Upton Court parkrun
Event number 289
14th July 2018
We had our annual start up at the main park gates this week, due to the rugby 7s tournament taking place at our usual venue at the Rugby Club. With a great view along the tree-lined avenue towards Windsor castle at the start, we received many nice comments from visitors about the park and the course. A few regulars however did say that the 'hill' was harder today. Usually we run up it at the beginning of the 5km, when you are just getting started and getting used to the pace. But today, because they'd run 1km on downhill and flat sections first, once they arrived at the hill they felt like they'd used up too much energy too early.
This week 131 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part. 1 club that was not well represented here today was Datchet Dashers. Many of them were over at Bracknell parkrun for the 'away' leg of their mob match vs Bracknell Forest Runners. I hope they did well.
It wasn't quite as hot as last week, but it was noticeable how close to the bushes and trees everyone was trying to stand after the run, picking out the little bits of shade. Luckily, local ice cream man Franco did turn up this week, and sold a few Mr Whippys. Thanks also to Matt for bringing a load of water bottles in case anyone needed them.
The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:
Andrew OGIERMAN • Dave THOMAS • Bob HARDMAN • Michael Terence BALLARD • Matt SMITH • John SHAW • Avninder MOOKAR • Belinda ROUNCE • Dean BAINBRIDGE • Dawn FUNNELL • Sue ALLEN • Lisa EUDEN • Karin DOIDGE • Ana-Maria BARFA
Thank you to all of them. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to volunteer here.
There were no T-shirt milestones this week, but mention must be made of Dave Thomas reaching 450 parkruns. Nearly 1 in 10 of those have been run here at Upton Court, and Dave brought a large cake along with him to celebrate.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Upton Court parkrun Results Page.
Next week we are back to our normal venue at Slough Rugby Club and hopefully back to normal in terms of facilities and refreshments. It's at times like this over the last 2 weeks when we realise just how lucky we are here at Upton Court parkrun to have the facilities and support of Slough Rugby Club. Thank you to them, and to Slough Borough Council too.
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 4,684 participants have completed 25,705 parkruns covering a total distance of 128,525 km, including 4,051 new Personal Bests.
See you again soon.
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