Liverpool Parkrun

Who would be interested in a Parkrun in Liverpool?

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16/10/2010 at 12:27

Isn't it about time we had a Parkrun in Liverpool?

I'd like to know who would be interested in attending a weekly Parkrun?

16/10/2010 at 12:29
Being on the Wirral I'd rather it be this side of the water, but a Liverpool one would be good also
16/10/2010 at 13:22
I've been hoping for a parkrun to start up in Liverpool, Warrington or St Helens, I live in widnes and the parks aren't that big.
16/10/2010 at 18:51
I live in Warrington and I'd be up for a Liverpool parkrun. There's already 3 in Manchester which isn't that far away but the bigger the choice the better for us runners
JPenno    pirate
16/10/2010 at 21:20
sibyrne2000 wrote (see)
I've been hoping for a parkrun to start up in Liverpool, Warrington or St Helens, I live in widnes and the parks aren't that big.
Si - who do you run with in Widnes, I live there too and there are no Male running clubs, only Widnes Wobblers or whatever there called for the women
16/10/2010 at 22:55

I think the whole parkrun thing is brilliant.

I regularly travel from the Wirral to do the parkruns in Manchester and Stockport. [Heaton Park / Bramhall Park / Woodbank Park / South Manchester (Platt Fields)]

A parkrun nearer to home would be great.

Edited: 16/10/2010 at 22:57
17/10/2010 at 07:56

Marshallini...... In your opinion, which of the 3 manchester parkruns is best for parking and which one is the easiest to get to ?

I've never actually run one as yet but have pencilled one in for 13 November.

Had a look on their individual websites and Bramhall seems the easiest to get to but dont want to arrive and then have to park 3 miles away if you know what I mean.

17/10/2010 at 12:15

Obviously it depends where you are coming from, but Platt Fields is the easiest to get to for me from Ellesmere Port.

Bramhall Park ; I park on St Micheal's Ave  and jog down towards the large roundabout and the start is just inside the park, about 400m in total.

Two laps, This is the most "multi terrain" course with close to half of it being unpaved, but nothing to extreme. two challenging hills as well makes for a good course.

Heaton Park; I park on Park Road it's about 900m from the start.

Generally well surfaced. A small lap followed by a big lap, which has a reasonabley tough hill to take on.

Woodbank Park;  Has it's own car park and is a 500m jog to the start at the track.

The course is two laps with a short (200m) off road section and it has "the hill" (v. tough)

South Manchester (Platt Fields);   I park on Grangethorpe Road and it's 200m to the start.

This course is dead flat, predominantly tarmac, but does have a decent gravelly path section  (800m at the start and 500 near the end), it has quite a few turns but nothing that'll slow you down, definite pb potential.

Hope that helps.

(map links aren't exact and are for guidance only)

Edited: 17/10/2010 at 12:20
17/10/2010 at 13:10
JPenno I'm not a member of any club but have been looking at Halton and Frodsham harriers athletics club who train on Wade Deacon school field and spectrum striders in Warrington. Only just getting back into running after time off due to injury, on week 7 of the beginners schedule. 'widnes wobblers' lol you'll get some stick if any of them see that!
17/10/2010 at 15:52
Thanks for the feedback. I am hoping to organise a Parkrun in Liverpool starting early next year.
17/10/2010 at 16:26

would it be a weekly race ? if so  would it be a 5k? or is it just a group run.

Croxteth park would make a good venue for a 5k with a lap of the small woods and crocked hat woods making up the distance.

there are lots of other parks that would be ideal for a Liverpool park run including Sefton park,Calderstones park,Walton hall park,Otterspool park,Clarke gardens,Stanley park

17/10/2010 at 16:36

Hi Jakesy,

It will be weekly. 5K. 1 lap. Hopefully Sefton Park.

17/10/2010 at 21:37

sounds good, we already have the mystery 5k but they only run monthly for 5 months of the year.

I run for Liverpool rc and i know that some of the more competitive runners like myself would be up for a weekly 5k.

would it be an evening or weekend run,Sundays are normally long run or road race/xc race days but an  evening or saturday would probably be a good time.

I suppose Sefton park would be a good central position for the races as it would attract the local clubs,Penny lane,Liverpool Harriers,Mossley hill,picton,Liverpool rc and also local non club runners and students.

I hope you can make this happen Russel,its a very good idea

17/10/2010 at 22:55

I think it's a great idea and about time Liverpool had one. I run with PLS (perhaps I should say 'jog'). I'm hoping to get Sefton Park but it all depends on 'approval'.

Parkruns are normally run on Saturdays at 9 a.m. so we will try to adhere to that. I know it's a bit strange for most runners to race on Saturdays but hope they will find a place for it on their schedule. It will of course be free to enter.  I'm hoping the race will attract a wide variety of runners from good club runners to absolute beginners. Everyone will be welcome and encouraged. We will do our best to channel new runners into running clubs and publicise local races and in general build a community. We will from time to time need runners to volunteer their time to help marshal. We are aiming to start in the new year all things going well!

18/10/2010 at 02:18
Russel have you contacted parkrun already? Think I read on their site it can take little over 5 weeks for a new event to be organised. How are the runners timed in the run, is there a Marshall at the end with a stop watch? Looking forward to it already, think I'll go and register on the parkrun site.
18/10/2010 at 09:38

Hi Sibyrne,

We are in contact with Parkrun. I think January is realistic. We won't be able to run a Parkrun without sufficient volunteers and Christmas could be difficult (initially) to find people. We also hope to avoid the worst of the wintry conditions although thinking about it January might be worse! Everyone shares the same start time. At the end of the race runners are filtered into a funnel and their barcode is scanned by a Marshal and uploaded to a laptop to record their time. This data is then sent to the Parkrun website which will keep a permanent record of results. There will also be a race clock at the finish for runners to see their time.

Take a look at the Parkrun website.

18/10/2010 at 18:45

Hi all,

Just a few things which I feel I need to clarify.

parkrun always takes place at 9am on a saturday in England and they take place EVERY saturday.

parkruns are always free to enter. You sign up once at www.parkrun.com and then get a barcode so that we can identify you no matter which parkrun you take part in. There are now 49 parkruns across the world.

At parkrun we guarantee you a start and a finish. Times are are a bonus which we have always provided but as parkrun is NOT a race we are not obliged to provide these.

We NEVER have a race clock at the finish.

Finally, we are parkrun and never Parkrun or Park Run. Appreciate your help on this please!

thanks

19/10/2010 at 13:05

I think a park run would be a really good way to help give people a stepping stone from being a beginner into becoming a more regular runner, and then into joining one of the local running clubs.

 I think it is a good idea Russ.

p.s. Looks like someone has laid down the law one when and how this can and should be done.  We are Liverpool; We are not, and will not ever be parkrun, Park Run or Parkrun.

19/10/2010 at 13:17

Hail Hail

somebody laying down the law?  Just FYI - Paul is the mastermind behind parkrun.  He has nominated as one of the Heroes of Running last year in RW.  He has also pretty much personally funded parkrun in the first few years before Sweatshop, Nike and Lucozade came on board.  parkrun has certain standards to maintain in order to meet the expectations of runners around the country.  Thats all. 

Paul - top job, well done.

Russ - good luck with your Liverpool set-up.

19/10/2010 at 14:59

You've got to give Paul utmost respect for what he has done and what parkrun is all about.

All the parkruns I have done have been excellent in regards to organisation and this standard should be maintained.

Seconding the best wishes for a successful Liverpool parkrun, good work Russ, I will be there to support the first ones.

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