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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
WE NEED YOU!
See you next time.
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.
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