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.