After a three week break from the forest due to stormy weather it was fantastic to get back down to business again today. What a way to comeback - straight into parkrun's celebration of International Women's Day.
Building up to today's event parkrun alongside This Girl Can launched a nationwide campaign to encourage more women and girls to pull on their trainers and have a go at parkrun.
At Whinlatter on a cold and cloudy morning we were delighted to welcome 36 amazing women who completed our parkrun out of a total of 83. Among the 36 was Jane Mottram who has waited ever so patiently to complete her 50th parkrun at Whinlatter. Jane should have done this 3 weeks ago, but the cancellations due to the weather hindered her progress. We were thrilled to see her finish and the sash was perfect! We can't wait to see you in that much deserved red t-shirt!
Two out of the 8 PBs recorded today were by women, well done to you all especially Maria Quigley & Sophie Bradrick!
There were still plenty of first timers to the forest, a total of 23 and out of that number 4 people completed their first ever parkrun. Welcome to Jamie Talbot, Emma Lawrence-Jones, Jamie Shill & Billy Jackson.
More reasons to celebrate were from the group from Darlington. They came over to celebrate Tracey's 50th birthday! Happy Birthday Tracey - we hope you have a fantastic weekend.
Although we were celebrating International Women's Day, we wanted to give a shout out to the fantastic fellas that empower, encourage and support all the ladies in their lives and at Whinlatter we have plenty of these men!
The first finisher today was William Laye and he managed to raise a total of £96 for Cancer Research UK through his run, well done William!
Our volunteer team this week did a brilliant job, thanks to: Carol HARVEY • Ian HARVEY • Mike BEECHEY • John SCRIVENS • Helen SANT • Jo GRUCHY • Sonia DRYDEN • Brendan CARLIN • Louisa GRAHAM • Janet KNIGHTS • Anna FERGUSON • Ailsa HARRISON
Reminder that we are not on next week as the Malcolm Wilson Rally is in the forest, but we look forward to seeing everyone again Saturday 21st March for our next parkrun event.