Birchwood 10k road race

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Birchwood 10k - photos

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Sunday, 18th August 2019

10k starts at 10 am, fun run at 9:15 am

The Birchwood 10k is a fast 10k road race over closed or partially-closed roads and paths through our leafy corner of Warrington.

Join runners from all over the region who come back year after year to take up the Birchwood 10k challenge.

The profile is mostly flat and there's a great chance for the Birchwood 10k to be your next personal best.

The race is accurately measured and chip timed to give you spot-on results quickly.

All finishers will get a fabulous race medal, a super bright t-shirt and a satisfied glow of achievement.

The race also offers one of the most extensive prize lists that you will find, with over £2000 awarded each year in prizes across all ages categories.

The race is run under UK Athletics Rules, UKA Race Licence 2019-?????

The minimum age for runners is 15 years old on race day.

Race route

The race route is an accurately measured 10km along roads and tarmac footpaths in Birchwood and the village of Croft.

To see a map of the route, please click on the 'Birchwood 10k-race route' map on the right of this page.

How to enter

Click here for all the entry details

Entry is online only, through our partners at Motiv Sports UK, part of the Active Network.

The entry limit is 1300 runners and the race has been full before the closing date for the past two years, so don't hesitate, get your place booked.

The closing date for Birchwood 10k race entries is midnight on Thursday 16th August 2018 and there will be no entry on the day.

EHM joint entry

We have partnered with the fabulous English Half Marathon and the EHM 10k, which take place on September 16th, to offer you entry to both races at a 20% discount.

Register for either the English Half Marathon or with the EHM 10k and select one of the joint entry options to get the combined discount.

Go to our how to enter page for details.

Refund policy

If you enter the race and are unable to run for whatever reason, we are unable to offer refunds or allow deferment to the following year.

 We will, however, be very happy to arrange the transfer of your race entry to another runner. See our how to enter page for more information.

Fun Run

As part of the event, there will also be a 2km fun run at 9:15 (before the main race). The route is along a traffic-free course on paths close to the Birchwood Shopping Centre. The Fun Run is ideal for all family members who can run or walk by themselves (sorry, not buggy friendly).

If you are in the main race, jogging along with your kids is a great way to warm up gently for the 10k.

The Fun Run distance is approximately 2km (measured by GPS).

There is a £2 entry fee for the run which you can pre-enter online or on the day at Race HQ.

Road Closures

For your safety, from the start to around 4km the race route is on fully closed roads. After this, roads will either be half closed or have traffic restrictions on them to allow you to run unhindered.

If you are a local resident, please see our traffic management plan for full details of the road closures and traffic restrictions that will be in place.


Runners are welcome to raise money for the charity of their choice at our race.

Once the costs of the race are taken into account, we hope to be able to give a considerable sum to a local charity. After last years' race we were able to provide funds to Risley Moss Action Group to help in their campaign to improve the local nature reserve.


Race results will be made available to view at Race HQ after the prize presentation and provisional results will be available here as soon as possible and hopefully by the evening of the race.

Race HQ & Facilities

For all race day enquiries, Race HQ is in the foyer of Spencer House, close to the car park and the shopping centre. The prize giving will be held here, normally at about 12:00pm.

There will be portable toilets (at least 12) available close to the main car parks and toilet facilities are also available within the shopping centre.

Unfortunately we are unable to offer facilities to store bags or valuables.

Link to the race venue maps are on the right side of this page.

10k Race Information Sheet

For all the information you need on race day please click here.

Birchwood Shopping Centre

The centre is open from 10am on race day with a variety of high street stores offering food, drink and general goods.

There is a New Balance outlet store within the centre, selling a range of footwear and running gear. We hope to be able to offer in-store discounts to all runners and visitors.

More information

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Spectrum Striders MembersIf you are a club member, you are not allowed to enter the Birchwood 10k. Please offer to help on the day as a marshal or other helper. We need over 70 members to put on the race so we need everyone we can to help.

Birchwood 10k - course records

Male:  31:27  (2016)
Jack Martin
(Stockport Harriers)

Female: 36:52  (2016)
Kirsty Longley
(Liverpool Pembroke)

[The course records are not the fastest ever race time as the course has changed several times since the race was first run.]

A new course was used for the first time in 2016.

Birchwood 10k - directions

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Race venue

Birchwood Shopping Centre
Dewhurst Road


Opposite Birchwood Railway Station (near the Shopping Centre car park 4)


On Birchwood Boulevard (near the Shopping Centre car park 3)

Birchwood 10k - race route

View the Birchwood 10k race route

Birchwood 10k - courtesy

• Park in Car Park 3 or 4.  If both are full, use Car Parks 1 and 2.  Please do not park anywhere else.
• Race day is a regular shopping day for ASDA and the Birchwood Centre.  Please treat shoppers with every courtesy.
• Please only use proper toilets rather than any nearby walls or bushes.
  - There are toilets in the Shopping Centre and in ASDA.
  - There are portable toilets which are normally situated in car park 4.

Thank you!

Birchwood 10k - past winners & race statistics

 Year Male winner
 Club Time Female winner
 Club Time Finishers Last finisher
 Felix McGrath
 Newcastle Staffs AC
 32:30 Kelly Crickmore
 Stockport Harriers & AC
 37:25 957 1:39:47
 2017 Jack Martin
 Stockport Harriers
 31:38 Kirsty Longley Liverpool Pembroke Sefton
 36:47 974 1:34:16
 2016 Jack Martin
 Stockport Harriers
 31:27 Kirsty Longley
 Liverpool Pembroke Sefton 36:52 1012 1:44:21
 2015 Nigel Martin
 Sale Harriers Manchester 33:04 Kirsty Longley
 Liverpool Pembroke Sefton
 38:03 940 1:34:27
 2014 Ben Fish
 Blackburn Harriers
 31:26 Kelly Crickmore
 Stockport Harriers
 35:28 901 1:27:01
 2013 Tarus Elly
 Salford Harriers & AC 31:05 Louise Gardner
 Lancaster & Morecambe AC 35:30 764 1:23:56
 2012 Tarus Elly
 Salford Harriers & AC 30:58 Susan Partridge Leeds City AC
 34:11 973 1:52:52
 2011 Nick Jones
 Tipton Harriers
 31:35 Rebecca Robinson
 Kendal AC
 34:42 658 1:28:54
 2010 Ben Fish
 Blackburn Harriers
 30:40 Louise Gardner Lancaster & Morecambe AC 35:55 747 1:21:09
 2009 Mark Miles
 Kendal AC
 30:00 Rebecca Robinson Kendal AC
 33:38 893 1:37:59
 2008 David Webb Leeds City AC 29:52 Jenny Blizard
 Rotherham AC
 34:56 722 1:37:31
 2007 Ian Fisher
 Otley AC 31:40 Hayley Haining Kilbarchan AAC
 32:59 813 1:19:59
 2006 Adam Sutton
 Preston Harriers
 30:14 Susan Partridge
 City of Glasgow AC
 33:35 762 1:19:36
 2005 Zola Thembelani
 29:53 Hatti Dean
 Radley AC
 36:04 938 1:34:42
 2004 Tomas Abyu Salford Harriers & AC
 30:26 Olivia Renshaw
 Vale Royal AC
 35:49 858 1:16:52
 2003 Paul Howarth
 Wirral AC
 31:17 Helen Lawrence
 Wirral AC
 34:02 686 1:12:15
 2002 Mike Proudlove
 City of Stoke AC
 31:08 Catherine Mutwa
 Mizuno AC
 34:21 578 1:17:03
 2001 Gareth Raven
 East Cheshire Harriers
 30:56 Debbie Robinson
 Sutton AC
 35:05 558 1:15:04
 2000 Neil Wilkinson
 Salford Harriers & AC 30:26 Amy Waterlow
 Sale Harriers Manchester
 34:15 579 1:17:20
 1999 Mark Morgan
 Swansea Harriers
 29:34 Amy Waterlow
 Sale Harriers Manchester
 33:44 682 1:09:48
 1998 Nick Jones
 Tipton Harriers 30:40 Sarah Bentley
 Birchfield Harriers
 33:47 573 1:35:34
 1997 John Mutai
 Bromsgrove & Redditch AC 29:32 Debbie Percival
 Canterbury Harriers
 34:13 577 1:17:50
 1996 Mike Proudlove City of Stoke AC
 31:45 Cecilia Greasley
 Macclesfield Harriers AC
 36:22 447 1:22:33
 1995 Kavin Smith
 Sale Harriers Manchester
 31:30 Lynn Maddison
 Colwyn Bay AC
 36:32 418 1:17:32
 1994 Adri Hartveld
 City of Stoke AC
 30:47 Helen Titterington Leicester Corinthians
 34:40 563 1:14:42
 1993 Paul Roden
 Sale Harriers Manchester
 29:15 Veronica Colleran
 Ennis Track Club
 34:50 619 1:18:58
 1992 Paul Roden
 Sale Harriers Manchester
 29:14 Lynn Maddison Colwyn Bay AC
 36:54 524 1:17:22
 1991 Neil Rimmer/Neil Smart
 Sale Harriers Manchester
 30:04 Suzanne Rigg
 Warrington AC
 35:22 429
 1990 Joe Wycherley
 BICC Helsby RC 32:01 Lynn Maddison
 Colwyn Bay AC
 36:34 372 1:08:31
 1989 Gary Gerrard
 Wigan Phoenix RC
 31:25 A Felix
 Wirral AC
 37:52 439 1:13:29
 1988 Andy Green Warrington AC
 30:31 Ann Pugh
 Altrincham & District AC 38:52 387 1:11:43
 1987 Tony Leonard
 Salford Harriers & AC
 30:25 Sharon Leonard
 Sale Harriers 36:17 371 1:07:00
 1986 Neil Rimmer
 Sale Harriers 30:14 Sue Crehan
 Sale Harriers 34:09 443 1:11:48
 1985 Andy Green
 Warrington AC
 29:59 J Cooke
 37:35 455 1:12:39
 1984 Neil Rimmer
 Warrington AC

Course record holders are shown in italics.

The current course record is not the fastest race time as the course has changed several times since the race was first run.

Team winners

 Year Male team
 Female team
 Liverpool Harriers & AC
 Ellesmere Port RC
 2017 Warrington Road Runners
 Prestatyn RC
 2015 Wesham Road Runners
 Vale Royal AC
 2014 Salford Harriers & AC Wilmslow RC
 2013 Knowsley Harriers AC
 Vale Royal AC
 2012 Preston Harriers
 Wilmslow RC
 2011 Salford Harriers & AC Wilmslow RC
 2010 Hallamshire Harriers
 Liverpool Harriers & AC
 2009 Horwich RMI Harriers Stainland Lions
 2008 Liverpool RC Salford Harriers & AC
 2007 Liverpool RC Macclesfield Harriers AC
 2006 Preston Harriers Wigan Phoenix RC
 2005 Wilmslow RC Macclesfield Harriers AC
 2004 Stockport Harriers AC
 North Fylde AC
 2003 Warrington AC Stockport Harriers & AC
 2002 Altrincham & District AC Penny Lane Striders
 2001 Altrincham & District AC Stockport Harriers & AC
 2000 Salford Harriers & AC
 Wigan Phoenix RC
 1999 Bridgend AC Sale Harriers Manchester
 1998 Stockport Harriers AC Wigan Phoenix RC
 1997 Liverpool Harriers Wigan Phoenix RC
 1996 Altrincham & District AC Manchester YMCA
 1995 Warrington AC Altrincham & District AC
 1994 East Cheshire Harriers Wilmslow RC
 1993 Warrington AC Stockport Harriers AC
 1992 Warrington AC Penny Lane Striders
 1991 Warrington AC Warrington AC
 1990 Warrington AC 
 1989 Middleton Harriers 
 1988 Warrington AC 
 1987 Warrington AC 
 1986 Warrington AC 
 1985 Warrington AC