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Spread some festive cheer this winter with our very first
St Helens Virtual Santa Dash!

Get your tickets here: St Helens Virtual Santa Dash

This family-friendly virtual 5k fun run or walk will allow Santas to still pull on your running shoes, enjoy a festive fun run experience wherever you are located, and earn the bespoke Santa Dash medal.

This is one of our favourite events of the year and although we can't deliver our usual event at Victoria Park, we still want to support you to stay active and have some Christmas fun!

You can run, walk or skip your way around a 5k loop, straight from your own doorstep, and we'll also be hosting an online warm-up to get you started. Dig out your festive fancy dress and send us your photos too!

  • Entry to take part in this event is just £5, including a commemorative medal, which will be posted out.
  • You are encouraged to take part in the event on Saturday 12 December, starting with the online warm-up at 10am, though you can also complete the Dash anytime between 12 and 24 December.
  • Please ensure you follow the latest government guidelines on social distancing when taking part in the event.

For all queries, contact gemmaireland@sthelens.gov.uk.

COVID-19 Update: National Lockdown Restrictions and the impact on sport and physical activity (5 November 2020)

New national COVID-19 restrictions have come into force across England, from 5 November to 2 December. These replace the Tier 3 restrictions in St Helens Borough. The new restrictions have many implications for sport and physical activity, but the main things to know are:


People can go outdoors to be active as many times as they like, either on their own, with their household or support bubble, or on their own with one person from another household while keeping two metres apart.

Children who are under school age if they're with a parent/carer, or people dependent on round-the-clock care, do not count towards the limit of two people from different households meeting outside.

Outdoor public places, such as parks, the countryside, beaches and public gardens can stay open, as can playgrounds.

All organised community outdoor sport is not permitted, meaning facilities including outdoor basketball and tennis courts, outdoor gyms and pools, golf courses, archery, driving and shooting ranges must also close.


Indoor sport and leisure facilities, such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery and shooting ranges, must close.

People cannot meet indoors with family or friends unless they’re part of their household or support bubble.


All children’s grassroots sport outside of school - both indoor and outdoor - must stop, but schools and nurseries will stay open and activity will be permitted within these settings during school hours, with playgrounds staying open.

St Helens Sports Development YouTube Channel!

Have you seen our new YouTube Channel? If you don't have access to Facebook Sports Development STH and would like to take part in any of our online workout sessions, here's the link:

St Helens Sports Development YouTube Channel 

We have created playlists based on the content of our workouts, to make it easier for you to find one to suit. We hope you enjoy them!

If you are a local sports club, we are still here to support you! Get in touch with your usual contact, or you can email sportsdevelopment@sthelens.gov.uk We will also be able to meet via online video calls.

Take care, stay well and we hope to see you again soon. Best wishes from all of us at Sports Development.

You can find more ideas by visiting Sport England's website or visit NHS UK for official information on coronavirus (COVID-19).


Our aim is to help you get more active, more often.

We deliver a variety of activities that are fun, social and specifically for beginners, including badminton, Couch to 5K, beginner fitness sessions, walking and family multi-sport sessions.

Come along to one of our sessions listed below and we promise you'll have fun! Keep an eye on the timetable as we'll update it regularly as new sessions are added.

Day Time Activity Venue Additional Info  Cost
Mon 6-7pm Couch to 5k (beginners' running & fitness) Sutton Leisure Centre Our next programme starts 2021 TBC  £12.50 per course
Tues 7-8pm Women's Jogging Group (Rainhill Plodders) Rainhill Recreation Club Age 18+ FREE
Wed 1-3pm Get Active - Disability Sports Session 4F Centre, Rainhill Age 16+ FREE
Wed 6-7pm Couch to 5k (beginners' running & fitness) Sutton Leisure Centre

Our next programme starts 2021 TBC 

£12.50 per course  
Thurs 5-6pm Family FUN session (multi-sport) Sutton Leisure Centre Children must be accompanied by an adult FREE
Thurs 6-7pm Beginner Fitness Circuits Sutton Leisure Centre Age 16+ £2 per session
Fri 5.15-6pm Beginner Fitness Circuits Sutton Leisure Centre This is for adults who may be lacking in confidence to exercise £2 per session
Fri 6-7pm Couch to 5k (beginners' running & fitness) Sutton Leisure Centre Our next programme starts 2021 TBC  £12.50 per course


All equipment is provided at our sessions - just turn up and take part!

We also work closely with our friendly St Helens Parkrun, where we take each group of our Couch to 5k runners at the end of each programme. St Helens Parkrun takes place every Saturday throughout the year at 9am. There's no cost; you simply register on their website to get your barcode!

If you have any further questions or simply want to find out more, you can email Gemma Ireland at gemmaireland@sthelens.gov.uk or telephone 07715 104087.