The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Towneley Park and run on gravel paths and off road.. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.

Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. For the continued success of the event, please give way to other park users. This won't hurt your time, it won't stop you from getting a PB and it will make sure everyone continues to enjoy the event.

Please, wherever possible walk, jog, cycle or use public transport when attending the event. If you do have to drive, please consider car-sharing to reduce our impact on both the environment and other park users. Please also watch out for other park users when arriving and leaving. Parking may be limited so try to arrive early.

Course Safety

Burnley parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, spectators and helpers are asked to take care about the following:

  • Please be considerate to the park and other park users at all times.
  • Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied (within arm's reach) throughout the run by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice.
  • Please arrive by foot, by pedal-power or by public transport if you can - your efforts help to reduce our impact on the park and the planet.
  • Please consider volunteering to help occasionally - this event survives only because of your generosity - please visit the volunteer page for more information.
  • Take care near roads and car parks - some vehicles drive very quickly. Please congregate away from the cars and be careful in particular if you have children. If you’re driving to the run, please drive carefully even if you’re late!
  • When running, take care on uneven surfaces – whether on grass or on tarmac. Watch out for cyclists, other runners, pedestrians, children, dogs, wildlife, park animals, vehicles, park maintenance work, falling branches, bollards, posts and other obstacles around the course.
  • Please ensure that you are fit enough to walk, jog, run 5k (3.1 miles) with us.
  • Remember to warm up before the run.
  • If you see a runner with a serious problem, please stop to help them out and get help as soon as possible.
  • If you’re watching, keep clear of runners on the course, and look after any children and dogs you may have with you.
  • It is not permitted to run with a pushchair and a dog at the same time.
  • Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks. Consider protecting yourself by wearing repellent when at parkrun events in grassy or wooded areas. See for further details.
  • You are welcome to take part with one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • Runners pushing buggies are welcome, but please take care of others around you and do your best to start at an appropriate place in the field for your pace.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Burnley parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help parkrunners compare results.

Age Grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age group to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance. The scores can also be compared across different race distances - to allow you to, for example, compare a 5km time against a marathon.

For more information, please see our Support page.

Course Map

Course Description

The course starts at the top of The Avenue with the iconic Towneley Hall in the background. A fast start is assured as you head down to the bottom of The Avenue. At this point the course turns right for the first of two identical laps. After a short distance you turn left to pick up the path that hugs the playing fields. Follow this all the way round three sides of the park until you reach the bridge at the top of the park. Here you leave the path, turning right and heading down the grass towards the changing rooms. From the changing rooms it’s on to The Avenue then head on up towards the hall. Just before the gate at the top The Avenue the course bears right to pick up path that returns you downhill to the bandstand. From here it’s a right turn and head towards the bottom of The Avenue where you start the second lap. The second lap is slightly shorter as you cross the finish line a couple of hundred meters before reaching the bottom of The Avenue.


Parking: The main Riverside car park has 400 spaces, this includes a number of mobility and parent / child spaces. Please be aware that parking charges apply and that the pay stations only accept coins and do not give change.

Toilets: Toilets are available in the main car park.

Changing Facilities: There are no changing or showering facilities.

Playground: There is a free children’s play area next to the finish line.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the top of The Avenue with the iconic Towneley Hall in the background.

Getting there by public transport

By Bus

There is public transport available to Towneley Hall from Burnley Bus Station on Centenary Way (opposite Tesco) on Saturdays only. The bus service is No.3 and the service is operated by Traveline.


Burnley has 2 central train stations - Burnley Central and Burnley Manchester Road. The closest one to Towneley and Burnley Bus Station is Burnley Manchester Road. See National Rail Enquiries for train details .

Getting there on foot

By Foot

Towneley Park is approximately 2 miles from Burnley Town Centre. The Park and Towneley Hall itself are featured on a variety of walks in and around Burnley. See visit Burnley for further details.

By Bike

With the Pennine Cycleway, Route 68 of the National Cycle Network, passing right through the centre of the park it's no problem riding to Towneley. See Sustrans for National Cycle Network details.

Getting there by road

Follow signs for Towneley Hall, which is well signposted with brown tourist signs. The postcode for Towneley Hall is BB11 3RQ. On the approach road through the Park towards the Hall, the road forks; take the left hand option which will take you round to the Riverside car park. From the M65, you will need to exit at junction 10. Towneley Park is situated just off the A671 Todmorden Rd.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Rotunda Café located in the Riverside car park near to the finish line and children’s play area - please come and join us!