Many thanks to Jo Bridges for writing this week's run report.
Before 2 years ago last weekend parkrun to me was something that I had heard friends talk about and would think why on earth would you want to get up and be at a park by 9am on a Saturday morning to run 5K in varying weather conditions when you could be at home having a lie in after a hard week of work and socialising with friends!
August 2016 was when I took that apprehensive first step into the world of running (or my term wobbling) by turning up on a grey miserable wet summers evening for week 1 of a Couch to 5K group, I am no slender mean machine and was thinking never in the world will I be able to wobble 5k in 9 weeks’ time but over those 9 weeks I had managed to achieve things I didn’t think were possible. I can remember one of the coaches saying “Remember - If you want to get fit, go to the gym...if you want to change your life, become a runner!” this is so true because running does not only improve your fitness but also brings with it a social side and meeting people/making new friends from all different walks of life and this is evidenced at parkrun across the country/world.
Today I am now one of those people who is up at a parkrun by 9am (admittedly not every week and sometimes by the skin of my teeth!!) on a Saturday morning, today was my 68th parkrun, my 25th run at Upton House. I have also packed my kit a couple of times for holidays to become a parkrun tourist – something I would never dreamed of doing a couple of years ago!
When going round any parkrun I always make sure I have the breath to say thank you to the Marshall’s who give up their time to come out on a Saturday morning to encourage and ensure parkrun happens in a safe and friendly environment. This week there were 30 of these special people out in force at Upton House. The one that is not the most popular for me is the photographer!! and as we went by today I said to my friend I hope he is not going to take a rear view shot and low and behold later on Saturday afternoon what should appear on Upton House parkrun Flicker page none other than the rear view!
This week 275 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 48 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests , 7 of these successes being achieved by the first 10 people to cross the finish line!
So for those venturing to parkrun for the first time this week or people who have taken or are thinking about taking that apprehensive first step like I did just over two years ago on to a Couch to 5k course or similar, persevere with it as I can assure you although it might not feel like it at times there will be satisfaction, enjoyment, achievements, friendships made and celebrations to come and as I often mutter to myself wobbling round parkrun I know I will never be quick but I am out here doing it and that is all that matters – with the help of Couch to 5k and parkrun I got up off the couch and have stayed off the couch!
Representatives of 20 different clubs took part this week.
Milestone runs this week were celebrated by:
• Mark Galpin – 25 volunteers
• Karim El Yauti – 50 runs
• Not classed as a milestone run but definitely worth a mention Mark Palser also completed his 300th parkrun at Upton House this week.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Upton House parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by James BAKER who recorded a time of 16:05 on 4th August 2018 (event number 60).
The female record is held by Emily HUTCHINSON who recorded a time of 18:57 on 25th August 2018 (event number 63).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline HORDER who recorded 92.14% (22:41) on 13th January 2018 (event number 32).
The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:
Aileen BARROW • Alex BARRETT • Alun DAVIE • Andy WELLINGTON • Barry MILLER • Christopher MILLER • David RUSTELL • Denise DAY • Grace MORRISON • Hayley VINCENT • Ian BANDY • Jack LEACH • Jan BONIFACE • Jo BRIDGES • Judith VLAARKAMP • Karen O'SHEA • Kate HUGHES • Kirstin HAY • Kirsty WESTON • Mark GALPIN • Neil O'SHEA • Nick GAVIN • Nicola Jane BURGESS • Philip BENHAM • Rachel ELFORD • Richard WOOD • Robert GRAHAM • Samuel BULLER • Sarah PALMER • Scott WINTHROP • Sue DAVIE
Upton House parkrun started on 3rd June 2017. Since then 4,410 participants have completed 16,129 parkruns covering a total distance of 80,645 km, including 3,405 new Personal Bests.