Pre Slough Half Marathon Run 13 October 2018

Well done to everyone who has run, or are still out there running the Slough Half Marathon. I hope that once you got going you enjoyed the race, despite the rain.

Where did the rain come from yesterday morning!  We were not expecting the down pour at 9AM!  I hope you enjoyed the rest of the fabulous day. A big thank you to the volunteers standing in the rain.

It was was great to welcome so many visitors and first timers. I hope you were not put off by the rain and come back again.

Congratulations to Bob Hardman for reaching 350 park runs, of these he has run 137 at Upton Court.

Other milestones reached - well done to you all!

Junior 10 - Shashwath Boopathy

50 - David Sanders and Sreeram Thiagarajan

100 - Avtar Mookar

Upcoming milestones - Our Run Director, Matt Smith should get his 200 next week.

Event number 302 - Results

This week 134 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Alison BROWNHILL • Jonathan DAVIES • Ben BLAZQUEZ • Dennis BONNIE • Matt SMITH • Caroline LOWE • Mo ARIF • Khalida ARIF • Harbhajan DHILLON • John SHAW • Sue HAYES • James BENNETT • Emily EUDEN • Alyce EUDEN

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Upton Court parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Glenn HUGHES who recorded a time of 15:28 on 30th August 2014 (event number 89).
The female record is held by Jill COLLETT who recorded a time of 18:09 on 18th August 2018 (event number 294).
The Age Grade course record is held by Maureen DOWLING who recorded 87.58% (20:24) on 25th August 2018 (event number 295).

Upton Court parkrun started on 24th November 2012. Since then 5,081 participants have completed 27,777 parkruns covering a total distance of 138,885 km, including 4,421 new Personal Bests.

 

ICE ICE Baby!

Event #301

6th October 2018

Not one of my favourite 80s songs, but relevant in 2 ways to today’s parkrun. 1) It was pretty chilly, and the volunteers out in the cold wind certainly made a few comments about gloves etc, and 2) I mentioned in the run briefing about making sure everyone updates their ICE (In Case of Emergency) details on their parkrun profile and makes sure it shows on their barcodes. On your results email that you will receive today (and other weeks) there is a link to “manage my profile”. Click on that and update your emergency contact details. Then, print out your new barcodes which show that ICE detail and use them from now on. You never know, it might come in useful one day.

182 runners completed the course this week, including 12 who were running their first ever parkrun. We had a good turnout today, maybe prompted by the mentions of parkrun in the press and online as it is the 14th anniversary of that day when 13 runners and 5 volunteers met in Bushy Park to run a 5km time trial. Now, there are 1650 events in 20 countries and the 5millionth person registered for a barcode this week. Roughly 24million runs have been run covering about 118million km.

Lots of PBs were achieved this week, 39 in fact. Notable ones were run by 2 of our younger regulars. Jake Brech ran 19:34, paced by Rob Foster towards the end. And Christopher Boyle ran his 4th PB in 4 weeks, knocking 2 minutes and 19 seconds off last week’s time to come home in 22:02. This was 8 minutes faster than he was running a month ago.

There were several milestones run this week. Sarah MOSS (Mrs Blanshard) ran her 50th parkrun, as did visitor David SUNDIN. And Mr (Peter) BLANSHARD ran his 100th parkrun. Congratulations to you all.

I’m awarding this week’s Aesthetically Pleasing Time Of The Week (APTOTW) to John SHAW for his palindromic 20:02.

Good luck to all those running in the Slough Half Marathon next weekend. Remember, if you aren’t running on the day, then please consider volunteering for the event, or encourage your family and friends to volunteer.  Please mention ‘Upton Court parkrun’ in your application form.  The application form can be found on the webpage

http://www.slough.gov.uk/leisure-parks-and-events/volunteering-at-slough-half-marathon.aspx

Talking of volunteers. Thank you to all this week’s hi-vis heroes;

Alexei SAMARENKO  •  Bob HARDMAN  •  Craig VENABLES  •  Dennis BONNIE  •  Harbhajan DHILLON  •  James GREAVES  •  Jayesh RAVJI  •  Jinni COUTINHO  •  Jonathan DAVIES  •  Matt SMITH  •  Michael Terence BALLARD  •  Mo ARIF  •  Rachel BULCOCK  •  Satnam SINGH

 

If you fancy being on the roster for future events, email us at uptoncourthelpers@parkrun.com or sign up on the paper rosters in the Rugby clubhouse as you get your barcodes scanned.  None of the roles are difficult, and full training will be given on the day.

Here is a link to the online volunteer roster so you can see what is available.

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/uptoncourt/futureroster/

WE NEED YOU!

 

See you next time.

Michael

 

SOME IMPORTANT NOTICES

Position Tokens.  Please make sure that you always hand in your finish token after the run, even if you don’t want a time, or indeed have forgotten your personal barcode.

Children under 11.  Children under the age of 11 MUST be accompanied by an adult the WHOLE way around the course.

Social Media.  Please interact with Upton Court parkrun on social media.  If you use Facebook and Twitter, please ‘Like’ us on Facebook (Upton Court parkrun) and ‘Follow’ us on Twitter (@uptoncrtparkrun).

Parking.  It’s good that many of you walk, run and cycle to the event.  There is very limited car parking space at Slough Rugby Club and sometimes some double parking.  Please can you instead park at the main Upton Court Park car park on Upton Court Road – Satnav SL3 7LU.  There are loads of spaces there and it is only a short walk/jog from the start line.

Dogs.  Dogs (maximum 1 dog per runner) are welcome, but should be kept under firm control, on a short lead or a harness with a short lead, and extreme care taken to avoid tripping other runners.

Barcodes.  Only printed barcodes, either on paper or on the plastic tokens/silicone wristbands will be accepted for scanning.  Digital barcodes (eg on a smartphone) will not be recorded.

Upton Court parkrun
Event number 301
6th October 2018

This week 182 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Bob HARDMAN • Jonathan DAVIES • Michael Terence BALLARD • Satnam SINGH • Dennis BONNIE • Matt SMITH • Mo ARIF • Harbhajan DHILLON • Rachel BULCOCK • Alexei SAMARENKO • Craig VENABLES • James GREAVES • Jinni COUTINHO • Jayesh RAVJI

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Upton Court parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Glenn HUGHES who recorded a time of 15:28 on 30th August 2014 (event number 89).
The female record is held by Jill COLLETT who recorded a time of 18:09 on 18th August 2018 (event number 294).
The Age Grade course record is held by Maureen DOWLING who recorded 87.58% (20:24) on 25th August 2018 (event number 295).

Upton Court parkrun started on 24th November 2012. Since then 5,060 participants have completed 27,643 parkruns covering a total distance of 138,215 km, including 4,402 new Personal Bests.

This free event is brought to you by our volunteers and our sponsors:
Vitality Alzheimer's Research UK Intersport LBS Exodus
 

Happy 300

This Saturday Upton Court held its 300th parkrun which is a nice little milestone. It’s also an opportunity for me to indulge myself in a few statistics to show how it has changed over time.

The average attendance across the first 100 runs (from 24/11/2012 to 22/11/2014) was 54.65.  For runs 101 - 200  (29/11/14 – 15/10/16) was 85.84. The last hundred from 22nd Oct 16 until today has averaged 134.12. The figures show how Upton Court has grown over the five years and nine months it has been going.

Before you know it we will be at the end of November celebrating our 6th Birthday. I only hope that the friendliness that I found from Upton Court'ers when I did my first parkrun in June 2014 is still present now when we are a much larger event.

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When I publicised the up-coming 300th run a couple of weeks ago this prompted a question from Ben Blazquez about who had done the most runs at Upton Court. Tim Allison did some pretty impressive number crunching in response and came up with the following list of all runners who have done more than 100 runs here.


Satnam SINGH
                    268

Ali Muse                               228

James Bates                        215

Rob Albery                           210

Julian Borrill                         192

Matt Smith                            190

Seamus Hannigan               179

Jessica Carroll                     178

Gary Sanderson                  166

Tony Chana                         165

Christopher Hunt                 164

Peter Carroll                        157

Ben Blazquez                      157

Stephen Campion               157

Robert Nutter                       154

Lee Dumont                         149

Michael Ballard                    146

Mo Arif                                 142

Terry Jenkins                       141

Matthew Moore                   139

Bob Hardman                      135

Dennis Bonnie                     134

Askar Ansari                        130

Amie Browne                       130

Tim Allison                           126

Harbhajan Dhillon               124

Stuart Williams                    121

Gordon Love                       120

Anya Carroll                        119

Robert Shea                        117

Jim Hayes                            115

Tav Bansal                           114

James Bennett                     114

Michelle Jenkins                  112

Derek Baker                         108

Geoff O’Grady                      106

Katy Hughes                         103

Sacha Brech                         102

Sreeram Sethuraman           101

Stuart Montgomery              100

 

It would be good to get a list of top volunteers but that’s a tricky one to assemble. Maybe I will have that by the time we get to our 6th Birthday at the end of November. So if you fancy trying to get yourself higher up the volunteers list, then get your name onto the rota over the next few weeks!

On to the news of the day.

Last week, there were two notable personal bests for brothers Jake and Max Brech. This week it was Mum and Dad, Alison and Sacha’s turn to run PB’s. There must be something special in the water in the Brech house at the moment. Well done to you all.   There were no less than 33 Personal Bests run today with another local stalwart and regular volunteer, Dennis Bonnie recording his fastest parkrun on his 142nd attempt.   Congratulations also Christopher Boyle for his PB on his 51st run at Upton Court. DSCF1945

A few weeks ago I invited you to drop us an email if you had run a season’s best or some other notable achievement which is difficult for a report writer to spot. You are obviously a shy or modest lot because no one has taken me up on my offer but a good example this weekend came from our joint Event Director Michael Ballard whose 23:31 was his fastest time since 30/04/2016.
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For APTOTW it is difficult to look past Louise Flisher’s 30:00 on run number 300. To all our visitors from Cardiff, Swansea, Littleport, Wansted Flats, Skipton (via Dubai) and to any others I have missed, thanks for coming and we hope you enjoyed yourselves.

Keep taking the parkrun medicine. Here’s to the next 300. See you soon

Jim

And, finally the results 

Upton Court parkrun  - Event number 300 - 29th September 2018

This week 157 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Bob HARDMAN • Tony CHANA • Michelle JENKINS • Michael Terence BALLARD • Ben BLAZQUEZ • Matt SMITH • James BATES • Simon DINSDALE • Jim HAYES • Shivanand PATIL • Tim SANSOM • Craig VENABLES • David HANDS-CLARKE • Veronika GILL • Emily EUDEN • Kally CHANA • Stephen HARTIGAN

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Upton Court parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Glenn HUGHES who recorded a time of 15:28 on 30th August 2014 (event number 89).
The female record is held by Jill COLLETT who recorded a time of 18:09 on 18th August 2018 (event number 294).
The Age Grade course record is held by Maureen DOWLING who recorded 87.58% (20:24) on 25th August 2018 (event number 295).

Upton Court parkrun started on 24th November 2012. Since then 5,029 participants have completed 27,461 parkruns covering a total distance of 137,305 km, including 4,363 new Personal Bests.

 

 

 

Upton Court reaches 300

in case you haven't been following the story of Facebook, this Saturday 29th September Upton Court will be holding its 300th parkrun. So if you haven't been for a while or if you are an occasional visitor why not come back and say hello to some old friends. If you can't make this weekend, we'll be back again the following weekend and pretty much every one after. 

Hope to see you on Saturday.

Jim

 

 

On the Upton

 

By Tim Gray (Chiltern Church Runners)

 

Upton Court parkrun
Event number 298
15th September 2018

 

Firstly let me say, as a visitor, what a lovely course, and what friendly people – we really enjoyed our visit. I was surprised to be spotted by Jim HAYES, who I had met briefly at Eastbourne parkrun in February when we were both on tour – nice to see you again Jim.

Plenty to report on as well – but pride of place has to go to Sean PAYNTER because he did his 250th parkrun this week, an awesome achievement – and even better, he brought along cake. Sean has 46 runs at Upton – but also 98 at Bushy, 40 at Richmond and 35 at Cannon Hill and another 15 locations with smaller numbers – one event to go to be a UK tourist Sean! He started his parkrun journey in 2005 – so here’s to more successful years to take you towards your 500 Sean.

More milestones came in the shape of three fiftieth parkruns, so well done to;

Abdur REHMAN – 48 runs at Upton Court

Nicola HART – First Timer

Manjit SOHAL – 46 runs at Upton Court

And I’ll throw in a mention to my son Matthew on his ‘flake’ run – 99.

Also congrats to James McIlroy on not just a PB to first finish, by 3 minutes, but also the Upton Court VM40-44 course record at the same time – quite a run.

Other pb’s were; Simon Jonathon BLACK, Benjamin DEWAR (first time sub 20), Clara TRANT (5th pb this year), Peter THOMAS, Ubaid Ur RAHMAN(5th pb this year),, Stephen CAMPION (just over a year on since his last pb),  Christopher BOYLE(now nearly 14 mins faster than when he started in 2017), Hopkins ROSA, Kannan B, Alison BOYLE (now over 11 mins faster than when she started in 2017), Abnash KAUR (gained 21 mins since 2017 start!), Roshni CHANDRASEKAR, Nirmala SHANMUGAM (5th pb this year), Khalida ARIF (8th pb this year), Alison PARRY-JONES (a 7 minute pb), Daljit SIDHU (all [3]pb’s after first run), Rajesh SARKAR (all [3]pb’s after first run), Laura SACHSE, Adnan LATIF (all [3]pb’s after first run), Sahib BAINS (an 11 min pb), and  Manjit SAGOO. Some amazing stuff from front to back of the field.

Brand new to parkun were;

Tia ALLISON
Suneetha JAGARLAMUDI
Ian LACEY
Kuldip SOHAL
Tracey ALLISON
Nilesh DAMAHE
Priya SWAMINATHAN
Tania BEDI
Aju BEDI
Perihan ATTIA
Harry LACEY

Welcome to the parkrun family.

 

Visitors were;

Charlie HERD
Jacob ADAMS
Tim GRAY Chiltern Church Runners
Stephane CARPENTER Redway Runners
Katharine CROSS
Richard ALLIN
Stephen NORRIS
Cathy PARKINSON Torbay Tri Club
Nicola HART Landmarks Virtual Running Club
Sue GRAY Chiltern Church Runners
Jennifer NUNAN
John CROSS
Karly HERD Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC
Marie GRAY Chiltern Church Runners
Rebecca WARD
Joshua PARKINSON
Megan SMITH Hum and Lincs Orienteers
John JONES
Kezia ADAMS
Jennifer NORRIS Coltishall Jaguars
Matthew GRAY Chiltern Church Runners
Jon PARKINSON Torbay Tri Club
Bethany ADAMS
Alan FOX

 

I gathered there was an Australian parkrunner – and checking through that was Jennifer Nunan, home parkrun Point Cook – thanks for joining us Jennifer. Visitors otherwise ranged from Wolverhampton to Cambridge. How many (like us) were looking to get their U for the alphabet challenge? We shall never know – but we now only have an I & a Z to go (except my daughter who needs a D as well) – there is currently no X, and the Z will mean a trip to Poland or South Africa.

A special thank you to all the volunteers who made the event happen, and who were all so friendly and encouraging, that was very much appreciated.

 

Upton Court parkrun
Event number 298
15th September 2018

This week 182 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Tim GRAY • Colin John ADAMS • Philip KEMP • Stuart WILLIAMS • Jonathan DAVIES • Laura WILLIAMS • Julian BORRILL • Michael Terence BALLARD • Gary HERON • Matt SMITH • James BATES • Mo ARIF • Sam HERON • Emily EUDEN • Lisa EUDEN • Alyce EUDEN

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Upton Court parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Glenn HUGHES who recorded a time of 15:28 on 30th August 2014 (event number 89).
The female record is held by Jill COLLETT who recorded a time of 18:09 on 18th August 2018 (event number 294).
The Age Grade course record is held by Maureen DOWLING who recorded 87.58% (20:24) on 25th August 2018 (event number 295).

Upton Court parkrun started on 24th November 2012. Since then 4,980 participants have completed 27,143 parkruns covering a total distance of 135,715 km, including 4,290 new Personal Bests.

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