Run Report Event #76

The sun shone brightly again for parkrun this week which saw 94 people come along to run, jog or walk the course.


We met lots of new people this week too, with 43 people being new to the forest, including Mark Lamb who took finish token #1.

Mark Lamb

We said happy birthday to Jenni Tomkinson from Brueton parkrun who joined us with along with her husband for a bit of parkrun tourism. I'm sure Jenni loved the chorus of happy birthday that rang out through the forest as she completed her 237th parkrun.

Jenni Tmkinson JT Back sash

There were 15 personal bests achieved this week! Shout out to Catriona Maison who knocked nearly 2 mins of her time while Tom Dunlop who finished 4th shaved another 4 seconds from his previous best time - it seems 4 is a lucky number for Tom!

Chris Clarke joined the parkrun family by completing his first ever parkrun - congratulations!

Thanks very much to this week's volunteers without whom parkrun just wouldn't happen:

Peter John BATTRICK • Jamielee JOHNSTON • Hazel DAVIES • Jo GRUCHY • Anthony GAGG • Gail JAZMIK • Siobhan GASCOIGNE • Sonia DRYDEN • Brendan CARLIN • Sally BURCHALL • Tony DUNCAN • Stephen SINGLETON

Here we have a picture of Gail who was the tail walker this week and Jamielee who sorted the finish tokens  - both first timers to the forest and it was lovely of you both to volunteer. Jamielee completed her 99th parkrun - best of luck for next week which will see Jamielee hit triple figures!

Volunteers = tail walker & token sorter










Run Report Event #75 – the day of 1000 midges!

We need to start this report by saying sorry about the midges! Wow they were biting this week! They made you all move about before the start of our parkrun, which at least may have helped you to warm up! Fair play to the volunteer team who had to put up with them for the duration of the event. Talking of volunteers thanks this week to: John SCRIVENS • Rachel JONES • Siobhan GASCOIGNE • Stuart DRYDEN • Sonia DRYDEN • Brendan CARLIN • Nathan FOX • Tony DUNCAN • Helen WESTWOOD

This week 80 people came along to run, jog or walk the course and a staggering 49 people were new to the forest. We had Alan Raven visit us from Aveley parkrun in Perth, Australia who completed his 240th parkrun and has now completed 54 different parkruns around the world. There was also large groups from London & Newcastle as well as a team of teachers from Spawling Grammar School.

Alan Raven Spawling Grammar School

Suzanne Peters hit the milestone of 50 parkruns completed and timed it beautifully so that she took finish token 50 on her 50th run! Well done Suzanne.

Suzanne Peters

An incredible 7 people joined the parkrun family this week - welcome to: Jordan Palmer, Tim Cook, Thomas Allbrook, Charlotte Mullen, Tom Bott, David Falcus & Amy Fisher!

With the weather being warm again, there were not as many PBs but 6 of you bagged one including Matthew Atkinson & Gary Stephenson who took finish tokens 1 & 2 respectively.

Matthew Atkinson 1st three finishers

Now we've mentioned taking finish tokens... number 38 is still missing in action, if anyone has accidentally put it in their pocket, please can we have it back as we really need it again for next Saturday!

Just to finish on a cheery note, here's George, Sonia our RDs dog - this really does prove how much fun and enjoyment there is to be had at parkrun!

George Sonia & George





Run Report Event #74 – The sun shone!

Following a spell of really hot weather, we were delighted to see 78 people come along to join us on Saturday. We were unsure if the warm weather may deter people from running up a mountain but it seems not! The sun shone and everyone was in high spirits.

Despite the heat, 9 people achieved a new PB - incredible! Well done to you all!

It was another week for a high number of first time visitors to the forest - 37 in total, we hope you all had an enjoyable morning and that we see you again soon. Phillip Stones joined the parkrun family by completing his first ever parkrun.

We sent our celebrations to our friends in Whitehaven as Whitehaven parkrun marked it's first anniversary. We hope you enjoyed our video!

The story of the day though has to go to our incredible volunteer team who managed an incident out o the course very well. For the first time ever we had to deploy the 1st aid van to assist a parkrunner that had become unwell. Thankfully everything was ok in the end. This incident put to test our emergency plan and it was fantastic to see that it worked well. parkrunners please remember if you see the van coming towards you it is because there is a first aid incident that we need to assist with.

Massive thanks to the volunteer team for going above and beyond their usual duties this week- a round of applause to: Samantha AYERS • Megan STOTT • John SCRIVENS • Hazel DAVIES • Rachel JONES • Siobhan GASCOIGNE • Sonia DRYDEN • Brendan CARLIN • Tony DUNCAN • Elspeth JOHNSON • Ava MURRAY • Liam JOHNSON


Run Report Event #73 – The One With the Coach Full Of Runners!

We say it every week - but what a morning we had on Saturday - it was absolutely fantastic!

So many firsts.... Jo did her first stint as Run Director and was amazing, Josh Smiles completed his first ever parkrun - we hope you've got the bug now, Andrew Jones continues his PB streak and for the first time got a sub 30 time and for the first time in our short history there was a coach parked up in the car park that had brought a coach full of runners! Blimey!

Jo's run brief

The coach belonged to a group from Bishop Auckland and we welcomed Evenwood Road Runners to the forest. Two of them had been before and this time bagged themselves a new PB - congratulations Gary Atkinson who took finish token number 3 & Gail Richards!

Evenwood Road Runners - Bishop Auckland

The group from Evenwood clearly helped to influence the number of first timers this week. Out of the 93 people who came to run, jog or walk the course there were 58 who were visiting for the first time.


So much to celebrate - Simon Canning completing his 50th parkrun and therefore joining the red t shirt gang and 12 people in total gained a new PB - including Keswick Junior parkrun hero Peter Toes! Congratulations to you all!

Thanks very much to the all our amazing volunteers this week - you are the best and all the lovely comments on social media prove it. Without you all we wouldn't be able to do this amazing thing each week. Thanks this week to: Diana MITCHELL • John SCRIVENS • Jo GRUCHY • Rachel JONES • Tanya COATES • Siobhan GASCOIGNE • Sonia DRYDEN • Brendan CARLIN • David WILSON • Andrew KNIGHTS • Janet KNIGHTS

All our volunteers, runners, walkers and spectators create such a brilliant atmosphere and with the forest surroundingS, hills and views, we really do have a spectacular parkrun.

Loop View

If anyone fancies joining us, you're more than welcome - all you need to do is register with parkrun UK.








Run Report #72 Nicola Tarrant did our run!

A smooth operation at the finish funnel as the Whinlatter Forest team stepped in, thank you to Adrian and Rob, and all the wonderful volunteers. Shout out to Robert Webster. We know you are out there and that you finished third, but we don't have your athlete number and your name is quite common! Sorry about this problem at scanning, please email in your athlete number and we will put you in.

We were delighted to welcome Nicola Tarrant, who completed her 340th different Parkrun and has the title of most travelled female Parkrun tourist! Nicola hails from Croydon and began parkrunning in 2011. Last week she did two runs in Sweden, one on Thursday because it was Sweden's national day. Nicola says that Whinlatter Forest is definitely the toughest she has done, with stunning views. Nicola was accompanied by four supporters who style themselves 'minnions'. We invited them back next week, but apparently they don't do that!

Anyone who filmed today for the upcoming Runners' World film is asked to send in their clips to the Whinlatter Forest email link on the home page.

Here's the official stuff.

This week 76 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 3 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Ian HARVEY • Angharad COOLEY • John SCRIVENS • Hazel DAVIES • Jo GRUCHY • Rachel JONES • Andrew JONES • Tanya COATES • Andrea TIDY • Siobhan GASCOIGNE • Brendan CARLIN • Adrian JONES • Rob MALSOM

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Whinlatter Forest parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Chris ARTHUR who recorded a time of 17:48 on 31st March 2018 (event number 11).
The female record is held by Emma GOULD who recorded a time of 19:56 on 28th April 2018 (event number 15).
The Age Grade course record is held by Brian TAYLOR who recorded 76.76% (19:22) on 25th August 2018 (event number 32).

Whinlatter Forest parkrun started on 13th January 2018. Since then 3,084 participants have completed 5,769 parkruns covering a total distance of 28,845 km, including 944 new Personal Bests. A total of 150 individuals have volunteered 731 times.

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