Spring Series (3/4)Thompson/Queens Parks, BurnleySat 09 March, 2019

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.



Planner's Comments:
Many thanks to the 40+ competitors who turned out despite the awful morning weather. By first start at 13:00 it was sunny and warm enough, though windy. No one got wet, except intentionally below the knee if taking a fording route choice.

White (no takers), Yellow, Orange and Light Green were planned by the book, but the "Technical" had as many unusual features as I could muster. It was more like a sprint race with acute turns, plus river fording, a guillotine squeeze, sheer face decent, outpacing the miniature railway and more. Enjoyed by all, I hear.

In our local Burnley parks everything has to be nailed down, so some controls were Grippled a bit deeper into bushes than should be. I hope that didn't detract from your run.

Thank you all for competing and special thanks to all the PFO helpers who rolled up their sleeves to put this event on. Lee (as rookie Organiser), Gillian, Mary & Carole (SI & Registration), Maureen, Kevin & Danny (road crossing), Jim & John (Start), Paul, Danny, Deborah and Garry (for control collecting), plus Andy and others on general duties.

Best thing about a small event with a 13:00 first start, is that it is done in a day! Starting at the equipment store at 9:00AM and then everything put away in the store before 17:00. Easy!

Next event is PFO Regional on 31st March at Peel Park in Accrington. Be there!


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Pre Event Info

Thompson Park, Queen's Park & Bank Hall.

IMPORTANT: 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 3 of 4 of our Spring Intro Series at Thompson Park, Queen's Park and Bank Hall Colliery.

All courses (except White) will have one timed out road crossing, which will be marshaled. The road is busy - take your time.

Please observe the following:

Link to miniature railway.

Location Info

Near: Burnley, Lancs
Lat,Lng: 53.79720,-2.22857
OS Grid Ref: SD848334
Postcode: BB10 3EF

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Directions / Parking

Parking & Registration is on Queen's Park Road, Burnley. Nearest post code is BB10 3LB.
Be aware of speed cameras in the area.
The best route of approach is via the traffic lights where Queen Victoria Rd & Belvedere Rd cross Ormerod Road. Turn east on Ormerod Rd for 400m, then sharp left at the roundabout on to Queen's Park Rd. Designated parking bays are then conveniently on your left. Do not leave large gaps. There will be no marshals on duty.

There are marked-off roadside parking bays all along the park side of Queen's Park Rd. The gate leading to Registration is approximately half way along Queen's Park Rd opposite the usual gate we use for Brun Valley events.

Map / Terrain

The competition area comprises two adjacent parks with a mix of paths, buildings, play areas, grassland and woodland, plus a boating lake and miniature railway. In addition, the adjacent old Bank Hall colliery site has been landscaped and planted. Be aware of the elevated Leeds-Liverpool canal that bisects the area, which can be crossed via an underpass that is marked on the map with a large crossing-point symbol, thus ) (.

Registration and Start times

Registration from 12:30 to 13:30
Starts from 13:00 to 14:00. 900m easy walk from Registration.
Finish is 50m from Download
Courses close at 15:30

Course Information

Course offer:
White 1.2km 15m TD1. No road crossing.
Yellow 2.2k 50m TD2.
Orange 2.7k 55m TD3
Light Green 3.9k 80m TD4
Technical 5.1k 95m TD4+.2-part map. Gaffled
See notes below.

All courses (except White) will cross the main road as a single timed out leg. The crossing will be manned.

Technical course only: Depending on your route choice you may get your feet wet and/or crawl through a 'letterbox'.

Entry Details

EOD only.
Adults £5.00, Juniors £2.00
Dibber hire £1, but £40 if lost.

EOD form below can be downloaded and completed in advance.

Dog restrictions

The two public parks, Thompson and Queen's are covered by a bylaw prohibiting dogs.
Therefore, dogs are NOT allowed on courses.

However, dogs are permitted in the nearby Brun Valley recreation area where they may be freely exercised either before or after your run.
Please keep your dog under control.


Unfortunately, due to the time of year, the Pavilion Cafe in Queen’s Park will not be open. Bring your own sustenance. Tea & coffee MAY be on offer at Registration.

The toilets in Queen's Park will be open, but it is in the middle of the competition area. If possible it is best if you compete before making use of the facilities, but if needs must, you can take an alternative route to the Start via the toilet, but with an unmanned road crossing.


For general enquiries -

PFO Entry on the Day form

Contacts / Officials

Planner: George Crawford-Smith PFO
Controller: N/A
Organiser: Lee Gosling PFO