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West Lancashire parkruns back up & running

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Tawd Valley parkrun: park runners gathering in the ampitheatre before the start of the event on Saturday July 31st 2021 (photo: Scott Sumner)

Both of West Lancashire’s parkruns, Ormskirk and Tawd Valley (Skelmersdale) have started back up again with good attendances at the first two Saturday morning events, following relaxation of Covid restrictions on July 19th. Both are operating on somewhat changed courses – Ormskirk to cater for the vaccination centre at Edge Hill University, and Tawd Valley to cope with the ongoing town centre development.

Commenting on the re-start, Steve Hall, Event director at Ormskirk parkrun said:

“We are delighted to be back parkrunning at Edge Hill and would like to thank the university for allowing us to resume our event. We would like to invite everyone to join us at 9am on Saturday – you do not have to run the course but can also jog or walk it – we have a tailwalker who stays at the back so you can enjoy the course at whatever speed you wish and will never come last. If you have never done a parkrun why not give it a go – you will be made very welcome. Just register with parkrun at www.parkrun.org.uk, print your barcode and come along on Saturday!”

Tawd Valley Event Director, Paul Cotterill, added:

“It’s great to be up and running again. The new course is designed to avoid the town centre development site while works are ongoing while starting and finishing as close as possible to the centre and parkrunners to date have been very complimentary about it. Our course is really varied taking in urban and rural terrain and this makes us dependent on having quite a few marshals at various points to direct the runners. Volunteering as a marshall is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to come along and see what parkrun is all about and enjoy a walk to their marshalling point but who perhaps does not feel ready to take part in the event. Volunteering is easy and fun, and hugely appreciated by all those taking part in the event. We’re easy to contact on Facebook or at tawdvalley@parkrun.com and people can come down any Saturday morning to chat with other volunteers and see what it’s all about.”

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Ormskirk parkrun: parkrunners start their first parkrun since March 2020, at 9am on Saturday 24th July 2021 (photo: Graham Bell)
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