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Upton Court parkrun

#278

21st April 2018

The weather forecast yesterday suggested it would be cloudy at 9am today, and not get sunny until later in the morning.  When I got up this morning, the sun was shining brilliantly in a blue sky.  And how we all enjoyed that sunshine.

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166 turned up to run, walk and jog around the now firm/dry course.  We also had quite a few onlookers.  A nice cooling breeze meant it wasn't too hot.  'Ideal running conditions', someone commented.

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We welcomed 9 brand new to parkrun, and 18 first time visitors.  I was asked to be in 2 photos with visitors.  A group of ladies dressed in matching Dennis the Menace tops from Marple wanted a photo before the start.  Marie FAIRCLOUGH, Cathryn MELIA and Sian GRIFFITHS had spent the night before in the Travelodge in Slough, before claiming their parkrun letter 'U' today.  They mentioned that they had met someone else in the hotel who was also running here today.  I wondered later whether it was Clive BRADBERRY, who was over from Northern Ireland and who asked for a photo with me at the end.

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It was my 50th stint as your Run Director, and I really enjoyed it.  The sunshine meant a decent number of runners, lots of PBs and a lot of excited Datchet Dashers congregating near the finish line cheering on finishers.  I think that the Datchet Dashers won't have much trouble finding new recruits in future years, judging by the seemingly increasing number of prams appearing each week!

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This week's APTOTW (Aesthetically Pleasing Time Of The Week) award I am giving to Tav BANSAL.  Tav managed a nice reducing 32:10.  Unfortunately it looks like the temperatures this week will also be reducing.  Good for the London Marathon runners tomorrow, but not for those who have only just got their shorts and short-sleeved shirts out of the wardrobe for the first time this year this week.  In fact, as I sit here writing this report, we have just had a rain shower!

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And now the full stats.

This week 166 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Christopher HUNT • Seamus HANNIGAN • Michael Terence BALLARD • Gary HERON • Matt SMITH • Mo ARIF • Max BRECH • Kim REES • Avtar MOOKAR • Caren HUNT • Sam HERON • Lisa EUDEN • James MIDDLETON • Ian GIBBARD

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 Rachel GIFFORD who recorded a time of 18:30 on 10th September 2016 (event number 195).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ged RUFFLE who recorded 86.87% (18:47) on 27th September 2014 (event number 93).

Upton Court parkrun started on 24th November 2012. Since then 4,320 participants have completed 23,913 parkruns covering a total distance of 119,565 km, including 3,734 new Personal Bests.

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Just a reminder that we are cancelled on 12th May, due to a kids' football tournament taking place in the park.  Start planning your parkrun tourism now.

And on 19th May, local running club the Burnham Joggers will be taking over our parkrun, providing all the volunteers, and cakes.

See you next time!

Michael

 

Upton Court Run Report 14th April 2018

It was wonderful to have a sunny day for our parkrun after the week of rain. It was great to have 13 runners doing a parkrun for the first time, including 3 from the Boghani family. Congratulations to Kim Rees for reaching her 50 milestone, 45 of the runs done at Upton Court.

Despite the course still being muddy we had 10 personal bests - well done!

A big thank you as always to the volunteers and for those of you who responded to my pleas during the week.

A reminder that on 12th May there is no Upton Court parkrun as there is a football tournament in the park.

This week 124 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Alison BROWNHILL • Dave THOMAS • Mick DRIVER • Claire BOYLES • Julian BORRILL • Ben BLAZQUEZ • Matt SMITH • Caren HUNT • Victoria GIBSON • Hannah VOSE • Emily EUDEN • Lisa EUDEN • Ibraar HUSSAIN • James MIDDLETON • 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 Rachel GIFFORD who recorded a time of 18:30 on 10th September 2016 (event number 195).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ged RUFFLE who recorded 86.87% (18:47) on 27th September 2014 (event number 93).

Upton Court parkrun started on 24th November 2012. Since then 4,293 participants have completed 23,747 parkruns covering a total distance of 118,735 km, including 3,696 new Personal Bests.

Enjoy the week ahead and see you at next week's parkrun.

Alison

 

Upton Court parkrun #276 – 7th April

Thanks to Karen from Havant parkrun for writing this run report.  It is nice to a have a different perspective.  If anyone else fancies sharing their thoughts let us know at uptoncourthelpers@parkrun.com. You will even get a volunteer credit!

Jim

Enough from me - on to Karen's report.

UCp visitor's report 

On turning up at the start line, we found a cheery band of volunteers, who were massing and being briefed as to their duties which lifted our chilled spirits as they do each parkrun morning.
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Thank you to Jim, our RD for the day, for the runner's briefing where new runners were warmly welcomed and introduced to the course layout. Today, visitors from Chelmsford, Wycombe, Bushy Park, Havant and as far away as North Yorkshire were using Upton Court as their tourist venue.

A big thank you as always to the volunteers who gave up their time to ensure that we were able to run this morning. There were certainly a cheery band of marshals out on the course, all supporting by giving encouragement and clapping, though also suspect that was for hand warming purposes.  Don't forget if you are unable to run, have a race coming up or are just generally a good egg, then volunteering is a great way to give back to the parkrun community. Head over to the Upton Court parkrun webpage for details of the next few weeks roster and sign up for a position that suits you- you get to wear a hi- vis jacket! -what more incentive do you want?

First timers, as mentioned above, are always warmly welcomed and are on the start of their parkrun journey and working towards their first milestones. The trick is when working towards your milestones is #DFYB- Don't Forget Your Barcode!  Seven of you were listed as unknown runners this morning. That's one run less to count towards those milestone tees.  Just one milestone this weekend; well done to Emilie Kiermeir who completed her 50th parkrun. That's the great thing about parkrun isn't it, that each person has their own individual journey to talk and share about. Especially made pertinent to us in the briefing is to also remember to hand in your finish token, parkrun needs them for next week as they unfortunately are not a souvenir, medal or indeed your own version of Bingo!

IMG_6823So 129 runners donned gloves and hats for a chilly start, but not as cold as it has been jaunt around the Upton Court Park this morning. However, there were plenty of us wishing we had run with lighter tops this morning and throughout the run, people  were seen stripping off and tying jackets round waists as the parkrun fairies worked their spring time magic. So although we were warned about how much rain had fallen and the potential for mud, conditions seemed to be relatively OK. I even heard 'complaints' that the all too familiar ones around the half way mark weren't even out in much force as previous weeks had marked. IMG_6869

Our Upton Court adventures came to an end at The Rugby Club, just along from the finish funnel, where there were warm drinks and shelter for those who wanted it. Indeed for those hardier souls, a chatter outside on the wicker chairs, which although sparsely populated today, I am sure are filled come the warmer months. There was the welcome addition of sausage/ bacon butties too which I noticed were welcomed by many, after all we had run... as if we needed any excuse to indulge.

Thank you again Upton Court parkrun for starting our weekend off on a positive note. Look forward to seeing you all soon.

Karen Cole Havant (Portsmouth) parkrun

 

UCp #275 Run Report – March 31st 2018

Hello UCp parkrunners,

What with the milder weather, many thanks to the 103 finishers who completed last Saturday's parkrun albeit a little wet and muddy and more like XC in some places.

This week we had 2 new first time parkrunners and so a big welcome aboard to Anne Mullan and Tony Burgarolas. We also had 13 UCp first timers with tourists coming from as far as the Forest of Dean, Bexley, Southend and Abingdon. Thank you for joining us!

There were 2 new PB's this week and so well done to Rachel Bulcock and Rebecca Wray for their achievements.

Thank you also to the volunteers who came along and made the event possible in particular Lisa Euden who volunteers nearly every week. Please accept my apologies for not confirming the roster and I hope that you all got the Thank You email from parkrun. If for any reason you are not receiving Thank You emails and they are not in your Spam folder, then please let us know.

It is absolutely the case that without the support of you people then parkrun would simply not happen.

We hope you all had a good Easter break and we will look forward to seeing you this coming Saturday for more of the same at event #276.

Best regards,

David

Co-ED UCp

 

 

April volunteer opportunities

if you take a look at the future roster you will see there are lots of unfilled roles in all four Saturdays of April.  I know we say it most weeks but, given the spaces, it bears repetition - "No volunteers means no parkrun".

Please get in contact at uptoncourthelpers@parkrun.com.  

Your parkrun needs YOU

Thanks, Jim

 

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