Street-O series (3/5)TodmordenWed 06 October, 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.
Thanks to all who came out. Luckily the weather held out and it wasn’t as biblical as it had been earlier in the week. Great to see so many new runners from the two local fell clubs out trying their hand at orienteering, good practice for some for the OMM, but probably not as bleak or soul destroying.
The course was planned to take in the three main roads of the valley to allow for some fast and flat running. I added in some higher controls to drag the hill hungry among you up to the valley sides where I tried to link some good running with some odd route choices thrown in. There were 4 known areas that were planned to cause confusion/blocks and I know at least 1 runner who hit 3 of them. Thankfully local knowledge appears to have not helped as quite a few very local people made these mistakes (including me when I controlled my own controls last Sunday!). The road works at Morrisons… they were not there on Monday, sorry about that for those who got into a bit of bother. Similarly, looking back on my own notes, I forgot to move control 13 one street NW when I remarked the controls, but no one appears to have not found it.
Tod is an interesting place for street O with a lot of options. It’ probably deserves a return to a full scale event at some point in the future. Similarly, other villages in the lower Calder Valley with… interesting contour details…. are now on my radar and will hopefully rear their heads in the near future in some form.
Huge thanks to Kay, Emma, Pauline, Úna (the mini human) and Alan for their help on the night.
Is a web browser app for sharing and comparing orienteering routes. You can draw your own route or upload a GPS track from your watch. It also allows you to watch an animated replay with a simulated mass start.
Pre Event Info
Street-O Score for everyone.
This event takes in the streets and hillsides of Todmorden, the ex-jewel of Lancashire. It will combine a mixture of complex urban areas, open park area, and low level hill trails. A lot of the area has poor lighting, so with the nights drawing it is advisable to carry a torch/head torch with you, especially if you venture up out of the security of the valley floor.
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 should carry a torch when sunset is before 8:00 PM. (You may not need a torch to run but may need it to read the answers!).
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: Todmorden Lat,Lng: 53.72137,-2.10800 OS Grid Ref: SD929250 Postcode: OL14 8EA
Directions / Parking
Parking will be immediately infront of the Hare and Hounds pub just off Burnley Rd, Todmorden OL14 8EA. What3Words coordinate ///renovated.majority.wicket
Additional parking in various spots in Todmorden town centre (5mins walk) or on Burnley Road at the widest parts. Do not park at Centre Vale Sports Centre as it is for those using the facilities.
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, stairways and paths, some steep, may be slippery after rain.
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: near to parking at the Hare & Hounds.
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.
Road crossing: Main through roads can be very busy., especially Burnley Road, near the Start/Finish. Please take great care and use pedestrian crossings where appropriate.
Farm land: There are options to take some short cuts between urban areas through fields. Please keep to footpaths and rights of way.
Wet weather: If wet it would be advisable to wear shoes with some grip as road shoes may not be appropriate depending on your route choice.
Entry and dibber hire (£1.00) via SI Entries.
Entries close at midday the day before race day (Tuesday 5th October). 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.
Toilet facilities in the Hare & Hounds for patrons or public facilities in Centre Vale Park near the playground.
There are local take-aways and a mini-market near to parking. The Hare & Hounds will be serving meals early evening.
BOF event number 79835
Contacts / Officials
Series organiser, Kay Hawke PFO -
Planner: Greg May PFO