(4/4) June Midweek Score SeriesPeel ParkWed 30 June, 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.
Final League Table after 4 events:
Download the revised final 2021 League Table here.
(This is the revised version. One competitor was credited with a MIDI run, whereas they actually ran MAXI. Now corrected. No changes in the top half of the league tables.)
Event Coordinators Report:
It is done! PFO's Ratchet Score series concluded yesterday. Lee Quarry, Alkincoats Park, Sunnyhurst Wood and Peel Park (and the Coppice) were worthy partners in our annual June series. Each area different in character but the same in format for all, effectively 3 score events one after the other over the same area. On the MAXI course, competitors must visit all or any of the easier 7x10 point controls before moving to medium 7x15s, before harder 7x20s, with no backsliding permitted, all in under 45 mins (60 mins for the FINALE) before tough penalties kick in. The MIDI course ratchets just the 10s and 15s.
The ratchet format makes a small area bigger, so it's ideal for 1:5000 areas on A4 maps, or small parts of larger areas.
In addition, for the first time, we added a MINI Orange line course using the same controls plus a few extras. This has opened up the event for younger competitors.
Here are some statistics for the 4 events in 2021:
- 180 competitive runs: LQ 48, AP 34, SW 51, PP 47.
- 81 different competitors took part: PFO 46, SROC 8, MDOC 7, SELOC 7, EPOC 5, DEE 1.
- Points deducted from 13 competitors for taking controls out of order: 11 on MAXI, only 2 on MIDI
- MAXI Series podium: James Logue EPOC 847 points, John Embrey SROC 840, Steve Wilson PFO 820, out of a possible maximum of 945 points.
- MIDI Series podium: Garry Alexander PFO 402 points, Hannah Darbinett PFO 401, Jo Davis 370, out of a possible maximum of 525.
- MINI Orange: Billy Cole M14 PFO had the highest placings over 3 events.
As you can see it was a damn near close run thing for both MAXI and MIDI. Congratulations to our winners.
Next year, 2020, will be our 10th running of our June series. Watch for details.
2021 has been a good year for variety (LQ - intricate, AP - fast, SW - steep, PP - varied terrain). All similar in technical difficulty, though Alkincoats had fewer contours, and tough June undergrowth, except at Lee Quarry where there is none! Throughout the whole series only one competitor managed a clean sweep of all controls in under 45 minutes, though that was made difficult by a couple of misplaced controls. The objective should be that only one competitor can make a clean sweep, so that everyone else has decisions to make.
Even though having a controller would have prevented the misplaced controls, I think the ease of planning and informality should be retained. Making these weekday events into mini-regional events would detract from the essence of simplicity, informality and enjoyment for planner and competitor alike.
We hope you have enjoyed participating this year. Roll on our 10th anniversary series in 2022. We will make an effort to improve control placement.
George Crawford-Smith PFO. Series coordinator.
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Midweek SCORE Series. Event 4 of 4.
This is the FINALE event in the June Wednesday evening series designed for competition, practice and training.
Simple format - See below for scoring rules
- MAXI (21 controls) = harder, longer, ratchet score course, 60 minutes.
- MIDI (14 controls) = medium, medium, ratchet score course, 45 minutes.
- MINI Orange = easier, shorter, standard line course
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. You can download them pre-event here.
Near: Accrington Lat,Lng: 53.75920,-2.35142 OS Grid Ref: SD769292 Postcode: BB5 6HF
Directions / Parking
In the car park by the bowling green (our usual). If full, then roadside parking in Peel Park Avenue or St David's Wood (off PP Av)
What3Words coordinates: ///orbit.large.melon (Bowling Green car park.)
Alternatively park near the top of Avenue Parade or on Pinewood Drive. Then enter the main park gate and go straight up to the top of the long steps. Start is here.
What3Words coordinates: ///soup.peanut.tasty
Map / Terrain
The Peel Park & The Coppice 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
There is no Registration. Pre-entry via SIEntries. TBA
Dibber collection: 6:15 to 7:00PM
Starts: 6:30 to 7:15PM. The Start/Finish is near to dibber collection.
Courses close at 8:15PM.
FINALE is 60 Minute Ratchet Score for MAXI and 45 minute ratchet score for MIDI.
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.
Small area ratchet rules: Visit 10s, before 15s, before 20s.
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.
Small area ratchet rules: Visit 10s, before 15s.
5 points penalty per minute late, or part thereof.
MINI Orange: TD3 (14 controls, 2.7km, 80m).
No time limit.
For novices and improvers, at Orange standard.
Control descriptions on the map will be IOF symbols for MAXI and MIDI. Symbols and text descriptions for MINI Orange.
You can download descriptions pre-event using the link above.
The final league table will be published for the MAXI and MIDI classes. Best 3 to count to the final league standings.
There is no Registration. Pre-entry only via SIEntries.
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!
Well behaved dogs are permitted on courses, but must be under control. Adjacent fields may have livestock.
None. Go before you arrive, please.
Peel Park Hotel (pub) is nearby and may be open for post-event and post-series celebrations within the current Covid restrictions.
BOF event number 79321
Contacts / Officials
Planner - Peter Stobbs PFO
Series Organiser - George Crawford-Smith PFO
For general enquiries -