IMPORTANT NOTICE – No St Helens parkrun on 23rd June 2018

Important Notice - no St Helens parkrun this weekend

This Saturday 23rd June St Helens will be hosting an Armed Forces Day Event in Victoria Park.

A number of very large military machinery will be on site, these will be arriving from 8am onwards which unfortunately means it is not safe for us to go ahead with parkrun on this day.

So 23rd June is your chance to be a parkrun tourist


Important Reminders

We have had issues doing the results for the last few weeks.

Some of them have been due to technical issues BUT the vast majority are down to runners not following what is a very simple process.

parkrun is meant to be fun so we try to avoid barking orders at participants wherever possible, but it’s now getting to the point where our Run Directors are spending hours unpicking issues and answering emails every week. Therefore, it’s time to issue a few reminders, PLEASE take note and mention it to your friends..

1)      Please register and get a barcode or we have dozens of unknown athletes.

2)      If you don’t bring your barcode, you can’t have a time, so please don’t ask with puppy dog eyes!

3)      If you go past the watches you MUST (No exceptions) take a token and hand it in to the scanners. This applies whether you want a time or not.

4)      Please only go past the timekeepers once, don’t run back to friends, get a 2nd time and then stop and discuss whether we need to give you a token (see point 3)

5)      If you don’t do the full course, please don’t go past the timekeepers or you will get a false PB and be affecting other peoples places.

6)      DON’T take the P tokens home!

That’s it – 6 Things that you can do to help us to get the results out efficiently!

There are then a few other issues that apply away from the funnel….

7)      Don’t park any where near the traffic island on City Rd, you are causing an obstruction and therefore breaking the law.

8)      Please don’t run in groups all of the way across the path, faster runners can’t get past and it causes frustration.

9)      Faster runners, please pass politely – NEVER shout “move!”

10)   Participating Dogs MUST be on a SHORT lead so they don’t become a trip hazard.

11)   U11’s must ALWAYS be within arms length of their responsible adult, if not, they aren’t insured.

From time to time, we administer a bit of tough love, so if anyone can’t follow these 11 simple rules, then I reserve the right to remove their time from the results and even ask them not to come back to St Helens parkrun.

The safety and enjoyment of everyone at St Helens parkrun (runners and volunteers) is paramount.

Thanks for your help


(Event Director)


The Class of 2017

So today was a funny day really with lots of reflection, it started off with marshalling at the top of the hill with the very funny Alan McCarthy, along with the endless clapping and words of encouragement we also shared lots of laughter in fact I couldn't think of anyone else to marshal with I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Straight after marshalling I had to call at the bank in St Helens, on leaving the town I was held up by lots of new graduates whom were graduating from the University Centre in St Helens and as I looked at these newly qualified students all clutching their certificates I thought of how we are all graduates of parkrun, swapping our caps and gowns for trainers and running clothes and our certificates for barcodes, and yes just like those we also have our very own pass system, we have our First Class Honours, upper seconds, lower seconds and thirds but more importantly we all graduate from the same place week in week out and should all be just as proud for our great running achievements.

As I approached the Bandstand I followed the ever reliable stalwart Bert who was limping to the Bandstand to again give up his Saturday morning so that we can all run although I'm sure he also gets as much of a thrill out of this as do you as a runner, and not just Bert but all the other marshals who week after week give up their time for your enjoyment, also the Run Directors who work tirelessly to bring parkrun to St Helens every Saturday, in fact there is a vacancy for an extra couple of Run Directors so if you think you have the qualities and skills necessary please drop an email to for full details.

As we gathered around the Bandstand before today's run we heard of 13yr old Catherine Ainley doing her 10th parkrun also we had celebrating her 50th parkrun Julie Zdrenka who with a fab time of 25:41 was just 4 seconds outside her PB a great great effort especially with it being so warm this morning, and I'm not sure I could write a report without mentioning our very own Ava Smith celebrating her own (unofficial) 50th parkrun and in true tradition she brought cake :)

And now down to the Nuts & Bolts of our run, today we saw a magnificent 300 people participate with our leading male in a steady time of 17:14 Matthew Crehan, our leading Lady who came home in a fab time of 21:48 was our very own Chester Marathon heroine Hazel Fairhurst who just seems to go from strength to strength, and our leading junior runner again is Wigan Harriers protégé Joel Pollard in a marvellous time of 21:53, and despite the unseasonably warm weather there was an 33 amazing PB's you should all take a bow.

So it just remains for me to say congratulations to the class of 2017 you did it and once again you're amazing....

This week’s fabulous volunteers were......

Adam HUGHES  •  Andrew WOLFENDEN  •  Andy HURST  •  Anita HALL  •  Christina JACKSON  •  David LOCKETT  •  Eve WINSTANLEY  •  Frank MCALLISTER  •  Gill DRILLINGCOURT  •  Hazel FARLEY  •  Herbert HOLLAND  •  Jack HIBBS  •  John BARR  •  Kate NICKLIN  •  Mark HALL  •  Mark LIPTROT  •  Mark MOFFATT  •  Nigel HERBERT  •  Richard AYLETT  •  Talia MEHAY  •  Thomas WILSON  •  Tom HIBBS  •  Vicky HEWITT  •  Vivianne CARVALHO




It could be you!

Hi all,

We are looking for an extra Run Director or 2 at St Helens parkrun. If you are interested in applying please email: Details of what’s involved are below, please make sure that you can commit to it 100% before applying. Full training will be provided, it’s extremely fulfilling and once you’ve done a couple it’s quite straightforward. You will probably be on duty every 4 or 5 weeks.

No prior experience is needed, but as ED, I have to ensure that anyone who applies can manage the role and maintain the standards already set by our great Core Team. Therefore, I reserve the right to say "sorry, but no" if I don't think that you meet the criteria.



General Responsibilities

-        Adhere to the parkrun Code of Conduct and maintain the spirit of St Helens parkrun

-        Ensure that the run goes ahead smoothly and safely above all other priorities.

-        Report any issues or concerns to the Event Director (Ant).


-        Liaise with the previous RD and arrange to collect the bags.


-        Arrive at 7.30am to unlock the lodge and set up the course.

-        Check the course for any risks and decide Go / No Go.

-        Liaise with the Volunteer Co-Ordinator to ensure that we have cover in the right places (if needed).

-        8.50am - Deliver 1st timers briefing

-        9.00am - Deliver main briefing

-        9.05am – Set the run off and continually monitor safety, volunteers and lead runners. As the run progresses, ensure that the Funnel is managed effectively and that the team are all doing the right things.

-        Post-run: Pack the Trolleys, return the kit to the lodge and lock up. Usually finished by 10.30am latest.

-        Return home and process the results including manual entries. Usually takes no more than 20 minutes.

-        Report any “incidents” to HQ and Liaise with them in the event of any issues.

Saturday Evening

-        Check emails for any runners reporting valid issues.

-        Sort out the tokens – takes about 30 mins in front of the TV

-        Recharge the kit


-        Liaise with next week’s RD to swap the bags over

Occasional Tasks

-        Read Core Team Update emails

-        Very occasionally meet the Core Team to discuss upcoming events

Because of the above, applicants should be:

-        Very Organised

-        Willing to take responsibility

-        Good communicators

-        Team Players

-        Assertive – “No barcode, No result”


Rain never stops play! Run Report by Richard Aylett.

Wow what a difference 7 days can make, so after the autumnal weather we woke up to before last week’s parkrun, this week we woke up to a collection of Nimbus Clouds which are the scientific name for rain clouds derived from the old Latin word meaning "rain storm" yes winter nights really do fly by in my house....

So a very wet Saturday morning and as I had already decided I wasn't going to run I grabbed a raincoat and umbrella and headed to our favourite Saturday morning meeting place yes it's time to rendezvous at The Bandstand, it never fails to surprise me how many people turn up in bad weather to participate from serious fleet of foot runners to dog walkers and more importantly our volunteers who by enlarge are just going to stand in the rain for the next 45+ minutes encouraging each and every one of you which I can assure you with rain dripping off the end of your nose most certainly isn't an easy task, our Run Director this week was the unmistakable Vicky looking resplendent in her hiviz jacket forever the professional.

So after the mornings announcements and directions as this week we are running the B Route, so off everyone went to the new starting point on Franks corner and at that point I decided to find a different position to take pictures, I planted myself next to a tree by the duck pond. As the runners passed me I took as many pictures as I could all the looks of determination and smiley faces are really what make this the place to be, the quicker runners are as always very mechanical in their approach and seem to fly by effortlessly, I know I mentioned them last week but watching the Pacers run by with their group of runners and the thrill that awaits them as they maintain the pace and reach their goals is really a sight to behold, again the Pacers were all within their respective times with John Simpkin only 1 second different that takes amazing running disciplines, so if you want to be paced you're most definitely in good company I can guarantee they will not only run with you but they will encourage you every step along the way.

Well anyhow back to the business in hand and our first male over the line was Ben Sache in 16:46 just one second outside of his PB which in those conditions was a fab achievement, our First Lady over the line was our very own Pocket Rocket Hazel Fairhurst in 22:49 and our first junior over the line with a new PB of 24:48 on his 10th parkrun the fantastic Bobby Birkett, I will never tire of using such superlatives especially to our junior runners who really are the lifeblood of parkrun.

This week we saw an incredible 204 runners take part which included 28 new PB's which in those conditions are even more special if you can smash your PB in those conditions you can look forward to even better times to come. I know I say it on every run report but a massive respect to all the fab volunteers whom not only stand here supporting you week in week out but as proven do it in all weathers #thanksyourock and if you would also like to give a little something back and become one of our volunteers you would be welcomed with open arms you just need to email

This weeks superstars were.......

Adam HUGHES  •  Alan APPLETON  •  Andrew WOLFENDEN  •  Ashley HUGHES  •  Brian DAVIES  •  Carla DORAN  •  Christina JACKSON  •  Eve WINSTANLEY  •  Gabrielle TABERNER  •  Herbert HOLLAND  •  Jack HIBBS  •  Janice ASHTON  •  Joe SMITH  •  John SIMPKIN  •  Karen HARRISON  •  Mark HALL  •  Nigel HERBERT  •  Paul MEEHAN  •  Philip RAY  •  Rachel IRWIN  •  Steven TILLEY  •  Tom HIBBS  •  Tom SHARPLES  •  Vicky HEWITT  •  Zoe SIMPKIN and Richard AYLETT.

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