Event #93 – 23rd March

Thanks to Michelle Ryall for this weeks run report

Upton House parkrun number 93 saw 418 keen and enthusiastic adults, children, dogs and buggies line up beneath the overcast but windless skies. Touristing parkrunners came from as far afield as Nottingham, Northumberland and Leamington Spa.

The huge variety of different tshirts, bright leggings, trainers and headbands never ceases to amaze me and that’s not just us ladies !! It’s fortunate that parkrun is forever free because we spend all our money on running gear. Thank you Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE. I particularly enjoy watching the multitude of colours as the runners and walkers make their way through the woods after the starting horn, it’s like a 100 metre rainbow snake.

For any first timers ‘the hill’ can come as a bit of a surprise but that is part of what makes our parkrun so special. We have a beautiful environment, fabulous facilities, an awesome core team and an abundance of volunteers and of course the letter U for the alphabet challenge.

Today an elderly couple stopped to ask me what was going on in the park, so gave them a shortened version of parkrun whilst I was marshalling. They were massively impressed with the whole concept of parkrun and said what a wonderful idea it was. Another member of the public commented on our M1 marshall on the hill and how supportive he was to every single person. I have to agree, I love being shouted at by Nigel as I struggle up that incline, it’s so motivating.

Saturday mornings ( and of course Sundays too ) have changed weekends forever. The reasons people take part are wide and varied. Some for the PB’s or training for other runs and that’s great. We all love to watch the speed merchants flying around the course. Some run purely for the physical health benefits. For many others it’s a reason to get out of bed, to be part of something and get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The improvement to people’s mental health is documented daily in many social media feeds. However we still need to recognise that sometimes people are not ok. Chat to your fellow runners, before and after the run, on the way down and back to the park or in the cafe. Make the hour count. Even a smile or a nod can make difference.

Looking forward to seeing you all again soon as soon as I am off the injury bench. Happy running, walking, buggy pushing and dog chasing.

This week 418 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 63 were first timers and 81 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 38 volunteers: Andy WELLINGTON • Michele WHITEHURST • Denise DAY • Jo ALLAM • Lucy HARVEY • Sue DAVIE • Jenny CAMPBELL TRAYFORD • Kevin DAY • Rose CLARKE • Elliot CLARKE • Alun DAVIE • Claire KARNATZ • Karen SMITH • Julie GOSLING • Barry MILLER • Hazel MCCABE • Maureen LUCAS • Alisa KARNATZ • Andy SORTON • Anya BRYLEWSKA • Michael WESTON • Karila FAULKNER • Philip BENHAM • Aileen BARROW • Mark GALPIN • Michelle RYALL • Karen O'SHEA • Neil O'SHEA • Nigel REDMAN • Tracy CRICKMORE • Neil WELLINGTON • Jon MITCHELL • Samuel BULLER • Shelley HARFORD • Brooke BENNETTON • Andrew BULLARD • Jacob MALLAN • Sam VINCENT

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Upton House parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Emily HUTCHINSON who recorded a time of 18:57 on 25th August 2018 (event number 63). The male record is held by Daniel MULRYAN who recorded a time of 15:45 on 29th December 2018 (event number 81). 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 5,880 participants have completed 25,191 parkruns covering a total distance of 125,955 km, including 5,009 new Personal Bests. A total of 560 individuals have volunteered 2,889 times.

 

Event #92 – 16th March 2019

Many thanks to Lucy Harvey, one of our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers, for writing this week's run report.

I think it’s fair to say that this morning’s run was a windy one, with wind speeds reaching up
to 48mph – thank you to Storm Gareth for blowing us around! This may have helped a few
of the (roughly) 80 PBs, congratulations to everyone! Today we also had 57 first timers!
Happy birthday to any birthday runners and a huge well done to anyone who ran a
milestone today! I can’t believe that today was the 92nd run at Upton and our 2nd birthday is
only 11 runs away!

53660782_911943969143351_2119923023250194432_o 54256412_911944179143330_8582506965752610816_o

Today was a very eventful run at Upton as we had many parkrunners completing the course
naked! Before you panic, by naked I mean ditching all the technology (GPS watches, phones
and headphones) and ran listening to wind and fellow runners. Before setting off, runners
wrote down their predicted times, and the three runners closest to their prediction won a
prize! A huge congratulations to Chris Sparkes and Lexie Brown who ran spot on their
predicted times and Julie Cheshire and Sandra Webb who were only one second out!
Another interesting event at Upton today was the new parkrun song by Tom Andrews (an Upton House parkrunner). It is available to listen to one YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVvD5awwWho) and can be downloaded on Spotify and Apple music with all proceeds from downloads and streams going to parkrun so why not add to your playlist?

Image (1)

As usual, there was an incredible team of 34 high-viz heroes who made parkrun possible,
and who I’m pleased to be a part of so a huge thanks to all of them! I started volunteering in
January as part of my bronze Duke of Edinburgh award and it is always one of the highlights
of my weekend! A special thank you to Kirsty Weston who was RD this week! Without these
enthusiastic helpers, I doubt I’d be able to get around the course without the occasional
high-five and cheer of motivation! A big shout out to the marshal at the top of the hill after
the small loop who was impressed by how quickly I had completed the loop, which
motivated me to keep going despite at times nearly being blown over!

One of the best parts about Upton House parkrun in my opinion, is no matter what time you
cross that finish line after the final hill, there are always others there cheering you through!
Whether you were the first one home or came in later, people are always there to support
you and make you proud of the fact it’s a Saturday morning and you’ve already completed a
5K! Each week, there is a real sense of community between the runners and volunteers!
You see and hear so many inspiring stories each week about what people have / are going
through and their reasons for running. For example, a close family friend had a heart attack
in September and it is incredible what times he is achieving (and nearly beating me which I
need to watch out for!) Every parkrunner is amazing in their own way!

Image-2

Parkrun really does lift my spirits and means a lot to me, especially at the moment. At the
start of the year I had appendicitis so have only recently been allowed to run again. After a
few weeks of slower runs, today I got my first PB since June last year and knocked 2 mins of
last week’s run achieving 31:01! In a few weeks I have to have another operation. My family
laughs at me because one of the first things I said once told about it was, “How long until I
will be back at parkrun?” Everyone at parkrun is so supportive and I know when I’m back,
the same smiley faces will be cheering me on every week!

When out there running and it starts to feel tough, dig deep and think of someone who
would love to be running alongside you.

This week 397 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 57 were first timers and 78 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:

Andy WELLINGTON • Michele WHITEHURST • Keith MANN • Denise DAY • James CRICKMORE • Lucy HARVEY • Kirsty WESTON • Kevin DAY • Rose CLARKE • Elliot CLARKE • Helen RICHARDS • Samantha SPARKES • Alison HARDY • Ken HUNTER • Wendy BRIMICOMBE • Chris SPARKES • Philip BENHAM • Rebecca COLEMAN • Scott WINTHROP • Aileen BARROW • Mark GALPIN • Michelle RYALL • Karen O'SHEA • Neil O'SHEA • James TAYLOR • Roger CRICKMORE • Neil WELLINGTON • Grace MORRISON • Samuel BULLER • Brooke BENNETTON • Greg NEILSON • Rachel IRVINE • Jacob MALLAN • Sam VINCENT

Milestones this week
50 Kit WALDER
50 Matthew BROWN
50 Emma RISK
50 Andrew DINNIVAN
10 Holly EVANS
10 Charlie BRAZIER

Highest age grading
Lexie BROWN 82.48 %

Misc. stats
Most experienced parkrunner was Rav SAINI (356). Most represented club was Poole Runners with 25 runners. The beneficial south south-westerly led to a huge 78 PBs and our first finisher was quicker than Poole's, despite their flat-as-a-pancake course!

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Upton House parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Emily HUTCHINSON who recorded a time of 18:57 on 25th August 2018 (event number 63).
The male record is held by Daniel MULRYAN who recorded a time of 15:45 on 29th December 2018 (event number 81).
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 5,817 participants have completed 24,773 parkruns covering a total distance of 123,865 km, including 4,928 new Personal Bests. A total of 557 individuals have volunteered 2,851 times.

 

Event# 90 – 2nd March

Another great morning at Upton House parkrun on Saturday and we were visited by Verwood Runners, who certainly brighten up the course. It looked like we had an invasion of purple minions! It was great to meet you all and we hope you visit us again. This weeks report is written by Sarah of Verwood Runners ..

Verwood Runners

Saturday 2nd March a group of 35 Verwood Runners descended on Upton House parkrun. Our home parkrun is Moors Valley but over the Winter we like to try out different local ones; a poll was done on our Facebook group and Upton was the clear winner, and the rest as they say, is history!

We met in the carpark about 8.30, paid our early bird £1 for parking and used the lovely clean toilets. All ticks so far! We wandered through for the race briefing where we received a really warm welcome, as did all those visiting, celebrating birthdays or special runs.

Birthday celebrations for Jack!

Birthday celebrations for Jack!

We wished each other luck and then headed to the start. Now the start at Upton is quite narrow so if you're after a PB or not just along for the chun (chat and run) then you're best to get yourself to the front. I, surprisingly met a guy from work who was also touristing at Upton but had driven a lot further than me to be there, so we lined up together. And off we went. The route is 3 loops. A large one back round to the start, a smaller one, and then the large one again. Today it was a little muddy and puddley in places which added to the fun.

The marshalling was a real highlight of this parkrun. Lots of friendly well done's and words of encouragement were shouted out and all our group remarked on how nice this was. Big shout out and thanks to the man marshalling at the top of the hill, near the finish, he was especially fun!

Despite the mud and undulations, our group knocked out some great times today. Special mention to Ryan who got a 5k PB at 20:15 and Chris who had his first run back since having a heart attack Boxing Day (ably assisted by Katy who kept reminding him to slow down!)

For me, this was my 3rd time at Upton. Not a PB today but I did receive a mighty Verwood Runners cheer as I came round the corner to take the downhill finish which capped off what was a brilliant run experience. Thanks for having us Upton, I'm sure we'll be back again if you'll have us!

This week 441 people ran, jogged and walked the course. We had 82 first timers at Upton House this week, including 12 making their parkrun debut and 56 runners recorded new Personal Bests.

Clare Harvey - Celebrated her 50th run.

Clare Harvey - Celebrated her 50th run.

Milestones this week
50 Claire HARVEY (new PB)
10 Josh GOBLE

The highest age grading this week was Stephen HOGARTH with 80.70 % , and our most experienced parkrunner was David BRYLEWSKI with a whopping 320 runs! The most represented clubs were Verwood Runners and Lytchett Manor Striders, each bringing 21 runners.

First time volunteers this week were: Dawn DIBDEN, Daisy FELTHAM, Kelly FRY and Coleen MATTHEWS

The event was made possible by 37 volunteers:

Andy WELLINGTON • Michele WHITEHURST • Keith MANN • Denise DAY • James CRICKMORE • Lucy HARVEY • Jenny CAMPBELL TRAYFORD • Kevin DAY • Elliot CLARKE • Julie GOSLING • Barry MILLER • Christopher MILLER • Kate HUGHES • Dawn DIBDEN • Andy SORTON • Helen RICHARDS • Samantha SPARKES • Sarah CANDY • Karila FAULKNER • Philip BENHAM • Karen TOWNLEY • Alex BARRETT • Dylan TOWNLEY • James PARNALL • Aileen BARROW • Nigel REDMAN • Roger CRICKMORE • Tracy CRICKMORE • Grace MORRISON • Kelly FRY • Roman FRY • Coleen MATTHEWS • Les BONIFACE • Brooke BENNETTON • Rachel IRVINE • Jacob MALLAN • Daisy FELTHAM
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Upton House parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Emily HUTCHINSON who recorded a time of 18:57 on 25th August 2018 (event number 63).
The male record is held by Daniel MULRYAN who recorded a time of 15:45 on 29th December 2018 (event number 81).
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 5,722 participants have completed 24,051 parkruns covering a total distance of 120,255 km, including 4,786 new Personal Bests. A total of 555 individuals have volunteered 2,783 times.

 

Event #89 – 23rd February 2019

Despite having run Upton many times before- including one of its first, I’ve never written the race report before - or indeed any race report before, so bear with me - and I thought now was the time!

I’ve come home for the weekend from uni (up in Durham) and I definitely picked the right weekend for it - Durham parkrun finishes on the river - and yet I still think Upton is one of the prettiest (and hardest) courses - especially in weather like this morning!

A brilliant turn out of 446 were there to witness the sun begin to heat up what became a glorious Saturday, burning the mist off across the harbour and raising everyone’s spirits (and body temperature!) accordingly!
Aside from the weather, I have a few highlights that made today such a brilliant run. Firstly, I’d like to thank, as ever, all 36 volunteers. You cheer, encourage, support and keep us all safe every week and I know I speak for everyone when I say how grateful I am. A special shout out this week to the marshal approximately half way round the bigger loop, who was shading himself with a tea towel - if this was for sun protection, he was certainly well prepared!

pr230219

A second highlight would have to be the spectators. Each and everyone of you does as much cheering as the volunteers (even my Dad!) and it’s fantastic to see the age range of people visiting to watch the run. I particularly loved seeing all the young children excited by watching Mummy, Daddy, grandparents or friends run this week. The two children waiting on the tree stump near the end to cheer on their mum were the loudest spectators I think I’ve ever heard! I can’t not mention possibly my favourite spectator though, the adorable little boy in the red onesie, who was offering high fives aplenty on the finishing straight - he helped get me up that hill!

A massive well done to everyone on their run (in fact there were 101 PBs today, so the sun lifted everyone’s spirits and pace!), but a couple of people I’d just want to give a shout out too would be Zoe Wright, who completed this run (her first at Upton) the day after her birthday, so happy birthday to her too! I’d also like to say a big well done to Cerys Rowledge, who completed her first ever Park Run today, in a brilliant time. Comment and tell us all about your runs too, but that’s about it from me for this week!

pr230219-2

This week 466 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 82 were first timers and 101 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 45 different clubs took part.

Milestones this week

50 Hilary LOVELESS
50 Keith FRASER
50 Simon WILDBUR
10 Jessica P MOORS

Highest age grading
David JONES 77.45 %

Most experienced parkrunner was Rav SAINI (353). Most represented club was Lytchett Manor Striders with 26 runners.
First time volunteers: Cally BARNES, Lucy BURROWS and Katie TOWNLEY

82 first timers at Upton House this week, including 20 making their parkrun debut.

The event was made possible by 36 volunteers:

Nick GAVIN • Andy WELLINGTON • Ade HOLLOWAY • Michele WHITEHURST • Keith MANN • Philip WHITEHURST • Jenny BROWN • Harry BROWN • Denise DAY • Jo ALLAM • Kirstin HAY • Lucy HARVEY • Kirsty WESTON • Stephen HOGARTH • Kevin DAY • Carly HAWKINS • Barry MILLER • Jemma MURRAY • Hazel MCCABE • Helen RICHARDS • Michael WESTON • Karen TOWNLEY • Jessica CHILCOTT • Alex BARRETT • Dylan TOWNLEY • Katie TOWNLEY • James PARNALL • Aileen BARROW • Lucy BURROWS • Lewis CLARKE • Cally BARNES • Roger CRICKMORE • Les BONIFACE • Paul ARNAUDY • Jacob MALLAN • Sam VINCENT

volunteers230219

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Upton House parkrun Results Page.

 

Event #88 – 16th February 2019

Many thanks to Rowan Fletcher, who was visiting us from Derbyshire, for writing this week's report.

It’s official….I have the parkrun bug!

Having driven down from Derbyshire for a long weekend to see family, my first thought was whether there was a parkrun nearby! I was extremely pleased to find there was one at Upton House – I spent my first 18 years living nearby, and had many a walk around the country park at different times of the year, but Boxing Day meet-ups with friends of mum and dad’s (affectionately known as ‘the gang’!) sprung to mind, when we would brave the elements for fresh air and exercise after the excesses of the day before! Happy times.

I’ve done a handful of parkruns at my local course, Poolsbrook in Chesterfield, which was formerly a colliery from 1875 to 1988, and is now a country park. The course is a flat gravel path, ran anti-clockwise three times around a large lake. I love the atmosphere of parkrun, the sense of community and the fact that there are people of all ages, abilities, those with prams, dogs etc. who turn up and enjoy themselves on a Saturday morning. I only wish I’d tried it sooner.

The morning was a bit grey and mizzly but it didn’t detract from my excitement at trying a new course. We got the ‘early bird’ car park rate (thank you!) and spoke to a couple of people who pointed us in the direction of the briefing. I wanted to make sure I took everything in around me as I ran around. My husband usually plays golf on a Saturday morning, but as we were away, it was great he came along and took part. After meeting the run director Jenny, we listened to a ‘first timers briefing’ from one of the brilliant volunteers (one man commented nervously that he had heard the word ‘hill’ twice!); shortly after that, we were off!

IMG-4302

One of the things that appealed about the Upton House course was the different scenery and terrain, a few short hills and a lovely mix of different countryside. You’ve got a great parkrun…open fields, ponds, wooded areas – there’s so much to see. It was lovely to spot the water of Holes Bay – Chesterfield is so far inland, it takes a good while to get to the coast in any direction!

We both really enjoyed our first parkrun at Upton House. We met some lovely people – I hope the New Forest couple enjoyed their full English breakfast after! Thanks to the all the volunteers who gave up their time to make the parkrun possible. A ‘well done’ and a cheer really did help – special thanks to the ‘Mine’s a Guinness’ marshall, who was ‘high fiving everyone’ as they went by – it definitely made us smile and spurred us on that extra bit. The 5km seemed to go quite quickly too, which was a good sign!

Thank you Upton House parkrun for making us feel so welcome. We loved it! If you’re ever in Chesterfield, please come and say hello at Poolsbrook and try our course – it would be great to see you. I’m already planning my next visit to Dorset and will definitely be back for another run round your beautiful course sometime in the near future.

This week 444 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 69 were first timers and 99 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part. There were 69 first timers at Upton House this week, including 11 making their parkrun debut. The most experienced parkrunner was visitor Donna RODGER (320). Most represented clubs were Poole Runners and Lytchett Manor Striders, each bringing 25 runners.

Milestones this week:
100 Susan MATTACKS
100 Mike BARRON
100 Stuart HANCOCK
50 Caz PRICE
25 volunteers Wendy BRIMICOMBE

New age category records:
VM60-64 Stephen HOGARTH 19:20
JW11-14 Lexie BROWN 19:36
Lexie is the first junior female (aged just 11) and only the 9th female overall to run under 20 minutes at Upton House.

IMG-4306

Highest age grading
Lexie BROWN 84.86 %

The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Andy WELLINGTON • Michele WHITEHURST • Keith MANN • Denise DAY • Kevin DAY • James CRICKMORE • Mark POPE • Kirsty WESTON • Jenny CAMPBELL TRAYFORD • Kevin DAY • Rose CLARKE • Elliot CLARKE • Christopher MILLER • Andrew LEACH • Ruth PAYNE • Wendy BRIMICOMBE • Philip BENHAM • Gina HARTLEY • Alex BARRETT • Rowan ROBERTS • James PARNALL • Ian BANDY • Scott WINTHROP • Nicola MARKHAM • Michelle RYALL • Roger CRICKMORE • Roman FRY • Les BONIFACE • Greg NEILSON • Rachel IRVINE • Jacob MALLAN • Sam VINCENT

First time volunteer: Roman FRY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Upton House parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Emily HUTCHINSON who recorded a time of 18:57 on 25th August 2018 (event number 63).
The male record is held by Daniel MULRYAN who recorded a time of 15:45 on 29th December 2018 (event number 81).
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 5,558 participants have completed 23,144 parkruns covering a total distance of 115,720 km, including 4,629 new Personal Bests. A total of 545 individuals have volunteered 2,710 times.

⇐ Newer Posts