This week's run report was written by our Event Director, Kirsty Weston.
As the colder weather now seems to be behind us and spring has well and truly sprung, the Upton House parkrun team decided to try something a bit different for parkrun #44 – a naked run. This was initially met with some consternation and raised eyebrows by our runners until they realized that clothes stayed on and it was just watches, phones and other technical gadgets that needed to be removed to take part. There was much discussion in the week running up to the event on whether or not to take part with a myriad of reasons why taking part would be difficult/impossible: “I can’t run without music”, “I need my steps”, “If it’s not on Strava it didn’t happen” to name just a few.
On the day, 37 brave runners cast any doubts aside and signed up to run naked, predicting their expected finishing time. Impressively, 9 of these registered a new PB. The closest to their predicted time was the speedy young Amelia Reynolds who was 2 seconds quicker than her predicted time and with 20:47 she finished as first female and gained a new PB and age category (JW11-14) record in the process. Helen Lewis, another naked runner (pictured below with her daughter Ceri ditching their tech devices) also set a new age category record (VW55-59) and PB of 23:21.
Well done to everyone who went out of their comfort zone and tried this. We received a lot of positive feedback so will definitely be putting on naked runs again in the future. Listening to your body and paying more attention to your surroundings rather than music or your pace is quite liberating and definitely something we should all try now and again. The full set of naked results are shown below. The top three closest to their predicted time have each won a prize that can be collected this week. Although these may not be on Strava, they most definitely did happen!
In other news Pippa HEPPELL completed her 50th parkrun this week and of the 39 first timers, 9 runners were making their parkrun debut. The highest age grading was 79.83%, achieved by Stephen HOGARTH (VM55-59) in a time of 19:55.
This week 249 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 68 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 24 volunteers. Congratulations to Laura Horswill who earned her purple 25 volunteer milestone t-shirt.
Michele WHITEHURST • Denise DAY • Kirsty WESTON • Colin SOMERS • Kevin DAY • Laura HORSWILL • Daniel GOSS • Hazel MCCABE • Kate HUGHES • Morag DAY • Helen RICHARDS • Michael WESTON • Gilly ROBSON • Grace CADZOW • Rachel GLADDIS • Martin ORR • Isabelle SOMERS • Rebecca COLEMAN • Alex BARRETT • Lucy GLADDIS • Aileen BARROW • Chris WATMORE • Mark GALPIN • Amelia THOMSON
Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Upton House parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Vicki INGHAM who recorded a time of 19:32 on 21st October 2017 (event number 20).
The male record is held by Jacek CIELUSZECKI who recorded a time of 16:19 on 25th November 2017 (event number 25).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline HORDER who recorded 92.14% (22:41) on 13th January 2018 (event number 32).
Upton House parkrun started on 3rd June 2017. Since then 3,121 participants have completed 10,043 parkruns covering a total distance of 50,215 km, including 2,283 new Personal Bests.