Spring Series (4/4)Peel ParkSat 07 March, 2020

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.

Last updated: Fri 14 February, 2020

>> Important note !!

This is an AFTERNOON event with first starts at 13:00. The late start enables anyone who participates in other Saturday morning sports to engage in both activities.

Event 4 of 4 of our Spring Intro Series is at Peel Park in Accrington. (Note the change of venue!) This is a Regional ranking event.

The White, Yellow and Orange are introductory courses specifically aimed at novices and juniors. The Light Green, Green and Blue courses will provide more technical navigation and route choices.

The whole competition area (Park, Coppice, Plantation and open moor) is popular with runners, dog walkers, horse riders, mountain bikers and orienteers. As a consequence you may encounter unmapped incidental paths. Please give way to other users.

The mill workers park and the Coppice were bequeathed by William Peel to the people of Accrington town in 1909, with the scarp of now mature conifers being planted in 1972/3. The curious maze of ditches on the top moor were dug by Italian POWs in WWII as a defence against Luftwaffe gliders landing. They were entirely successful in this endeavour, but unwittingly bequeathed some novel navigation to later generations. Plantation Road was where the mill owners great houses once stood by a cobbled highway.

Location Info

Near: Accrington
Lat,Lng: 53.75773,-2.35510
Postcode: BB5 6EW

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Directions / Parking

Easiest approach is from the A56 junction with the A679. From here follow Burnley Road towards Accrington centre. After 1 mile (just before a set of traffic lights) turn left into Alice Street (signed from here) then left into the Peel Park School parking area (£1 donation please) and Registration. Or satnav to BB5 6EW.

If the off-street parking (in Peel Park Primary School grounds) is full please find on-street parking in the many side streets off to the right from Alice Street. Please do not park on Alice Street itself as this is a busy thoroughfare.

Map / Terrain

The area offers a very wide variety of complex terrain for all abilities. Forest, woodland, mine and quarry detail, open moors, WWII ditches, water features and more besides.

Registration and Start times

Registration: From 12:30 to 13:30
Starts: From 13:00 to 14:00
Courses Close: At 4:00PM

Course Information

Course offer (provisional details)
Course: Length: Climb: Notes:
2.0 to 2.9k TBA TD2= Easy.
Orange 2.5 to 3.5k TBA TD3 = Moderate.
Light Green 3.0 to 4.0k TBA TD4= Hard.
3.5 to 5.0k TBA TD5 = Very hard
Blue5.5 to 7.5kTBATD5 = Very hard

Both the Start and the Finish will be within 10 minutes walk of Registration.

Entry Details

EOD only (PFO EOD Form below)
Adults £7.00, Juniors £3.00
Dibber hire £1, but £40 if lost.

Dog restrictions

No dogs permitted in the school grounds.
Well behaved dogs are permitted on courses. Be aware of some adjacent sheep fields.
Dogs may be exercised freely in the competition area after your run. Please observe canine etiquette.


Toilets at Registration.


For general enquiries -

Download this entry form./ Complete and hand in at Registration:

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Gillian Rowan-Wilde PFO
Controller: Steve Wilson SELOC
Organiser: Lee Gosling PFO