Christmas & New Year

We felt we should share our plans for Christmas Day and New Year's Day. In the past, we've run extra parkrun events over the festive period but we've decided to give our volunteers the chance to run and volunteer at other parkruns this year.

We won't be holding events on Christmas Day or New Year's Day but we will be running on 22nd and 29th December, resuming in the New Year on 5th January 2019.

We feel our volunteers, especially our core team who volunteer week in and week out without fail, deserve the break and the rest. 

You'll be able to find out about parkruns running on Christmas Day and New Year's Day via the parkrun Christmas Compendium which will be updated over the coming weeks:


Parking information for tourists and car users

If you drive to Stretford parkrun as a tourist or as a regular Stretford parkrunner, please read this post.

As part of our licence of operation issued by Trafford Council, we are not allowed to use the car park accessible from the Cromwell Road entrance into the park. This car park is situated next to Discgolf, just down from the Scout Hut and the houses in the park.

We discourage all parkrunners from parking in this car park and you will be asked to move.

If you are driving then we ask that you arrive early to get a space in the car park at the front of the Longford Park athletics stadium. This car park should be used by parkrunners and is accessible via Ryebank Road. The postcode for the stadium is M21 9TA.

Most SAT NAV devices will direct you to Ryebank Road rather than Cromwell Road so if you find yourself at the Cromwell Road entrance you'll need to drive to the Ryebank Road entrance. Please see this Google route.


If the car park is full, you may chose to park on the surrounding streets. We ask that you do this with consideration, not blocking drives or access; not parking on double yellow lines especially on the entrance to the stadium and we ask you park away from Ryebank Road, Daresbury Road, and Nicolas Road. 

We really value having a parkrun in Stretford and we'd like everyone to support us by not parking in the car park off Cromwell Road, please.  We appreciate your help with this.


Parking – Saturday 10 June 2017

Our friends at Trafford AC will be hosting Greater Manchester Schools athletics event this coming Saturday, 10 June. This will start straight after parkrun. Trafford AC has worked very hard to ensure that we didn't have to cancel parkrun this coming Saturday but they need our help.

Because this is a Greater Manchester event, car parking will be very limited.

We'd ask that you support your Stretford parkrun by:

using public transport, walking, cycling and running
 if you have to come by car, please car share
please consider another parkrun nearer your home if must use your car
remember to park with consideration

If you are a tourist and you plan to visit us this week, you are very welcome but it might not be the best week to attend our lovely parkrun due to the parking.

#walk2parkrun #lovestretfordparkrun


✮✮✮✮✮ Course change – 27 May 2017 ✮✮✮✮✮

The boffins here at Stretford parkrun Towers have come up with an idea. They want us to run our course backward. What a great idea! Something about keeping things interesting and to help balance out the number of runners we have.

Anyhow, we thought running backward for 5km with 500+ other people might be daft but they told us to think about it. Here’s what they want us to do:

✮✮The start:
✮ we'll start as usual, do a lap of the track before exiting the stadium

✮✮Lap 1:
✮ here's the important bit, after the bollards don't take a right as usual up the back of the stadium. Instead, go straight and take a slight left along the path towards the Avenue
✮ go down to the switchback, turn and then go back down the Avenue towards Pet's corner, past the allotments and the Scout hut
✮ past the residents' car park and following the big loop around Disc Golf
✮ we'll run down the back of the stadium
✮ look out for the sign, keep right and take the right to start lap 2

Lap 2
✮ run lap 2 as above
✮ at the end of your second lap, look for the sign, keep left, then take a left
✮ into the stadium to complete another lap and finish

We’ve tried this and want to see what you think. We’re looking to spread our runners out more and we’ll be interested to hear what you think once you’ve finished on Saturday. #runbackward #lovestretfordparkrun


★☆★☆ No Stretford parkrun – 13 May 2017 ★☆★☆

Don't forget there is no Stretford parkrun on Saturday, 13 May 2017. We encourage our runners to give something back to the local parkrun running community by volunteering at other parkruns such as South Manchester parkrun and Wythenshawe parkrun.#volunteer #nostretfordparkun

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