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The best trail race in the world, ever.*

Every year, St Helens Striders host an amazing 5 mile trail race in the beautiful Sankey Valley Park, located in Blackbrook, St Helens. With amazing scenery, loads of prizes and amazing on-course support, we're sure you'll have an amazing time.

*In our humble opinion only!

2023 Entries Now Open

The 8th instalment of the Striders Trail 5 Race will take place on 5th November 2023 at 9:30am. Entries will be strictly limited to 250 and the race usually sells out. So don't miss out and book your place now:



Race Day Information

Location & Parking

There is limited parking available at the event start/finish, at the Sankey Visitors Centre, located on Blackbrook Road, St Helens, WA11 0AB. 

Registration and Race Numbers

Race numbers are to be collected on the day from the Sankey Visitors Centre.  


Toilets are available in the Sankey Visitors Centre. 


The course is mostly compact trail surfaces, with some tarmac paths. As with all trail surfaces, they can be uneven, muddy and rocky. Please make sure you wear appropriate footwear and take care whilst on the course. The park is open to the public, so please be careful and courteous to anyone else that may be on the route. There are a few sections where there may be cars, these will be marshalled, but please be very careful at these points.


There will be marshals along the entire route to cheer you on, give directions and provide support if you need it. Please ensure you follow all instructions from the marshals, for your own safety. 

Baggage Drop

It may be possible to leave baggage in the Sankey Visitor Centre, but items are left entirely at your own risk. Unfortunately, we can't take responsibility for any items that you leave. 


Water is provided at the end as part of the finisher's goody bag. There will not be any water stations along the route.

Goody Bags

All finishers will get an amazing goody bag at the end, including a special memento of the race. 


Please join us for post-race food and drinks in The Ship Inn straight after the race, which is located at the race start area.


Prizes will be handed out from 11:00 in the Ship Inn, for the following achievements:

  • Overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd Male and Female

  • 1st place in the following age categories for both Male and Female: v40, v45, v50, v55, v60 and v65.

All participants must be at least 15 years old on the day of the race. 


 Check out the results from previous races by following the links below:

Our Amazing Sponsors


Made to Run is a local specialist running shop, located in St Helens town centre. They provide us with race numbers, donate prizes and provide lots of advice and support to participants. 

Check out their website here

The Ship Inn is our Race HQ and provides catering for the event. The Ship Inn is the perfect place for post-race refreshments, where you'll be able to watch us handout prizes for all winners. 

Check out their website here


We want you to have an enjoyable morning with us and help us to celebrate our special year. Please take a minute to read the following disclaimer in relation to our event.

By entering this event, you therefore agree and abide by the rules of this event. You enter the race at my own risk and that no person(s) or organisation(s) will be held responsible for any accident, injury or loss to yourself, prior to, during or after the event. The organisers reserve the right to alter the arrangements and conditions should circumstances require. Please note that Event officials reserve the right to delay, cancel, or suspend the race due to inclement weather. No refund will be issued in these circumstances.


Please note, your entry and number is individual to you and is non-refundable. Where possible we will try and accommodate the transfer of numbers providing we are contacted no less than TWO weeks before race day. Competitors using someone else’s number can have serious consequences in the event of a medical emergency. The accuracy of the race results is also affected when competitors are placed in the wrong event, age or sex category. Any competitor using someone else’s number will be disqualified.


Entering a race is a binding commitment, and runners who cannot make the race for any reason, including travel arrangements and injury, will not be refunded.

By taking part, all participants confirm that they are happy for their names and any footage or photographs taken during their participation to be used to publicise any St Helens Strider event. However, we'd be happy to remove any photos from our promotional materials at your request. 

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