Upton Court parkrun
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!