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Running at Haigh

Notices

Bored of the treadmill or running on roads? Give Haigh a go and boost your wellbeing by enjoying a run through nature in a variety of terrains.

We have a number of running events happening in and around Haigh Woodland Park. Whether you choose to walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate - it's up to you!

Running events

Wigan Half Marathon 2022

The Wigan Half Marathon is returning as part of the 2022 Run Wigan Festival (external link) and entries are now open.

Haigh Woodland Park is on the Wigan Half Marathon circuit and training runs on Sunday mornings often pass by.

The entry closing date is 14th March 2022 so fetch your running shoes and get training!

Race for Life 5k

The Race for Life 5k is a series of routes around the country that give people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities the chance to come together and show cancer who's boss, while raising valuable funds for life-saving research.. They're not races, or runs, and everyone wins the Race for Life (except cancer).

The next Race for Life event at Haigh takes place on 18th May 2022. The course is a single lap 5k, starting in front of Haigh Hall.

Parkrun 5k

The parkrun is a free weekly 5k community event. The route through Haigh Woodland Park is perfect for shaking off those Saturday morning cobwebs and giving your body a boost after a Friday night.

Parkruns at Haigh take place every Saturday at 9am. Dozens of runners of all abilities turn up at Haigh Woodland Park for a 5k run. Set your own pace, make new friends, and afterwards grab a post run coffee at the Kitchen Courtyard Cafe.

If you're a first-timer, you'll need to: 

Only ever register with parkrun once and don't forget to bring a scannable copy of your barcode (request a reminder (external link)). If you forget it, you won't get your run time (external link).

The Haigh parkrun is organised by volunteers - find out how to volunteer at Haigh parkrun (external link).

Running programmes

Looking to join a running group? Be Well leisure and wellbeing services run a number of Active Outdoors running programmes from venues across Wigan and Leigh.

Programmes include counch to 5k, 5k+, and 10k to 10 miles, so there's something suitable for all fitness levels and abilities.

Facilities and accessibility

A large car park is located near Haigh Hall and has a number of disabled parking spaces available. Haigh Woodland Park is now operating a ticketed barrier pay system in all car parks. This means payment is on exit from the car park, so there will be no ticket to display.

Car parking is free up to 30 minutes, £1.50 between 30 mins and 90 mins, and £3 all day thereafter. Parking can be paid using cash or card. The car park is open 8am-5pm weekdays and 7.30am-5pm at the weekend.

Please note, due to the terrain of our running route, we would not recommend our running events for wheelchair users. If spectating, some of the paths are uneven and rougher in terrain so those with accessibility issues may require assistance.