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Tail Trails - Witton Country Park - 2nd March 2019

We were delighted to host our fourth Tail Trails event on Saturday 2nd March at the beautiful Witton Country Park near Blackburn in Lancashire.


Event Details:

Dogs must be on a lead at all times. This is to ensure our furry friends do not provoke livestock or impact on habitats and gives assurance to local landowners, farmers, the local community, stakeholders and insurers – without whose support we cannot organise events like this.

Entries: Entries (for adult humans over the age of 16) is £7.50 for the shorter (5km) course and £11.50 for the longer (10km) course, plus the eventbrite booking fee. Children (under 16) are £6.00 and £4.00 respectively (plus the eventbrite booking fee). Under 16’s must be under the supervision of/accompanied by an adult at all times. Dogs are free. Please note it is a maximum of 2 dogs per human. We can only accept entries on the day if there are spaces. Please note we cannot provide refunds for any cancellations within 7 days of the event.

What do entries include: This is a professionally organised event organised in conjunction with local landowners. Entry cost includes special post-event dog fun and ‘dog agility style’ doggy challenges which could earn you and your hound a prize! The routes and dog challenges are fully signposted, marshaled and risk-assessed. There will be at least one manned refreshment station en-route and at the finish. All entrants will be given an official race number and times and results from the dog challenges will be posted ASAP after the event. There are prizes for winners of the various classes and spot prizes for other fun things! We believe this dog-focussed event is a great opportunity to meet and socialise with other dog owners. It is a relaxed friendly environment where you and your dog can be as competitive as you wish (or not at all…!).

Car parking: There is a large pay and display car park at the entrance to the country park. The charges are 50p for 2 hours, £1.50 all day.

Event location and registration opening times: The event HQ is located near the pavillion cafe. Please do not arrive earlier than you need to as per the registration and start times below depending on which event you are registering for. Follow the directional signs when you arrive at the main car park near the area.

Start times (please note these are slightly later than originally advertised):

Longer Tail Trail (10km) 

Walkers: There will be a mass walkers start at 11.30. Please register between 11.00-11.15 at event HQ.

Runners/joggers: There will be a mass runners/joggers start at 12.00 for those wishing to take part ‘with the pack’. For those who whose dogs who prefer to ‘do things solo’ then solo runners/joggers are welcome to start anytime between 12.00-12.05. Please register between 11.30-11.45 at event HQ.

Shorter Tail Trail (5km) 

Walkers: There will be a mass walkers start at 12.15. Please register between 11.45-12.00 at event HQ.

Runners/joggers: There will be a mass runners start at 12.30 for those wishing to take part ‘with the pack’. For those who whose dogs who prefer to ‘do things solo’ then solo runners/joggers are welcome to start anytime between 12.30-12.35. Please register between 12.00-12.15 at event HQ.

The routes: Planned route maps can be found here. We are not uploading GPX files this time as some sections of the route may be subject to last minute tweaks/alterations depending on weather conditions.

Doggy challenges: When you get back to the HQ then you can then enter the dog challenges section where your dog can take on some fun challenges and win a prize for taking part. It is really all just a bit of daft fun for you and your dog!

Directions: You are advised to park at the main car park adjacent to the Witton Arena and it is a few minute stroll to the Pavillion Cafe where event HQ is from this car park. Directions to Witton Country Park can be found here:

Food and refreshments: Food and refreshments can be purchased at the park cafe.

Prizes and results: There will be some silly/fun prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places of both trails and additional small prizes for the dogs who do the best on the dog challenges at the end of the trails. Results will be posted ASAP after the event.

Note for Walkers: Please that there will be a ‘stand down’ time for some marshalls on the 10km route. This time will be sufficient for a walking speed of 3 miles per hour. If you decide on the day that you want to relax, stroll a bit or take longer then that is fine, but please note there will be less marshalls on the route after this time. The route markers will still be in place. Please check in with us at HQ when you return so we know you are back safe and sound.

Kit: Both trails are a mixture of forest track and off-road cross country trails with muddy sections, loose sections and some steep slopes. All competitors must wear appropriate footwear (either trail/fell running shoes for runners or appropriate boots/fell shoes for walkers) and have waterproofs as appropriate. Please keep an eye on the forecast and come prepared for the conditions of the day. We reserve the right to ask participants to wear additional warm clothing (e.g. tights or long sleeve base layer etc) to be worn or carried dependent on the weather conditions on the day, so please come prepared for a kit check.

Water stations: There will be a ‘half way’ water station on the route for dogs and humans but all participants must carry their own bottle. There are some snacks available that can be purchased from the café but you are advised to bring food to your own tastes.

Marshaling: The routes will be signed, waymarked and marshaled, but you are ultimately responsible for yourself and your dog(s). There are some short road sections and you must use common sense at all times and adhere to the highway code.

Dogs at HQ: Dogs are welcome in the cafe and HQ, as long as they are on leads.

Volunteers: We needs as many volunteers as possible to make it a great event so if you would like to volunteer or marshal at the event please do contact us via our facebook group or email We are very keen for as many marshals as we can and we will thank you with treats, hugs, food/tea/coffee and a free entry to either our future Tail Trails events.

Vet Support: If any participant needs veterinary support we can provide contact details of local vets on the day. Any vet call out costs must be borne by the participant.

Bad weather: If there is particularly poor weather forecast we may choose to make a last minute decision to revise the routes to shorter distances on the day. Only with a very bad or extreme weather forecast would we decide to cancel the event and re-schedule. We will make this decision no later than Thursday 24th January at 6pm and a refund or transfer to future event will be offered if this happens. Keep an eye on facebook for latest updates.

Who’s is it for? Anyone. Dogs (and humans) of all ages, shapes, sizes and breeds are welcome to come and compete and take part in what is a unique event where the emphasis is very much on fun. It is the owners responsbility to ensure their dog is capable of completing the distance they sign up for. Any children under 16 must be under the supervision of an adult at all times. We would suggest that the long route is only suitable for children over the age of 10, and the short route only suitable for over 5’s, but we leave that decision to the parents who are ultimately responsible for safety and wellbeing of the child.

Considerate event management: We are proud to be organising our event in conjunction with the Balckburn and Darwen Council, local farmers, landowners and residents.It is really important that our canine (and human) friends don’t disturb lambing sheep, local residents, wildlife habitats and birds who have travelled thousands of miles to nest in this beautiful area. Our event is all about having the best fun possible with your dog in a responsible manner and on a lead – as a team!

There is a booking fee to use this system. If you would prefer to avoid the eventbrite booking fee we can also accept cheques. Please contact us on if you wish to take this option and we will send you details.

Event Rules and Conditions


  • Dogs must be kept on leads at all times. Any teams with dogs not on lead will be disqualified.
  • You know you’re dog – if it doesn’t cope well with hot/cold/wet weather – don’t take the chance
  • All dogs must be over 12 months old
  • No bitches in season or pregnant dogs
  • Harnesses are recommended.
  • You must clean up and dispose of dog waste responsibly, if this means carry the poo bag to the next available bin then this must be done.
  • Max 2 dogs per person
  • Muzzles must allow the dog to breath effectively whilst running/walking
  • No dogs that have had an infectious disease in the last 21 days or coughing dogs
  • Preferably no flexi-leads or if they are used they must be kept relatively short (max 1.5m).
  • Dogs should preferably not be on a slip lead, choke chain or anything that restricts breathing. This is a general rule included purely in the interests of safety of your dog on a running event over a distance of 5km or 10km. You may be comfortable that this rule is not relevant for your specific dog/situation. If this is the case, please email us on info@inspired-outdoors or send us a direct message on facebook.

Borrowed Dogs

  • If you borrow a dog to take part – you must have socialised together before the event and the competitor must be aware of the dog’s behaviour in a ‘social’ environment.


  • You must be able to control your dog throughout the event and be respectful of other competitors and people.
  • Mistreating of dogs will not be tolerated
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied & supervised by an adult for the duration of the event
  • No metal studded shoes
  • You must carry poo bags with you during the race (we have spares!)
  • You are ultimately responsible for your own welfare and that of your dog.
  • By participating, participants agree to take part in pre and post-race publicity, which may include interviews, photography and/or filming, let us know if you need to opt out of this with your race number.

General Event Rules

  • Withdrawl pre-race – the deadline for cancellations is 7 days ahead of the event. We cannot offer a refund for any reason after the deadline for cancellations as passed.
  • Make sure you attend and listen to the important safety briefing prior to the event.
  • You must ensure both you and your dog(s) are fit enough to complete the route – consult your doctor/vet if in doubt.
  • All finishers and retirees must report back to the Event HQ. This is a vitally important safety system and because we would like to say goodbye!
  • All competitors must follow the countryside code, especially in relation to shutting gates. It is also forbidden to climb any walls or fences. All competitors must stay on the fully way-marked course.
  • All competitors must follow either the race route. Any safety announcements from marshals must be adhered to – these might include race abandonment, route amendments or to wear waterproofs.
  • We reserve the right to cancel the event or amend the route if we deem conditions inappropriate.
  • Bib numbers must be given to checkpoint marshals on the course. This is an important safety feature spot we know you have passed through each checkpoint.
  • By entering this event participants accept the risks that are inherent from trail running/walking and an ‘informed consent form’ must be check when entering online and signed during registration confirming this.
  • Please be aware and respectful of other participants and path users around you and give way to other members of the public using the route.
  • If any participant needs veterinary support we can provide contact details of local vets on the day. Any vet call out costs must be borne by the participant.
  • Participants must be willing to help to any other stricken participant, anyone who gives up their race to help others will be offered free entry to a future event.
  • We collect certain information about you during registration for safety purposes. This information is managed in accordance with data privacy regulations and is deleted/destroyed after an event is over. For more information please see our Privacy Policy.


  • The race will be covered by event/public liability insurance but all racers and spectators attend the event and run at their own risk. It is advised that participants take out their own travel/medical insurance.