Run Report Event #82

A huge bumper crowd at this week's parkrun at Whinlatter Forest. The sun shining and the bank holiday brought 231 people out to run, jog or walk the course. Out of this number 124 were people who were joining our event for the first time. Just marvellous!

Special shout outs in the run brief this week were for Sue Simpson of Morpeth Harriers who was celebrating her birthday, Scott Perry who was running his 50th parkrun and Nathan Collins a junior parkrunner who got to the milestone 10 runs and will be receiving his white Junior 10 t-shirt!

Morpeth Harriers Nathan Collins

The heat returned to the forest which had an impact on PBS, but it was fantastic to see 16 people achieve a new one, including regular Whinlatter Forest runners Sue Simpson & Jane Mottram. Congratulations to Benita Lapthorn who bagged a new PB for the second week in a row!

New to parkrun were Glen Duncan, Esther Crooks, Alexandra Peacock, William Steele and Harvey Smith - welcome to the parkrun family!

The first three back today were Oliver Matharu, Robert Webster & Joe Driscoll - well done.

1st Finisher 1st 3

Thanks as ever to our fantastic team of volunteers - this week they were: Sarah HAMILTON • John SCRIVENS • Jo GRUCHY • Rachel JONES • Tanya COATES • Coral PRICE • Sonia DRYDEN • Brendan CARLIN • Andrew KNIGHTS • Janet KNIGHTS • Chris HAMILTON




Run Report Event #81

Finally a week when the rain stopped and all the parkrunners and volunteers got home dry! Yippee!

This Saturday 193 people came to join in the parkrun fun of whom 104 were first timers to the forest. We saw 8 people complete their first ever parkrun to join the parkrun family - we hope you all had a fab time!

Sunny Run Brief

There was much to celebrate on the hill as regular runner and volunteer Janet Evans completed her 100th parkrun - a fantastic achievement and sees her join the black t shirt gang! Well done!

Janet Evans


Congratulations to Tom Harrison who set a record for the VM80-84 category getting round the course in a fantastic time of 42.18!

In total 24 people achieved a new personal best, which is wonderful. 7 of those people were representing Derwent AC who brought a long a large group to run the course this week - the training is clearly paying off!

Derwent AC

It's fantastic listening to all the stories as people complete the 5km route. The celebrations this week really do reflect that parkrun is for everyone - run, jog or walk - your parkrun - your way!

Without the volunteer team, parkrun wouldn't happen. This week's team was led by Jo Grucy our run director and we'd like to thank: Diana MITCHELL  • Rachel JONES • Tanya COATES • Paul COLDHAM • Anthony GAGG • Siobhan GASCOIGNE • Sonia DRYDEN • Brendan CARLIN • David WILSON • David SANDERSON




Run Report Event #80 Rain Did Not Stop Play

This Saturday the rain came and it came in style! We were however, relieved that the predicted thunderstorms stayed away. It's fair to say it was up there as one of the soggiest parkruns to date. The rain by no means dampened any spirits and it certainly helped to provide a memorable run!

Despite the biblical rains 170 of you came along to run, jog and walk the course and we had 170 wet but happy parkrunners at the finish. The trees providing as much cover as they could to protect the finishers.

Tree dwellers trying to keep dry

Once again we saw a high number of first timers to the forest - 86 to be exact with 11 people completing their first ever parkrun. We welcomed a crowd from Home Group who were running to raise awareness and funds for the World Transplant Games, some ran, some jogged, some walked and some volunteered - thank you to you all!

Home Group

The rain must have encouraged you all to get a shift on as we saw 19 people achieve a new PB. We had quick runners in the first three including Carl bell who has recently been crowned British Fell Running Champion - congratulations Carl!

1st 3

More congratulations to Leigh Pullan of Run Pals and Peacehaven parkrun who joined us with a group from Run Pals to complete his 100th parkrun. You're black t shirt will be winging it's way to you - wear it with pride!

We were very pleased to see the return of finish token 38 which has been missing in action for a number of weeks. Thank you to the mystery person who dropped it back into the box!

The biggest applause of the day yet again has to be for our amazing volunteers who did question their sanity at standing out in the rain this week! We tried to find a new volunteer role as umbrella holder for Andrew but it wasn't on the list! parkrun would not happen if it were not for the volunteers so thank you very much to: Samantha AYERS • Nicol MOFFAT • John SCRIVENS • Hazel DAVIES • Leigh PULLAN • Laura PULLAN • Siobhan GASCOIGNE • Sonia DRYDEN • Brendan CARLIN • Janet KNIGHTS • Helen HEY • Pip CONLON • Julie COOPER

Soggy Volunteers Soggy volunteers 2




Run Report Event #79 by Jim Upton

What a wonderful way to start a holiday in the Lake District! A run in the sun up one of the most beautiful hills in the country. OK not everyone’s cup of tea, but a tough parkrun in the morning gives you a great feeling for the rest of the day. 

Right from arriving at the car park the atmosphere was so “parkrun positive”, mainly people wondering whether it was really as tough as it sounded. It was another well attended run with 107 first timers out of the 213 runners in total. This included 6 runners having their first ever parkrun experience. As RD Sonia said “If this is your first parkrun, you’ll always find the next one easier.”

Since June 29th the number of participants has increased each week and on Saturday the second highest number ever at Whinlatter was achieved, beaten only by the 2019 New Year’s Day event. This was when 279 runners ran Whinlatter followed by Keswick an hour later!

Over 20 Borders Reivers Runners were welcomed at the briefing. They have been parkrunning all over the North West raising awareness of Parkinson’s. A most impressive group who cheered everyone over the finish line later.

Border Reivers Running Club

Sonia also introduced the team of Tail Walkers with Edward wearing his wonderful home-made tail.

Tail Walking Team

 The parkrun is amazingly beautiful with wonderful sunny views over Bassenthwaite Lake. The views of the runners ahead going further uphill were less enjoyable!  The marshals were very cheerful and supportive, which was much needed as 3km of the run is uphill.  The final 800 metres, after the loop, was downhill all the way, a good opportunity to complete a really challenging parkrun in style!

Many congratulations to all the participants including the following -

Matthew VOKES (New PB) First Male Finisher

1st 3 finishers

Elizabeth WATSON (New PB) First Female Finisher

Katie SAMUELSON Most Experienced parkrunner - 384 parkruns

Michael ANDERSON Best Age Grade - 73.05%

With such high number of Whinlatter first-timers there was a very impressive 35 out of a possible 101 parkrunners achieving their PB for the course. Running conditions were very good, especially for a mountain run.

Our youngest parkrunners were Edward and Isobel PARTRIDGE who were Tail Walking, Henry WHITE who was a First Timer after 13 parkruns in East Anglia and Joseph ROBSON from Yorkshire. Joseph was running his 176th parkrun, in addition to his 36 junior parkruns, at over 50 different parkrun courses!

 Many thanks to the fantastic hi-viz heroes lead by a wonderfully enthusiastic Sonia DRYDEN, and John PARTRIDGE who successfully lead the 30 minute pacing.  Without Andrew KNIGHTS, Brendan CARLIN, Carol HARVEY, David WILSON, Edward PARTRIDGE, Hazel DAVIES, Isobel PARTRIDGE, James UPTON, Janet KNIGHTS, Jo GRUCHY, Nathan FOX, Sarah PARTRIDGE, Siobhan GASCOIGNE and Sonia DRYDEN this amazing parkrun could not happen.

If you are in the north of the Lake District the Whinlatter parkrun is a great challenge with fantastic views. However if you want something scenic but less hilly, there is the Keswick parkrun, currently on their third route due to footpath work, where you can see the hills without running up them. The choice is yours.

 On a personal note I really enjoyed the run; a PB for me and my wife who was particularly impressed with the tail walker team. My son was a first-timer and has now completed the flattest (Portrush) and the hilliest parkruns in the UK.

Jim Upton



Run Report Event #78 The One With Lots Of People

Saturday was fantastic! So many people came along to join us for 3 and a bit miles, up and down and around the forest. 186 of you to be exact came along to run, jog and walk the course and an incredible 106 of that number were first timers to our event at Whinlatter - that's 57% of the field!

Group selfie

The attendance this week was a new record for Whinlatter Forest, the only other day the attendance has been higher was on New Years Day, so this is the official non bank holiday record.

High numbers also helped a higher than average amount of personal bests. 32 people achieved anew PB this week. The Aylesbury family were on a mission with Caleb, Amelie, Ziva & Clare all gaining a new one.

Caleb Aylesbury

Peter Toes from Keswick Junior parkrun gained a new PB and Elspeth Johnson who has been a fab tail walker for us previously - Elspeth knocked 1 minute 32 seconds off her previous best! Philip Cueto also got himself a PB for the second week in a row - great work!

Congratulations to Amelia Bumby who is in the JW10 category, who completed her 10th parkrun and so joins the Junior white t shirt gang!

Robert Webster led the field this week and took finish token 1! Well done.

Robert Webster

Well done also to the 5 people who joined the parkrun family this week by completing their first ever parkrun. Welcome to: James Rice, James Cotterill, Ailsa Hogg, Megan Neesham-Mctiernan and Cora O'Meara.

Of course all this couldn't happen without our wonderful volunteers who this week smiled and clapped and got on with their tasks despite the rain. Thanks very much to: Martin CUMMINS • Jane CUMMINS • Peter John BATTRICK • Jo GRUCHY • Rachel JONES • Sam STREETER • Anthony GAGG • Sonia DRYDEN • Brendan CARLIN • Sarah PARTRIDGE • Sally BURCHALL

Finish Line






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