St Helen's council have now started their 6th Couch 2 5k programme. Over 1000 people have gone through the past five programmes with most of those participants completing the full 10 weeks. Around 150 people have completed their first parkrun including a family (grandparents/mum/daughter) who all do it together.
The MadRunners is a Merseyside run group in St Helens which has grown from a basic weekly run group into one that now has several LiRF and CiRF leaders delivering sessions that develop different aspects of fitness, not just running ability. One of its success stories is 35-year-old Debbie Hurst - this is Debbie's story:
Today is the closing date for online voting for the Manchester Sports Awards 2016: People's Champion. Support your sport and vote for our Athletics representatives - 2 two athletics officiating stalwarts - a husband and wife team Brenda and Arnold Bradshaw. It takes just one click to vote.
The England Athletics North West Regional Awards took place on 19th September at Bolton Golf Club. It was an evening organised by England Athletics to celebrate the amazing work and achievements that have taken place in the region over the past year.
Simon Heys was like a lot of other people when it came to sport and exercise; he realised at a certain age that he wasn't doing enough activity and that he should probably start doing something. So he started running. Fast forward 13 years and he still loves running, and wants to help others. Simon attended a Guide Running Workshop at Sportcity and decided to sign up.
On a windy Thursday evening in April the BBC came along to Wythenshawe Athletics Track to film and record some vox pops for School Radio. Debbie Beresford from Manchester Harriers AC was happy to get involved.
Gillian Verdin from Liverpool has become the youngest women to run 100 marathons! Not only this but she shares her passion for running as a trained Guide Runner after attending one of England Athletics' Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running Workshops, and she's also qualified as a Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF).
More than 700 primary schoolchildren, GO Run For Fun mascot, Dart and GO Run For Fun ambassador, Jenny Meadows, came together in Widnes this week to kick off the fourth INEOS GO Run For Fun(tm) event of 2016.
The Night Run event at the National Trust's Speke Hall enabled runners to run around the gardens of the Tudor Manor house at night and/or explore the surrounding woodlands. There was a 2k Explorer or a 7k Adventurer option so everyone of any ability was able to enjoy themselves. It was something fun, social and a great way to explore the outdoors.
In October 2015 Hayley went on placement with Merseyside Run! Activator Nikki Holding as part of her Sport Development degree at Liverpool John Moores University. She was motivated and inspired to form the LJMU Recreational Running Club.