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

 

 

 

 

Cold but Sunny

Upton Court parkrun
Event number 318
2nd February 2019

A huge thank you to Matt Smith for preparing the course so our park run could go ahead! This involved clearing the paths on Friday and being up early on Saturday to put down more salt.

Also thank you to the volunteers for braving the cold - I know very tough for the timers.

Alison BROWNHILL • Dave THOMAS • Michael Terence BALLARD • Ben BLAZQUEZ • Matt SMITH • James BATES • Neill HARPER • Anne MOGRABY • Sam HELSBY • Jim HAYES • Ann CHANDLER • Sue HAYES • Claire BLAZQUEZ • Emily EUDEN • Lisa EUDEN • James MIDDLETON • Lisa DOIDGE • Nidhi VAIDYANATH • Aman JOHAL

This week 195 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 55 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

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

It was great to have more runners than usual for a winters day, this was due to most of the local park runs being cancelled. So we had quite a few parkrun tourists, including Nick Wealleans who came all the way down form Leeds on the train! We also had some people brand new to parkrun, we hope to see you again.

Well done to Bryony for reaching the 350 mark!

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 5,674 participants have completed 30,626 parkruns covering a total distance of 153,130 km, including 4,711 new Personal Bests. A total of 415 individuals have volunteered 3,294 times.

See you next week!

Alison

 

URGENT – News about tomorrow’s parkrun

Hi Everyone

As usual on a Friday, we will all be looking forward to our weekly parkrun dose tomorrow morning. Despite the recent bad weather, and after inspecting the park and course today, we are intending to go ahead with our parkrun tomorrow (Feb 2nd). That is unless we get a lot of snow and/or we get a massive drop in temperature overnight. However, neither of those are in the forecast. Please look out for any Facebook and Twitter posts re cancellations tomorrow morning.

If you do come to run tomorrow:

- Please take extreme care whilst running/walking

- Please use the grass to the sides of paths rather than the paths wherever possible. It is likely to be very muddy, and the paths may be slippery

- DO NOT RUN FAST!!! Anyone who gets a PB will have their result removed (Only joking, but please don't run fast!)

- Listen carefully to the pre-run briefing, and to the marshals

- Take your shoes off BEFORE entering the main clubhouse room

We know that so far Black Park and Bedfont Lakes parkruns are both cancelled. As we expect a lot of extra runners to come here instead, we ask that you please use the large FREE car park next to Long Close School (Sat Nav SL3 7LU) or you can park along most of Upton Court Road. Please do not use the Rugby Club car park, due to the high numbers of runners expected, the finish funnel having to be extended and having to use the tarmac rather than the grass. There will be very limited space at the Rugby Club, and we will not be letting cars park on the grass. You will be turned away.

Set off in good time, and drive and park carefully.

 

GoodGym. Good fun

Upton Court parkrun
Event number 317
26th January 2019

This week 168 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers, most of them from local running group GoodGym:

Christopher HUNT • Ruth CROSS • Ciaran CREAN • Michael Terence BALLARD • Matt SMITH • Harbhajan DHILLON • Caren HUNT • Manjit BIRK • Chrissy CONNOLLY • Peter CONNOLLY • Keira PAUPIAH • Jennifer HUGHES • Sara GALLAGHER • Ricky KLOAY • Sutyee PANG • Darren JONES • Sandeep DHALIWAL • Kam ATWAL • Meera PATEL

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And what an enthusiastic bunch they were. We had more volunteers than normal, simply because so may of them wanted to take part. If you would like to find out more about how GoodGym works, and how to take part in Group runs, Mission runs, and Coach runs, follow this link to the Slough area of the main GoodGym website: https://www.goodgym.org/areas/slough

There were also 299 photos taken this week by 3 different photgraphers. Flickr has recently changed its charging plan, and you now have to pay to have more than 1,000 photos on your page. We will probably just put photos on Facebook going forward (we have always put them on Facebook anyway, as well as Flickr). So if you want to keep seeing UCp photos, then please follow us on Facebook. In Facebook you can search for us using @uptoncourtparkrun Otherwise follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/uptoncourtparkrun/

2 milestones this week. Jen Simpson earned her black 100 parkrun T-shirt by running a PB. And Alison Allen ran her 400th parkrun. No T-shirt for that, but well worth a mention.

In terms of an APTOTW (Aesthetically Pleasing Time Of The Week), there wasn't really too much competition. This week's winner is Gordon Love, who was obviously looking at his watch closely in order to get exactly 30:00.

We are very lucky to have the support of Slough Rugby Club, and to be able to use their facilities on parkrun day. So we also like to support them if we can. Next Saturday (2nd Feb) some of the younger members of the club will be raising funds towards the Phoenix and Slough Rugby Tour Nijmegen Feb 2019. Some will be running parkrun on the day raising sponsorship money. Others will be manning a cake stall and a nik nak stall here in the clubhouse. Please support them by bringing some extra money along and buying cakes and nik naks. They have the full blessing of Joanne who usually feeds us with bacon rolls and coffees etc. [please note, if you are running a milestone next Saturday, please don't bring any free cakes/biscuits etc, as we want the rugby boys to make as much money as they can to go on tour. You are welcome to bring them along the following week however....]

That's enough from me. If you haven't yet read the GoodGym run report written by Manjit Birk, that can be found here:  https://www.goodgym.org/reports/much-a-do-about-running

See you next time

Michael

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 5,619 participants have completed 30,431 parkruns covering a total distance of 152,155 km, including 4,701 new Personal Bests. A total of 414 individuals have volunteered 3,274 times.

 

New Year’s Resolutions

Event #314

5th January 2019

A decent crowd of 192 finished this week. The start of a new year means New Year’s resolutions, and we were joined by 9 people this week who were running/walking their first ever parkrun. Many start off the year intending to do more exercise, and running/walking is a great way to get those joints moving and help burn off some calories.

As I mentioned in my run briefing, some of you may want to join some local running groups in order to run more, to run faster or to run with other like-minded people. We were joined today by some runners from GoodGym, who were on their way to Ryvers School after parkrun to help with a good deed. GoodGym usually meet every Monday at 6:30pm to go on group runs and do good deeds for local groups/schools/clubs. They will be doing a parkrun ‘takeover’ here on 26th January in which they will be covering all of our volunteering roles. If you are interested in what they do, here is the link to the local website:  https://www.goodgym.org/areas/slough

There are also several running events each week organised by Run With Active Slough. Some are even held in Upton Court Park. We have a few more Active Slough timetables that we will put out on the scanners table each week if you are interested. Otherwise, you can find out more information here:  http://www.slough.gov.uk/leisure-parks-and-events/active-slough.aspx

Or, there are several local running clubs. Quite a few runners at our parkrun are members of Datchet Dashers or Burnham Joggers. I’m sure they would be more than willing to speak with you about their clubs. I know that several runners have seen their parkrun times get faster after joining a club.

 

One major milestone was run this week. Rob ALBERY ran his 250th parkrun, of which 221 have been here at UCp. Congratulations to Rob, and well done to Caren HUNT for the lovely celebration cake.

So, who has won this week’s Aesthetically Pleasing Time Of The Week (APTOTW) award? Well, we had a load of runners finishing in round minute times: Alan BATE (23:00), Lee DUMONT (25:00), Stephen CAMPION (26:00), Robert NUTTER (30:00) and Emily MILLER (35:00). But I think the most apt time goes to Taaj OJHA who started off his 2019 with a 20:19!

This week’s marvellous volunteers were:

Anne MOGRABY  •  Bob HARDMAN  •  Caren HUNT  •  Chandri KRISHNAN  •  Christopher HUNT  •  Colin John ADAMS  •  Dennis BONNIE  •  Emily EUDEN  •  Gillian RICHARDS  •  James FLISHER  •  James MIDDLETON  •  Karin DOIDGE  •  Lisa DOIDGE  •  Lisa EUDEN  •  Louise FLISHER  •  Matt SMITH  •  Michael Terence BALLARD  •  Stephen HARTIGAN  •  Sue HAYES

We are lucky in that we currently have 4 people doing their Duke of Edinburgh qualification and are volunteering regularly, but 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/

Happy running!

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).

Car Park.  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, 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 314
5th January 2019

This week 192 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers.

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 5,521 participants have completed 29,864 parkruns covering a total distance of 149,320 km, including 4,637 new Personal Bests. A total of 397 individuals have volunteered 3,232 times.

 

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