Run Report Event #107 This Girl Can!

After a three week break from the forest due to stormy weather it was fantastic to get back down to business again today. What a way to comeback - straight into parkrun's celebration of International Women's Day.

Building up to today's event parkrun alongside This Girl Can launched a nationwide campaign to encourage more women and girls to pull on their trainers and have a go at parkrun.

This Girl Still Can

At Whinlatter on a cold and cloudy morning we were delighted to welcome 36 amazing women who completed our parkrun out of a total of 83. Among the 36 was Jane Mottram who has waited ever so patiently to complete her 50th parkrun at Whinlatter. Jane should have done this 3 weeks ago, but the cancellations due to the weather hindered her progress. We were thrilled to see her finish and the sash was perfect! We can't wait to see you in that much deserved red t-shirt!

JaneJane Mottram

Two out of the 8 PBs recorded today were by women, well done to you all especially Maria Quigley & Sophie Bradrick!

There were still plenty of first timers to the forest, a total of 23 and out of that number 4 people completed their first ever parkrun. Welcome to Jamie Talbot, Emma Lawrence-Jones, Jamie Shill & Billy Jackson.

Emma Lawrence-Jones

More reasons to celebrate were from the group from Darlington. They came over to celebrate Tracey's 50th birthday! Happy Birthday Tracey - we hope you have a fantastic weekend.

Tracey's Birthday

Although we were celebrating International Women's Day, we wanted to give a shout out to the fantastic fellas that empower, encourage and support all the ladies in their lives and at Whinlatter we have plenty of these men!

Andrew Knights

The first finisher today was William Laye and he managed to raise a total of £96 for Cancer Research UK through his run, well done William!

William Laye

Our volunteer team this week did a brilliant job, thanks to: Carol HARVEY • Ian HARVEY • Mike BEECHEY • John SCRIVENS • Helen SANT • Jo GRUCHY • Sonia DRYDEN • Brendan CARLIN • Louisa GRAHAM • Janet KNIGHTS • Anna FERGUSON • Ailsa HARRISON

Jane MottramAnna & Ailsa Helen & janet


Reminder that we are not on next week as the Malcolm Wilson Rally is in the forest, but we look forward to seeing everyone again Saturday 21st March for our next parkrun event.


International Women’s Day 2020

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.

Sonia #ThisGirlCan


Run Report Event #105

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.

Above the trees Jasper View Views

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.

Cat's hens finish

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



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 #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 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 #72 Nicola Tarrant did our run!

A smooth operation at the finish funnel as the Whinlatter Forest team stepped in, thank you to Adrian and Rob, and all the wonderful volunteers. Shout out to Robert Webster. We know you are out there and that you finished third, but we don't have your athlete number and your name is quite common! Sorry about this problem at scanning, please email in your athlete number and we will put you in.

We were delighted to welcome Nicola Tarrant, who completed her 340th different Parkrun and has the title of most travelled female Parkrun tourist! Nicola hails from Croydon and began parkrunning in 2011. Last week she did two runs in Sweden, one on Thursday because it was Sweden's national day. Nicola says that Whinlatter Forest is definitely the toughest she has done, with stunning views. Nicola was accompanied by four supporters who style themselves 'minnions'. We invited them back next week, but apparently they don't do that!

Anyone who filmed today for the upcoming Runners' World film is asked to send in their clips to the Whinlatter Forest email link on the home page.

Here's the official stuff.

This week 76 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 3 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Ian HARVEY • Angharad COOLEY • John SCRIVENS • Hazel DAVIES • Jo GRUCHY • Rachel JONES • Andrew JONES • Tanya COATES • Andrea TIDY • Siobhan GASCOIGNE • Brendan CARLIN • Adrian JONES • Rob MALSOM

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 Brian TAYLOR who recorded 76.76% (19:22) on 25th August 2018 (event number 32).

Whinlatter Forest parkrun started on 13th January 2018. Since then 3,084 participants have completed 5,769 parkruns covering a total distance of 28,845 km, including 944 new Personal Bests. A total of 150 individuals have volunteered 731 times.


#69 Whinlatter Family Affair

What a great parkrun this morning and a real example of how all ages and abilities are involved.  Today we had TEN of the Knights family either marshalling or running, including young Tilly, age 4, who was tail walking with Grandad Andrew and Imogen (age 8) who was scanning with Mum Laura.

We also had SIX Scrivens family members including Ben, (age 5) and brother Will (age 4) helping Grandad John at the marshalling point on the loop.  Well done everyone.

So the challenge is: Bring your family... can you muster three (or more) generations? What's the largest age gap between your youngest and oldest? Can you bring more than 10?  Either way - just do it and let us know!

The Knights Family

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Our three youngest marshals.

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Sonia - have a great holiday and many thanks for letting me 'hold the fort' whilst you're away.



Run Report Event #68 by Faye Hemingway

Another week, another parkrun. I’m on an annual pilgrimage to Grasmere with my running club (NOTFAST RC, based in Newark-on-Trent), and some of us decided that we’d head to Whinlatter Forest for what promised to be a challenging route with stunning scenery, and, better still, we’d get a W for our Alphabeteer Challenge!

The day dawned dry and reasonably bright. We made our way to the forest, admiring the lakes and mountains as we drove - will we ever tire of the views in this amazing region? Upon arrival we were greeted by a few other parkrun tourists, and we shared their apprehension about what is rumoured to be one of the most difficult courses in the country. Ah well, when in Rome and all that!

All told, 86 participants congregated at the start line, 49 of whom were tackling the course for the first time. Of the 49, three were doing their very first parkrun... give them a medal, for this is definitely not one for the faint of heart! During the run brief, we radioed Rachel, one of the on-course marshals, to treat her to a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday... and then we were off!

I have to say that Whinlatter is the most breathtaking parkrun I will ever do, and I mean that in every possible sense of the word. There is almost no flat at all - as soon as you’re up, you’re back down again. It’s a fantastic technical course, though, if that’s your thing; I have to say that my thing today was getting around without the need for medical attention! I did, however, manage to make up some good ground on the long downhill section, which we did on both loops.

While ‘enjoying the scenery’ (aka walking) back up through the woodland for the second loop, I was completely alone and was enjoying the quiet, looking up into the trees in the hope of seeing a red squirrel. The silence was suddenly broken by the call of a cuckoo - trivial to some, but I’ve never heard one before, so that was a nice little bonus! It definitely made up for the lack of the elusive squirrel.

The views out on the course were nothing short of amazing. I don’t think I’ll ever find another parkrun as pretty as this, but feel free to recommend one if you disagree ;) I must have added a good two minutes onto my time with all the photo stops. It was simply too good an opportunity to miss, and the visibility was very good today.

I would highly recommend that anyone within a reasonable drive should visit Whinlatter parkrun. It’s definitely not easy, but just accept the fact that you’re going to be a bit slower than usual and go and enjoy the finest surroundings that Britain has to offer. I promise you won’t be disappointed, and the sense of achievement at the end was, for me, unrivalled in parkrun terms.


Run Report Event #67

This week the Global Gruffalo came to visit us at Whinlatter - celebrating his 20th anniversary. He clapped, cheered and stood for photos with everyone

Well done to the 75 people who ran, jogged or walked around the course this week. Lewis Hinchcliffe took finish token #1 and Nicole Frith was the first lady back and was 4th place overall.

Nicole Frith Lewis Hinchcliffe

Thanks as ever to our wonderful volunteers who enable the event to go ahead each week. This week's volunteers were: Howard SEAL • Peter TURNER • Robert FINCH • John SCRIVENS • Rachel JONES • Nicole FRITH • Sonia DRYDEN • Brendan CARLIN • David WILSON • Andrew KNIGHTS • Janet KNIGHTS

Volunteers Robert & nICOLE - vOLUNTEERS

It was fantastic to see 8 people achieve a personal best time, congratulations to Martin Varey, Rachel Wilson, Nigel Duckworth, Xiaojuan McGurk, Susan Toal, Abby Wilkins, Brad Williamson & Robert Davis.

Jack Metcalfe completed his first ever parkrun and joined the parkrun family!

It was a great atmosphere on the hill next week - we can't wait to do it all again next Saturday at 9AM. See you there with your barcode.

Global Gruffalo Finiah

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