It was founded in 1981 as the Runcorn, Frodsham and Helsby World. After three years from 1984 as The World in Runcorn, Frodsham and Helsby, it settled on the title Runcorn World in 1987.
It was published by World Group Newspapers, a branch of Newsquest‘s Cheshire/Merseyside division. It was part of a two-title group of newspapers together with the Widnes World, with which it shared a website.
Although it was a freesheet, a very small number of issues were sold through the news trade.
It came out on Wednesdays.