(3/3) Towneley Park - Autumn Series, Oct 13 2018

Date of event: Sat 13th Oct 18
Type of event: Regional (C)
Nearest town: Burnley, Lancs


Results and splits
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Planner's Comments:
Towneley doesn’t lend itself to any particularly technical courses, so the TD5 courses were a bit longer than normal to give a bit of challenge, this then resulted in some impressively fast times for the 6.4k Blue course.

Due to dense brambles and nettles, control 127 was moved at the last minute which turned out to be quite fortunate due to a tree being blown over and the council blocking off the route to/from that location.

Andy Ellis - planner.

Organiser's Comments:
Towneley is a dream location for an Organiser.  Parking, toilets, cafe all in a handspan!  On the other hand the stormy weather played havoc with several aspects of the event.  Rain early caused paths to be slippery and streams to be swollen, but with adequate forwarning everyone coped.  The gale sweeping the park meant shifting Registration to the lee of some trees but that worked well as everyone could see us when entering the car park.  Start and Finish banners were not deployed, nor map boxes, nor Start clock.  Maps and control descriptions were delivered to competitors by hand.  

Just in time for the early starters the rain eased and with Caribbean temperatures there was little or no wind chill.

By all accounts everyone enjoyed their runs and some first timers even came back for a second run. 

Thank you all for turning out on a tough day.  Thanks also to our usual PFO cadre of helpers. 

George Crawford-Smith - Organiser.

Pre-event info below here:


Event 3 of 3 of our Autumn Series.

The competition area is a combination of intricate paths, mature woodland, thickets, open areas and maturing plantations.  Summer undergrowth is dieing back.  Good running throughout, with some tricky contoured areas. 

There are two cafes in the park:  Smaller (tea/coffee/snacks) at Registration, open all day and the larger cafe at the Hall (beverages/meals/etc), open from 12 noon till 5:00PM, 500m from Registration.  Toilets at both locations.  There is an all day parking charge of £1.50, payable at the meter.

Information on Towneley Hall and Park can be found here.  Also on Wikipedia.  


events location


Nearest town: Burnley, Lancs
Grid Ref: SD857314
Postcode: BB11 3RQ
Latitude: 53.77832
Longitude: -2.21745
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Planner: Andy Ellis PFO
Organiser: George Crawford-Smith PFO
Controller: Judith Wood PFO
Contact: For general enquiries -

Info for dog owners

No dogs on courses.
Dogs may be walked under control after the event.  Please observe usual doggy etiquette.


Toilet and Tea/Coffee Kiosk at parking/registration.  Also sit-down cafe at Towneley Hall, 500m walk.

About the area/map

Townley Park, Burnley

Towneley Park near the centre of Burnley is large and varied, with Towneley House and visitor centre as the centrepiece.  The area is crossed by formal paths in the open areas and informal paths through rough scrub, rhododendrons and semi-mature plantations that surround the playing fields and two golf courses.  There are a lot of water features, streams, ditches, ponds, marshes and the main river.  Don't be surprised if you encounter a deep ravine, a tunnel, a memorial or a route choice through a building.  Winning times are usually fast.

Read more about the Townley Park, Burnley area and map


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Posted by George Crawford-Smith