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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Centre Vale Park, Todmorden. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and trail paths. 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

The Centre Vale parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the run as safe as possible, so runners, 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. Health advice about running can be found at the excellent Runners' Medical Resource website (although this external website focuses on preparation for a race and does not describe parkrun events).
  • 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 a dog, but please keep the dog on a short lead or short harness and under control throughout the event. Please also review the parkrun support page article about running with a dog at parkrun events.
  • Runners pushing buggies are welcome, but please take extreme care of other runners around you. If possible start from the back of the field and try to keep to one side of the main body of runners.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Centre Vale 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

Starting in the old coachyard (the courtyard behind the statue of John Fielden) head down to the statue and turn left onto the main path. The course runs clockwise past the yellow barrier, behind the bandstand then to the left of the children's play area and into the woods. When coming down the hill out of the woods there is a sharp turn up behind the memorial gardens and around the tennis courts. When back on the main circuit this lap is repeated twice more. After completing 3 laps when emerging from the path from the tennis court turn left again to the bowling greens for the finish.


Centre Vale Park has a large open grass area, with woodland on the hillside at the rear of the park. There are public toilets near to the children’s play area, 20p piece needed for the coin operated doors.
Facilities in the park include all weather 5 -a-side football pitches, bowling greens, children’s play areas, skate park, cycleway, football pitches and The Conservatory and Animal House; which is open seven days a week between 10am - 4pm (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day).

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts in the old coachyard (the courtyard behind the statue of John Fielden).

Getting there by public transport

Centre Vale Park is around half a mile along the A646 Burnley road from Todmorden train station and bus station. There is also a bus stop adjacent to the park. Buses 592 and 589 stop outside the gates of Centre Vale Park.

Getting there on foot

Centre Vale Park is around half a mile from the centre of Todmorden along the A646 Burnley Road on the left after the cricket club.

Getting there by road

Centre Vale Park is around half a mile from the centre of Todmorden along the A646, Burnley Road, on the left after the cricket club. If coming from Burnley direction it is on the right after Todmorden High School. If using SatNav the postcode is OL14 7DE.

Parking is available at the Hare and Hounds car park, Burnley Road, Todmorden, OL14 8EA. This car park is approximately 5 minutes walk from the start line in the park on the other side of Burnley Road, the A646. Please allow enough time to park and get to the start safely.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Park End Kitchen - please come and join us!