Chris Beyga and Lesley Neary are Co-Event Directors at Croxteth Hall parkrun in West Derby, Liverpool. They tell us more about their home event…
We knew there would be a demand for a parkrun at Croxteth, how could there not be?!
It’s a beautiful park with a one lap route, accessible to all. We are very fortunate to have built a wonderful parkrun community who love their Saturday mornings with us, many of us have met friends who will be in our lives forever!
It has been an absolute honour to be members of the Core Team and meet so many wonderful people
We are very lucky to have our parkrun based within a 500 acres country park, we have a single lap course in a beautiful picturesque scenic setting.
There are not many parkrun courses where you can run alongside horses and highland cattle!
Our parkrun community is a wonderful, warm and welcoming group and we regularly get tourists saying it’s one of their favourite to visit.
Our start and finish point is at Croxteth Hall, it is situated in a beautiful Country Park setting and is one of Liverpool’s most important heritage sites.
The Country Park is also home to a real working Home Farm, a Victorian Walled Garden and a 500 acre nature reserve
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Croxteth Farm Café (near the finish area), opens 8.30am Saturdays.
We are unique in many ways, we have a working farm, riding stables and nature reserve in the park which is accessible to all visitors who can spend the whole day exploring after completing parkrun.
We have so many interesting and inspiring parkrunners it would be impossible to share them all. However, we would love to highlight the work done by our regular parkrunners Gary & Vicki Jones who run with their son Ben as part of Ben’s Buggy Runs.
Ben is a 11 year old boy with a rare genetic condition called Phelan-McDermid Syndrome. This means he has global development delay, very limited speech and a constant need for sensory input. Along with his ADHD, this makes it very challenging to keep Ben occupied.
Gary & Vicki were introduced to the idea of running with Ben just over 4 years ago and since then have completed many 10k runs, 15 half marathons and 1 marathon, and have been lucky enough to join (probably) the best running club in the world, the Kirkby Milers.
Gary & Vicki set up Ben’s Buggy Fund to help provide buggies for other families, so they can enjoy running experience, which provides great sensory stimulus for the children, exercise for the parents and the opportunity to participate in some great events.
From the funds raised they donated a specialised Buggy to Croxteth parkrun so that other families can use it as and when needed which was a wonderful gesture!
Gary & Vicki chose to donate the buggy to their home parkun as they say it is ‘Ben’s happy place’!! He really does connect with the core team and other parkrunners and its smiles all round and high fives from Ben for everyone!
parkrun has provided the opportunity for people to get to know the park much better and return to use the park as a free open green space.
Many of our core team and parkrunners have now formed and/or joined the Croxteth Park Volunteer Group which supports the maintenance of the park and they support us by clearing our course of fallen trees and debris if needed.
It has become a really mutually beneficial partnership with the group and park community
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