Ratchet ScoreMarl Pits (1/4)Wed 08 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.



After running these Ratchet score events for a number of years, this is the first time where all competitors completed their course without mis-punching. Well done !

This is despite us making your run doubly difficult by mis-placing control 116 (intentionally, to avoid the nettles, but not everyone got the message!) and hiding control numbers in the OOB areas, both symbols being the same colour, so you couldn't read the number!

We promise to attend to these issues for next week! See you at Billing Hill, near Blackburn. Bring some money for post event social in the Clog & Billycock, our parking and download point.

The Ratchet Score league table will be published soon after the second event has been run.


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Midweek Ratchet SCORE Series. Event 1 of 4.

This is the first of four Wednesday evening Ratchet Score events designed for competition, practice and training.
(Next: 15th Billinge Hill (Witton Park North), Blackburn; 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, and available as loose descriptions at the start.

Start location: TBA

Finish after finishing, navigate your way back to Download, near parking.

Location Info

Near: Rawtenstall
Lat,Lng: 53.70319,-2.27376
Postcode: BB4 7SN

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Directions / Parking

In the Marl Pits Leisure Centre car park (no charge), BB4 7SN.

What3words coordinates: ///battle.banks.draw

Map / Terrain

Open land with woodland fringes, plus steep rough open escarpment topped by woodland.

Registration and Start times

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

Dibber collection: 6:15 to 7:00PM
Starts: 6:30 to 7:15PM.
Courses close
at 8:00PM.

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 on the map will be IOF symbols for MAXI and MIDI. Text descriptions 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 (opening 1/5/2022) 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

Dogs not allowed to run on courses, unless specifically permitted by the planner/organiser. However, they may be exercised after the event under control. Usual doggy etiquette.


Toilets at the event centre.


BOF event number 80578

Contacts / Officials

Planner - Hannah Dabinett PFO and Danny Allen PFO
Series Organiser - George Crawford-Smith PFO

For general enquiries -