French weekend. Bastille Day parkrun and then the World Cup

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.

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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 uptoncourthelpers@parkrun.com 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.

Michael

This free event is brought to you by our volunteers and our sponsors:
Vitality Alheimers Research UK Intersport LBS Exodus
 

REMINDER – Alternative Start/Finish line positions this Saturday 14th

A reminder that because of a Rugby 7's tournament taking place at the Rugby Club, we will be moving our parkrun start and finish lines up to the opposite corner of the park this Saturday, the 14th of July.

The start will now be near the main park gates, on the roadway that runs down through the park, next to the large free car park on Upton Court Road, which is next to Long Close School.  Satnav SL3 7LU  [If you do try to park down at the Rugby Club, you will be charged an admission fee by them]

This also means that once again we will not have the normal facilities or refreshments or toilets.  Sorry about that.  I have asked a local ice cream man to turn up this week near the main gates at around 9:15am.  Let's hope he makes it this week!!!  He should have water bottles and ice lollies.

 

 

Alternative Start/Finish line positions this Saturday 14th

As mentioned during last Saturday's run briefing and run report, because of a Rugby 7's tournament taking place at the Rugby Club, we will be moving our parkrun start and finish lines up to the opposite corner of the park this Saturday, the 14th of July.

The start will now be near the main park gates, on the roadway that runs down through the park, next to the large free car park on Upton Court Road, which is next to Long Close School.  Satnav SL3 7LU  [If you do try to park down at the Rugby Club, you will be charged an admission fee by them]

This also means that once again we will not have the normal facilities of refreshments or toilets.  Sorry about that.

 

 

 

What a scorcher!

Upton Court parkrun
Event number 288
7th July 2018

And I'm not talking about Harry Maguire's header against Sweden!  It was hot on the park, and although we thought our local friendly ice cream man was going to turn up with ice cream and water, he didn't.  Sorry folks.  I have asked him to come next Saturday, as once again we will not have the usual facilities of the Rugby Club.

Because of a rugby tournament being held at the Rugby Club next Saturday, we will have the Start and Finish lines of our parkrun near the main gates to Upton Court Park.  This is on the road that runs down through the park, next to the large free car park by Long Close school.  A reminder will be posted later in the week.

This week 166 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Colin John ADAMS • Jonathan DAVIES • Michelle JENKINS • Michael Terence BALLARD • Dennis BONNIE • Matt SMITH • Shiv BADLI • Harbhajan DHILLON • Moray BARCLAY • James BENNETT • Emily EUDEN • Lisa EUDEN • 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 4,658 participants have completed 25,574 parkruns covering a total distance of 127,870 km, including 4,031 new Personal Bests.

 

UPDATED Limited Rugby Club facilities this Saturday 7th Toilets will be available.

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, we will not have access to all the Rugby Club facilities this Saturday. This means no indoor space, no kitchen, no refreshments and no toilets.  WE WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THE TOILETS. (Updated 18:55  05/07/18)

Please bear this in mind, especially if you are coming from a long way away.

parkrun will still take place. Please bring your own water and other refreshments. It looks like it's going to be another scorcher.

If we do have any updates to share, we will of course do this via the normal channels.

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