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:

Carol HARVEY • Nick EVANS • John SCRIVENS • Andrew JONES • Sonia DRYDEN • Suzanna CRUICKSHANK • Stephen SINGLETON • Pauline SINGLETON • Ailsa HARRISON

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!

Sweets

 

 

 

 

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

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

Jill

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.

 

Run Report #93

This week's report is contributed by Jim Upton, one of our visitors

Signs of snow on the nearby mountain tops and grit on the cafe paths indicated that this was going to be a very cold 93rd Whinlatter parkrun. I have been visiting the area at this time of year for many years, and can’t remember it being as cold. However that did not stop the 142 parkrunners, including 23 who achieved a PB from taking part in a hilly and beautiful 5k.
This weekend we were joined by dozens of vintage cars taking part in the annual Lake District Hill Climb for cars from the 1920s and 30s. The drivers and passengers looked even colder than the runners! Fortunately they only went as far as the car park so the parkrun was not affected.  It was good to see them on the roads round the area.
Fifty-nine parkrunners were new to the course including Colin Christie and Lynda Carter, for whom this was their first ever parkrun. We welcome them to the parkrun community, all the other courses will seem flat in comparison!  Congratulations to Helen Birrell, from the Liverpool area, who ran her 50th parkrun, and Angharad Cooley, a local runner, who ran her 100th parkrun.  We hope to see you here again soon.
We also welcomed 16 “Mud and Miles” trail runners from the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire area who started their weekend with the Whinlatter, followed by runs up Causey Pikes later in the day and other local fells on the Sunday!
Mud & Miles
Our First Finisher was also a First Timer to Whinlatter, Chris Batman Lockhart from the Midlands, accompanied by his dog Ronin. They were followed by Robin Regan of Eden Runners and Matthew Atkinson of Keswick AC with a new PB.
Ronin dog
Rose Singleton running her 21st Whinlatter parkrun was the First Female, followed by Ellie Debenham in her first Whinlatter parkrun and Zhu Li McGurk, a JW 11-14 runner who has taken part in 68 parkruns in the Northern Lake District!.
Our most experienced parkrunner taking part was James Love (303 parkruns) from the Greater Manchester area.
Many congratulations to these and all the other parkrunners who enjoyed the beauty and challenge of Whinlatter.
Our team of hi-viz heroes were on great form as always, and were well wrapped up to fight the cold. Many thanks to Sonia DRYDEN  and her team of Andrew JONES  •  Andrew KNIGHTS  •  Anna FERGUSON  •  Brendan CARLIN  •  David SANDERSON  •  Janet KNIGHTS  •  Jim UPTON  •  Jo GRUCHY  •  Rachel JONES  •  Sonia DRYDEN  •  Tanya COATES.
Without our volunteers our Saturday mornings would not be anywhere near as enjoyable.  And the cafe is very good too.
Jim Upton
Occasional visitor from Uppermill, Greater Manchester

Here's the official stuff:

This week 142 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 59 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 42 different clubs took part.

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 4,414 participants have completed 8,548 parkruns covering a total distance of 42,740 km, including 1,328 new Personal Bests. A total of 199 individuals have volunteered 972 times.

 

Run Report Event #92

We had a super morning on Saturday at Whinlatter Forest parkrun. An impressive 92 of you turned out to join us in the forest, despite there being a major sports final at the same time! Thanks to everyone who joined us this week, we were so pleased you did!

We welcomed 34 people to the forest who had never been before, one of who was Emil Pruden who took the first finish token in an impressive time of 19.50. Closely followed by Bruce Hardy who gained a new PB. In total there were 12 new PBS - well done to you all.

Emil Bruce

Alison Scott completed her first ever parkrun on the same day Alex Reed completed his 50th and joins the red tshirt brigade, well done!

Alex

Huge thanks to this week's volunteers who made it possible for the event to go ahead: Sarah HAMILTON • John SCRIVENS • Rachel JONES • Tanya COATES • Sonia DRYDEN • Brendan CARLIN • Becca DUNLOP • Sally BURCHALL • Suzanna CRUICKSHANK • Molly DUNLOP • Parker DUNLOP

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Run Report Event #91 Jodie hits 100!

There was so much going on this week at Whinlatter Forest parkrun. We were all prepared for heavy rain and although it did rain, magically it cleared up just as we started.

It was fantastic having the Dunlop family join us again to volunteer with children Molly (5 and a bit) and Parker who has just turned 4 and bagged himself his first official parkrun volunteer credit. Well done both of you, as you can see volunteering can be hard work....

Parker Molly

It was an exciting morning all round, there was talk of an important rugby game but more exciting than that was Jodie Gray completing her 100th parkrun! The Singelton family really went to town to help everyone celebrate with Jodie, the cookies and fantastic cake were very well received! We can't wait to see you in the black 100 t shirt that will be on its way to you.  Well done from everyone at Whinlatter! Jodie even bagged herself a new PB!1st 4 ladies Jodie Cake Jodie 100

Singletons

There were 15 PBs in total this week, congratulations to everyone, including Matthew Atkinson who took the 2nd finish token.

1st 3

The excitement continued as we realised we had Groom Andrew joining us, who was getting married later the same day in Lorton. We hope you had a brilliant day and we are so pleased that the sun came out from you. We wish you both all the very best for the future.

Groom Andrew

We all sang Happy birthday to Ian Crane who came to Whinlatter to celebrate his 69th birthday! We hope you had a super day!

Thanks to this week's volunteers, there were lots of you today who helped to make the event happen for the 116 of you that came to join us. The dream team this week were: Charlotte DYER • John SCRIVENS • Jo GRUCHY • Rachel JONES • Tom DUNLOP • Sonia DRYDEN • Brendan CARLIN • Becca DUNLOP • Pauline SINGLETON • Molly DUNLOP • Janet KNIGHTS • Alex LATHAM • Parker DUNLOP

Due to a dodgy stopwatch, the results were a little strange, so if you notice that anything is amiss, please let us know and we can rectify it. A new stopwatch is winging its way to us!

 

 

Run Report Event#90 ParkRun goes Pink

This week we supported Breast cancer awareness, along with our Castlegate and Derwent GP takeover, with a huge range of pink clothing and accessories sported by our volunteers, runners and dogs!

Pink ParkRunners set off

North Cumbria Breast care team

North Cumbria Breast care team

The event was proposed by Sue Black, who ran Whinlatter as her first Parkrun after completing her radiotherapy and is now two years post treatment.

We were joined by a number of people from the local breast cancer unit, including Sue's surgeon Ludger Barthelmes who spoke to the crowd at the start to explain that all money raised will go to our local breast cancer unit who are raising funds for radio frequency seeds. These are little pellets introduced into the target lesion well before surgery so that there is no need for a guide wire procedure on the day of surgery. ( a difficult procedure when you are already feeling anxious and vulnerable).

The weather was kind and a huge contingent of 152 runners and walkers, plus dogs and buggies headed off into the forest. After the finish they were greeted by cakes, biscuits and hydration provided by Sue, Ludger and friends where there was a lovely supportive atmosphere.

Phoebe HAYASHI was the first female home and a first timer at Whinlatter. Shortly behind her was Rachel KANE, who has just completed her treatment this month, and her first ever Whinlatter ParkRun. Hazel DAVIES was our third lady, representing Castlegate and Derwent GP surgery.

1st women 19thOct1st men 19th Oct

For the men, both our first two ran PBs, well done to Ian DOUGLAS and Nick BRIMACOMBE with Luke HAYASHI, also a first timer finishing 3rd.

The event here raised a storming £347.61, which combined with online fundraising means that currently Sue has raised almost £700.

Thanks to everyone who came along to run, walk, volunteer or support. We hope you will come back soon!

This week 152 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 71 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

John SCRIVENS • Hazel DAVIES • Jo GRUCHY • Tanya COATES • Andrew KNIGHTS • Christopher CRANE • Sue BLACK • Laura CRANE • Janet KNIGHTS • Imogen CRANE-PARR • Elspeth JOHNSON • Matilda CRANE

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 4,274 participants have completed 8,198 parkruns covering a total distance of 40,990 km, including 1,278 new Personal Bests. A total of 197 individuals have volunteered 937 times.

 

Run Report Event #89 Results Mania

Saturday turned out to be another beautiful autumnal day in the forest with the sun shining to enhance the magnificent views.

This week 125 of you came along to join us in the forest, with 50 of you visiting us for the first time. There were no milestone runs this week but we did have 6 people join the parkrun family by completing their first ever parkrun! Welcome to: Ali Dixon, Paul Hopton, Gary Tomlinson, Nik Turner, Esther Livesey & Geoff Hrds - it does get easier!

There were some quick times out on the course possibly encouraged by volunteer John who said that if you wanted to feel part of Eliud Kipchoge's sub 2 hour marathon attempt you'd need to be running at 4.58 pace! We don't know how many of you tried but we did have 17 people record a new personal best. 

1st finisher

Thanks to this week's volunteers -without them we wouldn't be able to do this every week. We were delighted to have the Dixon family join us to volunteer this week and they did a marvellous job scanning everyone's barcodes! This week's team were: 
Leon BOND • Lorna GOLD • John SCRIVENS • Jo GRUCHY • Lyn THOMPSON • Rachel JONES • Jo DIXON • Sonia DRYDEN • Brendan CARLIN • Grace DIXON • William DIXON

Dixon Family

There was mild hysteria in the cafe when we discovered a bit of a problem with the results. Thanks to the brilliant brain of Jo, they were all sorted out with everyone next to their actual time. It did take a while to sort out so thanks to Jo for her hard work. Mysteriously then they didn't upload to the website - this has now been resolved and you will be able to see the full set of results displayed.

Jo at work

A reminder that next week we have Castlegate & Derwent Surgery joining us, they are our parkrun practice and are bringing a mix of people from the surgery to join in. We are also turning the event pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. Sue Black explains why we are doing it:

October is breast cancer awareness month, I am inviting you to wear something pink at Whinlatter parkrun Saturday 19th October and perhaps donate a pound or two. All money raised will go to our local breast cancer unit who are raising funds for radio frequency seeds. These are little pellets introduced into the target lesion well before surgery so that there is no need for a guide wire procedure on the day of surgery. ( a difficult procedure when you are already feeling anxious and vulnerable)

Several members of the breast cancer team will be running including the surgeon who removed my cancer.

I have almost reached the two year post cancer mark, but also running is a close friend who is in the middle of treatment - but who can also still run considerably faster than I do!

Whinlatter parkrun was the first parkrun I ever did and I did it just before starting radiotherapy.

Thank you whinlatter parkrun for letting me hijack  next week's run, and thank you to everyone who comes in support.

It would be fab to have lots of you join us - we also need a full volunteer team to make it happen, so contact us if you can help.