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







Run Report Event #77

A drizzly start to the morning this week, but once again the atmosphere in the forest was not dampened!

A slightly larger than average crowd of 119 came along to run, jog and walk the course this week. True to Whinlatter form, half of this number were people coming to the forest for the very first time to take part in parkrun.

We welcomed back Nic Wiseman who looks after Keswick Junior parkrun who completed his 300th parkrun and whilst that's not an official parkrun milestone - what an amazing achievement!

While we're talking about amazing how about this for a fact....Lewys Poole came along this week with his Mum Emma, Dad Nigel & sister Carys from Moormead Junior parkrun. Lewys completed his 249th parkrun at Whinlatter this week, which means next week he will complete his official milestone 250th parkrun! Lewys is in the JM1O category but is only 8 and half years old, which we believe will make him the youngest person in the world to achieve 250 parkruns! Simply amazing!

This week we welcomed Tom & Anna Chignell to the parkrun family as they completed their forst every parkrun.

Conditions were good for PBs this week with 18 of you gaining a new one. Well done everyone!

Huge shout out to the volunteers who made the event happen Peter John BATTRICK • Jo GRUCHY • Rachel JONES • Tanya COATES • Siobhan GASCOIGNE • Brendan CARLIN • Rob MALSOM • Stuart FARMER • Elspeth JOHNSON • Ava MURRAY 




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.







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