Parkrun Whitby 5-0!

Well it is by the sea but unfortunately the new parkrun in Whitby is actually called Cinder Track and started for the first time last week. We avoided the inaugural – mainly because we were in the Lakes but today there was no stopping us especially as it was my 50th different parkrun! We were bright and early at Whitby Sixth Form College, parked up and had a wander around before heading to the very large Oak tree across the cricket field which was where the briefing wasn’t held! Turns out the briefing was on the start line back across the other side of the field which we moved across to as a group as it got closed to 9am.

After a short brief we were off heading back towards the tree and then onto the Cinter Track. The track follows the line of the Whitby to Scarborough railway which was open between 1885 and 1965. Scarborough Council purchased the line just after it closed and converted to 21 mile multi purpose trail. It was named the cinder track by locals because the track ballast was made from cinders rather than the typical crushed stone.

Unfortunately there is a constant gentle incline on the way out towards Scarborough – we ran for 2km before turning around at a cone / marshal and retraced our steps back. The way back was far more favourable!

The track and route itself is fairly non descriptive really other than the crossing of the Larpool Viaduct which has 13 arches and sits 36.5 metres above the river Esk. The viaduct is mentioned in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula ‘The little river, the Esk, runs through a deep valley, which broadens out as it comes near the harbour. A great viaduct runs across, with high piers, through which the view seems somehow further away than it really is’ and also appeared in Heartbeat. I hardly noticed crossing on the way out – too busy puffing up the hill – but the views across to Whitby and the abbey on the way back were amazing.

We passed the field entrance and completed a further km out and back to round us up to the 5km and a finish in the shade of the old Oak tree.

We decided to support local and headed into the club house cafe for our sausage buns before a quick pop into the Craggs on the way home.

Parkrun stats – 

Cowell Club Challenge progress (over 100 different park runs)

  1. Fell Foot Windermere
  2. Dalby Forest 
  3. Flatts Lane 
  4. Fountains Abbey
  5. Cotsford Fields
  6. Herrington
  7. Stewart Park (home)
  8. Sedgefield
  9. Windy Nook
  10. Conyngham Hall
  11. Castle Howard
  12. Maxima
  13. Bushy Park
  14. Whinlatter Forest
  15. Temple Newsham, Leeds
  16. Druridge Bay
  17. Riverside
  18. Millom
  19. Brierley Forest
  20. Prudhoe Riverside
  21. Stretford
  22. York
  23. Marshall Drive 
  24. Penrith
  25. Sale Water Park 
  26. Eden Project
  27. Durham 
  28. Upton Court
  29. Harrogate
  30. Hartlepool
  31. Catterick
  32. Portobello Edinburgh
  33. Jubilee
  34. Rothay Park
  35. Keswick
  36. Northallerton
  37. Millfield
  38. Hackworth Park
  39. Gunnersbury Park
  40. Tees Barrage
  41. Albert Park, Middlesbrough
  42. South Park, Darlington
  43. Ford Park
  44. Redcar
  45. New Earswick
  46. The Cinder Track
  47. Heslington, York 
  48. Barrow
  49. Silksworth
  50. Newcastle

Alphabeteers Challenge 

  • A Albert
  • B Barrow / Bushy / Brierley Forest
  • C Catterick / Cotsford Fields / Castle Howard / Conyngham Hall
  • D Durham / Druridge Bay / Dalby
  • E Eden Project
  • F Fell Foot / Flatts Lane / Fountains Abbey / Ford Park s
  • G Gunnersbury
  • H Heslington s / Hackworth / Hartlepool / Harrogate s / Herrington
  • I
  • J Jubilee
  • K Keswick s
  • L
  • M Marshall Drive / Millfield / Maxima / Millom
  • N Newcastle s / Northallerton / New Earswick
  • O
  • P Penrith / Prudhoe / Portebello s
  • Q
  • R Redcar / Riverside / Rothay 
  • S Stewart / South Park / Sale s / Sedgefield / Stretford / Silksworth
  • T Tees Barrage / Temple Newsham s / The Cinder Track
  • U Upton Court 
  • V
  • W Whinlatter / Windy Nook
  • X
  • Y York
  • Z

Parkrun challenges completed

  • Tourist – Run at 20+ different parkrun locations anywhere in the world
  • Single-Ton – Run 100+ parkruns at the same location (Stewart Park)
  • Christmas Day – Run a parkrun on the 25th of December (completed 2018)
  • NYD Double – Run two parkruns on one New Year’s Day (completed 2018)
  • All Weather Runner / Monthly – Run in each month of the year (completed 12/12/2015)
  • Bronze Level Obsessive – Run 30+ parkruns in one calendar year (2016 (38) / 2018 (39))
  • Silver Level Obsessive – Run 40+ park runs in one calendar year (2017 (40) / 2019 (40))
  • Bushy Pilgrimage – Run at Bushy parkrun, where it all began.

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