Perfect parkrun conditions…

Perfect parkrun conditions on this bright Autumnal morning. A wonderful, warm and welcoming first timers briefing from Colin, which set the tone for the friendliest of volunteers around the route. A great route through stunning woodland, resplendent with colour. A few muddy patches as expected, but who doesn’t love a bit of mud! Haigh is a great setting, with a cafe and little shops with tasty treats to tempt us after our run.

Today there were 219 runners, 27 of whom, including myself, were first timers to Haigh Woodland. A huge parkrun welcome to the graduates of the couch to 5k group and to Edward Fitzhenry, Helen Hitchen, Michael Cox, Steven Gambles and Georgina Thomas who today began their parkrun journey. Your Saturday mornings will never be the same - wait until you discover the parkrun challenges! There were a few nominees for furthest travelled, with runners from Scotland and Hemel Hempstead, but without a doubt, that goes to Sam Lemme who joined us today from Australia. I wonder how Haigh differs from North Wollongong?

Congratulations to the 39 runners who today achieved pb’s for Haigh. Special shout out to our two JM10 runners, Daniel Staveley and Jack Connolly who were included in that number. Well done lads. 

28 running clubs were represented with Wigan and district Harriers and AC fielding the most runners, closely followed by Red Rose Runners. 

Thank you to the volunteers who today gave their time to enable us to run. It is much appreciated. Echoing Sarah in her run brief, please consider volunteering, even every once in a while. There is something for everyone and training and support is always given. Without our volunteers, parkrun simply could not take place. 


Blackpool Freedom Runner’s Run Report

What a cracking morning for it!
Short jaunt down the motorway and I arrived at the car park around 8.30am...
There was already a little bit of congestion at the entrance with vehicles accessing from both directions,  so glad I made it in good time...note of advice for the future...
   Fantastic, illustrative first timers briefing with a demo of token and timing protocol...
    What I would call an 'old school' run directors briefing, with shout outs for milestone runner's and tourists, which was lovely to hear once more...
Well done to the 50 milestoners!
Rachel Pollitt
Ruth McKenna
David Collins
The run...
Translated pretty much as explained in the run briefing... a gung ho 1.5miles riding the downhill gradient and then a gruelling 1.5 miles return of the circuit with a couple of runner overlaps...
   It's a mix of forest trail and loose gravel/stone and I'm guessing a trail shoe course after heavy rain and throughout the winter, although road shoes cut it today...
   Massive thank you as always to the tribe of volunteers who make this possible each week...
   Fantastic amenities within the park also with a choice of cafes, an abundance of free toilets and an ice cream van rocked up as I was leaving!
    Thank you Haigh Woodland parkrun...i will definitely be back and hopefully with a squad from our running group!

A record-breaking start to 2020 at Haigh Woodland parkrun!

A record-breaking start to 2020 at Haigh Woodland parkrun!

Happy New Year everyone.  I suspect I wasn’t entirely alone holding a fleeting ambition of doing a ‘NYD double’ which evaporated at some point in between finishing that G&T with friends at 12.45am, and waking up in the morning accepting that an extra couple of hours of ‘coming around’ time with a second cup of tea and piece of toast would be a more sensible plan for the morning after.

But much credit and respect to those enthusiastic parkrunners who did the double – more on that later.

So, I arrived at the park feeling glad for the relative ‘lie-in’, and happier still with the free parking situation that was an unexpected boon as I hadn’t spotted the prior notice about this – result!

It was clear on arrival that the morning’s event was extremely popular indeed, with hordes of runners gathering in the start area with eager anticipation of the run to come. Sarah did a super job of getting all the important information to the masses - including the 96 first-time runners at Haigh Woodland for the, of whom a whopping 22 runners were at their first ever parkrun. Welcome to all our new friends and visit again soon!

The run itself was a glorious one, with the park buzzing with families and dog-walkers enjoying a fine New Year’s morning in the play areas and around the woods; a hazy sun broke through enough to keep us nicely warm and dappled the woodland floor in a tapestry of light and shade through the trees.  The path was soft in places but surprisingly firm for most of the route, considering the damp winter we’ve had so far.

The team of marshals gave the usual support and encouragement to all those running.  And as runners we were especially grateful to the Run Directors, pre-event team and all the volunteers who gave up a bank holiday morning to bring us such a successful event.

Record-breaking run

Some 413 parkrunners completed the event, smashing the previous record of 284 runners set in April 2019. With a scanner down, this created a bigger queue than usual in the finish funnel, but it was a great atmosphere and some runners mucked in to get everyone logged without too much of a wait. The funnel volunteers did an excellent job.

Thank you, volunteers

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers.  Thank-yous go to:
Angela WALLBANK • Kevin David EDWARDS • John PAYN • Michael HENDRY • Andrew STOREY • Sarah EDWARDS • Mike HARRIS • Jake EDWARDS • Hannah FARLEY • Kathryn HODSON • Annie WADE • Paul DERBYSHIRE • June WHITE • Denise RYLEY • Lisa HEYES • Katy ROBERTSON • Esme HARRIS • Andrea JACKSON • Phil RYAN • Gabbie COLCLOUGH

New Year milestones

This week saw several runners celebrating parkrun milestones, including:

Emma Lucey – joining the 10 club

Niall Connolly – joining the 10 club

Alexander Turnbull – joining the 50 club

Denise Ryley – joining the 50 club

Lesley Hanlon – joining the 100 club

Adam Austin – joining the 100 club (completed at Stretford parkrun)

Well done to each of you in attaining new milestones and becoming proud owners of new parkrun t-shirts.

Quickest finishers

First back was James Wignall of Sale Harriers with a very tidy time of 17.02, followed by Joseph Dare (18.15) and then junior Isaac Battye of Horwich RMI Harriers (18.27).

Jo Armitage of Vegan Runners was the first female runner back (20.52), followed by Amy Longmore of Wilmslow RC (22:52) then Vet 60 Kath Vickers (24.50) with a superb run.

Personal Bests

Also a huge congratulations to the fifty-one parkrunners who were able to ring the PB bell on New Year’s Day this year, including:

  • Adam Worsley
  • Alex Holcroft
  • Andrew Brown
  • Andrew Gibbons
  • Andrew Lawrenson
  • Angela Howarth
  • Ashley Spires
  • Becky Halliwell
  • Bethany Dickinson
  • Bethany Lockett
  • Bruce Gray
  • Carl Frier
  • Carole Wilson
  • Chris Farrimond
  • Claire Holt
  • Daniel Settle
  • David Sion Wright
  • Deb White
  • Debbie Kirkman
  • Elizabeth Grech
  • Emilie Brady
  • Emily Holding
  • Gillian Smith
  • Grace Harris
  • Helen Shan
  • Isaac Battye
  • James Pentland
  • Janet Stocks
  • Jo Armitage
  • Joanne Platt
  • Jodie Dermott
  • Joseph David Walker
  • Julie Tyrer
  • Kelly Rosenthal
  • Kim Holcroft
  • Mark Collier
  • Martin Brownsey
  • Mia Ainscough
  • Mike Howarth
  • Neil Fairclough
  • Nick White
  • Nicki Makinson
  • Patrick Wilson
  • Paul Spires
  • Phil Shann
  • Rachel Brindle
  • Ray Smith
  • Richard O'reilly
  • Robyn Brown
  • Sam Blakeman
  • Suzanne Saunders

New Year’s Day Doublers

While most of us were energising ourselves to make the most of the New Year parkrun at Haigh Woodland, around 64 runners had already completed a parkrun earlier in the morning.  (New Year’s Day is the only day of the year in which you can record results from two separate parkrun events.)

Twenty-six runners came to Haigh Woodland following an earlier run at St Helens, another 26 joined us after Witton, 3 came over after running at Chadderton Hall, while one runner went to Warrington first.  The particularly bright-eyed and bushy-tailed NYD doublers included:

  • Adam WORSLEY
  • Aidan O'REILLY
  • Ainsley MURPHY
  • Amy TINKER
  • Andy BURT
  • Becki BARNES
  • Caroline SIDERY
  • Chris CHARNLEY
  • Cliff UTTING
  • Darren HORROCKS
  • Darren NICHOLLS
  • Debbie KIRKMAN
  • Denise RYLEY
  • Eleftherios SERIATOS
  • Emily ATKINSON
  • Fiona ALDERTON
  • Gordon WEEKS
  • Heather WHALLEY
  • Hilary BULFIELD
  • Howard SIDERY
  • Jason SPEAR
  • Jayne HEWITT
  • Jennifer RAMSDEN
  • Joanna WITHERS
  • Joanne PLATT
  • John HEYES
  • Jonathan SACKS
  • Julie TYRER
  • Juliet ODOM
  • Karly BURGESS
  • Kathryn HODSON
  • Keeley JONES
  • Libby WORSLEY
  • Lisa HEYES
  • Louise NICHOLLS
  • Malcolm ALDERTON
  • Martin SMITH
  • Matt BURGESS
  • Matt WITHERS
  • Paresh PATEL
  • Philip THORNE
  • Rachel Karen LATHAM
  • Ravindra PATEL
  • Richard HOLDING
  • Robert MANSFIELD
  • Ron POGUE
  • Roseanne SOAR
  • Sandra BURGESS
  • Sarah Jane WELLS
  • Steve HEWITT
  • Steven LESLIE
  • Stuart ISHERWOOD
  • Stuart PALMER
  • Toby CLARKE
  • Vicky CLARKE
  • William ACKERLEY

In addition, Denise Ryley, Kathryn Hodson and Lisa Heyes each put in a volunteering shift after running at St Helens earlier on.

Phew, a good effort all of you!

Here’s to a successful 2020 to come for Haigh Woodland parkrun.




31st Aug 2019 Tourist Run Report

20190831_090240Haigh Woodland parkrun. Event number 196. 31 August 2019
When we arrived at High Woodland Park it was a dry and clear morning and despite a bit of breeze it stayed dry for most of the run. When we arrived Run Director Sarah Edwards was there and welcomed everyone with a smile. Frances Shoesmith did the first timers’ briefing so those of us that were new to Haigh Woodland parkrun knew where to go and what the course was like.
There were tourists from several different parkruns included visitors from Wakefield Thornes, Bolton, South Manchester, Stamford and also Lincoln (us!) enjoying Haigh Woodland parkrun alongside the home runners. There were representatives of 22 different clubs taking part this week.
18 volunteers gave their time to make Haigh Woodland parkrun a huge success this week: Sarah Edwards • Helen Segebarth • Jeff Chandler • Judith Greenwood • Mark Ingram • Robert Mansfield • Davina Hughes • Alyson Rimmer • Laura Hillyer • Carla Taylor • Frances Shoesmith • James Halliwell • Alison Campbell • Geoff Mckenna • Franco Spinella • Robert Wilson • Stephen Unsworth • Karly Burgess. Thank you very much for encouraging us, cheering us on and keeping us safe. Please do volunteer for a future event as it is great fun and a way to see parkrun from a different perspective. Also, we discovered that as a volunteer at Haigh Woodland you get free car parking (bonus!). RD Sarah said that the volunteer roster was full mid-week as a number of regular runners were ‘saving themselves’ for Sunday’s Wigan 10k - Well done to everyone taking part in that.
This week 167 people ran, jogged and walked the course. Very well done to everyone! Congratulations to the 26 runners who recorded new personal bests this week. Joseph Dare was the first male finisher and Emma Moogan first female finisher while Jeff Chandler, as tail walker, ensured everyone completed the course safely.
There were 21 people running at Haigh Woodland for the first time of whom 8 were running their very first parkrun – brilliant! Congratulations to Marina Winnard who ran her milestone 50 parkrun. Fabulous achievement and look out for the email to claim your red t-shirt.
We had been ‘warned’ that the parkrun route was 2.5k downhill and 2.5k back up with a ‘false bottom’ at some point! There was so much to see on the route that I never even noticed the false bottom! We ran past the play area, high ropes course, fountain pond, crazy golf and walled garden entrance before entering the woodland area. We crossed over the miniature railway tracks several times, alongside a lake and eventually over the bridge across the Leeds Liverpool canal where some speedier runners were already heading back up the hill as I was on my way down. We continued through more woods until we reached the loop at the bottom before starting the climb back up. It was all very well marshalled and I managed to run the downhill and flat sections but took a more leisurely pace for the uphill sections. Once I saw the flower beds and picnic benches on the way back up I knew I was almost at the finish so put on a ‘spurt’ to the line. Once over the line and scanned we headed in to the Stables Courtyard Café for breakfast and a catch up with fellow parkrunners.
We (John and I) came to Haigh Woodland parkrun as part of our ‘Greater Ran-chester’ challenge which grew out of our ‘parkruns inside the M60’ challenge completed in July. We’ve now done thirteen out of the twenty Greater Manchester parkruns. Hopefully we may see some of you at other local parkruns in the future as we continue our quest to complete the remaining parkruns in the area. Many thanks for making us so welcome at Haigh Woodland.
Thanks for reading. Lovely to meet you all this weekend. Enjoy parkrun.
Helen Segebarth


Run Report for 29th December 2018 by Paul Bliss

A little look at the Haigh Woodland parkrun news page draws you to a little post asking for parkrunners to think about doing a run report…though it’s inviting local participants to share their story, its also an opportunity for tourists to give a little back. Though the offer hasn’t been taken up particularly well, I thought I’d make the offer and Lisa (RD for the day) was more than happy to accommodate the ramblings of a visitor. I don’t know about you, but I quite like the run reports each week…they add a little colour, and background to the weeks event that can only enhance the whole experience.
A visit to any parkrun over the Christmas period is always a little extra special, as, though, parkruns are traditionally friendly, welcoming events in general, they are always a little more so over this time and Haigh Woodland this morning was no exception – warm smiles and greetings exchanged by locals and visitors both.


As a southern parkrunner tourist (home parkrun St Albans) living in the North West for a while, I’m blessed with a whole new region of parkruns to discover and enjoy, Haigh Woodland was todays destination. Another bonus, which I was to discover later, was that this was my 161st parkrun and Haigh Woodlands 161st event – a happy coincidence. Those in the know know that tourists like their stats!


Local parkrunners are very lucky to have this amazing location as their home parkrun – large car parks, plenty of toilets and a great café - all needs covered!


After a helpful, friendly new runners briefing, where it was suggested that perhaps the runners were there more for the Wigan Tea cakes than the hill, a warm RD briefing welcomed visitors from Cambridge, Sheffield, a couple attending a wedding at the hall, and even Stockholm, the runners were started in lovely mild bright conditions for the year. Some would say that perhaps Haigh Woodland is not the best parkrun to do after overindulging during the festive season, and they would be right! A beautiful woodland course, meandering out and back with a loop at the far end, is a steady 2.5K downhill that obviously has to be followed by 2.5k back uphill! The uphill struggle though, was compensated by great scenery and runners of all ages encouraging one another as they puffed up the hill Was great to hear youngsters encouraging the more senior folk, and vice versa, a true community vibe. All topped off with encouraging, smiling marshals and volunteers. ! I even overheard one runner counting down the cheesy chocolates he was burning off as each uphill K passed!


To add to the day, the core team had decided to use a traditionally busy day for parkruns to trial the new mobile app technology – not afraid of change! This decision obviously proved to be a great success, as the results were out by 10:44 – fast by any parkrun standards.


Joseph Dare and Alice Alcock led the runners home, Joseph only missing a PB by 11 seconds, and Alice getting a PB on only her second visit with a gap of 12 months! Well done both.


Welcome to the ten brand new parkrunners who did their first ever parkrun at Haigh this morning – we hope you’ll be back to join in this amazing family story!
Finally, a great big thank you to Lisa and the team for another great parkrun experience – I thoroughly enjoyed the visit, and recommend Haigh Woodland unconditionally!

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