Many thanks to Event Director, Kirsty Weston, who has written this week's run report.
Wow - doesn't time fly when you're having fun? It's hard to believe that Upton House parkrun is already a year old. We've run in Storm Brian, run naked, run with the founder of parkrun and run in all seasons and weathers. To mark this special event there was a superheroes theme and, just like the inaugural event, the weather was glorious for it.
When the event was first launched, the core team and I were curious how it would take off. Would people come and try but then head back to their usual parkrun? How long would it take before we established our own community of regular runners and volunteers? We didn't have to wait long as within a few months, we began to see the same faces week on week along with local visitors and tourists from further afield. Looking around at the huge crowd that gathered for the anniversary event, I was immensely proud of the lovely community we have created and that is thanks to everyone who has ever run, jogged, walked or volunteered with us. Special thanks must go to the awesome core team (Jenny, Denise, Helen, Michele, Kevin, Kate, Alex, Michael, Barry) who do so much work behind the scenes to organise the event week in week out.
We thought it would be nice to mark the anniversary with a few awards. Congratulations to all the award winners who were:
Volunteer of the Year - Neil O'Shea
Neil has volunteered 23 times and has done pretty much every role there is
Fidelity Award - John Morris
John has been to 45 of the first 50 runs which is more than even any member of the core team!
PB Award - Chris Sparkes and Archie Weedon
Both Chris and Archie have knocked six minutes of their time and have registered 15 PBs each. Great work guys!
parkrunner of the Year - Danika Westwood
Danika is a relatively new runner and is more often seen at parkrun volunteering. She has been photographer no less than 11 times and I'm sure all of us have tagged ourselves or shared one of the wonderful photos she takes and spends hours editing for us to enjoy. Thank you Danika - all very well deserved award.
The full set of stats can be seen here. The award rosettes were kindly provided by fellow parkrunner Sarah Edwards (see here for details and more of her work).
On to the event itself. Another thing we wondered in the run up to this event was "Would people dress up?" and "Would there be enough cake?". We needn't have worried on either count as there were superheroes aplenty and two whole tables full of cakes for us all the enjoy at the end! Big thanks to all the bakers. It was great to see so many heroes literally fly up the hill on the big loop accompanied by superheroes themes.
This week 318 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 63 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part. First finisher today was Tom East, in 17:55, followed by first superhero Sean "Ironman" Edwards in 18:21 then Scott Parfitt in 18:41. The first three lady finishers were Kristy Guneratne in 20:40, Krista Cartlidge in 21:35 and Laura Edmonds in 21:57. Congratulations to the following runners celebrating milestone runs: Hayley Vincent (100), Kate Graham (50).
I will leave you with a selection of the comments from our "Appeciation Board" (with the Poole parkrun team ones edited out!).
Just the best weekend starter. Thanks Upton
Fab support from everyone. Great atmopshere. Love it
Love the way everyone supports and encourages each other
LOVE IT. Even on a bad running day. Fun + enthusiasm + encouragement
We love running at Upton House parkrun as a couple
Everybody is so friendly
It's the only thing that gets me out of bed at 8am on a Saturday
Good for my health (stops me drinking too much on a Friday night)
Local, very well organised. So welcoming for families and runners of all abilities
It's a great track, great people and my fav parkrun ever
I didn't want to start running alone, it's nice to be part of a group
Here's to another great year of Upton House parkrun. Don't forget our social event on Saturday 9th June in the Walled Garden where get to meet and chat not clad in lycra and with our tipple and snacks of choice. Bring your own picnic and drinks and drop in any time between 6pm and 9pm.
The event was made possible by 45 volunteers:
Andy WELLINGTON • Kate RABJOHNS • Denise DAY • Geoff SCOTT • Leila WHITTLE • Kirsty WESTON • Sue DAVIE • Jenny CAMPBELL TRAYFORD • Stephen HOGARTH • Kevin DAY • Rose CLARKE • Elliot CLARKE • Alun DAVIE • Barry MILLER • Jemma MURRAY • Jack LEACH • Kate HUGHES • Morag DAY • Michael WESTON • Ann DEVERILL • Julia HOWLETT • Janet TEMPLE-EDWARDS • Wendy BRIMICOMBE • Rachel GLADDIS • Philip BENHAM • Esther DOWNES • Julie HITCHING • Fletcher MURRAY • Graham FORD • Rick BOVILL • Danika WESTWOOD • Matthew BOSANQUET • Jessica CHILCOTT • Alex BARRETT • Scott GALPIN • Alfie BOSANQUET • Bobby BOSANQUET • Lucy GLADDIS • Aileen BARROW • Janette WITHERS • Hilary LOVELESS • Mark GALPIN • Neil O'SHEA • Tracy CRICKMORE • Duncan LANE
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 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 3,472 participants have completed 11,869 parkruns covering a total distance of 59,345 km, including 2,613 new Personal Bests.