Spring Series (3/4)Towneley ParkSat 29 February, 2020

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:
I hope everyone enjoyed their afternoon in the park. I'm new to planning (more volunteered than volunteering) and went for a "less is more" approach on control count. It's unlikely to be everyone’s preference, but it would be boring if all events followed exactly the same pattern. A big thanks to Andy for all his mentoring and assistance putting the controls out. And of course the rest of the event team too, who ensured things ram smoothly.

On the day it was a bit slick underfoot in places but at least the standing water was down on recent weeks. Nobody came back clean, but some did seem to attract more mud than others...

The weather was always going to be a bit of a concern, but in the end the worst held off until after everything was packed up, so that felt like a win!.

Richard Edwards PFO

Organiser's Comments:
An early fear that the car park might be flooded was dispelled by an early inspection. In fact the water in the nearby beck (River Calder) was roughly half the level it had been a week earlier.

On the day the weather was kind to us with only a cold draft to urge us on and the only change to our normal procedure was to put heavy weights in the map boxes to prevent lift off. Large (unmapped) puddles and slippery ground did not deter anyone. See below for one satisfied competitor's feedback.

Thanks are due to Ed for planning and to Andy for mentoring. Due to the ease of parking, with nearby toilets and cafe, the job of Organiser was simpler than for many PFO events. Registration, SI, Start officials and control collectors were all that was needed, many of whom also got a run. Thanks to our regulars in this department.

George Crawford-Smith PFO.

Feedback in Twitter shorthand:
"My personal challenge to go back to Towneley Park and complete the Orange course without getting mixed up. Did it today and well chuffed with myself. Love @pendleorienteer. All thanks to Judith & her words of encouragement that kept me from giving up. #orienteering #pfo." Izzy.

See y'all next week at Peel Park, Accrington.


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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 3 of 4 of our Spring Intro Series is at Towneley Park in Burnley. The White, Yellow and Orange courses are introductory courses specifically aimed at novices and juniors. The Light Green course and Green (or Technical) course will provide more technical navigation and route choices.

Location Info

Near: Burnley
Lat,Lng: 53.77825,-2.21732
OS Grid Ref: SD857314
Postcode: BB11 3ER

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Directions / Parking

From Todmorden Road in Burnley enter Towneley park by the main gate. After 1km take the left fork and follow this to the Riverside car park. £1.50 in the meter for all day parking.

Registration here.

Map / Terrain

Towneley is a well used park with a mix of classic parkland, playing fields, wild areas and woodland. There is an extensive path network.

Registration and Start times

Registration: From 12:30 to 13:30
Starts: From 13:00 to 14:00
Courses Close: At 3:30PM

Course Information

Course offer (provisional details)
Course: Length: Climb: Technical difficulty:
White 1.2k


TD1= Very easy. 8 controls
Yellow 2.2k


TD2 = Easy. 11 controls
Orange 3.5k


TD3= Moderate. 11 controls
Light Green


TD4 = Hard. 12 controls


TD5 = Very hard. 14 controls

Both the Start and the Finish will be about 2 minutes walk from Registration.

Entry Details

EOD only (PFO EOD Form below)

Adults £6.00, Juniors £2.00

Dibber hire £1, but £40 if lost.

Dog restrictions

No dogs on courses.
Dogs may be exercised in the competition area after your run. You must observe canine etiquette as Dog Patrols are on duty in the park.


Toilets and Rotunda Cafe at Registration.


For general enquiries -

Download your entry form before arrival. Complete and hand in a Registration.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Richard Edwards PFO
Organiser: George Crawford-Smith PFO
Controller: N/A