parkrun # 325

This week 215 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part. 14 runners took place in their very first parkrun, we hope to see you back soon,

Congratulations to Christopher Parker who earned his red 50 parkrun T-shirt.and to Tom Atherden who earned his black 100 parkrun T-shirt. Both ran PB's

Also huge  congratulations to Jane Hounsome who took time out on her Wedding Day to join us for parkrun!

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers, your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Bob HARDMAN • Christopher HUNT • Stuart WILLIAMS • Laura WILLIAMS • Lee DUMONT • Michelle JENKINS • Matt SMITH • Sam HELSBY • Jim HAYES • John SHAW • Caren HUNT • Steve FRASER • Hannah VOSE • Manjit SOHAL • Nidhi VAIDYANATH • Aman JOHAL

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 5,937 participants have completed 31,939 parkruns covering a total distance of 159,695 km, including 4,874 new Personal Bests. A total of 425 individuals have volunteered 3,401 times.

See you all next Saturday

Stuart

 

Run Report # 324 16th March 2019. Windy!

The windy weather didn't put people off  - it was great to have over 160 runners!

Talking to runners it seemed that you were helped up the hill only to be met by a force against you as you battled across the top of the field - well done to all of you!

A big thank you to the volunteers - the wind chill factor was more than we had expected!

Alison BROWNHILL • Bob HARDMAN • Michael Terence BALLARD • James BATES • Sam HELSBY • Kim REES • Jo GODSMARK • Andy SCRUTON • Yvonne DAVIES • Isabelle SCRUTON • Emily EUDEN • Lisa EUDEN • James MIDDLETON • Lisa DOIDGE • Nidhi VAIDYANATH • Aman JOHAL

We are very grateful to the Duke of Edinburgh volunteers. In the coming weeks the roster is not that full - please do take a look and either email us, or write your name on the roster.

Well done to Peter Thomas on his 50th park run.

I feel alot more comfortable as run director now I am not worrying about cars leaving the car park whilst people still running - so thank you to those of you using the main Upton Court car park.

This week 161 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

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 5,886 participants have completed 31,724 parkruns covering a total distance of 158,620 km, including 4,842 new Personal Bests. A total of 424 individuals have volunteered 3,385 times.

 

Run Report #323 – March 9th 2019

Please see this week’s Run Report written by Mark Pinney from the Stevenage parkrun.

Apart from Mark, this week we also had 2 other volunteer-tourists:

Sandra Rhodes (Photographs – Kings Lynn)

Karen Chadwell (Tail Walker – Cardiff).

Thank you to all 3 of you for coming along. We really appreciate it.

David

Co-ED UCp

 

Windy? Just a bit!

Over recent days I haven't seen the weather report so turned up at the very lovely Upton Court parkrun not knowing quite what to expect. On exiting the large car park, it was clear it was going to be a very windy morning, with just a little chill in there too.

As a parkrun tourist I travel to a different parkrun each week. With Upton Court parkrun being only 30 minutes from home (Kings Langley near Watford) I had the luxury of a lie-in. We met up with some of our friends in the car park who had been to Upton Court once before so they explained the course, pointed out Windsor Castle in the distance and chatted about all things parkrun.

There were plenty of tourists this morning, a lot of whom were collecting their 'U' for the Alphabet Challenge, so it was lovely to see so many happy, smiley faces at the start. For those of you who don't know, the strange yellow bobble hats and neck tubes that have a picture of a cow on them, signify that the person is a parkrun tourist. We're a friendly bunch so please do come over to us and say hi, you're likely to get a very friendly response.

After the run brief from the Run Director, which very kindly included a shout out to the tourist volunteers, we were on our way. The course was surprisingly leg-sapping on the grassy bits, especially when that wind was blowing directly into our faces, but you don't hear parkrun complaining. We're a hardy bunch and everyone enjoyed the event immensely. There was even a fireman running in full gear, including oxygen mask!

I'd like to say a big thank you to all of the volunteers for running such a great event and ensuring it went smoothly and safely:

Michael Terence BALLARD, James BATES, Karen CHADWELL, Harbhajan DHILLON, Lisa DOIDGE, Bob HARDMAN, Sam HELSBY, Christopher HUNT, Caren HUNT, Michelle JENKINS, Aman JOHAL, Christina LOWE, Avtar MOOKAR, Mark PINNEY, Sandra RHODES, David ROSS, Matt SMITH, Nidhi VAIDYANATH

Some of you may have noticed me with a GoPro on my head as I like to video all of my parkruns and put them on YouTube for other parkrunners, so please have a look and see if you can spot yourself. Some photos of the volunteers and runners can be seen at the end of the fast version of the video.

The FAST version can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lTHt3mpv6k

The FULL version can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o05Xr2VqTK0

On to the stats....

This week we had 187 runners, joggers and walkers. 13 UNKNOWNSs (don't forget your barcode next week), 69 Females and 105 Males.

First 3 Males to finish were Paul O'NEIL in 19:11, Robert ALBERY in 19:35 and Joseph Alexander ACLAND in a new PB of 19:50. First 3 Female finishers were Anne-Marie CLIFFORD in 22:03, Cat FOSTER in 23:44 and Helena DENNIS in 24:18.

There were an astonishing 33 parkrunners who were new to Upton Court of whom 5 were doing their first ever parkrun, and an amazing 16 PB's. So well done to everyone and we hope to see you back next week.

The "most runniest runner" was Bob HARDMAN on 359 parkruns, but there were 8 other members of the 250 Club, 36 members of the 100 Club, 40 members of the 50 Club and 7 members of the 10 Club present. Official milestones achieved today were Jill GILMOUR, Sandra RHODES and Stehpen RHODES who all joined the 50 Club and Munsukh SINGH who joined the 10 Club. Well done everyone!!!

The person who has run at Upton Court more often than anyone else is Satnam SINGH who has run an amazing 288 times here out of a possible 323. Well done Satnam, that's commitment!!

Other news....

We now have two excellent parkrun podcasts available each week. "Free Weekly Timed" is the offical parkrun podcast with Vassos Alexander and Louise Ayling. We also have "With Me Now" with Danny Norman and Nicola Forwood which is an independent parkrun-based podcast (some of you may remember Danny and Nicola from the much loved "The parkrun Show"). I thoroughly recommend them both.

Mark Pinney (A2522444)

 

Event #322 – Important news on parking

Upton Court parkrun
Event #322
2nd March 2019

Sorry for missing the shout out for any milestones in the pre-run briefing this week. After the event I looked down the results and saw that Shivanand PATIL ran his red T-shirt-earning 100th parkrun this week. So congratulations to Shivanand who has run 98 of those here at UCp.

The APTOTW (Aesthetically Pleasing Time Of The Week) goes to Jake Brech for his simple palindromic 20:02.

Quite a few people did not get a result this week because they forgot to bring along their barcode. Remember one of the golden rules of parkrun is No barcode - No Result - No Exceptions. And those barcodes must be printed, either on paper, on plastic (small tokens and credit card sizes are available) or on the wristbands. We cannot and will not add results where the barcode is on a mobile phone or other electronic device..

 

Now onto PARKING. Please read this, as it is important.

When UCp started, we used to have about 30-50 runners each week. The small car park at the Rugby Club was sufficient to hold all the cars that arrived each week without any problems. As numbers started increasing, we asked you to use the large car park on Upton Court Road, next to Long Close School. There is usually plenty of space there, and it is only a 5 minute jog across the park from our parkrun start. However, most weeks, people seem to ignore our request, and still insist on coming down to the Rugby Club car park, often a few minutes before 9am, and then parking on the muddy grass, or double parking. And because they are late, they are in a rush to park, meaning they are a danger to the runners making their way to the start line. It also means the volunteers have to step in and act as car park marshals (and even then they are sometimes ignored. "Oh, we always double park each week" was a comment received a few weeks ago from someone who then just drove on and double parked!). We (the Core Team and other regular volunteers) find it amazing that all these runners come along to run 5km, but can't be bothered to walk more than 20 metres to get to the start line.

Then, soon after they have finished their run, they try to leave, meaning that those around the finish line or approaching the finish line are in danger of being run over. A few weeks ago, a fixed signpost was knocked over by a reversing car. This had to be reported to the council. Last week, a marshal who was standing near the finish funnel cones was nearly run over by a reversing car. The car was electric and did not make much noise, and so the marshal did not hear it coming up behind him. There have been other occasions when cars have reversed off the grass onto the tarmac path as runners are sprinting their way to the finish line.

So, we have decided that anyone turning up after 8:45am for parkrun will not be allowed to carry on down the last part of the lane to the Rugby Club and will have to turn around and go back up to Upton Court Road. You are allowed to park on Upton Court Road. There are no restrictions along most of that road. Either park in the large car park next to Long Close School, or park along Upton Court Road. Just make sure you set your alarm a few minutes earlier on a Saturday.

 

This weeks full stats:

This week 211 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Bob HARDMAN • Christopher HUNT • Mark OLNEY • Stuart WILLIAMS • Gillian RICHARDS • Bronwen PULLIN • Michael Terence BALLARD • Matt SMITH • James BATES • Sam HELSBY • John SHAW • Caren HUNT • Emily EUDEN • James MIDDLETON • Richard DOIDGE • Lisa DOIDGE • Kam ATWAL • Aman JOHAL

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 5,830 participants have completed 31,376 parkruns covering a total distance of 156,880 km, including 4,812 new Personal Bests. A total of 417 individuals have volunteered 3,351 times.

See you next time.

Michael

is free event is brought to you by our volunteers and our sponsors:

Vitality Alzheimer's Research UK Leeds Building Society Exodus Travels the happy egg co. Persil
 

Upton Court parkrun Event number 320 16th February 2019

Congratulations to the 180 runners who finished the slightly muddy course today. 6 ran their first ever parkrun and 41 were first time visitors. 25 ran a PB.

THANK YOU to all the brilliant volunteers who made sure it all went smoothly.

Aman JOHAL  •  Andrew OGIERMAN  •  Bob HARDMAN  •  Bronwen PULLIN  •  James BATES  •  James MIDDLETON  •  Lisa DOIDGE  •  Matt SMITH  •  Michael Terence BALLARD  •  Nidhi VAIDYANATH  •  Robert Steven NUTTER  •  Sam HELSBY  •  Stuart WILLIAMS  •  Veronika GILL

 Many thanks to Gillian Richards for supplying cake and congratulations for running her 150th parkrun, with 108 of these being run at Upton Court.

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 5,743 participants have completed 30,964 parkruns covering a total distance of 154,820 km, including 4,748 new Personal Bests. A total of 416 individuals have volunteered 3,319 times.

See you all next Saturday

Stuart

 

 

 

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