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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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
This week we finally got to celebrate our second birthday after the wind prevented us from going ahead the week before.
In true 2nd birthday party style, there were balloons, cake and party hats! The volunteers really stood out with their hats and high vis vests!
It was lovely to see all 142 of you that came along to celebrate, it really created a fantastic atmosphere. Out of the 142, 53 people were new to Whinlatter Forest parkrun.
Joining the celebrations were Tony Duncan who completed his 50th parkrun and so joins the red t shirt gang and Mark Manley who completed his 100th parkrun - great milestones and congratulations from everyone at Whinlatter Forest parkrun.
In total there were 25 new PBs set on Saturday. Mike Walker who took finish token number 1 gained a new PB, as did Sabrina Shaw who knocked quite a bit of time off her previous best and this was only her 2nd run!
It was wonderful to see so many people join the parkrun family - welcome to: David Huddart, Darren Parker, Jeremy Ellman, Ray Charig, Charlie Bradshaw & Rachel Smith. The 1st one is always hard, but it does get easier!
Thanks as ever must go to our wonderful bunch of volunteers, who did a great job on Saturday. Thanks to: John SCRIVENS • Siobhan GASCOIGNE • Sharon BARRY • Sonia DRYDEN • Brendan CARLIN • Nathan FOX • David WILSON • Suzanna CRUICKSHANK • Cathy BRYANT
We are looking forward to next Saturday already, so is Andrew and he has a surprise, but what could it be? Find out next week 9AM at Whinlatter Forest parkrun!