Event #51 – 9 June 2018, #NHS70

A big thank you to our Duke of Edinburgh Volunteer, Jack Leach.  Despite lots of homework and revision this week, Jack was determined to write this week's Run Report.

This week we had an NHS themed run to celebrate 70-years since the lifesaving service began on 5 July 1948.  It was a good opportunity for everyone to recognise and thank the NHS staff who are heroes to many.  It is great for parkrun to be part of this because it is all about promoting health and fitness, if you walk or run, you are still making your way around the 5k course.  Did you know that it burns roughly the same amount of calories whether you walk, jog or run.


So how does running make you feel?  Fit, active or maybe just sweaty!  Whatever your reasons, just do it.  One of the best things about parkrun is the community, something Upton House parkrun has plenty of.  I found this week’s run really tough with a combination of not running for a few weeks and the heat.  It was the runners that came up behind me that kept me going with words of encouragement, so thank you.

There were 288 people who ran, jogged and walked this week’s parkrun.  51 recorded new personal bests with 44 being first timers, including 14 making their debut to the parkrun family.  Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.  So whether it was your first parkrun, or you were celebrating your 347th, well done, we hope to see you again very soon.


The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Hugh GURNEY • Andy WELLINGTON • Michele WHITEHURST • Philip WHITEHURST • Denise DAY • Sheena KEEP • James CRICKMORE • Jo ALLAM • Kirsty WESTON • Jenny CAMPBELL TRAYFORD • Kevin DAY • Rose CLARKE • Elliot CLARKE • Barry MILLER • Jemma MURRAY • Hazel MCCABE • Jack LEACH • Kate HUGHES • Helen RICHARDS • Gilly ROBSON • Cate READ • Philip BENHAM • Isabelle SOMERS • Rob POLLARD • Alex BARRETT • Lucy GLADDIS • Hilary LOVELESS • Toby POLLARD • Robert GRAHAM • Amelia THOMSON • Roger CRICKMORE

Milestones this week: (100) Roy CARR and (50) Melanie UNDERHILL

New age category record: (VM45-49) Martin YELLING 18:20

Highest age grading: (VM55-59) Stephen HOGARTH 19:56 (79.77%)

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 3,516 participants have completed 12,157 parkruns covering a total distance of 60,785 km, including 2,664 new Personal Bests.


Event#50 – 2nd June 2018, 1st Anniversary run!

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.



Event #50 – 26th May 2018

This week's run report was written by Jack Leach, one of our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers. Photograph by Chloe Hawkins.

This week’s parkrun has been a great one with a total of 243 people making their way around the course.

The event started off with a run briefing from Michael Weston, where four people were announced to be doing a milestone run. Doing their 10th run was Chloe Dawes, doing their 50th run were Chris Marshall and Annie Galanti (who also got a new PB) and finally, doing their 100th parkrun was Ray Graham (below). Well done to everyone!


The event would not have been able to take place without the 24 volunteers. They were: Hugh GURNEY • Andy WELLINGTON • Denise DAY • Sheena KEEP • Jacqui IVES • Kirsty WESTON • Kevin DAY • Elliot CLARKE • Jackie GODDEN • Jack LEACH • Morag DAY • Benjamin IVES • Michael WESTON • Gilly ROBSON • Karila FAULKNER • Rachel GLADDIS • Martin ORR • Jessica CHILCOTT • Alex BARRETT • Lucy GLADDIS • Aileen BARROW • Melanie DINNIVAN • Michelle RYALL • Neil O'SHEA

Today, out of the 243 parkrunners, 56 people were new to Upton House parkrun, 17 of these made their parkrun debut, we hope you will all be back soon. A fantastic 33 people achieved a personal best. Since the first event has taken place on the 3rd June 2017, 3409 participants have completed a combined total of 11551 parkruns and the distance of this is 57755 km.

A quick notice for next week, as it is Upton House parkrun’s 1st birthday, there will be a superhero theme and as for the volunteers, they wear their superhero outfit every week.


Event #49 – 19th May 2018

Thanks to Sarah Crake for this weeks run report


The day had arrived, laced with hope and anticipation. The sun was blazing in a brilliant blue sky, the glorious sunlight accentuating the stunning setting in which the event was imminently to take place. Perfect conditions for the big day.

In these beautiful surroundings, men, women, and children began to congregate. Dressed for the occasion, a splendid show of colour and flair.


And hats. So many hats!

People had travelled from far and wide, with visitors from Canada mingling with locals making the most of this magnificent May morning. It was apparent that this was a moment overflowing with emotion. Faces lit with nerves and excitement, others with just a hint of anxiety – would everything go to plan?

As the moment drew nearer, a silence fell and all eyes looked towards the lady who stepped forwards, commanding our attention. Her apparel spoke volumes – white, borrowed and blue, all in one gloriously iconic piece. The much admired, much respected RD vest.


Denise Day gave the race briefing to the rapt audience of Upton House parkrun. Preparation for the Royal Wedding might be happening elsewhere, but 282 runners, joggers and walkers had other business to take care of today. The small matter of Upton House parkrun event no. 49.

In amongst the 282 were 45 first timers at Upton House, 11 of whom chose this auspicious day to debut and say "I do", exchanging their barcodes with the scanners for the very first time – may you all have a long, and loving relationship with parkrun.

There was also a glorious group of ladies celebrating life and health by taking on the course in their bras. Well done ladies, fabulous work!


Annette Mogg ran her 50th parkrun this week – very well done, Annette! You wore the cape with right royal elegance!

Two new age category records were set:
VW55-59 Helen LEWIS 22:51
VM85-89 Roy HEELEY 41:49 (first timer)

Well done everyone! Awesome running!
And of course – the Princes and Princesses of parkrun. The volunteers. 29 of you gave your time to make this event possible.

To wrap this up, I'm going to paraphrase Bishop Michael Curry. And expand a bit...

This was a celebration of a different kind. A show of love for the volunteers, a show of love for the beautiful trails of Upton Country Park, and a show of love for the joy of parkrun.
There is power in love. Think of the first time you fell in love with parkrun. With the joy of movement. With the great outdoors. With the glow of achievement and camaraderie. I love parkrun. I hope you do to.

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