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About Us

Watergrove parkrun, Rochdale is a FREE weekly 5km event for participants of all standards, which takes place every Saturday at 9:00am in Watergrove Reservoir, Wardle Road, Ramsden Road, Wardle, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL12 9NJ. It is not a race against other runners, but a 5k timed event and it can really be whatever you want it to be, whether that's for fun or as part of a training plan.

It offers an opportunity for all the local community, regardless of age or gender, to come together on a regular basis to enjoy this beautiful park and get physically active into the bargain. We want to encourage people to run, jog or walk together irrespective of their ability – this event is truly open to all and best of all it really is FREE!

Taking part is easy – just register before your first ever parkrun. The great thing is that you only ever need to do this once! Then just set your alarm for Saturday morning and get yourself there!

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Charlie's Coffee and Cakes, 135 Ramsden Road, Wardle, OL12 9NX - please come and join us! Maybe swap stories about your run that day, chat to other parkrunners over a cup of tea or coffee and just be an important part of this new community.

So whether you are a complete novice looking to get yourself started on your own "running journey" or a seasoned athlete wanting to use this as a part of your training schedule, you’re welcome to come along and join us.

  • Link4Life: Link4Life are delighted to be supporting the Watergrove, Rochdale parkrun.? Link4Life have provided financial support to cover the initial set up costs for the parkrun and will also offer practical volunteer assistance on a weekly basis to support the event. Link4Life is the trading name for the Rochdale Boroughwide Cultural Trust. It is an independent company limited by guarantee (and a registered charity).?The purpose of the Trust is to plan and manage the delivery of high quality, enjoyable, affordable, accessible cultural provision in Rochdale Borough that gives residents and visitors the opportunity to lead the healthy, creative, active lifestyle of their choice. The Services Link4Life provide cover four main areas: Arts and Heritage;Entertainment;Fitness and Health andSport and Leisure.

  • United Utilities: United Utilities own and manage Watergrove Reservoir and the surrounding land. They have worked with us to develop the course in this beautiful area. Special thanks to the Area Ranger, Tia Dawson.

    Your donation will be wisely spent by the event team (as custodians of the local purse) on the upkeep of our parkrun.

    For donations prior to 1 February 2017, 85% was allocated to the event and the remaining 15% to the New Event Fund.

    We are unable to accept donations to events that are made via third party employer contribution schemes or any form of cashback schemes.

    We no longer accept cheques for event donations. The only way for individuals to contribute to an event pot is by donating directly through the PayPal link on this page.

    parkrun is completely open about all donations. All donations to this event (and withdrawals that the event teams makes) will be published below. You can also view all donations in this country here.

    parkrun UK is a not-for-profit organisation.


    Donation DateNameRecipientDonationContribution to EventContribution to New Event FundNote
    2020-02-03Craig ReayWatergrove£20.00£20.00£0.00
    2019-09-07Gary DaviesWatergrove£5.00£5.00£0.00
    2019-08-07Gary DaviesWatergrove£5.00£5.00£0.00
    2019-07-07Gary DaviesWatergrove£5.00£5.00£0.00
    2019-06-07Gary DaviesWatergrove£5.00£5.00£0.00
    2019-05-07Gary DaviesWatergrove£5.00£5.00£0.00
    2019-04-07Gary DaviesWatergrove£5.00£5.00£0.00
    2019-03-07Gary DaviesWatergrove£5.00£5.00£0.00
    2019-02-07Gary DaviesWatergrove£5.00£5.00£0.00
    2019-01-07Gary DaviesWatergrove£5.00£5.00£0.00
    2018-12-07Gary DaviesWatergrove£5.00£5.00£0.00
    2018-11-07Gary DaviesWatergrove£5.00£5.00£0.00
    2018-10-07Gary DaviesWatergrove£5.00£5.00£0.00
    2018-09-07Gary DaviesWatergrove£5.00£5.00£0.00
    2018-08-07Gary DaviesWatergrove£5.00£5.00£0.00
    2018-07-12Gary DaviesWatergrove£5.00£5.00£0.00
    2018-06-07Gary DaviesWatergrove£5.00£5.00£0.00
    2018-05-07Gary DaviesWatergrove£5.00£5.00£0.00
    2018-04-07Gary DaviesWatergrove£5.00£5.00£0.00
    2018-03-07Gary DaviesWatergrove£5.00£5.00£0.00
    2018-02-07Gary DaviesWatergrove£5.00£5.00£0.00
    2018-01-07Gary DaviesWatergrove£5.00£5.00£0.00
    2017-12-23Michael WinterburnWatergrove£20.00£20.00£0.00
    2017-12-08Anna EwartWatergrove£10.00£10.00£0.00Dawn Ewbank
    2017-12-07Gary DaviesWatergrove£5.00£5.00£0.00
    2017-12-07alan parkinsonWatergrove£5.00£5.00£0.00For Watergrove radios
    2017-12-05lisa chapmanWatergrove£5.00£5.00£0.00
    2017-12-05Barbara BaylissWatergrove£60.00£60.00£0.00From Littleborough Runners towards radios
    2017-12-04Elaine StottWatergrove£10.00£10.00£0.00
    2017-12-04Helen SmithersWatergrove£20.00£20.00£0.00
    2017-12-03Miss R HodsonWatergrove£10.00£10.00£0.00
    2017-12-03Amjad AliWatergrove£10.00£10.00£0.00
    2017-12-03Judith EatonWatergrove£10.00£10.00£0.00
    2017-12-03Seamus O'RiordanWatergrove£10.00£10.00£0.00
    2017-12-03Barbara BaylissWatergrove£10.00£10.00£0.00Watergrove radios
    2017-12-03Ian SavoryWatergrove£20.00£20.00£0.00
    2017-12-03joanne mawsonWatergrove£10.00£10.00£0.00From joanne mawson
    2017-12-03andrew butlerWatergrove£20.00£20.00£0.00
    2017-12-03Ryan KeenanWatergrove£10.00£10.00£0.00
    2017-12-03Cathy Jepson-BrownWatergrove£10.00£10.00£0.00
    2017-12-03Andrew PlowrightWatergrove£10.00£10.00£0.00Watergrove Parkrun radios
    2017-06-28JOHN PICKUPWatergrove£10.00£10.00£0.00
    2017-06-21Barbara BaylissWatergrove£100.00£100.00£0.00From Littleborough Runners
    2017-05-12stephen bostockWatergrove£10.00£10.00£0.00
    2017-05-12Martin WalkerWatergrove£20.00£20.00£0.00
    2017-05-11Cathy Jepson-BrownWatergrove£10.00£10.00£0.00
    2017-05-11Jeff McCarthyWatergrove£10.00£10.00£0.00Watergrove AED
    2017-05-11Susan HeaneyWatergrove£30.00£30.00£0.00
    2017-05-11joanne payneWatergrove£10.00£10.00£0.00
    2017-05-11Michelle WoodWatergrove£5.00£5.00£0.00
    2017-05-11Matthew JonesWatergrove£20.00£20.00£0.00
    2017-05-11LILLIAN PARRWatergrove£10.00£10.00£0.00For Watergrove defib
    2017-05-11mike atkinsonWatergrove£20.00£20.00£0.00
    2017-05-11Joanne CoffeyWatergrove£15.00£15.00£0.00
    2017-05-11Rachel HodsonWatergrove£20.00£20.00£0.00
    2017-05-10Gary DaviesWatergrove£10.00£10.00£0.00
    2017-05-09Nick AndrewsWatergrove£20.00£20.00£0.00
    2017-05-09Julia MooreWatergrove£20.00£20.00£0.00
    2017-05-08kay WelsbyWatergrove£20.00£20.00£0.00
    2017-05-08Daniel MerloWatergrove£20.00£20.00£0.00AED
    2017-05-08Joanne and John TimperleyWatergrove£20.00£20.00£0.00
    2017-05-08andrew butlerWatergrove£20.00£20.00£0.00
    2017-05-08andrew butlerWatergrove£20.00£20.00£0.00
    2017-05-08Caroline HardingWatergrove£20.00£20.00£0.00Towards defibrillator.
    2017-04-19Xtra Mile Events Ltd G Man MarathonWatergrove£335.00£335.00£0.00
    2016-09-27Miss R HodsonWatergrove£10.00£8.50£1.50
    2016-08-22Littleborough Boxing & Fitness ClubWatergrove£152.00£129.20£22.80Donation


    Withdrawal DateEventAmountNote
    2017-06-22Watergrove£914.95AED - Heartsine Samaritan 500P with CPR advisor
    2019-02-25Watergrove£15.00parkrun Selfie Frame
    2019-07-31Watergrove£110.00Anniversary/celebration items
    2019-10-01Watergrove£23.00First aid kit
    2020-01-30Watergrove£8.00Waterproof phones cases (4)