Parkrun sees official launch of St Helens 10k

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St Helens parkrun attracted 160 runners to enjoy another lovely autumn morning.

The run was preceded by the official launch of St Helens 10k race, which takes place on Sunday, March 8.

Mayor Geoff Pear, ex-rugby league ace Lee Briers and boxing champion Martin Murray, both ambassadors for the organisers, The Steve Prescott Foundation, official launched the race. Coun Pearl stuck around to start the parkrun, sending runners off on their usual 3.5 laps of Victoria Park.

Leading them home for the first time in his seven appearances was Paul Carrier in 19.21 closely followed by last week’s leader Andrew Leslie of Penny Lane Striders, in 19.52 and race director Mark Liptrot of St Helens Sutton AC, was third over the line in 20.14.

Leading the ladies home for the second time was Katie Georgeson (14th overall) in 21.49 followed by Sonya Monaghan of St Helens Sutton AC in 22.37 and Kelly Hamilton in 24.04.

The following runners recorded best Age Grade scores:

Dave Tomkins (VM65-69) in 22.15 (20th overall).

Brian Middleton (VM60-64) in 21.22 (10th overall).

John Lingard (VM65-69) in 22.12 (19th overall).

Nearly a third of runners (52) recorded personal bests and there was 33 first timers.