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!