Ratchet ScoreBillinge Hill (2/4)Wed 15 June, 2022

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.



The League Table after 2 Ratchet Score events is now published. Ratchet Score League June 2022 Week 2

Planner's Comments:

Tough one this. We have been aware for sometime that the northern part of the Witton Park map (Billinge Hill) was a bit askew and vegetation was out of date. Much has changed since the first OCAD map from the 2000s. Path alignment, location of features and runnability all needed correction. However, none of the above changes affects the tough nature of the terrain. Steep in places, impassable in others and sometimes both. This update is just part of the improvement to the whole Witton map.

The objective for MAXI and MIDI was to have a good variety of controls in interesting places without repetition of route choice. I hope I succeeded.

For MINI Orange, I admit that 2 or 3 controls were more Light Green than Orange, for which I appologise. However, the route did vistit some interesting terrain with route choice andworthy of your visit.

Next week: Towneley Park will have fewer contours than either last week or this! Entries close on Monday 20th at midnight. Enter here.

George Crawford-Smith PFO.


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: Sat 18 June, 2022

Midweek Ratchet SCORE Series. Event 2 of 4.

This is the second of four Wednesday evening Ratchet Score events designed for competition, practice and training.
(Next: 22nd Towneley Park, Burnley; 29th FINALE Brun Valley (South), Burnley.

Simple format - see below for scoring rules

Open to all abilities - novice, junior and adult competitors.

Pre-enter, Turn up and Go

Control descriptions will be on the map, but not available as loose descriptions.

Start & Finish location: next to parking.

Location Info

Near: Blackurn
Lat,Lng: 53.74932,-2.53176
Postcode: BB2 6QB

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Directions / Parking

In the Clog & Billycock car park on Billinge End Road, Pleasington, Blackburn, BB2 6QB. Enter the pub car park via the Way In route to the east of the main building.
There is on street parking (take care) if the pub car park is full.

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Map / Terrain

Open fields and old quarry workings to the west, mature woodland with path network and extensive areas of bushes to the east. The escarpment to the south leads to further runnable woodland.

Registration and Start times

There is no Registration. Pre-entry via SIEntries only. Entries close on the Monday, two days before competition day, or when we are sold out. Maximum 60 competitors.

Dibber collection: Inside the pub, to the right of the public entrance. 6:15 to 7:00PM.
Starts: 6:30 to 7:15PM. Start and Finish are less than 200m from parking and dibber collection.
Courses close
at 8:00PM.
Download: Inside the pub. (No muddy shoes, please.) Stay on after the event for drinks and food - light bites or meals. Highly recommended.

Course Information

Ratchet Score time limit = 45 Minutes:
(FINALE will be 60 minutes)

MAXI Course: TD5/4 (21 controls). Maximum score - 315 points.
Control numbers: 101 to 107 -10 points, 111 to 117 -15 points, 121 to 127 -20 points.
Ratchet rules: Visit 10s, before 15s, before 20s. (Controls punched out of sequence will not score.)
10 points penalty per minute late, or part thereof.

MIDI Course: TD4/3 (14 controls). Maximum score - 175 points.
Control numbers: 101 to 107 -10 points, 111 to 117 -15 points.
Ratchet rules: Visit 10s, before 15s. (Controls punched out of sequence will not score.)
5 points penalty per minute late, or part thereof.

MINI Orange Course: TD3 (approx 2.0k to 2.5k).
No time limit.
For novices and improvers, at Orange standard.

Control descriptions both on the map and available as loose descriptions. IOF symbols for MAXI and MIDI. Text & symbols for MINI Orange.

A league table will be published weekly for the MAXI and MIDI classes. Best 3 to count to the final result.

Entry Details

There is no Registration. Pre-entry only via SIEntries. Entries close at 12 midnight on the Monday before the day of competition.

Seniors: (M/W21+) £6.00. Senior Pairs: £8.00.
Juniors/Fulltime students:
(M/W20-) £2.50. Junior & FTS Pairs: £3.50.
Dibber hire £1, but £40 if lost!

Dog restrictions

No dogs. This is sheep country! However, they may be exercised after the event in the woodland only.


Toilets are accessed from the entrance lobby of the pub.
Food & Drink: The Clog & Billycock are famous for their sit down dining, but bar snacks are also available. Open 12noon till 11PM. Kitchen closes at 9PM.


BOF event number 80580

Contacts / Officials

Planner - George Crawford-Smith PFO
Series Organiser - George Crawford-Smith PFO

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