Tesco Bags of Help scheme

We've got some exciting news to share with you all!

You may be aware that we've been trying to raise money to purchase an AED (defibrillator) which we'll have access to in case of an emergency.

What you might not be aware of is Tesco's "Bags of Help" scheme. The scheme uses money from the 5p carrier bag charges collected in their stores and donates it to local causes. They choose 3 causes that shoppers can vote on after any purchase.

We are thrilled to announce that our AED appeal has been selected to be one of the 3 causes that shoppers can vote on in the Widnes Tesco store during May and June. This will mean we should receive a minimum £1000 and we'll be finally able to purchase one!

Amazing news, I'm sure you'll agree!

We'll keep you updated with how we get on.

Widnes Core Team


Volunteer Run Director Recruitment

Afternoon Widnes parkrunners.

We are looking for some new members of our core team to act as Run Directors.

The Run Director is a crucial role in ensuring that we go ahead in a safe manner every Saturday morning so we are looking for a certain type of person to help us out.

We'd need someone who would be available to RD every 4-6 weeks (but isn't set intervals so there's flexibility there)

If you think you'd be interested (and just to note, interest doesn't mean you'll get the role), take a look at the wiki page http://wiki.parkrun.info/index.php/Run_Director and drop us a line at widnesoffice@parkrun.com

If you are interested and just want to know more then please email in and we'll arrange an informal chat.


New Year’s Eve and Day

There are two runs this weekend.

Saturday 31st December (NYE) - 9am as usual

Sunday 1st January (NYD) - Extra Event at 10:30am

You are allowed to run/volunteer at more than one event on NYD. Our friends at St Helens parkrun are staging an event at 9am - If you want to run at one, you may want to consider volunteering at the other



Unfortunately Weve just done our course inspection and we've had to CANCEL today's run due to an unsafe course.

Please share this post so as many see it as possible. See you all next week


This morning’s run

Morning all. We are going to be doing a course inspection shortly, and hope to have a decision by about 8.15/8.20 as to whether it will be safe to run this morning. Stay tuned.


Yesterday’s Results

Following our issues with the results yesterday, we'd like to thank everyone who emailed in to help us sort out the problems. We think we are now sorted and have tallied all the emails received to the updated results.

Please check the new results as we've had a few people in the original set of results disappear in the new set for some unknown reason, so please email into widnesoffice@parkrun.com if you have any issues with the new set.

We'd also like to thank Jo and the volunteers yesterday for making sure the event went ahead in pretty awful conditions and to Andy for giving up his Saturday evening to fix the results problems.


Today’s results

Well done to everyone who took part this morning, particularly to our wonderful volunteers who braved the cold conditions to make sure we went ahead.

We've had a few technical issues with the results, so if you had your barcode scanned and are down as Unknown please email into widnesoffice@parkrun.com

Our volunteer team will have a lot to work through so if we don't update them immediately, please don't worry we'll get onto it as soon as we can.


Christmas & New Year

Although we aren't at the point of the year where Witches, Wizards and Ghouls roam the streets of Widnes, we have declared our Christmas intentions already!

For those who are new to parkrun or don't pay much attention, you may not be aware that events are allowed to put on extra events on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. These events are not compulsory for events to run and last year we decided not to.

This year, however our wonderful volunteer team have decided that we WILL for the first time put on events on both Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Our Schedule for the Christmas period will be as follows:

- Saturday 24th December (Christmas Eve) - 9am as usual

- Sunday 25th December (Christmas Day) - Extra Event at 9am - You are only allowed to run one event on Xmas Day, even if you can make it to another on time

Saturday 31st December (NYE) - 9am as usual

Sunday 1st January (NYD) - Extra Event at 10:30am - You are allowed to run/volunteer at more than one event on NYD - this is only applicable on NYD - our friends at St Helens parkrun are staging an event at 9am - If you want to run at one, you may want to consider volunteering at the other

We need volunteers for all 4 of the events over the Xmas period so please volunteer if you are able to. Email us at the usual address widneshelpers@parkrun.com


Run Report 10 September 2016

Widnes parkrun
Event number 85
10th September 2016

Today's run saw an impressive turnout from Widnes Running Club, kiitted out in their fancy new vests. Their new colours will surely now be a regular sight at Widnes parkrun.

Thank you to all our volunteers today, and to the core team who work hard behind the scenes to process the results and get all the equipment sorted and ready for next week.

Run highlights as follows:

Male placings:
An unknown runner was first.
Chris FITZPATRICK (VM35-39) of Helsby RC, was second over the line in 17:35.
Liam KEENAN (JM11-14) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:02 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Andrew DOWDESWELL (Unattached) 2470 pts.
Dave BUCKLEY (Unattached) 2141 pts.
Carl PRATT (Helsby RC) 1787 pts.

Female placings:
Lisa GRANTHAM (VW40-44) of Pensby Runners, was first (13th overall) over the line in 20:12 - first appearance.
Bobbie LOMAX (VW40-44) of Warrington Running Club, was second (17th overall) over the line in 20:59 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Joanne Carol HANSEN (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (21st overall) over the line in 21:57.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Caroline BARROW (Widnes Running Club) 2961 pts.
Sarah POLHILL (Unattached) 2497 pts.
Paula TALBOT (Unattached) 2333 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Liam KEENAN (JM11-14) was graded 78.65% for the time 18:02 (third overall).
Simon BEADMAN (VM40-44) was graded 77.50% for the time 18:09 (5th overall).
Chris FITZPATRICK (VM35-39) was graded 77.06% for the time 17:35 (second overall).

This week there were 190 runners, of whom 25 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different athletics clubs took part.

Widnes parkrun started on 17th January 2015, and since then 2,791 different runners, including participants from 145 athletics clubs, have completed 15,258 runs covering a total distance of 76,290 km, and there have been 3,638 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Angie BLICK who ran in a time of 00:18:02 on 12th March 2016 (event number 59).
The male record is held by Matthew WIGELSWORTH who ran in a time of 00:16:03 on 27th August 2016 (event number 83).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded a 90.69% run (22:01) on 9th July 2016 (event number 76).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Widnes parkrun Results Page.


Today’s Results

Well done to everyone who ran,walked and volunteered this morning.
Big shout to Agata, who completed her 50th parkrun this morning. Well done!
Results have been processed, however if your barcode didnt scan and we needed to add you in manually, it hasn't been done yet as some clever fool left the clipboard in the box at the park and went home... They'll be added in at some point over the weekend. (and he'll complete the punishment lines we've given him as well!)