Run Report Event #103 – Our 2nd Birthday!

This week we finally got to celebrate our second birthday after the wind prevented us from going ahead the week before.

Whinlatter is 2

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!

Colin Cake Party Volunteers Runners

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.

Tony Duncan

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!

1st 3 Sabrina

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

Brendan John 2nd

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!






Run Report Event #102

The second event of 2020 saw numbers return to more normal levels for us and we welcomes 141 people to run, jog or walk the course on Saturday. This time though the locals out weighted the first timers with 48 of the 141 being new to Whinlatter.

Dewsbury Road Runners

It was a mean and moody day with the cloud fairly low, but it was nice to see the views as the parkrunners moved around the course. The conditions however, proved to be ok as 22 of you gained a new PB. Whinlatter Forest volunteer David Wilson absolutely stormed through to a new PB knocking nearly 2 minutes off his previous best time. Rose Rowlands was most impressive with a new PB that was 10 minutes quicker than her previous time! Well done everyone.

David Wilson

Milestones were aplenty this week with Hedley Fletcher reaching 50 parkruns & Rachel Shaw completing her 100th! Definitely a parkrun to remember. This week 4 people joined the parkrun family by completing their first ever parkrun - welcome to: Colin Semple, Lausanne Jenkins, Sabrina Shaw & Darren Walker.

Rachel Shaw

The most fantastic milestone this week though belongs to Janet Knights who completed her 25th volunteer stint! Thank you for all your support Janet, it really is appreciated.

Janet Knights

Janet was surrounded by another fantastic volunteer team this week who were: Diana MITCHELL • John SCRIVENS • Jo GRUCHY • Rachel JONES • Sonia DRYDEN • Brendan CARLIN • Andrew KNIGHTS • David SANDERSON • Suzanna CRUICKSHANK • Janet KNIGHTS • Anna FERGUSON

We are looking forward to next Saturday when we will celebrate our second birthday! We'd love to see you there to run, jog walk or volunteer!





Run Report Event #101 Record Breaking New Year’s Day

1st January 2020 will go down in history as a record breaking day for Whinlatter Forest parkrun with a huge attendance of 421 people!

Zig Zags

On this day we were given permission to start at a later time of 10.30 AM which allowed Keswick parkrun to start at 9 AM, enabling those that wanted to, to run two parkruns in one day. It was amazing when the question was asked in the run brief who was about to do their second parkrun of the day to see so many hands go up in the air! What a way to start the New Year!

Busy Run Brief

Just under half the field were new to Whinlatter with 205 people completing Whinlatter for the first time. There were also 85 different clubs represented on Wednesday. We welcomed 9 people to the parkrun family. Well done to Michael Bain, Robert Starach, Therasa Paul, Sam Shilliday, Alison Biggs, Ava Grossman, Ahair Beverly, Matthew Hitchen & Charlotte Christensen.

More celebrations as Rhiannon Jones & Dave Prescott hit the 50 parkrun miletone and Chris Holland got to 100! Congratulations!

For those who's New Year's resolution was to gain a PB, we hope Wednesday helped you a s 45 people gained a new Whinlatter parkrun PB! Fantastic stuff!

The atmosphere was incredible for the whole event and it was inspiring to see so many smiling faces at the end. The weather really played it's part on Wednesday which meant the views towards the Lake District were magnificent.

Towards Bob's Seat

With such a record breaking crowd came a record breaking volunteer roster. 26 amazing people gave up their time on New Year's day to make the event a success. Many thanks to: Carol HARVEY • Ian HARVEY • Nick EVANS • Jason MURFITT • John SCRIVENS • Grace CROZIER • Jo GRUCHY • Tanya COATES • Janet EVANS • Laura WYLIE • Kevin ROBINSON • Siobhan GASCOIGNE • Stephen GASCOIGNE • Duncan BOOTH • Coral PRICE • Reuben DODD • Sonia DRYDEN • Brendan CARLIN • Nathan FOX • Sally BURCHALL • Andrew KNIGHTS • Rob MALSOM • Suzanna CRUICKSHANK • Janet KNIGHTS • Mark GASCOIGNE • Ailsa HARRISON

Here's to an amazing 2020! Happy New Year!

3 generations Watchtree runners Women that run








RUN REPORT 28/12/19 #100 by Matt Prentice

On a perfect Saturday morning, I found myself poised at the start of Whinlatter forest parkrun amongst a field of 171 participants and one of 71 first timers!

Possibly a good few reluctant/sheepish looking friends and family visiting for Christmas?!

Great build up by the RD....clear, concise and well presented....
Edward Catmur
James Fleming
Matt Lees

Jason Murfitt


....and one runner announced it was her 100th different parkrun venue....


The first 500m downhill stretch provides a fast blast off, time to find your pace and rhythm, ready to tackle the ascent.... up we go and up some more!
Some spectacular views on a Winters day like today and well worth that slog up....
A few flat sections break up the climb and some recovery downhills are welcomed... nice little section through the forest and a small overlap point for runner's...the finish is a welcome downhill through the timekeepers (almost needs a catch net)!....
Well organised instruction in the funnel....
Thankyou for today Whinlatter....
Thanks to the 10 volunteers who made it job!
Well done to the 20 participants also who posted new pb's.....
It's a unique course and I will defo be back....

Matt Prentice
Blackpool freedom runner's 


Run Report Event #99 The one before Christmas!

The last Whinlatter parkrun before Christmas, so obviously it was going to be a Christmas affair! Thanks to all of you who came dressed in seasonal attire, you all looked fantastic.

Santas Finish

This week we had 106, people complete the course - some of you had travelled amazing distances to be with us - setting off from Aberdeen at 3.30AM to get here and the family who made their way from Newcastle in Australia!

Aberdeen Oz

The weather was a bit murky, but that didn't dampen our spirits and we still saw 6 people gain a new PB - including parkrun's very own Simon Tobin - well done everyone! Mike Harper completed his 50th parkrun and joined the red t shirt gang - well done!

We congratulated Matthew Atkinson for finishing 1st and Rose Singleton who was first female - both looking very festive!

Rose Matthew

The dogs of parkrun looked brilliant in their Christmas dress too...

Festive dogs

This week was supported by 9 volunteers, thanks very much to 
John SCRIVENS • Jo GRUCHY • Rachel JONES • Tanya COATES • Sonia DRYDEN • David WILSON • Elspeth JOHNSON • Heather BROWN • Ailsa HARRISON

The whole team would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you next Saturday just before 9AM.


Run Report Event #98 A Record Breaking Day!

Saturday 14th December will go down in our parkrun records books! Not only was it possibly the worst weather conditions with horizontal hail, sleet & snow but it was the day that parkrun friends Ewan & Paul broke the most amazing barrier. It was the day that Paul helped Ewan in his wheelchair to complete the entire course! Those that have visited us before know that we are famed for our rather challenging course and that we have the most elevation of any parkrun in the whole of the UK. The fact that they completed course was no mean feat and is completely incredible. Huge kudos to both of them and massive congratulations! It was lovely to see and hear everyone cheer them both around the course.

Ewan & Paul Ewan  & Paul 2

Congratulations are also in store for the 3 people who gained a new PB - George Fawkes, who took finish token 1, Michael Childs and Deborah Hallsworth. Well done!

George Fawkes 1st 3

Despite the wintry conditions this week 81 people came along to run, jog or walk the course and were supported by 9 amazing volunteers:


Tiny Tail Walker

Suzanna was very kind and brought along Celebrations for everyone to enjoy at the end, but we are not allowed to sing Happy Birthday! So, we'll just say it instead...HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUZANNA!






Run Report Event #97 Peter Hits 250!

Another week on the hill and another reason to celebrate.. this time is was to celebrate Peter Battrick's 250th milestone parkrun! Peter chose to mark this huge occasion by volunteering to tail walk. Not an unusual occurrence as Peter has volunteered many times at Whinlatter parkrun and in fact has his 25 volunteering milestone t shirt too. Previously Peter was instrumental in the setting up of parkrun in Norfolk in 2014 - an amazing legacy to leave the people of Norfolk but we have to say we are chuffed to have Peter here as part of our event. 250 parkruns is no mean feat and of course we couldn't let it go unmarked and so presented Peter with a cake to say well done!

Peter Battrick

We also had Paul Sheldon with us again this weekend. Paul chose Whinlatter to complete his 100th parkrun and this time he was here to complete his 150th parkrun and he gained a new Whinlatter PB too - really doing it in style! Congratulations!


Paul was one of 7 people who bagged a new PB this week. In total we had 74 people complete the course, of which 19 people were at Whinlatter for the forest time.  Well done to Ian Kirby who completed his first parkrun and joined the parkrun family!

Christmas was definitely in the air, we had a Christmas tree complete the course and volunteer marshal John had chrismassed up his direction t shirt! A brave few completed the parkrun course then went straight back down the hill to run the Santa Dash straight after! Amazing.

Christmas John Christmas Tree Tree 2

We end this week by saying a huge thank you to this week's volunteers - an amazing bunch of people, this week they were: Peter John BATTRICK • John SCRIVENS • Jo GRUCHY • Rachel JONES • Chris HILL • Sonia DRYDEN • Brendan CARLIN • Andrew KNIGHTS • Janet KNIGHTS • Anna FERGUSON


Run Report Event #96 by Jill Young

Being a self confessed parkrun addict there was no fear that a weekend away would not include a parkrun. After a friend visited Whinlatter Forest and relayed its breath taking views to us, it was top of the list for Saturday morning.

We awoke to a beautiful glittering frost, and as any parkrunner knows this means a quick check of the Facebook page to ensure the event is on! Dressed and barcodes at the ready we headed into the forest...

Met by many lovely fellow parkrunners all eager / apprehensive about what awaits, we gathered for the race briefing. A massive shout out to today’s RD Sonia doing her 100th volunteer stint today! After covering all the safety aspects, welcoming all the visitors and a round of applause to the amazing volunteers we were off!

So earlier I mentioned breath taking views! What my friend failed to mention was these are not the only things that take your breath away on this run! Hills (they are our friend), they are famous here at Whinlatter Forest! Officially the UK’s hilliest parkrun but also the most beautiful!

Today was definitely a parkrun first for me and Whinlatter, for that matter, by the presence of a dinosaur! NEVER did I imagine that parkrun would turn into a scene from Jurassic Park! The chirps of all the fellow runners pushing on and looking between the trees to not be beaten or chased down by a dinosaur!! Thankfully we managed to escape the clutches of the T -Rex and thunder down the hill to the finish.

T-Rex 2 T-Rex t rex sanning t rex group

Met by the lovely RD and her team of amazing finish line helpers we had the obligatory selfie in the frame and picture with the parkrun sign (if you don’t do this as a tourist you didn’t attend)!

Refuelling in the on-site cafe we met some other lovely visitors from Druridge Bay,  Scunthorpe and Derbyshire.

Thank you making us so welcome, we are a group of RD from Durham and would welcome you all to our lovely (FLAT) course any time!

Durham gang

Thank you


Here's this week's official stuff:

This week 101 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

John SCRIVENS • Tanya COATES • Janet EVANS • Daisy RENNIE • Jill YOUNG • Rose SINGLETON • Sonia DRYDEN • Sophie CRAWFORD • Brendan CARLIN • Andrew KNIGHTS • Janet KNIGHTS


Run Report Event #95 Jo & Tanya do the 100!

What a brilliant day of celebrations we had on Saturday. Event number 95 at Whinlatter saw two members of the team complete their 100th parkrun together!

Jo & Tanya

Congratulation to Jo Gruchy & Tanya Coates who have had the double milestone achievement planned for some time so that they both reached 100 parkruns on Tanya's birthday! Ever the selfless duo they were prepared to give this up to volunteer instead when we thought we'd be short of volunteers, but enough volunteers came forward so they were able to run.

To celebrate there was cake, balloons, a birthday gift and naturally a Whinlatter poem...

Jo & Tanya have Jasper the dog, he likes to run, especially in bogs!

A huge part of the team, they volunteer & run, but most importantly they bring lots of fun!

Jo holds the record for the longest tail walk, a role where she's met loads of nice folk!

It's a special day for Tanya, so we'd just like to say... A very happy birthday hip hip hooray!

The planning is complete & no more can be done, congratulations to you both on your 100th parkrun!

Jasper Picture

The course and volunteers were all decorated to celebrate this special day and everyone enjoyed the cakes at the end.

Van Volunteers

Here's the stats for this week:

This week 98 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 9 volunteers: Diana MITCHELL • John SCRIVENS • Anthony GAGG • Sonia DRYDEN • Brendan CARLIN • Nathan FOX • Kate BAIRD • Suzanna CRUICKSHANK • Ailsa HARRISON






Run Report #94

A cheerful crowd of 101 runners gathered this morning. Dry and not too cold, it was an excellent run with the tail walker recording one of the fastest times we have ever had. The volunteers had a change around. John left 'John's corner', for once, to give out finish tokens, leaving David with the awesome responsibility of 'go left', 'don't go left'. He seemed to cope.
Congratulations to Pam Smith from Worcestershire who ran with her family to celebrate her 70th birthday this weekend. Many happy Parkrun returns!

Here's the usual official stuff.

his week 101 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 8 volunteers:

John SCRIVENS • Rachel JONES • Andrew JONES • Coral PRICE • Brendan CARLIN • Jane FOX • David WILSON • Ailsa HARRISON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Whinlatter Forest parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Chris ARTHUR who recorded a time of 17:48 on 31st March 2018 (event number 11).
The female record is held by Emma GOULD who recorded a time of 19:56 on 28th April 2018 (event number 15).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lyn THOMPSON who recorded 77.19% (25:52) on 5th October 2019 (event number 88).

Whinlatter Forest parkrun started on 13th January 2018. Since then 4,456 participants have completed 8,649 parkruns covering a total distance of 43,245 km, including 1,340 new Personal Bests. A total of 200 individuals have volunteered 980 times.

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