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.




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!


HAIGH WOODLAND parkrun Report #84 – 3rd June 2017

This is my 6th visit to Haigh Woodland as my quarterly visit brings me back to my home town (I’m an Orrell lad) and it’s always special to come back to where I was brought up. And it is so good to see that Haigh Woodland parkrun is getting more and more popular. I was there for the first one in October 2015 and after the initial attendance of 199 for that first one, it was 21 weeks before Haigh hit 3 figures again. But gradually, the popularity has increased such that we have seen a three-figure attendance on 23 of the last 25 weeks. And this week, as Run Director Sarah addressed us at the start, there were 186 runners waiting for the off which is our 5th highest attendance.

There was a slight delay at the start as desperate runners queued frustratingly to gain access to the car park, but we are a friendly and obliging bunch at parkrun and didn’t mind waiting for five minutes to make sure everyone got in, especially as the pleasant June sunshine was burning through the trees. And after Sarah had given her clear and amusing directions, we were off, heading downwards through the woods for the easy and gentle first half of the run.

The first runner home was Scott Thompson, running his 81st parkrun and for the 20th time at Haigh. He was the only runner to break 19 minutes on the day (18:18), with Rayford Beaumont of Wigan Harriers coming home in 2nd place and Joseph Dare 3rd. Another Wigan Harrier, Warren Moorfield finished 4th and these were the only 4 runners to break 20 minutes.

The first lady to finish was Jayne Taylor of Wigan Harriers who was running for the 18th time at Haigh Woodland in her 24th parkrun. She ran a time of 20:57 which was just ten seconds outside her Personal Best time which she set 2 weeks ago. Jayne has finished as first lady on 11 occasions which is equal highest number of first place finishes. Second Lady was Karen Moorfield of Wigan Harriers who set a Personal Best time of 21:18 on her 14th appearance at Haigh in her 35th parkrun. She took 16 seconds from her visit 2 weeks ago.

First Lady Jayne Taylor was the only runner to beat 80% age grading with an incredible rating of 86.40%, over 10% higher than first placed Scott Thompson who registered 76.05%.

CATEGORY RECORDS: No new Category Records were set today but there were an incredible 38 runners who managed to run a Personal Best time. At Haigh Woodland parkrun the average number of Personal Bests achieved per week is 28 so we were well above average this week. And on my 6th visit to Haigh Woodland I managed a PB myself, so all aboard the PB Express.

94 runners today were ladies and 92 were men, and there were 30 juniors. Don’t forget that while we love the youngsters running with us, if the junior is under the age of 11 they MUST be accompanied at all times during the run by an adult. The adult doesn’t have to be a parent, but it should be someone they know.

There were 46 First Timers who joined the parkrun party at Haigh Woodland of which 29 were running a parkrun for the very first time and joining the ever growing parkrun family. At Haigh Woodland we average 28 First Timers each week so this was an excellent week for the newcomers.

There were 10 runners who were shown as ‘unknown’. It’s terrible to have a brilliant run, maybe get a Personal Best, and then fail to have it recognised because you have no barcode. PLEASE …. Don’t Forget Your Barcode. Need a new barcode? Or would you like your result as a text? Follow the link to your profile from your latest results email. And remember please don’t take home your finish tokens. They are not souveniers …….. DON’T BE A TOKEN MAGPIE. And remember, barcodes will not read from a mobile phone photograph so althoughn there are many ways to have your run recorded, this is not one of them.

29 runners today were attached to running clubs and there were 147 unattached runners who were running for themselves.
Since Haigh Woodland started the Wigan Harriers have been represented by 91 different runners, which is the most from any one club, and they have crossed the finish line on 580 occasions. Horwich have provided 63 runners (327 finishes) and Red Rose has seen 29 of their runners finish 69 times.

Those celebrating milestones with us this week were:
Paul Blakemore (Wigan Phoenix) 125 runs
Chloe Blakemore 125 runs

And those who are knocking on the celebration door include:
Alan Sweatman (Chorley AC) 99 runs
Angela Smith 49 runs
These two runners are just 5 kilometres away from their own personal 100 and 50 run milestones.

Number of Commemorative T-shirts on show today:
Junior White (10 runs) – 7 runners
Cardinal Red (50 runs) – 14 runners
Jet Black (100 runs) – 5 runners
Green (250 runs) – 2 runners
Blue (500) – 0 runners

The top 5 attendees this week were:
Barry Shackleton (Darwen Dashers) 310 runs
Karen Shackleton (Darwen Dashers) 257 runs
Michael Hendry (Chorley ATC) 133 runs
Christine Sweatman (Chorley AC) 131 runs
Chloe Blackmore 125 runs
These five runners have completed 956 parkruns between them.

Want to give feedback? Have anything to say or want anyone mentioned in future run reports? Are there any corrections needed to this report? Please e-mail haighwoodlandoffice@parkrun.com

VOLUNTEERS – REMEMBER that parkrun can only take place weekly because of the volunteers and marshalls who give up their time on a Saturday morning. If you want to get involved, email haighwoodlandhelpers@parkrun.com. This week, we had 15 credited volunteers so thank you all.
And potential runners remember that to officially take part at Haigh Woodland (or any other parkrun anywhere) you need to be registered at www.parkrun.org.uk but you only need to register once and the barcode they give you will be needed each week when you have finished the run. DON’T FORGET YOUR BARCODE.

This week’s UK Stats: There were 442 parkruns, 11 cancellations, and the total UK senior parkrun population was 116,368.

Haigh Woodland parkrun started on the 31st October 2015 with 199 runners and 17 volunteers. That attendance was the record until it was broken with 201 turning out on the 10th December last year. The course record was set in May last year by Michael Cayton in 15:48, and the female course record was set by Lindsey Brindle 6 weeks ago at 18:58. The average run time on the course is 29:19. There have been 2,406 different runners on the course, representing 187 different running clubs, and they have completed 9,477 runs. The average attendance is 112 every week and there have been 2,350 Personal Bests. Runners at Haigh Woodland have covered almost 48,000Km and have been running for 193 days.

And that’s it for the report for run #84. If you fancy writing a run report, and putting your slant on it, get in touch. We would love to hear from you. See you again in a few months.

Barry Shackleton #lovehaighwoodlandparkrun


New Female Course Record

Firstly, let me apologise for taking so long to getting round to do this, better late than never.

This week was an exciting week at Haigh Woodlands, for the first time in our brief history we had a female first finisher, and she also took the female record.

There was a slight drop in numbers this week, but we still had an impressive 71 of you turning up in the bitter cold to run your 5k, well done to each and everyone of you. Of that 71, 28 were first timers to the course, and we welcome you back any time.


WP_20151121_10_02_58_ProWe also had a tourist who came along and ran as tail runner and completed his 289th parkrun, sporting his lovely original 250 club t shirt. What a pleasure it was to speak with Peter.

24 of you lovely lot got yourself a pb this week to, hats off to you all. All results here

Another different and exciting thing, was Sarah, doing the run brief, given that she was thrown in there at a moments notice she did an excellent job, and you all got back safely (with thanks to the other volunteers to!)


Amazingly we had almost filled our volunteer roster for this coming Saturday by Sunday night, this was brilliant to see, but don't forget we still need volunteers for the coming weeks.

Finally, if you would like the chance to do a run report one week, then drop us an email, would be nice to get the runners version of events.



Stats this week

Male placings:
Adrian SELL (VM35-39) of Saddleworth Runners, was first (second overall) over the line in 20:27 - first appearance.
James Paul JACKSON (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second (third overall) over the line in 20:48.
Dave KING (VM40-44) (Unattached) was third (4th overall) over the line in 21:34.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Philip WESTON (Unattached) 314 pts.
Andy RATCLIFFE (Wigan & District Harriers & AC) 300 pts.
Darren FINNEGAN (Wigan & District Harriers & AC) 300 pts.

Female placings:
Lindsey BRINDLE (VW35-39) of Horwich RMI Harriers, was first (first overall) over the line in 19:11 - first appearance.
Holly HORROCKS (SW20-24) (Unattached) was second (8th overall) over the line in 22:21.
Sophie ELSDEN (JW15-17) of Wigan & District Harriers & AC, was third (10th overall) over the line in 22:49.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Jenna TAYLOR (Warrington Running Club) 300 pts.
Sarah EDWARDS (Wigan & District Harriers & AC) 300 pts.
Ann WRIGLEY (Unattached) 300 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Lindsey BRINDLE (VW35-39) was graded 77.93% for the time 19:11 (first overall).
Kath VICKERS (VW55-59) was graded 73.81% for the time 25:12 (21st overall).
Derek KAY (VM70-74) was graded 68.80% for the time 26:17 (33rd overall).

The female record is held by Lindsey BRINDLE who ran in a time of 00:19:11 on 2015-11-21 (event number 4).
The male record is held by Tommy HARRISON who ran in a time of 00:16:51 on 2015-10-31 (event number 1).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jeff WHITTINGTON who recorded a 80.36% run (21:28) on 31st October 2015 (event number 1).


Event #3

So.... Event #3....

It went well, we were a little low on marshals this week, but we worked around this to put on another successful event, and if success is measured in the amount of finish tokens returned, then we had a perfect event, because for the first time in our short history all tokens were collected in. It must be noted that this is thanks to the young eagle eyes of our junior volunteer Jake, who alerted the run director to a few "token magpies".  (Please remember to hand that token back in, and if you have one of our missing ones, then bring it back with you next time, all is forgiven in the parkrun family)

This week, the weather was kind to us, the rain held off until after everyone had crossed the line, but with the amount put down in the days leading up to "parkrun day" it was no surprise to many that the course would be as they have come to know and love, muddy!

Yet, there was an incredible 26 personal best times for the course set this week. 90 runners participated, 47 of them for the first time, and we hope they come back to take part in the fun again.

Matthew, on his second visit to Haigh Woodland parkrun, powering his way around the course.


Male placings:
Marc TILLOTSON (VM35-39) of Bolton United Harriers & AC, was first over the line in 17:27 
Paul EDWARDS (SM25-29) of Spa Striders RC, was second over the line in 18:19.
Keith ROSCOE (VM45-49) of Wigan Phoenix, was third over the line in 18:48.

Female placings:
Alice ROWE (JW15-17) of Wigan & District Harriers & AC, was first (16th overall) over the line in 21:58 
Sarah Louise WATTON (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (20th overall) over the line in 22:36.
Karen SCHOFIELD (SW30-34) of Wigan & District Harriers & AC, was third (21st overall) over the line in 22:39.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Paul BOARDMAN (VM50-54) was graded 76.68% for the time 19:52 (7th overall).
Keith ROSCOE (VM45-49) was graded 76.60% for the time 18:48 (third overall).
Marc TILLOTSON (VM35-39) was graded 76.50% for the time 17:27 (first overall).

FULL results can be found here

One last thing.... we heavily rely on volunteers, every role is a volunteer role, and not as difficult/scary as you may think. We make sure everyone is trained and sure of their role, and we look after you here at Haigh Woodlands... we supply you with free parking! (and usually a laugh or 2). So if your injured, want to get out the house, make friends, and have a good time whilst helping others, then get it touch, you do not need to be a runner to be a volunteer. Also volunteers can earn themselves a  25 volunteer t-shirt, who doesn't want one of those beauties? Contact Haighwoodlandhelpers@parkrun.com


Wet and Wild Event #2

WOW.... What a wet wet morning it was on Saturday, The rain came down and it did not stop, however this did not bother the 92 finishers of event #2, nor the 14 volunteers.


There was no getting away from the mud or puddles this week.

The group set off along the nice path, then came upon the woodland section with its vast amount of puddles and mud slurries, you just have to go through them and let that inner child run free.

Everyone made it back safely to cross the line, and again all were smiling, with compliments on the scenery of the course, and its fun factor.

This week we had a few volunteers from St.Helens parkrun, and a tourist group of the "Bandstanders" came along to give our course a try. The tail runner was a lovely run director from Burnage, and she shared a beautiful photo with us that she snapped whilst out on route.


It took a little while to process the results this week, it was touch and go with the scanners at one point, but we got there in the end, and then the tokens were sorted.... OH NO... We are missing another token, so please, please check your pockets, ask your friends to check (the ones that have been to Haigh parkrun)

The results tell us that we had 17 pbs this week, that is fabulous, Well done you lot. Full results found here...http://www.parkrun.org.uk/haighwoodland/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=2

If you want to have a go at volunteering, then email us haighwoodlandhelpers@parkrun.com and we can add you to the roster, we always need volunteers, without them parkrun simply would not be.


Tesfager Woldu GEBRESLASIE (SM30-34) of Wigan & District Harriers & AC, was first over the line in 18:48 

Daniel James ORRELL (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:13.

Keith ROSCOE (VM45-49) of Wigan Phoenix, was third over the line in 19:34


Emma ESSEX-CROSBY (VW35-39) of Preston Harriers, was first (10th overall) over the line in 22:10 

Alice ROWE (JW15-17) of Wigan & District Harriers & AC, was second (11th overall) over the line in 22:31.

Emma NAYLOR (SW30-34) of Wigan Phoenix, was third (13th overall) over the line in 22:32.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

Paul BOARDMAN (VM50-54) was graded 76.74% for the time 19:51 (4th overall).

Keith ROSCOE (VM45-49) was graded 73.59% for the time 19:34 (third overall).

Elizabeth BLAKE (VW50-54) was graded 72.64% for the time 23:05 (17th overall).

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