Whinlatter Forest parkrun is cancelled on 31 October 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Run Report Event #107 This Girl Can!

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.

This Girl Still Can

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!

JaneJane Mottram

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.

Emma Lawrence-Jones

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.

Tracey's Birthday

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!

Andrew Knights

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!

William Laye

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

Jane MottramAnna & Ailsa Helen & janet


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.


Run Report Event #106 Before Storm Ciara

We were absolutely delighted to be able to go ahead and run our 106th event this week. With the threat of Storm Ciara looming over the weekend, we were grateful that parkrun takes place at 9am so that we could have the event and get out of the forest before the worst of the weather hit!

Although a bit breezy, the conditions were fairly nice and our parkrunners for the first time had a bit of help from the wind as it was behind them on the long climb!

Sam Stead was the first finisher this week in an impressive time of 18:37. First lady back this week was Nichola Jackson in an also impressive time of 21:26, both Sam & Nichola bagged themselves a new PB too - well done both!

Nichola Jackson Sam Stead

There were 21 PBs in total this week and sticking with the windy theme Steven Breeze of West Cumberland Orienteering Club was one of them! Congratulations to all 21.

126 people completed the course on Saturday and we welcomed 42 people who were parkrunning at Whinlatter Forest for the first time. Victoria Moody completed her first ever parkrun with us on Saturday, an amazing achievement!

Other amazing achievements this week were Hayley Finn who completed run #50 and so joins the red t shirt gang and huge shout out to volunteer Andrew Knights who volunteered for the 25th time and so now holds the prestigious purple volunteer t shirt!

Hayley & Kofi

Andrew was part of a brilliant volunteer team, our thanks this week goes to: John SCRIVENS • Jo GRUCHY • Rachel JONES • Sonia DRYDEN • Brendan CARLIN • Tony DUNCAN • Andrew KNIGHTS • Suzanna CRUICKSHANK • Louisa GRAHAM • Janet KNIGHTS • Anna FERGUSON














International Women’s Day 2020

We are delighted tell you about our plans for a female-focused parkrun celebration on Saturday 7 March 2020, the day before International Women’s Day.

In England, #IWDparkrun will be supported by This Girl Can, a campaign created by our partner Sport England.

We would love to see as many women and girls come along to run, jog, walk or volunteer on this day. Please get in touch if you would like to help us and we can add you to the roster. All roles are easy to do and we will explain everything and be on hand to support.

We also welcome all men and boys to this event knowing that you support many amazing women and girls. We look forward to welcoming you all and celebrating the achievements of our parkrun women.

Sonia #ThisGirlCan


Run Report Event #105

Another week, another milestone for Whinlatter as we saw our 5000th different parkrunner cross the finish. With all the runners this week we are now on a total of 5024 individual parkrunners at Whinlatter since we started just over two years ago. That's a lot of people who have climbed the hills and been rewarded with the fantastic views we have on offer.

Above the trees Jasper View Views

This week we welcomed Cat and her hens, who were running our parkrun as part of Cat's hen party. Decked out in purple tutus and sashes it was lovely seeing the group make their way around the course. Good luck for the wedding in 6 weeks time and we hope you all had a brilliant weekend.

Cat's hens finish

Although the wind was not as bad as we thought it may be the top road of our course was very windy. This may have helped or hindered the PBs depending on your point of view. This week 8 of you managed to bag a new PB including Annie Kerr who knocked off nearly a minute since her last visit a year ago. There was clearly a bit of encouragement with the runners that came in at position 15 - to 18 as all four of them gained a new PB - teamwork - that's what we like to see!

Numbers were slightly lower than they have been in recent weeks with 85 people completing the course. The reason being that our parkrun family down the hill in Keswick were having a special parkrun in memory of their much loved volunteer and runner Lance Saxby who passed away suddenly a few weeks ago. Lance has been a great support to this parkrun too. As Jo explained in her run brief all Lance would have wanted was to everyone to take part and enjoy parkrun each Saturday morning and we know for those who had the privilege of knowing Lance that he and his family have been very much in our thoughts.


Lance loved parkrun. As such he would have been delighted to see 3 new people join us. Congratulations and well done to: Pippa McGuire, Sian Williams & Emma Plumpton for completing your first ever parkrun.

Once again our volunteers were amazing, our thanks this week go to: 
John SCRIVENS • Helen SANT • Jo GRUCHY • Rachel JONES • Sonia DRYDEN • Brendan CARLIN • Paul BROWN • Suzanna CRUICKSHANK • Janet KNIGHTS • Pip CONLON • Ailsa HARRISON



Run Report Event #104

Event 104 will be another one to go down in the history books at Whinlatter Forest as we hit another milestone and cheered in our 10,000th finisher! Paul Bennett who came through the finish funnel in position 16 was awarded with a spot prize of a Whinlatter water bottle to recognise this amazing achievement. Since the event launched runners at Whinlatter Forest parkrun have covered 50,595 km which makes us well into our second lap if we were to circumference the earth!

Phil Bennett

On this momentous day Nicky Steels had lots to celebrate as he completed her milestone 50th parkrun and now joins the red t-shirt gang! Well done Nicky!

Nicky Steels

The field of parkrunners was 135 strong with 35 people completing the course at Whinlatter for the first time. Saturday saw 29 people gain a new personal best time. The lead group was quick with 3 out of the first 5 finishers bagging a new PB!

The parkrun family gained 4 new members at the weekend - welcome to: Stephanie Bradshaw, Yvonne Saddler, Calum Fraser & Paul Brown & Merlin the dog!

It was a crazy day for our volunteers who dealt with pretty much all of the technology failing at some point after everyone had set off. Their resilience and all round awesomeness meant that everyone was able to finish, record a time and finish place. Huge thanks to: Sally Jayne NUTTER • John SCRIVENS • Jo GRUCHY • Rachel JONES • Andrew JONES • Nicola INKESTER • Sonia DRYDEN • Brendan CARLIN • Paul BROWN • David WILSON

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