Croxteth Hall parkrun #161 – A nice day for a……

Yes, the sun had its hat on today for the Royal Wedding, the FA Cup Final, the Rock n Roll Marathon weekend and, most importantly, for Croxteth Hall parkrun #161.  The course was looking royally sublime in the spring sun and we were joined by a record breaking 433 parkrunners who ran, jogged and walked the course.

Amongst today’s runners was Lucas HOUGHTON who was celebrating a very special milestone.  Lucas ran his 50thparkrun today despite being only 8 years old (wowzers)! Well I definitely couldn’t have run one 5k run when I was Lucas’s age, let alone 50, so very well done to you – a fabulous achievement.

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As well as Lucas, Peter Lee, Andrew WILSON, J Denise WHATMORE and Margaret DALY also celebrated their 50thparkrun’s in the sun today.   Phil SMITH and David QUINN joined the 100 club, and David HORTON ran his 200thparkrun. Congratulations to you all on those impressive milestones!

As well as these milestones, I was celebrating my 150th parkrun.  Whilst not an official milestone, it’s basically another excuse for cake…. and customising your 50 milestone shirt (thanks Karen for this surprise)!  I was also delighted to mark the occasion with a Croxteth Hall ‘Buggy Best’ (BB) of 23:10.

Croxteth Hall parkrun #161

Today, I managed to do something that had proven more difficult than any of my 150 parkruns though; I finally persuaded my wife Karen BARNETT to run her very first parkrun after six years of trying. Karen had been running her very own couch to 5k programme with her best mate, Gemma PARKES ( also running today), and graduated today at sunny Croxteth Hall.  Well done Karen -  hopefully the first of many!?  Karen was one of 89 first timers today who ran their first parkrun’s today and big congratulations to all of you who did so.

Of course, today is also the day that Harry and Meghan tie the knot and we weren’t short of runners in fancy dress to celebrate the occasion.

Croxteth Hall parkrun #161

Of my 150 parkruns to date, I have run at 59 different parkrun locations in the UK - literally the first thing I check when we’re away for the weekend is the location of our nearest parkrun (yes I do need to get a life ha ha)!  But there’s always something very special and exciting about returning to Croxteth Hall – the fantastic volunteers, our beautiful course, the familiar friendly faces but most of all, the fantastic parkrunning community that we have.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels very lucky to call Croxteth Hall parkrun their ‘home parkrun’ and it was great to be back here celebrating with you today.

Our Crocky parkrun community spirit was evident non-more so than last week when one of our regular parkrunners Paula, collapsed but was quickly aided by several of our parkrunners before being taken to hospital.  I’m sure I can speak for everyone at Croxteth Hall parkrun to say how relieved we all were to hear that Paula was ok – and we wish Paula all the best for a speedy recovery.

As a parkrunner who loves a spot of tourism, it was a pleasure to meet and welcome some special guests from all over the UK who made the trip to Liverpool at Croxteth Hall whilst in Liverpool for the Rock n Roll Marathon weekend.  Amongst the many tourists visiting us today was the current number 1 on UK parkrun’s most events table. Paul FIELDING from Basingstoke was joined by Helen RUTTER from Sewerby as our tourist tailwalkers and today Paul completed his 388th different UK event and 394th different worldwide parkrun at Croxteth Hall.  That’s some serious parkrun tourism!

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Helen Rutter and Paul Fielding, our tourist tailwalkers

In fact, a massive 43 different running clubs were represented at Croxteth Hall today including a huge turnout from Swift Tees Running Club where 22 parkrunners made the trip from Teeside.  I hope you all enjoyed your trips to Croxteth Hall and that you enjoy running with us again sometime in the future.

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A few of the many, many parkrun tourists visiting us today

As well as our guest tail walkers, a big thanks to Team Crocky and all the fantastic volunteers for today who made the event possible.  The encouragement and smiles from all the volunteers throughout the run was fantastic as always and I hope you all got try and enjoy the cake!  Today’s high viz heroes were:

Alison WADE  •  Bhavna MISTRY  •  Carol PLATT  •  Christine BEYGA  •  David HOWARD  •  Debbie GRANNELL  •  Harry JONES  •  Helen RUTTER  •  Jayne RUSSELL  •  Jean ASHTON  •  Jennie PLATT  •  Julie DINWOODIE  •  Kirstin FARRAR  •  Liam TAYLOR  •  Livi GRANNELL  •  Margaret KELLY  •  Matthew GREEN  •  Max JONES  •  Oliver APPLEBY  •  Paul FIELDING  •  Rachel GOULD  •  Sarah WEALLEANS  •  Sharon HARRISON  •  Sharon MCGOUGH  •  Steven KELLY  •  Tony BEYGA

Of the record breaking 433 parkrunners who ran, jogged and walked the course, the first placed male and female parkrunners were Lewis ROONEY of Southport Waterloo AC and Jennifer HOUGHTON of Kirkby Milers AC who finished in very impressive times of 17:27 and 19:49 respectively.  The highest age graded male was Philip TEECE of Darlington Harriers AC with 86.47% and the best age graded female athlete was Michelle MURPHY of Liverpool Harriers AC with 77.75%.  But, whatever position you finished in and time you ran, jogged or walked, you all did an amazing job - well done everybody and good luck to those running the Rock n Roll Marathon or Half Marathon tomorrow.  Today’s full results can be found on the results page:

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Run Report – Saturday 24th March 2018

Its been a while but thought we would keep you up to date with what we have been up to this week! Thankfully the terrible weather of recent weeks appeared to have gone and we had a lovely Spring morning for our 153rd parkrun, and what a lovely morning it was too! 284 people ran, walked and jogged around our lovely course with plenty of smiles along the way.

Run Robla Run!

We had a very special visitor in the form of local runner and real life ‘Forest Gump’ Rob Pope, who has just returned from his mammoth run to recreate the route run by by Forest Gump across America in the film. He has crossed the USA not once but five times!! Covering a distance of 15,300+ miles so far (he isn’t done just yet!)


Rob started his final trip across America in January and is currently home in Liverpool with his girlfriend Nadine, who is expected to give birth to their daughter this week. Rob told us ‘I’d always wanted to run I’ve been talking about it for about 15 years before I actually started’ Rob said he has always loved the movie and admired the character.

‘He’s just the way we should all be — he never judges people, he gets on with what he needs to get on to, he doesn't let anyone stand in the way, and he's very nice. I tried to make sure when I was on the run, I always had time for people. I think it has actually made the run more bearable.’

But he said his biggest inspiration was his late mother, who always reminded him, ‘Do one thing in your life that'll make a difference. We were very tight-knit, she was very protective and encouraging toward me. She was a bit of a runner herself, so when I took up running, I got a lot of support there. I’m sure she’s looking down from somewhere and is pretty appreciative of the efforts.

Rob’s run was not without challenges. Just 400 miles into the first leg of his run, he said he got his first injury – tendonitis in the anterior tibial muscle. ‘At the time, I thought that was it," he said. ‘I had a full meltdown [at the gas station]’ He has also suffered a torn quad muscle, a hip and pelvic injury and even food poisoning.

He credited his quick recovery to locals, including a family in Alabama who insisted he stay at their place as they nursed him back to health.

‘I’ve been pretty fortunate — I got sick in all the right places’ he joked. ‘It’s almost as if someone was looking over me’ Rob plans to return to America to complete his trip in April, and estimates he only has a few days left before he crosses the country for the fifth time.

Rob hopes he can get enough people involved in his final few miles, to recreate the iconic scene in Forrest Gump with the crowd running alongside him. He also hopes his girlfriend and newborn daughter will be part of the crowd cheering him on.

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Rob is raising money for Peace Direct and the World Wildlife Fund with his run. To donate, visit his website

We also had another couple of special milestones this week with Danielle Gilmour and Linsey Cairns both running their 50th parkruns! Well done to both of you!!


Danielle Gilmour


Linsey Cairns

Join us next week for our special Easter event with free bunny ears and treats for all our Junior runners!

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Croxteth Hall parkrun Results Page 



Run Report – Event 136 – Kirkby Milers Takeover Event

This week saw local club Kirkby Milers AC stage a takeover event, and boy did they takeover! The club brought a record number of volunteers meaning that this week we saw an amazing 80 vollys, the most we have ever had, see the impressive roll call at the bottom of this report! The Smiling Milers provided massive support all around the course with music and dancing Marshals to cheer our runners on.


The takeover was lead by Club Chairman James Warburton, who took on the role of Run Director, leading his troops admirably! The feedback we have had has been overwhelmingly positive with everyone praising the commitment of the volunteers and the amazing atmosphere, it was like a huge party! As well as encouragement in abundance, the Milers also provided water for all runners and lots and lots of cake, which was gratefully received by runners and volunteers alike.


We also saw an incredible sight with the ‘Smilers Sprint Finish’ with Milers lining the finishing straight, cheering and making lots of noise to give our runners that much needed boost to the finish line! It really was an amazing sight and very much appreciated by the runners based on their feedback afterwards!



This week 363 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

In addition to the takeover event, we welcomed a very special parkrun tourist this week. John Hirst recently lost his wife (Pat) to Dementia.To remember her life and assist with the grieving process he is undertaking a series of 8 parkrun’s over the next months at locations that held significance for her. He completed his first run in York on 12 Aug and followed this with parkruns at Richmond, Roundhay & Guildford last Saturday. This week he was completing the fifth leg of the tour at Croxteth Hall parkrun.  Pat & John met in 1977 while she was a pupil midwife at Fazakerley Hospital and he was a student at Liverpool University. This was the start of their 40 years together. It was lovely to meet John and we wish him all the best for the rest of his tour.


John is I'm raising funds for Alzheimer's Research UK here is a link to his just giving page should you wish to support him

Huge thanks to our record 80 volunteers this week, who were....

Jennie PLATT • Carol PLATT • Darren UNSWORTH • Natalie WILSON • Colette O'HALLERON • Joseph CHEDGZOY • Linda GREENGRASS • Paul COPE • Claire COPE • Karen KELLY • David JONES • James WARBURTON • Emma WILLIAMS • Fraser Slater CLARK • June CASE • Lesley NEARY • Tony CRAIG • Christopher SULLIVAN • Sue TAYLOR • Elaine HUGHES • Anthony BEYGA • Elaine CARDEN • Christine BEYGA • Joanna FORSTER • Owen GALLAGHER • Julie DINWOODIE • Claire STANDLEY • Louis ATKINSON • Brian FITZHENRY • Amanda LEE • Sarah-Jane CARROLL • Patricia HELSBY • Andy MCALLISTER • Rachel CRAIG • Jennifer O'SULLIVAN • Ian RIVERS • Katy DAVITT • Natalie O'BRIEN • Angela BYRON • Elise BYRON • Simon CLARE • Amanda HOLMAN • Bhavna MISTRY • Andrea FLYNN • Gary JONES • Blake GRANNELL • Alan LOWRY • James ELLIS • Clair MATTHEWS • Matthew WHALLEY • Gary SMALLMAN • Hayley SMALLMAN • Nathaniel HOPKINS • Danika LEAHEY • Phil LLOYD • Charlotte SMITH • Ian MEHARG • Sean LOUGHRAN • Sharon HARRISON • Rebecca HARRISON • Tom PERCIVAL • Sharon QUINN • Kirstin FARRAR • Sean WILTON • Catherine JONES • John CLARKE • Adam FITZSIMMONS • Carrie O'BRIEN • Kevin O'BRIEN • Kevin HARRISON • Debbie GRANNELL • Deborah LODGE • Dave BARROW • Leanne COURT • Paul DOYLE • Lee TURNER • Lucas LEAHEY • Karen IRWIN • Lucy HENDERSON • Jessica JONES

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Croxteth Hall parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Amanda CROOK who recorded a time of 17:43 on 11th July 2015 (event number 18).
The male record is held by Dejene GEZIMU who recorded a time of 15:06 on 18th February 2017 (event number 99).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 93.04% (21:47) on 6th May 2017 (event number 110).

Croxteth Hall parkrun started on 14th March 2015. Since then 4,752 participants have completed 31,572 parkruns covering a total distance of 157,860 km, including 6,066 new Personal Bests.


Event number 120; 15th July 2017

50 + 50 = 100


We always love seeing all the regular runners and most of all when they achieve one of their big milestones. This week was the turn of Andy Dixon who ran his 100th parkrun. Andy brought some celebratory cupcakes (always a bonus when we are doing results!) and a lovely thank you card which he has kindly allowed us to share some of this with you. "Just over 2 years ago I ran my first parkrun in Ormskirk, to be honest I didn't enjoy it and decided to give up! Five weeks later I decided to give it another go at Crocky. It was a totally different experience, I loved it and never looked back!!  Since then I've pretty much been an ever present and this is down to you all,, your encouragement and smiles have made 9:00am on Saturday just part of our family week with Erin & Sean completing their 50ths and with me hitting 100 this week. Thanks to the best parkrun in the world. Andy"


We think its the best parkrun in the world too and  its always great to welcome tourists from other parkruns,  and this week we had visitors from Pennington Flash, Newcastle, and Margaret Roberts who brought a whole family of 5 plus their Grandma for cheering support from Aberdeen. IMG_5420

They were part of the 253 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests and they were supported and cheered on by our 16 volunteers:
Jennie Platt, Carol Platt, Robyn English, Claire Cope, Fraser Slater Clark, June Case, Lesley Neary, Elaine Carden, Julie Dinwoodie, Ellie-Jay Smith, Ciara Grady, Phil Lloyd, Paula Heaton, Leanne Court, Bethany Wright & Sheryl Claeys.
Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Croxteth Hall parkrun Results Page.

Male placings:
Ben LEWINGTON (SM25-29) of Kirkby Milers AC, was first over the line in 18:05 - 15th time in 48 appearances.
Jay CLARKE (SM30-34) of Penny Lane Striders, was second over the line in 18:06.
Neil HENNIGAN (VM40-44) of Penny Lane Striders, was third over the line in 18:53.

Female placings:
Laura OWENS (SW30-34) of Liverpool RC, was first (15th overall) over the line in 21:50 - second time in 72 appearances.
Caitlin PURCELL (JW11-14) (Unattached) was second (22nd overall) over the line in 22:04.
Kirsty PURCELL (JW11-14) (Unattached) was third (24th overall) over the line in 22:10.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Christopher SLAVIN (VM70-74) – 82.64% for the time 21:53 (16th overall).
James MCGLYNN (VM65-69) – 80.08% for the time 21:20 (12th overall).
Thomas TINSLEY (VM55-59) – 79.90% for the time 19:54 (8th overall).


Run Report – Event number 117

Another lovely morning for our 117th event when 322 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers, welcome to Croxteth Hall parkrun all of you! We had 73 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 21 amazing volunteers!!

Thankfully the weather was a lot cooler than the scorching temperatures last week which had our runners jumping for joy!

Sean and Megan


We had lots of visitors to our parkrun this week, one of whom was John Robinson from Cork in Ireland whose home run is in the beautiful Tralee in County Kerry. This is the second time John has joined us while visiting family in Liverpool and he tells us he will definitely be back! Nice to meet you John and well done on the PB!

John R

 Pacer Week

 This week sees our regular Pacing event courtesy of the Kirkby Milers. So get yourself down and join the gang if you fancy smashing that PB!


News from parkrun HQ

Milestone T Shirts

parkrun HQ have announced that the latest batch of milestone t-shirts is nearly with us. Those parkrunners who have been waiting the longest will be given priority. All claim links will first be reset, and then those parkrunners who have been waiting the longest will have their links activated. Links will then be activated in incremental batches. Milestone t-shirts are claimed via the ‘club progress’ link on your ‘profile’ section when you log in at

You can also access this page using the ‘My Profile’ link in the email newsletters.

Find out more about the claiming process here

Tail Walker

As you know parkrun aims to be as inclusive as possible and we love people who run, walk, jog or all three! There has been a change to the volunteer role of Tail Runner. We have made a small but important change renaming this volunteer role as 'Tail Walker'. This doesn’t change anything as many people in this role each week walk with people anyway, but it helps to reinforce the fact that we welcome walkers with open arms! If you fancy being a Tail Walker one week, it a great role especially if you like chatting with people! Drop us an email

Thank you to our amazing Volly’s

This week’s Hi Vis HeroHeroes were: Jennie and Carol Platt, Kev McCann, Fraser Slater- Clark, Lesley and Sandra Neary, Tony and Chris Beyga, Elaine Carden,  Angela Winstanley, Julie Dinwoodie, Ste Kelly, Bhav Mistry, Graham Price, Kev Cornwell,  Ciara Grady,  Sahana Fisher, Mark and Sam Horne, Jo Brough, Debbie Grannell, if you would like to be a Hi-Vis Hero, please contact us via Facebook or Twitter or email us


Weekly Stats

Male placings:

Robert GARTH (SM25-29) of Penny Lane Striders, was first over the line in 18:15 - first time in 44 appearances.
Jonathan TOFT (SM30-34) of Penny Lane Striders, was second over the line in 18:35.
Paul SCHUMANN (VM50-54) of Knowsley Harriers AC, was third over the line in 18:38 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Melissa RONAN (SW25-29) of Liverpool RC, was first (7th overall) over the line in 19:28 - third time in 4 appearances.
Stella HAYDEN (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (13th overall) over the line in 20:33 - was first to finish once before.
Tamzin DENTITH (JW11-14) of Liverpool Harriers & AC, was third (15th overall) over the line in 20:41.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Christopher SLAVIN (VM70-74) – 83.14% for the time 21:45 (31st overall).

Paul SCHUMANN (VM50-54) – 81.75% for the time 18:38 (third overall).

Fred SHILLETO (VM75-79) – 78.77% for the time 26:04 (110th overall).

The female record is held by Amanda CROOK who recorded a time of 00:17:43 on 11th July 2015 (event number 18).
The male record is held by Dejene GEZIMU who recorded a time of 00:15:06 on 18th February 2017 (event number 99).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 93.04% (21:47) on 6th May 2017 (event number 110).

Croxteth Hall parkrun started on 14th March 2015. Since then 4,095 participants have completed 25,576 parkruns covering a total distance of 127,880 km, including 5,236 new Personal Bests.


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