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St Helens parkrun is cancelled on 2021-05-22 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
We are super proud to be taking part in international women’s day!
Come and take part!
#IWDparkrun #ThisGirlCan #loveparkrun #parkrun #sthelensparkrun
On the 8th day of Christmas, parkrun gave to us, … the 1st and 2nd events of the year
**The New Year Double** (For all those who are well enough, (the joy of winter bugs) not forced to work (the joy of retail and emergencies), and have two accessible events….)
Welcome to the 1st day of not only a new year, a NEW DECADE!! For us the 1st parkrun of the year, in the Gregorian calendar.
365 days, and 54 parkruns remain until the end of the year!
The 1st ‘parkrun’ (UK Time Trails) event began at Bushy park on 2nd October 2004 with 13 lucky participants and volunteers unknown
-- they held their 1st New Year event on 1st January 2005, 20 participants and unknown volunteers
-- they held their 288th event on 23rd January 2010, 554 participants and 13 volunteers
-- and today they held their 823rd (15th New Year event) event with 1285 participants, 42 volunteers.
This picturesque parkrun was approximately 270th in the uk and approximately 426th parkrun in the world
It is hosted in Victoria Park which opened in 1886 and renamed in 1887. It is on ‘flat paths’ with a few little inclines to keep it interesting. Some of the speedier participants really need to be a little more respectful of those with disabilities (not all are obvious or visible). Barging past on the narrow side rather than the wide, makes it quite scary (and disrespectful, remember it is NOT a race!)!
It began on 5th July 2014 with 194 participants and 20 volunteers.
Celebrated its 100th event on 14th May 2016 with 358 participants and 30 volunteers
Celebrated its 200th event on 21st April 2018 with 391 participants and 20 volunteers
Its busiest event has been its 237th, last New Years Day, 1st January 2019 with 556 participants and 27 volunteers
And its cosiest event was its 80th on 26th December 2015, a different bank holiday with 72 participants and 20 probably very committed volunteers on a possible restful day and or a very cold day!
Our New Year wish had been answered as it was a dry, warm for January day. No ice , snow or heavy rain to throw our tourist New Years Double into jeopardy!
We set off at some silly hour on a New Years Day clock before even the sun had risen!
On New Years Day, participants do not need to be mad, however it helps!
The day began cloudy, however before we began there was a shower, of a different kind ….
Parkruns usually begin at 9.00am however this great team, give up some of their merrymaking of the New Year to have this event up and running for 8.30am!!
This is extra special and great as those of us who are not be so speedy due to health and or disabilities, it means we had the chance and challenge of the double with the travel and parking time in between events!!
Our first attempt of a New Year double, years ago ended when we struggled for parking at the 2nd event. By the time we found somewhere and in that case returned to the start, there was not a hi-vis in sight! It sill haunts us and any tourist visit we do. (This year it nearly happened to a friend at their 2nd location).
John BARR took the first timers briefing clearly not the worse for wear, where we were reminded that we needed to be able to count to 3!
There was then a VERY special interruption… one of the other run directors Matthew Crehan proposed to Jade Smith (they had met at parkrun! J) we think that there was acceptance (we were at the back) as there were lots of hugs and tears of joy!
(feel free to insert a great photo, mine from the back was not that good)
The run director of the event Nigel HERBERT, bright and cheerful for the day and time, gave the introduction, announcements and guidance. With Karen HARRISON, Amanda COOGAN and Kate BAGDONAVICIUS our timekeepers, the 6th New Year event of Saint Helens began…
All the volunteers appeared dressed warmly for the occasion, bright and cheerful, one did wonder if it was really just a few hours into a New Year. Had there been rations with the merrymaking over here?
The participants and supporters were a different matter. A few had had a great night out, made it to bed, however missed the dressing part to meet the 8.30 deadline! It was a wonderful sight! In all of the New Year parkruns we have attended never have we seen such an amazing array of nightwear, multicoloured unicorns, a selection of tigers, leopards, the occasional lost snowman, and at least 2 flags, America and Great Britain, who we hope have a ‘special friendship’!
Those starting out on their own milestones were
* Sarah CARVER, set off for their 10th parkrun, juniors receive the acknowledgement and the option of their wonderful coveted white t-shirt!!
* Denise RYLEY, Sheila WELSBY, Tina RANSONNAME set off to complete their 50th parkrun. Alison LANGTON marked the occasion with a new PB
* Diane PECK and Michelle SMITH set off to complete their 100th parkrun
* Paul SCHUMANN and Glynn BRADSHAW set off to complete their unofficial 200th parkrun milestone
Those a step closer to theirs were
* John Paul DALE and Laura HOLMES completed their 49th, so happy planning for your 50th!
* Matthew CREHAN, Christopher LEE, Stephen LANGE and Sharon MASON completed their 99th, so happy planning for your 100th!
* Natalie WOOD and Paula HEATON completed their 149th, so happy planning for any unofficial 150th celebration!
* Andrew GLEN completed their 199th, so happy planning for any unofficial 200th celebration!
* Mark FOSTER completed their 249th, so happy planning for your 250th!
* Paul FREYNE completed their 549th, so happy planning for any unofficial 550th celebration!
**Congratulations** as all completed successfully.
Around the course we had many cheery marshals to guide, encourage and help keep us safe, amongst them were Frank MCALLISTER, James FEATHERSTONE, Nigel MORLEY, David LOCKETT, Jessica BALSHAW-RILEY and Ken BRIODY. Colin BRIODY and David OWEN helped participants achieve goals by pacing to a set time.
At the end of all the participants is the Tail Walker, no one is officially ever last at a parkrun and this week the wonderful volunteer was Jacqueline HAMILTON who helped some visitors NOT take the wrong path on the final lap.
Once we had counted 1, 2, 3 the finish was insight and we were greeted by the timekeepers. Michelle MATHER, kept people in order as we collected our tokens from Karl BOWLES and Mary ABBOTT and our barcodes scanned by Nicola HOWARTH, Ben CROPPER, Jake CROPPER or Hazel FARLEY.
After the event, David LOCKETT gave up time to close down the event and others sorted the tokens into order ready for the next event.
Volunteers took the information from the timekeepers, scanners and processed them for us to prove we really had made it to an 8.30am New Years Day (double) event!!
511 of successful participants included regulars,
17% tourists *Congratulations if you now have an ‘S’ for your ‘A to Z’ or a 288 for your Winston index
4% achieved a personal best, often with the help of a hangover!
5% who kept their identity a secret or forgot their barcode (keep a back-up in the car, sock or other) and
3% very enthusiastic people who joined us for the first time (we hope you enjoyed it and to see you again).
If you would like to see a full list of results please click here https://www.parkrun.org.uk/sthelens/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=288
(Volunteer names at the bottom of the list)
On behalf of the 511 participants …
**Thank you** to the 30 amazing volunteers, (only 14% of participants have gained their 25th volunteer award. **Congratulations to Andrew HANKINSON, Russell BURNHAM, Julie MCGOWAN, David LOCKETT and Helen WRIGHT who have their volunteering award prior to a milestone!) who either gave up their own run and or their bank holiday, post merry making, lie in, to make so many ‘run, walks, milestones and skips’ possible.
If you would like to be part of the volunteering group, please e-mail email@example.com.
It can be very fun and rewarding, full training given, and the FREE use of a hi-vis jacket!!
Thank you to our hosts Saint Helens who made this early New Years (Double) event possible. We hope you all had a lovely start to your New Year (Double) and a (successful and safe journey to any 2nd event and a) safe journey home.
( - : R J M : - )
We ARE planning to arrange parkrun's at 9am on Christmas Day and at 8.30am on New Years Day (enabling people to do a double header at another local run with a 10am or 10.30am start).
More news to follow.
On Saturday 15th June we did a First Aid Drill to test that the process on the back of the laminated cards works.
Whilst we met the target time for getting the defib to the casualty, the test threw up a few minor issues that when fixed, will make the process much smoother.
On Saturday loads of runners stopped to offer their assistance – Thank You!!
We’ve since been asked, “What should I do if a runner collapses near me?”
Unfortunately, there isn’t a single answer, as it depends on the circumstances and your own experience of First Aid.
However, it’s effectively the same as if it happened in your local High St…
If you think its life threatening, find a way of dialing 999.
If you don’t (e.g. Sprained Ankle), then find a way of getting a message to the Run Director as quickly as possible.
In both scenarios, it’s important to be as specific as possible about the location of the incident and the injuries sustained.
All Marshals have a laminated incident card which contains a Post Code for their location and details of the Run Directors. The First Aid kit contains, amongst other things a Defibrillator.
It is highly unlikely that you will ever need to deal with an incident at parkrun but the instructions above will help you if it ever does.
If you have any further concerns or questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our little community has grown into a somewhat bigger community and we must now be one (if not the) biggest (participation) sporting event in town which is superb!!
This July will be our 5th Birthday and we’ve grown from an average of around 180 weekly runners to over 400.
As there are lots of newbies, I thought it might be worth explaining how the St Helens parkrun setup works and how we manage to put on the runs every week, rain or shine.
Your parkrun is brought to you by a Core Team of 7 volunteers. We are each on a rota as Run Directors and usually do another task in addition, either on a Saturday or midweek. All of us have day jobs and none of these are in sports provision (i.e. we are amateurs).
Supporting the Core Team, we are blessed to have a group of very regular volunteers who do Marshalling or Funnel Roles on a Saturday. These regulars are then supplemented with occasional volunteers from the runners. Perhaps those having a rest or injured.
In the background, we have had support (when needed) from the Park Rangers, Friends of Victoria Park and the Council.
We couldn’t do parkrun without all of these people and I would encourage you to volunteer whenever you can. It really is as much fun and as rewarding as running!!
To set up the parkrun we needed funding support from the Heritage National Lottery. Their donation helped us to register with parkrun HQ, buy the initial kit and get off the ground. In return, they got good footfall through the newly renovated park.
Post launch, any new funds we need for signage, special occasions etc has to come from donations. Each parkrun has their own “pot” that people can donate to. Here is ours. We recently used it to buy new tokens, as our current ones have started mis-scanning. They should be with us this week.
In the last few weeks, HQ have also launched parkrun Forever. This is a national initiative, designed to enable “the organisation” to be sustainable and achieve its higher goals. It also enables parkrun to claim Gift Aid on donations and therefore, make the donation go further.
And at St Helens parkrun, we are very fortunate to have support from local running group, The Bandstanders. Formed in the early days of the parkrun, but not connected to the parkrun organisation, there are now several social groups of runners (and walkers) who meet up. Volunteers from the Bandstand are usually there on a Saturday offering “brews in the bandstand” which is really well received by regulars and visitors alike. The brew equipment and goodies are paid for by way of small donations and the Bandstanders often donate any surplus generated to the St Helens parkrun pot. The surplus has also supported the Bold Forest Junior parkrun when they were buying a defib unit.
We are really lucky to have "Brews in the Bandstand", not many parkruns have such an offering and it's certainly not part of the commitment that we made when we set it up. In fact, HQ often tell you to keep things simple, as it reduces potential issues. Fortunately, we have some key people who don't mind a bit of complication
I often get asked, how do the barcodes and results work?
(and they are possibly thinking to themselves “why are you so grumpy when someone plays around in the funnel?”)
When you go past the watches twice, or refuse to take a token, or join or leave the funnel before being scanned, the process above fails because the P's the A's and the Times are all in the wrong places.
We now have 400 people with the wrong time or position and our afternoon plans just changed. Action 14, staying on top of emails, becomes a major job for the next few days.
People think I go a bit OTT about someone “just” going past the watches twice, or not wanting a token because their time was rubbish, but perhaps you can appreciate why it's frustrating?
It also explains why HQ don’t want Core Teams to do manual entries for people who forget their barcode. There is already quite a bit to do and the bigger the run, the bigger the issue.
Unfortunately, we've had a few issues in the past few weeks with results, for various reasons. I think many would be amazed by the tone of some of the emails we've received.
Please remember that volunteers don't purposely screw up the results, usually it's a runner that causes the problems. PB's are fab, but it's not likely to be a world record, so please stay calm and revel in the fact that you just got a bit healthier and met your friends for an early morning chat and a brew.
We LOVE delivering parkrun and changing lives for the better. We’d love you to join the volunteer team next time you are at a loose end, all you have to do is email email@example.com
We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday.
Your Core Team