Autumn Series (3/3)Towneley ParkSat 13 October, 2018

Regional 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.



Results and splits


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.


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Location Info

Near: Burnley, Lancs
Lat,Lng: 53.77832,-2.21745
OS Grid Ref: SD857314
Postcode: BB11 3RQ

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Directions / Parking

Enter Towneley Park via the main gate off Todmorden Road. (Set your Satnav to BB11 3ER for the park entrance, or BB11 3RQ for Towneley Hall.) Proceed along the park road and then after 1km bear left at the road fork (signed from here). Follow the road around to the main Riverside car park. Fee £1.50 all day (8AM till 10PM) in the meter.

Registration will be in the car park.

The Towneley Park Run takes place before our event, so to avoid parking difficulties, registration and starts will he 30 minutes later than our usual times. See below.

Registration and Start times

Registration: From 10:30 to 12:00
Starts: From 11:00 to 12:30.
Courses Close: At 2:30PM.

Course Information

Registration: Bring you personal dibber to Registration to speed up the registration process!
Course Offer:
Courses Length Climb Notes
Blue 6.7 km 150m TD5 = Very hard
Green 5.1 km 85m TD5 = Very hard
Light Green 3.9 km 100m TD4 = Hard
Orange 3.3 km 60m TD3 = Moderate
Yellow 2.0 km 15m TD2 = Easy
White 1.5 km 10m TD1 = Very easy

There are three golf courses within the park - they are all marked as out of bounds. Do not run on the greens or fairways. Use only the perimeter.

Competitors must take care crossing the park roads. Traffic is relatively slow but frequent. Caution must be exercised.
Runners must heed the road marshal's instructions.

Entry Details

Entry on the Day (EOD) only.

Entry fees: Adults (M/W21+) £7.00, Juniors (M/W20-) £3.00,

Dibber hire £1.00, but £40.00 if lost!

Dog restrictions

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.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Andy Ellis PFO, Controller: Judith Wood PFO, Organiser: George Crawford-Smith PFO