Spring series (4/4)Towneley ParkSat 19 March, 2022

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:

Firstly and most importantly, thanks to the volunteers who helped place and collect the controls, it wouldn’t have been possible to have the events without you.

It’s not often we get to add new areas to old maps so hopefully the addition of the old golf course added some novelty and new challenges, even to those who are familiar with Towneley Park. The courses were well received, I hope that the balance was made between focusing on the new area whilst still keeping the courses varied and interesting. Even the sun made an appearance!

Finally, thank you all for coming and see you at a PFO event soon!

Stephen Horrocks PFO - planner.

Organiser's Comments:

Towneley Park East was a fitting venue to bring the PFO Spring Series to an end. The results are published and the kit back in our store. All done and dusted in a day.

Stephen planned his courses to make full use of the, now defunct, Deer Park Road golf course. It provides a really pleasant alternative to the usual path run around the perimeter. Control sites in bunkers, behind golf tee mounds, ditches and inside copses are now available for future events. Competitors gave Stephen's courses the thumbs up, which he offered to plan as part of his controller's accreditation.

All in all, a good day out for everyone as the day was dry, sunny and breezy cold - we got the feeling that Spring is just around the corner! Everything was neatly back in our equipment store before the light faded.

As always, thanks are due to the legion of PFO helpers who put out controls, deliverd the event and collected in at the end.

Next PFO comperitions are a series of monthly Wednesday evening Street-O events (Clitheroe - March, Bacup - April, Nelson - May) and our classic Tockholes Regional on May 14th. Details on the PFO website. Be there!


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Classic orienteering courses for beginners to experts. The competition area is centered on the eastern part of Towneley Park, which comprises open park land with a lot of rough open ground and woodland. A large area, not previously used for orienteering, has been added to the map.

Location Info

Near: Burnley
Lat,Lng: 53.77804,-2.21726
OS Grid Ref: SD857313
Postcode: BB11 3ER

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Directions / Parking

Riverside Car Park, nearest postcode BB11 3ER . (This the near the park entrance gate - follow the park road, take the left fork, then two bends, then the car park entrance is on your right). What3Words ///paying.souk.zone Park all day for £1.50, cash in the machine.

Map / Terrain

The map will be 1:7500 for all courses.

Registration and Start times

Registration: ALL entries must be made through SI-Entries here.
For pairs entries (or small groups), it is only necessary to register one name, pay for one entry and hire one dibber.
Dibber hire:
If you do not possess a dibber** (SI-card) you must book and pay £1 when entering on-line.
Your hired dibber will be sanitised then placed in a sealed bag, for you to pick up at the download tent.
[**Note: £30 charge if dibber is lost during hire period.]
Starts: 13:00 to 14:00. (Start times will be extended if demand exceeds available slots.)
When entering, choose a 15 minute start block window from the drop-down menu. On the day, arrive at the Start during your window. Starts will be allocated by the Start marshal at one minute intervals.
Courses close: 15:30.

Course Information

TD = Technical difficulty
Yellow2.0 to 2.9kTBATD2
Orange2.5k to 3.5kTBATD3
Light Green3.0 to 4.0kTBATD4
Technical/Green3.5 to 5.0kTBATD5

Entry Details

There will be NO entries on the day. Pre-enter by 16th March at SIEntries here.

Entry fees: Adult (M/W21+) £6.00
Junior £2.50 (M/W20-)
Dibber hire £1.00

Note: £30 charge if dibber is lost during hire period.]

Dog restrictions

No dogs on courses. Dogs may be exercised in the competition area after your run. Be aware that dog wardens patrol the park. Please always pick up after your dog.


Toilets and snack-bar cafe at the car park. There is also a sit-down cafe and toilets at Towneley Hall, about 500m from parking.


Covid restrictions no longer apply, but if you have any concerns please take your own measures to minimise contact.

BOF event: 80878

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Stephen Horrocks PFO
George Crawford-Smith PFO.