Street-O series (5/5)PadihamWed 08 December, 2021
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.
Wow! Much trickier to plan than I expected. Uphill and downhill, snickleways and shortcuts, bridges and underpasses, rivers and streams, parks and playing fields, Victorian graph paper and modern serpentine estates, and the perplexing [upper level] old railway turned Greenway. I'm sure we will be back soon!
It was a shame that one of the footbridges across the River Calder (in spate) was closed for repair. This would have given good connections between north and south of the river. I adjusted score values to ensure that controls affected were still worth a visit.
There are three controls to apologise for:
- 55 - the clue did not match the answer! My fault, as I dithered between adding my own sign or using the very small plaque. in situ. On the day and in a heavy downpour I chose the wrong one!
- 46 - the poster with the answer on it had been removed! The remaining notices did not not match the clue.
- 23 - The O-marker was unreadable by torchlight. This handwritten marker could be read in daylight - just.
If you visited any of these sites and made some sort of remark about your visit, you have been given the points value. In general I was lenient in other ways too e.g. adjacent lamppost number to the correct one, or anagram of the correct answer, you would get the points. All good fun.
My favouite control was 57 (6 competitors visited) at an allotment crossroads behind houses and above woods and a stream. Q: LUMB QUARRY. A: 4A. Big and bold sign that could not be mistaken. Second favourite (10 visits), just because it was a surprise to find such a large tree amongst lockup garages. Q: LARGE TREE, PENALTY. A: £500. I can't remember what the fine was for, but no doubt there will be 10 notices of fines in the post.
Most visited controls were 10 and 11, both with 22 visits, and both close to the S/F. The only control with no visits was 60 – too far from any other controls to be worth the run.
The usual suspects were at the top of the leader board, but that is only half the point. It seems that everyone enjoyed themselves regardless of speed or navigational accuracy. We start again with a new series of occasional Street-O events in the new year. Watch the PFO media spaces for details.
Mooch Cafe as a venue was a hit. A great opportunity to relax and confer with friends. Our grateful thanks to Alison and her staff for staying open late, just for us. Please revisit sometime soon.
Also our grateful thanks to Kay Hawke PFO who masterminded the 2021 series and to everyone who 'volunteered' to plan in their neck-of-the-woods. Expect to be 'volunteered' for the 2022 series.
Happy Christmas everyone.
George Crawford-Smith - Planner.
A buff was found in the street between Mooch cafe and Tesco carpark.
A chest harness with LED lights.
A pair of black framed reading specs were left in the cafe.
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Pre Event Info
Street-O Score for everyone.
NOTE change of date: this event is now 8th December, moved from 1st December, to avoid a clash with SROC's Street League.
This event is pre-entry only for Solo, Pairs or Trio teams. Entry is limited to 60 starts.
All participants must wear a hi-viz vest and must carry a torch and/or head-torch.
Each single competitor or team will need a dibber (your own, or hired at £1 on entering), a watch, a pen/pencil/clipboard.
For age rules concerning junior participation, see 'Entry Details' below.
Covid security is the responsibility of the competitor, though we recommend that you continue to observe simple social distancing and other courtesies.
The latest British Orienteering Covid-19 guidance for participants and event organisers (dated 19/7/21) can be downloaded here. This advice may change before the date of the event.
Other safety procedures should be observed in Street-O events:
- Give way to members of the public and other competitors throughout your visit.
- There are numerous road crossings on the course, take care at all times.
- Run wide around corners.
- Wear hi-viz so that you can be seen.
- Move away from control sites as quickly as possible.
Near: Padiham Lat,Lng: 53.80040,-2.31305 OS Grid Ref: SD795337 Postcode: BB12 8BL
Directions / Parking
Park for free in central Padiham, either behind the town hall/library (one way entrance by Bertwistle's Funeral Service) or in Tescos (BB12 8DQ).
Event centre is at Mooch Cafe, BB12 8BL, opposite the town hall, less than 100m from parking.
Map / Terrain
Street-O competition is on local streets, main roads, parks, ginnels, semi-rural areas and footpaths.
The competition map is 1:10000, in simplified format.
Cobbled alleys, pavements, stairways and paths, some steep, may be slippery with leaf litter or when wet.
Wear suitable studded shoes.
Registration and Start times
Starts from 6:00PM to 7:00PM at minute intervals. You can choose your 15 minute start block when you enter the event.
Start point: Mooch Cafe.
Each individual or team will be issued with one Dibber (if hired), one clue/answer sheet (both issued pre-Start) and one course map (issued at the Start).
Example maps and clue sheets of previous events will be available to view.
Scoring: Controls are numbered 10 to 64. The first digit multiplied by 10 is the score value. Thus there are 10 x 10 points controls, 10 x 20, 10 x 30 .... and 5 x 60. The higher the score value, the greater the distance and difficulty.
Penalties: The time limit is 60 minutes. Thereafter, 1 penalty point will be deducted for each 3 seconds you are late, equivalent to 20 points deducted per minute late.
Entry and dibber hire (£1.00) will be via SI Entries. Entries now open.
Entries close at midnight on Monday 6th December. No EOD.
An individual entry can be amended to a Pair or Trio if you want to add a buddy to run with, but this must be done on-line in advance via SIEntries. We cannot make changes at the event.
Rules concerning junior entries:
Age 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult (as a pair or trio).
Age 16 & 17 may run as a pair, or be accompanied by an adult (as a pair or trio).
Age 18+ may run as an individual.
If the event needs to be cancelled the PFO Event Cancellation Policy will apply.
Taking dogs on urban courses is not recommended due to the traffic hazard.
Start & Finish will be near to Mooch Cafe. Toilets here.
The cafe will remain open before, during and after our event. Arrive early or stay late for drinks and food.
See menu - Lamb Koftas is off, but Turkey and Cranberry will be on!
BOF event number 80128
Contacts / Officials
Series organiser, Kay Hawke PFO -
Planner: George Crawford-Smith PFO