The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Sutton Manor Colliery, St. Helens. The course is run on a mixture of gravel paths and trail paths. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.

Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. For the continued success of the event, please give way to other park users. This won't hurt your time, it won't stop you from getting a PB and it will make sure everyone continues to enjoy the event.

Please, wherever possible walk, jog, cycle or use public transport when attending the event. If you do have to drive, please consider car-sharing to reduce our impact on both the environment and other park users. Please also watch out for other park users when arriving and leaving. Parking may be limited so try to arrive early.

Course Safety

Sutton Manor parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, spectators and helpers are asked to take care about the following:

  • Please be considerate to the park and other park users at all times.
  • Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied (within arm's reach) throughout the run by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice.
  • Please arrive by foot, by pedal-power or by public transport if you can - your efforts help to reduce our impact on the park and the planet.
  • Please consider volunteering to help occasionally - this event survives only because of your generosity - please visit the volunteer page for more information.
  • Take care near roads and car parks - some vehicles drive very quickly. Please congregate away from the cars and be careful in particular if you have children. If you’re driving to the run, please drive carefully even if you’re late!
  • When running, take care on uneven surfaces – whether on grass or on tarmac. Watch out for cyclists, other runners, pedestrians, children, dogs, wildlife, park animals, vehicles, park maintenance work, falling branches, bollards, posts and other obstacles around the course.
  • Please ensure that you are fit enough to walk, jog, run 5k (3.1 miles) with us.
  • If you see a runner with a serious problem, please stop to help them out and get help as soon as possible.
  • If you’re watching, keep clear of runners on the course, and look after any children and dogs you may have with you.
  • It is not permitted to run with a pushchair and a dog at the same time.
  • Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks. Consider protecting yourself by wearing repellent when at parkrun events in grassy or wooded areas. See lymediseaseuk.com for further details.
  • You are welcome to take part with one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • Runners pushing buggies are welcome, but please take care of others around you and do your best to start at an appropriate place in the field for your pace.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Sutton Manor parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help parkrunners compare results.

Age Grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age group to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance. The scores can also be compared across different race distances - to allow you to, for example, compare a 5km time against a marathon.

For more information, please see our Support page.

Course Map

Course Description

This out & back, undulating course takes place in a well established forest environment, comprising of fast gravel tracks, steep climbs / descents & a sharp right turn making this course both challenging & rewarding. Taking in some of the best views (weather dependant) across Cheshire & North Wales, the course also incorporates the iconic Dream sculpture.

Facilities

Unfortunately we have no toilet facilities available.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at Sutton Manor Colliery.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Take the 33a bus (every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour) which drops off on Jubits Lane by the Smithy Manor pub, or the 33 bus (every 10 minutes) which drops off at Forest Road, close to the former colliery gates. The 17a also provides an hourly service (at 27 minutes past the hour) from Hall Street in the town centre. For all public transport information call the Traveline hotline on 0871 200 22 33 or visit the Traveline website.

Train: The nearest station is Lea Green, about 1 mile north of Sutton Manor. From there, take the 33a bus (every half hour and on the hour) which drops off on Jubits Lane by the Smithy Manor pub, or the 33 bus (every 10 minutes) which drops off at Forest Road, close to the former colliery gates.

Getting there on foot

The site can accessed via many different points due to the scale of the forest, we suggest Jubits Lane & head towards the rear of the Old Colliery Gates. Please note that due to the gradient of the path, the summit of Dream sculpture has never been easily accessible to wheelchair users.
Please download a copy of Dream Site Map to see wheelchair access points, and where benches are located on the site. The route to Dream is marginally less steep if visitors follow the onsite waymarkers/audio points in reverse and travel from point 2 to point 9 and further up to Dream at point 7. For more information, please contact the Forestry Commission on 01606 889792.

Getting there by road

Please follow the directions provided below, or you may wish to use Google Maps to plan your route. We also benefit from brown tourism signs pointing out Dream location.

From Liverpool via the M62: Exit the M62 motorway at Junction 7 - at the roundabout take the 4th exit onto the A57, Warrington Road - turn left onto the B5419, Jubits Lane - continue along the B5419 following signs for car parking at King George V car park.

From Manchester via the M62: Exit the M62 motorway at Junction 7 - at the roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A57, Warrington Road - turn left onto Jubits Lane B5419 - continue along the B5419 following signs for car parking at King George V car park.

From St.Helens Town Centre: Take the A570 towards St.Helens Linkway East - follow the Linkway and signs over successive roundabouts towards the M62 and Warrington - at the M62 Junction 7 roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A57, Warrington Road - turn left onto Jubits Lane B5419 - continue along the B5419 following signs for car parking at King George V car park.

From Runcorn/Widnes: From Widnes and the north side of the Runcorn bridge get on the A568 expressway, following signs to St.Helens - after 3 or so miles, and before arriving at the M62 Junction 7 roundabout, bear off the A568 at the B5419 exit - at the junction, turn right onto the B5419, Jubits Lane, signposted Sutton Manor and Clockface - continue along the B5419 following signs for car parking at King George V car park.

Free parking is available at King George V car park (Jubits Lane, St.Helens WA9 4BB) which is across the road from the entrance to Dream site. Cars are parked at owner's own risk, and please take extreme care when crossing Jubits Lane. Limited parking is available on Jubuts Lane, please respect our neighbours & please do not park in residential streets close to the site.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local café - please come and join us!