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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Holt House Playing Fields, Colne. The course is run on a mixture of grass, tarmac paths, trail paths and stone 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 Pendle 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 Pendle parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help athletes 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 is two laps run on grass, tracks and tarmac paths. Start across the road from the pavilion by the corner of the first football pitch. Go straight along the side of this pitch to the edge of the playing fields, staying by the boundary as it curves left behind the goalposts on to the path behind the football stadium. Continue straight on past the stadium along the top edge of the rugby pitches to reach a chipped path snaking through the woods. TURN LEFT at the end onto a wide tarmac path which drops down into Alkincoats Park. Go straight on at the crossroads to the top of the Bandstand steps taking either the left or right curved path around the edge (DO NOT use the steps). Follow the wide path to the tennis courts (Cowbell Corner) then TURN LEFT up the road with the speed bumps. KEEP LEFT at the metal gate staying on the diagonal tarmac path to the crossroads and here TURN RIGHT up the hill. Take the narrow tarmac path RIGHT over the hump and straight along the bottom edge of the rugby pitch to the pavilion. Once past the pavilion cross the road (TAKE CARE) and TURN RIGHT to run another lap and finish at the end of the field before the pavilion.


Holt House pavilion is open every Saturday morning for post run refreshments. Hot and cold drinks along with biscuits and other nibbles are available for a small donation.

There are toilets available in the pavilion including a disabled toilet.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts across the road from the pavilion by the corner of the first football pitch.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: There are several bus routes services that stop at either Harrison Drive, Tennyson Road, Birtwistle Avenue or Alkincoats Road which are all in close proximity to Holt House Playing Fields. The 95 route (Pendle Green Line) runs between Nelson, Colne & Burnley, the 24 route (Mainline) between Accrington & Colne, the 94 & 94S routes (Pendle Green Line) between Nelson, Brierfield & Colne and the 110 route (Mainline) between Nelson & Barnoldswick.

Train: Colne train station is at the end of the East Lancashire line that runs between Preston and Colne. It is approximately a mile from Holt House Playing Fields. See National Rail Enquiries or Trainline for train timetable details.
Colne Train Station, Primet Hill, Albert Road, Colne, Lancashire, BB8 9NX

Getting there on foot

Holt House Playing Fields is approximately one mile north west of Colne town centre. From Harrison Drive bus stop (the nearest stop to Holt House) it is a short 5 minute walk to the top of Harrison Drive that eventually leads on to Holt House. You can also access Holt House via Alkincoats Park (from the west), off Red Lane (from the north) or from Birtwistle Avenue (from the south).

By Bike: With the Pennine Cycleway, Route 68 of the National Cycle Network, passing right through the centre of Alkincoats Park it’s no problem riding to Holt House Playing Fields/Alkincoats Park. See Sustrans for National Cycle Network details.
There are cycle racks located at the entrance to Alkincoats Park. It is then a short walk (approx. 5 to 10 mins) to Holt House Playing Fields.

Getting there by road

Follow brown tourist signs for Colne & Nelson Rugby Club from the end of M65/Nelson. From junction 14 of the M65 eastbound, take the first exit (A6068) on to Vivary Way. Follow this road for approximately 0.5 miles. At the roundabout, turn left on to Harrison Drive. Drive to the top of the hill, through the roundabout (2nd exit), until you reach Holt House Playing Fields and the car park (postcode for Satnav is BB8 9SF). There is also some limited car parking at Alkincoats Park at the end of Alkincoats Road (postcode for Satnav is BB8 9QQ) from which it is a 5-10 minute walk to Holt House Playing Fields.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Holt House Pavilion - please come and join us!