Event #32 – 13th January 2018

This week Lexie Brown has written our run report. You may well have noticed Lexie, who is one of our regulars. At 10 years old, she is generally found near the front of the field and impresses us weekly with her determination and speed.

Well done parkrun for another brilliant Saturday morning run. It was bright but chilly as 282 parkrunners waited at the start. I'm always excited to run but never as excited as the black and white dog that I Iisten for every week!

This week I was running with my Uncle because Mummy had an injury. I started off and we zig-zagged along the first path, it was quite muddy but there weren't many puddles!  I always recognise people on the course and lots of people say, "Hello Lexie" on my way round. My Grandad and Daddy always cheer me on as I go up the hill at the end of the first loop.

I was very lucky because a very kind man called Matt Bosanquet let me run with him when my Uncle couldn't keep up! Thank you Matt I got my fastest time ever! I also want to thank Dannielle Stanning because she always encourages me round. People are so kind to me at the parkrun it's like a family and I love being part of it.

Well done to Caroline Horder who set both a new age category record for Upton House and the highest ever age grading (VW 65-69, 22:41, 92.14%).  I was also lucky to set a new JW10 record of 21:44 and was 1st female.

I can't wait for next Saturday.


I also love to volunteer and it is so nice when you are a marshal to cheer people on.  Thank you to all the volunteers this week:

Andy WELLINGTON • Denise DAY • Sheela HOBDEN • Rachel ELFORD • Jacqui IVES • Jenny TRAYFORD • Kevin DAY • Daniel MEINECK • Daniel GOSS • Hazel MCCABE • Kate HUGHES • Jamie GOLEBIOWSKI • Benjamin IVES • Emma GOLEBIOWSKA • Helen RICHARDS • Michael WESTON • Gilly ROBSON • Alison HARDY • Karila FAULKNER • Rachel GLADDIS • Ellie MEINECK • Graham FORD • Camilla BROWN • Lexie BROWN • Amelia DOUGHTY • Rick BOVILL • Alex BARRETT • Archie DIBBEN • Lucy GLADDIS • Mark GALPIN • Robert GRAHAM • Neil O'SHEA • Amelia THOMSON • Carol BENDINELLI • Danny THRASHER

New age category records:
JW10 Lexie BROWN 21:44 (first female finisher and second highest age grading on the day, 78.53%)
VW65-69 Caroline HORDER 22:41 (highest age grading on the day and setting a new Upton House age graded record of 92.14%)
There were 54 first timers at Upton House this week, including 18 making their parkrun debut.

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 2,503 participants have completed 6,969 parkruns covering a total distance of 34,845 km, including 1,618 new Personal Bests.




Event #31 – 6th January 2018

Thank you to Faye Cutler for writing this weeks report

Happy New Year everyone! And what a fantastic turn out for Upton House’s first Park Run of 2018!

The New Year is a time for looking forward, trying new things and a great time to set new goals! And if this week’s numbers are anything to go by, then there are a lot of people (myself included) who have made Park Run attendance one of their new year’s resolutions! Hoorah!

Photo 1 - Runners

It was so lovely to see so many regular cheery faces, some tourists and so many newbies on such a bitterly cold and fresh winter’s morning! With an excellent turnout of 269 participants who ran, jogged and walked the course, of which, a staggering 78 were first timers, and an amazing 37 new Personal Bests were recorded!

A huge well done to Gareth Alan-Williams from Poole AC, who is celebrating his first ever first place finish in an excellent time of 17.26! And a special congratulations to our regular Lexie Brown, who was our first female finisher, with a superb time of 23.22! In addition, Martin Smith and Gillian Bronze both ran their 50th and Cameron Corbin ran his 10th!

Photo 2 - Vegan Runners

As previously mentioned, new year is a time for trying new things, and January is also known as Veganuary month, where people are inspired to try Vegan for one month, and we were pleased to welcome representatives from the Vegan Runners club this week!

photo 3 hotsteppers

With a total of 28 clubs being represented this week, it was hard not to notice, a great turn out form the local Hotsteppers club too!

So, whether your goal for 2018 is to get a personal best, to exercise regularly, to make new friends or to give something back, then we look forward to seeing you again at our beautiful Upton House Park Run!

Photo 4 - Upton House

And of course, this fantastic event could not go ahead without the amazing volunteers…..

Michele WHITEHURST • Philip WHITEHURST • Graeme BECKETT • Alan CARD • Julia CARD • Denise DAY • Julie NORRIS • Sheena KEEP • Sheela HOBDEN • Sophia POTTER • Kirsty WESTON • Jenny TRAYFORD • Paul WHITTY • Kevin DAY • Jack POTTER • Rose CLARKE • Elliot CLARKE • Daniel GOSS • Barry MILLER • Hazel MCCABE • Gilly ROBSON • Ann DEVERILL • Peter HOWLETT • Julia HOWLETT • Liz STEVENS • Karila FAULKNER • Rachel GLADDIS • Camilla BROWN • Archie DIBBEN • Tim CARTER • Lucy GLADDIS • Neil O'SHEA • Faye CUTLER • Carol BENDINELLI • Danny THRASHER

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 Lin LASCELLES who recorded 86.87% (20:03) on 7th October 2017 (event number 18).

Upton House parkrun started on 3rd June 2017. Since then 2,449 participants have completed 6,687 parkruns covering a total distance of 33,435 km, including 1,532 new Personal Bests.


Event #30 – 30th December 2017

Many thanks go again to Carrie Clark who has written her second run report in three weeks for our last run of 2017. Why not consider volunteering as run report writer in 2018? It's always great to hear about parkrun from different perspectives.

Upton’s 30th and final parkrun of 2017 took place on a comparatively balmy Saturday 30th December. The recent cold weather had been replaced by very heavy rainfall overnight, resulting in some stretches of the course being akin to a mud bath. Much jumping over muddy puddles, side-stepping or directly running through them ensued, meaning that most runners ended up taking a large part of the course home with them on their shoes, legs and running tights.  However, for many regular runners at Upton this is part of the fun and, coupled with the undulating landscape, makes the course both more challenging and interesting and has firmly established Upton as a favourite parkrun in the local area.

The event saw 235 people run, jog and walk the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Well done to those of you that managed to finish the year on a high and secure a faster time, especially as many of us really struggled to run off the excesses of the festive period and find that bit of sparkle.  In total, representatives of 28 different clubs took part. Congratulations to Lynne Welch and Kate Allam, for completing their 100th runs and to Michele Whitehurst and Rick Bovill for completing their 50th parkrun at Upton House.


The first finisher overall was Duncan Cooper in 17:45 with a fantastic age grading of 85.16 %, narrowly behind the Age Grade course record held by Lin Lascelles who recorded 86.87% in October. The first female finisher was Judith Vlaarkamp who recorded an impressive 21:50; congratulations to both for beating the post-Christmas slump. A mention should also go to Nigel Rackham who was the second finisher in a time of 17:49 and even closer to the age graded record with his score of 86.25%. Three age category records were set on the run: Duncan Cooper (50-54), Nigel Rackham (55-59) and Tom Harrison (80-84) who ran an amazing 30:07.


As ever, the event was made possible by a group of fantastic 30 volunteers:

Michele WHITEHURST • Philip WHITEHURST • Graeme BECKETT • Denise DAY • Andy BECKETT • Kirsty WESTON • Paul WHITTY • Kevin DAY • Daniel MEINECK • Alun DAVIE • Jemma MURRAY • Kate HUGHES • Helen RICHARDS • Michael WESTON • Gilly ROBSON • Rachel GLADDIS • Carrie CLARK • Camilla BROWN • Danika WESTWOOD • Alex BARRETT • Archie DIBBEN • Catherine DODGE • Lucy GLADDIS • Fiona COPE • Jason HANCOCK • Anne CONSTABLE • Robert GRAHAM • Neil O'SHEA • Faye CUTLER • Amelia THOMSON


Thank you to all these people for giving up their time and making the run possible as it simply could not happen without you.

The consensus is an overwhelming, positive endorsement of Upton House parkrun which is now a well-established event and it is hard to believe that it has only taken place since the 3rd June this year. Since then 2,371 participants have completed 6,418 parkruns covering a total distance of 32,090 km, including 1,495 new Personal Bests. As the year ends, long may it continue and thank you to all runners and volunteers who have made this event what it is. Wishing you all a very healthy, happy New Year and we are looking forward to seeing you all in 2018 for some more running!


Event #29 – 23 December 2017

Many thanks to Karen Fordham for this week's Run Report.

Additional thanks to Kate Hughes & Alex Barrett for this week's photographs, which can be found on the Upton House Parkrun Facebook Page.

Nearly Christmas and Upton House Park Run is going strong!!


I came over again from Spain to run my 10th park run with an even more international feel with one runner from South Africa joining us!

Perfect running conditions in and out of the woods today and not TOO muddy, just enough to make it slippy and splashy in places!!

Today's Park run was the 29th at Upton House with 207 runners, of whom 47 were first timers and 37 recorded Personal Bests! Well done to you all!!

Fastest time today was run by Chris Wood ((Wimborne A.C.) with a new PB time of 17:33.

Milestoners from today:
Jemma Murray - 50
Barry Miller - 100 runs and 25 volunteers
Congratulations! Felicidades!!!

Just want to say a big thank you as always to the team of volunteers, 34 today, who without them the Upton House Park Run wouldn't be possible:

Jerry SHIELD • Michele WHITEHURST • Philip WHITEHURST • Denise DAY • Herve TRIBOUILLOY • Rob MURRAY • Kirstin HAY • Kirsty WESTON • Paul WHITTY • Kevin DAY • Daniel GOSS • Barry MILLER • Kate HUGHES • Helen RICHARDS • Gilly ROBSON • Sarah ORR • Sophia ORR • Karen FORDHAM • Rachel GLADDIS • Jo BROWN • Camilla BROWN • Lexie BROWN • Geoffrey WALDER • Alex BARRETT • Keith FRANCIS • Neve MURRAY • Lucy GLADDIS • Fiona COPE • Anne CONSTABLE • Mark GALPIN • Neil O'SHEA • Faye CUTLER • Amelia THOMSON • Carol BENDINELLI

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 Lin LASCELLES who recorded 86.87% (20:03) on 7th October 2017 (event number 18).


Upton House parkrun started on 3rd June 2017. Since then 2,328 participants have completed 6,183 parkruns covering a total distance of 30,915 km, including 1,467 new Personal Bests.


Event #28 – 16th December 2017, The Festive One

Many thanks to Carrie Clark who stepped in Friday evening to offer to write the report for our festive event.

On a very frosty but beautiful morning on the 16th December, 205 people braved the cold and ran, jogged and walked the Upton course. Despite the icy conditions, many of the runners pulled out all the festive stops to come in fancy dress with prizes for the best dressed including a brussel sprout, no less, a shepherd in a dressing gown and a reindeer. This more than made up for the fact that there were not any birthdays or milestone runs to celebrate today, unless they were keeping it quiet.




We must also mention the tinsel-decorated buggies that were pushed around the course by parents determined to bring some Christmas cheer to the run. The field of runners included 33 first timers as well as representatives of 19 different running clubs (including Kingston Lacy ladies) and a total of 39 runners managed to record new Personal Bests. There were also many excitable dogs who set off around the beautiful grounds for such a great event (including Bella who was the author of last week's run report).

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As ever, the whole run would have been impossible without 28 fantastic volunteers:

Michele WHITEHURST • Philip WHITEHURST • Ian HITCHING • Denise DAY • Rachel ELFORD • Kirsty WESTON • Kevin DAY • Daniel GOSS • Hazel MCCABE • Richard WOOD • Ruth PAYNE • Gilly ROBSON • Michele SHIELD • Alan BLANCHFLOWER • Carrie CLARK • Jo BROWN • Camilla BROWN • Lexie BROWN • Geoffrey WALDER • Danika WESTWOOD • Alex BARRETT • Archie DIBBEN • Rory ELFORD • Sarah LANHAM • Neil O'SHEA • Faye CUTLER • Annie ELFORD • Amelia THOMSON

Thank you to all the above for giving up their time at what is undoubtedly a busy time of year as without them it would never happen.

The fastest male runner, John Llewellyn, finished in an impressive 18:15; with the first lady, Zoe Nicholson, completing in a fantastic 21:18. Well done to both for a great run. This was the 28th Park Run at Upton and the event continues to be thoroughly enjoyed by all those who love the beauty, challenges and puddle-jumping on the undulating course! A lot of first time runners commented on the variety that the course offers and how much they enjoyed it.


Kingston Lacy Runners

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible next Saturday for a pre-Christmas burn-out. Have a great week!

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