Widnes parkrun is cancelled on 2020-10-31 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

7th March – IWD parkrun


We’re supporting #ThisGirlCan to celebrate International Women’s Day at parkrun on Saturday 7 March

Bring a female friend, colleague or family member and walk, jog, run or volunteer together for #IWDparkrun




NYD Run Report

On the 8th day of Christmas, parkrun gave to us, … the 1st and 2nd events of the year

**The New Year Double** 

Welcome to the 1st day of not only a new year, a NEW DECADE (in the Gregorian calendar) and for us the 2nd parkrun of the year.

This pretty parkrun is approximately 303rd in the UK and approximately 520th parkrun in the world

It is hosted at Victoria Park. The park was opened in 1900 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.  It was created by the local council with funds collected via a public subscription, an ideal background for a parkrun event!  This course is flat with some amazing monuments, an ice cream shop, pond and fountain.

It began on 17th January 2015 with 206 participants and 16 volunteers, celebrated its 100th event on 31st December 2016 with 197 participants and 16 volunteer and its 200th event on 15th December 2018 with 142 participants and 37 volunteers.

Its busiest event was its 227th on 15th June 2019 with 379 participants and 33 volunteers (*spoiler alert* it was its busiest event) and its cosiest event was its 49th on 26th December 2015, a different bank holiday, with 68 participants and 17 probably very committed volunteers!

Our New Year wish had been answered as it was a dry, warm January day with no ice, snow or heavy rain to throw our tourist New Years Double into jeopardy! On New Years Day, participants do not need to be mad, however it helps!

Wonderfully we arrived in time for the start, after our 1st parkrun at 8.30am. This double event day is extra special and great, as those of us who may not be so speedy due to health and or disabilities, it means we had the challenge and chance 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 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).

The day had begun cloudy, we saw the sunrise over our first event and now it was sunny!!  Actual sunshine on a North West January day!

Andrew HANKINSON took the first timers briefing, clearly not the worse for wear, and we were reminded that we needed to be able to count to 3 and a half!

The run director of the event Andrew HANKINSON again bright and cheerful for the tim of day, gave the introduction, announcements and guidance. With Peter SPEAKMAN  and Louise TARSKY, the timekeepers, the 4th New Year event of Widnes was underway.

All the volunteers appeared dressed warmly for the occasion, bright and cheerful, one did wonder if it was really a few hours into a New Year.  Had there been rations with the merrymaking over

Some of the participants, and supporters were a different matter.  A few had had a great night out, made it to bed but had missed changing out of their bed clothes as we have never seen an amazing array of nightwear including multicoloured unicorns on a NYD parkrun.

Those starting out on their own milestones were:

  • Matthew PARKER, Samuel O'GARRA, Tim POWELL and Elizabeth MOORE, set off for their 10th parkrun.
  • Rebecca LAM the only junior for a change of logo, and the option of their wonderful coveted white t-shirt!!
  • Richard BRAGG ,Stacey CLARK, Liz ROBERTS and Mark GRIMES set off to complete their 50th parkrun, one of whom had an amazing 50th balloon!
  • Paul SCHUMANN set off to complete their unofficial 200th parkrun milestone
  • Liam ANDERSON set off to complete their 250th parkrun, also had a great balloon collection!
  • Paul BASNETT set off to complete their unofficial 300th parkrun milestone

 Those a step closer to theirs were:

  • John Paul DALE, Joanne SKYNER, Mo BALL and Karen JOHNSON completed their 49th, so happy planning for your 50th!
  • Matthew CREHAN and Stephen LANGE completed their 99th, so happy planning for your 100th!
  • Andrew GLEN completed their 199th, so happy planning for any unofficial 200th 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 Anne CROSS, Annette ASHTON, Mike GREENFIELD, Pam LLOYD and Martin ALLEN.

Making sure all participants are home safe is the Tail Walker, no one is officially ever last at a parkrun and this week the wonderful volunteer was Hayley HOURIGAN who supported a group including a committed first timer.

Once we had counted to 3 and a ½, the finish was insight and we were greeted by the timekeepers. Lynne BOTHAM  kept people in order as we collected our tokens from Laura CARTER and Olivia FURNESS. Pauline ROBERTSON kept our places accurate and we went to be scanned by Patrick SQUIRES, Lesley DAVIES, Steven ASHWORTH, Bill SHAW or Fran HOURIGAN.

After the event volunteers gave up their time to tidy the course and others sorted the tokens into order ready for the next event.

  • 510 successful participants
  • 23% of the 510 were tourists which were mainly from Warrington.
  • Congratulations if you now have a ‘W’ for your ‘A to Z’ or a 252 for your Winston index
  • 7% 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)
  • 3% 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:

On behalf of the 510 participants, a big thank you to the 21 amazing volunteers. They gave up their time to make so many ‘run, walks, milestones and skips’ possible.

If you would like to volunteer (Hi-vis Hero), please email:

Thank you to our Widnes hosts who made this New Years (Double) event possible.  We hope you all had a lovely start to your New Year and a safe journey home.

( - :  R J M  : - )


Christmas and New Year’s Day!

We're pleased to announce our Widnes parkrun Christmas plans!

Saturday 21st December - 9am as usual

Wednesday 25th December - A special extra Christmas Day event at 9am

Saturday 28th December - 9am as usual

Wednesday 1st January - A special extra NYD event starting at the later start time of 10.30

(Our friends at Widnes juniors will be on as usual on both Sunday's)

For those of you who've joined the parkrun community this year, NYD is a very special day in the parkrun calendar with the opportunity to "double" up so keep an eye out for some of our local events announcing their plans. This isnt allowed on Christmas Day though (even though some events will be starting later)

We especially need volunteers for all of our events in the run up to and over the festive period as people go on Christmas do's or have other commitments, so please, please, please, let us know if you can help us out at any of the upcoming events.

Peace and love to all

Your Widnes parkrun team


Widnes parkrun # 232 – 20/07/2019

We managed to arrive in plenty of time to Victoria park & as we avoided the rain in the bandstand we watched as plenty more hardy souls joined us in awaiting the off. Soon it was time for the first timers & tourists briefing - apparently there were only 4 tourists last time but this time there were loads! There were also a nice contingent of brand-new-shiny parkrunners in the crowd!
As already mentioned it was a damp & showery start to the morning but there was plenty of good feeling in the air due to a large gathering of Penyffordd Run Club members in their luminous green run shirts. They were celebrating with member Sacha ARDEN (RENÉE) as she reached her 50th parkrun! Despite the wet start the entire course was covered by smiling marshals who were pleased to hear the "thank you marshals" shouted & gasped to them along the route - the rest of the runners were surprisingly quiet but Team Carter are happy to give a “thank you” shout to all the marshals wherever we go for parkrun... we couldn’t do it without them!!
There were spirited rounds of applause for all the volunteers & there were a couple of highlighted milestones this week for the aforementioned Sacha ARDEN (RENÉE) reaching 50 & Chris CARTER reaching 100. There was also unsung hero Joe CARTER clocking up 50 – well done!
A few parkrun tourists other than Team Carter were in attendance at Widnes this Saturday – a warm welcome was given to everyone & we hope you enjoyed the experience of running at Widnes as much as we did!
This week 315 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 65 were first timers at Widnes (21 of whom were very first time parkrunners!) and a whopping 54 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 14 volunteers - without your help parkrun could not go ahead each week - thank you all very much! Remember if you can give up some time to volunteer it really does make a big difference, so do give it some thought and don the stylish and flattering Hi-Vis if you can - you also earn a flashy purple t-shirt after 25 turns of volunteering!
Our Hi-Vis heroes today were:
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Widnes parkrun Results Page.
Male placings:
Liam TODD (SM30-34) Unattached, was first over the line in 17:45.
Steven EDWARDS (SM30-34) of Ellesmere Port RC, was second over the line on his first visit to Widnes parkrun in 18:16.
Gav MEADOWCROFT (VM35-39) Unattached, was third over the line in 18:36.
Female placings:
Annaka CHARTERS (VW35-39) of Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC was first (11th overall) over the line in a new PB of 20:08.
Lucy CARTER (JW11-14) Unattached, was second (44th overall) over the line in her first visit to Widnes parkrun in 22:18.
Mollie ISLES (SW25-29) Unattached, was third (58th overall) over the line in 23:02.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Brian MIDDLETON (VM65-69) 22nd overall, with 20:43.
Matthew HASLAM (JM11-14) 4th overall, with 18:38.
Dave BUCKLEY (VM5-59) 23rd overall, with 20:45.

Sacha ARDEN (RENÉE) reaching 50 parkruns - well done!
Joe CARTER reaching 50 parkruns - well done!
Chris CARTER reaching 100 parkruns - well done!
Aesthetically Pleasing Times of the Week: 
Paul BYRNE 20:20, Stuart HUGHES 24:24, Philip THOMAS 24:42, Lily-Ella FORD 25:52, Paul OWENS 28:28, Rob STEWART 29:29, Krista MELLOR 30:03, Diane HUGHES 30:30, Helen HARTLEY 31:31, Christina ROBERTS 34:34, Colette HILL 35:53, Karen ARNOLD 35:53, Casey HORRIGAN 41:14.
On-The-Spot Times of the Week:
Andy HAVER 23:00, Collette HARRISON 30:00, Debbie BARLOW 33:00, Clare DAVISON 34:00, Jan CHISNALL 35:00.
Thank you to everyone for taking part, parkrun is amazing fun - so lace up your trainers & join in! Bring a friend, bring your family, bring a smile & enjoy yourselves – it’s meant to be fun after all!! Don't forget parkrun is worldwide now so take your trainers (& barcode #DFYB) on holiday with you & be a parkrun tourist as we have done visiting your lovely parkrun, thank you for having us!

Rebecca, Lucy, Carolyn & Chris (Team Carter) - guest volunteer run report writers.

**** EVENT CANCELLATION – 2nd FEB 2019 ****

Unfortunately one section of the park hasn't cleared enough to put on a safe event so we are cancelled tomorrow morning.

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