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

 

Run Report Event #66 – May The Forth Be With You!

The sun was shinning brightly this week on the forest, however, the temperatures had dipped in comparison to previous weeks. This meant a chilly run for the 98 people who came along to join the force for the Star Wars day parkrun.

Start Line

Run Director Sonia delivered the usual briefing - Younglings to be within arms reach of their accompanying adult, keep your wookie on a lead, don't go to the dark side - follow the signs and that sort of a thing!

The force was strong with the volunteer team this week and we thank: John SCRIVENS • Jo GRUCHY • Rachel JONES • Tanya COATES • Coral PRICE • Sonia DRYDEN • Brendan CARLIN • Nathan FOX • David WILSON

Half of the field this week were new to Whinlatter Forest parkrun and from the feedback at the finish line, I think it's safe to say our course lived up to it's beauty and the beast nickname. The views were phenomenal on Saturday and the hills brutal.

It was great to see 19 people achieve a PB this week including Ste Robson who knocked almost a minute off his previous best time, Catherine Evans who was first lady back and Richard Sykes who also completed his 50th parkrun and joined the red t shirt brigade! Congratulations to all of you.

There week 20 clubs represented this week and Steve Hebblethwaite of Keswick AC took finish token #1.

Steve Hebblethwaite Keswick AC

We welcomed the following to the parkrun family: Stu Cooke, Jennie Beechey & Janusz Holender well done for completing your first ever parkrun.

This week we began to profile the dogs of Whinlatter Forest parkrun as they mean so much to us. We love having all the 4 legged parkrunners with us and just like us they run, jog walk and volunteer - our parkrun just wouldn't be the same without them.

Luna - volunteer & runner

Luna

Vinnie - Running for the 1st time

Vinnie

Faye - Runner

Faye

Inca - Runner

Inca

Winston - Runner

Winston

Merk - Runner & Volunteer

Merk

Jasper - Volunteer (waggy) tail walker & Volunteer

Jasper

Peri - Spectator & Chief Cheerer

Peri

 

Whinlatter Parkrun #65

A more typical Cumbrian day than last week still saw a great turnout of runners, with a group from BodyFit challenging themselves round the course. Training is clearly paying off for this group as many of them achieved a new PB! In fact there were 16 PBs achieved in total this week - well done to you all but a massive shout out to Andrew Jones who was 10 seconds off his best time last week but this week knocked a massive 20 seconds off his previous best!

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Congratulations to Nick Evans for completing his 100th parkrun today. An amazing achievement! Welcome to those who completed their first ever parkrun - Archie Pheby-McGarvey & Rosie Wilkes.

In total 100 people came along to run, jog or walk the course this week with 21 different clubs represented. There was a large contingent from Victoria Park Running Club, we hoped you all enjoyed the course.

Victoria Park Running Club

Our volunteers as ever were amazing and this week we'd like to thank: John SCRIVENS • Hazel DAVIES • Jo GRUCHY • Rachel JONES • Rachel PIERCE • Janet EVANS • Maureen MIDDLEWICK • Sonia DRYDEN • Nathan FOX

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Good luck too, to our regulars who are tackling the London Marathon this week - we'll be watching for you on the television!

 

#60 And the sun shone!

Well done to everyone who ran in the marvellous spring sunshine today!
A particular well done to the two first time parkrunners who chose Whinlatter as their first event. If you can parkrun here, you can parkrun anywhere! According to Athletics Weekly, Whinlatter Forest is one of the three toughest parkruns in existence.

Congratulations to Sarah Howarth who completed her 50th parkrun and chose Whinlatter Forest to celebrate her milestone run.

Remember to join us next week for your parkrun and then an easy run round the new 10K running trail route at 10.30am. I'll be leading a group... please join me! (Sam Ayers)
Many thanks as ever to our volunteers.

This week 74 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Samantha AYERS • Howard SEAL • Carol HARVEY • Ian HARVEY • Diana MITCHELL • John SCRIVENS • Hazel DAVIES • Jo GRUCHY • Rachel JONES • Andrew JONES • Anna FERGUSON

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 2,505 participants have completed 4,629 parkruns covering a total distance of 23,145 km, including 744 new Personal Bests. A total of 132 individuals have volunteered 594 times.

 

#59 Parkrun Practice Takeover! The one with all the rain!

Firstly, a massive thank you to the team of volunteers who did a fantastic job today. With the torrential rain, we had a fair few 'technical issues' with the scanners refusing to scan. We've managed to get most people's details by the old fashioned pen and paper method.

If you're not on the results but you know your time, please get in contact with us with your name and parkrun number via the link below.

Well done everyone who ran and walked today, you can well and truly polish your halo!

This week 81 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 4 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Samantha AYERS • John SCRIVENS • Jo GRUCHY • Andrew JONES • Tanya COATES • Rose SINGLETON • Siobhan GASCOIGNE • Ben COOPER-HOLMES • Nathan FOX • David WILSON • Andrew KNIGHTS • Max COOPER-HOLMES • Carolyn RIGG • Janet KNIGHTS • Anna FERGUSON • Dylan SADLER

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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 2,472 participants have completed 4,555 parkruns covering a total distance of 22,775 km, including 722 new Personal Bests. A total of 131 individuals have volunteered 583 times.

 

Run Report #58 The one with the dogs

A beautiful morning at Whinlatter Forest saw a huge turnout of dogs of all shapes and sizes, with dog accompanied runners taking 1st and 3rd places, and at least 6 more dogs amongst the 58 runners!
Well done to the contingent from Keighley, and thanks to our volunteer photographer - we look forward to some excellent action shots.

REMEMBER No parkrun next week (9th March) and a Castlegate and Derwent GP takeover on the 16th!

This week 58 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 4 recorded new Personal Bests. Congratulations to Nick Evans, Wendy Terry, Jeff Cowton & Tristan Reid. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 9 volunteers:

Howard SEAL • Ian HARVEY • John SCRIVENS • Jo GRUCHY • Rachel JONES • Tanya COATES • Janet EVANS • Sonia DRYDEN • Brendan CARLIN

1st Dog

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