Event #56 – 7th July

Now, am I the only one, or do some of you also have personal battle every Saturday prior to parkrun? Mine begin at 06:45 when I crumble out of bed and I battle to get my legs to walk, let alone run.  Yet by 07:40 after Shreddies, a 'slow energy release' banana and a large glass of squash for breakfast, I start my 20 mins of stretches. Eventually after several visits to the loo (too much information?) the previously wobbly pins, now sporting new birthday running shoes, somehow manage to push the pedals round and convey me the 3.5 miles to Upton House.

On arrival, a ritual warm-up jog around the car park, desperately trying to keep conversations short, without being rude, so as to get 'in the zone'. Once all that palaver is out of the way and I've witnessed the pre-run brief, I feel apprehensively ready!

So, off to the bustling start area with the temperature in the mid-twenties, I position myself near the back, in line with my expected sub-33 finishing time. Once underway the nervous apprehension subsides, and I get into my shuffling stride whilst passing the enthusiastic Start volunteers shouting words of encouragement, "Good luck!", "Enjoy your run", etc., and I think, 'Enjoy?' - more like 'Endure' in this summer's heat wave! The gazelles at the front are well out of sight before the first turn at the bottom of the hill where marshals there, and again at turn 2, cheer the runners on. People are exchanging pleasantries all around as I battle to get the breathing right, (never really managing it until 4.9K) I wave to Stephanie's camera before completing Loop 1, knowing that the finish line is only a right turn away, I struggle to keep moving forward to the start of Loop 2 with its 'north face of the Eiger' exit hill. Here, as I descend, the previously mentioned gazelles do their mountain goat impressions and make light work of their ascents. Some minutes later I too manage to scale the dreaded incline without stopping and will the legs to keep moving as I commence the last mile loop, wondering when that 'slow energy release' banana is going to kick in. Seeing a nemesis or two ahead, and although knowing, 'It's not a race, it's a run', be honest, I can't be the only one who searches for that 'last push' to overtake a fellow parkrunner who battles with you each week.  The finish funnel can't come quickly enough with the pins on their last legs (see what I did there?) and with a polite, breathless, 'Thanks' to the barcode volunteers I'm off searching for some shade and refreshment! 33.13 - okay, that'll do in the heat.

Enough of me though, here are some notable occurrences of Event 56: -

  • 'Bride to be', Jenni Ayres, complete with veil, mum Valerie, and other ladies doing their hen run.
  • The first lady home was Jenny Walker-Leach, who did wonders in the heat and just missed a PB by 5 seconds!
  • Derek Lea, a Poole parkrun stalwart, chose Upton House to mark his 250th run.

Among the numerous PBs..

  • Darryl Corbin-Jones and Keith Tucker finally managed to crack the 20 and 23-minute barriers respectively.
  • Cody May, a junior parkrunner, clipped 30 seconds off his PB to go sub-27.
  • Karen O'Shea had a great run, and did her first sub-31.

Plus, a  huge thank you to The Tea Rooms, who joined in the parkrun community spirit and supplied water post-run - many thanks!

Finally, leaving the best to last, thanks to all the friendly, encouraging volunteers/marshals. Where would we be without them? Half way around Holes Bay no doubt! If you haven't stepped forward yet to don the Hi-viz, please do so.  Remember when you first registered and read the parkrun Ts & Cs, they recommend each of us volunteer at least 3 times per year? Well, some very regular runners are still 'volunteer virgins', so come, have a go and give something back, eh?

Now for those all-important run stats...

This week 229 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Hugh GURNEY • Michele WHITEHURST • Kate RABJOHNS • Keith MANN • Denise DAY • Jenny WALKER-LEACH • Jenny CAMPBELL TRAYFORD • Kevin DAY • Elliot CLARKE • Hannah Ruth WILSON • Christopher MILLER • Jack LEACH • Morag DAY • Andrew LEACH • Elaine ROBSON • Helen RICHARDS • Michael WESTON • Gilly ROBSON • David RUSTELL • Aileen BARROW • Hilary LOVELESS • Tracy GREENHILL • Mark GALPIN • Neil O'SHEA • Grace MORRISON • Stephanie GALPIN

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 Jacek CIELUSZECKI who recorded a time of 16:19 on 25th November 2017 (event number 25).
The female record is held by Serena O'CONNOR who recorded a time of 19:16 on 16th June 2018 (event number 53).
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 3,769 participants have completed 13,327 parkruns covering a total distance of 66,635 km, including 2,881 new Personal Bests.



Event #55 – 30th June 2018

On a blindingly sunny final day of June I turned up to my normal place of pain or joy just looking to make the most after a very late night the day before due to work. After signing in as a volunteer at the visitor centre I had a look around at my fellow Parkrunners.

As I saw a friend I had a few words and we discussed the fine weather that Barry our event Co-ordinator had arranged for the day. (Am I the only one that is after a little rain amongst us?) Amongst other things I was going to be the hare being chased as Matt had forgotten to bring his token this morning. As a rule I have been the one getting to the finish first recently.

After Barry had done the introductions and welcoming any tourists of whom they were in plentiful supply on the last day of June. There were 27 volunteers for today including at least one first timer helping out the core team and regulars of which we would be nowhere without these important people so a big thank you.

Of the notable runs there was only one today with David Senior a tourist competing in his 100th run who's regular run is at Markeaton in Derby. I believe that there was also a birthday runner here today as well.

As I was nursing a tired head after a late night at work I decided to hang back toward the rear of the field today. On the plus side it meant that I wasn't being passed by so many people on a downer I was trapped behind some slower runners and due to the shrubs and trees encroaching in places it made passing other runners difficult until you took the 2nd turn back towards Upton house. We only came across a couple of people on the run down towards Hamworthy this week.


As we pass the finish area on the first lap it is always welcome when the important people from the finish area give a rowdy welcome to us when we get ready to do a full lap. As for the helping hand today at this point I trail Matt by about 10 yards and as we go down the hill into the second field I get ahead until the next hill.

This is the point where my friendly rivalry with Matt sees us swap places several times with me taking a small lead when we back the turn back towards Upton house from Hamworthy which eventually I dropped back behind by a couple of places as the heat got the better of me. Now looking forward to next weeks run.

On a side note of today's Parkrun we had 263 finishers
Which included 25 unknown runners that crossed the line but had no Barcode, 39 PB's, 13 Debutant Parkrunners, 37 first time visitors to Upton House Parkrun and 27 Volunteers.

Well done to all those that braved the sun this beautiful Saturday morning.

Fastest Male James McCafferey 18:36
Fastest Female Zoe Alison Faiz 21:45 21st overall (a tourist from Bushy Park and our most experienced parkrunner on the day with a total of 322 runs) 

Milestones this week
100 David SENIOR
10 Jake DAUNT

Highest age grading VM45-49 Graham BOOTY 18:54 (75.57%)

50 first timers at Upton House this week, including 12 making their parkrun debut.

Run Report Writer Mark GALPIN

This weeks Hi Viz Hero's:

Aileen BARROW  •  Barry MILLER  •  Cate READ  •  David RUSTELL  •  Elliot CLARKE  •  Grace MORRISON  •  Helen RICHARDS  •  Hugh GURNEY  •  Jack LEACH  •  Janet TEMPLE-EDWARDS  •  Jemma MURRAY  •  Jess MCFARLAND  •  Kate HUGHES  •  Kirsty WESTON  •  Laura HORSWILL  •  Liz PRICE  •  Lucy GLADDIS  •  Mark GALPIN  •  Michael WESTON  •  Rachel GLADDIS  •  Rob POLLARD  •  Rose CLARKE  •  Samuel BULLER  •  Scott WINTHROP  •  Stephanie GALPIN  •  Stephen HOGARTH  •  Tim CARTER


Event #53 – 16th June 2018

Thank you to Hazel McCabe for penning this weeks run report!

This Week started off looking like any other day. Until we remembered our other local Parkrun was closed for the day. Slowly more and more runners appeared outside HQ, some new and some frequent members. Giving us our Record number of 470 runners!!

I love seeing our amazing milestone capes being worn, we had 5 people completing there 50th Parkrun ) Jessica CHILCOTT, Sheila WAY, Owain HUGHES, Tracey O'CONNELL, Emily WILKINand) 2 people completing their 100th Parkrun (Nicholas FINN & Graham FORD)- so can only imagine they had to fight over who wore the cape.


Looking at our results and it’s amazing to see so many people making a first visit to Upton’s parkrun, 131 people came along on such a sunny Saturday morning, not knowing what to expect, and yet in the top 10 across the line we had 4 First Timers and 4 PBs!! With our fastest runner coming in at a whopping 16:41, Serena O’CONNOR came in as our First Lady, and not only was it her First time with us, but she became only the second lady to finish in under 20 minutes and set a new female course record of 19:16!!!

Even though it became a very humid (if not necessarily sunny) morning, we still had a whopping 102 NEW PB’s across the board, so a HUGE WELL DONE to all who achieved a PB on one of our busiest days.

Now don’t forget that parkrun couldn’t happen without your High Vis heroes! Ever fancy volunteering??? There are so many spots you could do, we need you, if you have a race on the weekend, if you can spare the time, even if your injured, your Parkrun needs YOU. Want to still run?? Well there are two spots you can do and STILL RUN – Token Sorter and Run Report Writer (but move quick as these spots get taken quickly)


What an amazing atmosphere it was that morning, having so many people showing their support to parkrun. It doesn’t matter if you ran, jogged or walked the 5km distance, it’s just amazing to see so many people out there getting fit, keeping fit and just getting out in the fresh air. We hope we have converted you to become Upton House parkrun regulars, and look forward to seeing you all again.

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 Jacek CIELUSZECKI who recorded a time of 16:19 on 25th November 2017 (event number 25).
The female record is held by Serena O'CONNOR who recorded a time of 19:16 on 16th June 2018 (event number 53).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline HORDER who recorded 92.14% (22:41) on 13th January 2018 (event number 32).


Event #52 – 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#51 – 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.


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