Birkenhead parkrun is cancelled on 31 October 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Birkenhead parkrun interviews – Series 3 – Ruaraidh Gillies

Previously on parkrun interviews - Er,we had series 1 and then series 2. They are available on the website if you want to have a read. If you are interested in doing one of these then please have a look at the questions below or on our website  and get in touch.....and yes, I have discovered the BOLD button.


For poetry fans,there isn`t any in the interviews,unless you say Rodney Bewes.


First up is regular Birkenhead parkrunner,Ruaraidh Gillies.


Who are you and how long have you been taking part at Birkenhead?

Ruaraidh Gillies. I have been competing since October 2016.


When did you take up running?

I started running earlier in 2016 but I`ve been doing other sports like cycling and 5 a side for donkeys` years so I wasn`t a total couch potato.


Which parkruns would you like to visit?

All of my parkruns have been at Birkenhead. It`s not that I wouldn`t want to try another course,it`s more that I don`t want to get up unnecessarily early on a Saturday morning!


What do you like most about parkrun? (in general and Birkenhead)

I`m a bit of a statto, so it`s good to be able to measure myself. Although not so good when I see how long ago my pb was!


What would you say to anyone thinking of taking part in a parkrun, that hasn`t yet?

I`d say "do not be afraid". It isn`t you against 500 other people it`s against yourself.


What are your future running plans? (parkrun and in general)

Well I entered my first half marathon back in February which has been postponed twice now,so I`m still looking at that as a long term goal.


Where were you in your parkrun journey?

I had done my 100th parkrun 2 weeks before parkrun was suspended. I had run 1 run in my brand new shirt and since then I`ve been stuck on 101.


What have you been doing running wise instead?

In the spring,with the good weather and a not yet cancelled half maration (plus I was working from home), I was out getting the miles in and around town. I also registered with Rock `n` Roll virtual running which helped me target longer distances that I hadn`t yet built up to. Things went quieter over the summer (either too hot or wet!) but I`m getting back into it now.


What have you missed most?

The familiar faces,the Saturday morning routine and the bellowed "GOOD MORNING PARKRUNNERS!" from the sidelines.


Thanks very much to Ruaraidh for doing this. Next up we have John Henderson then Rob Perry. I would love to do more. You can make them as detailed as you want. It is entirely up to you.If you`ve done one before you are than welcome to do another and look at the differences between where you were then and now. I will have to interview myself if I don`t get any more. You can`t say I didn`t warn you.Also if you have any ideas about articles or if you`d like something answered about parkrun,please get in touch.






The lost run reports #27 aka parkrun #46 – The last one!

I hope you've enjoyed a journey back in time

Especially the odd rhyme

We`ve delved into our parkrun history

Initially as Toyah once said,it`s a mystery

All our parkrun run report archive is now up to date

But unfortunately,adding the next one will have to wait.

Next Saturday,season 3 of parkrun interviews will start

We have 3 already and they are all very good

If you would like to be a part of it, check out the questions on the website

There is nothing to scare you,or give you a fright.

That`s enough,its time for the last historical/missing run report.

Wait! Is that Sally Gunnell at the finish funnel?

No,but what an ending that would have been!!!


Hello and welcome to the final historical run report ,the 4th June 2016,when my brother was still the younger side of 50 and a certain East Midlands based football team hadn`t yet decided to go with a non scoring approach to attacking play.We had 248 of you taking part on that glorious summer day with 17 volunteers scaring the squirrels with their loudness and musical musings,


Our first finisher (male) was again Phil Langan of Wirral Ac, who ran a 15:47 new pb this week. Then it was Joe Boden of Wallasey AC,also with a new pb of 16:29 and Peter Bird of Wallasey AC in a time of 17:29.

Our first finisher (female) was Katie Bagley with a new pb of 19:46 (12th),then Helen Stansfield of Wallasey AC in 20:13(23rd) and Jennie Langston of Village Road Runners AC in a new pb of 21:27(34th)

Our final historical time/date is 19:46/1946/quarter to 7ish. The League of Nations had its final meeting until it became the Nations League a couple of years back. The United Nations held their first meeting.UNESCO was created and Derby County won the FA Cup,beating Charlton Athletic 4-1.


Congratulations to all our first timers on the day whether it was your first ever parkrun or you were visiting us for the first time.We hope you very much enjoyed your Birkenhead parkrun experience.

Our first timers were Helina Marshall,Liam Jameson,Mark Moore,Karen Sumner,Sam Smith (Not the singer or the lad who has just signed on loan for Tranmere),Jack Middleton,Raymond Branscombe,Reece Monteith,Jack BaileyEmily Monteith,Rein Monteith,Alexandra Bateman,Anupam Garrib,Ben Jones,Colin Simpson,Amy Quinn, Carole Pritchard,David Meeten,Lynsey Thomas,Julian Priest,Alison Jones,Marion Turner,Mally Birch,David Hepworth,Hannah Methven,Melanie Bartley,Graeme Methven, Bill Ulyett,Graham Turner,Stewart Muir,Stephen Burr,Jennifer Gribbin,Clive Beasor, Toby Gribbin,John Skyner,


PB awesomeness today/then from Phil Langan 15:47,Joe Boden 16:29,Ian Crispin 18:15,Mike Jones 19:43,Katie Bagley 19:46,Philip Bird 19:51,David Phillips 19:59,Jon Hogg 20:07,Jennie Langston 21:27,Neil Kilcullen 21:29,Andy Cotgrave 21:34,Matthew Lloyd 21:46,Martin Simmons 22:08,Isabel Hodder 22:22,Ian Rowlands 22:25,Sarah Corran 22:26,Sam Naylor 22:29,Grace Bird 22:48,Paul Webster 23:25,Neil Thomas 23:29,Fergus Duncan 23:30,Ken Schofield 23:44,Richard Jacobs 24:17,Howard Garde 24:28,Robby Pritchard 25:04,Sandra Freeman 25:50,Rosie Hughes 25:57,Barry Langston 26:00,David Bourke 26:03,Martin Jones 26:10,Bruce Duncan 26:11,Joy Irvine 26:29,Katie Bellew 26:38,Sandra Ellison 26:48,Dan Brady 27:15,Bethan Toale 27:33, Nick Flynn 27:49,Neil Thompson 29:16,Andrew Nolan 29:21,Gill Potter 29:40,Joann Skillen 30:15,Lindsey Hitchmough 30:34,Karen Taylor 31:29,Hannah Leeman 31:30, Bethan Jones 32:44,Sarah Benyon 33:07,Julie Farrell 34:00,Mary Magee 34:13, Heather Reid 34:14,Lindsay Chase 34:48,Helen Monteith 34:58,Victoria Gibson 35:11, Carole Patricia 37:09,Jill Edwards 38:49,Emma Starkey 42:29


Congratulations if you had a milestone today!


Historical Shentons for BRIAN SHENTON!!!!! (Klaxon goes off,alarm goes off,stand and applaud now please) 21:21 and Isabel Hodder 22:22


Our wonderful volunteers this week were Cathy Armstrong,John " The Folk Doctor" Armstrong,Steven Armstrong,Gemma "Runner up,selfie at the start line of Chester metric marathon 2019" Cloney,James "Tutu" Hurley,Alan Mellor,Mark Newns,Sam Newns,Kareen "Numbers" Porschke,Jon "Derby 0" Rumley,Stephen Saunders,Steve "G`day" Smith,Sue "Cowbell queen" Sturgeon,


We are on the flickr,facebook and instagram "Birkenhead parkrun" and the twitter "@bheadparkrun"


Look after yourselves and thanks for reading! Back with the interviews next week




Parkrun interview series 3 – Questions

Hello! Thanks for reading this,if you`d like to take part,have a look at the questions below and send me something at the email address at the end. Or dm the parkrun twitter if that`s easier.


Who are you?

How long have you been taking part at Birkenhead?

When did you take up running/parkrunning?

Would you like to visit another parkrun? Have you visited others? What was your favourite?

What do you like most about parkrun? (In general and Birkenhead park)

What would you say to anyone thinking of taking part in a parkrun ,that hasn't yet?

What are your future running plans? (Parkrun and away from parkrun)


And this year related questions.


Where were you in your parkrun journey when parkrun had to stop in March?

What have you been doing running wise,instead of parkrun? For example #notparkrun or running round the park or elsewhere on a Saturday morning.

What have you missed most about parkrun?


Feel free to either answer these questions,add a question or two or write something yourself based around them. Whatever you feel most comfortable with. Feel free to be as detailed as you want (although if its Harry Potter length,I will edit it!) I`ll let you know when I`m going to post it.


Please email me at with your responses or dm me on the parkrun twitter.













The lost parkrun run reports #26 aka parkrun #45

We took a trip in the tardis this week away from October 15

We got diverted via the rehearsals for the first episodes of Eastenders

That should never again be seen

Then to Northern Ireland when the Ult was just a teen

Finally,after turning it off,waiting 10 seconds and turning it back on again

We reached our penultimate lost run report parkrun,don`t think there was any rain

It was at the end of May 2016,a warm and lovely morn

No sign though of Shane Warne

"Bowling SHANE!" was not a shout to be heard

Although we did have 239 of you being well supported,with Joe Boden finishing third.


Hello and welcome to the last but one missing/historical/lost run report,the 28th May,2016. One more next week and then they`ll all have their own questionable poem,first timers,pb mentions and volunteer nicknames.When our relatives discover these in future times,as well as being well and truly flummoxed,they`ll at least be able to find out when granddad or grandma got their 24:28 pb at Birkenhead parkrun.So there`s that.Hope you`ve enjoyed them anyway.

Can you all please log your #notparkruns please? After not being that fussed ,being paired against Liverpool in the World cup of UK towns and cities quarter final (fixed!.....allegedly) we`ve shifted our attentions to this competition as our way into European parkrun qualification and thanks to the efforts of Andy "Marvin`s dad" Everett,Run in Wirral and others we will be trying to crack the top 10. There`s still time to vote @worldcupoftowns on twitter for Birkenhead but we`re 10% behind and there isn`t much time left.

Commiserations to Stuart Rickers for not being knighted for his services to shorts. Shockingly overlooked.


Onto the results.

Our first finisher (male) was Phil Langan of Wirral AC in 15:52,then Andrew Gawne in 16:19 and Joe Boden of Wallasey AC in 16:43

Our first finisher (female) was Lisa Grantham of Pensby Runners in 19:47(15th),then Helen Stansfield of Wallasey AC with a pb of 20:10(18th) and Katie Bagley(19th),also in 20:10 and also a pb!

20:10 as two runners got it with pb`s,is our historical time/date. Sachin Tendulkar scored the first double century in one day international crickey,the Chilean miners were rescued and Germany won the Eurovision song contest,4-3 on penalties after extra time.


Congratulations to all our first timers on this day! We hope you enjoyed your Birkenhead parkrun experience,whether it was your first time at parkrun or you were visiting our lovely park in our lovely town.

Our first timers were Jono Stewart,Thomas Skelton,Adam Pendlebury,David Tonks,Lee McComb,Leighanne Davies,Julian Sharrocks,David Phillips,Mark Squires,David Pastor, Emma Starkey,Harriet Greaves,Kate Pringle,Martin Jones,Jill Feathers,John McAllister, Seb Carrick,Matt Fazakerley,Rosa Walklett,Sandra Birch,Rachel Greaves,Lindsey Hitchmough,Sarah McGarrity,Heather Reid,Mary Magee,Scott Alder,Claire Doak, Richard Gover,Nicola Gover,Jen Milsom,Sue Wallis


PB perfection on this day from Ethan Ackroyd 16:59,Harley Henshaw 17:35,Michael Austin 19:02,Matt Teale 19:55,David McAlister 19:58,Helen Stansfield 20:10,Katie Bagley 20:10,Paul Collins 20:21,Shaun Park 20:34,Ciaran Lynch 21:07,Neil Kilcullen 21:31,Stu Pringle 22:02,Dave Reeves 22:13,Alex Woodall 22:19,Ian Rowlands 22:27, Roger Smith 23:00,Paul Webster 23:45,Toby Anderson 24:26,Pamela Ackroyd 24:37, Robin Kingsbury 25:15,Debbie Keating 25:16,Amy Clements 25:22,Russell Dickerson 25:45,David McKinlay 25:47,Phil Malone 25:52,Sandra Feeman 25:54,Julia Wright 26:17,Clare Dennison 26:31,Mike Smith 26:34,Andrew Kitchinson 26:37,Dawn Woodall 26:54,Joy Irvine 27:02,Brunhild Wilson 27:08,Howard Garde 27:11,Sarah Speight 27:24,Neil Harvey 27:40,Bethan Toale 27:45,Annette Kynaston 28:20,Lucy Shayle 28:48,Lee Shone 28:50,Rhona Walklett 29:15,Carolyn Gillmore 29:36,Zara Prescott 29:46,Kelly Barber 29:56,Ann Egerton 30:22,Bethan Nevin 31:19,Claire Dickerson 31:24,Pippa Airey 31:42,Gareth Davies 31:46,Hannah Mathias 32:17,Lynn Tarpey 32:29,Sam Naylor 32:43,Hannah Barrow 32:56,Laura McEwan 33:00,Jessica Walklett 33:43,Millie Jones 33:47,George Cornett 33:55,Paul Butler 34:39,Elliott Butler 34:40, Michelle Cox 35:03,Olivia Hart 35:05,Dave Tyler 35:25,Ken Parkinson 35:30,Claire Sumner 35:55,Felipa Kingsbury 36:49,Niamh Walklett 37:05,Leon Walklett 38:12, Alison Hobden 45:15


Congratulations if you had  milestone today!


Historical Shentons for Thomas Britton 26:26 and Lindsey Hitchmough 31:31.


Volunteering with the skills of Lionel Messi were Katherine Andrews,Cathy Armstrong, John "The Folk Doctor" Armstrong,Steven Armstrong,Gill Edwards,Jem "Lord" Flashman,Linda Haynes,Peter "Father of Jet`s dad" Humphreys,James "Tutu" Hurley, Kate Leah,Alan Mellor,Louise "No A" Mulhern,Ultan "Can`t use no A.....The Ult" Mulhern,Sam Newns,Mary Rees,Stuart "Sir" Rickers,Jon "In the pink" Rumley,Sue "Cowbell queen" Sturgeon,Rolf "Wolfie" Westrum,Margaret "June" Whitfield.


We are on the flickr,the facebook,the instagram "Birkenhead parkrun" and the twitter "@bheadparkrun"


Thanks to those who said they would so answer some questions for season 3 of parkrun interviews. I will get those posted as soon as possible.


Look after yourselves and each other. Thanks for reading!






The lost run reports #25 aka parkrun #14


Were wishing they were lucky

Or at least they weren`t in Kentucky

This report is for the parkrun from almost 5 years ago

We had 201 of you but no Albert and no Flo

And it was way too early for that fella who says ho ho ho

I hope it wasn`t as wet as it is today

We`d have needed a finish tunnel instead of a funnel

Yes,pass the crowbar,I`ve found another way to mention Sally Gunnell.


Hello,good morning,afternoon or evening and welcome to this week`s run report from the past,today it is.......The 24th October 2015,back in a time when we were all in different age categories. Good luck to everyone doing the virtual London marathon tomorrow and any other real or virtual races or just going for a run or not. Think that`s covered everyone.


Our first finisher (male) was (see if you can spot a theme in the top 3,no clues) Ieuan Kearney ,a first timer from Wirral AC in 16:59, then Arran Kearney of Wirral AC,another first timer,in 17:12 and our first finisher (female) Emily Kearney of Wirral AC was next with a new pb of 17:21,pretty sure that was our best ladies time at the time and is still the 2nd best time and only 9 seconds behind the best time today! The first non Kearney was Matthew Gawne of Altrincham and District AC in a new pb of 17:45.The next finisher (female) was Sarah Kearney of Wirral AC in a new pb of 18:08 (8th) and Lisa Grantham of Pensby Runners in 20:16 (27th).

1721,17:21 is our historical time/date today.A British government minister, the chancellor of the exchequer,was confined in the London Tower. Absolutely no comment on that.Not at all. Johan Sebastien Bach dedicated his Brandenburg Concertos to Christian Ludwig,Margrave of Brandenburg Schewdt and his and Prince Eugenius of Savoye unveiled a statue of himself and said "It`s not about me".


Congratulations to all our first timers on this day! We hope you enjoyed your Birkenhead parkrun experience,whether it was your first time evs at parkrun or were visiting the wonderful Wirral and our fantastic park.

Our first timers were Ieuan Kearney,Aidan Barrigan,Natalie Johnston,Chris Bray,Nikki McCubbing,Alexandra Wilkinson,Kate Parr,Elaine Male,Arran Kearney,James Robinson,Esther Ledgerton,Nicola McWhannell,Jessica Goode,Matthew Grier, Katherine Culshaw,Judith Grier,Alison Butler,Heather Kelly,Mark Hughes,Jonathan Head,Matthew Kitchen,Dave Holley,Graham Ledgerton,Ella Head,Rob Biginton, Aileen Kearney,Hazel Chapman,Jeff Carew,Jane Berry,Esther Swaffield,Tom Bray,Mark Smith,Liam Gawne,David Thomas,Alan McNally,Chris Simpson,Sam Dobin,David Berry,Amanda Dobin,Clive Burrow,Martin Farrar,Kay Hayes,Richard Hayes,John Peerless,Andrew Chilcraft.


PB Kipchogeness from Emily Kearney 17:21,Matthew Gawne 17:45,Alyn Evans 17:59, Sarah Kearney 18:08,Ronan Kearney 19:09,Peter Fraser 19:17,Alan Mellor 19:53,Neil Burdett 20:22,Keith Brand 20:24,Stephen McConville 21:45,Ultan "No A" Mulhern 21:55,Ian Reid 22:04,Brian Shenton 22:36,Stephen Llewellyn 22:48,Gareth James 24:07,Helen Kemp 24:08,Matthew Van Miert 24:19,Andrew White 24:24,Phil Naylor 24:34,Rachel Bainbridge 24:45,Andrew Barnes 25:17,Catherine McNee 25:31,Thomas Miller 25:58,Jem Flashman 26:25,Stuart "Stubo!" Rickers 26:27,Mo Osborne 26:35, Louise Shields 26:44,Robyn Wright 27:11,Margaret McNelis 27:15,Jessica Pritchard 27:17,Orla Smout 27:37,Sheila Smout 27:48,Benjamin Lindfield 28:27,Sharon Remmington 28:32,Jane Wilcock 29:10,Sue Rimmer 29:22,Jake McGinty 29:45, Rachael Craven 30:08,John Lee 30:27,Isabel Remmington 30:32,Sian Rickers 30:34, Kate Miller 32:05,Ryan Turpin 32:09,Dijon Gledhill 32:10,Andrew Bullock 32:36,Antonia Kelly 34:41,Susan Barrigan 34:42,Karuna Karyampudi 36:49,Ken Parkinson 37:07


Congratulations if you had a milestone today!


Historical Shenton for Alex "Then the buggyman" Holland 21:21.


Volunteering superbness from Michele Alty,John "The Folk Doctor" Armstrong,Steven Armstrong,Simon Barrigan,Gemma "Free at last" Cloney,Martin "Wallasey" Connell, Jim "Pensby" Fedigan,James "China in his hands" Hurley,David "Tokens" McAlister,Helena "No A junior" Mulhern,Mark Redman,Mary Rees,Cathy Robertson,Phil "Number 1 Welsh volunteer" Stanley,Sue "Cowbell queen" Sturgeon,Rolf "Rolfie" Westrum.


We are on the flickr,the facebook,the instagram "Birkenhead parkrun" and the twitter "@bheadparkrun"


Look after yourselves and thanks for reading!





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