M40+)

6.61901:4000 A3

Double sided


Women’s Vets (W40+), Men’s Supervets (M55+)

5.41201:4000 A3

Double sided


Women’s Supervets (W55+), Men’s Ultravets (M65+)

4.1701:4000 A3

Short Green

Women’s Ultravets (W65+), Women’s Hypervets (W75+), Men’s Hypervets (M75+)

3.1501:4000 A3

Light Green

Junior Men and Junior Women (M/W16-)
Course is within public spaces. May include some very low traffic side roads to cross.

3.0701:4000 A3


Young Junior Men and Young Junior Women (M/W12-)
Course is wholly within public spaces. No roads will be crossed.

1.6101:2500 A4

Both the Start and Finish are less than 100m from Download. Follow tapes.

Mandatory, 2 minute timed-out road crossing on longer courses.

Entry Details

Pre-entry only via SIEntries.
Entries close at midnight on Thursday 9th September.

Adult BOF £8.00, non-BOF £10.00
(M/W20- and full time students) £3.00, non-BOF £4.00.

Dibber hire £1.00. But £40 if lost.

Dog restrictions

No dogs on courses. Traffic hazard.


Toilets. Cafe. Both near Download.


General enquiries -

BOF Event Code: 76975

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Andy Ellis PFO
Organiser: Helen Ashton PFO
Controller: Jean Lochhead EPOC