Event #23 – 11 November 2017

Thanks goes to Phil Whitehurst for this week's run report.

If you fancy writing the run report one week, please get in touch at uptonhousehelpers@parkrun.com. It's a volunteer job you can do and still run.

My work was cut out for me this week, as my wife Michele Whitehurst was doing her third stint as Run Director, meaning that I was already written up for Pre-Event Setup, Post-Event Close Down and the Run Report. She likes to keep me busy! In addition to all this, and because we had a full complement of excellent Volunteers, I also got to run.

As we had to be there at 07:40 to open up and set the course, it was an early start, and the rain was falling hard from the steel grey winter sky. All part of the fun of winter running. Within an hour, all was setup, the signs were out, the funnel finish prepared and the Volunteers were all arriving for their briefing. Finally, the rain slowed to a mere drizzle and runners turned up for their regular Saturday warmup.

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We were soon given all the announcements from the RD, and hustled round to the start area where everyone jostled for position. I somehow ended up right at the front, as the horn went and we were away. The light rain suddenly became an asset, as the day was quite mild and the cooling effect much appreciated. Upton House parkrun has a nice gentle downhill slope in the first 500m, and it is a fast paced rocket launcher for the rest of the run. I was soon overtaken by a bunch of superfast speedsters, including two youngsters, one from Wimborne AC, who I failed to catch at all.

I flew round the first 2k, getting very muddy from the hard packed clay gravel, past the finish area, and into the lovely steep downhill of the small loop. At this point, the run was well scattered, and there was no-one behind me, and I was desperately trying to keep up with a very fast young girl, who was going up the next hill like the wind. This hill is deceptive as it keeps on going, but we eventually got to the straight at the back of the park, down the hill and onto the steep one, with the usual Marshals at the top yelling encouragement! The run soon was over, with me managing to catch just one more runner in the last kilometre to finish (for me) in a very respectable 19th – very pleased with that.

The Volunteers at Upton House parkrun are amazing, and really get into the running spirit. The run was superbly organised as always. It is rapidly becoming my favourite, the course is so nice, the people are friendly, and the team of Volunteers make the morning a special occasion for everyone.

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This week 181 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Andy WELLINGTON • Michele WHITEHURST • Philip WHITEHURST • Ian HITCHING • Denise DAY • Julie NORRIS • Geoff SCOTT • Paul WHITTY • Kevin DAY • Rose CLARKE • Daniel GOSS • Jemma MURRAY • Hazel MCCABE • Kate HUGHES • Helen RICHARDS • Melanie CAMPBELL • Martin ORR • Camilla BROWN • Nicola HALL • Alex BARRETT • Keith FRANCIS • Archie DIBBEN • Fiona COPE • Anne CONSTABLE • Jade HUNT • Neil O'SHEA • Amelia THOMSON

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 Dom WILLMORE who recorded a time of 16:28 on 7th October 2017 (event number 18).

The female record is held by Vicki INGHAM who recorded a time of 19:32 on 21st October 2017 (event number 20).

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 2,128 participants have completed 5,024 parkruns covering a total distance of 25,120 km, including 1,173 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #22 – 4th November 2017 – “The Poole AC take-over”

This week's run report was written by Ann Deverill. Event photographs were taken by Danika Westwood and Jade Hunt and can be found on our Facebook page.

"It’s a take over"

Having had a lovely sunny week ... Saturday brought drizzle and grey skies..but certainly not grey moods. Saturday brought a gathering of runners stretching and chatting preparing for their parkrun. As groups gathered there seemed something strange was occurring... was there a memo to tell us all to wear the same T- shirt...of course not... it was a friendly local running club Poole AC taking over parkrun just for the day!

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All marshals, race director, timing marshals, token handlers etc were there from Poole AC to ensure all runners enjoyed their parkrun experience even if the weather was a little unkind to us on Saturday.

For me it was my 93rd parkrun and I’m racing towards my 100th with gusto... and that’s what I love about parkrun you can set and achieve your own goals be it 50th, 100th or 250th..wow or volunteer each week to encourage other runners in achieving their goals or just to beat yourself each week with a better time. All of which gives you the feel good factor that parkrun is all about.

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Upton House parkrun has recently started and it’s a beautiful run through the grounds taking in views of Poole and surrounding woodland... so what you waiting for come and join us?

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Hope to see you soon and to everyone else happy parkrunning!!!

This week 248 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 82 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 43 volunteers:

Matthew HOSIER • Jayne OFFER • Daniel MOORS • Ian HITCHING • Ray NEWELL • Denise DAY • Gillian D COOK • Janet WHITTAKER • Kevin MCGRORY • Lynne WELCH • Jacqueline LOWE • Gordon LOWE • Kirstin HAY • Trisha MILLS • Zoe HOULTON • Kim Denise HUNT • Graham FILMER • Vanya RITCHIE • Kirsty WESTON • Nigel HARDING • Kevin DAY • Eve FILMER • Alexander COLE • Daniel GOSS • Steve BULLER • Claire KARNATZ • Nicola SAWYER • Barry MILLER • Alisa KARNATZ • Helen RICHARDS • Matthew TOMLINSON • Catherine MIDGLEY • Michael WESTON • Sue GRIESSER • Ann DEVERILL • Julie HITCHING • Susan STAINTON • Danika WESTWOOD • Alex BARRETT • Archie DIBBEN • Mark GALPIN • Jade HUNT • Amelia THOMSON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Upton House parkrun Results Page.

Male placings:
Dave HICKS (VM40-44) of Poole AC, was first over the line in 18:13 - first time in 3 appearances.
John Stanley BASSINDER (VM50-54) of Poole AC, was second over the line in 18:25.
Thomas EAST (SM20-24) of Poole Runners, was third over the line in 18:38 - was first to finish once before.

Female placings:
Rachael JEFFRIES (SW18-19) of Poole AC, was first (17th overall) over the line in 22:20 - first appearance.
Sarah WOOD (VW40-44) (Unattached) was second (19th overall) over the line in 22:29.
Camilla BROWN (JW11-14) (Unattached) was third (22nd overall) over the line in 22:48 - was first to finish once before.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
John Stanley BASSINDER (VM50-54) – 80.09% for the time 18:25 (second overall).
John BRIAN (VM50-54) – 77.30% for the time 19:23 (4th overall).
Dave HICKS (VM40-44) – 77.22% for the time 18:13 (first overall).

The male record is held by Dom WILLMORE who recorded a time of 16:28 on 7th October 2017 (event number 18).
The female record is held by Vicki INGHAM who recorded a time of 19:32 on 21st October 2017 (event number 20).
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 2,088 participants have completed 4,843 parkruns covering a total distance of 24,215 km, including 1,127 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #21– 28th October 2017 – Happy Halloween

This week's run report has been put together by Alex Barrett. Photo credits go to Danika Westwood.

This week saw Upton House parkrun #21 overrun by some scary and spooky sights. Parkrunners rose to the Halloween fancy dress with headless volunteers, vampires, zombie cheerleaders and even a crocodile out on the course.

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The prize for best costume went to Nick Gavin completing the 5k as a crocodile, it was fantastic to see so many costumes whizzing around and if a headless volunteer chasing you up a hill won’t help you get a PB, not sure what will!

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This week 278 people ran, jogged and walked the course, braving not only the ghosts and ghouls but also a pretty chilly start to the morning.  Upton House welcomed 82 first timers, of which 15 were making their parkrun debut including MYSELF! Yes – after 20+ times of volunteering at Upton amongst other parkruns I thought it was about time I ran the course.   With some encouragement / persuasion from my fiancé and the other core team members I arrived in my running shorts and apricot top on the coldest Saturday morning I could choose to face my demons on the Halloween run – and I loved it! (If you had asked me at the 3km mark it might have been a different story).

I had recently been following the Couch 2 5km programme, as for some reason had built up this fear of running, and kept doubting myself but the fact that parkrun is so welcoming to all abilities made the choice to just give it a go so much easier. If you are thinking about doing the first parkrun my advice is don’t worry, jump in and enjoy - this certainly won’t be my last!   22829893_10155353084003778_1094812132039299822_o

 

The encouragement and support from the marshals’ was outstanding, 30 high-viz heroes did an amazing job this week, thank you to:
 

Michele WHITEHURST • Mike HILBORNE • Heather NETHERCOTT • Philip WHITEHURST • Denise DAY • Geoff SCOTT • Sheela HOBDEN • Kirsty WESTON • Jenny TRAYFORD • Kevin DAY • Rose CLARKE • Elliot CLARKE • Daniel GOSS • Hazel MCCABE • Kate HUGHES • Helen RICHARDS • Michael WESTON • Peter HOWLETT • Julia HOWLETT • Gayle ROAST • Chris SPARKES • Ian DIFFEY • Martin ORR • Danika WESTWOOD • Alex BARRETT • Archie DIBBEN • Abigail BAKER • Jade HUNT • Neil O'SHEA • Amelia THOMSON
 

Since launching on 3rd June 2017, Upton House parkrun has seen runners record 1,075 personal bests with 66 PB’s being set this week! Well done all.

A special congratulations to Darcie Pritchard and Esme Cox for completing their 10th Run today and Kirstin Hay running her 100th, was great to see the capes whizzing around the course.

We also had some new age category records set
JM10 Jack WILLIAMS 21:23
VW35-39 Gemma OLIVER 21:43

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Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Upton House parkrun Results Page.

Male placings:
Lee DEMPSTER (SM30-34) of Lytchett Manor Striders, was first over the line in 17:47 - first time in 3 appearances.
Joseph KELLIHER (SM18-19) of Wimborne AC, was second over the line in 18:09.
Richard SWINDLEHURST (VM45-49) of Poole AC, was third over the line in 18:38.

Female placings:
Zoe NICHOLSON (SW30-34) (Unattached) was first (22nd overall) over the line in 21:14 - first time in 3 appearances.
Sarah KELLETT (VW40-44) of Black Pear Joggers, was second (23rd overall) over the line in 21:17.
Gemma OLIVER (VW35-39) of Poole Runners, was third (31st overall) over the line in 21:43 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Richard SWINDLEHURST (VM45-49) – 77.91% for the time 18:38 (third overall).
Stephen HOGARTH (VM55-59) – 77.60% for the time 20:19 (17th overall).
Joan FOX (VW65-69) – 76.35% for the time 28:41 (122nd overall).

The male record is held by Dom WILLMORE who recorded a time of 16:28 on 7th October 2017 (event number 18).
The female record is held by Vicki INGHAM who recorded a time of 19:32 on 21st October 2017 (event number 20).
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 2,006 participants have completed 4,595 parkruns covering a total distance of 22,975 km, including 1,075 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Event #20 – 21st October 2017 – The one where Brian paid a visit!

Many thanks go to Sarah Crake, who has recently moved to Dorset, for writing this week's run report. 

Not to be discouraged by forgetting to bring his barcode, Storm Brian made his presence known at Upton House parkrun this week. An impressively named 'weather bomb' (if you have a spare moment, Google 'explosive cyclogensis'), Brian brought wind speeds of 45-50mph, heavy rain showers, and a fair bit of wind chill just for good measure. It's fair to say it was blowing a hoolie! Brian, you're not the messiah - you're just a very naughty storm.

With doom and gloom weather forecasts, and events being cancelled across the country, it was uncertain if event no. 20 would actually go ahead. Word went out on Saturday morning to say that the course check was all good, and we were on!

155 hardy souls braved the elements today, including 14 brand new parkrunners - extra kudos for picking a stormy day to start, I'd take my hat off to you if it hadn't been blown away!

Today was my thirtieth parkrun, and my second at Upton House. It's fair to say it's a wee bit hillier than the routes I'm used to, but having recently moved to Dorset from an area where I could choose between flat, and flat, I'm making the most of the lumpy bits the course has to offer. The bonus of the uppy bits is the reward of the swooping downs - Mo Farah, eat your heart out! Actually, forget Mo. Today I was thoroughly in awe of Vicki Ingham - first finisher across the line in a new PB time of 19:32. She is the first ever female first finisher at Upton House and broke her own ladies course record in the process. Wow.

Today was also my husband's first visit to Upton House. As he's usually at work on a Saturday he doesn't get to many parkruns, and as a rugged Yorkshire-man (raised in the shadows of the Peak District), I was interested to see what he would make of the hills. "What hills?" was his reply. Please feel free to shout abuse if you ever see him walking on anything remotely undulating!

Storm Brian notwithstanding, today's parkrun was thoroughly good fun. Windy, squelchy underfoot, rainy and exhilarating. A wonderful way to blow away the cobwebs of the week. Massive thanks to the volunteers who weathered the weather, it can't have been nice standing out in those conditions, but you did so with smiles and encouragement. Bring on no. 21, and fancy dress for Halloween!

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This week 155 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

We had 4 runners celebrating milestone runs (will we need more capes?). Congratulations to Paul Renwick, Gayle Roast and Graham Price on their 50th and to Andrew Roast on his 100th run.

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The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:
Sarah MARTIN • Michele WHITEHURST • Graeme BECKETT • Denise DAY • Valerie SWEETLOVE • Nicola Jane BURGESS • Geoff SCOTT • Kirsty WESTON • Kevin DAY • Rose CLARKE • Elliot CLARKE • Daniel GOSS • Jemma MURRAY • Hazel MCCABE • Kate HUGHES • Joanne CONEY-LAX • Andy SORTON • Elaine ROBSON • Helen RICHARDS • Michael WESTON • Samantha SPARKES • Bill MARSHALLSAY • Chris SPARKES • Martin ORR • Danika WESTWOOD • David DAWSON • Hilary LOVELESS • Mark GALPIN • Jade HUNT • Robert GRAHAM

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Upton House parkrun Results Page.

Male placings:
Joe GODDEN (SM30-34) of Poole Runners, was first (second overall) over the line in 19:46 - first appearance.
Anthony BAKER (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second (third overall) over the line in 20:03.
Russ CONWAY (VM55-59) of Lytchett Manor Striders, was third (4th overall) over the line in 20:13.

Female placings:
Vicki INGHAM (SW30-34) of Poole Runners, was first (first overall) over the line in 19:32 - third time in 3 appearances. *Setting a new ladies course record *
Hayley TAYLOR (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (26th overall) over the line in 22:42.
Kirsty WESTON (VW45-49) of Lytchett Manor Striders, was third (32nd overall) over the line in 23:27.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
David CARTWRIGHT (VM65-69) – 79.98% for the time 21:34 (14th overall) *Setting a new 65-69 Age Category record*
Stephen HOGARTH (VM55-59) – 77.73% for the time 20:17 (5th overall).
C GUERRIER (VM60-64) – 76.95% for the time 21:24 (13th overall).

The male record is held by Dom WILLMORE who recorded a time of 16:28 on 7th October 2017 (event number 18).
The female record is held by Vicki INGHAM who recorded a time of 19:32 on 21st October 2017 (event number 20)
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 1,924 participants have completed 4,317 parkruns covering a total distance of 21,585 km, including 1,009 new Personal Bests.

 

Upton House parkrun #19 – 14th October 2017

 

Thanks once again to Denise Day for another great run report...

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After the excitement of last week’s visitors, you would think it would be difficult to find something to write about this week wouldn’t you? However, there always something to celebrate here at Upton House parkrun.
For example: We had a couple of milestone runs this week, which is always great to hear about.
Rich House ran his 50th, and Sue Stone and Elaine Robson ran their 100th, well done to all three, I hope you wore the superhero capes!

We also had a couple of new age category records:
In the VW60-65 category we welcomed Catherine Wright visiting from Kettering who finished in 23:27, and in the JW10 category Lexie Brown gained her 6th consecutive PB at Upton House finishing in 22:35, good running both!

Did any of you have a significant run this week? Maybe not an ‘official’ one, but something that was important to you about it? Perhaps first run back after injury, or finally getting a new PB after months of trying, perhaps being able to run for a certain distance without stopping, or maybe managing to finally persuade your partner/mum/brother/friend to come and try parkrun for the first time ever? It’s always good to celebrate the smaller victories.

Talking of first timers, It was very nice this week to welcome 51 new runners to Upton House
16 of whom were making their parkrun debut, so a very big Welcome to all of you, and a huge well done to the 16 for taking the plunge and coming to see what this parkrun business is all about.

I find that people who have never been before have an idea of what parkrun must be like in their heads and its usually that it must be for fast runners only, ‘I’m too slow’ is a common misconception, ‘I can’t go to parkrun, I’ve only just started running’ is another.
Of course, we at Upton House all know that parkrun is for everyone, but to help you explain it to someone else, here are a couple of answers to some common parkrun Myths

Myth: “If I go to parkrun I will finish last”
No you won’t, Tail walkers at parkrun offer support and are always the final finishers

Myth: “I’m too slow to go to parkrun”
No you’re not, there is no time limit at parkrun, you can walk, jog, run or volunteer
Myth: “parkrun is just for fast runners”
No it’s not a race, Walk, jog or run we all cover the same distance
Myth: “I’m not fit enough to go to parkrun yet”
Yes you are, you can go at your own pace, and walk when you need to, no one will try to rush you.
And if people are still nervous, I always suggest that they just come along and watch and see what happens, or even volunteer first, and they will soon see that there is nothing to worry about 

And for those who like their stats, here are this weeks:
This week 191 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Jackie STEAN • Denise DAY • Sheena KEEP • Kirsty WESTON • Kevin DAY • Daniel MEINECK • Daniel GOSS • Maureen LUCAS • Kate HUGHES • Malachi PIKE • Helen RICHARDS • Michael WESTON • Dan SLAYFORD • Samantha SPARKES • Alison HARDY • David RUSTELL • Harry MEINECK • Chris SPARKES • Agnes BROOKE • Rick BOVILL • Alex BARRETT • Jan WHARMBY • Tim CARTER • David DAWSON • Michelle RYALL • Robert GRAHAM • Neil O'SHEA • Al PIKE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Upton House parkrun Results Page.

Male placings:
Chris WOOD (VM35-39) of Wimborne AC, was first over the line in 18:19 - second time in 4 appearances.
Jack GALLOWAY (SM25-29) of Poole AC, was second over the line in 18:34.
Neil CATCHLOVE (VM40-44) of Lordshill Road Runners, was third over the line in 18:41.

Female placings:
Kathryn ROBSON (VW50-54) (Unattached) was first (28th overall) over the line in 22:15 - second time in 9 appearances.
Sarah WOOD (VW40-44) (Unattached) was second (29th overall) over the line in 22:17.
Lexie BROWN (JW10) (Unattached) was third (32nd overall) over the line in 22:35.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Catherine WRIGHT (VW60-64) – 85.15% for the time 23:27 (43rd overall).
Stuart NEWMAN (VM55-59) – 78.78% for the time 20:11 (10th overall).
Kathryn ROBSON (VW50-54) – 77.23% for the time 22:15 (28th overall).

The female record is held by Vicki INGHAM who recorded a time of 19:51 on 29th July 2017 (event number 9).
The male record is held by Dom WILLMORE who recorded a time of 16:28 on 7th October 2017 (event number 18).
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 1,882 participants have completed 4,162 parkruns covering a total distance of 20,810 km, including 963 new Personal Bests.

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