Penrith Urban – Saturday 2nd July 2022

We apologise that the event is being postponed until Wednesday 10th August – the rest day for the Lakes 5 Day.  All entrants have been sent an email asking them to edit their entry to choose whether to take part on 10th August or receive a refund.  Entries will be re-opened shortly.

Event Centre is at Penrith Rugby Football Club
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The route will NOT be signed. Please find your way to the rugby club, then park wherever you can find a space.

Travel By Public Transport: the shortest route from Penrith Railway Station is 1.2 miles, and goes through the competition area. Please find the most direct route, and do not look for controls.

Travel by car etc: from North, South, or West: leave M6 at Jn 40, onto A66. At the next roundabout take second exit, A686 signed Alston. RUFC is about 650m on the left. From EAST on A66, at first Penrith roundabout take 4th exit onto A686, then as above.

Parking: Free, unmarshalled, parking on site while competing, but you need to move your vehicle to another car park if you want to go into town after your run.

Facilities at Event Centre: toilets, changing rooms, indoor room with space to leave bags for those arriving on foot or bike, registration, SI hire, and download. Please remove shoes if muddy. The bar will be open from around 1pm if the rugby club’s planned afternoon BBQ takes place, and there is a hot drink vending machine (card payment only).

Entry fees: Seniors £7, Juniors £3. For entry on the day on courses 6 & 7 please try to bring the correct fee. If you plan to bring a group of juniors please get in touch in advance via so that sufficient maps are available.

Start and Finish are 550m away, 50m apart. The Start will be manned but not the Finish, due to its proximity to the Start. The route to the start crosses one cul-de sac estate road.

Start times 10:30-12:30

Courses close at 14:30 Make sure you have reported back to Download by that time.

Junior courses (6 & 7) These stay in the nearby housing estate. They are mainly on footpaths but do cross cul-de-sac roads, and have two timed out, manned, road crossings. There will be ONE crossing marshal on duty at any time, so they may be on the other side of the road. Please listen to and follow the marshal’s instructions about when the road is safe to cross.

Junior maps (6&7) Please note that course 6 and 7 are printed double-sided, with no overlap, as otherwise the criss-crossing of the courses would make it too difficult to read. The change to the second part of the course occurs at a point on both courses where competitors need just to continue in the same direction.

A course 7 map will be available at Registration, for competitors on that course. All competition maps will be at the Start.

NWUL The event is part of the North West Urban League.

W/M10 (born on or after 1/1/2012) must run course 7, and MUST be accompanied
W/M12 (born between 1/1/2010 and 31/12/2011 inclusive) must run course 7
W/M14 (born between 1/1/2008 and 31/12/2009 inclusive) can run course 6 or 7. To count in the NW Urban League they need to run course 6
W/M16 (born between 1/1/2016 and 31/12/2007 inclusive) can run course 6 or 7. To count in the NW Urban League they need to run course 6
M/W16 who have reached their 16th birthday by the day of the event can run any course. To count in the NW Urban league 16-, they need to run course 6

All others can run any course, but to collect points for the NW Urban League they need to enter the courses shown against their age group in the table. Details are subject to final controlling.

CourseAge CategoriesOptimal route (km) approx.Climb (m)Number of controlsMap scale and size
1M Open10.2100341:4000   A3
2W Open, M Vet 40+7.970271:4000   A3
3W Vet 40+,
M Supervet 55+
7.585241:4000   A3
4W Supervet 55+,
M Ultravet 65+
6.265251:4000   A3
5W Ultravet 65+,
W Hypervet 75+, M Hypervet 75+
4.925201:4000   A3
6M/W16 –3.320251:3000   A4 two-sided
7M/W12 –2.620271:3000   A4 two-sided

Dibbers: There are high numbers of controls on the courses, and you may run near to other controls not on your course, so please make sure that you use a dibber with enough capacity.

Terrain: Almost the whole of the courses are on hard surfaces, with only a few short sections on grass.

Safety: It is Saturday in Penrith town centre. There will be vehicle traffic and pedestrians. On the senior courses you would be very lucky not to be delayed when crossing roads. Please be patient, and assume the luck will even out across competitors over the length of the course. There are some narrow alleyways. Please take corners wide, and do not run into anyone. The larger car parks area out of bounds, and marked with purple hatching. You can run on the paths that go round the edges.

Dogs: Allowed in Event Centre car park only: not in the building, or on the grass, or on the course

Organisers and Planners: Carol Edward and Owain Rice (Contact
Controller: Christine Goulding