parkrun #1 – Launch Day report

St Helens 1st ever parkrun took place on July 5th and was a huge success with 194 runners taking part. After 24 hours of persistent rain the sun came out and the newly tarmaced paths quickly dried up.

Some stats...

75 runners were taking part in their 1st ever parkrun.

22 runners had taken part in over 100 park runs including Eve Taylor who traveled up from Macclesfield to share her 100th run celebration with us.

We had 20 fantastic volunteers most of whom had never helped at a parkrun before but have already committed to future events,

The 194 runners included 8 juniors.

29 different clubs were represented during the run.

The first male to complete the course was Chris Green from Ashurst Bike Club in a time of 17.51. The first female was Rachel Fishwick from St Helens Striders in a time of 20.11. She then went on to repeat her success in the Merseyvend 5k just 30 minutes later after a quick dash over to Halewood. The first Junior to complete the course was Luke Gilbertson in a time of 25.21.

Tail Runner Ian Taylor completed the course in 38.18.

Runners traveled from all over the UK for the inaugural run with Swansea, Leeds, London and Chiltern all represented. Runners were quick to compliment the course, quality of the paths, friendliness of the volunteers and our post run Bistro where the two ladies from Age UK managed the masses superbly.

We had a few 1st time teething problems with the barcode scanners but soon established the knack of zooming in and out as well as shielding the tokens from the strong sunlight. The results processing was done in the Bistro and they were uploaded by 11.15am.

Several people took photos and videos of the run and these will be uploaded to Flickr and You Tube as soon as possible.

Some comments from participants..

"Well done to all. Enjoyable testing course. Beautiful park. Nice touch at start introducing yourself to a runner next to you. Great friendly feel"

"Big thank you to all the organisers. Enjoyed my first Park run x"

"Really enjoyed my first parkrun today. Looking forward to many more. Thanks to all those who organised it and to the volunteers - great job! "

"Thanks for a great start to Saturday. Love parkrun :)"

"Thanks to the organisers and all the marshals for a great run this morning. Results out very quickly too. A good course and I get to hold the M60-64 course record, for a week at least! :)"

A big thank you to our volunteers..

Adam GALLIMORE  •  Andrew O'CONNOR  •  Anita HALL  •  Antony YOUNG  •  Dorothy FAIRHURST  •  Elaine PARRY  •  Frank MCALLISTER  •  Iain ECCLESTON  •  Ian HAYBURN  •  Ian ROBERTS  •  Ian TAYLOR  •  Janice LAWSON  •  Joanne KEOGH  •  Karen FAIRCLOUGH  •  Louise PADMORE  •  Mark LIPTROT  •  Matthew CREHAN  •  Megan CREHAN  •  Nicola HOWARTH  •  Vicky HEWITT

It's not just the runners that had fun, here is what 1st time bar code scanner Ian had to say afterwards.."Had a great time! Volunteering at parkrun is fantastic, so many lovely ppl"

If you would like to enjoy a similar volunteer experience please visit: or drop an email to:

So, we're up and running! See you at the same time and place next week!!!

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